PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

594 Reviews

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This single hop ale showcases the Citra hop. Named for the largest T-rex fossil ever discovered, she roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. Delicate in body with a mild bite in the finish.

50 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 08-17-2011

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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 4,132
Photo of mackeyse
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a bright gold/orange with a little bit of lingering head left throughout.

Aroma is probably the first "5" I've encountered. It was an immediate "wow!": Tons of grapefruit with some pine. Smells like hop resin at it's finest

Taste is bitterness but it's balanced. There is fruit and some cracker and it all blends very well together. A sip sort of ebbs and flows between malt and hops.

Mouth-feel isn't something I usually give a lot of weight to but this one was top notch. medium, but very crisp and very clean finish. Nothing off-putting about the taste in the least

There was no way this, or any beer, could have lived up to the aroma. It was too good to be true. Nonetheless this is a very solid beer that is worthy of it's reputation. I would destroy these if they were available in NY.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head fades into a thin ring leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mango, tangerine, grapefruit and resinous hops.

T - The tastes follows the aroma with juicy mango, pineapple and tangerine. Nice sweet bready malts midpalate followed by a nice wash of resinous hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel with a nice clean finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer. The flavors are clean and bright. A flawless APA.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious aromas of citrus and mango give way to pseudoSue's unique and refreshing taste that is clean and bright with just enough bite!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale, available in 16 oz. canned 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 16 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a buttery white color over a mildly hazy bright amber body with fine sediment and abundant, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) Bright hop aromas of citrus juice and tropical fruit pulp and a moderate bitterness is paired with a clean pale and lightly toasted bread malt body for a simple yet inviting aroma. Potency is moderate. 4.5

(Taste) Malt flavors of pale bread malts with a reserved sweetness is accented by a modestly bitter hop profile of floral, herbal and grassy hop character with undertones of citrus and tropical fruit. The hop profile overall isn't quite as potent as the aroma suggested, but generates enough bitterness to balance out the beer nicely, and stands out boldly above the lightly sweetened and very clean malt body, for a nicely hopped American Pale Ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly oily, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even hoppy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is very light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A highly drinkable and flavorful hop-centered American Pale Ale that could go by the gallon. My biggest gripe is that the hop flavor falls a bit flat in comparison to what I anticipated from the aroma with more subtle herbal hop flavors and less brightness from citrus and tropical fruit. However, it is nicely preserved otherwise and doesn't have much that it needs to go against with the simple malt profile. It keeps respectably bitter, enough to maintain a solid balance and ensure the highest drinkability. Very tasty stuff, and highly recommended. 4.25

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company's
PseudoSue Pale Ale

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall boy into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, feeding the foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright citrus and subtle caramel malts, with solid grassy and piney hops characters. Amazingly balanced aromas, heavy on grapefruit and lemon zest. Flavors are tart and sweet citrus forward, loaded with grapefruit, lemon zest, and tangerine, followed by a solid roasted character, and then into wet grass and resinous pine pitch notes, both bitter and dank. Perfectly balanced and bold, on an effervesced, crisp body. Frothy, dry, and slightly astringent finish, with a solid dank, wet hops linger. Awesome beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone fruit bottle share on 8/27. 22oz bottle thanks to Steve. Cloudy pale golden pour with slight off white bubbly head. Citrusy aroma, grapefruits, hints of pine. More of the Citra hops in the taste, minor malt notes in the background. Although not overly hoppy, for an APA, this one does focus squarely on the hops.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was really damn good

easily the best Pale Ale i've ever had. so much flavor and yet light body without being thin. i really enjoyed this. would definitely drink a lot of this if i could get it more easily (i only got this because i visited MN)

i've been able to buy this from a store in MN and get it shipped to my house and it's so good. easy to drink and full of flavor, a nice hop bite as well. was super excited to try this in MN and i've even more excited to be able to get it shipped to my house

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/21/16 and served in a Spegelau Ale glass. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses bright citrus notes and pith, as well as a trace of biscuit malt. Taste consistent with nose - nice balance and a trace of tropical fruit (perhaps mango) is revealed at the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Believe the hype - this is a great APA.

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Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall boy can into a crystal pilsner glass.

L- deep straw with a nice frothy white head. Beautiful. Not a whole lot of head retention. Just a thin circle around the circumference of the glass. Nice lacing though

S- fantastic. Lots of hops in the nose. Pine, citrus, and lots of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. Smells like straight up citra hops resin. I love citra hops!!

T- I'm wondering why Toppling Goliath doesn't call this an IPA. It's a very hop forward beer. Slight caramel sweetness, but the hops are the star here. Bitter

F- bone dry. Which again makes me question pale ale vs IPA. Lots of carbonation, just on the right side of being too much.

O- I don't know how I've never heard of this until recently. A coworker told me about it a while back, and the local beer store just started carrying it. He tends to increase the price pretty quickly when he knows he has something special in his hands. I need to buy all of these he has before he does that. It's fantastic for hop heads.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: orange and pineapple bomb! Sweet candied fruit and a slight dankness.
Taste: the taste is a lot more mellow upfront slight tropical fruits middle of the mouth orange peel dry crackery malts bitter grapefruit some oniony dankness and some lemon grass. Finishes dry with more grapefruit bitterness.
Feel: medium body soft and dry in the finish.
Overall: really good and refreshing. Defenitly not as good as the Galaxy dry hopped version though.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned 7/5/16. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big bubbly white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts and lots of dank resiny hops with a little fruit, pepper and pine.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and fruit with lots of dank resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very nice, more like an IPA.

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Photo of bsp77
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible APA. Strong citrus and mango aroma and taste. While hoppy as hell, it is also balanced, not too bitter and easy to drink. Very creamy body with perfect carbonation and a dry finish. Similar to Zombie Dust but not as intense (in a good way).

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper in color with tight white head. Aroma is explosive grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit and mango with a slightly bitter finish. There's a slightly sour quality in the finish too. Well balanced with a malty undertone. I've seen talk on here of varying quality in batches. This one is much better than the previous one I tried, which was solid but not remarkable. This is pretty remarkable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned" date 5-16-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful golden honey color with larger bits suspended within, less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, pineapple citrus, flowery.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then pineapple citrus and an earthy note on the finish.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an excellent beer, I have been hearing people rave on BA for years about this beer and it's finally available in my area, this beer lived up to the hype, I'll be having this again for sure and will recommend to all my friends.

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Photo of Prager62
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber with no apparent bottle date that was purchased in Wisconsin by a relative a few days ago. Pouring it on my Weyerbacher tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a slightly hazy deep brilliant gold leaving behind a generous two fingers of creamy white foam despite a conservative pour. Nucleation bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Passionfruit, mango, pineapple, butyl and a hint of malt hiding in back.

Taste- Juicy passionfruit, mango, and pineapple dominate to start. It opens up to some subtle floral notes and a hint of fresh rubber in the finish.

Feel- On the thin side, but very lively on the palate from the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is a slight bitterness and slick finish.

Overall- A very memorable and quite possibly the best Pale I've had. How they pack all that tropical juiciness in a beer under 6 percent is a mystery to me? The only very minor subtractions from making this a perfect 5 was the bit of over carbonation in the careful pour resulting in excess head, and a slightly thin feel. That aside, world class all the way!

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Photo of BruceHartford3
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simple and beautiful. There are a lot of great, fruity, new hops in the world. It's a fun time to be an IPA fan. But this beer gives Citra the respect it deserves. So delicious. A great go to.

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Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super foamy head, sticky all over... crisp, clean refreshing hop flavors. nice aroma and super smooth. my first one. have heard about this for awhile now....

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Photo of HartCondition
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this style (APA) and IPA have so many variables that will cause a review to be more subjective than objective. I live on the West Coast, but recently tried PseudoSue on a trip to the Midwest (Milwaukee) and was impressed. Not because it was just like my typical West Coast options in the category, but because it was different. I think it's important as we accept different entries from around the globe into a category, that we judge them like the BJCP would & not based on our preferences or favorite examples. This wasn't my favorite but over time, I could see it entering my top 10 for Pale Ales.

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Photo of Misterdubs
3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I may be a little spoiled, as I have been fortunate enough to drink a lot of TreeHouse and Trillium lately, but PseudoSue was a letdown. After reading many reviews and finally getting a hold of some, I'm shocked at how highly rated this beer is. Fully aware this is not an IPA, but there is no punch or character to this beer - it has as much body as a bud light lime. Other reviewers raved about how juicy it is, how flavorful it is, etc. but I'm not sure we're reviewing the same beer... Huge letdown for a big fan of Citra hops. Undeserving of the 4.5 rating, as it's not even close to being in the same class as Lights On or Fort Point. Moon Man still takes the cake for pale ales from the Midwest (*haven't tried zombiedust*).

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall a stellar Pale Ale, nothing blew me away but everything was done well. Nice and smooth, easy to drink and tasty. Excellent mouth feel and uber drinkable. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of GotRektGG
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a drinker. Im not a professional reviewer. This has got to be my favorite beer ive tried. Show casing the single Citra hop brew just tells me more why i love beers with Citra. Great brew and a must try for anyone like ipa, Pale ales. I love the earthy type of tones it has. Refreshing with a clean aftertaste. Ive only had this is cans and cant rate look as i never poured it out of the can.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I originally did this review for Florida Sue and noted that I recall Decorah Sue being better. I recently had Decorah Sue again, I don't know how to score this. It's not quite to the point that it's a different beer, but I definitely prefer the original. I'll try to note the differences.

L- Look is basically the same. Golden color with a thin white head. Good lacing. 4.5 for both.

S- Again, nose is similar. Strong citra hops. Fruity notes of grapefruit and melon. Decorah is slightly more pronounced, but still a 4.5 for both.

T- This is where they separate. Decorah Sue has just enough bitterness and some tropical fruit notes. It's well-balanced, smooth and refreshing. Florida Sue has a similar profile, but it's not as bright. It has kind of a muddled taste, the flavors don't seem to blend quite right. Florida is a slightly above average pale ale, while Decorah is excellent and up there with basically any I've had. 4 for Florida and 4.75 for Decorah.

F- Not a big difference in feel. Good body, smooth. Not particularly heavy or light.

O- Florida Sue is fine. It's not amazing, but it's solidly above average. I would give it about a 4.25 overall, which brings it to about a 4.22 composite (my original rating). Decorah Sue is an excellent pale ale that I would grab every time I see it, I would give it a 4.75 overall, which puts it at a 4.6 composite. Can't wait until TGB's new place is done and I can get the real stuff in Illinois!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Iowa bomber, pours a hazy straw yellow color. You can really taste the Citra... super tropical and juicy, especially for a pale ale. Glad I was finally able to try this!

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated May/13/16 into a wine goblet. Pours a golden yellow with a finger of white medium density head that left some ringed lacing. Nose is fantastic, oh how I love Citra! Taste is delicious, very tropical with minimal bitterness. Finish was clean, didn't linger. Mouthfeel was great, not too thin with just enough body, very sessionable. What a great APA, would love to have this as a staple in my beer fridge!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 5/15:
Lovely pale golden pour, with a large buildup of head. Large bubbles initially eventually fall to a foamy full cap. Lacing is present, medium thick rows of stuck bubbles.

Nose is onion and dank notes. Light hints of grapefruit, but a general vegetal impression.

Taste follows the nose, but the onion is more prevalent up front. Grapefruit pith is a little more noticeable than expected in back, plus there's a little pine as well. Overall, fairly classic hop profile.

Feel is light but not too light. Warmth does bring a little wateriness as the carbonation fades, but until then, it's a nice, soft feeling with just enough carbonation to keep my palate awake.

Reminds me of a more drinkable version of Enjoy By or Ruination. That perceived onion flavor, though, is not my favorite. Can appreciate this brew, and will grab another if it comes my way, but won't go seeking it.

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Photo of suretolose
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. My favorite pale ale by far. It has a nice hop flavor which I think is stronger than most pale ales. I really like how it feels on the tongue. Nice bite.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 4,132 ratings.
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