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PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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: 553 | Ratings: 3,927
Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Labirratorium. In Teky glass. Watching Vinkings 4x10. Amazing in all aspects, but specially on texture, oily, with each sip filling your mouth completely, and very balanced. One of those brews that causes you great sorrow when then glass have finally emptied

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being that I grew up on Zombie Dust, I can't help but compare them. Honestly, if there was a blind taste test, I would have a hard time distinguishing the two. The only thing I can really take away is that ZD does seem a tad sweeter, but PS has the edge in look and feel. A fantastic offering if you can readily get it.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color, fairly clear with some slight haze. Ample bright white foam with good retention and lacing. Really great nose full of citrus, tropical fruit. Notes of resin and spice. The taste follows closely, citrusy, piney, and resinous while in your mouth, big tropical fruit flavors on the aftertaste. Medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, and a lingering bitter finish. Unquestionably an elite single hopped APA.

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Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours yellow orange. Thick lasting head with slight lacing. strong citrus on nose. Kind of tart opening on taste followed by slight citrus flavors and slight hop notes. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely some great flavors going on here. Mango, pineapple, very drinkable! This could be considered a session IPA. Very well balanced, great summer beer.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy orange/copper with good lacing after a nice head. Poured from a can and the smell was excellent! Big citrus (grapefruit, tangerine). Taste is very close to smell. Citrus, slight pine. Not heavy and easy drinking. Finish is very good. Mouth feel is pretty smooth considering the carbonation. Some resin at the end.
For me, it lives up to most of the talk/hype. Excellent APA that is worth seeking out and definitely worth coming back to again and again.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, herbal, citrus. Taste is citrus, biscuit malts, pine, tasty, but not what I expected. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a good beer, but I was anticipating so much more.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shiny new copper penny in color with a trace of fine sediment suspended within the body. There's a massive 2 inch frothy off white head on top. It dissipates later to about a quarter inch covering the majority of the top. Light lacing. Heavenly aroma of citrus hops and light malt is present. Upon my first sip there's a massive citrus and mosaic hop presence that builds in intensity at the back of the palate. There's a nice, deep, lengthy hop burn on the tongue. It is otherwise very sticky, resinous, and bone dry.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I see some of the reviews and honestly, I'm shocked to see some of the ratings. This is a great pale ale, yet far from the best I've had. I'm trying to see what everyone else sees. Ok, on to my review...

Lightly hazy orange copper color with a big white head that fades to a cap and laces great. Notes of light grain, honey, herbal green stuff, citrus piths, grapefruit pulp, light pine and mango. Mouthfeel is great, creamy then bursts with a nice carbonation push that fills the pallet with hops and finishes somewhat dry on a light medium body. Very drinkable, almost crushable. I think this is a great pale ale, I just don't put it as high as others and I'm missing what the rage is on this.

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Photo of mar_mar_801
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good APA!! Really highlights the Citra hops as stated, but not as good as I would have expected it to be. Maybe it's all the hype, must try still!!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy, bright, orange color with a well-sized off-white head. Good retention, too.
Smell is immediately hoppy (piney & herbal) with some citrus and bread notes.
Taste is piney hops first and foremost with light notes of citrus, bread, alcohol and faint honey. Pretty good balance but seems more IPA than pale ale due to the hop load.
Desert dry from the sip through the swallow. Medium bodied, light-ish effervescence for the style. Herbal and pine grab the taste buds from the start and never let go. A good beer that would be better if it weren't an aspirational IPA.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mostly clear orange honey color with a creamy head that retains nicely. Aromas are probably the best showcase of citra I have had yet. Loads of juicy citrus, hints of herbal and piney aromas and you can almost taste the resiny hop oils through your nose. Taste lives up to the aroma with plenty of citrus, herbal hints and loads of oils and resign. Malt balances nicely showcasing hop flavors with little to no alcoholic burn.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful slightly opaque orange with a lingering head after hard pour from 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Huge citrus smell. Very smooth light-medium bodied APA. Easily, one of the best I've ever had. Special thanks to Gary S. for bringing this home for me to try.

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Photo of Garys1
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEST BEER IVE EVER HAD. Very smooth IPA. Beautiful color smells le orange juice when u first pour it out of the can(2/26/16). Excellent job up in Decorah

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Photo of Echris21
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my go-to pale ale. Rating 16oz can picked up from their Taphouse and poured into pint glass. Color is golden honey with a 1 finger white head and good lacing. Smells strongly of citrus fruits. Orangy and tangerine dominates the nose. The beer is incredibly smooth; tastes of grapefruit, orange, Lemon, slight pine, and ends with a mild bready malt. Carbonation is strong and fits very well with this beer. This is one of the best pale ales around and it showcases the citra hops incredibly.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was floored when I saw this In 4-pack cans in a local Lakeland Florida liquor store last weekend (4-10-2016). I never thought I'd ever get a chance to try this high ranking APA. Reading the can it says "under special agreement with Lakeland FL". Killer! We can now get this here in Florida, I think? On to the review: pours a slightly cloudy honey color. The head is very impressive 3 fingers leaving stringy lacing on lager glass. Smells like resinous hops and sour oranges. Taste pretty solid! Not too hoppy nor malty yet still flavorful enough to Stand out from the rest. This is a great tasting APA and I see why it ranks so high. I sure hope i can get this locally here in Tampa in the future, I'll definitely seek this out. 4.50

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Photo of Flounder57
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, stone fruit, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, some pine, and a little tropical hops followed by biscuity, toasted, caramel, and pale malts.

Taste: This beer gets tastier and better with every sip. Very enjoyable, delicious, and tasty. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, pine, lemon, stone fruit, and a little tropical hops followed by caramel, pale, bready, biscuity, and toasted malts. Light tingly bitterness and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, light lingering bitterness, slightly chewy, sessionable, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Second night in s tow having this beer. Definitely growing on me and looking forward to the rest of the Pseudo Sues in my fridge now.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce slammer into an oversized tulip.

I was expecting a NE haze bomb for some reason and this is not that. Great transparency through the coppery-colored body. Good frothy head with good signs of persistence and lacing. Radiant carbonation. 5

Hugely fruity aroma. Tropical notes like so many different pales and IPAs I've had recently. Perhaps I'll get tired of this, but at the moment, I"m loving it. Resin and pine stand out as well. A light and biscuity malt presence shows and seems perfect to complement the fruit. 4.25

Flavor is light, gentle, tame but also satisfying. Still very fruity and showing mango and papaya notes. Biscuity light malt to fill things out. Finishes with light earthy notes and black tea very faintly. 4.25

Feel-wise this does a great job of providing some fullness in body and still drinking lightly and easily. Bitterness is there but tame. Dry finish but not too dry. Bubbly carbonation up front that mellows out by the finish. Very nice. 4.5

This is good. Veddy good.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another very solid brew from Toppling Goliath. What an incredibly smooth, balanced, refreshing and drinkable Pale Ale. The nose is filled with tons of citrus and grapefruit and causes your mouth to water even before the first sip. The nose translated nicely to the palate, but also had a nice helping of evergreen and pine resin flavors on the finish. So happy that this is now widely distributed throughout my state and I can readily find this in my liquor store now. Two thumbs way up! Cheers!

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Photo of Stephen_Hawkings_Drool
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can dated 3/9/16, poured into a snifter. Nice thick head.

Sue is new to Florida distribution and I'm happy that she found her way down here thanks to Brew Hub/TG. I've never had one from the original brewery, so nothing to compare it to as far as that goes. Light copper color with a very bright aroma on the nose...super clean citrus, ripe mango and bitter hop notes. The taste is quite good; grapefruit and orange with nice pine resin but not too sticky. As many others have stated...Juicy. Nice mouthfeel with good body and perfectly carbonated. Pretty sure that I will be drinking more than a few of these this summer. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SebastRain
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to have a solid all Citra pale ale in MN! A nice approachable pale ale that is more session-able than most of my go-to's. This review is based on pouring both into a snifter and trying directly out of the can. Both were pleasant experiences. For the look (obviously out of the snifter) - straw-like pale in color as one would expect however had a hazy appearance to it... not your normal haze, but something else - actual small visible particles? Not sure if this was cold haze or if it was from hop extract? Have seen similar stuff from older Abrasive cans, but this was not that old of a can. Didn't deter me from drinking. For the smell, out of the snifter, much better Citra grapefruit nose (as expected vs. out of the can) dominates everything. I love a good Citra nose and this doesn't disappoint. Taste is a bit thin on the body and as a result, I perceived it to be slightly astringent (the main knock on the beer for me). It was very dry which can be nice, but I was hoping for it to be just a bit more "citra juicy" when the body balances in a bigger way... Mouth-feel was fine and overall this beer is very enjoyable. Glad to have it in MN liquor stores now!

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An incredibly balanced beer with citra. Perfect mouthfeel, and oh so drinkable. Definitely a mango/honey thing going on with this. Wish I had an abundant supply to drink year round.

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Photo of senglish7
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one. Golden color. Nice head after a pour from can. Canned in January so not super fresh. Super sweet and fruity taste. Very smooth finish and feel. Aroma doesn't do a ton for me. Can't believe the ABV on this. Reminds me a lil of Jai Alai, only sweeter.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fine beer - many thanks to my pal Parris. Poured from a can dated the last week of February, so only 5 weeks old. I considered letting it celebrate its first birthday, but I'm selfish. Poured a copper-orange color - nice head. Love the tropical smell, and it carries into the taste - almost like a grapefuit with a nice malt balance. Was expecting a hop blast but didn't get it.....which is a nice change. Shouldn't forget this is an APA.
I am on a roll with top quality beers lately.....might be time to find a Molson Ice to bring me back to my roots

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Photo of Beric
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 16oz can, canned early March 2016, into a tulip
Served: 28 Mar 2016

Appearance: Pours a great golden yellow color with a soft one finger head that sticks around for a bit, but not forever. Good carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Slight haze, but nothing extreme.

Smell: Very pungent citrus and pine hop smells. Quite resinous. Not much malt on the nose. Very clean smelling, which is refreshing.

Taste: Wow, what a great beer. Very assertive citra hops and everything that comes with them- grapefruit, mango, pine, lemon peel, and a pinch of fresh mown grass. The hop flavors cut across the palate nicely and leave you thirsting for more. Slight malt sweetness but nothing too noticable. Very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Drinks great.

Overall: Definitely deserving the rating it gets and very comparable to Zombie Dust. I have to say that this one edges out Zombie Dust slightly due to its awesome format- who doesn't love 16oz cans?!

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 3,927 ratings.
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