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PseudoSue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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: 530 | Ratings: 3,832
Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep orange, generous head. Smell is powerful, citrusy Tastes also very citrusy, with some pine and very complex. A lot of nice aftertaste. Feels smooth, creamy, with some hoppy bite. Overall great, reminds me of great New England IPAs.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The pour is outstanding with a creamy head of just off white foam that adorns the beer and lasts. Falls decadently clinging. In the light of my living room the beer appears to have a slight orange blush to it like a haze, only a hue. In direct light there is no orange, the beer is yellow with a perfect stream of bubbles that steadily rise from the center.

Nose is mango. Outrageous and ripe! A soft and very broad hop floral that is sweet. Crakery malt, light pepper from the hops. A light floral nectar. This beer smells like what attracts bees to flowers. Earthy grapefruit rind and hints of lemon.

Dazzling flavor. Bright malt with just a hint of sweetness that combines with the hop pepper. It's like a peppery cracker. Mango is juicy and ripe and fills up the middle. The citrus on the palate is fresh and crisp and like a light tang. No real tartness to the flavor. The grapefruit peel is earthy and heady with fragrance. Sweet lemon as it warms. The beers is light to the perception but actually has a good solid mouthfeel. The alcohol makes up most of the weight on the tongue but then that sensual dry crackery malt is creamy and round. Flavor is complex from the citra hop. Bitterness is moderate but not too strong. It's as though this beer wants to show you the hops as a flower. This beer opens like a flower on the nose and on the palate. The finish is what clinches it though. It's like a bit of bitter sap from the stem.

I love it. This is one of the best pale ales I have ever had. Crushable, dangerously drinkable and shows one hop in all it's delicate and robust complexity.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 1/29/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength, Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass. the head was three fingers, and the initial impact is the generous fruity smell. Taste is excellent for this type beer, not too hoppy, and the muted fruitiness isn't overwhelming. The feel is full-bodied, and the lingering flavors are very nice. Overall, one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of GregA135
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Pale Ale! Was lucky enough to get 8 16oz cans in my trade.

Pours a nice orange hue with a cream white head
Instant smell of citrus hops and tropical fruit notes.
Crisp and very easy to drink - could really taste the citrus, orange and tropical flavors
Perfect amount of bitterness and a very smooth APA

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Photo of Dmiller25
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic, a hard to find gem, but worth the hunt. I was hesitant to purchase the 4 pack, so I grabbed a single. I will be back for the rest tomorrow and I hope they're still on the shelf. A very nic aroma, rich golden color, taste great... What else is there?

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Photo of Tommiblu
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA!!! I enjoy the Florida batch just as much as the Decorah batch. I am very excited to uncap my growler of fresh Decorah Sue!!!

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The hype was worth it for this beer. I purchased a four pack of cans from Toppling Goliath in Decorah, IA. Pseudo Sue pours an orange hue with a moderate head and a nice lacing. The scent is fantastic and powerful with citrus and evergreen providing most of the scent. The taste is fantastic as well with the grapefruit and evergreen providing most of the flavor as well. There is some noticeable malt as well. The finish has just a slight bitterness and more of a smooth finish. This is by far the best pale ale I have had so far.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.74/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 1/5, into a snifter.

Incredibly disappointed, this is average at best. While I acknowledge I don't drink this type of Midwest IPA anymore, ZD crushes it. Way too much crystal malt, pretty one dimensional.

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Photo of berto714
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was really excited to get this as an extra. Pours a nice orange hue with great head and lacing. Citra hop aroma smacks you in the face right when you pour, and the flavor follows. Orange and grapefruit are especially present. Soft creamy mouthfeel with good carb. Did not disappoint.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer with light citrus notes and a beautiful color. This can was a couple of weeks old. I would love to try this fresher. I'll bet it would be even better.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/29/16.

Bright, slightly hazy orange with a frothy creamy white head. Great retention and cascading lace.

Aroma is dominated by citrus and tropical fruit. Oranges, tangerine.

So juicy. Oranges, tangerine, passion fruit.

Bitter and dry. Light carbonation with medium body. Very clean.

It's a winner. A true ode to the citra.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into tulip. 1/15/16

L. Copper orange in color, semi clear with 2 finger head and sticky lacing.
S. Lots of tropical on the nose. Touch of alcohol and pine. Nice citrus notes too.
T. Lots of pine upfront, doesn't really follow the nose. Hints of tropical, but not like on the nose. Almost a bit metallic.
F. Lighter mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

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Photo of DiabolicSarcasm
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely one of the best APA's in the market today. If you haven't had a chance to try it, definitely make it a priority to get it. With TG expanding their production to Florida, it is becoming a little easier to come by. Its up there with Zombie Dust in my opinion.

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Photo of hardysf
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a touch underwhelming, but I had the Florida version if that means anything. The beer pours a nice clear yellowish color. Nice head and nice lacing. The aroma is really nice. No question that citra hops are the star of the show and little restraint was used in finishing hops and dry hopping. Lots of mango, melon, and grapefruit in the nose. The taste is where I find this one lacking a bit. The malt base is a little under pronounced and a tad grainy. The flavor is prevalent, but its just missing something to me. I was also hoping for a bit of a drier finish. Don't get me wrong, really good beer, and I would drink and buy again, but I would prefer others in a perfect world.

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Photo of Drank
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dank aroma of Citra. Nice head and lacing like a curtain. Unfiltered. Good flavor with citrus upfront and bitterness at the end. A little lighter than expected. Very good.

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Photo of emount91
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy yellow color, nice head that has decent retention. smell is that grassy citrusy citra scent that we all love and know. the smell is awesome, but the taste is even better: lemon, orange peel, some slight pineapple, with a slightly sweet crackery malt. finishes dry but leaves a nice grapefruit after taste. mouthfeel is near perfect for the flavor profile. I want an unlimited supply of this. worth every single point of its rating.

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Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got as an extra in a trade and was super excited. Lives up to the hype. Crisp, clean and smooth. Very drinkable. I will be looking for more of this beer to drink when it get warm outside. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/5/2016

Look - Golden color, slight haze
Smell - Citrus, herbaceous, hints of tropical fruits like pineapples and tangerines
Taste - Tons of citrus...tons of herbaceous notes. Some grapefruit as well.

Overall - I've heard the FL production is not on the same level as the Iowa location. This pale ale is great without a doubt....but not worthy of it's 100 world class status in my opinion. I've had better.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly known as the best American Pale Ale known to man, I had to try this.

Canned on : 1/15/16 (very fresh!)

Appearance is golden with tinges of bronze and orange, with a touch of haze. The head is large and towering, although the lace it leaves could be a bit more exotic.

Aroma is of onions and raisins, some old fruit peels too. Can't say I'm a fan of the onion craze.

Flavor is both underwhelming and absolutely amazing at the same time. I've had nothing like it. It starts off with water basked in pine needles, a bite of white onion; strikes a great balance of pale malts and grapefruity hop. Tropical and bright. My biggest gripe is that the profile loses steam quickly and grows boring. Could use more piney bite. The finish is of onion and rotted fruit rinds.

Feel is creamy and smooth, yet delivers a tight crisp feel overall.

Overall, my favorite American Pale Ale is still Mirror Pond. This one is really great though, and I would have it again. Nice work, TGB.

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Photo of darktronica
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Staggeringly aromatic upon the initial hazy, golden pour. Fruits on fruits, this is indeed a citra showcase, as if a tropical fruit vendor lent you his truck for the weekend, and it also happened to have a pine-scented air freshener dangling from the rearview. Significantly more resinous and bitter on the tongue, but still a refreshing delight.

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Photo of TyFluth
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell and taste is full of citrus (like double whatever you're thinking) and a little pine. Not your traditional pale ale, but good none the less. Not a whole lot of dryness, starts and finishes smooth. Tough for me to compare to other pale ales because its just...different.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Translucent gold, with a large, soft but quickly dissipating head. Light champagne-like carbonation.

Orange rind on the nose.

Flavors of biscuit and crackery malts balance out the hop bitterness very well.

This reminds me a lot of White Rajah. I actually like White Rajah a tad better than this--it's a slight bit more substantial, less filtered, but I can see where this got its notoriety from.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is intensely fruity and citrusy. Taste is amazing. Fresh grapefruit, orange, citrus all balanced perfectly with a smooth aftertaste and little bitterness. Just shy of a medium mouth feel. One of the best beers I've had. Be careful, this beer will ruin other hoppy ales for you.

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

The second best pale ale out there, right behind zombie dust. An excellent beer, definitely worth seeking out. Awesome hop presence from the nose all the way though the finish.

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PseudoSue from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.
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