Pseudo Sue | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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

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Reviews: 795 | Ratings: 5,160
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath PseudoSue

Appearance: This single-hopped Citra pale ale pours a shockingly hazy golden orange, perhaps a result of hop haze. It looks more like many Belgian saisons or Belgian pale ales that this reviewer has seen rather than the American pale ale that it is. There is less than a finger of creamy, slightly off-white head that has horrible retention, especially for its style. The lacing, however, is above average. There is no visually present carbonation due to the haziness of the pour. Another finger or two of head would have been nice, and the haziness seems a bit much given style, but this is not a bad looking beer, but it is not up there with the best looking pale ales.

Aroma: Absolutely smells like Citra hops. Tons of grapefruit, mango, and orange alongside some mild bitter, resinous notes and a touch of dankness jump out of the glass and permeate every corner of the room that one drinks this beer in. It is a very strong smelling beer, but the hops do not totally dominate the nose; there are some light, bready sweet malts in the background as well as just a touch of spicy yeast character and some strange mintiness. That yeasty, malty complexity really puts this one in the pale ale major leagues.

Taste: Unexpectedly, the taste does not follow the smell as closely as one would hope. It is a very confusing palate assault. The Citra hop notes are surely there, but the malts are much more assertive than the nose let on. They give a creamy, “beer” flavor, rather than the bready, crackery sweetness that most APAs shoot for. The mint flavor and spiciness from the yeast is also much more pronounced. Lastly, there is very little residual bitterness in the aftertaste, resulting in a very drinkable beer. It is not inherently bad, but it is somewhat of a shock after the oh-so-promising nose.

Mouthfeel: The mildness of the flavors combined with the extremely moderate mouthfeel make this an outrageously drinkable and refreshing pale ale. The 6% ABV only supports its sessionability. The carbonation is perfect, and there is just a touch of astringency. Something about the body feels a bit like fresh water, but not in a bad, “watered-down” way; this is not a characteristic this drinker has encountered in any other beers, but it not unwelcome in such a drinkable brew.

Overall: I wonder if I have a bad bottle/batch of this based on looking at other reviews praising how closely the taste followed the nose. If it had done so, this would be a beer to have on hand at all times. As it is, it is a good APA, but certainly not among the best out there. Many people seem to want to compare this to Zombie Dust (both being pale ales that focus on Citra hops), and while there are similarities, Zombie Dust this is not. Still, for $5 a bomber, one cannot go wrong with giving this beer a shot. 16.5/20

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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jesus, what a stunner of a beer. Poured from a 22oz bomber from the first bottling run. Hazy gold and orange, a dash of white foam and good lacing. Juicy, stanky aromas float from the glass. Cattiness, mints and mangoes jump out. The taste follows the nose, with lots of spearmint, citrus, tropicalia, and herbs. The mouthfeel is slick, wet and full. Overall, an absolute winner from the new school of American Pale Ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've heard great things about this brewery, but this is the first of their beers I've been able to get my hands on. Growler filled a couple hours earlier at Casanova Liquors in Hudson, Wisconsin. Tasted 3 April 2013.

Pours a lovely bright golden orange, about 95% clear. One finger of white head, decent retention and excellent lacing. A thin drift of bubbles rising up.

Smell is fabulous. Big potent citrusy hops, grapefruit and oranges, with a background of tropical fruit. It's pleasantly sweet and rounded in the nose, with a soft malt backing. The hops dance on top, but there's no hollow underneath. Really nice.

Taste is just delicious. Clean and crisp up front, flowing into a peachy tropical fruit flavor, before fading to a gentle dry bitterness. It starts to become a bit chalky, but just a hair, and the grains keep it from turning to heavily to that side.

Mouthfeel is lovely. Medium-light body, becoming lighter and drifting up like a helium balloon. Carbonation that tingles and then rushes, mixing things up and keeping the flavors playing on my tongue. Pleasantly drying in the finish.

This is a really top-notch, heavily dry-hopped pale ale. Big citra hops in the nose, but there's more to it than that. The rest of the beer forms a perfect stage for those hops, with a lightly dry feel and a mildly sweet base. Reminds me a lot of Zombie Dust, and that's a big compliment. An incredibly tasty, sessionable pale ale.

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4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the most flavorful, hop forward APA's I've had. The single hop Citra comes shining through on the aroma and the taste...tons of juicy fruit notes which include oranges, tangerines, and papaya.

Not particularly bitter just flavorful which I love. Body is definitely pale ale-ish. Does not infringe on IPA territory in that regard but at the same time it is not light or watery. Seems to be a perfect weight APA in my book....carbonation is spot on too particularly from a growler filled from a keg.

Light golden colored...a little cloudy...nice lacing rims the glass...doesn't look regal or anything but solid for the style.

The aroma is intense and full of not just the fruitiness I noted but it also has a fresh floral hoppiness as well.

As for the taste beyond the immense fruit notes I do pick up some catty notes as well. It was more obvious on my burps after the fact and more distinguishable when drinking when I compared it side by side to Founders All Day IPA for kicks. I'm not a uge fan of the catty notes but am starting to become accustomed to it in more and more beers and it does not bother me as much as it may have a few years ago.

Still, this is one of my favorite APA's going. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-gold color. The head isb half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is very fruity with lots of passion fruit, tangerine, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma. It even has a pleasant impression of fruity acidity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a fine beer that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the taproom, first beer of the day. Approached with an open mind but plenty of anticipation having had only good stuff from the guys at TG.

Light and hazy, looks hoppy alright. Hoppy, somewhat herbal nose. Fruit blast on the palate, with all sorts of tropical notes there. Light and crisp without being watery. Excellent drinkability and loads of character. A good f-in beer... make that great.

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Photo of deebo
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The citra hop is responsible for turning a non hop head into a guy who can really appreciate the great aroma and taste of non-bittering hops. Heard great things about the brews from Toppling Goliath so jumped on the chance to pick up a growler of this single hop citra APA. The first pour from the growler into a pint glass is colored golden with an orange hue with a slight haze present. Tiny bubbles merge into a finger of white head that quickly recedes into a skim layer while sticking to the glass nicely. Aromas of the citra pop out of this brew. Grapefruit, pineapple and mango on top of a clean crisp malt bill. Taste is big time citra-especially the tropical fruit character hits me upfront with a hint of evergreen, than followed up with a bit of malt and sweetness ending with a crisp slight bitterness that quickly cleans up inviting the next drink. Medium bodied and carbonated with 0 alcohol bite. Super drinkable...this is like candy. Yep-I love citra hops. A super brew. This would likely be a regular in my fridge if I could easily get it.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Style: India Pale Ale


Purchased at: Red’s Alehouse, North Liberty, IA on tap.

Pour: Orangish pour, nice medium-sized head, tons of lacing.

Aroma: All citra hop aroma. The smell is amazing.

Flavor: More citra hop, grapefruit, lemon, and orange mixed with a bit of pine. Wonderful! rating: 98/100 rating: 95/100

Overall: A

My recommendation: You don’t necessarily have to wait for the bottles to arrive, (hopefully 2 months?), bars and restaurants around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City continually have TG brews on tap, or make the trip to Decorah and get it as fresh as you can. These guys are the real deal!

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

Produced a 2 finger white head. Left some nice lacing. The beer color is a hazy straw.

The aroma was strong, of grapefruit, mango, and other citrus. Definitely hopped up with citra.

The taste was similar. Very bold taste, and the hop bitterness was just right for the style. I'm not a big grapefruit fan, but this is very good. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Fairly easy drinking. Very good beer. If this is any indication of how good Toppling G is like, I need to try more from them.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a growler. Hazy opaque orange with 3 fingers white soapy head.

Wow. Aroma really jumps out of the growler with lively tropical mango, citrus and pine. Really an incredible nose. One of the best smelling pale ales I have experienced.

Taste follows the nose. Juicy on the palate. Grapefruit, orange and pine. Plenty of hop flavors with little bitterness.

Medium carb and medium mouthfeel and incredible easy drinking.

An excellent example of the style.

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

Reviewed from a beer clean Growler filed at the Nova in Hudson WI, poured into a beer clean imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a thick white head with ample lacing. The body is a slightly hazed yellow.

S- Tropical fruits come through big time here which is no surprise given the citra hops. Peach, Passion fruit, citrus juice (lemon, lime, grapefruit). Not a lot of malt to speak of.

T- Starts out with a solid hop bitterness, some peach and mango notes with some bready malt tucked in quickly before sliding into a long dry bitter finish.

M- Good body and some spritzy carbonation. The long astringent finish is nice.

O- A very nice pale ale. This really highlights the citra hop profile. I'll definitely enjoy this again.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a really nice looking hazy light orange, about a finger of head.

Smell is all sweet tropical and citrus fruit with light astringint notes

Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit coming through, oranges, finished dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel is spot on for a APA.

A amazing APA, I prefer Golden Nugget and Millenium Falcon... But I believe I gave those 5s thought so that is no complaint.

Edit... The more I drink this one, the more I realize Its earns the 5, while the appearance may not be a 5.... every other category is. And who cares about the appearance of a beer, if that is the one and only flaw!?!?

Previously had it at a 4.8 It is now a 5!

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Photo of drpimento
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served with a huge, fluffy, foamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is a slightly hazy & dark amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a startlingly fresh hop, reminiscent of weed plus some sweet malt, citrus, resin. Flavor's much like nose, bitterness stands out; just enough malt and carbonic tang to balance for a kick butt IPA. Body and carbbonation are faultless. Finiish is like flavor, long, and drrikable. V nicely done.

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3.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather poor looking but that is to be blamed on the growler I had filled at Casanova's in Hudson. Pours a pale golden color with minimal head. Still quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Citric hop aroma. Hints of grapefruit and some tropical fruit. A little cat piss as well. Not getting much for malt but this is a hop showcase.

The malt gives the flavor a dry character and I think this dryness is why I feel the flavor is a little harsh. Do get plenty of Citra hop flavor. Notes of grapefruit and orange. A little dankness as well.

Body is lighter side of medium and feels about right for a sub 6% ABV beer. Not very well carbonated but that is because of the growler. When I had it on-tap, it was well done.

Toppling Goliath got the best qualities out of the Citra hop. All the great flavor without the harshness that I object to in this hop variety. Just wish they used a little sweeter malt bill to give a little balance.

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Photo of aleric
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Root Note in La Crosse, WI.

A - Straw/amber with a frothy 2-finger head. Great lacing, some sediment.

S - Beautiful grapefruit and mango backed by pale malt. The people sitting next to me at my table instantly commented on the scent when the glass was set down. This is a very aromatic ale.

T - More grapefruit, apricot, and lingering pine... the hops make a pronounced appearance but don't overwhelm, just add the bitterness of the grapefruit.

M - Very rich and creamy, but crisp, medium carbonation.

O - I love this APA! The floral hops, tropical flavor, and richness make it one of the best beers I've had, and another spot-on offering from Toppling Goliath. I'm very excited about this brewery.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden amber liquid with a soapy magnolia finger. Superior retention; thick lacing.

Wonderful hoppy aromatics - passion fruit, citrus, mango, guava, on and on; hints of pale malt.

Intensively fresh hops, fruity (tropical) and flavorful palate entry. Very potent flavors yet extremely mild bitterness. Light malt, supremely crisp yet fruity finish.

Creamy, rich, medium-bodied, and lush.

A stupendous APA - one of the best I've tried really...

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Photo of mynie
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pretty, lightly hazy bright orange with a bright white head.

Smells a wonderful combination of bitter and fruity. Mangos, apricots, and grapefruits mix with pine needles and alpha acid against juuuust enough bready sweetness to keep things balanced.

Tastes, excellently, like it smells, only bending more toward the fruity end than the bitter. The result is a very sweet IPA that's very interesting and refreshing but could have been just a bit more balanced.

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Photo of Efeswasmy1st
3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at tasting, poured into 4 oz glass.

Appearance -cloudy yellow with little head.

Aroma--lots of grapefruit, grass and hop.

Taste-- very bitter to me, almost ammonia-like. Tasted like the smell of cat urine--to me anyway. I work at a vet clinic so this is commonplace smell for me.

Palate--dry, good carbonation, lightly sour on the back of tongue.

Overall, I didn't care for, many other patrons had pints after the tasting. Just can't get over the ammonia I taste/smell in the beer.

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Photo of blackdog1101
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a growler fresh from the tap yesterday.

A. Looks like apple cider you'd but from an orchard. Orangey in color and quite opaque. Nice firm white head.

S. This is amazing. There must be loads of hops added to this in the fermenter. Smells liked fresh citrus; grapefruit, lime, and pineapple.

T. Tastes just as you would expect, loads of citrus and pineapple. Not bitter up front, just an explosion of fruit. Becomes more tart at the finish, with a pinch of pine. Enough malt to provide a bit of sweetness, but this is all about the hops.

M. This definitely has body and substance. Like nectar juices.

O. This is an awesome pale ale. I've had nothing like this before. This is very easy drinking and refreshing. I could easily drink this with a brunch, or would be lovely on the porch in the summer. Toppling Goliath has a real winner here.

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4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Single hopped Citra Pale Ale"

Three consecutive drafts at the GTMW '11, around 8-10 oz. give or take. Review from transcribed notes.

Peachy hazed orange, tropical sunshine. Thick layer of white foam, leaving sticky arcs of lacing in the glass.

Tropical, citrusy, pungent but not too aggressive. Mango, grapefruit, dank green hops mesh with lush fresh fruit notes in the aroma. Some light resiny bitterness is balanced with a subtle pale malt presence in the middle. Big on citrus and tropical mango notes. Light bodied, quenching, and very tasty. I could have sat there and drank this all day. Pretty much the epitome of a hophead's summer session beer. Second favorite after Golden Nugget. Please put this in cans, TG!

2016: The cans are contract brewed in Florida, quality is good, but the taste/aroma isn't quite there.
2018: Decorah-brewed Sue seems closer to the original formula, maybe not as punchy as before, but very good.

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