Twisted Galaxy
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #455
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4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Twisted GalaxyTwisted Galaxy
Notes: No time and no space. Life beyond life. An experience transcendental, originating from within and projected through the third eye. Relax. Take a journey of the mind. Open up to the possibilities beyond your mortal coil. Follow the lines that lead to your inner twisted galaxy. Unravel it, question it, understand it.

100+ IBU
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Pentastar from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A murky orange with nice white foam head.
Smell: Alcohol and lemon, apricot. Sweet smelling.
Taste: Orange and pine resin, nice bitterness.
Feel: Good carbonation, not sticky or robust.
Overall: Another good display of hops.

Dec 13, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Casey's
Big pillowy creamy head, great retention and lacing, semi hazy orange golden color

Nose tons of fruit, tropical fruit and pineapple juice out front, like a tropical drink, citrus, mango, papaya, light malt

Taste mild sweet creamy malts, flaked oats or wheat, soft minerals, again loads of tropical fruit and pineapple, and again almost like tropical mixed drink, little mango, papaya, and citrus, very soft juicy, bit creamy

Mouth is med bod very soft creamy juicy, med carb, no alcohol

Overall pretty well done NEIPA, great tropical fruits, very soft juicy, enjoyable

Mar 06, 2020
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Hansicus_Almighticus from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another citrus hop juice by TG. This is one of my least favorite offerings.
Look: cloudy golden orange with lots of particulates.
Taste: grapefruit and lemon with lots of bitterness.
Would have preferred a heavier mouthfeel.

Feb 14, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy/cloudy yellow in color. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that mostly died down, leaving a few specks of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit and pine are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the initial flavors are dominated by moderate to strong flavors of tropical passionfruit and orange citrus and the finish is dominated by moderate of pine and a strong dose of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both very juicy and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA seems more like a hybrid between a classic American Imperial IPA and a New England-style IPA given the bitterness in the taste and the crispness in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

Feb 07, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Twisted Galaxy DIPA/NEIPA, 8% ABV. Pours hazy orangish yellow with a four finger white head that left lots of foamy lacing. Lots of floaties. Nose is tropical fruit, taste follows with pineapple, grapefruit, a bit piney, with moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent to near outstanding.

Feb 06, 2020
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haines710 from Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another crazy find as a single can in the supermarket make your own six pack section. I’ve never seen beer from Iowa near Delaware. This is another great one. Awesome very drinkable for a DIPA. Beautiful citrus notes and flavor. Smooth and a little creamy. Very tasty.

Feb 02, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The problem with this beer and mostly every other in this pathetic NE genre (well, OK, I love Focal Banger and I also like Pseudo Sue, and a couple other reasonably priced $2 beers are decent) is the cost. This beer, while delicious, is certainly not worth the $5.25 i paid, and, thank goodness, I didn't pay the $20 or $21 for 4. And, yes, I have paid $8 a can for Focal Banger, and that's also not worth that ... that being said ...

Pretty, fresh, fruity, a little funky and delicious, though Galaxy will never be my favorite hop. Glad I tried, but that out of date 4 pack of Rock Art Dancin' DIPA i paid a ridiculous $3,75 for (not each, $3.75 total for 4, yes 4) was so much better.
My stupid for not buying 6 4 packs that day, that was Thursday, we left for the shore Friday AM, and those for sale were long gone when I got back Sunday afternoon. Now there's a beer would love to try fresh for perspective.

Jan 31, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - lotsa sweet wet fruit up front - suggestive of pale fleshes like apricots and stone fruit and tropical fare, particularly pineapple; but after the initial flash, a more resinous and pine-like shellac coats the palate... Some sweetness creeps back in on the back-end, and there's even a bit of woody drying on the long finish... Relatively full-bodied and plush, as you'd expect - the deep golden body had a juice-like opacity, but enough transparency to reveal particulate matter settling from suspension... Fat foamy white head showed persistence and trailed lace arms and lines down the glass...

This was a real good one - you gotta check it out if you get a chance...

12/12/19 tallboy canning from a 4-pack box with a best by of 04/10/20...

Jan 30, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

PKD12/12/19 BEST BY 04/10/20
Another great beer from TG. Really a testament to the beauty of the Galaxy hop but that smoothness and deliciousness you expect from this brewery are all there. A massive tropical fruit bomb with the grassy/earthy finish that you want from Galaxy that’s also surprisingly drinkable for the IBU & ABV%.

Jan 27, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint glass.

Look is a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is tropical galaxy hops.

Taste is pithy bitter tropical fruit with a touch of the alcohol sweetness.

Jan 18, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall can into a tulip.

Pours hazy/cloudy orange-gold with a nice fluffy head, solid retention and good lacing. It looks every bit an NEIPA.

The nose is hit with ruby red grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, lime, mango, and white pepper.

The brew is well balanced between solid malt sweetness and citrus hop bitterness, with plenty of white stone fruit and tropical fruits as well.

Well balanced, medium-full bodied. It is creamy, yet well-carbonated and moderately crisp.

An excellent NEIPA.

Jan 18, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying a can of this beer at my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego house. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had dank tropical fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Jan 18, 2020
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as good as King Sue, actually I have hard time telling the difference other that it kinda settles down the glass over time. So this is a worthy replacement if King Sue is not available ! Awesome

Jan 18, 2020
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy cloudy dark orange. Has a bunch of floatys that settle at the bottom.
Smell is sweet cotton candy and some fruit like pineapple.
Taste is rather sweet fruit with a bitter finish. Nothing specific. Body is a little dense but yet drinkable.
This beer is pretty good but doesn’t showcase Galaxy like I would expect. It’s pretty ugly too with all of the floaters.

Jan 12, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned on 12-9-19, best before 4-7-20. Opened 1-10-20.
Huge 3 finger white head cresting out of the glass like an ice cream cone. Pale golden color, not opaque nor clear through. TONS of carbonation racing up the beer wildly. Thick foamy lacing.
Pineapple - initially very soft perfumey pineapple and then turns into pineapple with garlic and a sharper aroma. Pineapple-mango salsa.
Citrus - tropical fruits, pineapple leading with some strong herbal notes following. Gritty malt base is apparent after the hop attack.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel. Long finish of hops first and then a gritty, grainy malt later....mild but persistent bitterness.
Good - 3 more to make the final call on this one. Potentially over carbonated? Good but not great.

Jan 11, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky hazy orange color with a dense two-finger off-white head that chases the beer down your glass. A citrus explosion of aromas whets your hop appetite, and the taste confirms that you have indeed jumped into middle of a juicy citrus hop vat, with loads of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit flavors to scratch your hop itch.

Really well done by TG.

Jan 10, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into an imperial can-shaped glass.

Extra hazy gold. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Peach, blueberry, pineapple, dank, mango, and candy sugar.

Extremely dank. Sappy pine, eucalyptus, and aloe vera. Peach juice, pineapple, blueberry, and mango, Smooth candy sugar and honey maltiness.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, creamy, crisp, juicy, and offdry with a medium-light bitterness.

Fantabulous! Suitably dank and modestly tropical.

Jan 07, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a good-sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, pineapple and toffee. Sweet tropical fruitness with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness.

Jan 05, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 12/13/19, so a mere 3 weeks old.

Looks superb in the glass. Standard TG cloudy dull orange body. Really big white foamy head which persists throughout leaving layers of lacing.

Aroma of orange and pineapple. Very faint mustiness.

Upon tasting, delicious tropical citrus
and non citrus taste, mildly bitter, appears to have a strong malt background. Galaxy hops used very well. Tasty drink.

Mouth full and soft, finish a warm fruity hoppiness.

Overall, all these TG ipas, neipas, pales, and dipas do taste somewhat similar. But it's a damn good taste range.

Jan 03, 2020
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz, just canned 12 days ago in Iowa, and now poured into my Pokal pint glass here in PA... Fresh!

Great appearance, with an unfiltered, cloudy body and tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas are faint, but dank and tropical.

Flavors are more astringent than I had hoped for, with plenty of old orange peel and pineapple rinds. A bit too much vegetal aftertaste is what kept this from being “worth the price tag” for me.

Jan 01, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic head production and retention; nearly three fingers of firm white head from a moderate pour, and very, very slowly and unevenly dying. No room for a second pour several minutes after the first. Pulpy bright orange body; very lively.

Bright hoppy nose, with a creamy malt base. Tangerine, candied orange, bright Italian herbs, pineapple, cream, honey, flowers.

Incredibly juicy on the palate, with similar notes as on the nose. Orange and pineapple are prominent, as well as cream and honey.

Smooth and lively; medium-to-full bodied.

Dec 23, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a big snifter. Gift from @mr-jj. Packaged 06/17/19, best by 10/15/19. Normally, because it's outside of the clearly marked "best by" date and well beyond my personal three month "best by" date for IPAs, I wouldn't review it. But, this beer is still pretty solid -- which you should count as a plus for it anyway.

Pours super hazy, pale yellow with a medium head. Smell is a little muted, makes me think of citrus pith and unripe mangos.

Taste is pretty juicy, with a moderately crisp bitter bite at the end. Pith is still pretty prevalent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, better than average IPA, even aged longer than I would have liked.

Dec 08, 2019
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is murkbombish. Bright and golden with tons of head. Three fingers of bone white head. Aroma is ridiculous. You can smell the pineapple and overripe citrus fruits as soon as you open the can. There is also an earthy element and a little hit of some cheese @CanConPhilly
Taste is dominated by the overripe citrus fruits; pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a little piney bitterness at the end. Oooh I see you funky peach sneaking in on the finish. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and pretty creamy. Overall this is outstanding and I haven’t had any beers from TG that I’ve been disappointed in.

Sep 08, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mucho thx to tacosandbeer for these cans. Canned on 6/17/19.

A - Very hazy to almost opaque yellow tan color with moderate soapy white lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Somewhat faded citrus, acidic orange, overall the aroma is muted.

T - Faded orange and citrus with slight spiciness, a little bit of fruit rind, peppery spice, and pine resin bitterness on the very back end.

M - Chewy, thick , and viscous with some nice soft texture on the palate.

O - Held up fairly well for being two months old. Will re-visit this one, totally over-rated IMO.

Aug 19, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is tropical fruit, sharp citrus, grapefruit, faint pineapple, slight grassy malt aroma.

1 inch+ thick, creamy white head that retains nicely. Thick strings and loops of lacing as it sags a bit in the middle. Yellow-orange hazy color, like a mix of orange and pineapple juice with sparse bubbles visible. Some highly visible white floaties are in the initial pour, with gobs of them in the final pour - again, typical of many TG IPAs.

Feel is medium-thin, somewhat sharp.

A fairly bitter, somewhat piney, start with tropical fruit flavors, but not what I would call "juicy". Flavors of orange, some pineapple, with a nice grapefruit-like bite. Moderate to a bit stronger bitterness throughout all the way to the finish. The brewer states this beer has an IBU of 100, but the hops don't translate that into the perceived bitterness you might expect; moderately bitter, more like a 60-70 or so IBU beer.

Malt presence is grassy but subdued by the hops.

Finish and aftertaste are dry with the moderate bitterness, citrus flavors lingering for short time, eventually fading to nothing but the bitter aftertaste remains. The bitterness in the aftertaste builds as you drink.

I didn't judge this against the NEIPA BJCP guidelines, but if I had, in my view, the main thing "New England" about this beer is the hazy appearance, which has been a characteristic of TG pale ales and IPAs for a decade. The aroma is tropical fruit, for sure, but not tropical fruit juice, and the malts are grassy. The feel is not soft, and is medium-thin, not medium-full; the taste is moderately bitter (not necessarily a disqualifying feature by itself), but the taste is more IPA-citrus-like rather than "juicy", and the finish is dry and, again, moderately bitter.

This is a very good DIPA, but is it mischaracterized by those calling it a NEIPA?

Aug 06, 2019
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