Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #349
Ranked #1,195
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
May 02, 2022
Sep 16, 2011
Notes: Zelicious single-hop showcase using the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand. Delightfully confusing aromas of citrus and mandarin oranges give way to an incredibly complex body of earth tones and marigolds. This is truly unlike any hop you’ve ever tasted.

80 IBU
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4.08 by Zanico from Ohio on May 02, 2022
4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2022
4.39 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Apr 16, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

16 oz can, born on 2/10/22, poured into a teku glass at 41 degrees F:
L - golden and hazy with a cloudy white head that lingered
S - pineapple, citrus, resin
T - wonderful blend of flavors, it's difficult to discern them from one another, follows the nose though
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very nice, one of the better IPA's I've had

Mar 19, 2022
4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Mar 18, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Best by 6/10/22
Opened and reviewed on: 3/16/22

Looks: a bright hazy gold with white and orange highlights. Pure white foam cap leaves plenty behind and a wall of lace.

Nose: Hops: Peachy, Orange zest, lime, cucumber, star fruit and melon. Husky golden grains on the malt side.

Flavor & Feel: Hops first, zesty melon, dank orange pepper and tangy citrus. Malt now: earthy, peppery grains of the hot summertime fields.

Overall: unique for sure, intriguing without a doubt.

Mar 16, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Wish I were a wordsmith. This pours typical orange in copper in color. Head is impressive and is THICK. Caresses the side of the glass. Nose slightly citrus. Taste is orange and piney with a bitter finish, however it fades quickly. Good stuff.

Mar 13, 2022
4.28 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Mar 11, 2022
3.63 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on Mar 10, 2022
4.31 by Nunya from Ohio on Mar 09, 2022
4.75 by Lukass from Ohio on Mar 08, 2022
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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a hazy orange color. A moderate layer of foam retains well. Lots of lacing.
The nose opens with sweet notes of fruity resins, notably, grape, peach, papaya, melon and lime zest. Aromas become more herbaceous and dank, with notes of cannabis.
An explosion of juicy and resiny hops is well supported by a biscuity and lightly creamy malt backbone. Notes of grape, lime, grapefruit rind, peach and an assortment of tropical fruit. A firm malt sweetness is nicely contrasted with a sticky and resiny bitterness, herbal, grassy and peppery.
Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The finish dries up nicely and has a resiny stickiness that leaves the palate asking for another sip. Carbonation is moderate.
I can't believe I haven't had this! One of the best IPAs I've had in a while. I need to get more.

Mar 04, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

16 oz can.

Pours a hazy orange gold color with a 2 finger creamy white head. Good retention. Leaves a crown of cobweb lacing around the glass.

Aromas of tangerines and grapefruit, with a bit of rindy orange. There's some peach and white grapes before a medley of dank, herbal grass and weed. A bit of garlic in there. Yep. This is a Nelson beer for sure.

Taste follows the nose: Citrusy up front followed by earthy dankjuice. A little grainy malt in the back. Nice balance. Finishes bitter and piney.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and exceptionally smooth. Has a dry finish.

Overall, this is a great NEIPA that does a wonderful job showcasing the Nelson hop. Nelson is hit-or-miss for me but it definitely hits here.

Mar 03, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

When in the land of Zee, do as the Zeelanders do. And that's the time honored tradition that Toppling Goliath brewers honor when putting together a New Zealand hop-focused ale that celebrates what's best about their Nelson Sauvin hops.

Glowing dimly with a pastel golden appearance, ZeeLander caps off with a creamy, ivory and withstanding froth before teasing the senses with an herbal and fruit array of tropical, citrus, vinous and herbal attributes. With an early focus on its malts though, the early impressions are of shortbread, cereal and light honey.

Its early grain profile is short lived as the middle palate shifts toward those unique hops and their fruity impressions. A delicious imprint of passionfruit, lemon, white grape, orange peel and guava lay on the middle palate before the ale shift its focus to an herbal and winey taste late on the palate. Verbena, green tea, white wine and fresh spruce come with a peppery bite to offset the grain sweetness and to give the fruit flavors a drying bite.

Meidum bodied and treading on the malty side of dry, the hazy IPA finishes smoothly bitter with a backdrop of wine and botanical gin lasting post-finish. Its a well balanced beer that resides on the fruitier side of the hop profile.

Mar 03, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of white grape and gooseberry are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of white grapes are a bit stronger. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the contrasting aromas and flavors of white grape and gooseberries - especially given that it is a single hop beer.

Serving type: can

Mar 01, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 20 Snulip glass canned on 2/10/22. Pours a hazy orange with a finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thin streaks of lace with nice retention. 4.25

Aroma is garlic, marijuana, pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows garlic and onion, marijuana, tangerine, apricot, and grapefruit rind really well balanced. 4.25

Mouthfeel is above average, faintly soft carbonation, not sticky or dry, and at 6.2% it drinks bigger, but goes down ready. 4.25

Overall I like this one. It isn’t a juice bomb, but a little old school with some dank hops and fairly low in alcohol. I recommend for sure. 4.25

Feb 26, 2022
4.21 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Feb 20, 2022
4.28 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by Zaximus from Colorado on Oct 08, 2021
4.81 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Aug 08, 2021
4.21 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jul 20, 2021
4.42 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jun 06, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

A: Turbid showering of effervesce within a golden-orange dense colored body. Towering ivory head statue of three plus fingers, foamy with a bright white appeal. Really thick and juicy appearance, with a huge yeast dump on the second pour that settles on the bottom of the vessel. Yellow gold bar slurry. mmm protein. Dancing particulate matter in the active carbonation.

S: Pink grapefruit and pineapple juice. Soothing oranges and lime with some fruity watermelon and strawberries. Starts out strong and fresh, quietly and quickly fades.

T: Dank oranges and grapefruit for flavor with huge citrusy hops that turns to a dry flowery edge. Tropical fruit of pear, and stone fruit. Earthy herbal hop presence.

M: Medium build, soft and creamy, almost wheat like palate. Nice even smoothness, dank and bitter.

O: Nice start to nose and flavor. Solid and just what I expect from T.G. While it's no Pseudo Sue, it has its place for its fruity down under like hopping that was dank and juicy with an increasingly and likeable drinkability.

May 26, 2021
4.19 by Derptiluderp from Indiana on May 09, 2021
4.25 by xungmound98 from New York on May 08, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can
PKG 12/23/20 BEST BY 04/22/21
L: hazy golden-tangerine colored body; frothy ivory head
S: zesty grapefruit, lime, and passion fruit; floral citrus
T: lemon-lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, piney mango,
F: tart and zippy on the tongue, resinous hops stick to the palate, moderate carbonation, bitter & tart finish with floral grapefruit lingering
O: loads of hop flavor in this one!

Apr 20, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Tropical, fresh, vacation style IPA. Grassy, morning dew, light pineapple, orange juice, light pine. Feel is medium carbonation. It's a light, but tasty ipa, almost sessionable.

Apr 13, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a hazy light orange with soft, fluffy head.

Smell is juicy and a bit spicy with notes of gooseberries, grapes, lime and peach. Nelson, you say?

Taste is juicy and a bit peppery with solid bitterness. Notes of gooseberries, grapes, citrus and peach. Dry finish, slightly sharp.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Nelson showcase IPA.

Apr 10, 2021
4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Apr 08, 2021
4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

Poured from a 473ml can. Canned on 12/23/2020
A nice looking pours lots of hop bitterness for a NEIPA.
I really like this one.
Lots of ratings already so i don't need to say much.
If you see it grab one i was was lucky up here in Canada to find it.

Mar 30, 2021
4.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Mar 26, 2021
4.25 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2021
3.96 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Mar 25, 2021
4.1 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2021
4.31 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 15, 2021
4.43 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Mar 13, 2021
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3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by mactrail from Washington

Medium hazy in appearance with plenty of foam in the chalice. Slushy mouthfeel with a sharp edge. Aroma of pea pods and a hint of green melon. Flavor is lime peel with a grapefruit finish. Moderately bitter with astringency in the aftertaste.

Overall this is quite interesting and certainly aromatic with citrus. The grapefruit peel aftertaste gets a little harsh after some sipping. From the 16 oz can purchased in a West Coast beer store. Canned 12/23/20.

Mar 12, 2021
4.2 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2021
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Mar 03, 2021
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