ZeeLander
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #19
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #641
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
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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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Reviews by BYOFB:
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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of joe1510
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle
$7.99
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, Wi

Zeelander glugs from the bottle shiny bronze. It tarnishes up a bit when the glass is full, glowing at the base and darkening as the glass flares. The foam is pure white and stiff the second it's poured, barely fading at all and leaving behind sticky lace that will have to be scrubbed from the glass. She's purty!

Uh oh, I've run across this last time I purchased Toppling Goliath, PseudoSue actually back in May or June, but thought the problem was solved. There are a lot of, to put it nicely, savory notes coming from this beer. Onion and oregano jump immediately to mind. This is not all bad, it has notes of dank earthiness I rather enjoy but it's just not how it's supposed to be. Deep pulls suggest some of the tropical notes usually present with Nelson but this batch has become onion-y.

The flavor, luckily, is less onion-y than the nose but that's still front and center. Doughy onion and oregano start it off and while they fade they do run through the finish. Apricot is the most vibrant aspect of Nelson while other soft tropicals, like peppery mango and papaya, flash here and there. Some of that character blows off as it warms to near room temp.

The mouthfeel is right. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to keep things moving. A moderate plus bitterness is welcomed. Drinkability is high. Mouthfeel is spot on. Bitterness is ever growing.

I'm a fan of this beer, I really am. The off character doesn't fit and there's a problem there but as is it is still a good beer. It's a shame that the last two Toppling Goliath beers I've purchased, using different hops, have both had that onion/oregano characteristic. I hope this gets figured out.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This bottle hit shelves less than two weeks ago.

Very nice showcase of the Nelson Sauvin hop. Great hoppy aroma with a lot of white wine characteristics. Taste followed the aroma, very juicy. The mouthfeel was great, smooth, distinctly similar in structure to other Toppling Goliath hoppy beers. Not sure if it is as good as pseudoSue, but it is pretty close IMO.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It showed a pale but darkened straw coloring through the tasting glass, and held a strong two to three finger head of cream colored bubbles. Classically stitched laced and patterned lacing was left around our glasses. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be mildly active. The aroma smells like a freshly cut and drippingly sappy Douglas fir. Otherwise, nosable notes include intensely herbal and piney hops, marijuana freshness, wet oregano, pencil pseudowoodiness, toasty rye, amber, and pale grain, peach and strawberry fruitiness, Triscuit crackers, orange zest and watered juiciness, pickled ginger, iron and sand, paper mache, boiled oats, table salt, and raw popcorn kernels. The flavoring perfectly showcased those piney, herbal, and earthen Nelson Sauvin hops, bubblegum esters, both toasty and raw pale and amber malts, fresh honeycomb sweetness, buttered popcorn diacetyls, resinous grassy saps, cold bamboo shoots, dill weed and dandelion, bittered mineral and slate, moist cereal grain, garlic airs, copper, well-water richness, distant and washed cherry skin sweetness, clay, and dried autumn leafiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was moderate. Each sip gave fantastic slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to the finished body, with wetted pucker felt around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back very quickly.

Overall, what a fantastic use of Nelson Sauvin hops this was. From the nose to the taste you get a wild ride of organic, earthy, piney varietals that keeps things oh so fresh. We enjoyed this so much that we bolstered our caravan’s load with a growler of it, along with a growler of PseudoSue. You know that if you’ve only got two growlers to take, and one is PseudoSue, then the other must be darn good as well!! Well here that beer is. It remains juicy, warming, creamy, and inviting throughout most aspects of the tasting. Even after nine or ten days of sitting on this growler (would have gotten to it sooner, but our rigorous travel schedule forbade it), it comes out pretty much the same way on top, compared to when we first sampled it at the bar days ago. The hops may have faded the slightest bit, but the overall thrust of it hasn’t begun to be hindered. It is great to be able to still find a unique beer amidst a growing sea of quality IPAs. Must-try for fans of the style or hopheads alike.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bomber from laymansbeerfan (thanks!), into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Unfiltered beauty; hazy light orange body with a white cap that leaves a little lacing.

S: Big-time smack of hoppy, bitter fruitiness...tropical is the best descriptor...there are shades of tons of different fruit; mango, papaya, orange, lemon, lime, definite grapefruit, melon...there is also some pine, and white grape...smells incredibly fresh and vibrant and unique.

T: Decent upfront bitterness, there is a nice citrusy grapefruit bite with some pine & fresh-cut grass. Middle of the mouth this thing takes a short White Zinfandel detour thats truly unique, with a dry, bitter fruitiness that is tough to explain. Dank herbal bitterness, tangerine, and other tropical fruits are front-to-back on the palate and never die off. Suggestions of pale malt and grainy crackers underneath.

MF: Bitter, good carbonation, medium bodied yet still a rather light mouthfeel.

O: VERY well done beer. Drinks like a Double IPA with the sheer amount of flavor in this brew. Very juicy and citrusy and fruity while maintaining a piney undertone that really complements and lends some more bitterness. Well freaking done.

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Photo of Joey1566
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kenzilka007
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from Casonova in Hudson. drinking 32 hours after the pour and carbonation is strong...perfect actually and if I were to complain I would say slightly too much head on the pour...

I'll cut to the chase. This is a kickass IPA. I am generally real sensitive to the catty/onion/garlic notes from some hops...Summit...and Nelson Sauvin depending on how used. The first impression here was "catty"....but damn it anyhow if as I drank this I really came to love it....some passion fruit and sweeter citrus started to mingle in....not sure what they do with their malt bill but it is perfect for an IPA.

I love the pure hop flavors this exhibits...I think the IBU's are high but it does not have much pure bitterness as all....just a lot of pure hop flavor....

It is also the perfect weight/ABV in my opinion for an IPA....not like a pale ale like some of the sessionable IPA's these days....but also not a big beer where drinking 13,14 becomes problematic :)

Like I said I am generally not fond of "catty" IPA's...Surly Abrasive is an exception....Laganutis Sucks also pushed those boundaries as well and I am a big fan but generally I would not be a fan for most of this ilk...my scores should reflect just how impressive I feel this beer is.

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Photo of smogfood
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twofacedmonster
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrRei
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of moysauce
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 5/17/2016 poured into snifter on 5/29/2016

L: Beautiful deep orange. Somewhat opaque, but not hazy. roughly 1.5 fingers of white head. Moderate lacing.

S: The nose is a little subtle. Definitely citrus, but maybe more so the rinds of citrus. Subtle, but engaging. Inviting or intriguing, almost.

T: Wow. Excellent flavor profile. Quite bitter, but in the best way. Not over aggressive, but gives the tongue a slight jab. Citrus rinds. Beautiful tropical fruits. Again, quite bitter.

F: This one doesn't coat the mouth so much as dries the mouth out a bit. I like it.

Overall, another excellent IPA from TG - I don't think they make a bad beer!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cjohns73
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold-orange with a nice one-finger frothy head. Massive citrus - lemon combination in the nose, so fresh! Taste is of dank, citrus bomb - grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Very hop forwardly sweet the malt presence is neither noted nor important. Medium bodied and sticky. Finishes bittersweet, in excellent balance between the two. Excellent IPA for it's low abv!

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, good head.

Smell: Bit of citrus, danky, marigold flowers.

Taste: Mildly sweet, moderate grapefruit, earthy danky finish. Light body.

Overall: Picked up another bomber in Wiscoland of Toppling Goliath. Zeelander IPA doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I suppose I'm not digging the "danky" hops, I prefer sweeter, brighter, fruitier hop flavors.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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