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ZeeLander | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by FreshHawk on 09-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#509
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
1,006
pDev:
7.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
144
Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks to to of my closest friends for literally driving denver to toppling goliath to pick this up, along with a couple of other gems. this pours a thicker hazy matte finish goldenrod color, with a lazy but frothy white head that sits around three quarters of an inch tall. the nose, oh my goodness the nose. this beers best feature, and one of the best aromas of any ipa ever brewed. its all nelson hops, which are so tropical and dynamic. i get orange and lemon zest, i get sweet melon, and i get hardly any bitterness. the malt is almost an afterthought here, with such a beautiful fresh fruity aroma, this rivals vermont ipa. the flavor is like the nose, just a little less pungent. i get all the same fruity notes, and this does an excellent job of getting that great aroma into taste, but its not quite as bright. some bitterness creeps in around the middle, reminding me that this is in fact an ipa. light body and light alcohol are enjoyable in a beer with such unique flavor, sessionable forever this one is. splendid use of the nelson hops, like nothing else out there. this is a total winner.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured out as a yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer blasts you with hops. The taste of the beer has a lot of hoppy goodness as well! The feel is pretty drinkable. Overall a great beer!

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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded pry-off pressure cap and attractive label art acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served cold into a snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given this brewery's reputation.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Okay frothiness. Decent creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Dull orange-copper. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special, but good looking for an IPA.

AROMA: Grapefruit and accompanying bitterness. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Floral hop notes. Hints of tropical fruit - mango and tangerine. Papaya. It's not too tropical, and doesn't veer into pineapple territory, thankfully. Melon.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Juicy, with some not-too-in-your-face grapefruity bitterness. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Citrusy zest. Plenty of pleasant tropical hop notes - papaya, mango, and hints of tangerine. Nice zest. A kiss of mandarin orange. Melon. I love the juiciness.

Very well balanced; the hop bitterness is well disguised but it's not too sweet. Very well built, with a good tropical hop profile. Good depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity.

Cohesive; not quite gestalt. It's a biteen too bitter for my tastes - not quite perfectly balanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, juicy, light-bodied, refreshing, and perfectly thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

This delightfully juicy texture complements the taste quite well, helping to elevate the beer beyond the limits of the taste.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable for an IPA, but then it's got more of a session IPA ABV. I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it, but it's not the best IPA I've had. Damn good, definitely. Well worth trying. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. I'll inhale this bottle.

B / GOOD

***
02/11/17 impressions from a bottle:

Fruity, with a yogurty flavour I'd attribute to simcoe having experienced it in Hill Farmstead's simcoe-hopped ales (but I'm probably wrong). Has an ideal coating mouthfeel. Refreshing yet tropical fruit-forward, with an interesting hop profile redolent of new world berries (gooseberry, I suppose Nelson Sauvin is known for), fresh flowers, grass, and melon.

Not piney, grapefruit-emphatic, citrusy, juicy, or overtly resinous. No off-flavours. No booze. Pale malt sweetness balances out any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel harmonizes nicely with the fruity flavours to good effect. Carbonation is a bit high, but it's still highly drinkable and refreshing. Smooth, wet, slightly oily.

A lovely IPA showcasing Nelson Savin's Kiwi new world fruit hop profile nicely. Probably exceeded in quality by Alpine brewed Alpine Nelson, but absolutely worth seeking out and probably in the top 100 IPAs I've tried. A spirited effort from Toppling Goliath, a brewery I wish I could try more beers from on the strength of this one.

B / GOOD

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft serving in a footed tulip glass, review from written notes.

Opaque orange color, delicate lacing, good surface coverage.
Slightly tropical aroma, fairly pungent. Dried papaya.

Earthy flavor, oddly floral and slightly astringent, it's a bit overwhelming on the whole. It overpowers in an odd way, light pale malt aftertaste, but the astringent floral fruitiness seems to dominate. Appreciate the tropical character of the Nelson Sauvin, but the mix is just too jarring. Starts out nice, but not so easy to finish a glass of this.

2015: Bottle
Light tropical aroma, also toasted popcorn kernels. Taste isn't as harsh as before, seemingly, and it has a smoother creamy texture. Bitter greens and floral notes in the aftertaste. Bringing score up a little bit across the board.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Has the Toppling Goliath APA/IPA look - clear amber, bubble show, nice retention/lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit (starfruit, melon, lemon and kiwi) and white wine grapes

Taste: A hint of shortbread malt lingers from start to finish but almost hides in the background as the flavors detected in the aroma take over; there is also a vinous character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another excellent beer from Toppling Goliath, albeit the Nelson Sauvin hops take this one in a new direction

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple, toasted caramel and hints of resin. Bitter and hoppy bite with a sweet caramel backbone and citrus finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Somehow never had this one, shared with rudzud and thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one.

Hazy orange color, nice creamy fluffy head.

Nose tons of Nelson, tropical floral notes, grapefruit and pith, some orange juice, little grainy malt, floral grassy notes.

Taste is more of the same, nice grapefruit, pith, little tangerine citrus, hint orange peel, some bubblegum, nice rind and pith bitterness, juicy, touch grassy floral too. Mild grainy malt, juicy malt with hint of sweetness to balance. Nice dry bitter rind finish, lingering pith and bubblegum grapefruit notes.

Mouth is med soft creamy bodied, nice carb.

Overall lots if nice Nelson, done quite well and very enjoyable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Bursting with tropical fruits and citrus and melon, very floral.

T: Softly hopped or the Nelson itself is soft here. Grassy/herbal, citrus and tropical fruits all over. Well balanced mildly sweet malts.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and sticky finish.

O: Quite good. Would love to have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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