Light Speed | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as Millennium Falcon, this seasonal pale ale was crafted with a perfect mixture of Millennium hops and Falconer’s Flight blend. Inviting orange aroma and hints of lemon flavor in this medium-bodied beauty will make you want to drink yours at light speed!

70 IBU

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 867
Photo of REVZEB
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved the hop combo of falconer and millennium, give this pale ale a beautiful zest of grapefruit, orange, pine and grain spice on the finish. Has a west coast feel. The body is crisp yet very stable and full. Lets the hops play well on the palate. Plenty of juicy flavor in this pale ale!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a lightly smoky and substantially bitter Pale Ale, with very little sweetness coming off the malts. Nonetheless, it is easy to drink and offers a very enjoyable late and lingering bitterness that makes you want to drink more of it. Chewable and creamy. A very distinctive and food-friendly pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an excellent pale ale, on the edge of ipa though with quite a heavy handed hopping and a lot of finishing bitterness, more than is customary in the style generally speaking. the hoppy stuff is what these guys do best, and i enjoyed this one in the back of a car cruising through rural iowa with my homies. i like the use of some old school hops here, millenium and falconers flight, these have a known hop profile more in line with classic northwestern flavors of grapefruit and pine, and thats exactly what we get here, also a whole heap of bitter from the falconers, which i think makes this beer rather distinct despite it also being quite familiar to me in that way. fuller malt body here, sort cereal complexion to it, lots of wet pine from the hops, oily but not heavy, and frothy and well carbonated in texture. its a real shame this was more than a few months old, picked up at a grocery store but cold and still tasting good. i can only imagine how good this would be super fresh. the hype is real with these guys and the beers seem to deserve it. this is a very robust and well done pale!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-03-17 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle

A - Mildly hazy golden-orange with a 3-finger pillowy-white head that sticks around with good lace.

S - Orange, pineapple, melon, cracker, floral. Barely dank. Smells really good.

T - Fresh pineapple, orange flesh and zest, bread crust, cantaloupe, pine, pepper, grass and herbal spice. Not dank at all; Moderate bitterness that lingers just a bit more than one would expect for an APA: Some lingering orange zest on the finish helps mitigate this.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Moderately resinous and lightly prickly. Fairly dry finish.

O - Top notch and different from their Pseudo Sue, which has more dankness and less pine and bitterness in the finish. Wish this too were available year round. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange gold with a finger of fluffy white head

Nose is very citrus forward...lemon, tangerine

Taste is tropical orange juice...not a huge malt presence...definitely a hop bomb

Not sugary sweet, a low level of bitterness, but just enough to be balanced

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am unsure about this beer. I have heard not much hum from this beer. Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. A massive two finger white head. The head is a foamy and airy with poor retention. The head tatted lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale amber color with yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy.

The hop profile is tropical fruit, pine, herbal, grapefruit, and floral. Additional aromas are lightly toasted malt, yeast, and grass.

The beer flavors are herbal, tropical, fruit, pine, grapefruit, lightly toasted malt, yeast, and grass.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and clean. The body the beer is medium-light, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is a sound pale ale. Excellent flavors and well-balanced beer. I enjoy the label on a beer bottle.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy and bright orange/gold beer with a foamy white head. Smells super fruity with oranges and some piney hops accentuated with some malty sweetness. Tastes a lot like sweet orange juice with a great bitter hop finish. Really nice and delicious pale ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: hazy light-golden hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Quite nice.

Smell: citrusy, earthy and herbal; an orange-rind character really stands out for me. Very well composed, although I wouldn't mind the volume turned up a bit.

Taste: earthy with a bitter citrus rind character up front but with a bit of a fresher-fruit flavor toward the end. The flavor trends a little more more lemony than the aroma. It's a nice beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is a good pale ale, and an interesting (if gimmicky) hop combination. Definitely worth giving a try.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date seen.
Like a geyser when pouring, pillowy white head settles to interrupted cap, pillowy lacing remains.
Cloudy, golden body.
Orange aroma.
Taste of lemon and orange. Very little bitterness.
Medium mouth feel.
Okay pale ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed gold a pinky of pearl colored head. Impressive head retention & lacing

S: Bready, yeasty, some tangerine

T: Follows the nose, tangerine & pomello , plus dryness up front. Bready, dry with tangerine & grapefruit as this warms. Grapefruit, dryness, & crackery notes in the finish

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation , nice balance

Very drinkable, just didn't quite turn the corner for greatness

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear bright orange color. Remarkable clarity on this beer. Two finger white head dissipates steadily leaving a spotty layer of white bubbly foam on top of the beer. Sticky white lacing left on the side of the beer.

Smell is more pine and grass forward with notes or orange and grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose with a strong grassy pine flavor. Hints of orange and grapefruit on the backend with a medium grassy bitterness on the finish. Nice flavor profile.

Feel is light, smooth, and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall another outstanding pale ale from Toppling Goliath. Its not my personal favorite, but you can't knock this one - its really well crafted.

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Photo of dcotom
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22-ounce bottle into a goblet. Inviting appearance. Pours a translucent warm golden color, with a generous snow-white head that leaves some nice ladder lacing. Citrus predominates on the nose and palate, with just enough piney goodness and lots of zesty bitterness lingering on the finish. Smooth, non-assertive malt backbone that allows the hop character to take center stage. Medium body and a crisp finish makes this easily drinkable as well as delicious. Overall, another fine offering from TG.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that has decent retention

S- tropical fruity hop aroma up front; mango, papaya, peach. Slightly sweet bready malt to balance it out with a touch of pine

T- tropical citrusy hops follow the nose with notes of mango, guava, pineapple & orange zest. Undertones of slightly sweet bready malt, dry fruity finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice tropical notes throughout, while keeping the balance of a pale ale

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque neon orange with a large, soft, white lumpy foam and some bubbly lace. There are some chunky floaters at full pour, though.

Ooo damn, from first whiff I can already tell I'm going to love this! Spicy eucalyptus bark, green pine, kiwi and green papaya come in with orange and a faint hint of dankness following.

Taste is wheat, lemon, orange rind, straw, light rug and cracker. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Light Speed has a nice, soft light body with some substantial carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow, orange with a huge head that lingers, leaving lots of lacing as I drink it down. Not alot on the nose, slight smell of orange. Taste is similar, very much orange with a hint of lemon. Good amount of carbonation, I'd try this one again.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - uniformly hazy golden color with a huge white fluffy head that sticks for. Ev. Er.
S - big peach, mango, papaya, passion fruit, orange, lemon, very soft smelling. Not a whole lot of dankness to it.
T - big papaya, passion fruit, mango, peach juice, lemon, very sweet and soft. Easy to drink.
M - light mouthfeel. Fluffy. Alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is more of that peach and tropical fruit flavor.
O - great beer. An apa for sure, but the hop flavor is very intense in a good way.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a small snifter
L: Gold & hazy. Pretty decent head that is a little lighter in thickness - but it lasted for a bit.
S: Funky bready hops. Strong for a pale ale.
T: Hops - bready, earthy and dank! Tastes like Han and Chewbacca busted out some of the spice they were smuggling and used it as an adjunct while brewing an APA.
F: Very solid mouthfeel for an APA.
O: I guess this is borderline an IPA for what I think of as ABV - but it's just an all-around great beer. TG may be best known for their intense stouts, but to me what they really do best are all of these medium-ABV APAs. I'd chase this if it ever came to Chicago!

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bit of hazy tang color. Mild ring, not much lacing. Nose is bit of tang as well, just a hint of a clove/hefe-like whiff. Taste is bold, gets your attention before it smacks you with a bitter finish. Overall it was a good ride, wish TG bombers were in my distro

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Photo of eppie82
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange hazy appearance. This is one of the few beers where I feel the nose will deceive the taste. The nose has a bit of citrus and wheat aromas, with an indication that it would have a strong malt presence. And maybe that would be the case if it wasn't so tropical tasting with a very smooth easy finish. Easy drinking beer and one I would gladly reach for again, should I see the opportunity.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a hazy, golden orange with much carbonation. Ago fluffy, one finger, white head.
S. Awesome hop smell with a little funk. Good lacing.
T- Quite hop forward for an apa. Great bitter hop taste with citrus presence. Good malt balance. Dank taste from the hops.
F- Bitter resonates through the nose. Medium body with crisp taste.
O- A hoppy and dank APA.

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Photo of daledeee
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess they changed the name. I have probably had this before but didn't rank it.

It pours a cloudy gold color. Head is not that strong but the lacing is good. Nose is not that strong, However, the taste is pretty intense grapefruit peel. Yet this is quite a smooth beer with nice finish. Another fine offering from TG.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic pale ale and Toppling Goliath just continues to impress me with every beer I have tried from them. This was such a crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching brew on a hot summer day. So much delicious citrus and tangerine on the palate. I would recommend picking up one of these bombers where ever you can find one! Cheers!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light Speed pours a copper color with a small head. Big wet hoppy/floral aroma. The taste is hoppy, with a bitter and wet finish. Good flavors, and good feel. Overall, its a nice no frills pale ale.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty clear and golden with a light, fluffy head that dissipates to wet lacing. starts out pretty nice here.

once we get past the eyes to the rest of the face holes, it remind me more of han's ship in episode 7 than episodes 4-6.

smell is orange and bread. taste is melon and herb and some pine towards the end, with a lingering dryness that gets old.

a glass of this would have been good. a bomber is losing my interest quickly. i wouldn't bother with a 4-pack of cans.

it's nothing i'd buy again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orangey yellow with a nice fluffy white head of foam.

Orange and lemon rind hop aroma with a fair amount of toasted malt and subtle caramel sweetness.

Bready, toast, lemon, lemongrass, orange peels, and some subtle tropical fruit character.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet, fruity, very soft yet crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a damn good beer and true to style. Nice refreshing body and tangy fruity sweetness that would be great on a hot day.

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 867 ratings