Light Speed
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #37
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,357
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
880
From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  108
Gots
  148
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Light SpeedLight Speed
Notes: 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
Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 880 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 10, 2020
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

Dec 25, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Big thanks to mase32 (Reddit) for this beer, first bottle leaked quite a bit so he even sent a new bottle to replace it. Awesome trader! Shared this with rudzud and threelions.

Hazy carrot orange color, decent creamy fizzy head.

Nose brings great fresh hops, tropical notes, papaya, citrus, pineapple, juicy creamy orange, faint resin and nice floral aroma, little pith and rind, faint mango.

Taste more fresh hops, tropical notes, papaya, mild mango, little bitter rind and pith, nice juicy citrus tropical notes, mild resin and fluffy creamy malts, nice bitterness and juicy malts. Nice balance. Finish dry nice mild bitterness, juicy tropical notes and faint resin and pith lingering.

Mouth is med bod soft feel and nice carbonation.

Overall quite nice, delicious great hops, definitely crushable as well but so good you want to savor it. Wish I could get more of this.

Dec 21, 2014
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Cloudy orange, great head retention with tons of lace. Citrus peel smell with a little bready goodness. Taste is great balance of juicy citrusy hops and grain. The citrus remains throughout into semi-dry finish. Has that soft TG mouthfeel. Overall delicious pale ale!

Sep 04, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for sharing this one with us. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden copper color with sudsy white froth that holds well.

The smell is grassy, herbal, and citrusy with a bit of pith and pulpy character. The taste is grassy and herbal with the previously mentioned pith and pulp-like bitterness.

This is a light bodied brew, pretty crushable with moderate amount of carbonation. If this was readily available id consume mass amounts while doing yardwork.

Sep 03, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Flashy label. Unbranded gold colour pry-off pressure cap. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle.

Huge thanks to Collins for the share. Expectations are high given Collins recommendation.

Expectations are sky high given the brewery's reputation. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle. Served cold into a tulip at low altitude in Austin, TX and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: White head dissipates within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Pretty standard copper with orange hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking.

AROMA: Resinous, floral hop character, pale malts, and some interesting oniony notes. Not piney, fruity, or juicy.

No yeast character, alcohol, spice, or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. I'm not sure I really like the hop profile.

TASTE: Oniony, yes, but it kind of works. Has some floral hop character, but no juicy fruit, pine, or citrus. Not nectary. Pale malts provide the backbone. There's zero hop bitterness whatsoever, but while it's balanced in the sense that the malt sweetness checks the hop bitterness, the dominant oniony character isn't the right emphasis for a pale ale.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. This flavour profile is simple, but effective. Still, it lacks the intricacy/complexity and subtlety of superior beers in the style. I do like it, but I can't saw I'm blown away.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, fairly refreshing, medium-bodied. Mild thickness. Slightly overcarbonated, but not too crisp or sharp.

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

This texture fails to elevate the beer, but does suit the taste nicely. Should be softer.

OVERALL: Very drinkable, but not effortlessly so like the best beers in the style. It's nice work from Toppling Goliath, but isn't world-class. I'd probably buy it again if I saw it on shelves. A solid pale ale for its aims, but the onion emphasis does put me off a bit.

Low B-

Feb 20, 2015
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2015
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jakemn91 from New Mexico

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

Jan 16, 2016
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Blazer22 from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 27, 2015
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 30, 2014
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HawkeyeNation from Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Oct 30, 2014
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thorkelson from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 29, 2015
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Better ones out there from TG.

Jan 14, 2020
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Curt1 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nov 27, 2014
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dedbeer from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2015
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Nurt20 from Illinois

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

Sep 26, 2015
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crobinso from Colorado

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

Jul 05, 2015
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EJJ1848 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 20, 2014
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a 22 oz bomber
pours a glowing amber with a big 2 finger eggshell head that sticks around for a while, and leaves good lacing. Big and interesting but not overpowering nose...at first I think mango and pine, but then it starts to lighten up, and there is some flowery lemon blossom and the citrus is more like orange than mango...good stuff. Taste follows the nose, though isn't quite as much fun...there's some zesty tingling of the tongue and it finishes with some nice bitterness, but for the most part it is smooth, creamy and fairly substantial in feel without being heavy, with slightly low carbonation that works nicely for me.

Oct 26, 2015
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nuebs from South Dakota

4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 21, 2015
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12%

Dec 09, 2014
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invalid665 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2015
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richkrull from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2014
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moarmare from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Jul 30, 2014
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Austin32 from Wisconsin

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

Feb 13, 2015
Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 880 ratings