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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

Added by Pintofbrown on 10-31-2011

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Photo of nickapalooza86
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap this afternoon at a local joint in La Crosse.

Pourse a good looking goldish orangish color, really nothing to coplain about in the way any beer looks IMO.

Smell is where we get into it. You get tons and tons of citrus fruits, Oranges, Mango, Pinapple and grapefruit, but there is a real dankness to it to.

Same fruits as descibed above hit you the second it hits your lips. You can tell this is a pale and not a IPA, while there may be more hops then your average APA, it has the malt backbone to back it up and have it end clean and nice.

Mouthfeel was, well I did not really notice anything about it, in my book that means it was perfect for a APA.

Here is the deal, if you can get any TG beers on tap in your area then do it immediatley.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Pours a cloudy orange/gold. White head about 1/4 of an inch that dissipates quickly.
S-Strong waves of hops up front with a mixture of light fruit.
T-This stuff is very good. Not as strong of a hop flavor on the front end, more mild then an IPA. Back end is almost a flat taste, more bitter, that is really delicious.
F-Has a zip, kind of quick hit on the back end. Not to strong but noticeable. Almost like a pepper hit right at the end.
O-This is very delicious. I was very much expecting something a lot less flavorful and more blast your head off hoppness but this is just a great blend of mild flavors that combine to make a delicious ale. If an IPA isn't you favorite beer, pick up one of these, you will be pleased.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blackstone restaurant in Iowa City.

Ap - pours a super hazy, orange color with about a 1/2 inch white head. Looks absolutely fabulous. I honestly don't know if a have seen a prettier beer.

Ar - citrus specifically orange, pine, has a sweet malt backbone

T - tastes just like it looks and smells. Super orange, citrusy and lightly piney hops meld perfectly with the sweet malt backbone.

M - nice carbonation, nice consistency, medium bodied

O - another slam dunk from TG, these guys make some of the best IPA's and PA's I've ever had. Super glad I got to try this seasonal offering before it's gone. For me the huge citrus flavor might even make this one better than Pseudosue. I would love to a side by side tasting sometime.

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Photo of gatornation
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a cloudy light amber color with a nice white head lacing cotes the side of the glass a perfect looking brooding cloudy PA love a cloudy brew
S-grapefruit and citrus a hint of herbal mint and tangerine
T- superb grapefruit and clementine tastes with some lemongrass some tangerine rind and some sweet malt
M-medium carbonation with prickly citrus hops
O-another single hop beauty from TG

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Photo of humuloner22
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice hazy copper color

Smell: Lot of tropic fruits, malts are dominant, some sweetness.

Taste: Very similar to Sue. This beer tastes like Fruity Pebbles. Nice Tropical flavors, mango, papaya, and other tropical fruits. These beers all have a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. That is what makes them standout! They are so well balanced you could get in a ton of trouble with these!

Overall: This is a top notch beer. I just hope I can get my hands on more in the future. The only downside I can say about these beers is that they do not have a bottling date and they do not have the abv. Clearly stated. Which is important, especially for those of us who are trading! Otherwise it’s a damn near perfect beer!

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with date 10/06/15. Bottle on date hopefully meaning not even one month old! Poured aggressively into Yazoo Brewing pint glass. Murky orange gold with fat bubbles that form a small head. Smell is skunk, pine, grass, pineapple, and mango. Taste is earthy, onion, garlic, with hints of bread and tropical flavors. Fantastic beer. This and Grunion from Ballist Point are the best pale ales I've had. Cheers!

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Photo of mynie
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Filtered-looking, but maybe that was just because the Zeelanders everyone else ordered poured so hazy. Amber-gold with a respectable white head.

Smells like flowers and ripe fruit. The sharp citrus nodes that are part and parcel of most of TG's pale ales are subdued in favor of passion fruit, pineapple, and potpourri. I've had other pales based around Millennium hops and node smelled as good as this...

It tastes great, but not quite as good as it smells. Fresh, floral hops dominate throughout, but are balanced out somewhat near the end by a light, creamy malt. Super hoppy without much bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A 2” white to cream moderately persistent lacy and clingy foam collar tops a hazy gold pour.
S: Dank herbal aromas laced with a trace of mint, light toast, melon, fruit and fresh mown hay.
T: Fruit, light bread crumb, and melon over a big range of tropical fruit flavors – papaya, citrus, orange with malt in the background. Drys on the finish with a slight herbal astringency. The hop flavors are medium high to high, the malt flavors are medium and the bitterness is medium.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A big tasty fruit bomb.

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 22 fl oz (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle acquired in a trade with Oldskool47
Served in a pint glass

The cloudy, yellow ochre liquid was capped by a creamy, bubbly, finger tall, eggshell colored crown that quickly fell to a thin ring. Small patches of drippy, blocky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was super hoppy and fragrant. Uber fruity and bright. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of mango, passionfruit and guava. Really juicy and sweet. Quite dank as well. Stewed peaches came through strong. As the beer sat, the overripe papaya and guava notes intensified.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was amazingly hoppy. Really juicy and fruity. Loads of orange and clementine notes. Peach and apricot also came through big time. Very tropical fruit forward. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Some overripe peaches appeared as well. Orange peel came through in the finish. Just a touch bitter. I definitely did not get those grassy and lemony notes that many reviewers commented on however. All in all, super flavorful and immensely drinkable.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Super soft and supple. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence.

Toppling Goliath's Light Speed may not be one of the brewery's highest rated hoppy beers, but it is certainly one of the most flavorful and crushable American pale ales I have ever come across. With a month and a half of age on my bottle, I can only image how amazing this must be super fresh. If you enjoy dank, juicy, fruity, Northeast-style hop-forward beers, you will definitely love this one too.

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Photo of cervezango
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

uber fresh less than a week old

vicks vapo rub, kiwi , and oranges in the nose. so so nice.

looks really unfiltered. super shadowy.

some kiwi and Mandarin taste, nice bit of hop dry after taste. this is so good.

one of the most flavorful beers Ive ever had.

really an awesome beer. toppling Goliath is the shit

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I get the 70 IBU's and unique orange and citrus notes. The medium body and hop profile with Millennium and Falconers Flight hops make speed through it.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour. Floral almost green apple aroma. Mmm, excellent. Light fruity delicate taste with a nice resin bitter bite. Has sort of a tart apple taste.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Bright, pale orange with 1 finger white head. tiny streams of bubbles continually break the surface.

S - Citrus - lemon, orange, sweet malt and bread notes, dank pine notes

T - watermelon galore. Citrus,, slightly bitter finish but is so crisp that you have to keep going back.

M - medium to light, crisp with a lingering finish

O - love this beer. perfect for a hot day and so full of flavor. I only wish I'd have bought one more when I had the chance. I've not had such strong watermelon notes in a beer before this one, now I want to seek out other Millennium and Falconer's hops brews. If you can get your hands on this one, do it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a fluffy 2 finger white head with great retention. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Beer is a slightly cloudy tangerine. Very nice.

Nose is citrus, cane sugar, pine, grassy hop bitterness and some pear. Very aromatic.

Opens pine, citrus, cane sugar, peanut and grass. Apple, pear and orange in the middle with hints of peanut and tree bark. Ends resiny hop bitterness with the same aftertaste. Shockingly good balance.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and quenching going down. Finishes dry with a resiny, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

It's pretty amazing how good all of TG's beers have been. Light Speed is no difference. Awesome balance, great feel and nose and even the look is top notch. Definitely worth having.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy, golden orange color. Great, firm, smooth, creamy, pearly white head. Great retention with a nice lacing left.

S - Very hoppy with plenty of citrus, tropical fruit, and lemon zest. A touch of sweet malt. The more I smell, the more citrus, sweet, juicy fruit I get. Very nice and hoppy with just enough malty balance.

T - Similar to the nose. Quite hoppy but fairly low in the bitterness. Slightly sweet, juicy and citrus hops. Grapefruit, tropical fruit and lemon zest being the strongest. Enough malt to provide balance which really allow the hops to jump out even more. Great balance.

M - Medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth and creamy that just slides down my throat.

D - Very easy to drink APA/IPA. Loads of hoppy goodness with a great balance. Very refreshing and delicious. I want another now.

Notes: Blurs the line between APA and IPA, but as long as it's delicious I don't really care what it's called. Great balance with plenty of hoppy goodness. What I expect from IPAs from TG, great balance with a malt backbone that really allows the hops to shine. Refreshing, tasty, and all around a great beer to sip on.

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Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very good. Aroma is hops, citrus rinds, malt. Nice head, lace, orange amber color. Flavor's like nose; fits apa profile. Great body. Excellent drinking beer.

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Photo of beagle75
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a nonic glass at Red's Alehouse in North Liberty, IA.
5% abv according to the beer menu

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich hops combine grapefruit juice with ripening tropical fruit. Breadiness is scant, just barely detectable, nearly concealed by volatile hops qualities. Very clean.

T: Begins nearly dry, with balanced toasty pale malt and assertive mixed citrus hop aromatics that demonstrate added brightness with the help of energetic citric acidity that fills the mouth. Hops flavors change in quality but not intensity during the middle, becoming more piney and herbaceous. The finish is comparatively mild, a little more earthy with a hint of spicy bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer might as well be referred to as 'hop punch'--it exemplifies Toppling Goliath's mastery of applying hops flavors to pale ales. Unlike the few others encountered, this pale ale showcases qualities that appear more mainstream than experimental (although there has to be a certain experimental spirit at work any time dry-hopping of this magnitude is performed in a commercial setting.) Top-shelf all the way, save for looks; on the order of Alpine Hoppy Birthday or Strand 24th Street.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tall tulip.

Pours a hazy, nearly murky, sext golden tangerine color. A nice, big fluffy, creamy, yet bumpy white head has great staying power, and leaves tremendousl, sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings sweet, tropical mango, pineapple, and candied orange. A slightly spicy, piney, rindy, hop character showcases itself, alongside a wee bit of sweet, dark caramelly malt presence as well, tying everything together.

A perfect medium, slightly sticky, velvety body leads the way for a surprisingly firm citrusy, hoppy bitterness. Bitterness is great, but more than usually expected from TG. Notes of sweet, caramelly malt, mango, peach, orange rind, and a bit of grassy piney something, really make for a complex, lush beer. The classic TG soft, yeasty flavor is also in there, which is always welcome, in my opinion.

Overall, hell yeah! A great beer. TG are some of the best hop handlers around. I highly recommend this pale, if you can find it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A huge ripe and fruity hop dominated aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Citrus hop scent with hints of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and melon. Also some earthy and spicy hop hints of pine resin. Soft pale malt presence with some hints of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A really good hoppy scent.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very fruity and ripe explosion of hops with big notes of citrus fruit. Upfront taste of citrus hops with big notes of orange peel, lemon, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and passion fruit. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of pine resin and a little grass. Background malt presence with notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great hoppy ale from Toppling Goliath. Very good mix of citrus hop flavors throughout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a thin white head. Leaves lacing around the glass. Smell is sweet, peach, orange, mango, and a little malt. Taste is super fruity. A lot of sweet mango, papaya, guava, orange, and lemon. Little malt backbone. Mouthfeel is really creamy, and carbonation is below average. I love how it feels though. So smooth and creamy. Overall, a fantastic APA. First beer I've had from TG and can't wait to dig into more.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to read the bottling date but I think it says October 2015.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy caramel color with about two fingers of off-white suds. Another TG brew with great lacing.

Aroma: Straight hop essences of strong pine and spice with of dash of dank tropical fruits.

Taste: If there's one thing I've come to expect from TG's IPAs it's clean malt flavor with minimal bitterness and a heavy helping of finishing hops. Light Speed is exactly that. It starts with a smooth pairing of light crystal malt flavor and clean bitterness with a nice concoction of earthy/piney/spicy hop character coming through in the finish to kick this one up to mach 4. More of the same in the aftertaste as the high point in hop flavor ebbs away. Although not unbelievable, the modest 5.8% ABV is a great achievement for such a hop-forward beer.

Mouthfeel: Nearly medium in body with smooth carbonation and an overall sturdy feel. Good drinkability, which goes right along with the statement on the label.

Final Thoughts: Just when the IPA scene started getting stale in MN (apart from Todd the Axeman, but that's rarely available in cans), TG starts distributing here and does not skirt us on the good stuff. Their ability to make a smooth and balanced beer with big hop flavor at a modest ABV is something to get excited about and might even be worth a pilgrimage to the mothership. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got during holiday season - bomber poured to pint glass. Excellent golden color, with good head that broke down quickly. Aroma is fruity, orange and very nice. The taste is very well balanced between the fruitiness and the hops. The feel is full bodied, but not overly so. This is another excellent brew from TG that I would put in a class with Pseudo Sue and Pompeii.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Casanova.

I love a cloudy, light-orange beer, so this one was perfect. Hazy without floaties.

Nice, clean, citrusy smell and slightly floral. Not as overwhelming as PseudoSue.

I'm used to grapefruity pale ales and IPAs, but this one also has a bit of sweet lemon and pineapple. Definitely some tropic fruit going on, but subtle.

Mouthfeel is spot on, if a bit thin.

TG continues to put out amazing pale ales. Does not match PseudoSue, but worth tracking down nonetheless.

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Photo of bsp77
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I didn't review this properly while drinking, so this will be short and sweet from memory.

Poured from bottle into IPA glass. Both the aroma and taste are exceedingly citrusy, mostly orange with some lemon. And the freshness of the orange flavor really reminds me of a less intense Cigar City Jai Alai IPA. The feel is outstanding with an unbelievable creaminess while still being nice and dry.

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