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 Zombie_Dust
1.65/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this beer from a pickup from Tenutas in Kenosha, WI...approximately 2.5 weeks old? I can't review anything as far as appearance goes, as this was chugged in the parking lot ;) This was not even close to the skeleton of what this beer use to be. Taste: Old stale hops mixed with really dirty juicy or fruitiness to which this beer claims to be. Do yourself a favor, overlook this beer on the shelf and grab some NG Scream IIPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
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-

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a tulip...hazy yellow orange with a light skim.

Taste and smell are of mild citrus, mostly orange peel, and lemon spritz. Light malt backbone provides some sweetness and a touch of rind and bitterness at the finish wraps things up.'s a decent pale. Curious how much the TG name plays in the ratings here. Happy to try, but by no means a top of the line pale.

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Photo of bound4er
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw appearance with a one finger, wispy white head. Smells pretty dank which I generally like - earth, pine, grass, weed and a hint of lemon. The taste veers too close to the vegetal side for my liking - I feel like I am eating a dandelion stalk. Mouth feel is average with pretty decent carbonation. There is something about the 3 TG beers I've now reviewed that my palate disagrees with. I like earthy flavors but this beer is too damn vegetal tasting. Oh well, can't say I didn't give TG a fair shake.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light Speed was given to me as a gift for Valentine's Day and came in a 22 oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a small creamy head with light lacing on the glass. Has a cloudy, apricot color and appears to have decent carbonation.

Smell - Smells tart like an apricot. Really pleasant.

Taste - It tastes like someone is rubbing my gums with a giant bitter orange peel. There is a slight hop bite afterwards, but not too invasive.

Mouthfeel - Slightly carbonated with a creamy and filling mouthfeel.

Overall - This beer would make a good beer to someone who enjoys orange peel-tasting beers...

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rarapacz for the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-gold. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to few wisps of a cap with a loose collar. Sheets of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slightly floral orange juice. Lots of orange. Zest, a touch of pith, and of course, juice. Juicy and slightly sweet. Some woody notes. Malts offer up a touch of fresh bread and biscuit dough. A slight sweetness. Some leafy notes as well. A touch toasted. A soft hint of lemon flesh thrown in the mix. Some woody bitterness. A bit of soft yeast throws some very mild fruitiness.

Taste: Woody bitterness sits on the back of each sip. A soft hint of mint. Loaded with orange. Pith, flesh, and juice. A bit of orange oil as well. Hints of grapefruit. Some soft lemon flesh as well. Mild fruity esters coupled with a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Pushes a bit to marmalade. Solid pithy bitterness that never really lets go. Mildly floral. Clean outside of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly creamy body with a moderate carbonation. Astringent in good measure.

Overall: I can see the stars,

I won't crush it at light speed, but it's going down with minimal fuss. A bit over bitter, but the balance is there otherwise. One of the more aggressively orange takes.

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Photo of moysauce
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very okay. Enjoy Falconers Flight hops, so maybe I'm just not huge on millennium fan or how they interact. I don't know. Second time having it and it still does not satisfy. I understand not every beer from a brewery can be a total banger, but this is just very okay. Definitely no where near the caliber of IPAs TG can produce.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.62/5  rDev -14%
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 MNAle
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

02/03/16 bomber, opened on 03/04/16. Light straw-to-orange color, hazy appearance. Light citrus aroma with perhaps a bit of spiciness. Tall white head with moderate carbonation, leaving lots of lacing as it recedes. Moderately to substantially bitter beginning, middle, and finish. Piney. Not as "juicy" as I would have expected from the brewer's description and the appearance. The finish is clean as the bittering fades. Mouth feel is good for the style. There is not much malt flavor or body evident. Not spectacular, but a sound, well done American Pale Ale. I would add it to my regularly purchased beers list if it was in a package other than bomber. I get the impression, after this beer and Pompeii that the "juiciness" of TG Decorah-brewed beers lasts just a couple of weeks. At a month old, this beer is still very good, but I suspect it has lost some of its flavor and aroma.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, soapy head that has crazy retention. Bright, citric aroma. A hazy, straw color. Starts with big notes of citrus and has a medium bitterness. The finish is orange rind.

This is very orangey, but there isn't a lot else going on. Not bad, and drinkable. I think this is the best tasting Toppling Goliath that I've had yet...

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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 DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Murky brown tinted orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is good and nearly a full finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This is the most grassy, herbal, earthy of the TG hops I've had, though it has some citrus as well. Jasmine herbalness, avocado, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest.

3.75 T: Again this is earthy and herbal. Lots of jasmine again with hints of chrysanthemum. Grapefruit, mild tropical fruits, orange, lemon. Earthy with wildflower herbs. Mild bitterness. Light caramel maltiness with some yeasty breadiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and super smooth.

3.75 D: This is different than most of their hoppy beers and while it's pretty good, it isn't quite the same deliciousness as their fruit bombs.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is of citrus, a hint of melon, and general floral aroma. Taste is citrus, particularly orange peel, grass, and a lemon rind bitterness on the finish. Not bad but drinks much more like an IPA than a pale ale.

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Photo of W_Des
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice kumquat color. Nice tropical nose with some mango and papaya and citrus. The body is really light somewhat thin and watery with a nice bitterness. It is very drinkable but I just wanted more body.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
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 joe1510
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Light Speed is either dark golden or light orange. Let's go ahead and call it hazy golden with orange highlights when backlit. The foam is easy to rise, quickly reaching two fingers before slipping over the sides of the glass. It's dense with good staying power, leaving behind chunky drink lines on its way down with patchy lacing everywhere else.

The nose is big, bold, candied orange peel straight off the bat and that remains the dominant force in the nose. Each swirl brings out some tangerine and a touch of unidentified tropicals, though I'm leaning toward guava. There's a sturdy herbal component, even leaning toward spicy, as well that adds some complexity. The malt profile is very simple and straightforward.

The flavor profile is more herbal and spicy than the candied orange dominant nose led me to believe. Herbal and grassy bitterness upfront leads the way while a mixture of both pithy and sweetened orange & grapefruit float around softly along the periphery. As a matter of fact, the herbal bitterness pushes through the finish but the citrus gets more powerful toward the swallow.. Good beer.

Mothfeel fits as it should. The body is a tick under moderate in weight with enough soft carbonation to make it move. Soft feel. Bitterness hits the inner cheeks, back of the tongue and throat. Its' a buzzsaw. Finishes off fairly dry and that accentuates the bitterness nicely. Very drinkable.

Light Speed is a good pale ale. If the price point and packaging was a little different I would buy it often. As is, I'll pick it up again sometime in the future but I'm in no big hurry. It's fairly one dimensional, luckily that one dimension is a good one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and candied orange peel aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, citrus fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of the newly named Light Speed as soon as it hit Madison. Since we are fortunate enough to get Toppling Goliath here on a pretty regular basis, I was able to have Light Speed along side PseudoSue which to me, is the gold standard of pale ales.

Light Speed smelled wonderful but the taste lacked a little pop. It was very crisp and clean as all Toppling Goliath brews are but I was left wanting slightly more especially when compared to Sue. The day after having the bomber of Light Speed, I was able to have a dry-hopped firkin version at the brewery and that was much more flavorful. Nonetheless, this beer was still better than most despite not being my favorite from Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-Color is a clear, bright straw. Pours two fingers of frothy white head that retains well, leaving big chances of lacing as it dissipates, lots of bubbles visible in the actual beer.
Smell-Zesty citrus with some honey-like malt sweetness, very clean.
Taste-Citrus notes with a vaguely floral presence in there as well.
Feel-very crisp, with a light body. Lots of carbonation, finishes slightly dry.
Overall-Very pleasant pale ale.

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Photo of Gerberr
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Formerly known as "Millennium Falcon" I believe. Either way cool bottle art, cool beer.

A: Tangerine/Amber color. Clean and clear. 1 finger head, lacing holds on the sides of the glass. Carbonation makes for constant streams of bubbles. I'm usually pretty lenient on appearance, but this is a nice looking brew.

S:Making curry while reviewing, but I can pick up sweet citrus notes and mango.

T: Immediate bite, but not offensive, nice bitter taste. Also real sweet. I'm tasting orange and mango strongly and light citrus as well. An earthy taste I can't quite put my finger on exists between the sweet flavor blast and aftertaste, reminds me of grilled radicchio, but in a good way.

M: Creamy for a pale ale, feels like a thick IPA.

Overall: Very good beer, almost tastes more like an IPA, bitter for an APA. If you have the opportunity grab one they usually don't last long. Flavor-wise it seems real complex and layered with many rounds of different favors coming at you.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

vsery nice and drinkable. Lacy light orange. smooth mouthfeel. Orange taste.50 ibu so a pale. Not very hoppy aroma, still very nice.On tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into chalice

A - A clear lighter orange color with a 1.5 finger white head. Thin ring with good amount of lacing coating the glass.

S - Light hops of grass and citrus. Notes of grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon. Not much for the malts.

T - Lacks much of a malt presence, some caramel sweetness. Flavors of weak citrus include grapefruit, orange, and a bit of lemon. Rather grassy and floral, would be better on a hot day. A bit of bitterness on the finish to keep you interested.

M - Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. A little dryness.

O - Fits the profile of an APA nicely and is enjoyable. Flavors were light, but tasty. A nice one to try, but I will stick with some of their other offerings.

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Photo of markcp
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

10/8/2015 bottling. Nice hazy copper with creamy, thick, long lasting head. Spicy and floral hops on the nose. Taste is peppery hops with minimal malt. An odd, earthy, almost tea-like flavor. Dry, and quite bitter. Medium body and awesome creamy mouthfeel. Wish this tasted as good as it looks and feels.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well made, looks beautiful. Great mouth feel - pillowy and a little creamy. This particular combination of hops just doesn't really do much. It just ... sits there. Not much aroma, pleasant but indistinct citrus flavor. None of the tropical or floral elements I expect of falconers flight. Pretty mellow stuff.

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

Bright gold and slightly hazy. Nice white to off-white head which disipates quickly. Moderate citrus aroma with orange and grapefruit as well as a little floral, herbal, and malty character. Taste follows very closely. Minimal bitterness and less malt than expected. Nice and smooth. Solid offering but far from my favorite from TG.

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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