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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 Drinkzumbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -9.3%
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 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 larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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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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 moysauce
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very okay. Enjoy Falconers Flight hops, so maybe I'm just not huge on millenium or how they interact. Maybe I just had high expectations and drinking in a flight alongside pseudoSue and other TG pale ales may have skewed my perception of it. Not bad by any means, but probably my least favorite that I've had from TG.

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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 MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a hazy gold. Two fingers of white creamy head dies down quickly leaving moderate lacing. Tropical fruit and citrus hit the nose first, with a bit of piney hops. The taste is more evergreen than anything, but you do get some orange, lemon and mango. Medium light mouth, and very dry. I really enjoy this. I guess I'd describe it as a bit of an opposite to PsuedoSue. Whereas Sue is juicy, this is bone dry. Opposite sides of the spectrum.

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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 Beers-es
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a Decorah-brewed bomber, dated 2/3/16, pours a gorgeous hazy orange-gold with a big 2+ finger head that completely coats the glass with lacing as it slowly recedes. Lacing sticks the whole glass through.

Initial smell is sweet fruits--mango and orange--along with pine and just a bit of spicy earthiness. Slight onion and dankness as it warms.

Taste is very unique, with the initial flavor being ripe honeydew melon. Don't think I've ever tasted anything like this before. Followed by a piney bitterness that's pleasing. Feel is medium and super drinkable.

Overall this is a really unique APA that has an IPA's worth of flavor. Really excellent.

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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 garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with the citrus explosion there is a herbal quality mingling and I find a spiciness too. Interesting mix of hop presence. No apparent malt in the aroma.
Nice white head. Cloudy yellow body.
Very complex flavor too. Still with herbal, but different than in the aroma. Less spice but I can't say it isn't in there. Still citrus fruit basket.
Nice soft feel. Feels larger than it's size, but drinks like a beer of this abv - pushing it towards the pale ale it is. In the flavor the malt character comes in, with no apparent crystal and plenty of pale malt.
This is enjoyable. I like it.

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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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Photo of Kelby777
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | 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 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 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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible pale ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 barnzy78
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no apparent freshness date
A - tall bubbly/frothy ivory head holds great retention while capping a hazed amber colored pale ale
S - juicy hop aroma of orange, grapefruit, and lemon with biscuit & caramel maltiness
T - juicy and a bit spicy with some great 'C' hop flavors; orange, lemon & grapefruit zest and pith; grass, caramel, bread crust, biscuit
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing semi-dry with zesty and spicy hop flavors lingering
O - really solid APA. Glad to try it, but at its price point for the bomber I doubt I'll get it again.

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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 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 Cfred371
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: I love the transparency, or lack there of I should say. This beer looks like a juice and is a light orange color. A nice slightly off white head rises about a finger or two of depth.

Smell: I'm picking up orange and big tropical fruits.

Taste: taste follows the nose with some bitterness near the end.

Feel: The mouthfeel, considering how opaque the beer is, isn't full, and falls in more of a medium. Carbonation is prevalent, and there is a dry, bittering finish, albeit slight.

Overall: An excellent pale ale, but the body could be a bit fuller, and the flavor could be slightly more complex.

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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 Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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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