Light Speed | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
823
Reviews:
100
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
144
For Trade:
3
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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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 kjkinsey
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and amber, with golden edges; the bubble show builds an impressive head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Floral (with tangerine, pineapple and lemon) with herbal and slightly grassy tones

Taste: A bit of shortbread malt opens and lingers but the hops quickly take over, bringing tangerine, lemon and grassy tones, with the pineapple developing after the swallow; moderate, but rather herbal, bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this beer is no Pseudo Sue, it is still quite good and another arrow in Toppling Goliath's quiver to be among the world's best in the APA/IPA category

Thanks, ta_hagen, for the opportunity to re-visit

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Light Speed from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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