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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +1%

The beer is orange with a mild haze and a soft, white head. Aromas of lemon, floral hops, tropical fruit. Easy drinking. Hop goodness. Hop forward with a light malt body. Tart lemons and fresh hops, finishing with medium bitterness. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Very cloudy. Medium white head. Leggy as I swirl it. Some lacing clings and drips down the sides. Fragmented surface foam.

Smell - Lots of orange hops. Hints of lemon and grassiness. Gives it a bit of a Nelson hop aroma. Sweet and doughy.

Taste - The hops are dynamic. Immediate orange citrus. Moves toward a lemon flavor. Grassy transitions between the flavors. The finish is mango and tropical. Sweet pale malts throughout. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy for a pale ale. Maybe overly sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent hop profile. Atypical malt profile for a pale ale, but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemon, with sweetened bread. Almost reminds me of a lemon danish.

The taste is of mandarin orange and lemongrass - a sweet touch fades to a bitter, musty (in a good way) finish.

It is full-bodied and creamy - the texture leans towards IPA.

This brewery sure knows how to use hops to get the most out of the aroma and taste! This is a wonderful brew!

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, sweet malt, hops, hint of alcohol, and slight grass. Overall, good appearance, odd aroma, but great body.

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

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy orange with a thin head that left nice lacing.

S - Aromas of tropical citrus, mango, pineapple, tangerine, juice. Super aromatic.

T - Taste is more of the nose, fluffy citrus, tropical notes, mango, pineapple, papaya. Really tasty with some light malts.

M - Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, lightly carbonation. Really way drinking.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, great tropical notes, really solid.

Serving type: Bottle

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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 Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle of the latest bottling of Light Speed, formerly known as Millennium Falcon. Poured into a gold TG chalice 7/21/2014.

A- Slightly hazy burnt orange body with a one finger thick, foamy latte-like white head with spots of lacing here and there.

S- This smells phenomenal. Oranges, a bit of orange zest, grapefruit, lemons, mango, dank hop resins mixed in with a nice bread and caramel presence. Balanced somehow, yet the amount and quality of fruit and hop aromas is outstanding.

F- The interesting complexities of the nose doesn't quite translate onto the palate where it's primarily an orange presence at the beginning which smoothly transitions to some grassiness and a sweet biscuit, caramel pale malt presence that ends with a resinous, mango-like hop kick. Very nice.

M- Medium in body, soft and creamy whilst finishing with a nice dryness that I have come to expect of TG pale ales. Finish is a grassy mango combination that is better than it sounds.

O- Nicely done TG pale ale, it's not pseudoSue but I really enjoyed the complexities in the nose of this beer, and enough of it comes across on the palate. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with white head. Dank tropical and citrus fruit notes, some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more citrus.

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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 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 jzlyo
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pine, citrus, hop resin and fruit/tartness. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, fruit, malts and a mix of tangy, bitter and dryish in the finish.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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