1492 IPA
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #646
Ranked #5,461
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
1492 IPA1492 IPA
Notes: Set sail with 1492! This unique single-hop IPA is brewed with all Columbus hops. Expect a bold, dank body, strong earthy aroma and a dry herbal bitterness that pack a mighty punch in the finish.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 381
Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, purchased at Toppling Goliath so assumed fresh, poured into a Toppling Goliath Gold Assassin Teku Glass. Enjoyed on 1.22.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright copper color with orange hues, hazy complexion with a foamy white head, two fingers tall with great retention and nice swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is extremely piney, very green, herbal and earthy, tons of hops oozing from this, bitter citrus peel, light wildflower with strong and sweet amber malt. The nose is quite aggressive, really showcasing how bitter and intense those Columbus hops can be. The flavors are no different, very piney, very sappy, resinous with light spice, very bitter, strong amber malt, light cereal grain. The mouthfeel is decent, thicker heavy medium body, almost syrupy texture with a dry and crisp finish.

Verdict: A very intense bitter experience. The Columbus hops are in full force and really dominate this beer and there isn't much respite from the earthy, green bitter flavors. While a demonstration in what Columbus is capable of, I'm not sure I want more.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed amber with 2+ fingers pf fluffy ivory head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Faint orange peel,

T: Pomelo, dryness, a little grainyness & breadyness up front. Pomelo, a little mango & tangerine, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with pomelo & a little grapefruit

MF Medium body, slightly over carbonated, pretty good balance

Drinks easy, but expected more

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper / burnt orange with layers of white head that cling and stick after each sip. Robust in your face citrus and juicy hop flavors. Piney, dank, an clean and refreshing on the palate.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, so presumably a Decorah brewed 1492

Look: 1492 pours a nice hazy golden, with a fluffy white head appearing up top, but it is maybe half a fingers width. Carbonation is ample, and bubbles periodically flow towards the top.

Smell: a lemon, citrus dominated nose starts the aroma off, and after a swirl I get some nice tangerine/orange notes.

Taste: the lemon and orange meld together at the start of this beer, some melon pops up, and mid palette dankness comes in hard. The finish is almost all earthy dank flavors and some pepper. About the best I've seen Columbus hops utilized.

Feel: the mouthfeel is medium full, slightly creamy, with some drying and bitterness in the finish. The beer still is fairly soft compared to the majority of IPA.

Overall: I've had the Brew Pub version of 1492, and, while I like the contracted version, the Decorah brewed version adds complexity in taste, a hazier look, and a bit softer of a mouthfeel. If you see the bomber form of 1492, grab it, and prepare yourself for a treat.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with some foamy head. Smell is hoppy. Taste is strong, and hoppy and bitter. Feel is normally bodied for an IPA. Pretty much a standard IPA.

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Photo of imiller21
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light and very hazy copper with lots of particulate. Fairly aggressive pour resulted in a three finger head.

Smells of orange and pine with just a hint of pineapple and melon.

Better tasting than it smells. Hits hard with orange, tangerine, and apricot with a nice bitterness. The sweetness lingers on afterwards with a bit of a grassy aftertaste and finishes pretty dryly.

Overall, I like it! Will drink it again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky golden appearance, with a small head.

Definitely has a fall-esque flavor, with some fairly strong earthly flavors, combined with various autumn spices. Carbonation is refreshing, and bitterness is at a good level. If you go into it expecting brilliance from this Toppling Goliath brew, then you'll probably be disappointing. Yet, without the expectations from the reputation of their brilliant upper-end program, this is still a most enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Savan
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky straw with three fingers of frothy head that lingers but becomes tacky .
Smells very subtle of pine and some unnameable spice. Has a light taste ... nothing noteworthy here :\
but not unpleasant at that so.... I cant be unfair and say its a bad brew... just not wowed but it. The feel is rather silky and pleasant. Overall ...... I would revisit in summer as i think this is a sessionable IPA but not one that you get for its complexities. Good if at a cheaper price for a ball game, yard work ect. Not what i'm looking for to end an evening.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from a single into a spieglau ipa glass
a: huge 3 finger head with outstanding retention and lacing, sitting on an clear apricot body
s: earthy and melony juiciness, some pine, a little slightly dull spiciness
t: like the nose, but a little more satisfying...I get a lot of melon.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yes, I'll agree it dank. The hops almost taste burnt with big, bright apricot over an easy body. It's a deep juicy flavor but still drinkable. Tasty beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very few do IPA's like TG does and this single hop Columbus is a dandy if you like this hop. Big pine impression on the aroma and taste....some ganja....some tobbacco leaf.......black tea....oily hop flavor to this....hops dominate but never borders on too one dimensional with a light caramel malt backing.

If you are looking for a citrus laden IPA this is not it. If you want something floral, piney, and a bit grungy this is it. Some mild bitterness.....body is medium.....perfect carbonation...oak colored...light head...nice lacing on glass....

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 08 OCT 2015
A - frothy off-white head settles atop an amber colored IPA
S - juicy burst of grapefruity citrus with caramel and grain
T - juicy grapefruit and piny mango, a bit earthy and herbal, faint passion fruit in the background, caramel malt, toasted grain
M - thinner side of medium for body, resinous, quite refreshing & easy to drink
O - very solid American IPA with plenty of juiciness, but no wow factor for me. However, they have excellently showcased the Columbus hop with this single-hopped IPA. I don't think I'd get it again even though I'm very happy to have found it.

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Photo of ChrisP802
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this as an extra through a trade and made the mistake of trying it after Pompeii.
Pour - brownish, orange. whatever color that is, caramel? Thin head, minimal lacing
Smell - piney, dank, bitter hoppy
Taste - I see what they mean by bold. Literally punches you in the mouth
Overall - Not a bad brew.Wouldn't search all over for it, but if you happen by it definitely try it out

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Photo of Judgie
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me by friends with family in Iowa. Lucky me. Dated 8/27/15. Poured into an IPA glass displaying a hazy copper, 1-finger head and nice lacing. Smells of Columbus hops, more spicy than citrus, and fades away rather quickly. Taste is bright bitterness, again more spice & pine than citrus. Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth & invigorating.
I definitely appreciate a single hop beer, and this one does Columbus hops to perfection.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date on the bottle of 8/27/15.

Appearance: Medium caramel color and hazy with hop/yeast particulates. Thin off-white head.

Aroma: Some muted citrus and spicy notes from the columbus hops. Bit of biscuit.

Taste: Solid earthy bitterness up front that is matched by a semi-sweet caramel breadyness. Some pungent notes of black liquorish, as well as citrus, and herbs come through in the hop character. Bitterness rises in the finish and cascades over the palate in the aftertaste. About the right depth of flavor that I'd expect for 6% ABV, but also in pale ale territory based on the bready flavors from the malt.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body, which is a bit thinner than expected but it's never watery. About average carbonation for the style and drinkability that is only hindered by the somewhat strong bitterness.

Final Thoughts: I wish I was getting some of the danker flavors that columbus can provide, but those subtleties may have been more prevalent at bottling. All in all, a good beer that delivers what is described on the label. Would I drink it again? Not before exploring the rest of TG's line-up.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Dated Aug 27th 2015.

A real great looker for an IPA. Near perfect clarity, with streams of classic fine carbonation coming up. Head manages three creamy and thick full growth off the pour, clumping with a whipped up topping. The bubbles in the head are practically microscopic and peppered with just a few swiss cheese ones. Clumpy, big, a body color that is somewhere between polished copper bronze and orange, very unique looking. Stellar appearance.

Wonderful soft hop aroma. Hints of sweet tea juice, big florality as well, with a sweet controlled perfume note. Tea like sweet softness all over this that is so inviting. Small notes of malt sweetness poke out, I could nose this all day long.

Palate really brings the goods, with a bit of unexpected mouthfeel. Juicy qualities take a much more toned down route, as the body goes to much lighter and almost spritzy wet feeling. Still the flavors absolutely roll and pop on the palate. Juiced pekoe tea and orange, soft light caramel with sweet mint and herbs in the mid palate. Real big bite on the finish and swallow, of very light astringent hop quality.

Real great winner in the IPA book for these guys.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I've come to expect from TG brews, this one drinks very smooth and I was not surprised to see the IBU at 45. Nice display of Columbus hops that lend a tasty flavor.

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Photo of dfillius
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/27/15, reviewed on 9/12/15
A: 1/2 finger of off white head with fair retention. Greenish-gold colored liquid with chunks. I love the label art. Chunks are the only negative.
S: Delicate tropical fruit. Slight watermelon Jolly Rancher (simcoe?). Some pine below all the fruit. A bit of clean malty bread underlying it grows with warming.
T: Pine forward with grapefruity bitterness. Orange, citrus. Not boozy, but definitely assertive warmth from the alcohol.
M: Good bitterness throughout that finishes pithy. Prickly and warm.
O: A good, old-fashioned (c. 2005) West Coast IPA. Best while cold. Possibly too much heat in the mouthfeel for such a low ABV.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1492 pours a hazy copper color, with lots of floating sediment and a small lacing head. There is a bold hoppy aroma. The taste is very bold, big hop flavors, very bitter aftertaste. Good body good flavors. Overall its a very bitter and hoppy IPA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, even chunky orange with a white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.
Aroma is citrus and floral with a hint of toffee.
Grapefruit and piney resin hit my tongue first followed by a middle hit of sweet orange juice and a crisp, bitter, pithy finish. A nice underlying maltiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and a touch sticky.
Overall, not a pretty beer but I thought it was quite tasty.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber with a powerful head. The aroma leads with a sticky, pine resin scent, with background notes of orange peel and dank. The flavor leads with a good but somewhat flat resiny flavor, as well as other herbaceous notes, almost like rosemary. There is a sweetness here, but well balanced by bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy. Overall this was a very nice beer, but it became a bit tiresome as it went on. Still, I do quite like it.

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Photo of Prasm
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite up to the standard I expected from Toppling Goliath. This is a pretty pedestrian IPA, with no real flaws but nothing spectacular either. It's a nice middle of the week quaffer though.

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Photo of hardy008
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold to light amber color, with a one finger white head. The aroma is earthy, herbal, and floral.

Tastes much like it smells. Also tastes like citrus peeling. Not much malt sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes dry, and biter. Not a bad beer, but I don't know that I would seek it out again. Glad i was able to pick up a single bottle.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is pine, caramel, dankness, and a hint of brown sugar. Taste is predominantly citrus, lemon peel, with a bit of malt sweetness. I was intrigued by a beer that only uses Columbus hops, but was a little underwhelmed with the result.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber body, one finger white head, good retention, fair bit of lacing. Solid. Smells of resin, floral notes, pine, mild grainy pale malt sweetness. It's what I expected from a Columbus hopped IPA. Flavour is similarly pine and grainy pale malt; a bit of floral notes. Not that complex or interesting, but it's reasonably well executed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, very drinkable. Mild-moderate bitterness on the finish. Overall, pretty much a straight forward SMaSH Columbus hopped IPA. It is nicely executed, but Columbus isn't quite my jam. It may be yours, though, so I would recommend trying this if so.

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