1492 IPA | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Pintofbrown on 12-13-2011

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Bshaw22
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TG does it again. I really like this beer great cloudy orange color. Awesome Columbus hop smell. This beer actually remind me a lot of Heady Topper. Seek this out!!

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Photo of Cfred371
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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 dfillius
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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 MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottle date is 05/27/15.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A dank, earthy, and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pine. Pine resin and grassy hops with some hints of cannabis. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango, and melon. Pale malt hints of cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A very solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank, juicy, and earthy hop dominated taste with notes of pine, grass, and citrus. Earthy and herbal hops with some notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus fruit notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, and lemon. Background pale malt notes of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A really good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: Another very good single hop showcase from Toppling Goliath. Good dank hop flavors of herbs, pine, and citrus.

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Photo of Rutager
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cheers, Ryan!

Pour a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger of white head. Spicy dank hops with citrus zest, toasty light malts, pineapple and papaya on the nose.

Grassy, citrus and tropical fruit juices, light honey sweetness, some earthy oily hop bitterness in the finish. Medium+ body with creamy medium low carbonation.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a less than optimal glass. Bottled on 5/27/15, within the week of consumption, super fresh.
A single hopped IPA using Columbus hops.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy, murky golden yellow with an orangish tint. 1 Finger of crisp white head (in this glass) with great lace.
Aroma = 4.5 Very fruity aroma, hoppy, juicy. Tropical fruits dominate, overall pretty strong too.
Taste = 4.25 Hop forward and dominated; fruity tropical fruit notes throughout, a little grassy. Moderate to significant bitterness on the finish, orange rind notes, but this fades as you drink. Built on a light bready malt backbone.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation, fine for the style. Light on tongue, not too resiny.
Drinkability = 4.25 Another easy drinking, tasty single hopped IPA from Toppling Goliath.
Overall = 4.2375 Really nice IPA, all around solid. Great aroma, good flavors and easy drinking. Fits in fine with the other TG IPAs.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright golden orange color with an average sized, tight, creamy, smooth, white head. Average retention with a decent lacing left over.

S - What I tend to expect from a Toppling Goliath single hopped IPA. A slight bready malt backbone with the hops jumping out of the glass. Strong citrus hops with a faint spiced herbal/floral aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. A nice malt backbone that allows the hops to shine. Citrus and a spiced herbal/floral hop flavor. A surprising bitterness toward the finish.

M - Medium body with slightly below average carbonation. Has more of a slick/oily feel.

D - I had no problem polishing off my glass. Nice balance with nothing being too strong. A touch on the bitter side but nothing too intense.

Notes: Similar to other TG single hop IPAs with a nice malty backbone that allows the hops to shine. Nothing spectacular or anything jumping out that will really make you crave this, but a well crafted, easy to drink IPA. A little more bitter than I expected but nothing too intense. Another nice IPA by Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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 aleric
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Root Note in La Crosse.

A - Rich cider color. Very little head or lacing, but I've poured Toppling Goliath IPAs from a pitcher with beautiful 2-finger head, so I think the bartender could have built it more.

S - Citrus and pine with earthy undertones.

T - Bold grapefruit and a little bit of alfalfa. The bitterness lingers on the roof of your mouth on the finish. A bit sweet for an IPA.

M - Medium weight, but crisp and easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

O - Toppling Goliath has a strong grip on their IPAs, and 1492 is no exception. I've been following them as new taps are added in La Crosse and I'm excited to plan a trip to visit them soon!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored foam collar that clings to the glass.
S: Herbal hops, melon, biscuit, and some grain.
T: Starts with biscuit and fruit with a bitter citrus rind finish. The bitterness is medium high, the malt medium, the yeast medium low, and hop flavors medium. It is fairly dry, especially on the finish. Lingering grapegruit rind bitterness with some quinine in it.
F: Very creamy, soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: An easy to drink repeatable beer that is more dry and hoppy than big and fruity.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was had at the Toppling Goliath taproom. It was served in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The finger of white foam is as thick as a New York cheesecake slice. It has excellent retention; every sip yielded a new ring of lace.

The body is so golden, it is luminous. Somewhere in it's cloudy body is a shining, hop sun.

Smell- Straight up Columbus hop. It gives the impression of slight citrus, but really what stands out is the peppery and herbal character.

Taste- Another impressive IPA on the tongue! The hops are not brutalizing my taste buds into submission, but it is doing a nice job of bittering up the drink.

The flavors start out with some peppery and herbal qualities. As the drink sails along, some passion fruit starts to show itself. The herbal and citrus flavors take their time diminishing at the finish.

About half way through the glass, I actually picked up some sweeter, biscuit malt. Just makes this one all the more drinkable.

Mouth feel- This is a nicely done medium body that is more slick than coating. The carbonation is not over done, and as a result, feels pretty creamy.

Overall- In the end, this single hop offering does not rank quite on the same level as say, Golden Nugget or Alternate Galaxy, and I think that stems from the hop choice itself.

The more peppery and herbal hop is good, but not as bombastic as what TG usually deals with. Still, calling this anything less than good would be doing it a great disservice.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is citrus, fruit, unique/complex and definitely single hopped. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, fruit, hop resin, mild berries/blackberries, malts and a bitter/dryish finish.

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Photo of wcu80
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Columbus Hops aren't my favorite but Toppling Goliath makes them taste as good as they ever could. Another expertly crafted beer by these guys. They're simply unrivaled.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Growler into Globe glass.

A. Pours a 1 finger head. Great retention. Pretty thick lacing. Color is a hazy orange. A bit brighter hue of orange than some of the other IPAs from TG.

S. Can smell the hops as the beer pours out of the growler. Get quite a bit of citrusy hop smell, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Smells of a pretty dry biscuity malt. The aroma of the hops shines through. Pretty resiny hop smell.

T. Really smooth. A touch on the sweeter side for me. Really delicous fruity hop flavor. Tangerine and some sweeter citrus flavors. Malt is pretty dry, and biscuity taking second stage to the hops. Glass 2 of this and I start to pick up a bit more of the resiny hop flavor that I got in the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes a tad bit sweet.

O. Toppling Goliath has got IPAs down. Most of them are similar in style and form. The trick is picking out the sublte intricacies that exist between them. I think that mostly comes down to the selection of different hops used in the various recipes, and the different aroma and flavors that they can contribute to a beer. Overall I really like TG's malt selection in their IPAs, as a think it does a good job of letting hops be the star of the show. 1492 is no exception to the the TG good IPA lineup. For me the Columbus hops are not as bitter, and provide a sweeter fruitier, and maybe a little more resiny/oily touch. I think the lack of hop bitterness increases the beers overall drinkability. However for some hopheads it might not be quite as exciting.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 imiller21
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Judgie
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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 quaybr
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No substantial head, just a little foam ring around the edge. Body is a beautiful hazy burnt-orange.

Smells of piney hops with a little citrus every now and then. Sweet caramel malts are quiet but present. Columbus hop profile is really excellent.

Same hops come through on the tongue and in a big way - bitters taste more like a DIPA (i.e., delicious). Surprisingly listed at only 45 IBUs. Caramel and toasted biscuit malts, as well.

Feel is thick, nearing chewy. Carbonation is a bit too low, but still works alright with the thicker body.

Good things are happening in this ale. Kudos to Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - Bright orange color and a little too hazy. Not much head to speak of, but what was there was bright white.
S (4.25) - Very prominent hop aroma. Smells like a very nice IPA should.
T (4) - Very strong hop taste. Very bitter, especially at the back. Not much flavor other than the earwaxy bitterness. I expect this from a single hop beer, but it was a little much.
F (4) - I feel like this beer was undercarbed. It was smooth and easydrinking, but at the expense of the carb level.
O (4) - All in all, I liked this beer. I felt like it was a little one-dimensional, but that is surely the intent. It is a good beer, but I feel like it'd be ranked lower if it weren't brewed by "Toppling Goliath."

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy golden color with very little head. Moderate citrus and pine aroma. Flavor follows with good citrus and substantial earthy and pine bitterness. Suprisingly clean finish with little lingering bitterness. Good balance with bready malts. Picks up a little dankness as it warms. Pretty good for single-hop beer, especially for Columbus hops.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Columbus showcase that hits the licorice and black pepper side. Big licorice and spice sit up front, followed by some sweet citrus (tangerine to me). Taste follows bringing in a sweetness, a resinous taste that shys away from pine. Smooth, rounded mouthfeel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dvmin98
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an extra in a trade and realized that it was 3 months old, so I was a bit worried that it would be pretty crappy. The hops, from what I expected, were not as prevalent, but it wasn't a malt bomb. Spoke to a friend from Iowa and he said that this beer, in his opinion, actually improves with a bit of age. So, there you have it. Not sure what it is fresh...

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1492 IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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