Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,107
Ranked #13,653
3.98 | pDev: 14.57%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Very Good
Notes: Biter has taken on a cult following almost as big as the beer itself. A perfect blend of 6 hop varieties will overload your taste buds with gigantic flavor. At a whopping 154 IBUs, take a bite of the beer that bites you back!
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IBU's are crazy awesome. Skates on the side of something English. Lacks the fruit forward feel of most of TG's IPA offerings but I'm loving the bite on this one.

Feb 18, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a thick, golden orange with a one finger, creamy white head. Tons of lacing
S- Bitter juicy hop smell with a good amount of malt.
T- Quite a bit of malt in this one. Definite bitter taste that goes down smooth. Citrus taste, more of the melon and pineapple variety. Piney resin finish.
M- Creamy! Unexpected. Slight warming.
O- This is a unique one. More of an East Coast IPA. Big bitterness.

Jan 13, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Cedar Falls, IA.

Tepid pour, dark gold with very little haze. Looks like a homebrew where the yeast didn't quite take.

Smells of cat pee and grapefruit. Unbalanced and hop dominant, but still nothing off putting.

Tastes like it smells: lots and lots of hops and not much else. Nothing off, there's no syrupy finish, but the hop profile never really comes together. It's not bad, but not really good, and I can't see it making it to mass market without some major tweaks.

Jan 02, 2017
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Thebrewdude08 from Iowa

1.14/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Had on tap at the taproom in September or October of 2016. Super hazy, had a strong aroma of autolyzed yeast that overpowered all the hop aroma and the flavor was no different. A smokey meaty dead yeast bomb. Very disappointed and the staff had no clue what I was talking about when I brought it up.

Dec 22, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a little more bitterness here than a lot of their other hoppy beers have, less dry hopped focused, although that element is still very much in play. still soft and pale and hazy and juicy, but there is a heavy bitter punch on the back end, cranked up ibu, shows the booze a little bit and accents the spicy aspects of the hops, of which their appear to be quite a few varietals at work. starts kind of delicate with citrus and pineapple up front and on the nose, but it evolves quickly into a very robust and intense beer. super fresh though too, almost tastes and feels like a wet hop, with a lot of oily and fresh vegetal leafy hop qualities. intensely flavored beer, but i like the mild cereal grain base, maybe some white wheat in here balancing it out a bit, softening the edges. sharp in the finish, especially powerful as it warms up, but another wonderful hoppy beer from toppling goliath, who in my experience warrants every bit of the hype that they get. this is something a little more classic, but still with their signature hop juiciness and freshness. citra heavy it seems, but lots going on in terms of the hops.

Nov 11, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10oz pour on draft. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a clear golden light yellow body, one finger white head, good carbonation, bits of lacing. Smells of grapefruit, floral, resin, zest, a bit of grassiness. The different hops seem to come all over the place, and while it's not bad, it seems a bit discombobulated. Flavour is similarly odd, fairly hoppy with a medium caramel presence. Floral, grapefruit, grassy, zesty hops are all over, again a bit messy. Lighter medium body, good carbonation, moderately heavy resinous bitterness. Nothing too special but a fairly bitter beer with a bit much going on in terms of the hoppiness. Not a great beer, a solid IPA but not anything like the others that this brewery produces.

Oct 25, 2016
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 32 oz growler. Pours a light orange color with a frothy head. Smell is garden hops one the vegetable side Taste was very dank with earthy hops some citrus peel . Mouth feel had a dank hop and a citrus rind with a slight bitterness in the finish. Tried this one its good lots of citrus rind not as bitter as i thought it would be and not that great.

Oct 15, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 batch.

White head. Golden yellow color. Clear.

Very hoppy and dank. Resin. Stickiness. Pretty bitter. Some floral hops. More of a west coast IPA.

Solid dipa. Very sticky and weedy.

Oct 03, 2016
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bashiba from Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was served a hazy golden/orange with a thick fluffy white head, good retention and light lacing.

The smell was very typical IPA, lightly citrusy, a bit of juniper, and a touch of fresh cut grass.

The flavor had a nice light crackery malt, has some nice grapefruit and juniper flavors. The bitterness levels were good, but had a plastic flavor quality that seems to develop in beers that have to much columbus.

The mouthfeel had a bit of thick oily quality to it.

Overall while drinking this I had no idea it was a double IPA, It seemed more on par with stronger single IPA's and could have been good as that, but I found the Plastic finish a bit distracting. As a double it seems a bit more underwhelming, especially on the dry hopping.

May 07, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yum, yum, yummm! Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, cream colored head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is slightly hazy, brown amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hops, resin, malt. Flavor is very similar, massively hop bitter, yet somehow now so overdone as so many hop bombs are. This beer works very well. Body is spot on - the combination of fullness without the highpoints of conflicting acid and bitter. Finish is like flavor, average length, and very good. Solid effort.

Apr 24, 2012
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FreshHawk from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice golden bronze color with a fairly thick, creamy, smooth, white head. Great retention leaving a nice lace. Looks enticing.

S - Seems a bit muddled with the different hop aromas fighting to come out but none really take control. I guess a resiny pine aroma is the strongest. Some grapefruit citrus as well. A nice balanced malt backbone though.

T - Struggles from the same issue as the aroma. A bit muddled to start with. Some alcohol heat coming out as well. As I drink it, the flavors meld together better though. Grapefruit citrus starts coming out stronger with some sweet fruit and pine resin. A nice bready malt backbone providing for a very balanced IPA. Great biter kick on the finish.

M - Medium body with a healthy level of carbonation. Crisp and clean feel.

D - This is a beer that got easier to drink and tastier as I drank more. Started out a little hot/harsh but it balanced out nicely as I drank more.

Notes: A perfect blend of 6 hop varieties will overload your taste buds with gigantic flavor. At a whopping 154 IBUs, take a bite of the beer that bites you back! This wasn't my favorite beer from TG, but overall it wasn't bad. Toward the end of the glass, I was liking this more and wouldn't mind another. It takes a bit for the flavors to really meld and then you start getting new flavors coming out on the finish.

Apr 05, 2012
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 58 ratings