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Smoove Opferator | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hearty brown ale is named for its original brewer- our awesome Beerman Chad Opfer. Smoove Opferator started out as a very small experiment taproom-exclusive brown ale named “Brown Sugar.” Since then, it has undergone a name makeover and an expanded distribution to Iowa and Wisconsin. The taste is still the same as when we brewed the first small batch. Deep mahogany color with a hefty malt body. Robust flavors of roasted almonds, hints of chocolate with a slight bitterness in the finish. Oh so smoove!

50 IBU

Added by redblacks75 on 12-30-2012

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of maximum12
2.77/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A 22 oz. bottle liberated from Wisconsin, nice telephone on the label. I have one complaint though. There’s no date or notice if Mike brewed this or not; how am I supposed to know if I should like it or not? Oh well. Guess I’ll do it blind.

The pour is a bloodshot brown with minimal carbonation. The nose is nice, chocolate with mild nuttiness & light roast. Standard, but nice.

Smoove Opferator is thicker than tap water, but not by much. The beer is so watery that it’s hard to concentrate on anything else, there’s almost nothing to it. It tastes like weak coffee: moderate roast, motes of chocolate, bready, light sweetness. Lots of water. I suppose you could drink lots of this, but I’m not sure when.

A river runs through this, & not the good kind with fish & girls in bikinis on tubes. Far too thin, & that breaks the back of this one. Borderline finishable.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. As long as its August Schell, TG or Surly... I'll probably like it. 22oz. bomber into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear but very dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick, spotty and layered with great cling. Pretty solid.

Nose is roasty with hints of hazelnut, brown sugar, and toasted dark malts. Nice but pretty subdued.

Opens chocolate, hazelnut and almond skin and shell. Roasty in the middle with a slight tartness from the burnt malt. More coarse nuttiness at the end and finish. Lightly tart and roasty aftertaste. Pretty prototypical.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick with some slight bubbles in the mouth and goes down smooth and slightly syrupy. Finish is messy and pretty dry with a slightly linger, acrid aftertaste. Decent.

Done quite well but at the end of the day, this is a pretty typical brown ale with nothing to really set it apart. If you haven't had a lot of beers from this style, this is one to try to see what brown ales are supposed to be all about.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost non-existent head, with a very brown, almost black, color. Carbonation is visible, yet weirdly passive-looking.

Smells of bready malts, chocolate, slight notes of coffee, and molasses.

The molasses really come through in the taste. As does the general smokiness and very dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is quite light, but with a large degree of carbonation. Despite this, there is something very combative about this beer, which was quite off-putting to me.

I have yet to stumble upon any of Toppling Goliath top-tier offerings, and can't wait to do so. Sadly, this was quite disappointing to me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Deep brown. Big khaki head. Smell is nutty and a little roasty. Some bready malts too. Taste is a little hoppy. Lightly roasted malts. A little nutty. Lightly bitter finish. High carbonation. Medium body. Straightforward brown ale.

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Photo of TATURBO
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kind of blah by TG standards. Nothing is ever crave and want to try again. After reading the description I feel they need to amp up the flavors

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Photo of zekeman17
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bismarksays
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of carmike813
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not the biggest brown ale fan, but the beer is pretty solid for the style.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wcu80
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

By far my least favorite TG offering. A pretty boring style of beer anyway; this one was over-carbed, out of balance, and borderline unfinishable. Just a mess. Oh well, nobody is perfect.

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Photo of huskermike12
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingsuecac
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerSquirrel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lanciloti
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty dark, with a thin, tan head. If I hold this thing up to the light, I still can't see my fingers through it, but the bottom of the glass hints at an almost garnet colored beer. It's not bad, but it's not brown.

Smells sweet and with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Tastes sweet with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so.

Feel is thick, especially compared to the taste. Not overly effervescent.

I wouldn't say no to another, but there's nothing to make this anything other than a pretty good brew.

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Photo of LukeK
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Smoove Opferator from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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