Pompeii
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #37
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,281
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,300
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 29, 2022
Added:
Jan 31, 2013
Wants:
  111
Gots:
  349
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Inspiration for our newest Hop Patrol IPA comes from the House of Faun in Pompeii, Italy. At this site, some of the world’s most famous mosaics were preserved under layers of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In this fashion, Pompeii IPA preserves and showcases the luxurious taste of the Mosaic hop. This single-hop IPA offers a floral aroma and a truly complex “mosaic” of taste: dark citrus and pineapple flavors, with deep earthy undertones and a persistent bitterness in the finish.

60 IBU
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Rated: 3.34 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by whistler55 from Missouri

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy pale yellow with an amber tint, 1" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of pineapple, mango, pine.

Taste follows nose: pineapple, mango, pine.

Medium body, light carbonation. Dry finish.

Wow! This is a very good IPA.
Jul 24, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.75 by Bren249 from Illinois

Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. "Pompeii"
12 fl. oz. can, "PKG03/07/22 15:24:05 BEST BY 07/05/22". Sampled on 05/06/22

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label says that this is a Mosaic hopped IPA so I'll assume that's 100% for flavor and aroma; it would be a waste to use Mosaics for bitterness. It's a very hazy gold beneath a finger's width of white foam. That's definitely Mosaic in the nose. The malt is basic and sweetish and hoppy notes of berries, mangos, roses, bubblegum, orange and light pine float over top. The taste follows with a little more complexity... some pineapple, apricot, dull herbs, and a dusty spiciness. At just 6.3% ABV I doubt that spiciness is from the alcohol but it could be helping. For the malt I'm assuming it's 2-row with some wheat and oats but I can't specifically pick those out. It's nicely balanced by a median bitterness that leads to a mainly dry finish where those herbs and spiciness emerge. In the mouth it's medium bodied but it feels a little fuller due to all of the extra proteins. The carbonation leaves it crisp and then smooth across the palate. The head dropped to about a quarter of an inch but then held all the way through leaving some thin but nice lacing throughout almost all of the glass. All in all it's very well done.
Review #7,952
May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Best by 4/14/22. (2 weeks past date), drinking after 15 min in the fridge.

A day after trying Bodem IPA, I’m trying a world class beer in the same style.

L: hazy light orange body that almost glows. White short lasting head. Carbonation and haze in the body.

S: creamsicle, pineapple, tangerine. Kind of reminiscent of that orange splash juice with added creamsicle and booze.

T: a lot of pineapple, tangerine, lemon, kiwi, malt sweetness, other fruit. Half way through bitterness overtakes the fruit before quickly tapering off leaving a sweet aftertaste.

F: creamy fuller feeling of the hazy variety, not as much malt in this one. Moderate carbonation. Finishes refreshing. My favorite part.

O: very solid, despite getting a slightly old batch it was very crushable. A little too sweet for me to thoroughly enjoy its complexity. Definitely sweeter and lighter than Bodem, lighter malts used in Pompeii and they’re more in the background. Definitely sets the bar for summer IPAs, but not the first ipa I’d reach for.
Apr 30, 2022
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Rated by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of the best, very little haze, some pitted fruit, laid back bitterness. Extremely well done.
Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by KT3418 from Colorado

Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by VashonGuy from Washington

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Mar 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by mpow34

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours nicely hazy. Pineapple dominates the nose, and takes center stage on the sip. Easy drinker. Enjoyed from a can. I would gladly have another pint of this one, if given the chance.
Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by AWA from California

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
On-tap at Corner Drafthouse in Banker’s Hill. Top notch hop flavors without any bitterness, just a touch of dryness in the finish. Cloudier than expected, it’s a proper IPA.
Jan 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by rangerred from Tennessee

Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by infuturity from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.61 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 16, 2021
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Rated by gefinley from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Canned 7/29/21.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a semi hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange, tangerine, other citrus, grapefruit, berry, and marijuana.

This is pretty solid stuff, it's kind of an inbetween for a West Coast style IPA and a NE-style IPA, a little bit. It's got a soft juiciness to it, with no real malt character to be found, and a subtle but nicely balancing bitterness.

This is light bodied, crisp, clean, and very drinkable.

I haven't had many (or any) Toppling Goliath IPAs in like 3-4 years now, so it's nice to see even with expanding production and distribution that they are still making a solid hoppy beer.
Nov 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by FrankCastle from California

Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 16oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 8/25/21, best by 12/23/21.

Appearance: medium yellow hue and very hazy indeed with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop.

Smell: big citrus character, but also a lot of herbal, dank, and earthy hop aroma. It's like a slightly danker version of a modern hazy IPA. Not bad at all.

Taste: big, big hop flavor here. We have tropical, a little dank, a little bit of harsh bitterness, all atop a slightly sweet malt base. I like it a good deal.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and not-bad creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. I feel like it's a proto-hazy-IPA and probably gets lost in the mix a lot today. But it's a damn fine beer.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours like a mimosa. That’s the best way to describe the look.
S: Huge punch of tropical and citrus
T: Citrus, pineapple, mango upfront with some pine bitterness on the finish
F: Medium bodied with good carbonation. I’m getting some hop burn, but that could be from the salsa I ate earlier.
O: I prefer this to King Sue and Pseudo Sue.
Oct 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by artf from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can into a pint glass.
L: Pours hazed dark apricot w a 1/2" off-white head w good retention, very light carbo, some small sediment chunks, some light lacing, banding & sheeting.
S: Pineapple, mango, citrus, light caramel, light alcohol as the beer warms.
T: Tropical fruits, citrus zest (lime, orange, grapefruit), kiwi, pine resin, light yeast, sweet malt. A medium amt of intense bitterness, lightly sweet on the lips.
F: Lightly firm then a plush, low carbonated semi juicy medium-heavy bodied feel w a bold med-length moderately drying finish that lingers.
O: A full-flavored and robust American IPA. Bold tastes, hop forward & fruity with excellent balance. It is outstanding.
Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
At Higher Grain
Very hazy dark yellow color with a thin head.
Super fruity aroma. Taste follows the nose with a nice hop note. Not biting at all.
The beer feels light and juicy.
9/28/2022: 3 cans from a [NOT] super cheap variety pack. I notice a piney character and the hops bite a bit more than I remember.
Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by xungmound98 from New York

Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pouring from the can deep golden, similar to a hazy IPA which had me a bit confused. Head is white, but dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. Nose is pineapple and citrus. Taste is very similar to a hazy NE Style, but not as sweet. Also not much of a bitter bite, which I hoped for, but expected since it says 'balanced'. Great beer despite my wishing for more bitterness.
Sep 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my first Toppling Goliath beer! Poured from a can dated 5/27/2021 (consuming 8/27/2021). It is a beautiful gold color, so hazy it looks milky, especially with the white fluffy receded head lingering around. I smell citrus, and only citrus. Lemony citrus. Taste is way more than what i got from whiffing the pour…. Definitely a bitey citrus juice bomb, lemon, grapefruit…dancing with a floral note and resiny mosiac hop. This flavor is what i crave with the american IPA style, it has never been presented to my tongue so perfectly with these lingering, delicious layers of flavors. A perfect example of the american IPA style. Absolutely in love with this one.
Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by midlifec from Michigan

Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Piercan from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
At first, it looks like pure orange juice.
Smells of tangerine and fresh, crushed green grass.
First sip has a whiff of dominant tangerine; then taste reveals bright citrus notes -- tangerine, orange peel, lemon and lime.
Feel = the typical bitterness of a good American IPA. Well-controlled acidity.
Overall, as good as the best of real Hazy and Juicy IPAs. An ale for all summer and all summers.
~Draught in pint-sized tulip glass from Draft&Vessel on Oakland in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Aug.13, 2021.
Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Tiernan from Texas

Aug 08, 2021
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