Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #29
Ranked #785
4.31 | pDev: 7.19%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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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trevormajor from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup (rockin it Florida style), canned on 8/10/20:
L - hazy golden yellow with a head that dissipated to a thin film, lingering around the edges of the plastic
S - grapefruit, pineapple
T - crisp bitter flavor with notes of grapefruit and pineapple
F - medium mouthfeel with a nice bite of carbonation on the nose
O - great IPA, looks like a NE and has a juicy flavor

Nov 27, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale gold with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is juicy grapefruit, mango, and orange, with a hint of pine resin and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter but refreshing. Overall, a competent but not earth shattering IPA.

Oct 25, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is daunting

look: half hazy half clear, banana color, thin white head.

smell: not that obvious, some light floral,

taste: holy, very unique and tasty! big mango, some pine, pineapple, durian

feel: medium-light body, balanced, chuggable.

overall: this is a nice beer and I don't find many beers taste like it.

Sep 23, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can pours a cloudy light orange -copper color with a white frothy head, nice lacing. Clean citrus-pine aroma, medium body malty with a delicious hop profile, nice balance, Another great one from this brewery!

Sep 23, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi hazy golden yellow with a pretty white head. Smells like mostly pineapple with slight floral notes and some citrus as well. The taste follows the nose and is pineapple heavy, with a little bit of orange as well. The sweetness is balanced out by a little bit of bitterness, but it is mostly sweet. The brew is more heavily carbonated with very fine bubbles that completely cover your mouth making a very pleasant experience. Overall one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Sep 20, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 8/05/2020 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a significant white head that dissipates slowly, leaving tons of lacing on the glass.
S - Smells of pineapple.
T - Starts out bitter turning into pineapple for the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation with some stickiness.
O - Very enjoyable IPA.

Sep 17, 2020
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 07/27/20

I'm drinking this straight from the can so I'm not sure what it looks like but the can is cool!

The nose is peach and pineapple. An earthy, dirty Mosaic note emerges.

The taste is pineapple, peach, muddled Mosaic dankness, and doughy malt. Leans earthy, with low sweetness and medium bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with lingering bitterness.

Overall, pretty good but I'd reach for a Pseudo Sue over this 9 times out of 10.

Sep 07, 2020
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rand from California

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into a pint glass

A: Hazy, orange-copper appearance. Super sudsy with a trail of sticky lacing

S: Pungent aromas, with notes of citrus pith and tropical juice prominent. Grassy, snappy hop character rounds out the bouquet.

T: Hop-forward profile, citrusy with notes of pineapple and lemon pepper. Slightly juicy, a little piney - has aspects of both NE and WC styles. Grassy and earthy mid-sip, with a medium dry finish.

M: Medium complexion, ample carbonation for refreshing drinkability.

Another gem from Toppling Goliath. Session-able, can throw this back all day and night

Sep 03, 2020
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy, pale amber with a persistent cream-colored head.
Smell: Nice tropical fruit aromas -- pineapple, mango, peach. Some herbal pine aroma.
Taste: Wonderful grapefruit, pineapple and vanilla sweetness, balanced with hoppy grapefruit rind bitterness. Juicy, bitter, clean-tasting.
Feel: Medium-bodied and clean with spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Just a fantastic juicy IPA. Instantly one of my new favorites.

Aug 02, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First beer for me from this brewing company. My local liquor store just recently started carrying a few of what I guess are their staples.

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass:

Bright hazy orange color. Head is small and disappears FAST, but there is some retention around the glass and some perpetual bubbles in the center.

Aroma is lots of orange, mango, and mosaic hops (quickly becoming my favorite hop...) and some lemon. Some reviews below list the grassy bit as grass and some list it as pine. I’m inclined to believe it is pine, but whatever it is, it smells great and adds a brighter character to the darker citrus smells.

Taste very much follows the nose, but pineapple shows up in addition to the aforementioned citrus flavors. Hops show up in the middle and then see it through the finish. Finish is long and has a satisfying hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. It does feel a little bit watery for an IPA, but I feel like that fits this specific brew.

Overall - it’s a lot of fun to discover some new breweries (new to me that is) with great stuff to offer. I’ll be seeking out this one again.

Jul 18, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Hazels for ~12$ for a 4-pack of 16oz cans. Canned: 6/15/20, consumed: 07/12/20.

A&S: Hazy bright yellow colored beer that is lively. Pours a little over a finger of fizzy white head, that dissipates quickly leaving a ring with patterns in the center. The aroma contains oranges and lemons, citrus hops, and fresh-cut grass.

T&M: The taste is very similar to aroma, with the addition of floral hops. Light carbonation and a bit of a watery mouthfeel.

Overall: Another excellent IPA from Toppling Goliath. My small and only beef with some of their IPAs (Fire, Skulls, and Money, Scorpius Morchella, Intergalactic Warrior, etc.) is they taste a little too similar. They are all excellent, but I don't know if you lined those 4 up, that I could tell them apart.

Jul 12, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed apricot golden pour with thick foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit. Juicy.

T.F: Tangerine citrus... pineapple and peach. Mango... grapefruit and some floral character. Some sweetness to start with a bit of hop bite at the finish. Creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Juicy... with tropical fruit at the finish.

O: A delicious mosaic forward IPA... low-ish ABV makes it super drinkable. Worthy.

Jul 05, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: June 26, 2020... OCCASION: finished the first full week of summer by visiting my parents... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick.... pours a thick, opaque, fuzzy sallow yellow-orange body that roils with bubbles, building a two-finger thick white head that pillows generously... crushing mango and pine, with orange, lemon, and pineapple that smell more powerfully than its 5.8% weight... it's smooth, sharp at the teeth, soft through the mouth and strong at the throat... robust yet inviting, strong and sustaining... this bursts with citrus and pine, a veritable hop bomb that satiates with vibrant grapefruit and pineapple.... I mistook this for much more powerful than its ABV.... in truth, drinkable and appreciable in its presentation of the single Mosaic hop.... its malt backbone is soft, making it a hop-forward experience...

Jun 27, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive opening for this Iowa based brewery. I notice a bit of tropical fruit aroma mixed in with the more obvious citrus and pine.

Love the texture and fruitiness here that kind of streamlines a loaded flavor palate. The mosaic hop is showcased throughout the sip; really well done. Not really a hop bomb, but balanced and a little fruity. One of the best IPAs of the last few years for me.

Jun 25, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ finger soapy cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Hazy muted golden in the glass. Smells of pineapple, citrus, and that something other I get from mosaic beers that I can't put my finger on it, more predominant in Yellow Rose. Taste follows the nose, citrus, ripe pineapple, some dankness in the middle and a mild grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish. Finish is on the dry side, slight residual pith left on the palate

Jun 25, 2020
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Realdeal577 from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy straw color with 2 finger head. Good lacing and minimal carbonation.
Nose: Even while pouring immediate burst of citrus-Pink Grapefruit then mango and maybe some pineapple notes. Yea, I knew I like Mosaic hops but never had a beer hopped only with Mosaic.
Mouthfeel: Medium, dry, sticky, very pleasing.
Taste: Follows aroma but with addition of earthy herbal notes, grapefruit zest toward back with some hoppy bitterness at finish. Overall an outstanding brew, one of my favorites right now!!

Jun 23, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA, 5.8% ABV. Pours hazy gold with a 3-finger white head that left some lacing. Nose is citrus. Taste is piney, some orange zest, moderately bitter. Very good mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Jun 14, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy orange gold. Small head that dissipates quickly. Visible lacing, can’t see any carbonation bubbles rising.
Smell: Aroma is citrus attenuated by berry. floral, earthy, citrus … must be Mosaic hops. This beer smells like what I would expect a beer hopped only with Mosaic would smell like. Ok, after I sniffed it, I had to look it up and … yep, single hop Mosaic.
Taste: Subtle sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Quickly overwhelmed by berry, stone fruit, pineapple, floral, herbal and citrus. Ah, Mosaic! This is the best showcase of the Mosaic hop that I have ever had and my conclusion is that I have enjoyed it more when it is combined with Simcoe but this beer is certainly worthy! I have never been able to separate Mosaic and Simcoe until now.
Feel: Dry, medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation for a clean, dry finish.
Overall: I love the Mosaic hop. This beer features the Mosaic hop. Mosaic is so complex, wow, so much going on with this beer. I will always drink this beer at least for a palate reset for Mosaic hops if nothing else.

Jun 04, 2020
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 OZ can
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. It is topped with a mountain of beige head that leaves some impressive lacing if you are into that sort of thing.

I get some citrus and light pine notes.

The taste is citrus with hints of tropical fruit. There is some grapefruit in the finish.

Full bodied with a slightly chalky mouthfeel

This is not a fresh can but is within the best by date by a couple of months. It seems solid and promising. I need to find some freshies and update this review. I think it will improve a lot.

May 31, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - Tap & Six in Roswell, Georgia.

PKG 05/01/20.

Appearance: Pours a light, straw-toned body with a loose, dissipating, white head.

Smell: Floral, light pineapple, apricot, golden gooseberry and a spread of vanilla creme atop the usual rustic, coarse raw barley/wheat/oats aroma.

Taste: Lightly grainy, bready with those austere, raw grain notes. Lightly sweet. Tropical, fruity tones. Light pineapple, a nibble of Navel orange, apricot and mango juices, rosehips and some berries with a bit of subdued vanilla buried in there. Medium bitterness. Pleasant, playful acidity throughout. Tropical fruitiness through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-soft carbonation but still feels acceptable crisp.

Overall: Solid, likable IPA featuring the hop of the day: Mosaic.

May 27, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours muddy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

May 18, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy orange and straw yellow color with a hint of copper. huge, 4 finger frothy off-white head

s: tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, sweet citrus. crackers, mango, strawberry, guava, honeydew, and some sweet malts in the backbone

t: sweet melons, and a bunch of diactyl upfront. some cantaloupe, peach, mango behind that. slight grapefruit bitterness along with angel food cake. dry crackers as a backbone

m: medium fluffy mouthfeel with mild carbonation

o: something a touch sweet, almost buttery going on in here for me. without that, it would be fine

May 14, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. I rated the smell a 5 because of the great scents of mango and pineapple. The taste is great, and you can really taste all of its little elements. I would recommend it to anyone.

May 13, 2020
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micada from New York

3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally, someone contacted the NY distributor, so we actually have TG in the area. It’ll be a once a month run to start, but holy hell, it’s a win. Poured hard and cool to an IPA glass, it’s a murky yellow with a one finger lively open-cell white head that burns away fast. Nose is sort of a dank citrus mash, detectable from a foot or so away. First sips are very hoppy, slightly bitter citrus pithiness on the front, with a solid malt on the mid and back. It finishes bitter and dry. Alcohol is at normal human consumption levels, not my usual “help, this is your liver” double-digit sippers. It’s decent, though more bitter than is my preference. The score is lower than many of my other ratings, I think just from a biased all-type perspective, not that this is in any way a bad beer. I think the next one should start a little colder, as this one was in an aisle display, not the refrigerator. Dare I dream, that King Sue is in my future now?

May 10, 2020
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid IPA, with a bitter, almost savory backbone to go with the restrained malt and dry finish. There is something moreish about this one that keeps me going back. I think it might be just a tad too dry for me at the end, but I enjoyed it very much.

May 08, 2020
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