Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #28
Ranked #831
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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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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flagmantho from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sep 19, 2021
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
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
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Piercan from Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

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

Very delicious IPA with strong tropical flavors. Generous flavors of pineapple and mango as well as a pinch of citrus peel. Slightly chewy body with a quick clean finish. Just bitter enough, but also some juicy qualities. Top notch IPA.

Aug 06, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - review from notes

This is a pale ale that drinks like an IPA. At only 5.8% it runs the whole gamut of hop flavor: flowers, grass, weed, pine, lemon, fruits and berries.

solid stuff from some of the best hop-masters in the biz

Jul 31, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer... great pale ale... perhaps a little bias because I love pineapple, but this is a pale ale worth pouring into a glass grilling out to, and sharing stories... the hops are present, but the pineapple and citrus are great compliments to it...

Jul 25, 2021
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great tasting Ipa
Great amber color with 1.5” head when poured
Smells of pine and floral notes
Nice hops pine and citrus notes
Carbonation perfect nice bubbling effervescence
Overall this is a great ipa with tremendous flavor. I will be keep this in stock !

Jul 23, 2021
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MattS63 from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Pint Can into a hotel glass (do what you can with where you are).

Pours a hazy golden orange with decent lacing. Smells citrus with floral notes and fair amount of pine. Taste is fantastic. Light on the tongue to start with citrus moving to more piney heavenly hoppiness and malt, but not over powering. I love the balance of the malts and there is a bit of "breadyness" that comes through.

I have to confess I am a TG fan when I say this is a GREAT beer!

Jul 07, 2021
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argock from Virginia

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

Forgot to note the canned on date. Reviewed from notes from recent trip to IA. Poured into a Shaker pint.

A: Hazy pale yellow with 2-finger frothy off-white sticky head with good retention and solid stripes of lacing.

S: Heavy berry and pineapple with a dank herbal note in the background

T: Flavor is also very berry-fruity with some citrus notes supporting and then a striking dank, weed note in the finish and aftertaste which is very interesting and I think a signature of this beer. Esters are mild and supporting with some floral and fruit character. Bitterness is low-medium.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with medium body and modest carbonation.

O: Excellent NEIPA and glad I took the opportunity to give it a try. Will go back to it next visit.

Jul 05, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz. can packaged 06/17/21. Sampled July 4, 2021.

The appearance is a murky, milky looking hazy orange-yellow underneath a modest, lacing-leaving soft white head.

Nice aromas of tropical fruits, melon, maybe some ash, maybe some resin, and a low profile but evident cereal grain base.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium to full but also delicate.

It has a quick sweet bready malt taste followed immediately by those lovely tropical fruit characteristics. Many breweries are brewing IPA's like this one but this one was done very well.

Jul 04, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pompeii pours a nice fruit juicy color. Orange, pineapple, mango colors and aromas with a hint of sweetness. I get a little grapefruit in the aftertaste and it's like Holy cow Batman, taste this beer!! Single hop MOSAIC? Really??? Forget the mouthfeel! Who needs mouthfeel when it tastes this GOOD! Overall? We have a WINNER! WOW and I thought Psuedo Sue was the winner! A 16 ounce can dated 05/05/21 Best By 09/02/21. Unbelievable Beer. Thanks Total Wine.

Jul 01, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy yellow-golden amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a very yeasty and bready smell mixed with a strong showing of pine hop as well as a good front of tangerine and pineapple. Along with these aromas comes notes of an herbal hop as well as a bit of grapefruit.
Taste – The taste starts out with a thick bready and slightly doughy malt taste that has a pineapple, mango, and tangerine sweetness along with a bit of caramel malt. At the start the hop tastes are lighter, consisting mainly of a grapefruit and herbal hop taste. As the taste advances the sweeter favors get a bit bigger all while the malt gets a bit lighter. At the same time the hops also grow stronger, with other flavors of pine hop joining in as well. With the increase in sweet and hop and the slight decrease in malt, one is left with a moderately sweet and malty and decently hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is somewhat chewy with a carbonation level that is average. For the style and sweetness, the feel was pretty good and made of a robust sipper.
Overall – A decent hazy IPA. A bit on the sweeter side and malty side, bur very easy drinking overall.

Jun 27, 2021
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow-orange with a double finger of bubbly white head that fizzles down.
Nose is zesty orange.
Taste is orange citrus with hints of guava and lemon. There’s an underlying earthiness too, which is a good thing here. What a refreshing IPA.
Feels very creamy and medium-bodied, a well-balanced mouthfeel with ample bitterness.
A great all-around IPA, and although I’m not a hazy ipa fan, this is a delicious one as a single hopped effort. Came in from some TX heat to have/ review this, and it serves itself well as a summer crusher if you want a clean dose of mosaic goodness.

Jun 19, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

tallboy 4 pack with a Sept best by date. it's now 6/13

pours a super hazed mellow orange-tinged yellow body with a rocky cream white froth head that has moderate retention and leaves thick slatherings of sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a rocky murky cap with even rockier halo before ultimately having a murky cap with a pencil-thin halo

aroma is pungent mango, floral and earthy and sticky, slightly grassy but mostly dripping and condensed

the taste that follows is at once a condensing and expansion of what the mosaic hop brings to the table. mango and pineapple rear their heads, but there's also a sensation of biting into a peach....

mouthfeel is higher carbonation and medium bodied. it runs pillowy, feeling full, though it has moments of wateriness, with a slightly crisp dry finish and hoppy juiced mango aftertaste, earthy with a suggestion of evergreen in the wings

damn-near perfect. the balance here is absolute NIRVANA.

Jun 13, 2021
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned: 04/15/21
Consumed: 06/05/21
Location: Home in Bangkok

A sublime superb big time wonderful single hop Mosaic IPA creative masterpiece .
Certainly a top 5 mosaic IPA experience.

“But first...
Are you experienced?
Have you ever been experienced?
Well I have...” - JM Hendrix

Buy NOW and drink immediately.
Thank me later

Jun 05, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a decent head of foam.

Smells tropical, citrus, the usual aromas for the style but of course, it is Mosaic all the way.

Tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, dank like many of the style are. Decent amount of bitterness. Wears on my palate after a while; that's normal for me.

Good mouthfeel.

Another nice one from these folks.

May 20, 2021
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Pompeii poured from pint can, bottom stamped "PKG10/08/20," and "BEST BY 02/05/21," into nonic pint.

Pours cloudy, light-gold with huge, foamy off-white head, with excellent retention, and leaving splotchy but chunky lace down the glass. A bit of citrus, and grassy, dank aroma off the pour, turning hugely fruity, first citrus and then stone fruits, and some floral aroma in the finish. Opening mild carbonation delivers a bit of malt sweetness and citrus, and then the beer turns bone dry and crisp, over some stone fruits, nicely biting peach and a bit of citrus peel, and a bitter finish.

Although cloudy, not excessively, so an easy call of Pompeii as an excellent Mosaic single-hop West Coast IPA.

Apr 25, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale orange juice with a 2 finger white frothy head.

S: Sweet fruit, citrus, hop.

T: Very expressive bitterness, if nectar could be swill. Rolling fruits. Pale ale bite.

F: Active bitterness, fruitiness. Slightly sticky, dry.

O: Very enjoyable even straight out of the can.

Apr 24, 2021
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Tomahock from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazy. Complex. Smooth light start with bright notes of floral and citrus. Rounds out a little bitter then has a slightly dank finish. Not heavy. Easy to drink. Pretty high-end for a low abv. A good one for when you don’t want to commit to the buzz.

Apr 14, 2021
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dannydetox from Ohio

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

Looks like a glass of pineapple orange juice with a frothy half inch head. Juicy brew on the tongue with tropical notes of mango, red grapefruit and little blueberry. Flows down very easily, and carbonation is on the medium low end on this draught pour. Good enough for another I'd say!

Apr 07, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit that I picked this beer up for the name. Years ago, when we lived in Italy, our family trip to Pompeii was one of the most memorable trips. So, this brew is from a tall aluminum can. The beer is a hazy straw color and the head is a thick white foam. The aroma has a mix of citric and light pine hop quality. The flavor is balanced with lots of fruit flavor. Nice.

Apr 03, 2021
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