Pompeii | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BarrytheBear on 01-31-2013

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at 515 Brewing, poured into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Nice gold color with tonnes of foam. Floral notes dominate the nose along with some lighter fruit. The taste is quite nice. A more floral hop but it's mellow with some fruit elements. Complex but not high alcohol.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation action in the body, feeding the foamy, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of berry esters, kiwi, passion fruit, melon, pineapple, pepper spice, dried grass, and evergreen. Very aromatic. Flavors are tropical fruit sweet forward, with a blend of melon, kiwi, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit, all with a peppery and herbal hops character to follow, with solid bitterness in tow. Effervesced and light body, with a solid edge as the beer clears the palate. The aftertaste is more of the fruity blend, but with enough evergreen and bitterness to stay balanced and clean. Smooth, crisp, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden orange with light head and great lacing

Aroma- fruit up front, pine behind that

Taste- I am a big fan of the mosaic hop. This bottle is 8 wks old and prob not freshest example, that being said, dankness, fruit and pine still very evident. At 2-3 wks, this beer would be awesome.

Mouthfeel- smooth but not quite creamy. Enjoyable

Overall- at 2/3 wks I give this a 4.75. Have to review as tasted and 4.5 still very solid beer

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Photo of Beers-es
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an undated 22 oz bomber brewed in Decorah, pours a clear orange-gold. Two fingers of dense white foam leaves rings of lacing. Smell fairly explodes with fruit, resinous pine and a bit of oniony dank. Taste is similar, with a mild bitterness in the finish. Just enough sweet malt to prop it all up.

Feels is a light medium, with good creamy carbonation. Excellent beer that packs an IPA's worth of flavor into a pale ale ABV.

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Photo of bsp77
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single Hop Mosaic. Mmm. Smells like it, with a mix of citrus, tropical and berry notes. The taste is similar but a little more sweet than bitter. Very creamy body that is sublime but not quite as dry as I hoped for. Excellent!

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Photo of Peepskp
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA with just the right amount of bite. The hop bitterness is present throughout the entirety of the drink with a nice finish. Seems pretty well put together with the slightly sweet profile highlights.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle a hazy medium-gold with a dense and creamy white head.
The aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple.
Taste is mixed fruit juice: orange, pineapple, tropical fruit and a finishing citrus rind bitter although even that is juicy.
Perfect balancing sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky.
God, this is good.

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Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is rather common around here. It comes in a 22 ounce bottle.

It pours a beautiful clear gold with nice head. The nose follows along with the hops and has a nice citrus boquet.

Taste is a very balance citrus profile with floral notes. How many different IPA's can this brewery make? They all taste good and they are different. Another keeper. If I buy a beer more than once, that means I like it. I have bought this one 6 times or more.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 2/24/16 poured into a tulip
A: Yellowish-orange color with a one-finger head
S: Lots of grass and earth along with some orange peel and pepper
T: Largely matches the nose- herbal/earthy up front with a bit of citrus backbone
M:Medium-bodied, crisp, dry
O: A nice IPA, definitely the drier style but well made and a pleasure to drink

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pompeii pours a golden color with a small lacing head. Big hoppy aroma. Taste also is fresh hops, with hints of earth. Good body and feel. Overall top notch ipa.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thought this offering was better than Sosus. Not degrading Sosus as all TG offerings are other worldly Mouth fee is great, smell is great and it drinks amazingly. I really have no idea where to rate this as all TG IPAs are outstanding

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Photo of zonker17
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber dated 4/8/16 consumed 6/8/16. Slightly hazy pour to 2 shakers produces a straw yellow beverage with a 1 finger head, no lacing. Floral and fruity nose, mango, pineapple. Malt sweetness combines beautifully with the hops giving a well balanced, grapefruit, juicy, a bit dank and bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Philguay92
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good dark orange pour with a slight head. Very sweet and fruity smell. Taste is bitter with a solid malt upfront with a TEXTBOOK Mosaic finish. Excellent beer and the not even the highest rated from Toppling Goliath, is very impressive.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A citrus bomber poured in a pint glass. This is a fruit bomb to the palate all the way! Pours great w/ a nice metacarpal length amount of head. There are constant intense juicy hoppy flavors in this IPA and I wish I had another bomber to drink w/ a slight bitter aftertaste to round off this wonderful IPA.

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Photo of Beric
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bomber into a snifter
Served: 29 May 2016

Thanks to @moysauce for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy amber color with about a 2 finger head that sticks around for some time. The beer itself looks great, but let's talk about this bottle art. Is there better bottle art than this? No.

Smell: Bright, fruity hop notes driven by citrus and tropical fruit esters. Little to no malt sweetness evident in the nose due to the massive hop bouquet.

Taste: Shockingly close to a New England IPA (e.g. Trillium) - definitely what I would call a "juice bomb", in the sense that the hop flavors were largely citrus and tropical fruit. Notes of grapefruit, apricot, passion fruit, pineapple, and pomegranate. A pinch of musk. Not super bitter at 60 IBUs even with the relatively light malt backbone, though it does finish semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body with high, soft carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: An incredible beer, especially at 5.5%. I'm not sure there is a better low ABV IPA out there.

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Photo of Scooter1027
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into an IPA glass. Nice light golden-amber color with ample carbonation and well-retained finger of head. Aroma is fantastic, that's the mosaic talking...it's mango, it's juicy, it's floral, there's citrus and stonefruit. The taste is all of those things, but with a little caramel malt balance, maybe just a touch more than I'd care for. But still terrific. Overall, it may not quite be on the level of Sosus, but it's much easier to get around here, and it really isn't far off at all.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, a month old, into a nonic, pours a light clear pineapple orange, nose is serious business...to me, not as earthy as some other mosaic-focused beers, though it is still there right from the start and it is woodsy and there's also a little mint, lots of bright tropical fruit, bright flowery sweetness and pale malt. Taste follows nose, not quite as bright and not loads of layers, but still delicious...lingering dank blueberry notes. Bitterness is middling, and feel is fairly smooth, which is fun with the flavor explosion. Body is light, middle to high carb, fairly clean. Doesn't compare to their best, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of moysauce
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L:Wow. What a beautiful beer. Deep golden orange. Nice 1-1.5 finger of head. Pretty decent lacing as well. Really nothing I would fix, I just have a hard time giving anything a 5 in case I find something better haha.

S:The aroma is ripe, juicy mango with some nice floral bouquet supporting it. This is 6 weeks old and I would die to get a fresh aroma.

T: Bright, ripe mango and berries on the palate. Doesn't really have much of a bitter profile at all. Who doesn't love mosaic hops?! Again, 6 weeks old but tastes so freaking ripe and delicious. Can't imagine how great it would taste 5 weeks ago!

F: Very pleasant coating. Thin, not overbearing, but begs you to keep sipping.

Overall, this is an unbelievable, world-class brew. If this were available year round and had decent distribution this would be my go-to beer. Wow. Nothing short of excellent.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of juicy hops notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste consist of intense flavours of juicy hops notes of citrus and tropical fruit with some residual sugar notes and almost no bitterness. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. This one is quite the treat and shows that he brewer was really able to extract as much as possible from the Mosaic hops.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a beer. Smell is mango, pineapple, slight hoppy. Taste is very good. Citrusy on first taste, mildly hoppy with a slightly bitter aftertaste that finishes very clean. Feel is crisp. Solid brew from TG, they never disappoint.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with an orange tinge. Large off white head is rather frothy. Good retention with nice sticky lacing. Lacing is quite heavy at first but recedes to a more moderate(but long lasting) level fairly quick.

Aroma is tropical and floral hops. Mango, lavender, and jasmine. Caramel malt.

Taste starts with mango and pineapple. Lemon, orange rind, and just a hint of the floral notes from the aroma. Caramel malt, a bit doughy. Very mild earthy dankness at the end.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mild bitterness. Lingering tropical hops. Just a touch of creaminess.

Excellent IPA. Love the profile of Mosaic and it really shines in this beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a solid inch of densely packed off white head. Moderate lacing. Massive floral hop aroma greets my nose. I taste plenty of earthy mosaic hops and plenty of light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has a pleasant hazy golden-orange appearance with good carbonation. Classic mosaic aromas of grapefruit and pineapple along with an herbal dankness. The tastes follow with a smooth yet pronounced bitterness. Has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness. Overall another outstanding IPA from TG. Nice and fresh too. They are dialed in on their single hop beers.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold with a massive, off-white foam head. A nice thin blanket persists on top, with a ton of spongy lacing, but if you pour the whole bottle into your glass, there are a ton of little floaties that settle into a chunky yeast layer.

Powerful aromas of tropical hops--pineapple, peach, and something a bit more exotic I can't quite put my finger on. Some toffee malt comes in after. Then, as it warms, some cedar and pine develop.

In addition to the tropical notes, some earthy, herbal and floral flavors kick in on the tongue. Toffee and biscuit support the beer keeping the bitterness low.

Crisp and slightly bitter.

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Photo of twizzard
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an aroma on this beer! It filled the room with a soft citrus/tangerine cloud. Taste was dank & tropical...my favorite combo. An absolute terrific pale ale from TG.

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