Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #24
Ranked #692
4.32 | pDev: 7.18%
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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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9-9-19
Pours hazy orange, light head and quick to disappear lacing. Smell and taste is fruit based.. orange, pineapple and what I'm perceiving to be cantaloupes and grapes. Low bitterness. MF is light to medium, with an oily finish. An excellent beer from a brewer who no longer surprises me.. it's the norm.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow in color with a murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, soapy white foam with medium retention. Mellow, sweet fruity and sharp citrus aromas with medium malt notes . Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Creamy smooth feel followed by light warmth. Mellow fruity flavors followed by expanding citrus and pineapple hop flavors. Medium light malty flavors beneath. Medium hop bitterness throught the middle that quickly transitioned to fruity hop flavor and light boozy warmth. Finished dryly with light citrus and fruity flavors and a hint of bitterness. Robust hop character that is nicely balanced by subtle maltiness, fruitiness and a pleasant, easy, dry finish.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Very hazy, thick, juicy amber color, one and a half finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Sweet, tropical fruits. Wonderful! Could sniff this all day long.

T: Hoppy, tropical fruits, bitter on the back end. Very good.

F: Medium bodied, lots of hop flavor.

O: Great example of a good IPA.

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Photo of Hansicus_Almighticus
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What was to be the king of available fruity IPA's in the twin cities. This was my go to pick for months. It's available at multiple vendors. It's reasonably priced. It's delicious (usually) Unfortunately, not every batch is equal with TG. If you get a good batch of this puppy; it's a dream come true for citrus IPA lovers who don't want to break the bank. Typically $10 or $11 for 4 -16 oz cans. Juicy and flavorful, well balanced, and always with the possibility of a "not quite as amazing as the last time I had it" experience.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We are now getting TGBC distro here in PA & I am VERY excited, especially since the bulk of it is coming in CANs to further The CANQuest (tm)! Also, the graphics of the label painted directly onto the aluminum cylinder are amazing. SO much more vibrant than the paper label on the glass bottle in the approved pic! J/S.

From the CAN: "This India Pale Ale is brewed with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the walls of prominent buildings in the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-bodied feel to tantalize the senses."

The excitement of getting this locally & in a CAN was almost too much to bear so I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed up beautifully, forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was VERY tropical fruity, evoking memories of my fruited escapades with a Filipina in Olongapo, PI as a brazen young man. Mango, passionfruit, guava, papaya, pineapple, mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The flavors erupted in my mouth & on my tongue like Mount Vesuvius in full throat! Mmm. Finish was semi-dry, almost semi-sweet with its tropical fruitiness.

I have to cop to having gotten burnt out on tropical AIPAs when they were the rage, but now, their hops are being blended with PNW hops to create something really drinkable. This was a nice return to all-tropical, at least for one beer before moving on.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz can, packaged 9/9/19, best by 1/7/20. Pours very hazy orange yellow with a big bubbly white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is catty dank resiny hops and some fruit.

The flavor is some sweet wheaty fruit with a big catty earthy resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, not my favorite IPA, a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of myonlylemonade
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can. Hazy, golden orange appearance with lots of sediment, very appealing fruity scent. The taste is well rounded that is a little hoppy, a little fruity, not too sweet. Overall fantastic beer!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 9/9/19; into a pub glass.
Appearance- deep straw yellow with lots of fog and some apparent bubbles; medium, foamy white head that leaves decent lacing!
Smell - mango and pineapple with a floral touch!
Taste - powerful grapefruit bitterness, piney aftertaste with only hints of the tropical fruit from the nose!
Feel - no holds barred bitterness, flavorful and deliberate; higher level of carbonation on the mouthfeel than expected, but not unnecessarily done; really well done!
Overall - should fall more under the NE IPA category, but regardless, a no nonsense IPA that all hop lovers should flock too!

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Photo of 57md
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dirty straw color with a huge head that was more than two fingers. The nose has notes of overrippened citrus fruits. The flavor is dominated by pineapples upfront and grapefruit on the back end. This offering finishes more pithy that hoppy.

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Photo of remy1679
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft served in 12 oz sniffer glass

Look: golden and hazy with foamy head which head is easy to drink through

Smell: First aromas of citrus, especially notes of grapefruit.

Taste: Smooth. Very smooth. Each sip leaving you wanting another addictive sip. And that leads to ordering another. Also, the simple bitterness of an IPA that lingers.

Feel: Again, smooth.

A very enjoyable IPA but I do not taste any notes of mango as mentioned.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Real good beer in the often stated dreadful NE IPA style. Another miscategorized beer, see my other TG reviews. Little better than my usual Stone Fear Movie LIons but more expensive, and not worth the extra expense imo. The review?

Hazy, burnt orange, pretty beer. Smells fresh and fruity, tastes I get more slightly bitter orange and grapefruit than the pineapple and mango mentioned on the can, but I am not the best judge of fruit flavors, not really being a fruit person. Smooth, but overall lacks the real bitterness necessary to be world class. Like I've said before,. the only world class NE IPA is Alchemist Focal Banger, and no, Heady Topper is not and NE IPA, oh my.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: Canned on 08/21/19, enjoyed on 09/10/19.

Appearance: Pompeii looks massively thick and hazy, similar to but a good deal darker than King Sue. I has that same completely opaque haze but it is a beautiful deep burnt orange color, a beer seemingly ascetically engineered for fall. Additionally, Pompeii produces a healthy and tightly compact two fingers worth of bright white colored head. This is fantastic looking beer, so much so that the associated photo should really be one of this beer in a glass, rather tan the can art.

Aroma: There is a deep and vibrant bouquet of tropical fruit, predominately pineapple but this one has something much more interesting as well. There is this inviting, decadent, and very unique vanilla angel food cake aroma that really sets this beer apart in the aroma department. It almost serves as a bed for the fruity qualities. I am also picking up on a faint tart almost lime juice like quality. Wow, I keep coming back to that awesome angel food cake thing with aromas of vanilla creme that contribute an almost dessert like portion to an otherwise very well made but traditional IPA. This curious facet would seem to be in contrast, but for whatever reason it works wonderfully here. Ultimately, Pompeii has the requisite pine and ultra green hop aromas of an IPA but share half of the aroma with white cake covered in vanilla frosting covered in pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit pieces. I also get mild hints of blueberry and strawberry as well. This is truly one of the most unique but also not in any way gimmicky beers that I've found in some time.

Taste: The taste follows the nose like a shadow and more closely than most. It is a trimix of equal parts pineapple with the additions of mango, grapefruit, orange and bright green fragrant hops and bold white cake with vanilla creme. Toward the mid palate, some resinous dank qualities are ushered in with a bitterness level that feels a good deal higher than the reported 45 IBUs. At this point, the beer slides into more of a blueberry and strawberry with some herb flavor territory before it ultimately returns to its apparent comfort zone of cake batter and citrus fruits for the finish. The aftertaste is again an almost perfectly balanced blend of sweet and bitter, slightly favoring the bitter side. Honestly Pompeii is one of the more multifaceted and completely enjoyable IPAs I have had in a long time. This beer has nearly every flavor that could be wrung out of these ingredients, from pineapple, mango, grapefruit, pine, and herbs to vanilla, cake batter, strawberry, and blueberry with a thick creamy mouthfeel that ranges from appropriately sweet to pleasantly bitter all wrapped up in a glorious 6.2% package.

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-orange, slightly murky, with three fingers of antique white head. Good retention. Soapy lacing.

Grapefruit, weed, pepper and some tropical fruit and vanilla undertones in the nose.

Grapefruit and pepper show again up throughout, with tropical fruit, peach rings, tea and green onion underneath. Fairly bitter aftertaste, mixing up grapefruit, pine and cat piss.

Medium bodied, lightly creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

Delicious, well-balanced brew. High marks all around.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial shaker.

Hazed-out, cloudy blonde. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Dank, catty, peach, passion fruit, and wet grass.

Dank, catty, wet grass, and forest floor. Peach juice and passion fruit. Light candy sugar maltiness.

Medium bodied, smooth, and juicy with hardly any bitterness.

A very rich dankness that I can agree with.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass.

L: A super hazy golden color with a two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Wow, super fruity, the mosaic hops really pop on the nose. Loads of tropcial fruits, some orange citrus, slight piney aroma and a bready malt base.

T: This beer is phenominal. So fruity and juicy with again the mosaic hops really shining through. Loads of pineapple, mango, peach, some orange and some slight pine. Malt backbone is clean with a bready/biscuit flavor and the juicy fruits linger throughout. Finish is bone dry with the pine giving off some slight bitterness. Wow, really loving this beer.

F: Perfect carbonation, no alcohol, nice full coating mouthfeel that lasts.

O: What a great beer, one that I'm glad I finally got to try. And now I am hearing TG will be a regular drop in PA which makes me really happy. This brewery and this beer is the real deal.

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Photo of colts9016
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The last few beers that I have consumed from Toppling Goliath have been amazing. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-finger thick head with phenomenal retention. The head is creamy and airy off-white in color. The lacing on the beer is decent, would have like to see more on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 5 a pale gold with straw yellow hues. The beer is hazy. The beer has a pleasing appearance.

The aromas in the beer are lemon, oranges, pine, grapefruit, toasted malts, floral, hints of herbal, a biscuit note, and a touch of earth.

The flavors in the beer are resin, pine grapefruit,tosted malts, a hint of malty sweetness, oranges, pineapple, mangos, herbal, floral, and herbal notes.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and rich with a touch of astringency.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The beer to me is a cross between with some NEIPA flavors and WCIPA flavors. The beer is bright and flavorful. The malt backbone is sturdy, giving the beer a bit more body. Great tasting beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Irridescent, hazy orange with a two-inch, fluffy white head. A thick coating of lace clings to a PBGC IIPA glass after the head drops to one-quarter inch.

Tangerine is strong, with grapefruit in the background, as well as a touch of pine. After the initial impact, the lingering aromas are quite mild and fresh.

The flavor is primarily mango and tangerine. It is very fruity with a good balance between bitter and sweet. The finish is mild and long.

Pompeii has a creamy, full body with soft carbonation. Alcohol is as expected.
This tastes and looks like a Creamsicle. Perhaps it is an adult response to the same circumstances, namely a hot, sunny day out by the lake. This is an outstanding Summer beer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - massive yellowish head atop a murky orange body.

S - orange, grapefruit

T - follows the nose. Tons of citrus. Clean middle. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - love the bitterness and clean citrus on this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 5.21 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.326/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 6/1/19.
“PKG 03/25/19, BEST BY 07/25/19” stamped on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Body – Yellow, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density, average duration, diminishing to an irregular three to ten mm crown and a thin cap with multiple rocky peninsulas. Head retraction leaves torn lace curtains.
Lacing – Fair. Irregular bands of tiny to small bubbles with both stalactites and stalagmites
Aroma – 4.25 –Strong pineapple and weak grapefruit.
Flavor – 4.5 – Distinctly fruity and only slightly bitter. No alcohol (6.2% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – Yet another very good IPA variant from TG, a definite stop on my next journey west.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two to three fingers of off-white foam, in spite of its depth it evaporates at a quick pace, dimpling a lot along the way, the lacing is quite think but it all slides off together without a lot of stickiness. Completely cloudy and opaque liquid, apricot to tangerine in color, no carbonation visible. Sweet, piney nose with surplus orange, tangerine citrus, the herbal matter plays a supporting role, solid base of peach fruit with pineapple, mango embellishments, peppery with some saltine cracker, full but not that much lift. Full-bodied, weak carbonation, more fluffiness than focus. Bready and piney upfront so at least the mouth entry has some dryness. After that it’s pulped orange juice with a splash of grapefruit. Honeyed with a modicum of florality, the mango, peach, nectarine to pineapple fruit tropical without bitter bite. Pleasingly grassy at the finish with some onion bite. While there’s a little bit of everything on hand, it comes off like it just doesn’t care if it coheres or not. If served ice cold could put a couple down but that would be about it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a faintly golden hazy milky yellow.

Aroma is full of pineapple and other tropical fruits as well as a hint of vanilla.

Mango up front on the tongue followed by pineapple, white grape, orange zest, orange juice and a squirt of lemon.

Lighter side of medium and laid back.

Been all over the TG lately, and don't see that changing any time soon.

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3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with a best by date of 5-21-19 (opened 4-28-19)
1" dense just off white head with very good retention and sticky lacing. Opaque, pineapple-orange juice color with a few floaties in suspension.
Aromas of pineapple, mango, orange, floral, wild garlic and onion. Yeast.
Flavors follow the aroma with tropical and a hint of citrus flavors - the yeastiness is raw and more pronounced as well as the zesty onion.
Dry finish. Full body. Lingering bitterness.
It's ok, I was expecting a lot more trying this beer for the first time....I did enjoy some of the other TG beers as much or more than I expected but not this one.

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Photo of jadejaws
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of the many beers I sampled during a brew tour, this was by far my favorite.
The perfect balance of IPA and citrus. Phenomenal smell and wonderful taste.
Definitely a go to beer henceforth when I can find it.

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Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours moderately cloudy, a bit darker orange than expected, with a nice finger of fluff on top. In comparison to some of my favorite single-hop Mosaic IPAs, this is a bit more sedate, leaning more heavily on peach and pineapple than pine or florals, and also a touch maltier. Light lemongrass and astringency leaves some lingering hop bitterness near the finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Uno. Sampler.

Hazy yellow. Thick bright look. Smallish head, but excellent retention in a small glass even.

Tropical fruit, mango, papaya.

Tropicana are there mixed with a pine bite.

Medium body with respectable carbonation.


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