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 umichfan
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pompeii is my go-to, everyday IPA. Like with just about any of Toppling Goliath's IPAs & pale ales, it's got a solid nose. Honestly, that's one of the biggest virtues of TG are the noses on their beers. This pours a warm amber color with a great head that sticks around for the party. A bit maltier than some of the rest of their portfolio, but still plenty of crispness and bite.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First TG bomber. Deep gold pour big fluffy head. Nice aroma of melons, mango..nice. Taste is dif than nose would indicate. Bit drier. Bit grassy. Overall had higher hopes for this. But it was a solid well balanced nice finishing IPA

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Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looking IPA. This is one of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. Citrus notes of pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Tasted citrusy sweet with a subtle piney bitterness. A touch a caramel, too.

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Photo of KevSal
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to bunuelian!

never had this one before, perfect for thursday night football on my bday

looks fantastic! nice hazy yellow.

aroma is mosaic all day. fantastic! i can almost taste the flavor!

delicious follows the nose well, missing a bit of umph. easy drinking. well done

good body and carb

overall this is fantastic! i knew it was gonna be good and this met all my expectations! highly recommended

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Photo of tbryan5
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden and slightly hazy with a thick white head.
S- Tropical Fruits. Pineapple and Citrus.
T- Like tropical juice. Great balance. A high quality American IPA. The mosaic hop really shines here.
M- Medium body and Carbonation.
D- More please.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Nonic glass. Bottled on 11/14/16.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two inch, cream colored, frothy head with long retention. Thick, foamy, white lacing throughout.

S: Strong aromas of pineapple and grapefruit accompanied by other citrus and tropical fruit notes, as well as earthy and piney hops.

T: Leads with grapefruit, orange rind, and mild tropical fruit notes. Sweet, cracker, and biscuit malts. Ends with a lingering piney hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, a great IPA. Super fruity nose on this one. One of my favorite mosaic hopped IPAs. Well balanced fruity and bitter hop notes. Very drinkable. Would definitely try this one again!

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to lovinavril88 for this nice xtra!

22oz bottle served in DFH shaped pint. Sharp label.

A: Big pillowy head a result of an overzealous pour on my part. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some sticky lace as it retreats. Bright straw color with golden highlights. High level of clarity. Good looking glass o beer.

S: Unmistakable Mosaic aroma. Citrus and tropical fruit. Tangerine, pineapple, and mango. Slight herbal character.

T: Fruity and juicy with very little bitterness. Same tropical fruits make an appearance along with a little melon and pear. Just a hint of sweet mint. Slightly drying in the finish.

F: Relatively low carbonation, but it works here. Slick mouthfeel, clean finish.

O: Very nice beer. Drinks more like an APA than an IPA, but does it really matter? Packed full of flavor for a 5.5% ABV beer, which is nice...can put away a bomber solo without needing a nap ;) My first offering from Toppling Goliath and I'm glad to have tried it. Would be perfect in a 12oz can to throw in the bag for hiking or hanging out on the beach. Big on flavor but lowish ABV gives it a little more mileage.

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Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a nice, tight head. Hazy, but not milkshakey.

Smells like raw mosaic and chewy yeast. Nodes of vegetables sneak in. Nice and crisp, but imperfect.

Tastes like it smells, only more vegetable-heavy. Fruity hops and grain up fruit, fruitier middle with nodes of honey and banana, and then a yeasty end, with an aftertaste that is green and earthy.

A good and adventrous IPA. The fruity hops dominate but it never comes across like some kind of weird juice.

Were this, say, 2007, and expensive bombers weren't expected to be weird and obscene, this beer would be something of a cult classic. As is, this would be an excellent flagship for an upstart brewery, or else a good but non-essential seasonal offering from a brewery that's already as hypey as can be.

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

Poured from a non dated 22 oz bottle right down the middle into a tulip glass, it is a very vibrant/bright, ever so slightly transparent, gold color with a bit of an orange hue. It has a moderate, soapy, egg shell colored head. Retention isn't great, but it does leave some spotty lacing.

There are aromas of pineapple, stone fruit, and floral hops. There is a strong mineral water/limestone overtone. What I/we usually refer to as earthy. There are some light, sweet toasted malts. Smells a bit like Honey Nut Cherrios. It smells excellent, but I really have to shove my nose in there to smell it too.

I am shocked that the aroma isn't stronger based on the flavors. It comes at you like a spoder monkey as soon a it hits your tongue. The mosaic hops really shine. Spicy pineapple, orange rind, stone fruit, a flowery boquet that evolves into a solid, lingering bitterness, light bready grains with just a hint of honey like sweetness, and some mineral/spring water. All of the deep, rich flavors all fade leaving just that earthy, well water taste to linger.

The body is maybe a hair on the light side of medium. It has a decent amount of oily resin and is very drinkable. Getting through a bomber is no problem at all.

If I had to nitpick, it is a little bit watery for me, but otherwise it is an outstanding IPA, if not world class.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a solid finger of head. Aroma is citrus and pineapple. Taste is grapefruit kiwi melon slight pepper hint.
Mouthfeel is suprisingly light.
Overall a great IPA

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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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