Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #24
Ranked #700
4.32 | pDev: 7.41%
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 FBarber
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep brownish orange color with thin streams of bubbles coursing upwards. Frothy thick head dissipates slowly leaving tons of sticky lacing on the glass and a thin ring of foam around the top of the beer.

Smell has nice strong aromas of orange, mango and pine. Slight undertones of peach, malts and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste has notes of orange, lemon, mango and apricot up front. As those flavors coat the tongue you get a sudden sharp bitterness that tastes like pine, some grass and sap before finishing with a pleasant hop bitterness. Definite solid malt backbone that is present but doesn't provide much of a malty flavor. Not much sweetness, but there is a sort of sweet like taste from the sap flavor.

Feel is medium carbonated, pretty resinous for an IPA, but really smooth and drinkable. Bitter dry finish coats the throat and leaves a dry feel in the mouth.

Overall a wonderful IPA. The first bottle of this that I ever had is what got me turned on to IPAs and its still got a special place in my heart because of that. The bottle I reviewed today wasn't as fresh as the last one I had, but even so its still a world class brew.

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Photo of beerbehr
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I still know many people who drink their beer out of a can or bottle. This beer perfectly expresses why drinking out of a glass makes a world of difference. The minute I went in, the floral arrangement overwhelmed me - in a great way. The scent was so inviting, you just have to dive in for a taste. And the taste does not disappoint.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to sitting down to review this one as well. One of my favorites from TG. Canned 4/17/18.

A hazy, murky, dark orange color with a towering head of 2 fingers, creamy and leaving tons of lace on the glass.

Tons of zesty, crispy fruits on the nose. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, navel orange, lemon.

Wow. Just, wow.. Mango - tons of mango, matched with very tight, crisp biscuit malt, followed by zesty pineapple, tangerine, veiny red grapefruit, navel orange, lemon, and lingering lemon and hop resins.

Feel is crisp and sharp - just massively - like a thousand sharp pins attacking your tongue. This lays a nice carpet for the flavors to dance on. The finish is lingering prickliness and hop oils.

Overall, Pompeii is no slouch. I really think people should give beers like Golden Nugget and Pompeii a hard look over the (well-deservedly) sought after Pseudo Sue. Sue isn't a slouch either, but these beers need more recognition. On second thought, scratch that - leave them all for me!

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Photo of Siduriman
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Beautiful amber color, a little lighter in color than its nose suggests. Leaves a thick, spotty bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Tasty, strong mosaic hops quality: smells like honey and lemon.

T: Matches the Smell, but with more strength and a firm note of bitterness on the back end.

Feel: Light, crisp, and juicy. The flavor sits on the tongue for a long time.

O: One of the best IPAs I've tasted since I've taken an interest in the beer I drink. Fantastic stuff!

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

650ml bottle, served in a TG snifter.

Pours a darker, hazy orange-copper body, thick and substantial one finger white head with nice retention and lacing. Smells of pineapples and grapefruit, mild sweet pale malt without graininess, not a lot of resin; very clean fruity hop aromas that showcase Mosaic well. Flavour is balanced between the tropical fruit, citrus and the pale malt backbone; it's a very smooth combination and blend of hops and malt. The malt is not too forward, but it provides a nice sweetness on top of the tropical fruit qualities. Mild resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, soft, mellow tropical fruity bitterness on the backend. The carbonation is a bit lower than I've become accustomed to from TG. Overall, a very solid IPA with a nice balance to it; it's hoppy but doesn't pop like classic Sosus did, but that's not necessarily what I'm looking for here. To sum this up, it's a clean expression of Mosaic hops.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one. Shared with rudzud.

Pours a great fluffy creamy almost 2 finger head that fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, hazy orange juice color.

Nose brings tons of dank citrus hops, a simcoe like dank musty grapefruit with citrus resin and pith, dank tropical fruits with papaya, little grassy oily earthy, citrus and kiwi like hops, even a little melon rind, nice pith.

Taste brings a malty sweet start, toasted soft reddish malts but dry. Then hops, a kiwi like tropical fruit mild earthy grassy note, with more dank fruits, tropical mostly, papaya, hint passion fruit, resinous notes, little grapefruit pith again, touch spicy too. Nice dank tropical fruits mostly, linger for a while, nice dank resin on the back end with lingering musty tropical fruits, little bitter earthy spicy hops, big lingering spicy rind, hint of baking spices too.

Mouth is med bod, decent softness, nice carb.

Overall very nice, great hop profile, nice bitterness, dank resin and musty tropical fruits with nice pith and mild citrus, etc.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this side by side with pseudo sue. Pompeii was the better of the two. has more flavor better mouthfeel and just as delicious and refreshing. if you like mosaic hops this is a no brainer

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Had only recently heard of this brewery, never tried their brews. Very solid brew, nice change of pace from east-coast IPAs. Looking forward to trying other TG brews.

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Photo of IowaPA
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A lighter golden brown and hazy. Not different from the latest pS batches.

Smell: A little on the fruity and earthy side. Get a little of the blueberry I've heard others mention, but with a little bit of a Zeelander backdrop of that earthy (ever so slightly) oniony goodness.

Taste: Really impressed me here. Just the right amount of hop bite for me, albeit a little low compared to a traditional IPA. Starts a little sweet and fruity, and ends dry, and really lightly bitter.

Feel: Just a hair light in feel for my taste for a traditional IPA.

Overall: Didn't have much expectation, first time trying this one, and the first beer I've tried since the new guard has taken over. If this is a sign of beers to come from TG, they are in good hands. A really interesting tasting, hazy, easy drinking IPA. Kind of like a Mosaic pseudoSue, but (as a friend coined perfectly) "...like pseudoSue, but turned up to 11". I'm admittedly a huge TG fan/supporter, and had some concerns about this batch of beers, but this thing is world class. REALLY hoping Clark and the boys keep making this one.


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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice earthy mosaic nose and taste. Much lighter and less boozy than Sosus, and much easier to drink. Nice, one of my top 3 pale ales from TG!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A; cloudy; medium gold in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: nicely balanced; grapefruit, cat pee, herbal, and a little spice;

T: herbal up front, cat pee in the middle, herbal on the moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice complexity;

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Photo of Mdog
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Strong, mix of danky, citrus rind, bit of berries.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and a coating feel. Moderate berry flavor with citrus finish. Mild bitterness. Tasty!

Overall: 1000th review here on BA. Saw a bottle of this and figured it must be fresh since I'd never seen it before. The beer is a nice show of Mosaic hops, the berry-like flavor that they sometimes give comes through pretty well here. Good stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Landing in the oddly familiar but no-man's-land of beer, Toppling Goliath's Pompeii is such an enigma because of it's IPA style-sake that's far too mild in alcohol to qualify, but isn't quite a session IPA either. Too hoppy and too dry for American pale ale- whatever Pompeii is, it's working for me.

Underneath that hazy golden hue and its arid swath of foam, the ale billows over with juicy tropical and citrus flavors with an exotic herbal weave that nods ever so gently to wafts of cannabis. Its dry caramel taste is short and delicate, seeming of mild honey before dissolving effortlessly on the palate.

The middle palate is all about the hops and supple creamy underpinning. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, mango, pineapple and passionfruit all carry that majestic culmination that only Mosaic hops guarantee. As the tropical flavors trail, its herbal essence garners steam and eventually finishes bitter with muddled botanical herbs, including those dank cannabis flavors.

Dry to the bone, the light bodied IPA carries an arid structure across the palate as the ale seemingly dissolves on the throat, leaving behind an aura of fruit, herb and a smooth citrusy bitterness that lingers deeply in aftertaste.

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Photo of davillanx
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brn9000
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of boogerisu
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/13/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy yellowish golden; white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have a subtle blend of citrus and floral notes. Some bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More floral notes. Some orange along with some hints of grapefruit. Some mild hints of cream in the mix. Some fresh grass. Moderate bitterness along with a subtle sweetness. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very sharp, spritzy, crisp and smooth.

This is a solid brew. It's definitely a "New England IPA". The hop aromas and flavors open up a bit as it slightly warms. It also seems more like a citra IPA than a mosaic IPA to me. This one is nothing super crazy, in my opinion, but it's still nice. It's enjoyable, refreshing and fun to drink. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DB_hoptastic
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours nearly clear with a big backwash of foam in the Dogfish Head IPA glass. Aroma and flavors are extremely fruity. Big citrusy notes with a pineapple flavor. Quite sweet and hugely malty, like a DIPA that got shorted on alcohol. More booze might actually help it.

It's more like orange juice after some sipping, somewhat improved by that touch of marmalade bitterness. Some murky flavor to finish, even if it is Mosaic. This is quite tasty to sip awhile, but it does become somewhat cloying to my taste. Happy to see this brewery in the 16 oz can at Crisp Market in San Diego.

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

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