Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Pompeii | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
96
world-class
126 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
PompeiiPompeii
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
732
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
16.32%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
141
For Trade:
6
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 732
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it right after PseudoSue. Frankly it's a notch below. That said, it is a very good beer in its own right. Hazy, light amber with very good lacing. You can tell it has a rich malt base. But that doesn't get in the way of drinkability... dank, spicy aroma. I am not the biggest fan of spicy notes though. Medium bitterness and dry finish.

 340 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Siduriman
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

 515 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 956 characters

Photo of Josh012012
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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

 189 characters

Photo of Mdog
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 478 characters

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

143 characters

Photo of IowaPA
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Cheers!

 1,114 characters

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SkiBum22
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of googs509
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 351 characters

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

Photo of warnerry
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ravenz98
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IowaAJ
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love it. An excellent IPA'ish Pale Ale.

41 characters

Photo of 77apm
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dbrulet
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hoppity1
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrUse
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a 10 oz tulip. Pours a hazy straw color. Not much of a head, might be due to a slow pour. Some lacing that slides down the glass quickly. Smell is not as much as I was expecting, mostly citrus and mango. The flavor is amazing. Big mango/citrus flavors. Bitterness not overpowering, a very smooth drinking beer. My favorite from Toppling Goliath so far.

 383 characters

Photo of JC333
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of gibgink
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 9/11. A little filming of white film atop a light orange clear brew. Aroma that hits me first is mango. Both the skin and the flesh. Very nice. Taste is definitely hoppy with a fruity flavor with a long tail. Not overly bitter but it definitely hangs on. Malt is there for the ride but this is all mosaic. Mango, pineapple and blueberry with pine oily resin as well. Moderately carbonated with a long finish. Overall a tasty mosaic beer. Not sure I'd buy many at a $9 price point but worth a try.

 514 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe