Pompeii | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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 rderedin
2.7/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of arlingtonjoe
2.82/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This had to be one of the worst
mosaic hopped beers I have ever had. Nothing I tasted even matches the description in the notes below. Syrupy, low-carb and way too malty for a pale ale.

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Photo of npendres
2.92/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pants678
2.99/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Stark orange, white lacing.

Orange, alcohol.

Bit of spice, some citrus and a little medicinal. These weren't made at the main TG were they?

Carbonation is a little much.

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Photo of nhindian
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TGanyone for this!

Appearance - Pompeii has a great look to it and contrasts quite artistically with the mosaic label art. The color is a brilliant golden hue, and where the glass is widest, takes on a mild reddish hue. On top of the beer floats a snow white head that threatens to precariously topple over the rim, much like the volcano shown on the label. The body itself is a slightly cloudy and strangely still; one can count the amount of bubbles within the glass as each one slowly meanders its way to the top.

Aroma - The aroma is ripe with pineapple, orange peel, stone fruit, and pine. Deeper notes give way to a slight spiciness mixed with an earthy tone. A mild cereal note lingers constantly within the background.

Taste - At first, the hops give a great combination of flavors that run the gamut from sweet tropical fruit like guava and pineapple, to dank pine, to a spicy, peppery finish. The malt adds just enough to give it a sweet balance, but the hops are always at the forefront. In the finish, however, the bottom falls out of this beer, as a plastic, medicinal taste comes through that sinks the flavor for me. This is a shame.

Mouthfeel - The body is creamy and robust, if not a little thin. I would've preferred a touch more carbonation.

Closing Arguments - All aspects of this beer are spot on except for the flavor. For 3/4s of the taste, this beer is nice, but the plastic note in the finish sort of ruins it for me.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is a dark orange with larger bubbles in the head
smell is oniony as is the taste.
Reminds me of hop ranch, just not my jam.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.13/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Magnapinna
3.17/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of w5baron
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently #15 in the Top Iowa beers list.

CAN: 16 fl oz. Pull-tab can. No best by date is listed. Boring label art/design (orange and reddish in colour).

"IPA." Served cold into stemware.

HEAD: Fills ~60% of the glass. White in colour. ~10ish cm in height. Frothy. Nicely thick. Smooth. Robust. Head retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes.

BODY: Turbid orange of average vibrance. I see no yeast/lees within.

Appears well carbonated. Could be more vibrant, but overall it's a nice look for an IPA without appearing unique or special.

AROMA: Tangerine, citrusy, floral, fresh, pineapple, dried lime...I'm not getting Mosaic hops' signature blueberry note, but the hop profile does seem well-executed and interesting. Pale malt sweetness is there too, but there's no overt crystal or caramalt. I don't find any lactose sugar or other such nonsense.

Suggests a tasty IPA with a lower ABV than most and a simplistic albeit enjoyable hop profile. I detect no off-notes. Certainly enticing, though aromatic intensity is merely mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: More tropical than citrusy, though it does hint at mango and tangerine. Floral. Pineapple is in there, but it's not boozy like pineapple tends to seem in IPAs.

Pale malt anchors this simple IPA, keeping any hop bitterness at bay.

Rather simplistic in execution, but enjoyable for what it is in spite of its lack of intricacy. I'm surprised it's a single hop IPA; there's an impressive diversity of hop flavour to it for a single hop IPA...but still, it'd be better with more complexity and diversity of hop flavour. I'd like to see this brewed with more hop varietals.

A bit muted tastewise; the subtlety of each note is nice but a dominant note to give it more focus and direction would be preferable (e.g. blueberry).

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, refreshing, overcarbonated, and slightly acidic. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Not a piney, juicy, oily, resinous, or grapefruity IPA. There is a blip of unexpected oniony hop character, which I'd sooner have expected from a Simcoe hopped ale.

OVERALL: It's a likeable IPA, but I don't know that I'd get it again at its high price...Toppling Goliath has obviously hopped on the grossly expensive 4-pack-of-500ml-cans packaging format, and the loser here is the consumer. It isn't just the Johnny-come-lately turbid IPAs that see these insane markups; now it's the IPAs that in yesteryear would have been $12 a sixer.

It well might be Iowa's 15th best beer, but that probably says more about Iowa than it does about the quality of this beer. Compared to the few other beers I've had from Toppling Goliath, this is far from dazzling fare, but it's a respectable little IPA that unnecessarily constrains itself to a single hop to its detriment.

Some may find its lowish ABV and reduced hop pungency bring it more in line with a pale ale than an IPA, but that doesn't bother me so much.

Certainly competent, but it won't stand out in the current oversaturated IPA marketplace and it's far from this brewery's finest ale. Not much of a vehicle for Mosaic's strengths either.

Shoulda bought Psuedosue...

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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Photo of adrock314
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
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 mnredsoxfan69
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with an off white head, two fingers tall with a slow dissolve and sticky lacing. Smells like a serious hop bomb with all kinds of tropical fruit and a little resin. Tastes of tropical fruit but with an undercurrent of something I later divined as fusel alcohol, a faint touch of gasoline. Nice, smooth feel, medium body, with warming alcohol.

Overall, not enough malt for a good balance, marred by fusel alcohol. Unimpressive.

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Photo of bcsteve89
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eafowler7
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TG has way too many hop-bombs. Is it really that sophisticated to overpower a beer with hops? I would imagine it just covers up any imperfections because it masks all other flavors. An overrated beer from an overrated brewery. Drinkable but uninteresting .CHEERS!

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Photo of invalid665
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wfreitag
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer on tap and had an aftertaste,probably a dirty line,was really diappointed as this was my first toppling goliath.i hope it was just a dirty line

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Tcsox
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
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 krl2112
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/03/15 bomber, consumed on 12/20/15. Golden color, moderate carbonation, 1 inch while, bubbly head, leaving some lacing as it recedes at a moderate pace. Citrus and piney resin in the aroma. Good mouth feel for the style, but not much effect from the carbonation. Good malt taste on the initial taste that transitions quickly to piney and bitter. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Other than in the aroma, I don't get hardly any of the fruitiness or juiciness others talk about. Overall, a good (but not great) IPA with the taste predominately pine and resin. Reading many of the other reviews, I wonder... can this IPA really fade from world class to mediocrity in 3 weeks?

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Pompeii from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,181 ratings