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 nhindian
3.09/5  rDev -29.1%
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 AdamGarcia
3.42/5  rDev -21.6%
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 -20.6%
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 Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -17%
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 MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

A- excellent lacing, foamy thick head, cloudy orange glow in the body. 4.5

S- mango and passionfruit, but then plastic and pissiness. 3.75

T- still getting something like plastic or maybe cardboard, but then a rich mango and passionfruit flavor. The flavor feels a tad subdued too and leaves me wanting a bit more. 3.5

M- The carbonation is pretty heavy and detracts from the otherwise creamy and rich body. The bitterness is mellow and it finishes similar to biting into an orange. 4

Some real nice flavor here but also some oddity in taste, nose and feel.

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with minimal head that never got going. However a lot of lacing is left down the glass during consumption. Not the greatest appearance but the aroma is on point. First beer that smelled like straight up pineapple. There is some dank citrus also present to let you know this is the hops making this aroma. Nothing from the malt is detectable. The flavor is likewise a hop assault of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Mildly dank. Some sweetness from the malt but not much for flavor which gives the impression of fruit juice. Beer is undercarbonated just as I feared during the pour. A bit lifeless as well.

If someone just wanted to find out what the Mosaic hop is capable of, this beer will give an excellent example. But as an IPA, not that successful.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque orange color. White head, good retention.

S - Lots of blueberry Mosaic goodness. It gets considerably more pungent as it warms.

T - Light piney bitterness with some mild sweet berry notes. Lightly dank berry aftertaste. A bit lacking on taste.

M - Very dry, medium-low carbonation.

O - They advertise it as an IPA on the bottle, but it's not really all that bitter - feels more like pale ale territory in terms of bitterness. I was expecting something like Pseudosue but with Mosaic, and I was quite underwhelmed. As a pale ale (or even a blonde ale), Pompeii is good to pretty good. But it falls way short as an IPA.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-color is amber with a touch of haze to it, beer pours a half finger of creamy head that settles into a stubborn ring of lacing.
Smell-Lots of dank hops, with a touch of tropical fruit in the end, and some sweet malt character in the background.
Taste- Virtually identical to the aroma, to me. Very clean taste. Lots of Dank hops, the earthy, grassy notes are followed by hints of mango and papaya, with a malty finish.
Feel-Nice medium body, very carbonated, finishes juicy and creamy.
Overall-Reasonably pleasant IPA, not something i would seek out again as i didn't find it to be particularly "exciting", but i appreciated the clean taste and the effect was generally refreshing and reasonably tasty.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a solid inch of densely packed off white head. Moderate lacing. Massive floral hop aroma greets my nose. I taste plenty of earthy mosaic hops and plenty of light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber gold beer with a ton of wet lacing. Thick, thick white head. Really good looking pour on this one.

One trick pony here. Smells like obligatory tropical fruit - mango and pineapple for the win. Almost a bit soapy in the scent, too.

Taste is the same - fruity, with a bit of a resinous aftertaste. Again, a hint of soap.

Kind of cloying aftertaste here - not a lot of carbonation and it definitely a bit oily. Taste lingers way past what you'd want it to.

Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming on the tastebuds. It definitely shows off the mosaic, but the bomber was too much. Toppling Goliath hits these single notes way too hard sometimes, and it kind of detracts from what otherwise could be an incredible beer. Enough with the god damn tropical fruit already.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the source and received in a pint glass.

3.75 A: Moderately hazed orange tinged golden color. Came with 1/4 finger of white frothy head. I can't comment much on the retention, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.75 S: Citrusy hops with a focus on orange. Dank resiny hop is nearly as potent bordering on cat piss. Clean neutral malt base.

3.75 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Big orange flavor and resiny hoppiness. Neutral malt with just a hint of yeastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Very good beer, but after having a PseudoSue, it just doesn't compare

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
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 JackieTH
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 2015 MN ABR

Golden-amber pour with a medium foam cap into a 2-oz tasting glass. Nose is tropical - pineapple and melons. Taste is papaya and mango, heaps of tropical fruit. Quite sweet borderline but not quite cloying. Medium body and crisp mouthfeel. Great flavors, as mentioned it's borderline too sweet but nonetheless I enjoyed it and would buy a few of these.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Clear orange. Smells tropical and citrusy. Strong caramel malt, at least stronger than I expected. Tastes of orange before the hop profile turns dank and garlicky. Hefty sweetness. Medium body. Strong bitterness. Very nice.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into snifter that was delivered yesterday. Deep dark golden color with a 2 finger white head and some nice lacing on the glass. Definately Mosaic hops with a heavy does of ripe pineapple, passionfruit, and some mango. Super dank! Taste follows the aromas and offers a bounty of tropical flavors along with some sweet honey notes. Nice and clean with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This would be the perfect beer for 16oz cans.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of tropical fruit (passionfruit, guava) pine resin, and sweet malt. Taste has a strong malt base, with tropical fruit flavors, pineapple, citrus, and a clean finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, spice, and light pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and pine, mosaic hops really shine through on this one.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, like many TG IPA's and pale ales, they all taste a like, kinda floral and somewhat juicy. Pseudo sue, golden nugget, zee lander, light speed, sosus, 1492, tsunami pale ale, they are all very similar. They are all good offerings. I live 40 miles from the brewery so I get to try them all fresh and love to see them get all this love.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
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 gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle 09/11 (date)
Pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger creamy white head , smells of mango, papaya ,citrus and melon, taste follows the nose loads of tropical hop flavors dank earthy in a sweet bouquet of malts, mouthfeel is sweet with a small delicate hop bitterness , with the hop(mosaic) very prevalent, sweet and juicy, bomber was pricey but will always buy 1 or 2 when i see this

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another home run from Topping Goliath but the $9 price tag might turn me off in the future since it isn't as good as other options from them.

It had a great citrus aroma and a taste that reminded me of Sue but with more hop bitterness. A little light in the body which makes sense with it being only 5.5 abv.

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Photo of GregA135
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow golden color with a white head
Smell of citrus, mosaic hops and pine
Taste of citrus, mango, earthy notes, hops and a bit of pine. Perfect amount of bitterness
Medium body and a smooth IPA. Toppling Goliath doesn't disappoint!

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