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 Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy orange color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is a little tropical, some fruity hop aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced between the malt and hop flavors. The feel is a bit heavy, so I was kind of hoping it would have been lighter. Overall it's a very good IPA.

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

Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with some micro particles hanging in suspension. Dripping lace down the sides of the glass. Creamy head of foam initially, fades into a thin broken web on the surface.

Aroma is great, dry and fruity, white peach, slight passionfruit.

Taste is lightly peachy, leafy green with a lingering earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel is well balanced with a slight heft, light carb lends to a supple feel.

Now this is a Mosaic IPA, intoxicating at all levels. Aroma, visual, taste, feel, etc.
Extremely drinkable and well crafted, others should be taking notes.

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Photo of zeff80
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful appearance; burnished gold with a couple fingers of rocky head with moderate retention. Nose has some pineapple, tangelo, something herbal (like thyme and / or sage) and a bit of damp leaves. Flavor follows. Mouth feel falls a bit flat. Definitely a weak spot - it's creamy but not bright or crisp feeling. As it warms, the damp leaf smell becomes a bit dominant and unpleasant. Very good but a bit short of great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An impressive bubble show leaves behind the cloudy honey-colored liquid; the head stops at one inch but leaves streaky lacing around the glass

Smell: Dank, with a hint of sugar cookie; floral mango, pineapple and lime tones waft

Taste: A touch of sugar cookie, up front, and then the tropical fruits take over, with mango, pineapple and lime forward; after the swallow, there are hints of orange and blueberry, leading to a bright and dank finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After the awful can of Pseudo Sue drain poured yesterday, this bottle brings back memories of the Toppling Goliath knack with IPAs of which I am so fond

Thanks, ta_hagen, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a nice foamy head. Aroma of juicy hops notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste consist of intense flavours of juicy hops notes of citrus and tropical fruit with some residual sugar notes and almost no bitterness. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. This one is quite the treat and shows that he brewer was really able to extract as much as possible from the Mosaic hops.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

First of all, the label on this beer is a masterpiece. Beautiful.

The beer is amazing as well.

Golden orange color. Off white head with lace. Nice retention.

Flavor profile: Very tropical and juicy. Pineapple, papaya, and mango. Earthy hops. Very green and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: A nice amount of bitterness, but it ends clean. Some grapefruit citrus and hop resiny flavor sticks around in the finish.

A well done ipa. Very enjoyable and definitely up there with the best of them.

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