Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #14
Ranked #192
4.49 | pDev: 6.46%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: In his most notable mosaic work, Sosus of Pergamon depicts doves sunning atop a golden chalice. The image was said to be so enticing that real birds flew into it while trying to reach their stone companions. This single-hop showcase is inspired by the beauty of divinity of the Sosus mosaics. Just as the doves discovered their golden nectar, discover the irresistible nature of the Mosaic hop.

100+ IBU
Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,983 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - review from notes

I've been meaning to get my hands on this one. A double IPA from one of my favorite Ipa-making breweries. And this doesn't disappoint, with massive pine and floral notes. Smells (and tastes?) like a bottle of pine-sol

great stuff

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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium haziness of orange for coloring with a white soapy foam composition of one inch. Sticky strands of lacing. Strong carbonation factor.

S: Really sweet sugary peaches, watermelon and guava. A bit of strawberry-lemonade. Good strength. Has a bit of juicy Gatorade flair.

T: Dry flowery hopping, citrus, and orange grind with a bready malting.

M: Bready malty consistency for mouthful.

O: Overall loved the nose, fruity and berry like, fresh, wet and Gatorade like. The flavor was a bit less impressing, less complexed and basic.

May 26, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review 1491

I enjoy Toppling Goliath Beers, I have yet to try their darker beers. The best by date is in a week, I need to get this one gone. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour created a bright white foamy and airy two-fingered head. The dissipation of the head left abundant lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 5, pale straw, with golden hues. The beer is mostly clear with some haziness lurking within. The appearance of the beer is elegant.

The initial aromas in the beer are pine needles, grapefruit rind, floral esters, and herbal. Nosing further in the glass, I detect toasted bread crust, lightly toasted malts, oranges, lemons, papaya, and a touch of solvent.

The flavors in the beer are grapefruit, oranges, melons, lemons, guava, pineapple, herbal, floral esters, bready, lightly toasted malts, pine needles, phenols, wet grass, and peaches.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonations, and a fuller finish.

The one thing that is off-putting in this beer is the carbonation, it is strong, bubbly. The flavors of the hops are wonderful but bitter with a steady malt backbone. A pleasant DIPA, not sure it is worth the high score that it has. I have better DIPAs with the harmony finessed.

Apr 14, 2021
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Dillpickle315 from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark yellow color. Strong citrus notes and very hoppy. A lot of sediment at the bottom. Definitely a bit weird to have that much but overall a very tasty Double IPA.

Mar 24, 2021
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clktex from Texas

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it was an off can or I was just not in the right mood, but my first exposure to this last week (from Tavour) was very meh, especially compared to the other TG offerings I've had. Fortunately I have a couple more cans and will try again soon.

Bitterness was really the only thing that stood out to me.

Mar 22, 2021
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A pale murky yellow, with a slight greenish and warm orange tints. Two fingers of stark white sticky foam with great retention and some splotches and wide bands of lace on the glass. The lacing is really beautiful.

S: Earthy papaya, and greener aromas such as green papaya and underripe pineapple. Both piney and peppery.

T: Still insanely bitter on the palate, but the other flavors are quite soft in contrast. And wow that bitter dryness goes on and on. I do like it though. Most would not pound this back - it's a sipper.

F: Smooth and mostly dry. Medium weight and decent carbonation.

O: I rarely call anything too bitter. This one is pushing limits. Overall I don't think it's my favorite from TG, (that might be Scorpius Morchella) but it is a really nice drink, that I hope to repeat.

Mar 08, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber with a bunch of floaties drifting around inside. Aroma is hoppy citrus. Taste is hop bitter with some citrus notes. Feel is a bit astringent but not unpleasant. Overall it’s an interesting hoppy DIPA.

Mar 06, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi translucent golden color with a nice egg shell colored head, which if left undisturbed turns into little cream like dollops,A noticeable amount of sediment is present. This is a very fresh beer. Smells like mild fruit loops,fresh grass ,some conifer.Taste pineapple bread like profile, the mosaic hop is definitely well showcased in a subtle malt bill, almost wanting a bit more malt. Feels medium body, finishes juicy.Overall a very good DIPA showcase beer. REVISION: 3/22/21, this beer is tasty but the amount of sediment on the bottom of a Teku glass looks about 2 Teaspoons. It sort of turns me off. Is it yeast? some hop pieces? not really sure.

Mar 03, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/24/20. Pours a moderately hazy light gold, robust 2" egg shell head with excellent thick lacing. Nose is dank, juicy, and hempy, even nearly two months. out. Tropical fruit, mango juice. Thyme, pine, poultry spices. Only the smallest hint of rawness from the hops deep in the nose. The taste is more subdued than the powerful nose; slight oily, spicy, resinous, and bitter notes throughout, even numbing like a sichuan peppercorn. Moderate juicy sweetness, but the hop spiciness is strong enough to prevent it from taking a leading role. Mouthfeel is typical - round and soft, light carbonation. I was more impressed with the aroma than the taste, but its spiciness was enjoyable.

Feb 14, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a cloudy orange with a 2 cm foam cap. The foam is fine.
The aroma is pungent. Tropical fruit is featured.
The flavor is full with mango, orange and guava. The hop bitterness is moderate, but not harsh.
The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth.
This is a very enjoyable quaff.

Feb 13, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. "Sosus"
16 fl. oz. can, "PKG12/24/20 11:33:00 BEST BY 04/23/21". Sampled on 02/11/21
$6.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a cloudy golden-orange body with heavy particulate in suspension. I'm glad that I know this is fresh! The head is a standard cap of white. The aroma is bright with pineapple, citrus pith, orange, pine, and sage. The flavor follows. The malt is sweetish and wheaty but otherwise basic. Hop notes include pineapple, pine, earthiness, spiciness (perhaps from alcohol but at just 7.8% that's doubtful), herbs, orange, papaya, and mango. It's got a sild bitterness to it and it finishes quite dry with spiciness, earthiness, and pine swirling as it slowly fades. At this point I've got a clear layer of sediment on the bottom of the glass. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I definitely don't feel great about it. It's OK I guess. The mouthfeel is full and smooth despite it having just a medium body so that's the trade-off. In the end it's certainly a tour de force that needs to be reckoned with but I don't feel it's as balanced and rounded as it could be. On the other hand, sometimes a little bit of brashness is welcomed. You'll have to try it for yourself and decide.
Review #7,207

Feb 11, 2021
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mactrail from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight haze on the amber brew with adequate foam in the Piraat tulip. Inviting aroma of fermenting pineapple, orange, and a whiff of compost. Sticky and sweet. Tastes of bitter cucumbers with citrus peel. Endlessly bitter with an aspirin taste. This is a plain overdose of a perfectly good hop for no good reason.

Quite a lovely aroma, but the woody, bitter, metallic, and astringent aftertaste is a little too much for my taste. Purchased for a rather ridiculous price from a West Coast beer boutique. From the 16 oz can dated 12/24/20 on the bottom.

Feb 10, 2021
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath can do no wrong. Another great offering from them. Pours a light amber with nice lacing and great bright color. Tropical and dank mixture in the aroma. Great mixture of tropical fruit and bitter happiness on the taste. The flavor really changes as it rolls back on on the tongue from sweet to bitter. Great, light mouthfeel and great beer overall.

Jan 17, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Does TGBC mis-fire on anything? Sosus is an excellent DIPA, nice citrus-hoppy nose with the perfect amount of malt to hold it all together! Drinkable to the point of being sessionable!

Dec 11, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with 4 fingers of well retained white head.

The smell is dank and weed like, herbal beauty.

The taste is surprising and amazing. Totally unexpected soft berry, Cape goose berry, or golden berry.

As smooth on the palate as one can imagine.

I got this in Chico, CA and am drinking it in Redding, Nov 25th, 2020. Amazing brew.

Nov 26, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 8/20/20, so 7 weeks old.

Looks very good in the glass somewhat hazy dull pineapple juice colored body. Decent white head shrinks to a ring and solid covering. Excellent lacing, a feature of TG beers.

Pleasant dull tropical fruit aroma.

On tasting, it's one of those beers that you want to drink way faster than you should. Sweet, hoppy, lightly bitter, abv nigh on invisible. Citrus noses ahead of non citrus.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish fruity bitterness, and finally a little warmth confirming the presence of alcohol.

Overall, just another great beer from these guys. Happy to have another 3 cans in the fridge.

Oct 10, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy bright golden pour with big foamy white head. Outstanding retention and lacing.

S: Fresh and citrusy. Pineapple, spice, and fruit.

T.F: Semi-sweet up front. Light malts and lush fruit. Loads of pineapple... tangerine and rind mixed in. Mango and papaya... a big of pepper and a bit of cotton candy. Medium bodied... smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O: A fantastic DIPA. Super flavor and drinkability. I could drink this every day.

Oct 01, 2020
THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Over the past few weeks, I seem to be blindly picking some of the best-ranked drinks on this platform. This one definitely falls into that category.

Huge citrus open and pour. Generous grapefruit & pineapple front end, with hints of mango and kiwi. Luxurious milky feel in the mouth and swallow. Light green dank balanced with grain on the exhale.

World class imbibe, indeed.

Sep 28, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter. Canned 8\20.

LOOK: darker yellow color, very mild haze. Medium off white head. Good retention.

AROMA: tangerine, orange, mango, pineapple, wonderful.

TASTE: tangerine, orange, mango, hay, palm. Cracker. Lightest hints of lemon and pine late.

FEEL: smooth medium body, good carbonation.

Very good. Nice fruit flavors, mild sweetness. Light cracker finish with just the right balance of bitterness. Not crazy complex, but tasty.

Probably now my 2nd favorite TG after King Sue.


Sep 20, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow-this is the best Mosaic hopped beer I have ever had. Super bright pineapple, citrus rind and a touch of dank. Crazy crushable and smooth. Really impressive take on the style. Glad I can get this in my area. Highly recommended.

Sep 20, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Packaged 8/20/20. Not even a month old.

Pours out a clean and clear looking yellow. In the glass its a mildly hazy yellow color. Some haze, but not gravy looking. A finger and a half of soapy, foamy white head. This looks really nice.

Nose is not very strong. What I get is citrus notes. Tangerine mainly. Very mild tropical notes. But what really takes the lead is the piney, weed like scents. Not strong, but stronger than everything else.

Taste is a lot of that pine and weed dankness. The initial impact is solid, but not overwhelming. That resinous quality persists throughout, but it is kept under control. The citrus sits underneath. A mild undertone. The flavors are balanced and delicate. There is nothing aggressive about this brew. Mild to medium bitterness, almost no hop burn, no flavor overstaying its welcome. This is such a smooth and casual drinker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Wow. This mouthfeel suits this brew perfectly. Its can I say it? Light, comfortable, drinkable, smooth. It just fits. It practically drinks it self. I finished this a little more quickly than I thought I would. The drinkability on this one is crazy.

Overall? I mean...this is not a jooze bomb or an over-the-top hazy. But this takes strides in showing how important balance is in a brew. Using just Mosaic, Toppling Goliath has crafted a wonderful, casual drinker. If I could find this more readily available in my area this would be staple material. It would sit on my shelf next to Green and 90 Minute anytime of the year.

Sep 17, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
PKG: 08/20/20
BEST BY: 12/18/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava), with a pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, guava), with a pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

Sep 13, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange haze, a great fluffy foam head. A lot of citrus and dark berry, juicy and bitter. Soft, medium body. Pretty hoppy and lends a nice buzz, worth a try.

Sep 13, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 8/20. Dank, resinous pineapple, grapefruit, and mango just absolutely crush the palate. The lingering, prickly stickiness is so damn satisfying. As with everything else I've had from TG, just so damn good...

Every time I go beer shopping it seems I find something fresh from these guys. So glad to have them in PA. So damn good...

Sep 10, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 8/20/20 into pint glass. Pours a hazy gold with a 2-finger off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is mango, grapefruit, and a touch of pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium and verging on sticky. Finish is clean and bittersweet. My new favorite beer from Toppling Goliath!

Sep 05, 2020
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