Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #48
Ranked #183
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
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Photo of DavetotheB
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can dated 3/16/20 (best by 7/14/20) into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque golden yellow with a out two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and awesome lacing. Just a bit of visible suspended particulate matter is visible.

Smells powerfully of pineapple, mangos, citrus and other tropical fruits. Just a bit of grassy bitterness on the nose as well. All the juice on the nose gives way to some powerful bitterness-mainly grassy with just a bit of resin. Juice is noticeable but way in the background. Gotta love mosaic hops!

Mouthfeel is just a hair thin-that's my only complaint. Powerful bitter aftertaste. Looks like there's more carbonation than there is-it just about right.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. There's a reason it's on the top 250. Enjoyed every beer I've had from TG. Top notch brewery.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Hazy, light orange/dark yellow appearance. Murky, pineapple juice look with white head. Aroma is fruity, tropical with clear notes of citrus, mango and melon. Very fresh. Taste delivers a Mosaic punch with sweet, fruit notes and a bitter, grapefruit finish amid some melon and mustiness. Feel is medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Good, solid offering that's well done but nothing that really put it over the top for me. The Mosaic is prominent so if that's your thing, enjoy!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very hazy pour evocative of orange juice in terms of looks. The head was well proportioned at around two fingers thick. The aroma of hops was potent enough to smell without deliberately sniffing the contents of the pour. The smell was juicy and tropical, reminding me very much of rip mangoes. The taste was intensely tangy with notes of lime and grapefruit. There was a sweet malt backbone, and a long hop note in the finish. The beer was soft in texture, with enamel stripping, clingy, and mouth coating feel. Carbonation was above average, leading to some hop laden burps. This brewery in newly distributed here, and I had never heard of them or the beer. I picked a couple of their 4 packs based on high reviews. Looks like the reputation is well deserved.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, 3/16/20, into Goose Island Nonic.

Darker than usual hazy juice bomb here, with shades of tea interwoven into the otherwise blonde body. Head is creamy and loosely-knit, with lots of loosely-knit patches of lacing left on the walls of the lager glass.

Aroma is just [email protected]#*! fantastic. I'm grinning like a kid. Juicy acidic notes of fresh peppery grapefruit and mango, with pineapples and orange juice. Notes of peach as well.

Flavor is less impressive by a large margin, dare I say a let down, but still brings some nice dank melon and juicy non-sweet pineapple; some citrus rinds follow. A bit lacking in character - one could say that's due to the single hop here, but there are other Mosaic hopped beers that totally grand slam it (Lone Pine Yellow Rose, Bearded Iris Homestyle)

Feel is also a stunner. Just super acidic, creamy,'s nearly perfect. Heavy carbonation, little heat stabs here and there.

Overall, a really stellar juicy IIPA, and while it's not quite as good as my personal favorites (Bearded Iris, Parish, Other Half, Trillium), this is a fair placeholder. It's at least clean in its execution which is 90% of the battle.

I could let it open up a bit and see what it does in another 10 days.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my many purchases from Tavour before we parted CANpony. I hold no animosity towards them, it was just that their local shipping company was as flexible as an I-beam & I grew tired of arguing with their dispatcher. Tavour apparently has/had a CANtract with them so they could not offer any relief. Oh well. Today is TGBC Day @ Chez Woody!

From the Bottle: "We named this IPA after the Greek mosaic artist[,] Sosus of Pergamons[,] because we were inspired to create a beer that tastes like a masterpiece. This single-hop IPA showcases the irresistible tropical fruit flavors of the Mosaic hop, shining a light on the power of simplicity."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour since there were some obvious lees on the kick/punt & I saw no reason to rouse them. It formed two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention on its own. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was less sweet than in the previous, fresher Pompeii BUT (& yinz anti-AIPA aging types are going to hate me for saying so), it smelled like a pineapple upside-down cake, which I prefer to a tropical fruit salad. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a slight tang to it, not at all sweet, with a pronounced pineapple flavor. Mmm. Lovely! Finish was semi-dry, but I was happy not to have to deal with a fruity onslaught so it all worked out.

Now, I have to begin to scour for this in a CAN! The graphics must be stunning!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/11/15; drank 11/21/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

See-through orange appearance.

Minimal bright white head; nice lace.

Honey, grapefruit & faint marijuana notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Honey & pine flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish.

Not my DIPA profile, but this was still drinkable.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pours a cloudy golden haze topped by a silky white head that makes way for sticky lacing. Tonnes of sediment swirling around from top to bottom. A beautiful sight. Tropical fruit hops on the nose. Big, bold flavors of pineapple and orange envelop your whole head as you dive in. Extremely sessionable for a heavyweight. I simply cannot take the glass away more than an inch from my face. When I'm not drinking it I'm breathing it. Top class IIPA that seemingly hasn't suffered from a round the world trip, and well deserving of the honour of my 1000th BA review!

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Photo of Flickib41
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Juice bomb. Poured 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow. With about an inch of head that is lacing down the glass as I drink it. Get quite a bit of fruity citrus aromas. Get a hint of pine as well. Taste orange and apricot. Nice bitterness. Another great beer from Toppling.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a nice white head
The mosaic brings a strong passionfruit note, the mouthfeel is very nice. The whole thing is flavourful but always balanced
Great stuff

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 2/14/19.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of white. Nice retention and lacing. Tropical fruit in the nose with shades of grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon-lime. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Juicy citrus on the palate with zero malt and a minimal bitterness. Pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine zest. Finishes juicy but dry.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lata. De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo the OA 2x02-03. Con caña de lomo julian martin. Se consagra toppling goliath como unos de mis favoritos fabricantes de ipa. Textura y equilibrio entre el amargor y la frutalidad perfectos

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

Smell is beautiful combo of pineapple and orange. Taste is orange and citrus, light malt and deep ripe fruit on the back of the palette. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the dry side. Really nice NEIPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 2 inches of frothy head. Tons of lacing. Sweet aroma of tropical fruits. Pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and guava. The taste is mostly the guava and pineapple but a fair amount of bready malts this time. Tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple finish. Creamy and soft with a dry mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for having a higher ABV. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some mosaic, and this one checks all the boxes. Great look, feel and nose complement the juicy flavor. Nothing to complain about here, sneaky crushable at 8%.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange with a bit of haze. A large frothy head retains well, and yields lots of foamy and thick lacing.
The dynamic aroma opens with a burst of tropical fruit, particularly, pineapple and papaya. This is followed by citrus and stone fruit. A bready malt base is evident, as is and herbal, grassy and piny aroma. There is also a melon like aroma midway.
The taste opens juicy, fruity and sweet, with notes of stone fruit and citrus. Flavors of peach, nectarine, apricot and orange pith stand out in particular. The malt base is bready and the oats and wheat add a roundness to the flavors. Little to no bitterness, however, a subtle piny and grassy slowly develops and ends up overtaking the sweetness.
Medium bodied with a frothy and soft mouthfeel. A moderate to gentle carbonation. The finish carries a fruity zest and some herbal spice.
I’ve now drank this twice within the past two days from the can, and curiously, each time there were some marked difference. The first time it felt more sweet and juicy, while the second time it felt more grassy and spicy. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding IPA by an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Nose is earthy herbal and dank, lime green, floral, blueberry, melons, tropical fruit, a little bready, with citrus and resinous pine. Tastes like a beautiful representation of Mosaic with blueberry notes, honeydew melon, tropical mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, orange citrus pith, light crackery bready malt, some earthy herbal dankness, lemongrass and bitter resinous pine. Feels soft and juicy, medium plus bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Mosaic hopped DIPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this on tap at Lake and Irving. It smells citrusy and lemony with some light fruit and light floral. It is hazy gold under a 1/2" white cap. the flavors are spicy, citusy and lemony with a medium plus bitterness and a rich malt flavor in the background. It is very creamy with a medium body and carbonation. A solid brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sosus pours a hazyish copper color, with chunks, and a small lacing head. Big creamy hoppy aroma. Flavor is creamy, nice hop flavors, a good bitterness, and a nice little kick at the end. Good body and feel. Overall, very good beer, a little bit hoppier and bitter for a NEIPA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12-07-2018 with a best by date of 04-06-2019 and opened and drank on 02-13-2019. Very light in quality IPA tastes. Decent hops aroma but very light otherwise.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange that nears on opaque in terms of transparency. Head is just north of two fingers of foam in the color white. Head retention is good. Aroma is pineapple, mango and melon dew all right on the front end. As these heavy tropical fruits fade, mango, orange, and lemongrass come on with hints of bready, toasty malts behind it all. Pineapple is the big player here. Flavor profile is mango, tangerine, melon dew, orange, and herbal/sticky hops with pineapple coming on big at the end. Tropical fruits start and finish it, with the middle focusing more on orange juice and bready, earthy malts. It definitely has a fruit smoothie sort of taste. Mouth feel has a touch of grain at the onset and then fades away quickly to produce a semi-textured and chalky, soft feel. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, big pineapple, this NE IPA covers up its 8% ABV extremely well. That said, it's sweet enough that consumption is limited to sips, but not sweet enough that it becomes cloying or burdening.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a lightly hazy deep gold. Smell and taste really show the Mosaic, with a good combination of berries, tropical fruit and some earthy herbs. Sharpish carbonation. Good stuff.

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

A great DIPA from Topplong Goliath! This one had great hope and great depth to its taste and great one for sure. But up against King Sue it’s amazing but I like King Sues more citrus pop to it. So this is great for those that love a strong DIPA and want a less fruity bang. Still a winner in my book!!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a sixteen ounce can into a tulip...

As a native of the Hawkeye state, I'm undoubtedly an apologist for this Decorah brewer--but these folks deserve it. Even though I live next door, in S.D., it's only recently that a good variety of TG's brews have been available here.

The pour is pretty special. Pours a spectacularly hazy honey gold/orange, with a decent head (the only possible knock) and excellent lacing.

The aromas are classic NEIPA in spades. A solid malt foundation with hops manifesting in floral and citrus notes, followed by tropical fruits. If there is any complaint, it's that the aromas are a touch subdued--but that's splitting hairs.

The flavor makes up for any "holding back" on the aroma. The malt-forward base presents an initial sweetness mixed with a dank hop note that quickly gives way to orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple and berry. Juicy but balanced.

The mouthfeel is...not quite what I expected for the style, but still pretty good. Could use just a touch more carbonation and crispness to cut through the juicy sweetness; but it's here that the ABV--just a touch of booze--comes through to lighten things up.

I favor stouts and strong Belgians over IPA's of any persuasion, but this is an excellent NEIPA. For those who are usually put off by the bitterness of IPA's--make this one your gateway-drug introduction to the hop side of the ledger.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy but not completely opaque lemon yellow. Excellent head production and retention.

Dank and herbal nose. Pineapple, mango, and oregano.

Crisp and clean. Fruity, bubblegum, orange, grapefruit, papaya, dankness, hay, cracker. Really quite drinkable, with a strong dankness on the second half, accompanied by juicy notes of orange, pineapple, and guava.

Smooth, lively, soft.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Russian River Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours hazy golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that hangs around for a while before settling to a firm layer and leaving some thick lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and papaya, zesty citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine, floral notes, the faintest hint of blueberry, biscuity malt, and caramel honey sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, citrus, lemon and grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit and papaya, floral notes, faint blueberry, biscuity malt, and caramel honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat soft on the palate, but also with a little hop bite.

O: I grabbed this bottle as soon as it hit town, but there isn't a date to be found on it, so I'm not sure of its true age. Anyway, for what is there I like it, and I can see a lot of potential, that if it were a little fresher that it could be something really special. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for a chance to try this one again. As it sits, it kinda reminds me of original Ruination, in the best possible way.

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