Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

SosusSosus
BA SCORE
4.5/5
1,479 Ratings
SosusSosus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by nickapalooza86 on 05-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#127
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
1,479
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
679
Gots:
138
Trade:
5
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Photo of majorbase2
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cant' tell the bottling date as it's smudged, so hopefully nothing off about it. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a moderate white foam head that quickly recedes, leaving a small amount of lacing on the side.

Very strong aroma of tropical fruits, most notably grapefruit and mango.

Taste is sensational. Big and complex, delicious, bursting with flavor, hops, and some nice bitterness. Can literally taste the fruit bursting in my mouth...incredible. Not as much grapefruit as in the aroma, but anice balance of apricot, mango, clementine, and pineapple. A bit of pale and bready malts on the back side. Great job achieving and balancing the bitter notes of tropical fruits with a hop bitterness.

This is big, even for a DIPA. Drinks bitter, heavy and with complex flavor, but still manages to be good to take chugs of. This is a very versatile beer.

Any DIPA from TG makes me giddy, and this one reinforces why. Bursting with flavor, complex yet balanced, and versatile as a sipper or a chugger (although not recommended to do so based on cost!), this is another sensational entry by TG.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sosus pours as you would hope it would. Bright but deep gold with a fresh, unfiltered look. Not hazy... floaty. The good floatie. Not a ton of crap in there. A rocky white head holds tight to the surface and sides of the glass.

The true shine of this beer comes right here in the aroma. Hints of tropical fruit, but some very exotic notes of gooseberry and prickly pear come through, as if Toppling Goliath squeezed every ounce of potential from these Mosaic hops.

And interestingly enough, those exotic notes don't come through in the flavor. Don't get me wrong, it's still absolutely great! Tons of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and a damp, dank forest. Again, just as I'd hoped.

It's rich, but smooth and appropriate. Nicely bittered too. The carbonation cuts it down a bit giving it a relatively soft and crisp finish.

Outstanding. Seriously, I don't need to elaborate much more than that. Thank you Joe, for another phenomenal brew. Cheers!

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Photo of taospowder
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevebroseke
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slarson7
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flyinhawaiian
3.23/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lewith
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will65
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arthurry
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RealDeal
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osseo222000
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hawkeyejam
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer. Can really taste the Mosaic Hops. A slow drinker. Full mouthful feel. It's about #4 for me on the TG bombers. It's a incredibly well crafted beer. If you are a Mosaic fan, it's a must try.

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

Photo of Ericthered121
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RAFH
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atodd21
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmurphy7
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coorsy
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy two finger high head with a dimpled surface of an eggshell white hue, retention is above average as any larger bubbles settle into the mass, the lacing is extremely thick and looks glued to the glass sides, almost no movement. Shiny yellow gold to orange rust colored liquid, no real visible haze, coated wall-to-wall in a sheet of fast rising bubbles. Pretzel dough, salt and freshly mown grass infuse the nose first, sour white grapefruit accents frame the pineapple, papaya, nectarine fruit scents, on the whole has a dry texture which stymies its lift, pine cone, decomposing forest floor matter provide dankness before it all cascades away. Full-bodied, on the heavy side and super creamy, enough so that it counterbalances the biting hoppiness. The carbonation diffuses the flavors some. More concentration and sweetness here in the pineapple, mango, peach fruit, buttressed by the buttered biscuit element. Much more zesty bite in the orange to white grapefruit citrus than juice. Loses a good bit of the dankness here, cleaner grassiness. Has a tight weave to it which might benefit from relaxing and letting it all flow more.

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

Photo of Destiney
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Johng19751
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 1,479 ratings
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