Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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

Style: New England 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:
#189
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,763
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
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651
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174
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Photo of soundaurora
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TimothyD11
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I cannot believe this was a double IPA, it was smoother and more delicious than most pale ales I've had. Delicious and easy to drink.

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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 cbcrunch
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of dukeandduke
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/31/18 (Chicago): $17.99 Four Pack (plus $2.04 tax - seriously WTF!) purchased at Binny's on Irving Park Road in Six Corners. Canned at the Toppling Goliath brewery in Decorah, Iowa on 12/7/18. 16 oz canned poured into pint glass. Hazy golden pour, light white head and lacing. Very sweet citrus aroma. Nicely balanced taste, citrus and pineapple sweetness balanced by slightly bitter hops. This is the type of balanced NE IPA I prefer over very sweet offerings. Mouth feel somewhat dry, carbonation holds well but mild, very easy drinking IPA. Overall excellent pour and offering by Toppling Goliath, glad I have three more left!

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 1,763 ratings