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Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

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

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must post a disclaimer. I tend to not love Mosaic heavy beers.
Having said this, I found this to be one of the best I've ever had.
In the nose, it started pretty assertively. I got hints of apricot, but mostly strong tropical notes, some pine, definite onion, and only a hint of cat you know.
But the flavor was much more complex. Definitely tropical, mango, pineapple, then orange, followed by onion. Then the onion backed off a bit and let a juiciness come through that was more orange, followed by a bit of grapefruit pith. The onion never disappeared. It just decided to hover just outside the spotlight.
Mouthfeel was spot on.

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

Pour at the TG tasting room. First off, this is imo the best mosaic ipa I have ever had. Its perfectly balanced in every way, smooth and juicy while have a nice hop bitterness that doesn't linger. Could drink all day....

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with no date into a tulip glass.

It is a deep, orange gold with a sticky off-white head that clings to the side of the glass as it settles. Mostly clear.

A bunch of pungent tropical fruit, pine, and a little onion and body odor. I would describe it as mostly peach/apricot, mango, orange, and sweat. Everything is so strong that I am not noticing any of the malts.

Flavors of zesty orange, mango, peach, and pine. A solid, smooth building bitterness. Finishes a little pithy.

Body is crisp/sparkly/sharp and on the lighter side for an imperial. Feels more like an IPA.

Great beer. One of the more stinky ones I have had in awhile.

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

L: clear golden, with huge white sea foam head
A: sweet citrus juices all the way. Orange, pineapple and mango prevelaant.
T:ooh, very good. All citrus Iike the Jose without three bitterness.
F: fairly thick and creamy, the feel of the turbid NE ipa's

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Photo of jhartley
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a JK Snorkel glass. Unable to find a date on the bottle.

A dark orange -golden body with a pillowy head full of tiny foamy bubbles, which leaves plenty of lacing in the glass.

Smell you say? D-A-N-K! Onion, pine, cat box, citrus, cut grass and pot.

Taste is like piney orange juice! WOW! This is delicious! Bitter and dank up front and sweet on the finish. Picking up on a slight alcohol bite on the end. Nothing that makes this unappetizing! That Mosaic hop just shines in this brew.

A medium mouth feel that makes this DIPA drink like a session IPA to me! Numbs the palate a little but not in a bad way.

Overall....Let me tell you there is no doubt in my mind that this is one excellent DIPA that lives up to the hype and beyond expectations, for me. I would have this in my fridge ALL THE TIME if this was readily available here in Florida! This is one helluva great beer.

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

Pours with a thick head over a deep golden base.
Nose is grapefruit apricot pineapple
Taste has more bitterness than the aroma. Sweet fruits subside as it warms.
Mouthfeel is clean no alcohol burn.
Overall this is a terrific beer great use of mosaic.

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

this is pretty special stuff, and definitely one i have been seeking out for awhile. all mosaic, these guys do some special stuff with citra, nice to see this at an equally high level, some of the best single hop beers in the world i have to imagine, not in any way wanting for a more complete hop profile, i dont know how these guys do it while so many others fail. this is hazy yet bright sunny yellow, not all that different than say king sue looked in the glass, not quite a full inch of white head. aroma of pineapple juice and orange, really lively and juicy, ripe and strong, minimally bitter, without any of the cat pee aroma we often get in lower quality mosaic beers. the flavor matches pretty well, canned pineapple juice for sure, more bitterness here, lime zest, orange juice, even a hint of oily mango sweetness here, lots of hop compounds swirling around in here. i like the grain base too, its perfectly round and smooth and substantial enough to support all these fruity mosaic hops, but not too big or sweet to get in the way. really well built overall. everyone and their brother is using mosaic and citra right now, the cat is well out of the bag on these varietals, but very very few use them as well as toppling goliath. this rarity is well worth the hype, just delicious on tap!

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Photo of Dinizioj31
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great overall beer. A ton of peach on the nose and a melon flavor. If I had this and King Sue side by side, it would be hard to tell the difference. TG never fails to disappoint

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Photo of gatornation
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Beautiful hazy golden color with tons of lacing on the side of glass as you drink this, smell was tropical with white fruit, tropical and citrus. Taste is delicious a great blend of fruity hops with papaya , peach, pear,mango, and citrus, medium carbonation with little bitterness , its highly drinkable and tasty

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nose - tropical fruit aplenty....mango, guava and some stone fruit like peach and apricot

Taste - very similar to the nose - no surprises, everything in balance

Wonderfully creamy....not bitter, not boozy, just an excellent example of a mosaic tropical bomb.

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

Serving: Bomber into pint
Served: 11 June 2016

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright yellow with a pearly white head. The head leaves some lacing in the glass, but the beer was a bit old when I cracked it open- no doubt the lacing would be better if this was super fresh. The haze is on the level of a hefeweizen.

Smell: Lots of nice hop notes going on here, very similar to NE IPAs- tropical fruit such as passionfruit, guava, and mango, combined with notes of pine, lemongrass, and pomelo. Really quite a good nose.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. I can't believe this is a double IPA- the maltiness is silky smooth and provides a nice sweet base for the huge hop flavors (which are just about identical to the nose). Little to no astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is one of the best DIPAs I have ever drunk. Expertly masked alcohol. Substantial body without feeling too heavy. Marvelous flavors. Really, really well done. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this side by side with Pompeii. The Sosus was 2 MONTHS fresher than the Pompeii, but Pompeii was much much better in my opinion. It was more fruit forward where Sosus was 3x as bitter.

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Photo of mynie
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottles just sitting on the shelf at Hy-Vee.

Pours a truly beautiful honey color, almost glowing, medium translucent with a fabulous white head.

Smells of strong mosaic against some light, chewy yeast. Good, but hop-heavy.

Tastes very good. Need to take a few sips to process this fully. Starts off bitter and fruity, gets very fruity and sweet near the middle, finishes on very chewy, bready yeast with some bittersweet hop nodes lingering after the beer's been swallowed. The balance is exquisite, considering its strength in IBUs, and the fruit-hop profile is the best I've ever come across in a midwestern beer. And the thick, yeasty finish is strongly reminiscent of something from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy orange-gold color, though almost translucent. Two-inch white foam head with tons of beautiful lacing.

S: Citrusy, fruity, and piney. Pineapple and mango. Great hoppiness coming through with a slightly floral note at the end.

T: Taste mimicks the aromas well. Awesome bitter hoppiness accompanied by citrusy and slightly fruity flavors. Mild sweetness initially followed by the great bitterness.

M: Smooth, light-medium bodied. Great carbonation and slightly dry.

O: Great DIPA. Honestly, one of the best DIPAs I've had and one of my favorite TG brews. Tried it fairly fresh but would like to try it even sooner after bottling. Love this stuff.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the better mosaic DIPAs I've had. Pours a clear burnt orange with decent head and moderate lacing. Tons of danky pine, ripe pineapple, and blueberry in both taste and smell. Toppling Goliath continues to impress....

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Photo of danh53
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear orange with one finger head. Aroma is onion, basil, pineapple, mango, orange. Taste is orange sherbet, pineapple, and bitter mosaic hops. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Carbonation is crisp. One of the better IPAs I've had this year.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical juice bomb with piney bittterness lingering. Pineapple shines through the palate. Second favorite TG hoppy offering (King Sue is my #1). Definitely worth seeking out.

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

Served in a La Chouffe tulip

L: Pours a nearly translucent orange. 1.5-2 fingers of bright white foam, excellent lacing that clings to the glass well after I finished the beer.

S: Huge nose, especially as it warms. Scents of mango, pineapple, orange zest, toffee malt, and a faint finish of resinous hops and dakness

T: Exceptionally layered. Starts as the nose does-pineapple, mango, hint of orange (particularly the slightly astringent bitter finish to a fresh orange). Malt and subtle bitterness on the finish. Magnifically balanced.

F: Not a huge malt backbone for a double IPA, but medium bodied, creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

O: excellent beer. One of the best double IPAs that I have had. Explodes with citrus, but well balanced with malt and just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. Complex, layered, and delicious

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

Lots of tropical fruit, great nose, one of my favorite mosaic beers ever. TG can really do hoppy beers; now if only they'd get a little wider distribution footprint, they'd be perfect!

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

Smell is passionfruit, sweet malt, pine, pineapple, and dankness. Taste is dank, pine resin, mango, and citrus. Nice mixture of a west coast IPA with a more tropical-forward IPA. Zeelander is still my favorite TG IPA, but this might be a close second.

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

Bottle dated 5/02/2016 poured into a Toppling Goliath "chalice" (their words, though it's a tulip) on 5/15/2016

L: Pours a beautiful golden orange. Mostly clear. Decent 1-1.5 finger head of foam. Leaves great lacing around the glass.

S: Very subtle dankness. Ripe mango and some faint berries. Some floral notes. Very pleasant.

T: Very hoppy beer. Much more so than Pompeii, which I find to be balanced much better. Though this is still excellent. Still get nice notes of mango and berries. Definite dankness and floral qualities. Definitely a more amplified take on the nose. For the most part, the alcohol is decently masked. Definitely taste it more than I'd like to, but such is life with DIPAs!

F: Honestly, this is perfect. But I almost never give 5s. Nice slightly above medium mouthfeel. Makes you smack your a little. Makes you want more. And more. And more. Excellent.

Overall, this is a great beer. I've yet to be disappointed by Toppling Goliath. Though I find their Pompeii a bit more balanced and more flavorful, this is still a winner. Don't hesitate to pick it up!

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

Very good beer from TG. Typical cloud appearance like you'd see with PseudoSue or Pompeii. Aftertaste is weed. Surprisingly smooth for an 8.00%-er. Would definitely seek this one out if it comes our way again.

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

L - turbid orange, medium white head
S - tropical fruit
T - grass / floral on the front, medium bitterness on the back
F - light / medium bodied
O - really enjoyable TG beer

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Photo of tregan_20
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Newer labeled 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a golden straw color with a little bit of haziness. There is a decent amount of carbonation in the beer resulting in a decent amount of dense white foam. The aromas have peach, citrus, and grapefruit. The taste is slightly bitter, hop forward, crisp, intense pine notes, and follows the citrusy aromas. Medium body with the aforementioned carbonation. Definitely a hop showcase here. Overall this is a very delicious DIPA and worth seeking out. You will not be let down, cheers!

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Photo of aleigator
3.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber color with a smaller, bubbly head on top.

Smells or blood orange, peach, zingy lemon rind and a pleasant dankness, coated up by toffee malts. Herbal qualities turn more present among flowery biscuits, well balanced by juicy, ripe exotic fruits.

Has a medium carbonation with a medium body to it, revealing an intense clash between hops an malts on the tongue. Its mouthfeel remains pleasantly creamy though, leaving all nuances of the beer detectable, due to soothing yeast.

Tastes of an initial aqueous softness, establishing the beers great mouthfeel from the kickoff, together with comforting toffee malts. In a split second malts turn absurdly sweet, while the hops try to establish a working balance by introducing garden herbs and dry lime. Finds its peak right after the swallow by producing a dough coated, piercing toffee sweetness, while overloading the palate with bitter hops at the same time. Finishes surprisingly clean, leaving behind its staggering sweetness, now focussing on lemon, prickly kiwi and juicy blood orange.

Almost overpowers my tastebuds, once the beers piercing sweetness gets established from out of nowhere, while hops accept the challenge by creating an equally powerful bitterness. This misses certainly some balance to me, to form a pleasant drinking experience. Usually I would assume a dipa being ruled by its hops, in this particular bottle its been vice versa.

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