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 Treyliff
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a TG tulip
Picked up at the KBBS release

A- pours a hazy golden-orange color with a two-finger creamy white head that has great retention, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- classic earthy/herbal mosaic aroma; zesty orange and grapefruit, garlic/onion, fresh cut grass, mango, pineapple, pine resin, fresh herbs, I could smell this all day

T- flavor opens with a big hit of grapefruit/tangerine zest, quickly followed by some tropical fruit notes of mango, peach, pineapple & guava. Mid-palate adds some earthy notes of onion, fresh cut grass & pine. The finish brings it all together with citrus peel, grass, mango, guava, peach & pine, absolutely delicious

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv hidden well

O- as a fan of the mosaic hop, I really couldn't ask for more in a single hop IPA, outstanding

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Photo of hiphops
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

nice orange yellow hazy
smells like an orange julius for real much more so than that tree house beer pine peach pineapple green tea human pee
tastes bitter but with just enough malt to give it some sugar salting after taste
feels lithe just enough malt to give it some body but quite dry
impressive 8% hides so well
overall pretty darn good

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

Very zesty and bitter DIPA. I get more fruit the more I drink. Really dank. Nice malt backbone. Semi-dry, but still leaves some residual sugars to balance out the bitterness.

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

Pours a light golden color. Initially cloudy but it clears up as the beer settles in the glass. Thick frothy head dissipates steadily leaving lots of white lacing on the glass. Lovely looking beer.

Smell has notes of tropical fruits, pine, pineapple, grass, mango and peach. The fruit is there, but this isn't a "fruity" nose - the pine and dank grass is there just as much and it all blends together quite nicely.

Taste follows the nose with notes of peach, pineapple, tropical fruits, grass, mango, pine, and sap. Mild bitter finish that doesn't overpower your taste buds. Touch of straw/grass on the finish with a lingering slightly sweet piney bitterness.

Feel is remarkable first and foremost for how prickly and fizzy the carbonation it. I like a well carbonated IPA, but this is a tad much. Otherwise, its a super smooth dangerously drinkable DIPA. Refreshing is the word that comes to mind.

Overall this is a lovely DIPA - definitely lived up to the hype for me and this bottle is a few months old. I'd love to have this one fresh sometime.

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

This is a solid DIPA, probably due in part to my affinity for mosaic hops. Don't let my bias persuade you from trying, however. This is a world class beer, make no mistake about it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

This pours similar to the Pompeii, but a more straw-like color than a true amber body. Beautiful head & another huge nose; lots of earthy, green notes with plenty of citra to help balance. For a brewery that, IMO, puts out some of the best "noses" around, this one is up there.

If you're familiar with the Pompeii (you can check out my review of it), this is that on steroids. For the IBU this packs, it's incredibly well done. The bitterness is not overpowering and the malt backbone helps to keep some balance. Huge tangerine/orange notes with some nice grapefruit hints & some strong pine for bite & crispness. Finishes crisply without any lingering bitterness.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to check the box on this one.
Pick up in a trade.
Rock solid as expected. This is a great double IPA. Flavor and aroma are great. I've been very pleased with everything I've had from TG thus far. Great brewery, great beer.

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three bottles enjoyed between early January 2017 and late February 2017.

I am not a huge hop head, but this was surprisingly wonderful.

Dry, foamy, and bitter. I think the bitterness is amplified by how cracker-like this beer is. Smells of dank weed, pine sap, and tropical fruits.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a slightly cloudy golden orange color with just over fingers worth of foamy white head. The smell is amazing, full of sweet fruit and pine resin. Very juicy fruit flavor with a good balance of pine bitterness. The feel is medium with decent carbonation and a bit of smoothness. This beer is amazing. Perfect use of the Mosaic hop. Been waiting a long time to try this one and it's worth the wait.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately clear amber-gold with a minimal bubbly off-kilter head that recedes to a collar.

Smell is big dank weed up front, with a burst of pine sap, then pineapple, sticky peach, and lemon. Another powerful aroma bouquet by TG.

Taste is cracker, kiwi, pumpernickel, orange, wheat, and lime candy, with a hint of a sticky bowl of resin at the tail end.

This one was more bitter but also more frothy than the others we had this evening, finishing semi-dry.

Enjoyed this side by side with XHOPS Gold and DDH Sue, and it was a delight to experience how truly unique each beer was relative to each other.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have come to the conclusion that Mosaic hops are really my favourite. Yes, even above rock-star status Galaxy and Citra. This is the hops that brings the dank, the resin, the pithy citrus and grapefruit. This is what I've always loved about hops, and this is one of the best representations of such hops I can remember. One of my top DIPA's ever.

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Photo of brewskis
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a two finger dense off-white head.

Aroma jumps out of the glass with dank, juicy goodness. Big amounts of sweet tangerine, mango, and pineapple. A huge layer of that classic Mosaic herbaceous "green" dankness is there too. Tiny bit of grapefruit and peach are in the background.

Taste jumps out with loads of juicy mango and tangerine and smaller amounts of pineapple. As you transition into the finish, that herbaceous dankness rushes through to go with, but not overpower, the juicy fruits. Some sweeter grapefruit comes through as well and turns into grapefruit peel into the finish. Semi-dry, but still leaves some residual sugars to balance out the hefty "green" bitterness of pine resin and dankness.

Solid medium body. Smooth and ample carbonation, creamy, and quite soft. Very nice.

I've waited to try this for a while and it did not disappoint. Shows off the complex and intense nature of Mosaic hops wonderfully. These guys get a lot of hype for their stouts, but they also know their way around a hop. Well done.

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Photo of htown_engineer
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer! From the minute I cracked this open I could smell it. Right off the bat I get a citrusy smell along with pineapple and maybe some mango. What ever it is, it smells amazing. Taste wise the mouth follows the smell, the moasic hops for me came through for me and gave a perfect balance. There's an great bitterness/sweetness balance here that far surpasses anything else by TG. I got hit with the bitter right up front, but then as it wheres on you the sweetness comes on at the end for a great after taste. The overall mouth feel for this is really quite smooth and the perfect amount of carbonation. Given its high IBU there's a somewhat dry finish but it's not over powering and the longer I sit between sips the more sweetness that returns.

Overall this is an outstanding beer by TG and for me it is their best. I've got one more bomber and I can't wait to drink it, it has lived up to the hype. I wish this was bottled consistently, but then again if it was it would probably be just a standard shelf beer then and this definitely isn't a shelf beer. Well done TG, well done!

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Light orange color. More clear than I would expect. Solid fluffy white head with lots of lacing.

S- Holy crap. I can smell this from several feet away. Powerful aroma of topical fruits and piney hops. Pineapple, orange and mango.

T- Fruity, but not quite as much as the aroma. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness, neither are powerful. Mosaic hops are noticeable.

F- Medium body, decent carb. Dry finish.

O- Very good IPA, maybe the best mosaic one I've had. Wish I could get it more often.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L (4) - More of clear orangey color than I expected. And a coarser bright white bubble presence.
S (4.5) - Smells good though. Quite citrus at first, and then more resin-y.
T (4.5) - Tastes very citrus like. Maybe a little sweeter, but very very tasty.
F (4) - Fairly smooth to drink, more than expected. Good carbonation for it.
O (4.5) - I really liked this one. It's one of those you hear about and are excited to try. And it did not disappoint. Nice job out of TG.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5


Look: The pour is clear, but the beer comes out a nice hazy orange, carbonation bubbles rise up to the two fingers of head generated by the pour.

Smell: The most distinct citrus smell I've gathered from a beer. I also get some dank, resin quality when searching further.

Taste: Tons of oranges, mandarins, some grapefruit, and a sweeter mango finish. Incredibly good

Feel: Medium bodied, with a drying slight bitterness on the finish. I was expecting a juicier feel.

Overall: An incredibly good beer. Having King Sue prior, expectations were high for another TG double IPA, and expectations were exceeded.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved Pompeii IPA so I had to try this as it is pretty much the DIPA form of Pompeii. The scent blew me away. Scent was fresh cirtus fruits and very intense! Taste followed with citrus followed by dank hops. Super juicy. Tasted like I was eating fresh fruit.

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Photo of BWood
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Clear golden brew with nice lacing. The smell is full of citrus fruit. The mosaic hop is amazing. Incredibly easy to drink with not much bitterness. Thanks to @ECOBOOSTINST for the trade. This is one of my top ipas.

2/2/17 New review.

Upon my second bottle of this I upgraded my ratings. This is a stellar dipa.

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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells INCREDIBLE. So dang juicy, hazy, just gorgeous. Was sitting on the couch with the beer on the side table and i kept smelling it from where i was sitting. So good. First sips of juicy bitter dank hop. Huge power dank on the tongue. This may be better than the king. I know they are different hop profiles but as a dipa this is crazy good. one of the best ive had id say. Had in from a bomber, poured into a 'Pulpit Rock tulip'. NICE

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Photo of dcotom
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22-ounce bomber into an oversize wine glass. Slightly hazy, deep orange-amber color with a fluffy snow-white head that seems to hang on forever. Luscious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and pine, with some light floral notes. Not quite as intense on the palate, where the hop intensity is somewhat subdued. Flavors of tangerine and grapefruit, notes of pine resin and citrus rind. Not nearly as bitter as I expected for the high IBU rating. Well balanced, crisp finish without much lingering bitterness on the palate. Alcohol presence is nearly undetectable. Excellent complement to spicy food. Another outstanding hoppy offering from Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of Mdog
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow, big head.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, citrus, nice!

Taste: Nice sweetness, big fruitiness-tropical fruits. Kind of syrupy mouthfeel. Not bitter at all.

Overall: Finally saw Sosus in Hudson so picked one up. It lived up to the hype in my opinion, very tasty, very fruity double IPA. Nice to see a bottle date of 11/8/2016 on the neck too. Means this was under 10 days old when I drank it. Good stuff!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head that slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A very dank and juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big tropical fruit scent with some orange peel, mango, apricot, grapefruit, peach, and passion fruit along with pineapple. Earthy hop scent of pine resin, grass, cannabis, and slight onion. Light malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and piney hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine resin. Upfront juicy citrus hop notes of ripe orange peel, mango, grapefruit, apricot, passion fruit, and peach along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of oily pine resin and grass. Subtle background notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with some yeast. A great juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A really great Single Hop Double IPA. Big ripe tropical fruit and piney hop flavors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My neighbor once again kicks ass and let's me in on a fantastic beer. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is awesome....juicy fruit zeal. The taste is nicely balanced and leans slightly bitter. There is a definite fruit base with bitterness toward the end....thinking mosaic hops. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's amazing and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
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 +11.1%
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 -2.4%
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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