Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
1,178
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
21.38%
 
 
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703
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 1,178
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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Photo of eifster82
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional DIPA. Nice orange appearance. Juicy, tropical fruit smell. Not much bitterness or overly sweet tasting. More tropical fruit tasting and goes down very smoothly.... Almost too smoothly. Would love to be able to find this easier.

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Photo of KSHunt
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the best IPAs on the market. Brilliant mosaic hop smell right away, followed by one of the best tastes that you will ever take from an IPA. Toppling Goliath knows how to make them, and this is as good as it gets.

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Photo of Strike00
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a dark orange with a white head that lasts a while
S: Citrus and Mosaic hops. The nose is great. smells a bit lighter than a lot of other DIPAs.
T: Big citrus Flavor. The Mosaic hops shine. Not as much bitterness on the back end as you would expect.
F: quite carbonated but smooth.

O: absolutely wonderful beer. Seriously if you happen to get your hands on it do not think twice about picking one up. I wish I bought more than one bomber.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from a TH Teku glass. Got in trade about 2 weeks ago. Holding up nicely. Burnt orange look, great lacing, head sticks around. This is a mosaic single hop and it has a nice unique smell and taste as a result. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good and a couple different looking waves of lacing are left.

4.5 S: Booming floral and citrus hops. Mango and papaya dominate. Next the aroma becomes resiny and floral. Then a big hit of orange, then pineapple. It finishes with a touch of earth.

4.5 T: Heavier moderate bitterness. Heavy citrus dominate again. Mango, orange, and papaya are the most potent. Flowery and dankly resiny. On the sweeter side, but the malts are mainly neutral.

4.25 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Viscous without being sticky and good creaminess present.

4.5 D: It's really freaking good, but it's still not as good as fresh draft pseudoSue.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Glowing orange, the hue of Ryan Seacrest's fake tan. Unique, beautiful.

S: There's some nose here, but relaitvely subdued compared to the cray cray flavor. Orange peel, guava, pineapple. Tropical goodness.

T: The base layers here are tropical, guava + pineapple, with some subtle citrus in between. but then -- gadzoiks! -- spice box: cardamom, cloves, some sweet pepper.

F: Soft and juicy.

O: This is a quaffer: super smooth, with palatable and unique flavors that I just wanted to gulp down fast. Refreshing and flavorful; utterly balanced. Toppling Goliath does it again!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Tons of fruit on the nose and taste. mango, passion fruit, melon, candied citrus peel. Explosive fruitiness of a West coast ipa yet has the balanced, nuanced quality of a new England ipa. Seriously delicious beer.

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Photo of macher0
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn I was impressed by this beer.

A: Very light copper, EXCEDLLENT clarity, almost thin, egg shell frothy head, the last pours a little hazy.

S. Floral, a little grassy, and citrusy.

T. Same as the nose. The Mosaic really shine and embody their true nature. Nice peppery tingle. Notes of tropical fruits and grassy earthy tones. Minimal malts backbone - OHH YAA.

M. SUPER crisp, high carbonation, light body (for a IIPA - that crazy), super smooth.

O: I was blown away by the crisp cleanness of this beer. It really reminds me of Pliney in the sense it is like water and hops. IN no way is this boozey and really could be a "session" beer. Very well crafted.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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