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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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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 1,238
Photo of BWood
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.8%
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 +4%
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 -9.6%
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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