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 UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, berry, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, citrus zest, and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus and berry forward hop qualities all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 brentk56
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color with an orange tint; a decent amount of lacing is produced by the one inch cap

Smell: Floral and fruity, with citrus, tropical fruit and pine

Taste: A touch of malt provides the platform for the hops to dance on the tastebuds, producing citrus (orange, primarily) and tropical fruit tones (mango and pineapple) and a touch of pine; floral and fruity with moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another top flight DIPA from Toppling Goliath; we need more brewers to produce DIPAs like this

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Photo of mothman
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I haven't been impressed this much lately!

White head. Color is a clear vibrant golden orange.

Flavors are dank hops. So fresh and clean. A bit of onion flavor, but not in the bad way. Tons of fresh citrus fruit. Mangoes, oranges, and clementines all show. Hardly any malt shows, which is awesome!

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not overwhelming. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean; not overly sticky like most.

Overall, this is one crazy good iipa. So dank, hoppy, and fruity. Everything one could ask for. Get some of this now, while it is fresh! TG keeps on killin' it! Nice work guys!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 05/21/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! First Toppling Goliath beer, poured into a globe glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, citrus, tropical fruits,honey, pine hops, and mangos. Awesome nose, super fruity and hoppy. I love it.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, pineapple, mangos, and light pine hops and resin. No bitterness at all. Great taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink. Juicy mouthfeel.

o - Overall a fantastic DIPA; tried it close to Bodhi by Columbus and thought it was much better. Super juicy with a lot of hops and fruits, and no bitterness at all. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle from the brewery shared by RussianDragon. Thanks bro!

The beer is light yellow and hazy with a thick, white cap. Oh my...tropical fruits abound. Mango, pineapple, orange, a hint of lemon. Absolutely fantastic. Huge flavor and a showcase of fresh hops. World class.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit. Some bright citrus. A little musty. Very nice.

Taste - Much more grain, but it's still great. More citrusy. Less musty. Slight sweet malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate bitterness.

Overall - Great hop flavor. Excellent body. High quality IPA.

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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 dar482
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer looks like pink grapefruit juice, straight gushing.

The aroma hits of ripe melon, tangerine, grapefruit, sweet juicy peaches, a light bready malt, pineapple, papaya.

The flavor jumps out of overripe sweet cantaloupe, candy melon, pineapple ,papaya, grapefruit, bright tangerine, orange zest, dried mango, a creamy mouthfeel and medium minus bready sweetness, then onto resin, grassiness, soft bitterness and drying.

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

This beer is definitely "all that and a bag of chips."

The beer pours a peachy orange color with really good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wonderful in this beer, as I pick up considerable peach and apricot, with a back bone of tropical fruit (mango, papaya, etc.) and light pine and citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but this beer seemed to have just layers of flavor. The sweet tropical fruit was up front, but the finish was dry, citrusy and lightly bitter. Mouthfeel was really good as well; the beer was full and long, with a kiss of bitterness on the finish. Alcohol was certainly noticeable, but not in a bad way. There was no heat or heaviness on the finish, and drinkability was exceptional. I took the better part of an hour to drink this beer and enjoyed every moment of the experience.

Very, very impressive!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium gold color with a light, creamy white foam head with a very soapy looking lacing ring, and sticky.

S - Tropical citrus fruit, mango, oranges, and a little bit of sweet yeasty character.

T - Pineapple, oranges, passion fruit - Sweet tropical fruit from start to finish with sweet malt underneath. Sweet hoppy from start to finish but eventually starts to get "sugary" after awhile on the very end.

M - Medium body and velvety smooth with a lingering hoppy fruit finish.

O - Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours golden with a thick white head. The nose is fresh, big passion fruit, floral, grassy, herbal, soft fruit, marmalade apricot, peach, and plum. The taste is soft, bitter-sweet, doughy, grapefruit, floral, light alcohol, herbal, bitter grass and toast with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Not quite as punchy as I hoped for. Smooth, crisp and rather drinkable. Pretty delicate for a double.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from the 2013 bottling aka super fresh- probably one week old, poured into a FFF teku and quaffed with a friend on 5/5/2013.

Aroma: Holy shit. This beer is full of citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. No question about it, this is awesome. Tons of grapefruit with a smattering of pine and floral scents. I also even smell some honey'd biscuits. The nose is super strong and complex. Excellent!

Colour: Clear, light amber body that pours with a thick 3cm head in my Teku glass. Awesome. It leaves a TON of lacing. It's probably the most laced up beer I've had in the last 3 months. Excellent. It's also got a thick white film and collar on top of the brew. Its certainly an appeziting beer.

Flavour: This is where the money is. Tons of grapefruit, orange zest, pine cones and floral scents up front. There's also the sweet honey maltiness. If there's one beer that definitely has honey biscuits, this is it. Lots of toffee, honey and breadiness. This is a sensory overload of different hoppiness and maltiness. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Thicker medium bodied brew. Excellent carbonation! Smooth, resinous finish that's strangely dry and refreshing at the same time. Aftertaste is full of citrus and honey, more so than the pine and floral hoppiness. Awesome.

Overall: Holy shit, this could be one of the best DIPAs I've had in a while. We drank this after an Enjoy By 5.17.13 and this is definitely heads and tails above the Enjoy By. It's truly an excellent, complex brew that is a pleasure to quaff. No question about it, Toppling Goliath is the real deal.

Re-review; 650ml bottle of the first release of the bottle since Mike left. Served in a TG snifter 5/6/2015.

Lighter golden-yellow body, hazy, half finger white head, not much retention, thin collar, splotches of lacing. Smells primarily of sweet citrus, plenty of caramel, a fair bit of resin. Not as interesting as it used to be, to be honest. Flavour is primarily caramel, bitter resin, a bit of citrus and grapefruit, mild booziness. It does not deliver the trademark juiciness that TG has become known for, quite disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation, although quite bitter on the finish with a fair bit of pine. Overall, a drastic change when I compare my tasting notes to the one I wrote above, 2 years ago. They have a long road ahead to getting back to where they were when Mike Saboe was brewmaster.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-EBF sample pour. Foggy yellowish orange color with a tight packing of white froth.

S-Mosaic hops flow into my nose. Tangy citrus. All the tropical notes you could ask for. Pineapple, peach and apricot. Plenty of dank herbal notes and pine. Very aromatic.

T-The Mosaic hops are pushed to their limits in this beer. Tangy, almost lemony citrus. Tons of ripe pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Finishes with a well balanced, pale and bready maltiness as well as a solid grassy and piney hoppiness. Mosaic hops have a very unique aroma and flavor.

M-Juicy and resiny. High bitterness but it doesn't rip the enamel off your teeth. Long finish. No heat. Very nice.

O/D-Sampled it next to Toppling Goliath's King Sue. King Sue made this one seem tame but then I went back and tried it again and it really blew me away standing on its own. An elite, nearing perfect DIPA.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stevedore for helping me get a bottle of this limited bottle of TG hops! Thanks again Steve!

poured into the proper glass! A Toppling Goliath belgian style tulip/snifter glass.

Bottled on Wednesday 10/2/2013.

Appearance: glowing and bright straw yellow beer with 1 full finger of head. Head has a decent amount of staying power, but eventually drops down to a thin cap. Thick lacing remains on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet oranges, tropical fruits, and honeydew melon. Little bit of dankness too. Bready and biscuity malts.

Taste: Huge hop flavors that impart a mild bitterness. This is an orange and pineapple bomb which actually tastes sweet and juicy! Melons, orange and lemon zest, mangos, melon rind, and a general light fruity presence. Biscuity malts all the way with a touch of sweetness similar to honey. The beer has a mild bitterness in the finish with a hint of pine resin and dank hop.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is near perfection and the beer drinks well below its 8% abv. Super drinkable DIPA.

Overall: This beer reminds me alot of Lawson's Double Sunshine which is my favorite DIPA as well as my highest reviewed DIPA. The big difference between Sosus and Double Sunshine is that TG makes thier hoppy beers to taste and feel so very juicy. I cant think of any other hoppy beers besides Sosus and PseudoSue that have such a juicy quality to them. Double sunshine is a little more on the dry side, but both beers equally awesome. Between PsuedoSue and Sosus; Toppling Goliath has truely given me a greater appreciation for hops. I dont know what Topping Goliath does when they brew thier hoppy beers, but the result is absolutely magical every single time. I honestly prefer a Sosus or Double Sunshine over a bottle of Kern River Citra DIPA. Yep, I just said it... It about time that the Midwest has hoppy beer that rival or are better than(in my opinion)both east and west coast as far as hoppy beers are concerned!

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this beer, reportedly bottled a bit over a week ago, in one of my periodic cross-border pillages into Wisconsin. Great having two states' distribution within 25 minutes of home! 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

First, very cool, mosaic-like bottle art. Second, the pour is a dark yellow that is unclear; very like when you wiz on the verge of dehydration. Nose is 4/5ths full of grapefruit & fruit: nice, but I didn't touch nirvana.

Sosus tastes like liquified Hawaiin Sweet Bread, which, I'll confess, is a staple in my bread drawer. Tons of light sweetbread appears right away & I fear for the the "IPA" label, but then the hops rappel in to save the style description. A floral bouquet is backed by a whap of citrus & pine. Bitterness is an afterthought, but shows. The best part of the beer is the hop sap that oozes into all the cracks in my oral orifice & sticks all over the place. Drinkability is high. My 11 ounces is already more than half gone.

This is a very good IIPA. We're already planning a camping trip to southeastern Minnesota this summer, with a layover at Toppling Goliath. Looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Steasy66 for this treat.

Appearance. Pours yellow gold with a very light haze. Topped with 1.5 fingers of white head that leaves some thick lace behind.

Smell. Big grapefruit and lemon rind, tropical fruits and some grainy light malts, a touch of cedar and honey.

Taste. Again, big grapefruit and other citrus fruit, some papaya, some woody pine and light grainy malts (a little on the sweet side). Good bitterness in the finish but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff. Will satisfy your hop cravings.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Psyched for this one. Pours light golden color with a thick white fluffy head on top. Aroma of vegetal hops (mmmm), grass, pine, (and maybe even a little weed mixed in). Flavor follows with a beautiful floral and vegetal hop note, some incredibly light sweet malts in the backdrop for a DIPA, grass, pine, ever so slight citrus rind but this focuses more on the grassiness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and very easy drinking. Excellent brew, but probably overshadowed by Duet which I had right before it.

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Photo of mynie
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is golden yellow with a small amount of tight white head. Huge citrus, mango, and grapefruit with a hint of pine resin in back. A faint touch of sweet malt up front. Taste is more grapefruit with a hint of bitterness. Malts are so faint, hops are huge. Resin and grapefruit through the finish. Body is light, very well carbonated and quite dry.

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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 scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into tulip. Thanks again, Geoffrey!

A: Pours a clear pale golden beneath a finger of dense, soft, and greasy looking off white head that reminds me of melted vanilla ice-cream. The head held some good retention before eventually fading into a fuzzy film that left thick rings of lace down the glass after every sip.
S: Huge dominating notes of mosaic hops. I get scents of juicy citrus, wintergreen mint, and a touch of tropical fruit nectars. Orange cream sickles come to mind as well. Juicy and sweet smelling overall.
T: Follows the nose with huge notes of tangerine, orange cream, passion fruit and papaya juice, with a kiss of mint bringing up the rear. The finish is slightly spicy with hints of black pepper and a herbal leafiness, but it is also sweet and lightly bitter.
M: Full greasy body, slick and oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Hop resin and oil lend some decent bitterness and chewiness to the body, but this is more sweet and fruity than anything. Slight wintergreen tingle.
O: Another near flawless dipa, but definitely not as good as pseudosue in my opinion. Still, TG continues to impress and I wish I could drink this every day.

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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 MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head, and good lacing

S-citrus, light tropical fruit, pine, light bready malt, herbal

T-grapefruit, light tropical fruit, herbal notes, pine, light malt, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-a solid DIPA with good flavor, but a little disappointing based on what I was expecting

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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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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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