Sosus | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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

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

L: Very light and transparent
S: Floral and big hops
T: Mosaic to a tee - nice a fruity with a swift kick of bitterness
F: Smooth ride all the way down - can't complain
O: Great offering from TG; this is a Mosaic bomb through and through; wish it were a bit more citrusy, but that would be bordering on Tree House's territory. In its own right this is a stellar brew

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.52/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

L - Dark, hazy, rusty orange with a finger of white, frothy head. Some sediment is sitting at the bottom of my glass too.

S - Interesting combo of black pepper and cedar with some grass.

T - Very odd assortment of fresh mint, wood, and dirty grass. Some slight sap and tree bark and hop resin.

F - Full-bodied without being syrupy or thick. No alcohol presence.

O - If blindfolded, I would not say this used Mosaic hops at all. Very off flavors and I think the faint peach and apricot made it tolerable. I was told it is a fresh bottle and there is no freshness date on the bomber, so I have to it as is, but this was a letdown.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a Tree House regular, rarely do I find a beer that is at the same level. Most simply lack the tropical notes I now associate with IPAs. This beer didn't disappoint. No further explanation needed. Get this beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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 BullDoza
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottled 9/20.

A: Hazy, golden, orange color. What I'd guess pulp-less GF juice to look like. 1/4 finger, clean white head. Small bubbles.

N: Juicy grapefruit jumps out of glass. Sweet, candied citrus - orange-y. Synthetic rubber character. Faint bread-y malt. Very faint. Maybe a slight "green" character. Smells awesome.

T: Grapefruit front and center. Mild tartness, like grapefruit rind. Tropical, maybe mango. Malt hits middle of palate to balance. Bitter on the back that lingers. Very well balanced DIPA.

F: Medium-soft. Coats pretty well, but not syrupy or heavy typical of "lesser" DIPAs.

O: Simply a very well balanced and well constructed DIPA. Manages to showcase the Mosaic hops without "overselling" them. No doubt the hops are front and center, but the malt plays perfectly along side them. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served into a tulip glass. Date on the bottle seems to be from August '15.
A: A nice hazy orange. White bubbly head that dissipates quickly.
S: Lots of tropical fruit with a bit of earthy grassiness.
T: Tropical fruit and somewhat juicy. Nice hop presence without overbearing bitterness.
F: Smooth and very drinkable.
O: This is a very good beer. I think I was hoping for a little more out of it, but it's quite enjoyable.

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

Bomber. Pours opaque orange, thick fluffy head fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Just wanna keep sniffing the big juicy aroma, tropical fruit, pineapple. Flavor is soooooo juicy, and just as dank. Excellent combination of sweet and bitter. The hops turn floral/earthy in the swallow and linger just right. Full soft creamy mouthfeel. Been drinking some great IPAs lately, and this one is at the top of the pile.

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

Great beer from Toppling Goliath . I got the new bottle with the birds and I love it . This is a great DIPA thats stands up to the new england brews I get .

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Photo of mr-jj
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 7/11/15. Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Color is orange gold with a thin white head. Good lacing. Smell is tropical and citrus - very juicy, like lots of midwest IPAs. Flavor follows the nose, very juicy and resinous. Mouthfeel is medium body, with mild/moderation carbonation and a lot of mouth-coating resin. Overall, a delicious beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.47/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Very unimpressed with this. Chunky with tons of sediment. Smelled and tasted like rotting onion. Really not an enjoyable experience. Reminded me a lot of 2-3 year old Founders Devil Dancer. Not worth the hype.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This IPA from the midwest is right up there with the big dogs from New England. This was the closest to a "Trillium" type beer that I've had from a brewery in the midwest. The look, the smell, the taste, its all there. Great job TG, I look forward to the next batch!

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A nice orange color almost looks like a glass of orange juice. The head was a bit thin but had a nice white color to it., lacing was beautiful and plentiful.

Once I opened the bottle I was hit with a citrus / tropical fruit scent that stayed with me the entire time I drank the beer.

This is one tasty beer, I am not sure how I would describe it but I must say this is seriously the Nectar of the Gods!!! Could really taste the citrus and a was very smooth, it almost had a juice taste rather than a beer taste. Filled my mouth with a beautiful hop flavor and my throat felt it was lined with a sweet candy once I was done with the beer.

DIPA is my favorite styles and I have to say SOSUS blew my mind away. I have had all the greats SOS, Heady, Pliny, Julius etc and to me Sosus is hands down my favorite. I am really thankful to have gotten to try this beer.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great example of highlighting the mosaic hop. Maybe a bit heavy on the malt for my preference and drinks a tad heavy for the style, but very pleased with this one.

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

Purchased at Toppling Goliath on Mornin' Delight release day!

22oz Bottle

Look - Orange Juice

Nose - Orange Juice

Taste - Orange Juice

Mouthfeel - Orange Juice

Overall - Mindbogglingly delicious. Thank god I was able to purchase 6 bottles!! One of the best IPA'S I have ever had. Just as good as King Sue. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

could tell from the look it was going to be good---cloudy! have yet to find and IPA or IIPA I liked that was clear--- great expression of mosaic-- Tropical fruits and hoppy dankness... a touch too malty for me but that's because my benchmarks are TreeHouse and Hill Farmstead and yes, I do believe they make the best hoppy beers on the planet..., But really well done.... TG!

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight tulip glass. Thank you very much Paul for hooking me up with this awesome extra.

Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly to leave some chunky retention and spotty lacing after a few minutes.

Aromas are sharp and pungent.. very resinous, piney, peppery, lots of citrus, citrus rinds, oranges.

The tongue matches the nose, very citrusy, orange and grapefruit dominate here, with a piney, resinous bite sitting on a decent slightly sweet malt backbone. Lingering bitterness for half a minute after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Super enjoyable, very nice offering from TG. It would be one of my go-to's if it was more readily available.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice beer, lots of fruit. Mouthfeel is amazing very smooth almost creamy like. One of the better double ipas I've had. No bitterness at all taste is all fruit

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - orange amber clear color with nice white head that fades pretty quickly
S - dank-a-potomous rex. Garlic, onion. Lots of tropical fruits - orange, mango, kiwi, even some blueberry. Ganja. This is definitely a dank IPA.
T - Follows the nose. So intense with the dank, ganja, garlic onion but then tropical flavors. I did not realize how amazing Mosaic hops were.
M - medium mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. aftertaste is dank resinous hops that sticks for a while.
O - this is a good beer.

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Photo of rockernino
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge fan of Mosaic hops, but this is really damn good! Beautiful golden orange color. Smells dank, tropical fruit, orange juice. Taste is pithy citrus rind, orange juice, grapefruit, bitter rind and hints of pineapple and guava. Awesome beer with a lingering finish. Sticky, medium-bodied beer.

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Photo of govlady
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

got some bottles at the 2015 MD release and poured at home

hazy orange color, head disappeared pretty quickly

smell of citrus, fruit, a little bit of grapefruit

right off the bat, i compared it to King Sue and prefer the king to Sosus. still a great a beer, and king sue is one of my favorites ever. taste a lot of orange and tropical fruits

goes down very smooth, moderate carbonation, and seemed to be less as i kept drinking

great beer. really enjoyed this. had a great weekend at TG and loved everything they had. top notch beer from a top notch brewery.

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Photo of Ravenz98
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just picked up this newest bottling at TG on 29 Aug 15 while there for the MD release. New blue label and in my opinion a much better beer than the last version. Absolutely delicious!!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle!

Pours golden orange in color with a short, fleeting head that leaves spots of lace. Nice big nose of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), tropical fruit and hints of pine tar. The taste is more subdued, but with the same suspects. In the forefront still are the sweet citrus and tropical notes, but there is also a decent malty, bready component and a long, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and maybe slightly under-carbonated. Still a delicious beer!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle provided by the glorious @mr-jj, served in a large mug. 0525 A2 2356 is printed on the bottom. Maybe that means it was bottled near the end of February of this year? If so, not too fresh -- but I have no idea if that's what it means. Use a real date, please. Poured completely; got some little flaky floaters.

Pours brassy-amber. not much head, hazy, and with the aforementioned clumps. Smell is delicious. Tropical fruity. A little grass.

Taste is citrusy (orange, mostly), a little tropical (pineapple, maybe), a little floral sweetness, strong bitter aftertaste. Good balance, tasty beer. Flavor's a little milder than I would expect for a double IPA, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied and slightly slick. Overall, this is a quite good beer. If this one's old...I'd love to try a fresher one.

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Sosus from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,192 ratings.
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