Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,470
4.15 | pDev: 6.27%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a single bomber bottle at Long Ridge Wine and Spirits for about ten dollars. No bottled-on date, which I suspect was rubbed off. My eighth beer from these guys. I put this somewhere in the middle. Good beer, would buy if it was offered in four-packs, but not a bomber at that price point.

Mar 25, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a weizen glass (even though the brewer calls this a Wheat IPA, the weizen glass fits the wheat part, presents the beer excellently, and besides, is large enough to contain the entire bomber in one pour, with just a bit left in the bottle to add once the head recedes a bit). Strong citrus... good hoppy aroma. Tall, thick, creamy white head recedes very slowly, to a peaks and valley cratered head with gobs of lacing. Very cloudy, but not quite turbid, orange juice color with plenty of bubbles visible with a backlight, but it is very hazy; not possible to see through completely without a backlight. (Some yeast clumps in the last of the beer poured, sinking to the bottom of the glass quickly.) Taste is as the aroma in the beginning - strong citrus tending toward juicy adding a bit of pine. Good citrus bite. The middle and finish are dominated by the hops flavor, with only a little bitterness coming through in the finish and aftertaste. There is plenty of malt balance and the feel is moderate. Well balanced. The appearance is very attractive for me. Turbidity is not in and of itself a positive, IMO, but the color of bright orange (not muddy orange as so many of the turbid beers are) with the tall, white, thick, cratering head is very attractive.

Feb 28, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thresher pours a bright and very hazy golden color, with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Big fresh hoppy aroma. Flavor is a creamy fresh floral flavor up front, with a smooth wheat base. Good body and feel. Overall, very good beer, its an IPA first then a wheat beer mixed in, this is the way it should be.

Jan 17, 2019
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briandgilbert from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-light golden look with haze, slight bubbly head
S-subtle hop and citrus
T-good low balance of hop and citrus flavor, not over powering but a nice easy to drink taste
F - great mild IPA that is refreshing to drink, be amazing on a hot day!

Dec 25, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into tulip. No date on bottle.
Nice cloudy golden yellow look.Nose is light citrus. Taste is orange note on front, then little citrus and ends with little bite. Feel is smooth and nice. Overall a little subtle but nice. May drink again but not at the price.

Oct 19, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a Wheat India Pale Ale. Another Toppling Goliath beer to catch the hazy IPA hype train. No date evident on the bottle but I know it is fresh.

Turbid orange milkshake in appearance. A large head forms with massive amounts of lacing left behind. Does not look as bad as a lot of NE IPAs. Big citrus aroma with a bit of wheat zest in the background. Flavor is weaker than the aroma. Citrus upfront but it falls away all too quickly. Little to back that up. Just a bit of wheat. Incredibly thin body but it is properly carbonated. Just a decent beer and not up to Toppling Goliath standards. Disappointed in the $8 bomber purchase.

Oct 06, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour an effervescent hazed gold with a thumb of pearl colored head. Stays hazy, great head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & mango

T: Follows the nose, dryness and a little grapefruit as well. A little Passion fruit, mango & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, citrussy with a little mango

MF: Medium body lively carbonation, good balance

Super easy drinker, nice example of the style

Jun 04, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque pale tan-yellow with a massive bright white meringue head that slowly recedes to bubbly hills and lumps.

Smell is quite pungent and powerful Vidalia onion, cannabis, lemon rind, eucalyptus, orange oil, and a little pine bark.

Taste is pine needle, spicy sharp cannabis and yeast, lemon rind, and white grape with a little toasted wheat cracker in the finish.

Fluffy, light to medium body with a semi-dry finish.

May 30, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22-ounce bottle into a Riedel stemless champagne glass. Hazy, very pale golden color, with a thick white head that hangs around seemingly forever. Lots of thick tiger-striped lacing. The pale color belies the huge aromas and flavors of this beer. Complex hop profile features grapefruit, lemon, mango, peach, and citrus zest. Solid malt backbone provides balance and a touch of sweetness. Dry finish, with loads of grapefruit-pith bitterness and a hint of tartness lingering on the palate. This is a delightful beer, delicious and easy drinking. Bravo!

May 13, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy completely opaque golden orange color. Thick velvety head dissipates partially, then sticks around forever with a layer of velvety foam along the side of the cup. Really lovely in appearance.

Smell is a fragrant bouquet of citrus, wheat, tropical fruits and some floral notes with an overarching aroma of fresh orange.

Taste follows the nose with some orange and tropical fruit flavors, followed by a bitter grassy flavor. Lots of smooth wheat.

Feel is full bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a very nice pale wheat ale - excellently crafted and easy drinking. When fresh this is one of the best.

May 09, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Pale yellow and cloudy with a pillowy 2.5 finger white head that fades and leaves a fat collar and thick swaths of lacing behind. Delicate tropical and citrus notes from the hops. Orange, ripe pineapple, and mango. Some sweet honeysuckle and wheat complete the aroma. Starts with the tropical and citrus of ripe pineapple, mango, and orange. The sweetness follows with honey, bread, and some wheat, bitterness on the finish. Well carbonated with a medium light body. Fluid and well carbonated, high acidity despite high bitterness. Terrific beer that would be great in a smaller format.

May 01, 2017
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Discount Liquor on Oklahoma in Milwaukee. No bottling date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a bright yellow straw color with about an inch of white head that sticks around for a bit and falls to a weak film and ring that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear with mild visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malt aroma rests under some bright and slightly funky and herbal hops. There are hop notes of citrus, pineapple, stone fruit, and pine in the mix--reminiscent of PseudoSue. Very pleasant nose.

T: Lighter sweet malts at the front, accompanied by bright citrus hop flavor. The middle continues the bright hop notes, which take on more of a grassy and herbal quality. More of the funky and herbal hop quality emerges toward the back. The close has more bitter citrus rind and pine, with the citrus rind lingering into the aftertaste.

F: Lighter-bodied. Slightly watery with a bit of creaminess in the middle. Bright and somewhat bitter with a relatively clean finish.

O: If you're looking for a lower ABV pale ale, this one will definitely do the trick. There's some great hop flavor that's quite reminiscent of PseudoSue. The wheat flavor isn't particularly prominent, but it does come through. I actually just picked up a sixer of Gumballhead at the same time, and I have to say that I like this one just as much. This one is worth giving a try.

Feb 13, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color color with a small white foamy head.
S - Aroma is citrus and earthy, almost like a saison.
T - The citrus flavor is subdued. Flavor is earthy and grassy. Very little bitterness.
M - Light mouth feel, average carbonation.
O - The light feel makes this come off as a Pale Ale. Still, I like it. Would be awesome at a ball game in the summer.

Jan 19, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Thresher pours a ever so slightly hazy hay color. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top, to reinforce the 1/4 finger of a white head that appears.

Smell: Citrus is the first thing that comes to mind when taking the aroma in, lemon, and some pineapple . After swirling, some slight muskmelon appears, as well as some breadlines.

Taste: The citrus shines on the taste, albeit somewhat muted, overripe, sour, pineapple comes in mid palate, and a graininess is present throughout.

Feel: Medium bodied, disappointingly thin for a TG IPA, with some dry and bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Of the Toppling Goliath IPAs I've had, this is probably the weakest; however, TG IPA is on another level compared to most breweries. This is worth trying, and seeing if it's for you, but if there's a bottle of Pompeii or 1492 available, and you can only chose one or two, leave Thresher out.

Dec 29, 2016
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear yellow/gold color with a fresh white head. Smells of citrus wheat and malt. Taste was very good citrus hops with a lemon wheat bread finish, Mouth feel was crisp and hoppy sweet with lingering hops. Pleasantly surprised by this thought it was very good.

Nov 22, 2016
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Jpb123 from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured from 22 oz bottle, golden in color, slightly opaque

Smell: slight pine, slight citrus, slight dankness

Tasted: kind of muted, not as hoppy as I would have hoped. malt comes through.

Feel: carbonation comes through

Overall: decent IPA but not TG's best

Nov 09, 2016
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Peepskp from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoy this beer and the style. Tgb makes a few of my favorite beers and this one is right up there but lighter than what I typically prefer but very balanced. Carbonation is on point for me, nice bite. Fruit, medium hops, subtle wheat and grain flavor. Bready.

Sep 18, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a yellow pale color with a fluffy white head that quickly rose to the top. The aromas were kind of mild - just some mango and a little citrus. The flavors were lacking something. Not a lot of malt to appreciate, no richness or sweetness. The hops hit you but it's weak. There's mild earthiness and tropical fruit. But it's short-lived and the beer finished quickly in the mouth. Overall this is a light IPA. Even for a pale ale, this would be boring in comparison. I guess considering its Toppling Goliath, I had higher expectations. No bottle date at the time of purchase and no ABV on bottle. I can only assume what is listed on BA.

Sep 05, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bomber into a snifter
Served: 24 June 2016

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown/yellow color. Not insanely hazy, but not clear either. Good head and substantial lacing. Bottle art is alright.

Smell: Lots of bright citrus hops, some dankness.

Taste: Tastes pretty much exactly like an IPA with maybe just the slightest, softest hint of wheat to round out the flavor in the background. Hop flavors dominate. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Wheat rounds out the body nicely. Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer for sure and one that is on the same tier as A Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin', but is much less available than that one.

Jul 18, 2016
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is lemon peel, citrus, tartness, a little bit of funk, piney hops, and just an overall bright aroma. Taste is citrus, floral hops, grapefruit (particularly the pith), and a surprising bitterness on the finish. I love the mouthfeel that the wheat backbone gives this beer. Another great beer from TG!

Jul 15, 2016
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BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 6/8/16

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow color with a 1.5 inch thick, foamy, paper white head with good retention. Tons of bubbles. Thick white lacing throughout.

S: Light citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. Stronger notes of earthy hops. Grassy, pine, and wheat germ notes as well.

T: Taste matches aromas well. Citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit rind. Piney hop bitterness with malt cracker and biscuity flavors.

F: Light body, smooth, with good carbonation. Quite a bit of dryness at the end.

O: Overall, a good beer but not in my top ranks for TG pale ale/IPA offerings. It's a nice switch up with the wheat, and it's done well just not really my jam. Would like to have tried it fresher. Good stuff, but not great.

Jul 09, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into Tree House stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Outstanding looking beer from the beginning to the very last drop. Nose is lemon, citrus and grapefruit. Vibrant but a little mellow. Flavors are on point though. Taste is citrus, lemon zest, fresh grass and pine. Again, fresh, lively and refreshing. But pretty plain. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy on the palate and carbonated going down. Quenching finish. Real easy to drink.

Pretty good beer overall and the whole bomber goes quickly. That being said, its an interchangeable beer that doesn't really leave an impression. Worth trying but not revisiting.

Jul 05, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a Toppling Goliath snifter glass.

Pours a hazy darker golden-yellow body, one finger white head, plenty of retention, bits of lacing. Smells of pine, resin, cereal grain, wheat germ, fair bit of citrus but mostly resinous hop aromas. Flavour follows the nose, with cereal grain, wheat, pine resin and a bit of grapefruit. Mostly pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good mouthfeel with nice carbonation, moderate bitterness on the finish, which is noticeable compared to the other pale ales that Toppling Goliath brews. This is a pretty solid IPA, seems that the wheat adds a bit more to appearance and mouthfeel. On the more bitter and piney side, which is a nice change of pace.

Jul 01, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color. White head.

Lemon citrus, wheat and spice, herbal and earthy hops. Some orange peel.

Lighter bodied. A higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a much different tg hoppy beers than the others. Easy drinking on a summer day.

Jun 30, 2016
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Strike00 from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a hazy light gold with a nice white head that lasts with some lacing.
S: it smells juicy with citrus and hoppy just like other TG beers, but smells brighter than others if that make sense.
T: citrus but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Lacking a bitterness at the end also. The wheat style comes through nicely.
F: smooth with a bite of carbonation

O: decent but probably my probably one of my least favorite TG beers I've had. Interesting to have a wheat IPA though

Jun 28, 2016
Thresher from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 221 ratings