Thresher | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Peepskp
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Benish
3.23/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Beric
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Strike00
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, pine, and wheat. Upfront scent of tropical hops with some orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and mango. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Malt scent of wheat, grains, and cracker with some yeast and honey sweetness. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus, pine, and wheat. Big presence of tropical hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, and lemon zest. Bready malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker along with yeast. Some honey like sweetness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great hop driven brew from Toppling Goliath. Good citrus and pine notes with a nice presence of wheat.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy grapefruit color, with a very thin, white head. Tons of citrus fruit in the smell, with a nice pine resin.
Tase of itrus and pine hops, with a nice yeasty backing. This was interesting because the taste was dominated by hop, but a quick burst at the end of the bready taste. Thinner mouthfeel really lets the hop taste come out. A very solid, crushable APA.

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Photo of daledeee
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A first time for this one. 22 oz bomber and fresh off the truck.

Poured it carefully and got a very cloudy pale yellow beer with beautiful lacing but not much head.
Nose is rather bland but fresh
Taste is nice. A great summer drink with good tartness and lemon. A nice hop profile. I mean a beautiful hop profile. Mouthfeel is rather tingly but ads to the lemon. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, pale yellow color with a medium foam head. Okay retention and some impressive lacing.

Aroma is citrusy with pine. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit, all common of TG brews.

A well balanced brew with nice hop character and citrus flavors. Orange, grapefruit, and mango. Wheat is present as an accent. A nice one-two punch combo of hops and bitterness on the back end, with a bit more presence of bitterness.

Light bodied. Well carbonated hoppy and bitter, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beautiful beer. Hazy pale yellow almost has a glow to it with a crown of white head. The smell is pretty muted, light wheat, touch of lemon. Very slight bitterness, goes down extremely smooth wonderful summertime brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Well hazed golden yellow with a subtle brown tint. About one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.75 S: Simply marvelous. Sugary and tropical hoppiness in the form of candied mango, pineapple, and orange. Honey, bubblegum, floral and herbalness. Neutral wheat and a soft yeastiness.

4.25 T: Like the nose, hops are running the show. Tropical fruits mentioned above, floral hop flavor, hints of grapefruit and herbalness. Honey, lemon peel, bubblegum, spiciness, and bready yeast.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch bity with just a slight creaminess. Decent, but not great here.

4.0 D: Another super solid beer from TG. They can't really do wrong.

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Photo of FeChef
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This feels like a hop candy that melts in your mouth. Super subtle hop flavor and smell. Crisp and refreshing. Hardly any malt that you might think would be there in place of the hops. Easy drinking that I hope to try on a hot summer day.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite style but they did a great job. Lots of taste with a refreshing finish. Perfect summer style in my opinion.. Just enough floralness to keep you wanting.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thresher has a beautiful, hazy straw yellow color. The nose was citrusy, in your typical IPA fashion. The nose was not overwhelming, but it was nice. The taste was also what you expect from TG; definitely a high quality IPA. As the beer warmed I found it more enjoyable. You could easily crush this, it had a very pleasant feel.

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Photo of Awolter
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

That exceptional TG mouthfeel, citrusy, crisp, and refreshing. A definite treat, and a great example of a quality wheat IPA. Grab a bottle if you can find one!

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz bottle.

L: Beer pours a cloudy golden color with one finger of white head that disappates quickly. No lacing.

S: Nose is citrus, lemon peel, honey, grapefruit.

T: Taste is very refreshing. This would be a great summer beer. Light, crisp with fruity notes, there is a hoppy dryness to the wash down.

F: light, refreshing, tangy.

O: Great, refreshing example of a Pale wheat ale. This is right there with FFF gumballhead. More hoppy, but just as refreshing. Very good.

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