Sunday, July 24, 2016

Toppling Goliath Mosaic Dry Hopped pseudoSue Pale Ale

This is pseudoSue pale ale that features Citra hops, from the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company of Decorah, Iowa, that is dry hopped with Mosaic hops. pseudoSue is one of my favorite beers of all times. I also love Mosaic hops, particularly what TG does with them. So, I am highly anticipating this beer.

The beer pours a lightly hazed honey golden in color. There is a tall, foamy, somewhat fizzy, head of white foam. The aroma is big and juicy, mango skins, guava, passion fruit, with some earthy dankness. The taste follows the aromas, rich, earthy, very ripe, fruity, a fruit market in a tropical nation. The finish is dry with a moderate bitterness. The beer drinks very smooth with a soft carbonation. It is hard to do justice to the wonderful flavors in this beer. It is a true TG classic, rearranging the synapses in your brain, adjusting what beer should taste like, what it does taste like, in that perfect TG world we lucky ones get to visit from time to time.

Toppling Goliath Xhops Silver Pale Ale

The Toppling Goliath Brewing Company is in Decorah, Iowa. This is the most recent release in their X-hop series of pale ales using experimental hops.

The beer pours a clear and gleaming golden in color (second pour is hazy, but the flavor profile doesn't change). There is a very tall, foamy, and a bit fizzy, head of white. The aroma is citrus, tangy fruit, dank, earthy, spicy, passion fruit, and guava. The taste follows the aromas, but adds in much more big, ripe, round, tropical fruits, guava, mango skin, passion fruit. There is an earthy, fruit skin note, along with a bit of cinnamon. There is definite ripe fruit sweetness, but the finish is dry, with a low to moderate bitterness. The beer has a pleasantly plump body, perfectly attuned to holding up the very large flavors. The beer drinks smooth, but with a carbonation crisp enough to add refreshment. This is a classic, big, ripe, Toppling Goliath APA. This is in the top 3 to 4 X Hops varieties for me.