Saturday, November 16, 2013

Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager

The Toppling Goliath Brewing Company is in Decorah, Iowa. They make the tastiest craft beer in Iowa, but let's not end there; they make some of the best craft beer in the country. If you like hops or barrel aged stouts, you will want to taste some of their beers. This is a California common style beer and is 5.5% ABV. The beer is named after the founder's grandmother and was brewed to please her taste.

The beer pours a golden yellow, slightly sun-bleached in appearance, touch of haze. There is an inch of thick white foam, almost creamy. It is amply and finely carbonated. The aroma is slightly sweet malt, golden grain, just a touch of floral or fruit, touch of honey. The taste follows the aromas directly, lots of semi-sweet golden malted grain, like a rich, but light bread made with honey. There is enough hops to cut the sweetness and end with a lightly bitter and moderately dry finish. It is medium-bodied, and the carbonation is crisp, but not obtrusive, but it also has a creamy smoothness to it. 

This is the mildest of the Toppling Goliath beers, it won’t knock you pleasantly over the head as some of their other beers will. However, it is still well-crafted and tasty. How often is there so much to say about an American lager?  Oh, ye of the Bud, Miller and Coors, drop your faux tasteless lagers and see what real beer is!

2016 and now in cans contract brewed in Florida until they get their expanded brewery built:  The beer pours golden. There is an inch of white head that fizzes quickly away. The aroma is bright, grassy, straw, and lightly toasted golden grain. The taste follows the aromas, soft, clean, no off-notes. The beer drinks smooth and soft, yet with a refreshing carbonation. This is one basic, solid lager.

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