Toppling Goliath pseudoSue

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. - pseudoSue Pale Ale

Brewed by: Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Variation: American
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBU: 50

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. She roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. pseudoSue’s unique and addictive taste is clean and bright with just enough bite!

Hops: Citra

Malts: N/A

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First Impressions

Artwork: A large Tyrannosaurus Rex roaring, or trying to take a bite out of something.

Color: Deep golden, to copper and bronze.

Aroma: Mild malt, with sweet fruit like papaya or honeydew.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 16oz. Can

Served in: Goblet

Lately we have made an effort to stick with reviewing local San Diego beers whenever possible. But when an opportunity presented itself to try a highly regarded out-of-market beer like Toppling Goliath pseudoSue, we weren’t going to pass it up. (Thank you, The Spoon and Pint!)

Toppling Goliath is based out of Decorah, IA. They are known for both their barrel aged beers, and hop forward ales. One of their “biggest” beers King Sue, a Citra-based Double IPA, was named after the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. Being a lesser hopped version of King Sue, this beer was aptly named pseudoSue.

PseudoSue poured the classic appearance of an American pale ale, with beautiful deep golden to copper and bronze tones. The ale was fairly opaque, giving a clear line of sight to all of its hyperactive effervescence. Sue’s carbonation helped fuel an ample, 1-2 finger tall covering of fluffy foam with impressive retention.

It took several sips for its head to melt away, which left behind a thin sheet of finely granulated bubbles for the rest of the glass. Not like you expect your olfactories to be overloaded by a pale ale, but after a few whiffs we could tell we were in for a treat with this beer. The nose was a mild layer of malt, topped with sweet fruits like papaya and honeydew melon.

The mouthfeel to this ale was so light and airy, we could barely tell there was beer in our mouths. PseudoSue started extremely soft, then finished to a dryness that perfectly evaporated right off our palates, with only a gentle nudge of effervescence.

As for the flavor, the beer was positively delicious. PseudoSue offered a malt sweetness and firm hop bitterness up front. Right as each sip was swallowed, the Citra kicked in, with a big splash of punchy grapefruit rind bitterness.

Although there was a large T-rex dinosaur on the can, pseudoSue proved to be the antithesis of a heavy footprint. This well balanced ale was super crushable, if you wanted to plow through it and ignore the delicateness of Citra. But that would be a waste.

Final Score: 4.5/5

4.5 Stars

PseudoSue handily demonstrated the deliciousness of the Citra hop, which shined through over its sessionable body. This beer was a world class pale ale, and we could easily see how Toppling Goliath is rapidly building a reputation as a top brewery in America.

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