Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouredd a clean yellow, light head.
The smell is light and clean with a touch of grassy hops.
The flavor is clean with light bit of lemony and grassy hops, a touch of light.
Light and zipy mouthfeel.
Easy and no fflaws.
JPDIPSO (5299) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed golden liquid with an smallish off-white head. Aromas of mild grass and hay, bits of toasted malt and grain, and hint of tart apple. Light sweet pale malt start. Middle has some mild noble hops and finish is full of mild dough and toasted scones. A solid old-school lager. 5/14
sjogro (1903) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from can at Kingsnight Avoidance Tasting. Sweet malts, grainy, popcorn, cardboard. Light sweet, light bitter. Oily feel, under medium body. Light carbonation.
deanso (7920) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl can shared at Kings Night Avoidance Tasting.
No head. Clear golden pour. Easy drinking
Maakun (2702) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can shared at Kingsnight tasting thanks to Zer0. Clear light golden with short lasting white head. Lots of pils malts, grassy, a bit of lime, paper and wood, a bit of wet chalk. Light sweet and bitter. Under medium bodied with a bit slick carbonation.
tderoeck (7578) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
10/IV/16 - 50cl can from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: n/a, canned: 11/XII/15 (2016-344) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, small fizzy irregular unstable, head, dissipates rather quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: pratically no smell, bit lemony, sourish touch maybe. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: sweet start, bit sugary, slightly bitter, grassy touch. Aftertaste: malty, cow fodder, little metallic, sweet, soft bitterness, pretty bland and boring.
Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - APR 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Though situated in Iowa, apparently Toppling Goliath’s most ’common’ beer is this California common, or steam beer. From a 50 cl can. Medium thick, regular, fairly loose head, off-white in colour and dissipating quickly, with eventually only a very thin rim of loose bubbles retaining along the edge of the glass, and in the very end, nothing at all of even that thin rim remains; lightly misty warm golden blonde colour, with slow fizz - in fact, quieter than expected based on typical style properties, but of course this can is four months old and I can imagine this being ’spritzier’ when younger. Turns more equally clouded and ’deeper’ peachy straw blonde with deposit. Aroma has the ’clean’ lager-like characteristics expected from the style while still harboring the equally expected ale-like traits: I get green apple, a lot of sourish grains and soggy sandwiches, chamomille, sourdough, a lot of unripe peach and ripe gooseberry, freshly cut grass, starfruit, dust, dry hay, moldy lemon, a hint of toast, something faintly sulfuric (struck match) and even a slight but unmistakable whiff of DMS (cooked cauliflower), something I am comparatively sensitive to. Crisp, notably fruity onset, strikingly sourish with strong reminiscence of unripe prunes, redcurrant and even a thin but refreshing lime-like acidity, paired with more subtle sweetish accents (pear, apricot); carbo is refined but effective and more effervescent than expected based on looks. A supple, lean pale and bready malt sweetishness sits underneath and carries the sourish berry flavors onwards to the finish, where they are met with a stronger breadiness created by the yeast, as in an unfiltered pale lager; a floral, slightly earthy, notably subtle hoppiness dries a little bit in the end, but does not at all provide the assertive bitterness I’ve encountered in the scarce other examples of this specific, historically-based style I had so far; in fact, it is still that sourish effect which provides more dryness than the hops. The sourishness is unexpected, even a bit lemony at times, to the point where I am beginning to ask myself if this can could be mildly infected, especially since the one I had at the American beer tasting in Bruges last week wasn’t nearly as sour (but then, perhaps more bland in that sense as well...). Apart from that, it does have that ’hybrid’ character between generic ale and generic lager, and is certainly refreshing, but by no means as great as I expected it to be based on this brewery’s reputation - which, has not truly convinced me so far, though I must admit PseudoSue and (to a slightly lesser extent) Golden Nugget are top quality IPAs. But then, I have not had Kentucky Brunch or Morning Delight - yet...
ElManana (1529) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at tderoeck's place, thanks! Light bitter, yeasty, fair enough, but not anything special. Ok as a lager.
basaywhat (107) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can. Clear pale color with tiny head. Light aroma of malt. Taste is medium bitter with dry finish. Easy to drink, well balanced. Enjoyable.
77ships (6917) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
473 ml. can sampled @ “Sir Goatie McGoat S&G Tasting”. Thank you Mathieu87 and/or PriorL! Hazy golden with no head. Nose is oily corn, old cardboard & cooked vegetables. Taste is cooked vegetables, corn, vegetable oil & malt. Oily, vegetable oil body. Okay what gives here, this has a massive cooked vegetable, corn & vegetable oil that you can get in any random run-of-the-mill garden variety lager; okay it clearly has a bigger malt bill but that is about it. Pretty rubbish overall, rated far too high for just having the Toppling Goliath name attached to it my opinion. The guy’s grandmother sure sounds like a slut unlike my grandmother. Easy going? That is no way to talk about someone’s grandmother. Quite possibly the funniest (unintentionally?) commercial deScription ever.
Johnstledger8 (589) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 1, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours a hazy orange with a fading white soft bubbly head. Aroma is of biscuits, caramel, grains, butter, citrus, oranges. Taste is of citrus, caramel, grains, malty, buttery finish, crisp. Light oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.