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Toppling Goliath Hopsmack!

Toppling Goliath Hopsmack!
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 175   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
First in our limited Hop Patrol series of aggressively hopped and auspicious ales, HOPSMACK! is here to rescue your palate. Giant aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit jump from this enticingly complex double IPA. True to its name, this brew delivers a heavy smack of dry hops and a double dose of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (420) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet, dank, some tropical fruit and pine. Appearance is darker golden, off-white head. Taste is sweet, gets overwhelmingly bitter at the back end, but a lot of nice malt and tropical sweetness at the front. Mouthfeel is decent, good carbonation and sticking around a bit. Overall, Iím less impressed with this TG because of the high standards I have for them. Still, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a foggy orangish gold with a thick dirty white head, rather thick, and some great lacing. The aroma is pretty uneventful. The hop presence isn't really a 'smack' though it does offer a little complexity. Light citrus and a bit of a sweet hop. The flavor is disappointing. There is a light maltiness and a decent hop bitterness before it gets pretty dank. It's not bad. Not vey much citrus, but the back end is more of a dank malt bitterness. The mouth feel is pretty good. Nicely carbonated and it hangs around well. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter, in a more well hidden kind of way ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (364) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold. Aromas of big tropical fruits...pineapple, coconut, mango, peach. Taste is hop forward but keeps a big malt bill to back it all up. Nice tropical hops push loads if sweetness forward...never getting cloying, but certainly not a bitter beer. Medium to heavy mouthfeel almost feels creamy at times. Finishes extremely juicy mango peach and hides the alcohol very well. Interesting take on the style...more like an Imperial Pale than a Double India Pale. Soft finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigda83 (513) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pour is slightly hazy orange with a small foamy white head. Aromas of citrus, bread, grass, and some dirty dishwater. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, doughy, and some mildew. Iím guessing the bottle had a little age on it since this wasnít what Iím used to from Toppling Goliath, but it was still not bad. Medium to lighter body feel and nicely carbed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs hotel. Thanks to HeyKevin! Pours a hazy yellow orange appearance with a tan head. The aroma is initially herbal followed by a huge punch of mango, tropical fruit, and pineapple. Soft bitterness. Some minerals. Herbal and bready. Lots of juicy fruits. Pretty easy to chug but not as good as some of their IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3410) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is clear orange with a small white head great lacing. Grapefruit, orange, biscuit, straw, lemon, lightly spicy, and grassy aroma. Taste is orange peel, bread, lemon zest, dough, and slightyl resinous with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
22 oz bottle courtesy of my trip to Iowa for the jNW Game. Pours a nice golden orange hue, a bit dulled from the firmer hazed body and a bigger whitish head atop that stays as a nice sized layer, decent retention and lacing overall. Aromas present a rich fruity hop mťlange, firmer orange and pineapple meet juicy tropical fruit, some mango and florals meet just a dollop of pine. Sweeter malts beneath, big juicy fruit element. Bright and big, perhaps a bit sweet. Initial is a touch sweet, pushing a firm fruity profile of juicy pineapple, tropical fruit and sweeter sticky malt body beneath. Some firm to strong hop bitterness permeates as we press on, big florals and citrus rind, bitter hop oils and earth meet pine, gentle sweet fruits keep jabbing in and out. Tropical, citrus and some firmer malt girth beneath support. Backend is a bit toasty, still firm and bitter with some lingering and tapering fruit character. Overall, this has a big wicked hop character as youíd expect from TG but also a firmer, sweet sticky base beneath, seeming outside of what Iíve come to expect from them. And while the bottle has a bit of age on it, Iím not sure itís as dialed in as some of their other offerings. Solid stuff, potent fruit hop flavor, but a bit unbalanced and big for me overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2880) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Another tasty beer from TG. Color is golden straw with large bubbles. Aroma is a bit lacking with some light fruits and very mild vegetal notes. Taste is much better then the aroma puts off. Moderate sweetness with lots of pineapple and tropical fruits. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Heavy haze of bright orange. Adhesive hop syrup nose. Cannabis, pineapple, white grapefruit. Sandalwood, alcohol, trace pale malt and honey. Seeming to be stronger than it is, but reasonably balanced. Pleasant floral backing. Tropical notes present but restrained, with slight vegetal pungency, garlic oil especially.

Basic hop syrup flavor. Biting plant oils. Astringent medicinal bitterness with pine, apricot, distant pollen and floral spiciness. Hugely hoppy and viscous; while never unpleasant, itís simply very hard to find any balance in this. The delicate moments that are plentiful in the aroma are fleeting at best here.

This is ultimately the fault of the weighty, junky palate, too encumbered by alcohol and gum syrup texture, which is a bummer of a surprise for this alcohol level. Nothing offensive at all about this, though for me it doesnít reach the quality level expected of this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2408) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Sets up a nice pillowy head of fine white foam, receding quickly but persistent. Golden liquid lightly hazpy. Aromatic volume is low medium to low. Pine, tropical fruit, sweetness, light caramels, touch of astringency and biscuit. Nice but the low aroma volume is a bummer.

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