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Toppling Goliath Hopsmack!

Toppling Goliath Hopsmack!
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 175   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1624) - 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, it’s 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 doesn’t reach the quality level expected of this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2208) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle shared with Bill, pours hazy orange with medium head. Light lacing. Aromas and flavor are sugar, orange hops, and sticky mango. Very sweet in smell and flavor, could be a few weeks old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22 oz bottle. Cloudy orange with a frothy white head. Nose is orange peel, mango, pineapple, toffee and pine. Resiny, medium to full body, getting hot and sticky with a brisk buzz. Taste is pink grapefruit, green mango, pine and cane sugar; a bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5555) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle shared with Paul. Pours a golden orange with big white head. Aroma is mango and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with bright citric hop profile, light dank character, mango, fresh pine and funky melon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy coppery hue with a good head and lace. Lightly citric and moderately dank with a fair amount of bready and sweet malt. Some hop spicy notes and biting booze on the finish. While not bad it could be cleaner and crisper. Nothing unique nor all that interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11333) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle @ Pat’s. Thanks to the host. Hazy bright orange pour with a finger of white foam. The nose is kind of biscuity and sweet. A decent amount of caramel and orange marmalade. Sort of an herbal, catty, and citrus hop aroma. Flavor is lightly tropical, but still sort of sweet. Aggressive bitterness of resin and citrus pith on the finish. There’s an intense biscuit malt quality to this beer which is not typical of the Toppling Goliath IPAs. Fairly herbal and pungent, at least. Decent citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3874) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2014
bomber, lots of hop flavors, aromas. Big sweetness but even bigger bitterness . Hops are piney, and ctirus. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Tap at TG. Aroma - massive punch of floral hops, pine, lots of grapefruit and orange, slightly bready, pineapple. Pours a very hazy golden/orange color, white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing. Flavor is loaded with citrus fruits and tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango, also a good dose of pine sap. High bitterness, although it is well done and does not leave an astringent aftertaste. Some yeast notes, bready, some light toasty malt character. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sweet, sticky finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft at Sanctuary. Poured a hazy neon orange color. The head was creamy and white with good retention and lacing. Lots of fruity hop smells that included the likes of grapefruit, orange zest, and melon. There were also hints of onion, graham cracker, and caramel. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with assertive bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, herbs, bitter orange juice and subdued caramel flavors. Nice.

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