Toppling Goliath XHops Series - Silver

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Deep in the labs at TG, through the vaulted door, down the steps, and past the room labeled "Beware the Leopard" lies an experiment forgotten. For over a year it remained dormant, calculating the precise moment of return to unleash the ultimate blend of hops. Finally, escape! This unbridled force descends upon the unsuspecting Masses. Can you handle it?

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4.1
phranq (250) - - MAY 26, 2017
Another amazing apa from tg. Hazy light gold pour. Aroma is orange tropical. Taste is much the same. Excellent!

3.5
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Bomber from Discount Liquor Milwaukee, 8/23/16. Hazy amber, large foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of grapefruit, earth, caramel. The taste is juicy grapefruit, citrus, pale malt. Medium bodied. Decent balance. Decent enough beer but kinda bland.

2.6
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 Bomber, undated, drunk 11/17/16.
Clear straw, pale golden bidy topped by a large white head with strong retention.
Simcoe? Centennial? I dont know but theres a big cherry-melon character with peach and pine behind it. Doesnt smell resinous or anything. I do get a little plasticy yeast or dustiness. Not massively aromatic but competently hopped. Bread dough, honey and cake icing, lightly, sit behind it. No alcohol.
The first sip provides a lot of syrupy honey....further sips add light toast, dough and marmalade. Extremely low bitterness and only mildly fruity, lightly grassy and herbal hop notes. Carbonation is very tight and engaging, mitigating the sweetness as best it can, but even after four or five ounces, I already know the end is near. Just too damned sweet, like many of their beers. Perhaps past its prime? The carbonation is still very nice but I’ll never know since they can’t be bothered to date their bottles. Lots of lingering powdered sugar-like notes are very odd.

3.8
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Citrus, melon, grapefruit, floral nose with a soft malt backbone. Pours golden orange, nice head, lace, some chill haze. Nice looking beer. Flavors much of the same. Great balance, drinkability, and craftsmanship.

3.9
Dogbrick (13986) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Sample at Bob’s Bar during the "Mike Langley GTFO of Columbus Bottle Share" on 08/29/2016. Hazy yellow-gold color with a medium bone white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and biscuit malt. Light to medium body with flavors of grapefruit, green onion, hops and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with an herbal hops aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.

3.4
Atom (2578) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bomber pours a clear golden with a huge off-white head. Tropical hop aroma, mango, papaya, citrus. Sweet and thick palate, big tropical fruit, light bitterness. Thicker palate but otherwise very similar to the rest of the series.

4.1
BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle poured clear gold with a thick off-white head and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, mellon, and crackers. Flavor is mild bitter. Tasty!

4.2
ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2016
This was a very nice IPA. A tangy balance of orange and pine aromas. Solid caramel base. Tried with Jess (who surprisingly liked it as well) at Monk’s in Dubuque in 2016.

3.1
beastiefan2k (4117) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Shared by Pruf. Gold color. I don’t like this hop. Aroma is oily and lightly cleaning product pine. That is fine. But its the taste that gets me. It’s even more oily and pine and cleaning product with off putting bitterness. And the mouthfeel is slick and oily. Long cleaning product aftertaste. Pruf is obviously too biased bc 3 people drank this and he is the only one that liked it.

3.8
Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle from Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, IA. Initial pours are clear pale, but become cloudier as the bottle is depleted. Creamy white head, great retention and lacing. Dank citrusy aroma -- hints of onions and cheese as it warms but I’m into it. Light biscuit and toast from the malt, but really they take a back seat to the hop-aromatics; bitterness in the finish is light-to-medium. Medium body, soft carbonation, texture is between oily and creamy. Overall: I think I’m starting to see the world from the eyes of Eugene -- everybody around me hates this beer and I think it’s good, and the beers that everybody else thinks are good I don’t like. It’s actually very freeing -- and I’m coming to fully accept my own impressions of these beers, and even record those impressions, no matter how divergent they may be. I really liked this beer -- it’s a little odd, but in a way that I totally dig.


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