Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Beer Review: PseudoSue

Reviewing the PseudoSue from the Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decorah, Iowa.

Score: 98

Early-mid January 2014 release bottle. Served in an O'so snifter and enjoyed on 01/28/14. Thank you Brian and Eric for the bottle!

Appearance: Pours a lovely yellow-orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head off the pour that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but really good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Huge tropical fruit and stone fruit hoppy delight! Lots of grassiness, and a little pine-iness too. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple. Big, bright and bold juicy hops galore. Light caramel malt, and a touch of earthy spice. The citra hops here truly shine, and this smells like baby head topper. 4.75/5

Taste: Big, juicy tropical citrus/stone fruit flavors with a bitter grassy/piney finish. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, peach, melon and orange rind. The bitterness and piney/grassy hop flavor lingers nicely. Very subtle malt backbone. Quite delicious, and easy drinking. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, spot on medium carbonation. Really nice hop bite and bitter finish. Incredibly juicy mouthfeel with a very slight dryness to the finish. 4.75/5

Overall: This is quite possibly the best pale ale out there; it's better than Zombie Dust. Big, bright, bitter and flavorful, yet light bodied and low ABV. A chilled bomber of this is the perfect summer delight.

Cost: $7 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle

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