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723. Toppling Goliath Brewing Golden Nugget

Topling Goliath Golden NuggetSecond of three beers from Topling Goliath Brewing Company. Golden Nugget is their year round IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops.

Appearance is what I expect from a single IPA, clean orange with a nice white head. Aroma has a nice mix of tropical, pine and floral hops, little bit of everything here. Taste leans towards the grassy, flower and onion hops. Everything is balanced out by a nice malt character and finished clean with only a light bitterness.

One of the better single IPAs I have tried in the past few months. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 56
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Toppling Goliath Brewing
Brewers Description: This spectacularly golden, medium bodied IPA was crafted from a winning combination of Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops.

Fall in love with the big hop aroma of our Golden Nugget as it mingles with fragrances of citrus and evergreen, followed by a floral sweetness. Tropical fruit flavors entice your taste buds before immediately captivating you with a bold, hop forward taste and a pleasant bitterness that lingers in the finish.

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722. Hill Farmstead Dorothy

Hill Farmstead DorothyDorothy was first brewed in 2010 and brought back in 2014 with a new recipe which will become a regular part of Hill Farmstead’s lineup. This is an interesting mix of styles; a hoppy farmhouse pale ale.

Appearance is an unfiltered orange with a huge fluffy white head, it took several pours to get the glass full enough for this photo. Aroma has more farmhouse funk than hops but both are present. Some grass/hay a bit of funk with some lemon. Taste has a lot going on with juicy hops, followed quickly by the saison yeast and finishes with a nice funk. So much going on it is hard to catch all the different flavors.

Overall Dorothy makes the mix of styles of work. I have a couple more bottles of this and it will be very interesting to see how things change. 
Pros:
Complex
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: We haven’t brewed this beer since October 2010. In it’s new reincarnation, Dorothy will become a regular ancestral release: A pale, very hoppy American Farmstead ale. Dry hopped in the Foudres and bottle conditioned.

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721. Maine Beer Company Sapping Mammoth

Maine Beer Sapping MammothMaine Beer Company and Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL) collaborated on two beers in 2014. The first was brewed in Chicago and was called Great Plain Jane Ale and the second, Sapping Mammoth, was brewed in Freeport. One of the fun things they did with this collaboration was the artwork on Great Plain Jane Ale (see image here) is the typical Maine Beer super simple style and when it came to the label for Sapping Mammoth they let the people at Half Acre do the artwork. This made for a very interesting and unique label for a Maine Beer Company beer. Thanks to Brewbound you can see the full label here.

The label art is the only thing that moved away from the Maine Beer style as this beer is very much in line with the other Maine Beer Company beers. Appearance is a very nice orange with a bright white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is juicy and dominated by citrus hops. Taste follows with a bright citrus start but an added layer of pine resin comes in towards to the end. My only complaint is it does seem a little thin which is normal for their beers.

Overall this is another solid beer from Maine Beer Company and if you missed it let me know as I do have a few extra bottles in the fridge. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: 

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720. Rising Tide Brewing Corvus

Rising Tide CorvusRising Tide had their 4th Anniversary party on October 26th at their brewery in Portland. I was not able to attend but heard it was a great time. At the event they had lots of food, a pickle competition and released Corvus a hoppy pale ale. I was pleased to find bottles still available when I visited the brewery the following week and grabbed a 4-pack. I quickly realized that one 4-pack was not going to be enough and grabbed another after the Maine Brewers Guild’s Freshman Orientation that was held next door at Coffee by Designs new facility.

Bottles of Corvus are probably gone by now but here is what you missed. Typical pale ale appearance with a clear light orange color and bright white head. Aroma and taste are both unique as it moves away from the typical citrus, floral, pine that you get so often with hoppy beers and gives you an interesting mix of other fruits. The description by Rising Tide below says strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi and grapefruit. I don’t eat a lot of honeydew/passionfruit/kiwi so I can only assume these are the flavors. I also got a little pineapple, no matter what the fruits are this is one unique and very tasty beer.

Congrats to Rising Tide on a great first 4 years and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the next 4 years.
Pros:
Unique aroma and flavor
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewing
Brewers Description: Brewed in celebration of our 4th year, Corvus features a blend of hops from Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, including Nelson Sauvin, Topaz, Galaxy, and Hüll Melon.

Fruity and lightly bitter with notes of strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi, and grapefruit.

May your cup never be out of reach.

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719. Toppling Goliath Brewing pseudoSue

Topling Goliath Pseudo SueThree of the next 9 beers I review here will be from Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah, Iowa. This is a new brewery to me but I picked up a few bottles in trades over the past few weeks and since they were all pales and IPAs I moved them to the top of my list of beer to drink.

pseudoSue appears to be their most popular beer and I can see why. This is a straight up hoppy pale ale; think Mo from Maine Beer Company or Edward from Hill Farmstead. Appearance is an unfiltered orange with a thin white head. Aroma has lots of tropical and citrus fruits. Taste follows but adds some piney hops and a mildly bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer and I bet it is even better at the brewery.

This one is worth seeking out if you have a trading partner in their distribution area or are taking a trip in that area. 
Pros:
Lots and lots of hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Toppling Goliath Brewing
Brewers Description: This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish.

She roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. pseudoSue’s unique and addictive taste is clean and bright with just enough bite!

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718. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy

Hiill Farmstead Double GalaxyDouble Galaxy marks the 41st beer review for me from Hill Farmstead. That doesn’t include the many bottles I have in my cellar that have yet to be opened. Because of this it is unusual for me to arrive at Hill Farmstead and find a beer on that I have not already tried and reviewed. During last week’s visit they had Double Galaxy which somehow had eluded me until now.

Double Galaxy looks like so many other Hill Farmstead beers with an unfiltered orange and bright white head. Aroma is more tropical than citrus and only slightly dank. Taste follows with loads of crisp, fresh hops. Only slightly bitter and no noticeable alcohol even at almost 8% ABV.

I had this beer the day after enjoying Double Citra and I have to say I enjoyed Double Galaxy a bit more than Double Citra which surprised me. Both exceptional beers but I give the slight edge to Galaxy. 
Pros:
Fresh hoppy goodness!
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Galaxy hops from Australia.

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717. Sierra Nevada / Ashville Brewers Alliance Tater Ridge

Tater RidgeContinuing to make my way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Over the past few months the 12-pack has been go to when I don’t have a growler or a fresh IPA/pale ale to go to, however that does not happen very often. I may finally finish them off later this week.

Tater Ridge is collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance and the bottle description states “Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes”, which sounds interesting. It pours a very deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with no discernible hop character (not that I was expecting any from a Scottish Ale).

Taste is interesting with a sweet dark fruit (or maybe vegetable). This beer continues to develop as it warms. Another decent beer from this 12-pack but still not that exciting.
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

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716. Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL

Sierra Nevada Ballast Point Electric RayThis is my favorite beer so far from the Beer Camp 12-pack. An India Pale Lager from Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point, both of California.

Electric Ray pours a nice clear orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some citrus hops and a light sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with some pine thrown in and a nice bitterness in the finish.

So far this is the only beer from the 12-pack that I would buy again. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

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714. Sixpoint Brewery Sensi Harvest

Sixpoint Sensi HarvestIt has been a while since I reviewed a beer from Sixpoint. Sensi Harvest is a wet hopped pale ale with a low 4.7% ABV. This one would be a great “golf beer” as it has a low ABV and is in a can however it is a fall seasonal so it will not be part of the regular lineup.

Beer pours a clear orange with a very thin white head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is a clean fresh piney/resin hops. Taste follows with a resiny wet hopped flavor that leaves that nice film on your teeth and tongue. Very little bitterness and the low ABV make this an easy beer to drink.

Overall very pleased with this beer from Sixpoint and may look to grab some more before it is gone. 
Pros:
Flavorful yet easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sixpoint Brewery
Brewers Description: A copper ale bursting with fresh, undisturbed hop character. Juicy wet-hops carefully selected by the Mad Scientists make SENSI HARVEST a unique delicacy available only at harvest time.

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