Toppling Goliath ‘Hopsmack’ Double IPA


49581102_1013149002202578_7465146583470833664_n“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.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body with a sturdy two finger crown. It holds together nicely and weaves a fine lace as it subsides.

Aroma: Hopsmack by name, Hopsmack by nature! The medley of tropical fruits, citrus and stonefruits are captivating. Oodles of pine and berries, some dankness, we get a kind of sugar-crust from it also…almost like palm sugar. Undertones of green fleshy fruit such as honeydew and kiwifruit here and there. Brilliant aroma, very well layered.

Flavour: Carries on from the nose with a big helping of American hops upfront. Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical fruits, stonefruit, citrus rind and mild peppery spice converge on the palate. It hits a brawny bitterness midway which stretches out in to the dry, piney and citrusy finish. Really good length on show as well.

Mourhfeel: Super bitter (100 IBU), drying towards the finish. Moderate co2 and body. The 7.8% AbV was really well concealed.

Overall: Another impressive offering from TG here. What they’ve done really well is they’ve taken the big aggressive bitterness out of a West Coast IPA and applied it to a NEIPA. Kind of offers the best of both coasts!