Toppling Goliath ‘Pompeii’ IPA


74172333_1211894542328022_3317225533028171776_o“This IPA is created with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the walls of prominent buildings in the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-body feel to tantalize the senses.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber to pale gold with a big frothy two and a half finger head. Excellent retention and lace work on the glass as we indulge.

Aroma: Reeks of pineapple! To the point where it almost has that cat piss astringency. It also offers mango and melon in spades, shallots, grapefruit, orange, herbal spice/aniseed, pine and peach skins. We also keep detecting a super subtle vanilla-like creaminess buried deep. Somewhat of a husky/grainy malt structure at the base.

Flavour: Mosaic hops eat your heart out! Mango, melon, pineapple, florals, herbal spice and pine. Slightly salty at times…feeding in to that onion/shallot note we were getting off the nose. Hints at slightly pithy orange peel and grapefruit midway before it settles in to a fairly bitter finish with mild dryness and citrus/fruity undertones going the distance.

Mouthfeel: Quite full and frothy thanks to a lifted CO2. Perfectly positioned IBU (50) and ABV (6.2%) for the style.

Overall: Not our favourite TG IPA but we often get like that with these fence-sitting IPA’s. By that we mean half NEIPA half WCIPA. Not exactly a return-to beer but for the price ($12 a pop) and approachability it shouldn’t be ignored.