Tasting: September 30, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer #: 812
Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath
“Sue” is the nickname of the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. It was named after Sue Hendrickson, a paleontologist that discovered the specimen in the Black Hills of North Dakota during the summer of 1990. The fossil is said to be about eighty percent complete which is amazing considering sixty-five million years have passed. After a dispute over the ownership of Sue, she was ultimately auctioned off for $7.6 million, the most ever paid for a dinosaur fossil. Sue is permanently on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Toppling Goliath produces an imperial pale ale (IPA) named for Sue called King Sue. King for Rex and the label depicts a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Pseudo Sue on the other hand is a pale ale or lighter version of an IPA.
I’m excited to be holding a beer from Toppling Goliath because I figured the brewery was as fake as the Willy Wonka factory. You see some of most sought after beer in the world comes from this Iowa-based brewer and very little of it seems to filter into the beer trading world. As an example, here is some of the In Search Of (ISO) and For Trade (FT) numbers on some of Toppling Goliath’s most sought after beer from thebeerexchange.io:
Morning Delight 377 people are ISO while only 7 are offering FT
Kentucky Brunch 460 people are ISO while only 1 are offering FT
King Sue 341 people are ISO while only 8 are offering FT
Assasin 348 people are ISO while only 9 are offering FT
In the trading world – this is serious leverage.
Toppling Goliath has partnered with Brew Hub, a rapidly expanding contract brewing company (five facilities planned or complete). Brew Hub offers smaller brewers like Toppling Goliath the opportunity to take their brews to a larger scale. For example, Toppling Goliath produced about 45,000 cases of beer in 2014 and Brew Hub will help them produce seven times that amount in 2015. This bottle of Pseudo Sue probably came from Brew Hub’s Lakeland, Florida facility and made its way back to Iowa or their new footprint in Wisconsin. My bottle came from a trader in Atlanta – so this is a well-traveled bottle.
Cloudy with some nice tropical aroma on the pour. Right out of the gate, Pseudo Sue strikes me as light in body and entirely drinkable. Grape like undertones, black tea, pepper, minor mango. Not as juicy as a pale ale from Trillum and I’ll pair it with Zombie Dust in the category of a tad bit overhyped. Don’t get me wrong – still nice and I would not mind having a dozen in my refrigerator – 93 points.