The 16-ounce can depicts a purple and green dinosaur, but it's not what you're thinking. Toppling Goliath PseudoSue — named after Sue, a famous Tyrannosaurus rex — might be the most highly regarded American pale ale in the world, maintaining a remarkable perfect 100 score on both the Beer Advocate and Rate Beer websites.
Last year, Toppling Goliath announced a partnership with Lakeland's Brew Hub, which expanded the distribution range for the small, Iowa-based brewery's core beers, which include PseudoSue. Early batches were good but not quite on par with the Iowa original; the current batches are.
PseudoSue was an early entry into the Citra hop craze that reached its peak a year or two ago, showcasing that hop's ability to produce juicy, citrus-forward flavor while still providing a smooth, clean bitterness. PseudoSue uses Citra exclusively, so if you really want to get a feel for that particular hop varietal, PseudoSue is a master class.
PseudoSue is the perfect warm weather sipper to bridge Florida spring weather and the coming summer. It's aggressive but not overpowering, with ripe citrus and mango notes, and an unobtrusive but present malt base prevents the beer from being overly dry. This is a massively hopped yet smooth APA that will please hop-heads and fans of subtlety alike.
A few years ago, a sip of PseudoSue from a week-old growler shipped from Iowa was a real treat. Today, you can buy tallboys of the stuff at your local beer store.
Justin Grant, Times correspondent