Toppling Goliath Brewing Company’s pseudoSue is an American pale ale that puts other beers to shame with its ferocious aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit.
Created as a more hop-forward version of Toppling Goliath’s other pale ale, Tsunami Pale, Toppling Goliath brewmaster Michael Saboe said pseudoSue was first called Pseudo Tsu. However, “Tsu” was changed to “Sue” because, Saboe said, “There were just too many problems with pronunciation.”
It’s best to serve pseudoSue in a pint glass. The color is light, golden amber. A finger of beige-colored, dense, buttery head dissipates slowly, leaving an even skim with a few bubbles and a ring around the edge. The citrus from the hops are immediately noticeable and lures you in, with aromas of grapefruit and mango goodness. There is also orange and a good dose of pine.
The flavor is simply delicious. It is invigorating and zesty from the citrus, but malts and caramel are also noticeable. Flavors of grapefruit, mango, orange and pine pair perfectly with a gritty hop bitterness. Alcohol provides a noticeable sting and intermingles with this bitterness, but it thankfully fades as the beer warms and the citrus really starts to shine.
Serving temperature: Saboe said, “Keep pseudoSue refrigerated at all times and drink it fresh. Don’t save it for a rainy day!”
Alcohol content: 5.8 percent ABV.
Food pairings: Saboe said he loves drinking pints of pseudoSue while eating burgers.
Where to buy: Toppling Goliath beers are served at a number of area establishments like Short’s, Blackstone and Joe’s Place, and Saboe said “pseudoSue makes the rounds in Iowa City all the time.” He recommends checking the tap accounts listed on the Toppling Goliath website and calling ahead to inquire about pseudoSue’s availability. pseudoSue is also bottled twice a month and sold at local liquor stores. Supplies vanish almost immediately, so get a bottle or two if you are lucky enough to find it.
Price: $7 per 22-oz. bottle, $6 per pint.