Instant Beer Review: ZeeLander

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THE BEER: Toppling Goliath’s ZeeLander.

THE PLACE: Dexter’s Pub, which hosted Toppling Goliath in the lead-up to the Great Taste of the Midwest. I think I can safely presume that this is a remnant of that madness.

WHAT IS IT? It’s an IPA, clocking in at 5.5% ABV with 80 IBUs. Its part of Toppling Goliath’s “Hop Patrol” series, showcasing a single hop variety.

SO WHAT’S THE HOP? I’m glad you asked… it’s the Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand. (No, I’ve never heard of it either.)

HOW IS IT? The initial hop flavor really pops, yet it’s a smooth drink — not light, exactly, but not at all heavy or syrupy. It’s fruity, but not terribly citrusy. And not sweet, but crazy bitter either. Am I making any sense?

NOT REALLY. IS IT GOOD? Yes. Yes it is. I would drink another. And I may.

DEEP THOUGHTS: I don’t think I’m capable of shallow thoughts, much less deep ones. Thumbs up for Iowa, how about that? Nicely done, Mr. Goliath, nicely done.