Following in the footsteps of its indomitable King Sue, Toppling Goliath’s specialty American IPA Fire, Skulls & Money is now available in tallboy four-packs, bringing a ridiculous juice box of a beer to a wider population. In the pantheon of great Toppling Goliath IPAs, this rookie still attracts a great fervor. Is it the beer’s daring citrus and resin? Is it the balance of soft and harsh IPA qualities? Fire, Skulls & Money doesn’t give a damn how you grade it, so long as you recognize its greatness.
Fire, Skulls & Money pours a murky apricot orange that darkens all the way to a slight pink in the center. Big bubbles form over the top, holding tightly to the glass until the last sip. Some samples may come with chunks of sediment floating around, so be sure to roll your can before cracking it open.
The array of fruits in the nose—guava, pineapple, passion fruit, lychee and, most noticeably, lemon—is reminiscent of gummy snacks. That’s thanks to the generous dose of Citra and Mosaic hops, but the dominant presence is nose-tickling New Zealand Nelson hops.
Fire, Skulls & Money is an exercise in sensory overload: fruit, cream and pine, all in assault mode.”
A glass of Fire, Skulls & Money is almost overwhelmingly juicy. All of those fruits coat your cheeks and palate in sugar, which is then undercut by resin. The seesaw between the two hop qualities is fascinating, though the juice eventually wins out.
Fire, Skulls & Money is an exercise in sensory overload: fruit, cream and pine, all in assault mode. Far from overwhelming, that’s precisely what makes Fire, Skulls & Money such a thrill. Enjoy the ride.