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Toppling Goliath and Melvin Brew Up a Champion Pale Ale

November 19, 2019

By Jerard Fagerberg, November 19, 2019

And now, for the main event. Entering first, hailing from Jackson, Wyoming, it’s the kung fu brewery of the upper midwest: Melvin Brewing. And the opponent, weighing in at an average RateBeer score of 90. The pride of Iowa: Toppling Goliath.

When two titans go to the mat, it’s usually a barnburner, and that holds true when it comes to brewery collaborations. Few breweries are touted more highly than Melvin and Toppling Goliath, and their joint pale ale Ladder Mash is a heavyweight clash that fans will be lining up to see.

Appearance

This might be the clearest beer Toppling Goliath has produced in the past half-decade—a straight-shooter that doesn’t bog itself down with gimmicks. Ladder Mash is a crystal clear burnt ochre: pure championship gold.

Melvin and Toppling Goliath are a dream match, and dream matches rarely live up to the booking. But Ladder Mash is a thrilling tilt without being too over the top.”

Aroma

Ladder Mash is a beer that keeps you on your toes by first hitting you over the head with a big lemon drop, esters of curd and lemongrass. Then the Simcoe hops climb up out of the head, mounting a dank, grassy comeback. 

Flavor

Ladder Mash’s aroma would lead you to believe it’s a shameless juice bomb, but the flavor is much more dynamic. The beer busts open with that big, apricot blast right away, bleeding mandarin orange everywhere, but then it sneaks in a piney followup. The finish is as easy as one, two, three, and you can really feel that 4.2% ABV in the smooth swallow.

Overall

Melvin and Toppling Goliath are a dream match, and dream matches rarely live up to the booking. But Ladder Mash is a thrilling tilt without being too over the top. Clear, clean, and sessionable, this beer brims with pure passion. These are two breweries that love a well made beer as well as going head-to-head for the greater good.

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