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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.