Classical Beer Review: Toppling Goliath’s Pompeii


This IPA offers an explosion of tangerine and lemony citrus flavor. The malty sweetness then slides in to cover the palette. Is this a ruinous beer? Absolutely not! The light mouthfeel and assertive hops makes this an immensely approachable (and dangerously quaffable) beverage. I only wish the hop flavor was slightly more complex to balance the sweetness of the malt. Perhaps this was an old beer; no date was provided on the bottle for the consumer to know for certain.

Pompeii is a Roman city in the Bay of Naples. In 79 AD, the nearby volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted, burying the city in ash and pumice. This tragic event preserved the city at a single point in its history. Thus, this is a rare opportunity for archaeologists to understand what Roman city life was like under the early empire – most other settlement sites are covered by centuries of later building and decay, leaving archaeologists unable to excavate large portions of the settlement. At Pompeii,  visitors can truly visualize life as a Roman in the first c. CE.

Pompeii might be of interest to beer lovers as well. The beer- (and Classics-) famous Pliny the Elder died while observing the eruption of Vesuvius and attempting to rescue some friends. The account of this is preserved in a letter written by his nephew, the even more beer-famous Pliny the Younger.

22 f. oz.
5.5% ABV
Brewed: Toppling Goliath
Decorah, IA


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