Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 1,137
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 176
Gots: 134 | FT: 9
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 06-06-2011

This spectacularly golden, medium bodied IPA was crafted from a winning combination of Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops. Fall in love with the big hop aroma of our Golden Nugget as it mingles with fragrances of citrus and evergreen, followed by a floral sweetness. Tropical fruit flavors entice your taste buds before immediately captivating you with a bold, hop forward taste and a pleasant bitterness in the finish.

56 IBU
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Photo of chefbrady
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic appearance, aroma is light, some citrus, some toast like. It's a nice drier styled ipa, not overly hoppy. Pleasing to drink just not mind blowing. (154 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 12 ounce bottle. July 1 bottle date.

Head forms frothily and thick over the clear, golden liquid. Carbonation is aggressive and lacing is abundant. 4.75

Smells nice and juicy with that pungent passionfruit aroma. Sweet malt adds a dessert-like flavor. Very delicious to my nose. 4.25

Hmmm, where did the wonderful aromas leave to? This tastes like a shadow of the nose. Fainter passionfruit flavor and pineapple, a watery, flavorless middle, and then a pinier and danker finish. Not loving this flavor. But it ain't terrible. 3.25

Lots of lingering bitterness to deal with in drinking this and the dryness starts early at about mid-palate. The finish has a zesty bite like citrus peel that is a bit harsh and disagreeable too. 3.25

Smells and looks awesome but doesnt drink so well. Bummer. (826 characters)

Photo of cjohns73
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip. Sweet head, nice lacing. Smell was nice: floral and slightly bitter. Drank like a classic IPA, but felt like the taste was a bit muted. Instead of a taste explosion its more subtle. Very drinkable, very enjoyable, but didn't go for the jugular. (283 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. 22 oz bomber. This is a really nice IPA. Golden color with nice hazy appearance. Nice white head but not very thick. There was a lot of citrus in the aroma along with some sweetness. The taste follows, with mostly citrus, candy sweetness, and a little pine bitterness in the middle. Finishes pretty clean with only a little lingering bitterness. A little thin on the malt balance but still tasty. (414 characters)

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
1.59/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

This beer has gone down hill big time!! So average, watery compared to the Gnugg of the Past. Back in 2014 I bought an entire case, I know what this is supposed to taste like. This 4 pack version is trash. I hope TG has a QC department because this is nonconforming. Sorry to be so harsh but... Real talk (304 characters)

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Florida bottle 01-Jul-15
A really good "old school" IPA with a bold resin/pine/citrus aroma with a solid malt body from the golden promise malts. I like. (153 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass, a very nice cloudy dark yellow color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/white head, with some nice sticky lacing and a big island in the middle of the glass. The nose is hoppy with a nice touch of malts. A nice citrus note, with a slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus thrown in, picking up a slight pine note as well. Medium body with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty IPA. Very glad to have my second Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe! (629 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden-yellow color with a small foamy white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving just a small ring around the edge

S- citrus forward hop aroma with aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, evergreen & a hint of floral sweetness. slightly bready underlying malt

T- citrus hop flavors lead the way with notes of tangerine and grapefruit, piney hop resin mid-palate leads to light floral sweetness, with some sweet clean malt closing it out

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a light and crisp dry finish

O- easy drinking IPA with some nice citrus/pine notes (681 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with nice white foam with nice lacing. Like pseudo not a ton of carbonation. Big grapefruit and long long bitter finish. A hint of sweet fruit taste in the middle of the tongue - tangerine? This is a pleasant drinkable IPA most definitely not West Coast style - more Biggie than Tupac. It's okay and a good drinking brew. (339 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tapered pint glass. It’s fresh, consumed on 9/26/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a clear medium gold color with a hint of orange highlights. 3 fingers of frothy just off white head and ridiculous retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Medium intensity for a IPA. Hops dominate, citrus mostly with hints of pine and floral notes on a background of soft sweetness.
Taste = 4.5 More balanced than the aroma. Sweetness upfront, a combination of malt and citrus from the hops. The citrus notes become more dominate in the middle of the taste followed by a moderately bitter finish. Unique and complex.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, lightly oily and just a bit fizzy.
Drinkability = 4.75 Really drinkable IPA;
Overall = 4.2875 simple yet interesting. Easy drinking and tasty. Another great pale ale from Toppling G. (848 characters)

Photo of blockdude
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the more enjoyable and refreshing single ipa's I have experienced thus far. The nose is heavy on grapefruit and I wanna say magnolia, with the mouth having some grapefruit as well as mango. It was a nice change from the pine heavy west coast ipa's I have been exposed to. If you are into subtle ipa's that are not overly bitter/malty, this is one to seek out. (366 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap. Courtesy of Duff27. Appealing label design.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
Style: IPA (per the label).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Sky-high given the brewery's reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None - just a white floater ring which recedes fully within 1 minute, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Nontransparent translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeasty muck is visible.

Looks like most IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

AROMA: Pale malts complement subtle hints of tropical hops - mainly mango and tangerine (both of which are faint). A kiss of resin, maybe a whisper of pine. Faint hop oil. Touches of floral character and grasses. Maybe some apricot?

Aromatic intensity: mild.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Has a nice leavened pale malt backbone which lends it the perfect amount of sweetness. The hop profile is subtly handled, not beating the drinker about the head with its hop flavour and bitterness like so many contemporary problematic IPAs. A kiss of garlic and onion. Overripe melon on the climax injects too much bitterness.

Depth of flavour: Above average.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Average, even downplayed for the style.
Flavour amplitude: Good.

While not gestalt, it's quite cohesive, with a deliberate build and fair balance. Some sticky pine resin in the third act makes it a bit too bitter there, which carries into the finish.

Subsidiary notes of floral hops and grass bolster the tangerine-dominant tropical hop profile. A hint of mango.

TEXTURE: Unnaturally rough on the palate, dragging a bit and parching. Its coarseness is lightly irritating, its dryness wholly unnecessary. Medium to full-bodied, with adequate weight and heft on the palate. Could be softer.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable as an IPA, but not worth going out of your way to seek out on account of its relative imbalance. Not a stellar or world-class IPA from Toppling Goliath, but certainly a competent effort. Still, there's no harmony of texture to taste, and it's not a gestalt beer. Won't impress the discerning drinker.

The melon becomes dominant as it warms, highlighting the troublesome bitterness (which is the beer's largest flaw). Drink cold.

High C+ (3.21) (2,525 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this TG goodie. 22oz. bomber into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy, 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrodas the name suggests. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. A really great looking beer.

Nose is huge aromas of cane sugar, pine, citrus and a light soapiness. Very aromatic.

Opens citrus, pine and tree bark. Like chewing on a pine cone. Grass, citrus, and other tropical fruit sweetness make up a nice, if mellow malt backdrop in the middle. Finishes pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Same, dry aftertaste. Tasty!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down aggressive and coarse. Finishes dry with a filmy, dry aftertaste. Quenching and drinkable.

When I first tried this, I was expecting a bit more... flavor. More malt, hop and tropical fruit notes... but then I remembered its a regular and not Imperial IPA. In that case... definitely recommended! (984 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks beautiful in the glass, smells and taste fantastic! Special extra dry hopped up batch and it makes a huge difference.

This was an extra!! Thanks nick for the beer! (170 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden color with a pencil width thickness of fine head. A bit of hop haze results in moderate clarity. Spruce dominates the nose with more subtle tropical fruit and floral notes in the background. Very drinkable with a clean finish. Dig it! (250 characters)

Photo of danh53
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, light orange in color with a finger of head as I pour into a tulip glass. Thanks to Justin for picking this up at the brewery and sending to me. Aroma offers apricot, peach, and some citrus. Its very nice although it seems to fade quickly. Taste is earthy and bitter. Floral notes combine with tropical and stone fruit. Intense carbonation helps to add a burst of hops on the front end and a clean finish. This is a unique ipa. Glad I was able to try it. (461 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4.25) - There's a fair deal of head at first pour. And a nice amber-gold color.
S (4.5) - Wonderful floral hoppy aromas. I wish this could be bottled and sold as air freshener!
T (4.5) - Exactly what you want and expect after smelling. Nice soft hop punch, with the floral aftertaste that lingers slightly. Not real bitter, not too over the top.
F (4.25) - This is a nice drinkable beer. No noticeable alcohol feel or anything noteworthy (good or bad)
O (4.5) - I'd had this one before, and bought again. This is a TG brew that is as good as offered. I'll buy any time I see it in the store. (605 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber that's about six weeks old, enjoyed from a teku

A: Beautiful shade of bronzed orange; slightly opaque with a creamy 1-finger head

S: Lots of grass and flowers, along with orange peel

T: Grassy and lightly hoppy, with some faint citrus and pine notes underneath. A little on the bland side.

M: Slick, creamy, and chewy; lighter-bodied and very drinkable

O: I thought this was a well-made beer whose flavors and aromas I didn't care for. (452 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Zeledonia for this nice IPA.

A: Pours a golden yellow with half a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Grassy hops dominate with some herbal and apricot aromas underneath.

T: Grassy hops here as well with some pine, herbs, and a bit of grapefruit coming through. The finish is clean and lightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable.

O: A solid IPA that isn't overly complex or in-your-face, but instead is simple and easy to drink. (534 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange color with a moderate size white foam head. Didn't pour very aggressively. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some slight lacing around the edges.

Very strong, pine citrus and floral aromas. Grapefruit is noticeable. Very strong aroma.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Some hop bitterness leads off. Definitely has a bit of a grassy taste. The taste definitely leans a bit more tropical. Mango, grapefruit, orange, hint of lemon zest. Pine comes through a bit stronger on the second glass (poured from bomber).

Light bodied we moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink.

Although I did enjoy this beer, it wasn't quite what I had hoped for for my first entry from Toppling Goliath. Would've liked to have seen a little more complexity from the taste. (781 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into my SN IPA glass.

A: Golden straw with a hint of orange and a one finger fluffy head. Strong lacing

S:Pine and floral hops are the first aroma. Citrus is a background note.

T: Lemon and grapefruit rind with some sweeter fruits compete with the pine and floral flavors.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation. Appropriate amount of bitterness and little if any alcohol burn.

O: A very enjoyable and drinkable IPA. You can taste how well it was made. An excellent overing from from Toppling Goliath. (546 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter in color with nice head retention. Slightly grassy smell, floral hops. Acidic citrus zing I can't put my finger on, almost like pineapple.. Fades into grassy hop flavor but not overly intense. Not a very hearty brew. (224 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my last trip through Decorah.
I have to say it is the first beer from TG that has disappointed me. Looks great and smells great. But this is the first beer I've ever tasted that has what I would call a "grassy" taste. I don't know anything about Nugget hops, perhaps that is part of the flavor profile. This is not a bad beer or drain pour (I drank the whole bomber), but it is not a beer I would return to. (428 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. Poured into a tasting stange it showed a maize coloring, and held a solid two finger head of snowy, cakey whitish bubbles. Retention was high, with jutting lines of spidery lacing left around our glasses. No haze was noted, but thick chunks of sediment fell out with the dregs of the bottle after the fact. Carbonation appeared to be highly active and uniform throughout. The aroma hung heavy with juicy hop varietals spanning citric grapefruitiness to syrupy tropical nectars. Blending between the two were notes of hot tin, coconut and pineapple flesh, fusel booze, lemon flesh, plastic and light cloven phenols, garlic zest, mineral water, clean and powdery pale malts, chalked adjuncty corn, Runt candies, icy white sugars, browned apple dankness, and earthen mineral, honeydew melon, brass, and pine twig saps. When you met the flavoring, it nearly retained all of said juiciness, through a blend of bittering citric and herbal hops, cleaner grassy resins with warmth, mildly synthetic soured lemon cleaner, toasty pale maltiness, dusty and chalky ale yeastiness, heavy rubbers, peppery booze, lightly salted caramel, slate and mineral-laden concrete, bitter fresh sage, tannic lemon breakfast tea, dirty wet wheatiness, shoe polish, grapefruit rind, and soapy bitters. The hops breathing through the aftertaste were especially bittering, but curiously in the same forms of grasses, herbals, and citrics. The body was medium, but lightened and watered around the edges, while carbonation was high, and contributed plentifully towards skinning the first layer from the roof of your mouth. Cream, froth, slurp, and smack were all intact, and the mouth was left slicked and somewhat puckered. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared rather quickly.

Overall, this is yet another example of a Toppling Goliath brew that heavily showcases a unique hop in a seemingly singular manner. The nugget hop, here, spans the spectrum of hops, hitting sweet, savory, and bittering all in one fell swoop. To deviate from their glimmering line of American pales, this gives more bitterness, giving it this altered, differing feel that we were starting to believe was uniform throughout all of their beers. We welcomed this change. Although they didn’t have any more of this sweet Golden Nugget to go home with us from the brewpub itself, we were intriguingly delighted when the bartender suggested we look across the street at the gas station. We were beyond thankful to find a few remaining bottles, and happily stocked up on this tasty dish. Weeks later, the bottles hold up to the tasting we had at the brewpub, keeping us happy that we’ve got one more bottle to enjoy. (2,772 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler hand-delivered by the best mother-in-law on the planet. Golden yellow body, mostly clear, whipped meringue towering white head. Ample lacing cascading down the sides of the glass. Aromas of grass, hops, dank floral notes. Earthy hops with a touch of resinous pine. Smooth body with mild bitterness. Tasty. (313 characters)

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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