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Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 125
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 that lingers in the finish.

56 IBU

(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 06-06-2011)
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a section of the label for the month this was brewed but nothing is checked off. I trust this is fresh, regardless.

A: Clear amber pour with a tall, frothy and fizzy light tan head. Great head retention as it seems to last forever. Nice vertical streaks of light but fluffy lacing.

S: Ahhh. So nice. I'm honestly not sure what hops are used in this (I assume at least nugget based on the name). It has a nice citrusy, lightly spicy and ...melony aroma? It's not harsh, it's a strong but soft aroma. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Hop flavors much bolder and sharper here. It's still hard for me to really put a label on it. There's lots of oranges up front with some decent sweet melons (canteloupe?) with a little spice. Lots of spicy pine and maybe even black pepper in the middle and into the finish. Really stands out. Light bready, crackery malt in the finish. Candied oranges linger in the aftertaste with hints of cracker and light spices. Quite dry to boot.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very dry.

O: One hell of an IPA. One of the things that really stands out is the very smooth transitions between flavors. Lots of complexity but the flavors overlap and flow smoothly. Really drinkable as a result, despite the strength of the hops and the flavors in general. Quite dry, almost parching between sips (really makes you want to drink more). Not overly bitter but the hop flavors are very strong. Really nice IPA, well done TG.

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Bottle split at Proof Happy Hour bottle share. Pale straw color with an uneven bubbly white head. Sticky legs and the head had some damn good staying power. Aroma is muted floral and grassy hops, grassy grainy malt and some tropical citrus. Taste is lightly bitter, but the sweet grass grain and floral/citrus hops play well together. Light body and low carbonation despite the big head.

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Golden Nugget has a big grassy, herbal hop nose.
It pours brilliant straw gold under a 2” off-white foam cap that produces good lace.
The palate starts with rich malt sweetened with caramel, biscuit and sweet tropical fruit flavors that support rich, herbal hops that grow richer as the beer warms. There is some hop based astringency on the finish but it is balanced by malt sweetness.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A ripe, juicy, and earth hop dominated aroma with big hints of tropical fruit, grass, and pine. Citrus hops with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, melon, and apricot. Big presence of grassy and floral hops. Dank hints of pine resin as well. Hops smell nicely bitter and juicy. Soft malt background with hints of cracker, grains, straw, and yeast. Slight hints of honey sweetness. Very hop forward. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very juicy and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Big upfront taste of earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and evergreen. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Dank and spicy notes of pine resin. Soft backing presence of pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, and yeast. Very hop forward and juicy with a nice bitterness. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: Another great IPA from Toppling Goliath. Very good mix of juicy citrus, grassy, and piney flavors.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.