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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: 1,075
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 170
Gots: 126 | FT: 10
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:
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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Ratings: 1,075 | Reviews: 123
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Photo of KevSal
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
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)

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.
The beer has medium body and carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Augusta in Oxford, IA; served in a shaker pint.

Brilliantly clear gold liquid with two fingers of lasting ivory merengue. Superior retention; dense sticky lacing.

Tropical fruit, citrus, passion fruit...immensely fresh hoppy aromatics. Words do not do it justice.

Palate closely follows the nose - suffused with fruity herbaceous hops, balanced by a touch of honey-like malt. Finishes dry yet fruity and minty. Moderately bitter throughout.

Thick, oily, creamy, perfectly carbonated...

Super-impressive, fresh, hop-forward, balanced, expertly crafted highly aromatic IPA. Rivals the best the West Coast has to offer with a slight increase in drinkability.

Photo of spacecake9
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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!

Photo of riotontheroad
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the light finish on this one!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Small white head. Thin collar as it settles. Light golden orange. Very clear.

Smell - Citrus hops. Popcorn toasted malt smell. Pale malt.

Taste - Citrus hops. Sweet pale malt, but not too sweet. A little toasty. Minimal bitterness and a slight grassiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Simple but tasty.

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice yellow with a off white head, very sticky and lots of lacing.

The smell is light and citrusy with mild hops and a light bit of bready malt.

The flavor is good, but nothing special, a light slightly bitter and a big centennial like citrus quality. The malt is almost non existant, just a light bit of underlying sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch resiny.

This beer doesn't have any real faults, but is a bit on the boring side, was hoping judging by the name that it would have some nugget hop charachters, but there is none to speak of.

Photo of Austin32
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer....never had it on tap but have had several freshly bottled bombers and its pretty amazing. Super crisp, mouth full of citrus hop throughout and finishes extremely clean with no bitterness. Haven't had a bad TG beer yet and this is no exception.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I'm wasting my time reviewing it because the description sums it up perfectly.

Clear body, golden color. Go figure. Dense white head with generous spotted lacing.

Orange peel and mango, grassy, and a light pine aroma.

The orange and floral (bordering grassy) flavors are most prevalent. Light pine in the finish. The malt is biscuit.

Mouthfeel is light, sticky, with average carbonation.

A damn fine IPA with a hop profile that runs the gamut.

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Casanova's Liquor in Hudson for $10. One heck of a deal. Being that I got the fill at Casanova's, I was prepared for a rather poorly carbonated beer after just one day. And it happened yet again.

Pours a very hazy golden color with a minimum of head that settled to a thin film. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass. I have had this beer on-tap and it performs much better than what I was displayed today. Will not give a harsh score for a bad growler fill not within Toppling Goliath's control.

Very hoppy aroma. I get a lot of fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and floral qualities. I am not picking up any malt aroma.

Tastes juicy. Notes of oranges and grapefruit. Has a bit of a Juicy Fruit flavor as well. The malt adds sweetness but not really much flavor. Feels moderately bitter which is helped by the sweet malt. Really showcases the Nugget hops.

It is undercarbonated, again caused by the growler fill. I do remember this as being medium body and robustly carbonated.

I will take Nugget hops over Citra any day. This beer proves why it is a superior hop for the citrus fix.

Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with one to two finger white head. Decent retention and leaves moderate sticky lacing.

S: Oranges, grapefruit, and lemon peel. Evergreen trees and fragrant floral hops.

T: Lots of citrus. Orange juice mixed with grapefruit. A light honey sweetness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Finish is a touch bitter, but clean and very refreshing.

O: An excellent IPA. So far I've enjoyed everything I have tried from TG. This is my first beer with nugget hops, and looks like I need to find more.

Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden Nugget presented itself with an appropriate golden color with a real ultra filtered cleanliness. The head was a mass of bright white foam.

The held a sweet perfumey like aroma of rose petal and pine. I also catch a Sweet Tarts candy vibe, along with caramel malts and honey.

The taste is clean like the feel with a real refreshing attitude. I get lots of honey and caramel malt with a pine, rose petal and floral hop flavor. The hops are not particularly citrusy or herbal but align more on that perfumey balance.

The feel is clean but offers a slight astringent tang that is in no way deterring. This drinks very crisp.

This is a wonderful and different take on the typical IPA. Sweet, sour and tangy all rolled into a perfumed package.

Photo of Basoos1
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, tasted fair, would drink again

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sanctuary, served in a shaker pint.
Review from written notes.

Golden Nugget has a bright clarity, true to it's namesake. Shiny orange with yellow gold edges. A thin cap of white foam forms a tight head on the surface, with tiny rounded arcs of lacing left in the glass. Halfway through the glass, there's a bit more lacing in concentric rings on the sides. Trails of carbonation visible.

Pungent, resiny hop aroma, almost catty. Deep citrus, fresh sliced oranges and grapefruit, weedy florals, dandelion. Very fresh and aromatic.

Flavors of bitter pink grapefruit, leafy green botanicals, hint of pale malt lends a touch of caramel, lingering bitter finish with potent hop resin. Medium bodied, finishes dry and bitter, clean and sessionable, no flaws. A great American IPA, true to style. Probably the best from Iowa i've tried. Would love to see this in 6 packs or spend an afternoon sharing a growler of this.

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Steasy66 - beerbro.

Appearance. Pours a pretty rich, bright yellow-gold with just a touch of orange and a little bit of haze. Head is a finger, thick and white. Great lacing.

Smell. Bright fresh citrus fruits (especially yellow grapefruit), some sweet juicy tropical fruit and a bit of light malt.

Taste. Nice grapefruity citrus notes, a bit of mango and little bit of pine wood, some bitter grapefruit rind lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Not a big IPA but very well rounded and gots all of the good stuff.

Photo of n2185
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of docoman
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this after a psuedosue and was good, but not as great. Pretty good overall IPA but not as good as something like Sculpin IMO.

Photo of jegross2
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decora, Iowa. Toppling Goliath is a relatively new craft brewery to the scene, but is making a bold early impression and making some exciting brews, such as Mornin' Delight (a CBS killer, if you ask me) and Zeelander (a super lemon-forward IPA).

Score: 94

Growler pour from a growler filled the week before FOBAB 2012. Served in a Founders snifter and enjoyed on 12/01/12. Shout out to my friend Mathieu LaFontaine for hooking me up with this brew as part of my "winnings" from the fantasy baseball beer league this past summer.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color that is clean and falls between translucent and transparent. Only a thin layer off head off the pour, which settles to a pencil-thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, but excellent cling. 4/5

Smell: In-your-face lemon, pine and grapefruit! Not just a lot. I mean its like someone took a sledgehammer made of lemon juice, pine needles and grapefruit and whacked you upside the head. Ample doses of dank, resinous hops as well. Very West Coast IPA-esque. Candied caramel malt, mango and sweet non-descript tropical citrus too. The aroma on this beer is an absolutely intense beast; and I love it! It is much more lemon/pine forward than most IPA I have had. 5/5

Taste: The taste is more subdued than the aroma with less citrus and more maltiness, leading to a more balanced profile on the tongue. Upfront is caramel malt, grapefruit and lemon, with a strong piney backbone. The back half is bitter, resinous hops, pine and mango-y lemon. Lots of lingering piney bitterness with a dash of candied caramel. There is a faint amount of non-descript residual black pepper-like spice in the finish as well. Some dirty hops come out in the finish/aftertaste as the beer warms. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Viscous and oily! This is one of the more full bodied IPAs that I have had to date with a nice low level of carbonation that nonetheless gives the hops a good kick while leaving the bitterness on the tongue to layer. Very bitter, and the hops prickle the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: This one blew me away. The nose on this brew is absolutely unreal. This is one of the tastiest IPA I have had in a long time.

Recommendation: Hop heads need to seek this beer out, though it is likely too intense (in a good way for IPA fans) on the bitterness for the casual beer to truly enjoy. Toppling Goliath is a brewery you may not have heard of yet, but need to check out ASAP!

Pairings: Thai chicken pizza.

Cost: $13 for a 64 oz growler fill (if you bring your own growler).

Photo of yamar68
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful burnt gold body with a swelling white head. Lace like you wouldn't believe.

Dank, juicy hoppy awesomeness exlpodes from the growler. I'm immediately reminded of Bodhi - dense fruity hop aromas that would typically come behind a surge of bitterness, but that's not the case. It's clean. Very approachable.

Certainly is diverse on the palate compared to PseudoSue. Mellow orange juice flavors with prickly pine, an herbal sort of earthiness and an appropriate hop abrasion.

It's tasty. Very tasty. I'm still hooked on TG's single hop stuff though.

Photo of snaxcat
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Light/transparent gold color. Juicy pear, citrus, and pine. Big, tasty hop presence with great balance and a crisp body. Excellent, approachable IPA.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.