Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 1,134
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 174
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
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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Reviews: 114 | Hads: 1,134
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single hop IPA using Nugget hops I believe. From a 1 liter or so swing top growler. Hazy, amber with medium head and poor retention. Tastes/smells sweet, soft and only slightly hoppy. Medium feel, low carbonation and very smooth in general. However, bland.

They make better beer than this and I have had it so I can't say what went wrong here. Regardless it will not stop me for seeking them out!
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Tried it again on tap at the brewpub... this is a much superior beer on tap compared to the growler that had carbonation issues, probably a mistake at my end. The carbonation was spot on and it had the bite of an IPA in every way. The sweetness is complemented very well by the hops... very very fruity and very good. (720 characters)

More User Reviews:
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 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 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)

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (387 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.