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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: 504
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 113
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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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3/5  rDev -29.6%

05-18-2014 03:18:03 | More by largadeer
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

08-11-2013 02:07:30 | More by Soneast
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3.18/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

10-19-2011 23:33:03 | More by bashiba
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3.31/5  rDev -22.3%

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear darker golden huhue ith a one finger whiter head that leaves a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of earthy, herbal, tea, faint pine and citrus. Light sweet malts, just really herbal. Not digging this.

T - Taste is the nose, just in my mouth. Sigh. Tea, herbal earthy, a rather unappealing bubblegum taste that doesn't really fit with this beer. Argh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, would like some more.

O - Overall I was incredibly unimpressed by this beer. Was just a mess for me.

12-18-2013 23:21:33 | More by rudzud
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-23-2014 02:50:04 | More by Fr0stb1te
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

10-19-2013 15:36:03 | More by tourdot
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-06-2014 03:08:49 | More by Beestin
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-12-2012 07:28:45 | More by tvv375ia
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-04-2014 04:01:42 | More by inkdemention
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

08-15-2014 01:33:22 | More by LukeGude
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

05-04-2014 19:37:39 | More by vissai
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-13-2014 19:16:58 | More by PA-Michigander
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

06-23-2013 03:19:48 | More by mattafett
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-27-2014 01:19:48 | More by Nichols33
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

10-28-2013 11:22:08 | More by fredmugs
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-19-2014 23:29:53 | More by WiscoTerr
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

08-07-2014 13:23:31 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

09-28-2012 19:15:27 | More by irespectbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

09-01-2013 03:14:35 | More by einman
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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%

Thank you Slatetank for sharing this with me. Ive heard a lot about this brewery and im excited that this was my first of their offerings. It pours a hazy golden color with an off-white cap. Some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of mango and caramel malt with plenty of hoppiness that comes across like melon or cantaloupe. Some alcohol adds to that fruity feel as it warms up.

The taste is pulpy and pithy with that previously mentioned melon or cantaloupe yeasty green feel. Some caramel grain sweetness with grass and fruity alcohol. This is modestly bitter and unique but im not completely sure if I like it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is very melon-like which I was not crazy about but overall it was decent and im glad I got a chance to try it. Thank you again Matt.

06-13-2014 18:24:07 | More by stakem
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3.55/5  rDev -16.7%

Thanks to mmulebarn for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours a decent creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice rich lacing, crystal clear tan iced tea colored.

Nose is OK, but not great, some earthy spicy hops, mild pine and citrus, into sweet candy malt, herbal chewy hops, copper malts, sweet but not toasty and no caramel.

Taste is semi sweet candy malts with light caramel and copper malt again, no real toastiness again. Hops are mostly bittering again, fair bitter to start then increases. Hops bring earthy slight herbal flavors, little chewy and a little gum doughy like hop flavor, hard to describe. Little juicy malt, with the herbal tea hop flavors. Finish is a little sweet and sticky, more herbal tea and earthy hops, fair to a bit bigger bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, little heavier and mild sticky, lighter carb, little oily profile.

Overall meh. Nothing really going on, surprised this has such a high rating. Oh well.

12-20-2013 01:25:11 | More by jlindros
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3.66/5  rDev -14.1%

Draft service into a nonic glass at Red's Alehouse in North Liberty, Iowa.

A: Crystal clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean, but not really attention-grabbing; subtle hops qualities detectable in the smell include earth, spice, and vegetation.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with piney hops aromatics that give way to earth, savory spice in the middle that is almost cumin-like. Malt is understated--restrained--with a rye-like crispness. Clean flavors reign late, with mild bitterness and delicate floral hops that may have been stepped on earlier in the flavor profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is more similar to the IPAs of other, ordinary, breweries than to many of the other pale ales produced by Toppling Goliath. Although it possesses less unique character than a beer such as Zeelander, it is found to be a solid, middle-range offering for the style. It is also found to be remarkably clear; the pale ales of Toppling Goliath used to have a reputation for rather extreme haziness.

12-10-2013 01:33:02 | More by beagle75
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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

On tap at Jac's and served in a pint glass. My desire to drink fresh Toppling Goliath beers continues.

Very light straw yellow with a cover and some skim.

Smell is much lighter than anticipated, though I will go on record claiming the deepest depths at which I hate that shit that bars spray into upside down glasses in the name of what, disinfectant? It sucks and I firmly feel it detracts from a positive tap experience. As is, light pine and malts.

One of the sprucier IPA's I've come across in quite some time. Floral, herbal pine and the Spruce Moose. I said "get in!" Hefty malt spine supports the evergreen and the finish shows some light orange citrus. Bready caramel all over as a firm prop.

Lightly sticky and aptly carbonated.

Truthfully this was a bit of a letdown.Not a bad beer by any means, just not what I look for in an IPA. On the maltier side and really not especially fresh tasting. Still looking forward to more TG beers and happy Madison seems to be in the plans.

02-21-2013 03:55:07 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.74/5  rDev -12.2%

A: poured into a Hopleaf tulip. Clear golden color. Forms a moderately large bubbly white head. Decent retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Citrus forward with notes of orange and grapefruit. A faint hint of pine in the mix as well.

T: Taste is the typical IPA flavor. Mild caramel malts, grapefruit, and pine.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: This beer tastes like the stereotypical American IPA. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel like I've had this beer a dozen times before.

01-11-2013 02:40:39 | More by Florida9
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-05-2014 17:29:14 | More by jtladner
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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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