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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: 505
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 114
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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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that makes this one easy to drink.

10-20-2013 00:18:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-19-2014 00:29:26 | More by djrn2
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-19-2014 00:15:27 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-10-2014 06:16:09 | More by zestar
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-18-2014 02:51:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

06-27-2011 13:43:00 | More by emerge077
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

05-18-2014 03:18:03 | More by largadeer
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-29-2014 16:49:20 | More by SocalKicks
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%

Crystal clear and bright golden, under a a pearl white cap of foam, looking luscious.

Aromatics are bursting out all over. I could guess the hop(s), but I don't know if I'd get it right, so let's just throw it out there, in order of possible likelihood: 1. Amarillo, 2. Citra, 3. Cascade. {I'm an idiot. It's Nugget hops, along with 4 unmentioned others, and Golden Promise malt. Of course it is.}All kinds of juicy citric goodness, lemon and lemon are outshone by pineapple and mango and other tropical delights. Resiny, piney bitter traces are also present, but stay off to the sidelines. Gorgeous nose that continues to unfold it's flavors.

Taste: Hoppy at the fore, a terrific buzz on the palate, and a flavor that hangs in for the long haul. Bright, shiny, a treat on the tongue. Malt body is lean and clean, leaving the hops to do their thing. How damnably delicious is this? A lot, that's how much.

12-03-2013 01:13:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%

thanks to Weinando for the trade -enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a willybecker.

The color is deep golden clear with 2 fingers of white cream crowning with fine bead. The smell is strong with hop scents that are herbal with lots of floral nad slightly lemon rind in the nose with slight grass and pine odors. The feel is great moderately bitter with medium carbonation and some spice in the texture with slight tangy feel and gentle malt backing with semi-dry finish and very low alcohol/sweetness in general

The tast has a very intense nugget influence right off -of course with dank earthy and tangy citrus rind floral notes and slight astringent aspect in the background with the floral citrus being the most dominant in the taste with the golden promise adding a slight sweet quality to balance and moderate orange rind comes to mind with low astringency in the mostly dry finish. Overall excellent IPA in every sense -not as complex as some blended hop IPA's but Nugget holds its own well in this - thanks again Ryan!

06-03-2014 13:57:53 | More by Slatetank
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

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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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

an expertly crafted beer here, and a massive thank you to claystation for bringing this back from his pilgrimage for me. i am truly blessed. a light bright golden pour to this, capped by a snow white frothy head that clings like spiderwebs to the sides of the glass and hardly fades a lick. if this is a single malt, single hop ipa, which it appears to be, its complexity is baffling to me. so much going on here. crisp clean malt, the big brother of pilsener malt really, golden and only a little sweet. the hops are insane, not dissimilar to some of the cool new zealand varietals, and honestly not way off from their nelson sauvin ipa. citrus yes, pine a little, but those descriptors are far to generic for how interesting and dynamic both the nose and taste are of this beer. it takes me away to summer, and it drinks real easy, only medium bodied and softly carbonated. the aftertaste is a little bitter, but its hard to call this an ipa in the traditional sense, this is so evolved and interesting, not to mention downright fantastically delicious. i will wait anxiously for the next one, and again, thanks to claystation for indulging my senses to such a fine degree. memorable stuff.

01-11-2014 05:37:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-13-2014 02:55:23 | More by oline73
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4.51/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours clear golden with a patchy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of robust, pleasant nugget hops that give a citric fruity aroma.

The taste is absolutely delicious! Tropical/citric fruitiness from the nugget hops. The bitterness of the hops is balanced by a kiss of honey-like, biscuity, malt sweetness. The malt stays as a backbone allowing the hops to shine! Vibrant, long finish.

It is creamy, chewy - full-side of the spectrum without being too thick. Bitterness hangs on it a refreshingly dry way.

This brewery really knows how to showcase a hop. Great combination of hops and malts! A wonderful IPA! Very drinkable!

04-18-2014 17:49:42 | More by jwc215
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-11-2014 23:22:22 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-13-2013 05:00:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 02:00:59 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-20-2013 19:07:52 | More by drewone
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-08-2014 03:48:53 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

I like the description of this beer quite a bit. It fits it well.

Working through a growler of this from the nova.

Nice white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Flavor profile is a ton of citrus fruit mixed with some pine. Pineapple and grapefruit. Some floral earthy flavors. A tough of bready malts. Very fruity. Very fresh.

A nice amount of bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This growler was easy to polish off. Legit ipa from TG. Get some of this!

02-19-2013 02:25:45 | More by mothman
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-09-2013 17:52:45 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-19-2014 06:22:15 | More by Zaphog
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-21-2014 10:54:04 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

11-12-2013 01:11:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.