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Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 1,289
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 179
Gots: 194 | FT: 11
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice bubble show that leads to a three-fingered head; excellent retention and the lace is webbed

Smell: Floral aromatics, with cantaloupe wafting among the usual citrus and tropical fruit tones

Taste: Just a hint of the biscuit and then its all about the hops, with grapefruit, papaya and cantaloupe tones; very delicate and floral, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer from Toppling Goliath; love the delicate way they have to present the hops with just a touch of malt in the background

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a nice large foamy had with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops with light tropical fruits. Taste is also dominated by a big rush of citrusy hops and some tropical fruits notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with great carbonation. Well enjoyable IPA with limited bitterness and loads of nice huge floral notes. It is also nice to get a chance to taste this hops on its own.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmulebarn for this one, shared with rudzud... but now re-reviewed thanks to mase32 (Reddit) again shared with rudzud.

Big fluffy head fades slowly with great lacing, mostly clear golden color.

Nose fresh hops, fruity bubblegum, some citrus, faint pine and fair resin, juicy apricot like fruit.

Taste brings some fruit flavours again, little apricot like stone fruit, little bitter pine and resin, a little heavy grassy earthy herbal tea like hop, pretty bitter though, faint malt, but fairly tasty. Finish fairly bitter, light dry, little pine as resin, mild fruit.

Mouth is med bod, soft, decent carb.

Overall much better than the last one I had, prob much fresher too.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
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)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler hand-delivered by the best mother-in-law on the planet. Golden yellow body, mostly clear, whipped meringue towering white head. Ample lacing cascading down the sides of the glass. Aromas of grass, hops, dank floral notes. Earthy hops with a touch of resinous pine. Smooth body with mild bitterness. Tasty.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spigelau IPA glass. Bottled Sept 1st 2015.

Basically what a perfect looking IPA can be. Deep supper clear body, with a flame like centre glow and crystal edges, fine streams of pinhead carbonation, and a glowing brass perfect tangerine orange body color, lighter and brighter towards the sides. Head is creamy, big and froths even bubbled to four fingers. Island puck top with creamy retention, hardly even budging with pill like sheet s of lacing and streams on the side. One of the most perfect looking IPAs I've seen. Total goldilocks looking brew.

Jesus, that aroma. Hints of soft weed to dank and fleshy fruit, almost grapefruit quality but something more exotic smelling. Cedar like wood tones with great sweet woody almost bbq'd and fat dipped smells, mixing with large amounts of black tea. Sweet woody tannic and inviting, highly memorable, and just a touch of sweet malt.

Palate manages to keep more of the same qualities but a more focused and less complicated hop presence. Tea like soft flavors of black and green, slightly bringing out some herbal sweetness. Finishes with tannic sweet character, and loads of black tea softness. Moderate carbonation, just a hint juicy but not quite even aching towards some wet body.

A real great take on some soft IPA qualities, wish the depth was a bit more here but really not many complaints.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass, a very nice cloudy dark yellow color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/white head, with some nice sticky lacing and a big island in the middle of the glass. The nose is hoppy with a nice touch of malts. A nice citrus note, with a slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus thrown in, picking up a slight pine note as well. Medium body with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty IPA. Very glad to have my second Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of John_M
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden amber color, with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive as well, with some light tropical fruit, some orange citrus and light celery salt. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, though I get a bit of heat on the finish that is a bit disconcerting. The beer has good bitterness on the finish otherwise, and mouthfeel is suprisingly full fo such a low (relatively) low alcohol beer. Frankly, I was surprised that the abv. was a low as it was... I would have guessed something in the 8% range were I to sample this beer blind.

A nice, solid IPA, though obviously not in the same class as the APA made by these guys (the pseudosue). Still, this was a beer I was happy to be able to try. Thanks again Sean!

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Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, strong floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, strong pine, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of rye, and hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive indeed!

Smell: rich fruity hops with a dash of pine; the overall effect is very tropical with mango and pineapple along with tangerine and grapefruit. Yum!

Taste: a nice continuation of what's on offer in the aroma, with a lightly sweet, very fruity flavor finishing with a relatively mild bitterness. Bright, fresh and delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and huge creaminess that is massive for the style. Woo!

Overall: what a great beer. I just wish it were distributed in my state.

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Photo of rudzud
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a relatively clear, golden orange color with a well-sized cap of froth. Laces effectively. Aroma is pungent yet somehow refined and completely hoppy. Floral hops and bubblegummy hops. Soft sweetness in the nose as well; doesn't bring forth a specific aroma. The flavor tastes like bubblegum but I don't think it's the yeast as it tastes like a hoppy bubblegum flavor. Maybe I'm just ignorant. I also get lots of floral and grass with some citrus mixed in. Just enough sweet, malty balance but it never overextends it's reach. The flavor, like all Toppling Goliath brews, is genuinely unique. This probably my fifth or six brew by them and they have all been stunning. Bottled.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 01 SEP 15
A - tangerine colored ale with a creamy off-white head
S - juicy aroma: orange, grapefruit, mango, light caramel,
T - hop forward and very bitter; juicy and zesty with grapefruit & orange rind, pine, mango, light caramel, faint pepperiness from the Golden Promise malt
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes very bitter and very dry
O - fun to try something from Toppling Goliathn. I will buy this again if given the opportunity. I also hope to try more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mostly clear golden amber with an off white creamy head and a strong lacing. Nose has a fair bit of floral notes, some tropical fruit and ripe grapefruit. Taste follows suit perfectly, floral presence, moderate grain bill underneath and a hint of caramel malt with an assertive tropical fruit finishing strong grapefruit but light hop bitterness. Assertive carbonation, medium body, good feel, semi dry finish.

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Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a growler filled at Casonova's in Hudson 104 hours ago (almost 4 and 1/2 days ago)

A=Hazy light gold color...nice fluffy white head....plenty of carbonation evident still..

S-Fresh citrus leaning towards lemons, but also oranges....combined with a light fresh floral aroma...

T-Another dandy...I get a lot of lemon drop like flavor from this...also some hints of tropical fruits...more papaya than mango...a bit of pineapple...I have a harder time describing the malt bill and have for most of the TG beers but it is what I think really makes these beers so good. Kind of an unobtrusive light sugar cookie maltiness...

M-Medium bodied...perfect weight and drinkablity for an IPA...not a pale ale but not a huge beer either....

O-Another top notch effort from this place. Quickly earning a spot in my top five breweries in the country if not higher...A slight tick below the others I have had from TG but still elite...

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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