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Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%


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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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 23:21:33 | More by rudzud
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beagle75

Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 01:33:02 | More by beagle75
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2013 01:13:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-12-2013 01:11:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aptly named this pours a golden glowing liquid with a slight white head and some minimal lace. Smells of tangerines, florals, papaya and mango. Extremely inviting. Taste is almost exactly the same..tangerines and papaya, light floral elements, there is a light biscuit and honey malt presence. Juicy and moderately bitter this is pretty balanced. Velvety mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink and delicious. Really enjoying this one.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2013 01:56:55 | More by JackieTH
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz pour at the Great Amherst Beer Festival today, 10/12/2013. Poured into a plastic cup which was then transferred into my Cigar City snifter. I've actually had this twice in the past on tap at Brickhouse in Madison, Wisconsin.

Looks like a pale ale with its clear golden body, no haziness whatsoever. Comes with a nice thick white head that dissipates slowly into the beer. Lots of lacing.

Smells very dank and resinous. A mix of citrusy lemons along with a rather floral nose. A little bit of the bread and toffee malts come out, but this is a very hop-forward nose.

Flavour is rather citrusy, but dominated by a thick, leafy presence that makes me wonder if this is wet hopped. Floral bitterness definitely dominate throughout. Some bready malts pop out, but this has that heavy floral bitterness dominating the beer throughout. I dig it.

Medium bodied, very well carbonated. Feels wet on the tongue without drying it out too much. A rather drinkable IPA.

Very good IPA, I prefer Zeelander to this. And of course pseudoSue is my preferred pale ale from TG, even though this is an IPA. Still, I recommend this to anyone who has a remote interest in IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 02:58:00 | More by Stevedore
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joe1510

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler
$14.00
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

Golden Nugget is golden to say the least, pale and bright with perfect clarity. There's not a touch of haze in this beer. Your standard pour produces a billowing, fluffy, pure-as-the-driven-snow white head that leaves behind towers of lace with each drink. This is a great looking IPA!

The nose is loaded with fruit upront, soft spruce, and candied citrus peel in the back. Cantaloupe and tangerine dominate the nose with the soft spruce, gin-like botanicals, and candied citrus all following in their wake. Soft caramel is the maltiness present but Golden Nugget is a hop showcase. The more I smell the more the gin botanicals grab hold of this IPA. Exceptionally unique and interesting!

I didn't think it would happen but the flavor is as expressive as the aroma. Tangerine hits before the cantaloupe, those botanicals are intermingled throughout, candied citrus peel and soft spruce are more noticeable in the finish. The sheer amount of flavor profiles is staggering and they all work in harmony. Caramel malt eases in and out. Outstanding!

This is a supremely drinkable IPA. The bitterness is on the light side of moderate and the body the body is velvety. The bitterness grows with each successive pour but never beyond moderate. Absolutely delicious!

Golden Nugget is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while and I've been drinking a lot of them lately. This beer is expertly crafted with perfect balance and exceptional flavor. I can't get enough and the glutton in me wishes I'd have gotten another growler.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2013 01:19:02 | More by joe1510
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 03:26:11 | More by Vonerichs
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henrichsj

Iowa

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just as the name suggests, golden in color, nice amount of head on top

S - Some citrus smell, some lemon; slightly hoppy

T - Citrus hops, Kind of caramely, yet spicy; I've heard beers described as 'grassy' and not known what that means, although now I think I do; some nice bitterness afterward

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing

O - Was a little bummed that I couldn't get PseudoSue in a growler. That was the beer I was excited to try on my recent visit to Decorah. But I was able to get a pint of it and fill a growler with Golden Nugget. Had the wife and kids with me so couldn't go crazy, but loved this beer! Big fan of TGBrews!

Serving type: growler

08-29-2013 21:48:20 | More by henrichsj
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brickhouse BBQ in Madison.

A. Clear orange-gold with a small white head.

S. Fresh citrus, tangelo, sweet grain, mild leafiness.

T. Grapefruit, mango, pine, hint of vanilla, dry breadiness.

M. Light-bodied, creamy carbonation.

O. A very nice, drinkable IPA. Not the most memorable beer, but definitely well-crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:31:08 | More by Etan
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Toppling Goliath makes a lot of outstanding IPAs and APAs. Although for me, Golden Nugget ranks behind both SOSU and PseudoSue when comparing TG brews, this is still a very solid IPA. I guess I didn't think it was quite as crisp and refreshing as Sue so that is what downgraded it for me a bit. It didn't go down quite as smoothly as I would like. It was still rather enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 02:12:09 | More by mjpolzin
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew to try from this Iowa brewery that seems to be blowing up like bandits. PseudoSue wasn't available, but I didn't complain when I was still able to snag a growler of Golden Nugget.

A- Poured from a small Bait Shop growler into a DFH IPA glass. Hazy golden with 2 finger white head. Great retention. Soapy lacing was decent. Immaculate carbonation bubbles.

S- Dank hop profile. Mango, Pineapple, grapefruit pith. Bready honey malt back bone

T- Pine and citrus hop character up front is intense and fantastic. Some sweet pale malt shows up soon after, just before the spicy, earthy bitterness finishes it off in the back of the throat. Doesn't go abrasive or astringent, but it sure tries. Prickly almost.

M- Refreshing, wet, fairly drinkable. Mid body. Not overly dry for the style.

O- A beer featuring the Nugget Hop. Just a damn fine Ipa with a solid balance and everything I could ask for. Won't be my last from Toppling Goliath

Serving type: growler

07-12-2013 03:49:50 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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...

Serving type: growler

06-22-2013 05:24:00 | More by ZAP
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Teku.

A: Brilliant golden hue with a slight haze and about 3/4 inch of frothy white head. Lacing coats the glass, and head settles to a couple of millimeters of foam on the surface.

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit up front, with some bready malt notes lingering behind.

T: Much like the smell, but more pronounced. Grapefruit, mango, and some pineapple notes, along with grassy, floral notes on the finish. Malt brings some honey-like undertones, along with some cracker-like notes.

M: Moderate in body, and full of flavor, but not as viscous and oily as some other IPAs. Very soft, with a dry, clean finish. Alcohol is well-hidden as well.

O: Toppling Goliath continues to impress me with their beers. This one is no slouch either. Drinkability is impeccable! I'll be picking this up again in the future.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2013 00:53:34 | More by WYVYRN527
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2013 23:07:47 | More by yamar68
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, passion fruit, grapefruit and flower bed. It is a strong, well crafted aroma. The taste runs along the same lines as the aroma. It is juicy with tons of citrus, and enough floral notes to keep the citrus from running riot. The bitterness is moderate for an IPA, but that works in this beet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great IPA. Hell, it's a great beer period. I will be searching this beer out again many times in the future.

Serving type: growler

05-08-2013 03:17:44 | More by KarlHungus
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 03:55:07 | More by BarrytheBear
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-19-2013 02:25:45 | More by mothman
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Florida9

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2013 02:40:39 | More by Florida9
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 08:45:49 | More by tewaris
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jegross2

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Serving type: growler

12-02-2012 19:24:58 | More by jegross2
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morimech

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2012 01:12:05 | More by morimech
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on draft at 3 different places during a short business trip to Iowa: El Bait Shop (Des Moines), Share (Iowa City) and Short's Burger & Shine (Iowa City).

A: Lightly hazy golden/pale color, topped with 1/2-1 finger of fluffy whitish head. Long-drawn ribbons of breaking lace, moderate carbonation.

S: Strong 'nugget' aroma: juicy & pithy, slightly piney, spicy. Sniff, sniff, sniff again. Very good cool, even better as it warms.

T: LOTS of citrus, tropical pineapple and orange, then green bitters and herbal grassiness. Captures all the best traits of these hops, and is backed by sturdy caramel/pale maltiness. Terrific balance.

M: Medium body, with a succulent 'juiciness' like freshly-squeezed citrus. Hop oils lend a sharpness and spicy bite, but overall balance is excellent and the bitterness wanes quickly.

O: A 'wow' beer ~ one of the most 'drinkable' IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. I'm a huge fan of a new brewery in Oregon called Boneyard; I think their RPM IPA is amazing --- but this Golden Nugget stuff? Damn, every bit as good. Very happy to have had the chance to (repeatedly) try... I'm singing its praises all the way back to the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 21:46:36 | More by msubulldog25
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Red's outside of Iowa city thanks to the recommendation of Damian, the head of beer operations at that fin establishment.

The beer has a nice orange color with nice lacing has well. A good but not amazing head. The aroma has plenty of nice pungent nugget hops, some sweet breads, and overall platforms the hop bitters in a west coast ipa manner, which I didn't expect from a Iowa brew! The taste follows the smell with fresh hops taking center stage, grassy and dank weed tastes that are great and sort of remind me of an Alpine brewery beer. A very good feel that is slick, bitter and semi sweet.

A very nice beer overall that needs to be had if you find yourself in the great state of Iowa.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 13:15:45 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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