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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: 161
Hads: 1,364
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 188
Gots: 216 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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 grandbeerdaily
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

his beer its excellent on tap art their brew pub. The highlight of the entire experience its the decor. If you haven't check.. it out.

Color its golden and perfectly clear. The light Shines through and turns golden with this full, 7.2 percent IPA.(not 6 percent)

The aroma is lacking. Very few floral notes in the background, mostly malty. Better as out warns with citrus and pine.

Flavor its very full. I'd call this an IPA and a half. Very full with a smooth well balanced mouth feel that isn't over carbonated. Simple malty flavors start that let r the golden malt shine. Earthy flavors balance the sweet immediately and allow for citrus, grapefruit, and pine to come through. A little too bitter for the style but not overly astringent, leaving a smooth bitter aftertaste that lasts.

Overall an awesome beer to have on tap. Super fresh really n makes this a drink to remember.

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Photo of jera1350
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Root Note.

Golden color with egg white head and sticky lacing. Big citrus and floral fruit scents along with tropical fruit. Plump juicy hops with medium bitterness. Loads of citrus and tropical notes. A taste explosion. Medium body, a bit of prickly carbonation. Overall, love this beer. A top tier IPA for sure and I want more!

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Growler. Pretty spendy- $16 for G-nug refill, $20 including new growler.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a gorgeous fluffy head.

Juicy citrus notes abound- loads of hops cover most of the malt backbone which is how it should be. Very inviting.

In the taste department- with IBU's in the mid 50s its clear that the truckloads of hops were added at the end of the boil. Huge hop notes without immeasurable bitterness. Malt profile does a good job of trying to balance everything out.

Overall- awesome, awesome IPA. This brew almost makes me wish I lived in Iowa. Almost. Worth seeking out- if more people were exposed to this beer it would be one of the power-player IPAs in the beer world.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bomber into a glass stein.

Appearance- The same cloudy, golden-orange body greets me when poured. There is something about pale ales that TG make where they just shine through the glass, luminous and awesome.

The head is really pillowy and rather dense, with a good smattering of bubbles on the lid. It is about two-fingers in width with very decent web lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell- It is just oozing pine and citrus notes. The citrus is most noticeably some grapefruit rind. There is also just a slight sweet tinge to it that could come off as oranges. A slight must also brings to mind passion fruit. Wonderful!

Taste- It is not a palate wrecker, but the hop forward character is certainly here. The front of the drink has the hop tingle and flavor of some grapefruit and passion fruit. The pine also starts to mingle as it rolls over the tongue.

The finish is just as strong with these same notes, but breaks out the sweeter malt flavors and a slightly floral character. The malt is most like a caramel malt, and even imitates vanilla a little bit. Hop forward, but still showcasing a good malt quality. Awesome!

Mouth feel- The beer has a great medium body that goes well with this IPA. For the slightly bitter finish, it still finishes well; it is not too dry and goes down easy. This is really well done.

Overall- I think I enjoyed the bottle of Golden Nugget better than my tap experience, as my score will indicate. Honestly, the biggest difference was the great head and lacing that was not present from having it on tap.

That and the flavors were hoppier, yet seemed less bitter than I remember. I am not one to complain though. It is still a great IPA and one of the best I have had.

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Photo of daledeee
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes the best things are discovered by accident. I went to Elkader and the OTHER bar was closed. Walked into a different bar that featured mostly Iowa beers.

I ordered a large. It came with a beautiful white head and a cloudy bright yellow body. Lacing was good thorughout the glass.

Nose was really fresh with floral, citrus and hops all the way.

Taste....Well.. In a nutshell, this is why we drink our beer fresh. This has the most beautiful fresh citrus blend of orange and lemon and the lemon rind bit you hard at first. There wasn't much spice but the hop profile was as good as it gets. I am told this is made with Golden Nugget hops. My mouth was loaded with hop flavor for some time after the visit. And it was a good aftertaste. A rare treat.

Mouthfeel was just heavy enough with good carbonation. I can't say enough about this beer. I truly think that for me personally this is the best IPA I have had. Just shows what fresh quality beer can do for you. I could only have one, I will go back. Next stop may be the brewery.

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber of Golden Nugget from the brewery in Decorah. Poured into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1+ finger of head. Nice golden color. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Great hop aroma. Really nice floral citrusy hop smell. Grapefruit and orange. A little piney hop smell, but mostly tropical fruit citrus. Impressive hop aroma. Not a lot of malt to pick up with all the hops. Another reviewer of Golden Nugget compared it to Two Hearted, and I can see now why.

T. Taste is very good as well. Has a nice bitterness as well as a lot of hop flavor. More of the citrus fruit flavors of grapefruit and a little orange. Has a pretty dry malt presence, almost biscuity. Tongue coating bitterness though.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. Have had this on tap a couple of times at different places in Decorah. TG does not allow growler sales of Golden Nugget, so that they do not run out of it. They are now bottling in Bombers so got an opportunity to take it home. This is a very good IPA, on par with some of the big boys. Keep an eye out for Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wonderful crisp golden color with a nice, creamy, tight white head. A nice thin lace is left behind.

S - Hop aromas jump out of the glass. Juicy grapefruit and other citrus along with some floral hops. Very sweet fruity aroma with a bit of bitter notes. Base malt provides a background but doesn't provide much aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Wonderful hoppy flavor with a lot of juicy grapefruit and orange along with some other fruity flavors. Slightly bitter on the back of the taste. Mid sip, some more of the floral flavors come out.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation. Pretty crisp with a nice refreshing finish.

D - Wonderful hop flavors with a nice balance between sweet and bitter citrus and nice floral hints. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

Notes: Had this on tap at The Sanctuary. Wonderful hoppy IPA. Great flavors, especially fruity flavors. Another wonderful beer by Toppling Goliath, these guys keep impressing me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 bismarksays
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap a second time at Toppling Goliath

A-Golden straw with a touch of haze, decent head and extraordinary lacing

S-A touch of peach and grapefruit, intriguing

T/M First taste is nice, bitter grapefruit and a bit sweet.A touch creamy at first, but with a bitterness that is not to be unexpected for the style

A very good IPA and I can see why it is a local favorite.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a nonic at Red's.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with one finger of off-white head. Very good retention and lace.

S: A nose full of nice, fresh peaches. Very promising.

T: Interesting. Starts with bitter grapefruit and then goes quickly to the peaches from the smell, lingers, and then a fast swoop back to the bitter grapefruit. Oh, yeah, that's what beer is about.

M: Light, creamy and fizzy at the same time.

O: Outstanding, one of the best single IPA's I've had. In a league with Two Hearted in terms of quality, though a more bitter profile overall. Find it and enjoy.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.