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Golden Nugget IPA | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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 in the finish.

56 IBU

Added by AmericanGothic on 06-06-2011

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.7%
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 +5.5%
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 bismarksays
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +7.4%
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
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