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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: 146
Hads: 1,254
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.33%
Wants: 180
Gots: 183 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 1,254
Photo of CraigP83
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter in color with nice head retention. Slightly grassy smell, floral hops. Acidic citrus zing I can't put my finger on, almost like pineapple.. Fades into grassy hop flavor but not overly intense. Not a very hearty brew.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my last trip through Decorah.
I have to say it is the first beer from TG that has disappointed me. Looks great and smells great. But this is the first beer I've ever tasted that has what I would call a "grassy" taste. I don't know anything about Nugget hops, perhaps that is part of the flavor profile. This is not a bad beer or drain pour (I drank the whole bomber), but it is not a beer I would return to.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. Poured into a tasting stange it showed a maize coloring, and held a solid two finger head of snowy, cakey whitish bubbles. Retention was high, with jutting lines of spidery lacing left around our glasses. No haze was noted, but thick chunks of sediment fell out with the dregs of the bottle after the fact. Carbonation appeared to be highly active and uniform throughout. The aroma hung heavy with juicy hop varietals spanning citric grapefruitiness to syrupy tropical nectars. Blending between the two were notes of hot tin, coconut and pineapple flesh, fusel booze, lemon flesh, plastic and light cloven phenols, garlic zest, mineral water, clean and powdery pale malts, chalked adjuncty corn, Runt candies, icy white sugars, browned apple dankness, and earthen mineral, honeydew melon, brass, and pine twig saps. When you met the flavoring, it nearly retained all of said juiciness, through a blend of bittering citric and herbal hops, cleaner grassy resins with warmth, mildly synthetic soured lemon cleaner, toasty pale maltiness, dusty and chalky ale yeastiness, heavy rubbers, peppery booze, lightly salted caramel, slate and mineral-laden concrete, bitter fresh sage, tannic lemon breakfast tea, dirty wet wheatiness, shoe polish, grapefruit rind, and soapy bitters. The hops breathing through the aftertaste were especially bittering, but curiously in the same forms of grasses, herbals, and citrics. The body was medium, but lightened and watered around the edges, while carbonation was high, and contributed plentifully towards skinning the first layer from the roof of your mouth. Cream, froth, slurp, and smack were all intact, and the mouth was left slicked and somewhat puckered. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared rather quickly.

Overall, this is yet another example of a Toppling Goliath brew that heavily showcases a unique hop in a seemingly singular manner. The nugget hop, here, spans the spectrum of hops, hitting sweet, savory, and bittering all in one fell swoop. To deviate from their glimmering line of American pales, this gives more bitterness, giving it this altered, differing feel that we were starting to believe was uniform throughout all of their beers. We welcomed this change. Although they didn’t have any more of this sweet Golden Nugget to go home with us from the brewpub itself, we were intriguingly delighted when the bartender suggested we look across the street at the gas station. We were beyond thankful to find a few remaining bottles, and happily stocked up on this tasty dish. Weeks later, the bottles hold up to the tasting we had at the brewpub, keeping us happy that we’ve got one more bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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 richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with one to two finger white head. Decent retention and leaves moderate sticky lacing.

S: Oranges, grapefruit, and lemon peel. Evergreen trees and fragrant floral hops.

T: Lots of citrus. Orange juice mixed with grapefruit. A light honey sweetness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Finish is a touch bitter, but clean and very refreshing.

O: An excellent IPA. So far I've enjoyed everything I have tried from TG. This is my first beer with nugget hops, and looks like I need to find more.

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Photo of Austin32
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer....never had it on tap but have had several freshly bottled bombers and its pretty amazing. Super crisp, mouth full of citrus hop throughout and finishes extremely clean with no bitterness. Haven't had a bad TG beer yet and this is no exception.

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Photo of Phocion
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber pours into my glass with a mostly clear, bright yellow-golden body and a massive white rocky head that barely falls after five minutes. Big, soapy chunks of lacing.

Surprisingly well-balanced on the nose. Big piney Nugget hops play well with the Golden Promise giving its characteristic nutty and toasted wheat bread aromas. Extremely floral; smells like I'm sitting in a garden. Dank resins along with a subtle grapefruit and orange aroma. Pleasantly catty.

Very clean flavor. Hops are more flavorful than bitter with a healthy dose of floral and resinous notes. Light fruitiness that leans more citrus than tropical. Chewy toasted flavors on the back end. Dry, clean, but only lightly bitter finish.

Light-medium body and moderately carbonated. Clean and refreshing with the carbonation being just enough to make this crisp, but not filling. Very drinkable.

Yikes, this glass is disappearing way too quickly for a 6% beer. If BA still used the ancient "drinkability" category, this would definitely get a 5 for that. Hop-forward but surprisingly and pleasantly well-balanced for an IPA. I love SMaSH beers done right, and this is one of those. This is a perfect example of a very well-crafted and simple, but delicious beer.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing Balance between hop forwardness and malt backbone. My only sore point with this beer is the lack of carb....could use a bit more zing on the tongue.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a phenomenal beer, nice malt to hop ratio if you get the chance to try it do. I had a nice review made up but once again this website screwed that up. Do yourself a favor and try any TG beers you can . I am thankful for my friends that have hooked me up on these. They are very earthy grainy well balanced beers. This one is a bit more assertive on the hop profile but not overly so. Its a nicely balanced beer and I think the reviews on this one will grow. This is a bit underrated!

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Photo of BSUNyikos31
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Sweet tropical fruit and a certain floral grassy note.
Taste is loads of tropical fruit in the front and the perfect amount of bitterness left on the palate.

Very easy beer to drink!

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Medium clarity, small collar and OK lacing.

Aroma: Big intensity dank and tropical fruit hop character.

Flavor: Same characteristics, but slightly less intense. Bitterness is in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and well carbonated.

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Photo of Redrover
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my co-worked Luke for muleing these back to me!

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a medium copper with a clingy & clumpy white head. It is chill hazed.

It has an aroma of citrus, pine, herbs and golden grains.

This one leads with pine resin and citrus and it’s a great 1-2 punch. Hops also have a tropical edge. There is some sweet cracker like taste from the malts and just a hint of plum.

The mouth has pretty high carbonation which scours away the hop goodness.

My second beer from this brewery and it is another tasty one. I’m now a fan!

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Photo of kudsak
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had the original now, as well as the kind that is bottled by The Florida people. Wish you could actually remember them to contrast the two. The Florida one that I'm drinking right now has a nice golden color with a creamy white head. Spell citrusy of course, good mouth feel. Taste like citrusy fruits and hops. This IPAA tends to land not so much on the extremely bitter side of IPAs. It is bitter, no doubt, but it balanced off by a reasonable malt content. Not overwhelmingly malty mind you, it strikes a pretty good balance.

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Steasy66 - beerbro.

Appearance. Pours a pretty rich, bright yellow-gold with just a touch of orange and a little bit of haze. Head is a finger, thick and white. Great lacing.

Smell. Bright fresh citrus fruits (especially yellow grapefruit), some sweet juicy tropical fruit and a bit of light malt.

Taste. Nice grapefruity citrus notes, a bit of mango and little bit of pine wood, some bitter grapefruit rind lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Not a big IPA but very well rounded and gots all of the good stuff.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my TG chalice glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, crystal clear (can both read and see through), creàmy off-white head settles into a 1/4 glass lacing, moderate carbonation with small and moderate size bubbles; medium laking

S: 10/12 - intense pine/resiny notes, some moderate citrus aroma as well, over bready/biscuity malts and alcohol

T: 16/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a sharp pop of bitterness; this gives way to a flavor profile that compliments the nose - pine/evergreen, dank and citrus; in the middle to the back of the palate, there is an moderate toasty/biscuity malt profile and alcohol; finishes West Coast-esque dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - moderate body, dry, moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent West Coast-style IPA that features all the best aspects of Nugget - pine, dank and citrusy; I prefer this to Troegs Nugget Nectar, and this reminds me a lot of a Stone IPA with its intense aroma hop flavors and crystal clarity; highly recommended

TOTAL - 42/50

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Photo of SteveB24
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-Color is a bright, clear amber. A gentle pour resulted in two fingers of white, frothy head. tons of bubbles stream up to the surface reinforcing it.
Smell-Quite floral, with a citrus twist, some malt caramel in there too.
Taste-Very similar to the aroma, upfront i picked up on floral hop notes, with some pine and citrus, there's a pretty significant cracker-like malt presence that balances the hops nicely.
Feel-Quite light, for the complex flavors. Very carbonated, finishes slightly dry.
Overall-Very nice, balanced IPA.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass from a bomber. No date that I could find, but it arrived in my friend's three days ago.

Color is a clear gold with an enormous frothy white head that slowly settled. Good lacing.
Smell is tropical fruit with pine and some caramel apple.
Flavor is a lot of tangerine with some pine notes and melon. Finish is crisp with tangerine rind that lingers nicely.
Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Some oily hop resins and a dry finish.

Overall, a very good IPA from TG.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

From notes on 8/2/2014, poured from a Growler scored from Casanova's just before they stopped supplying. My first TG brew:
A: Vigorous pour into imperial pint glass. Well, light golden; nice 2 finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving decent lacing. Looks good.
S: Floral, earthy...definitely a change of pace from the tropical and/or piney hop bombs.
T: Follows the nose. Some biscuity malt backbone balancing the earthy, floral hops.
M: Medium, resiny.

Overall: This is good, it's well made, and it's a nice change of pace from other IPAs in the vicinity...I wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down, but I'd happily drink it again. To be fair, Nugget hops just aren't my favorites.

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Photo of bound4er
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Straight up straw appearance with a fast breaking white head of 2 fingers.
S. Some malt, a bit of lemon, onion, garlic and a hint of weedy pine.
T. Sort of bland tasting - I get mostly onion and earth-like hops with some bready malt serving as a nice backbone.
M. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
O. I don't quite understand the wetting of pants that occurs over TG. The two beers I have had from them so far have been okay (PseudoSue being the other) - call them nothing special. Add the fact that they're only available in bombers at 7 to 8 bucks a throw and you've got any easy pass on buying either of these beers in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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 guityler83
4/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Finger tall soapy looking,white foam that sustained for a long time. When the head did fall it left a coat of lacing on the edge of the snifter, the full hight of the head. Near crystal clear straw to golden yellow color beer with no sediment.

S: Medium pine tree hop aroma with slight apple, cherry fruity undertone. Mild sweet bready malt aroma reminiscent of hot buns coming signature Golden Promise.

T: Moderate bitterness with refreshing pine and slight citrus (orange peel). The hop flavors continue in the middle with more brighter pine tree and grassy notes. The malt flavor stays subdued but the slightly sweet bready, doughy flavors meld in the middle before giving way to toasty finish. Balance is on the hops. Mostly clean fermentation character though I might be getting some esters at warmer temps.

M: Resiny oily stickiness on the tongue after a few sips that leaves a course like feeling when it goes away. Moderately bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The finish is moderate but the harshness gives more impression of body then there is.

O: Pine forward with a slightly sweet malt profile. Middle of the road IPA as far as the flavor profile in my book, but well brewed like the other TG beers I’ve tried.

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Photo of John_M
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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 brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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 RutgersEng
4/5  rDev -4.8%

This is a light IPA with a clear yellow in the glass with a two finger plus head. It leaves a lot of lacing along the glass.

Smell is concentrated pine with some earthy tones, not much citrus on the nose.

Taste was all pine that jumps out at the first sip and throughout the glass. The citrus is not as evident if you are looking from light citrus ex. orange/grapefruit etc. The citrus comes with a good bit of acid taste like grapefruit skin. Not as pleasant as Citra hop beers.

Overall, a nice drink with a lot of piney flavors with a citrus skin bite. I like this beer for easy drinking with a meal.

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Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a frothy, resiny, white head that has great persistence and laces well. Wow. An amazing, rich pine/citrus hop aroma. This is just bursting with aroma. Radiantly clear gold color. Starts with an intense bitterness; heavy citrus rind with pine. This subsides for a moment to let a touch of malt through, then intensifies again; more citrus rind. The finish is wonderful; citrusy hop resin with a nice "green" aspect to it.

I grow Nugget hops, and this smells exactly like a harvest. I can't get over how awesome this smells. The initial flavor is a little off-putting, but as it lingers and mellows, it becomes absolutely wonderful.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.