Golden Nugget IPA - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 173
Gots: 123 | FT: 8
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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 jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of d5001986
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours clear golden with medium off-white head.

S: Citrus,melon, honey, grass, and slight alcohol.

T: Tangerine, floral, and some breadiness. There's the typical malt to balance. Light bitterness.

M: Med-light body, moderate carbonation. Clean and smooth.

O: A solid brew from TG. It's not going down as my favorite, but has that signature TG taste that is always so drinkable.

Photo of mverity
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split at Proof Happy Hour bottle share. Pale straw color with an uneven bubbly white head. Sticky legs and the head had some damn good staying power. Aroma is muted floral and grassy hops, grassy grainy malt and some tropical citrus. Taste is lightly bitter, but the sweet grass grain and floral/citrus hops play well together. Light body and low carbonation despite the big head.

Photo of Ri0
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottled into chalice. Bottled just over a week ago.

A - A clear light golden hue with a 2 finger white head. The retention is superb and it leaves a collar and lacing all over.

S - Aromas are sweet, tropical, some herbal, floral hops. Sweet buiscuit and honey make up the malt. It really is a hop forward aroma.

T - Ripe juicy tropical hops with herbal and leafy notes. The bitterness is contained by the sweet biscuit malts and honey. This blend really works well for my taste buds.

M - Lighter body, perfect carbonation, and a bitter sweet after taste.

O - Sensational IPA from TG. Very happy I was able to get a bottle the next day after it arrived.

Photo of ChimRichels
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear body, very light golden color. Head is stiff, bone white. plenty of lacing

S - I swear that TG slips some citra into all their beers. I can definitely get some of the tropical fruits that their other beers have, although the nose tends to be bring more pine and citrus than others.

T - Pretty much follows the aroma, light tropical fruits, with a finish that brings a good deal of bitterness. Bitterness seems to be getting more aggressive as it progresses, which I seem to appreciate.

M - A little thin, but not in a way that is detrimental to the beer by any means.

O - Another pretty solid beer from TG, I look forward to try some of their beers that aren't IPAs

Photo of Apatschinn
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

App. - Beautiful golden pour with a little bit of head. About a finger and a half to be precise. Much lacing down the sides of the glass

Smell - Piney with complex citrus. Orange, Grapefruit.. Reminds me of Christmas for some reason. Smells delish!

Taste - Taste doesn't quite follow the smell. A bit underwhelming but still phenomenal!

Mouth. - A bit lacking here. Could use a bit more carbonation for my taste. Still very smooth and very drinkable. Love!

Over. - Great brew from a Brewery that I've been inclined to expect greatness from. Very pleased with this IPA. Wonderful.

Photo of Beerlover
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharing this one with my bff Rick! has been in my fridge from the last Wisconsin run about a month and a half ago, a little nervous if it's kept its freshness in the fridge. this is the third brew I've had from these guys and the first to (Dorothy and zeelander) were GLORIOUS!
A: looks like a pretty delish ipa, nice golden yellowish color, lacking head though, about a half inch white head.
S: wow this has amazing aromas too it! very citrusy - grapefruit, orange, and some nice pineapple hints as well some piney hop aromas but not as much as your average ipa, more on the citrus side for aroma.
t: surprisingly everything in the aroma comes out in the flavor, that's rare in my opinion, there is also some good malt balance in the flavor along with faint notes of pepper.
m: good for me cuz I love low carbonation in my beers, this one is lacking for an ipa id say low/medium, but probably because it's been in my fridge for a month and a half.
o.a. great lacing on the glass as I drink, very balanced, wonderful aromas and flavors to back up that aroma. yum, try it!

Photo of gatornation
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden color with a white 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh cap
S-tropical/citrus notes with pine and a musty sweet malt smell
T- tropical hops like mango with citrus and grapefruit notes some malts in the finish but the hops are in charge here
M-smooth and creamy with very little bitterness very drinkable and delicious
O- a pleasure to drink TG just makes great brew

Photo of zeledonia
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled at Casanova Liquor in Hudson, Wisconsin yesterday. Tasted 17 February 2014.

Pours clear pale golden orange. One finger of whitish head, good retention and delicate lacing. A solid column of bubbles rising up.

Smell is big juicy hops, backed well by a solid sweet malt base. Oranges and peaches with an acidic twinge. Delightful.

Taste is clean and crisp, with just the right amount of hop bite. It's the tiniest bit chalky, but that backs off quickly. Has the same clean-ness that I've found in other hoppy Toppling Goliath beers, almost like a saltine cracker pulling the badness out before you can taste it. And the citrusy hops come through far better than they do in most IPAs. Delicious.

Feel is outstanding. Medium-bodied, just the tiniest bit sticky. Carbonation is plush, like a pillow of slightly-prickly foam to dance across. Fantastic.

Another big hit from TG. I don't understand how they make all their beers so freaking good, but I feel lucky that I get to drink them. Not quite the best of their beers that I've had, but really really good. I would drink this any day over just about any IPA around. Reminds me of a higher-IBU sibling of PseudoSue. I bought one growler of this; wish I'd gotten half a dozen, and I'm very happy I have half of the one left for tomorrow.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of henrichsj
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of ZAP
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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