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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: 149
Hads: 1,287
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 178
Gots: 193 | FT: 9
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: 149 | Hads: 1,287
Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -4.5%

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 -4.5%

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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Photo of kkleu357
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dull straw color body. Fast dissipating head. Lovely hoppy aroma. Nice bitter taste. Not very much malt character, just the way I like it. Very good.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Crisp yellow color, soft foamy head.
tropical citrus nose.
Taste is dank resinous hop. Really nice bitterness and super tasty and refreshing. Very ripe hop. Easy drinking fairly full bodied, great ipa.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance: Clear gold, big head.

Smell: Piney, citrus rind, vegetal.

Taste: Mildly sweet malt, then piney, vegetal hops. Low bitterness.

Overall: I was extremely surprised to find a bottle of this in Ankeny, IA. I wasn't blown away by it, but it is a solid IPA and definitely gives a ton of piney flavor. It reminds me of another beer, but I just can't place it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a relatively clear, golden orange color with a well-sized cap of froth. Laces effectively. Aroma is pungent yet somehow refined and completely hoppy. Floral hops and bubblegummy hops. Soft sweetness in the nose as well; doesn't bring forth a specific aroma. The flavor tastes like bubblegum but I don't think it's the yeast as it tastes like a hoppy bubblegum flavor. Maybe I'm just ignorant. I also get lots of floral and grass with some citrus mixed in. Just enough sweet, malty balance but it never overextends it's reach. The flavor, like all Toppling Goliath brews, is genuinely unique. This probably my fifth or six brew by them and they have all been stunning. Bottled.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Bomber from a trade...light peach color, thick white foam...Hop forward flavors of pine with mild citrus and starfruit flavors... mouthfeel is slightly oily with good carbonation...clean dry finish with just enough malt to balance... reminds me of MBC beers... Another TG winner.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Nugget - Toppling Goliath
American IPA
6% ABV
56 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a star-bright 24 karat gold with shimmering hints of apricot rim variations. Massive light fluffy white head. Very attractive beer especially in the natural light, the carbonation is really dancing.

AROMA: This is a very feminine beer, bouquet of rose petals, sweet perfume and baby powder. Hints of citrus fruit with a light nice pine sent. Very inviting nose that begs to be taken in.

TASTE: Clean, refreshing. The perfume nose translated into a nice honey taste up front. Caramel, pine and the rose petals I got on the bouquet come through. Floral and light with a slight bit of candied oranges and those peaches-O's gummy candies.

MOUTHFEEL: Lots of vivacious carbonation. Medium body. Crisp and clean with a great short dry finish.

OVERALL: This is only the second TG beers I've had, both have been really light and feminine in style. Very nice change up from the palate wreckers I usually go to. Very drinkable and I really was enjoying all the floral and perfume notes that came out in this ipa.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mostly clear golden amber with an off white creamy head and a strong lacing. Nose has a fair bit of floral notes, some tropical fruit and ripe grapefruit. Taste follows suit perfectly, floral presence, moderate grain bill underneath and a hint of caramel malt with an assertive tropical fruit finishing strong grapefruit but light hop bitterness. Assertive carbonation, medium body, good feel, semi dry finish.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Backlogged review from when I had no service/Wifi in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND. Full notes taken to my phone.

A- Semi hazy golden body with some apricot hues as light is shining through. A creamy white head rises up to one finger with decent retention. The small small ring remaining leaves webs and spots of lacing.

S- Juicy fruit hops are the emphasis with canteloupe melon and mango really coming to mind. Some citrus, tangerine and floral as well as dank mint. Pretty much clean besides light honey, caramel cracked grains.

T- Citrus comes to life a bit more as well as a slight bit of pine joining in with the juicy nectar feel. Mint, tangerine, apricot, melon and cantaloupe with grapefruit and oranges. Very clean almost impressively so for the ABV and the citrus builds with time.

MF- Body is of medium thickness with a lightly creamy-fizzy texture. Carbonation on the high side pushing the hop and the moderately high bitterness in the finish.

Juicy cantaloupe and melon at first but a zesty grapefruit citrus and some resinous pine comes out with time. Another great hoppy brew from TG.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Alchemy cafe 7/13 but have also had a handful of bottles as well

Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with about an inch of white head

Smells of citrus with only a mild pine or resin scent

Tastes of citrus fruits.. Grapefruit mango and a hint of pineapple.. Delicious

Overall.. This was one of my favorite beers before I had it on tap.. Now it jumped to my top 10.. Keeping in line with a very common theme TG has another beer that should be sought after.. Congrats

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold color with a one finger white head which has nice retention and lacing. Has a great aroma with citrus, pine, pineapple, and mango.

Has an outstanding combination of sweetness and bitterness with grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, pine, pineapple, mango, and some pale malts.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Has a grapefruit and tropical fruit aftertaste. Well worth trying if you get the chance. I will definitely be buying more growlers of this.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Slatetank for sharing this with me. Ive heard a lot about this brewery and im excited that this was my first of their offerings. It pours a hazy golden color with an off-white cap. Some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of mango and caramel malt with plenty of hoppiness that comes across like melon or cantaloupe. Some alcohol adds to that fruity feel as it warms up.

The taste is pulpy and pithy with that previously mentioned melon or cantaloupe yeasty green feel. Some caramel grain sweetness with grass and fruity alcohol. This is modestly bitter and unique but im not completely sure if I like it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is very melon-like which I was not crazy about but overall it was decent and im glad I got a chance to try it. Thank you again Matt.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Weinando for the trade -enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a willybecker.

The color is deep golden clear with 2 fingers of white cream crowning with fine bead. The smell is strong with hop scents that are herbal with lots of floral nad slightly lemon rind in the nose with slight grass and pine odors. The feel is great moderately bitter with medium carbonation and some spice in the texture with slight tangy feel and gentle malt backing with semi-dry finish and very low alcohol/sweetness in general

The tast has a very intense nugget influence right off -of course with dank earthy and tangy citrus rind floral notes and slight astringent aspect in the background with the floral citrus being the most dominant in the taste with the golden promise adding a slight sweet quality to balance and moderate orange rind comes to mind with low astringency in the mostly dry finish. Overall excellent IPA in every sense -not as complex as some blended hop IPA's but Nugget holds its own well in this - thanks again Ryan!

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Photo of darthvohn
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic

Appearance: Crisp golden color, with

Smell: A big blast of evergreen, floral and citrus fill the nose. A pleasant sweetness lingers in the nostrils after each whiff.

Taste: Lots of floral and herbal notes mingle with tropical citrus (pineapple-lime) followed by a mildly sweet malt foundation and ending with a pleasing astringent finish. The bittering hops linger around but does not overstays it's welcome.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and clean; bittering tang coats the tongue, but not in a negative way.

Overall: I really enjoyed this offering from TG. I put it above the XHOP series but a wee bit below PseudoSue. Thanks Pintofbrown for this excellent offering from TG.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden Nugget presented itself with an appropriate golden color with a real ultra filtered cleanliness. The head was a mass of bright white foam.

The held a sweet perfumey like aroma of rose petal and pine. I also catch a Sweet Tarts candy vibe, along with caramel malts and honey.

The taste is clean like the feel with a real refreshing attitude. I get lots of honey and caramel malt with a pine, rose petal and floral hop flavor. The hops are not particularly citrusy or herbal but align more on that perfumey balance.

The feel is clean but offers a slight astringent tang that is in no way deterring. This drinks very crisp.

This is a wonderful and different take on the typical IPA. Sweet, sour and tangy all rolled into a perfumed package.

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Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a section of the label for the month this was brewed but nothing is checked off. I trust this is fresh, regardless.

A: Clear amber pour with a tall, frothy and fizzy light tan head. Great head retention as it seems to last forever. Nice vertical streaks of light but fluffy lacing.

S: Ahhh. So nice. I'm honestly not sure what hops are used in this (I assume at least nugget based on the name). It has a nice citrusy, lightly spicy and ...melony aroma? It's not harsh, it's a strong but soft aroma. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Hop flavors much bolder and sharper here. It's still hard for me to really put a label on it. There's lots of oranges up front with some decent sweet melons (canteloupe?) with a little spice. Lots of spicy pine and maybe even black pepper in the middle and into the finish. Really stands out. Light bready, crackery malt in the finish. Candied oranges linger in the aftertaste with hints of cracker and light spices. Quite dry to boot.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very dry.

O: One hell of an IPA. One of the things that really stands out is the very smooth transitions between flavors. Lots of complexity but the flavors overlap and flow smoothly. Really drinkable as a result, despite the strength of the hops and the flavors in general. Quite dry, almost parching between sips (really makes you want to drink more). Not overly bitter but the hop flavors are very strong. Really nice IPA, well done TG.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Transparent light golden honey, pours 1 1/2 finger head white cloud in color with medium retention down to large lacing with legs. <--- run-on sentence

S- Traditional IPA smell going here; nothing that TG pales have been noted for lately; they kept it pretty traditional here. Mix of earthy malt:pine:hop profile.

T- Follows the nose here with malt:pine:hop profile. Very traditional here, which is kinda refreshing if you can spin it in a way that TG isn't all about pushing craft into new directions.

M- Kinda meh, watery, with just the right amount to just a bit high on carb. Thin.

O- TG went OG on this one. It was damn tasty though!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Server chilled.

A) Golden amber with nice clarity. Finger of foamy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) Light pine, grass, slightly floral, citrus and ripe pineapple. Very nice aroma...

T) Follows the nose... Really nice balance. A pleasing tropical fruit, floral sweetness, transitions seamlessly to a slightly bitter finish.

M) A medium to lighter medium body, with perfect carbonation. Very smooth... Very nice mouthfeel with this one.

O) Another great offering from Toppling Goliath. I need to have there beer in my fridge as often as possible.

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Photo of Hendry
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden hue with tons on tiny bubbles rising to the top,half finger of white head that reduces to a permanent cap,splotchy lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is relatively subdued for such a fresh bottle: not much excitement in the nose with mostly malt with a touch of grass and citrus in the background. There is a sweetness in the aroma reminiscent of an iced cinnamon bun. It seems like this one could have benefitted from some dry hopping.

Taste is an improvement over the aroma, nice crisp citrus flavor as it warms albeit sort of a one note melody. Slightly piney that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is light medium and crisp. Brisk carbonation with a dry finish.

Not really understanding the World Class rating in this solid but one dimensional IPA, but it was enjoyable and worth a shot. Nugget isn't one of your sexier hops, but it is a time tested one that fits the bill when utilized properly.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Appearance is a clear golden honey color, with tons and tons of bubbles rising quickly to the top. Produces a thick off-white head with lots of staying power.

Aroma is bigtime hops - orangey citrus, pine, slightly dank & earthy. Little bit of a sugar-cookie malt presence as well.

Taste follows the nose - citrusy hops up front with a nice sugar cookie malt presence on the back end. Aftertaste is a perfect mix of the two. Despite the notable malts, hops are still center-stage, and there is a moderate amount of bitterness. Still, really well-balanced for a hop-focused beer.

Mouthfeel is super creamy, with lots of carbonation - really nice!

Overall, really well-balanced, while still maintaining its identity as a big IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A ripe, juicy, and earth hop dominated aroma with big hints of tropical fruit, grass, and pine. Citrus hops with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, melon, and apricot. Big presence of grassy and floral hops. Dank hints of pine resin as well. Hops smell nicely bitter and juicy. Soft malt background with hints of cracker, grains, straw, and yeast. Slight hints of honey sweetness. Very hop forward. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very juicy and earthy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, grass, and pine. Big upfront taste of earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and evergreen. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Dank and spicy notes of pine resin. Soft backing presence of pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, and yeast. Very hop forward and juicy with a nice bitterness. A very good IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and somewhat oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: Another great IPA from Toppling Goliath. Very good mix of juicy citrus, grassy, and piney flavors.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled

A - pours a clear amber, thin layer of pure white head, a good amount of lacing

S - pineapple, lemon, cracker

T - pineapple juice, followed by a piney bitterness, with a bit of a crisp cracker backbone

M - smooth, well-carbonated

O - another excellent offering from TG, would love to have this regularly

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Photo of jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.