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Naughty Temple - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 149
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 34.66%
Wants: 83
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bismarksays on 08-03-2011

He ventures to the Naughty Temple, weaving through its intricate web of slithering sensations, while bitter lovers dance playfully upon his tongue. Slowly, slipping into madness, he surrenders himself to the sweet sip of seduction. As he emerges in the wake of ecstasy, he is greeted with a warm, tender kiss. A wave of bliss washes over him, and happiness is all that exists.

90+ IBU
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to redblacks75 for graciously sharing a bottle with me on my Iowa trip.

Pours bright copper/orange with a small spotty white head. Good retention and some legs on the glass.

Big spicy rye aroma with caramel, vanilla and candied grapefruit to back it up.

Flavor is even better than the smell. The interplay between candied citrus and rye spices up front surprisingly works very well together. There is a hefty caramel backbone as well with a good helping of vanilla. A little smoky at times and finishes with a slight alcohol tinge along with some grapefruit pith.

Medium bodied a bit sticky and appropriate medium carbonation. Alcohol is present, but warming and doesn't overpower other elements.

Hands down the best barrel aged (I)PA I've ever had. Usually I detest this style as I find the barrel overwhelms a lot of the delicate characteristics of the base and the hops clash with the overall profile (see Doom). This has a hefty caramel malt backbone leaning heavily toward a barleywine which makes it really work. The hops taste almost like candied citrus which is a great contrast to the spicy whiskey. I wish I would've popped the other bottle of this to take home even at bar prices.

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Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. 2013 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A huge rye whiskey forward smell with lots of barrel hints. Big barrel presence upfront with hints of rye whiskey, wood, oak chips, and vanilla. Sweet hints of brown sugar and molasses. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit and orange. Also some grassy hints. Big malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, dark roast, grain, and yeast. Its kind of hard to tell that there is a IPA here. A very whiskey barrel forward scent. Smells pretty good.

Taste: As big and whiskey barrel forward as the aroma indicates. Huge barrel presence throughout the taste with notes of rye whiskey, oak chips, wood, and vanilla. Some aged citrus hop notes start to come through with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple. Also some earthy and grassy hop notes. Sweet brown sugar along with some molasses. Big presence of toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, roast chocolate, biscuit, yeast, and grains. One of the most unique "IPA" tastes I've had. Huge with the whiskey and very good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth for such a whiskey forward beer.

Overall: A very good whiskey aged beer. The barrel presence is huge and pretty much overpowers the IPA hop notes, but the whiskey and malt taste is very good and smooth. A little too pricey for the bottle, but well worth trying.

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Appearance - Clear deep orange. Small white head that doesn't last.

Smell - Nice whiskey. Oak. Some hops.

Taste - Great whiskey. Rye is very prominent. Pale malt. Some hops still, but muted. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Sharp finish. Medium body.

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Naughty Temple from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.