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Naughty Temple - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 83
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bismarksays on 08-03-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

striker2160, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DaveAnderson, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

first batch of Naughty Temple. Thanks Clark!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: orangish yellow bodied beer with a thick cap of white head that drops down to thin ring around the glass.

Smell: vanilla, whiskey, pineapple, and oak.

Taste: Vanilla, butterscotch, whiskey, rye barrel notes. Very barrel forward. Mild hops of pineapple and tropical fruit hop notes on the back end. Unique flavor profile!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Slightly boozey kick thats not too over board.

Overall: This is the best barrel aged IPA that I have ever drank! i know that this style of beer is not very common. The Templeton Rye notes are really prevolent. If you love Templeton Rye Whiskey...this is a beer you gotta try! Toppling Goliath yet again shows us that they are a kick ass brewery with a serious passion for craft beer! This beer really pushes the envelope for this specific beers style... in a good way!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Schlais, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

jjheinrichs, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

NathanFink, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

millelacsmark, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanTheLion13, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Drucifer, May 12, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

markcp, May 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Brocklanders34, Apr 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

will1256, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bencolvin, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

davesway10, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Curt1, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

mattafett, Apr 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Localdrinklax, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

The whiskey is all over the place on this one. Right up front it overwhelms the nose. The body is a tad nondescript, but to me it feels like it was built to carry the whiskey barrel aging. The medium malty backbone gives the palate a bit of a reprieve before the whiskey rages back at the end of the mouth and leaves a nice warm lingering flavor. At first I had a hard time believing this beer was only 8.2%, but I was deceived by the whiskey notes. I am glad they didnt go any higher on the ABV because it would have distracted.

This beer was really beautiful and well done. Glad I was able to get a bottle of this stuff and look forward to more bottle drops by Toppling Goliath in Madison.

Gotti311, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Soneast, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

YalovaIA, Mar 24, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz. bottle.

A - Extremely hazy, coppery orange color. 1 finger of fine, white head with decent retention. Little lacing on the glass. Not the prettiest beer, but honestly I could care less about how it looks. Let's get onto the taste!

S - Even while fighting off the last dregs of a cold, I can smell very intense rye whiskey aromas. It's a testament to how long this beer actually rested in the TR barrels and I love it. Not a whole lot beyond the crisp, slightly smoky rye, but I do get undertones of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla and candied fruits.

T - This being the very first barrel-aged IPA/AIPA I have ever tried, I have to admit I was skeptical how this style would play with the whiskey flavors. I am happy to say it works brilliantly. Straightforward rye cereal flavor up front with great citrusy undertones, no doubt from the extra hopping this beer received. Slides smooth and delicate over my palate with increasing complexity. More vanilla, cinnamon, very mild barrel char and smoke. Finish is long and smooth with prominent flavors of sweet orange rind, mild hop bitterness, and more crisp, earthy rye. Truly a special beer.

M - Medium body, with absolutely perfect carbonation. I've had many barrel-aged beers that were very under-carbonated (a side-effect of the extended aging process) but this has just the right amount of sparkling carbonation in the finish to compliment and enhance the flavors.

Overall - Toppling Goliath, you have provided still more proof that you are the best brewery in Iowa (IMO) and that you are willing to go the extra mile to make one of a kind, quality beers.

rundocrun, Mar 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

DrLaFollette, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of darklordlager
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy burnt-orange bronze.
S: Rye, creamy vanilla. Orange citrus.
T: Spicy rye, vanilla frosting, underlying citrus hop note. Huge rye whiskey character. Huge.
M/F: Slick, coating. Awesome finish on this beer: fantastically spicy rye, rich vanilla-custard, and quenching bitterness.
Overall: Spiciness of the rye works in very well with the base IPA. Not the biggest fan of bourbon-barrel IPAs, and if I want rye in my IPA I think I would rather reach for a Ruthless Rye or Founders Red’s Rye.

While this has really grown on me since when I opened the bottle, for my preferences I do not believe it to be worth the price of entry. If you are big on barrel-aged IPAs though, do not hesitate to seek this one out…

darklordlager, Mar 17, 2013
Naughty Temple from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.