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Naughty 90 - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 295
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 24
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FreshHawk on 11-15-2011

Our Naughty 90 Oaked IPA was inspired by ocean bound, oak barreled brews of the 1800’s. Packed with hops on a 90-minute schedule, uniquely malted, then aged on a bed of oak, this IPA delivers a taste that is both innovative and timeless.

100+ IBU
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 295
Photo of Bung
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A truly unique offering. Not so much to style really, but such a great brew. Aroma and flavor all over, coffee, roast nut, earth peat, tobacco. A wonderful drinker that can really span a few styles, though hop heads will be disappointed, but it is not an American IPA to begin with.

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Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage reviewed on 8/5/15. 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger off white head with fair retention. Cloudy brown liquid with greenish gold halo. Simply ugly liquid. Minus points for looking like swamp water.
S: Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bright citrus here and there. Smells like a nice nut brown with coffee or a porter. Doesn't seem to be to style, but it is SO nice.
T: Cocoa, grapefruit, evergreen, vanilla, butter pecan, toffee, mocha.
M: Terrific - silky while respectably bitter. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Dry finish is grapefruity with pithy bitterness/drying.
O: Very nice. I expected an IPA but it seems nothing like that (in my experience). Despite that, it is superb. I want it again. I'd order another pint and buy again. Good in a 22oz format.

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Photo of slp3873
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would overstock my fridge with this if possible. It has one of the best oaky flavors in beer that i have ever experienced. This is beer I bring South with zero indication of sharing. :Just so good.

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Photo of Prasm
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in the tap room in Decorah. Caramel colored with very little head. Not much on the nose either, though I did get a little sense of the wood - vanilla tones. In the mouth this shines though as it has a nice creamy mouth-feel and, while it is a bit heavy, it's balanced nicely by a citrus like component. Very impressed by the flavors this beer brings.

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Photo of DSWeller
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampler at the Toppling Golitath Brewery. Poured cloudy dark brown. Smelled like caramel. I enjoyed the smokey/oaky taste. This isn't I style I drink often but enjoyed it overall. Surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of Awolter
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had many English India Pale Ale's I've really enjoyed, so I tried to be as unbaised to the style as possible when rating. The beer was incredibly murky, with a slight cappuccino flavor. I didn't pick up much oak.

Decent beer and incredibly glad to try it, but Toppling Goliath does a lot of stuff I prefer.

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Photo of markcp
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown in color, with little head; caramel, oak, maybe a little coffee on the nose; oak and caramel dominate the taste, some dark fruit lingers on the palate. I do get alcohol--easy to believe this new bottling is 8.2%. Don't really get any IPA characteristics other than a vague bitterness--tastes more like a BA scotch ale. Something different (for me) and very enjoyable.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a feeling that this go-around of brewing/bottling is different than when this listing was first posted. First clue being that it is just listed as 'oaked ale'. Second clue is that it doesn't remind me of an English IPA aged in oak at all, as I get loads of coffee on the nose and in the taste. Also, according to untappd, the 'Oaked Ale' version is 8.2% abv.

Certainly not what I was expecting, this was a surprise that I find myself really digging. Would definitely grab again if it were available to me, but, at the same time, maybe not worth seeking out a trade for, but this coffee-y, caramel-y, hoppy brew is pretty damn good.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint pour at the brewery, unknown brewing/aging/packaging dates; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mahogany-brown coloration, low-to-medium clarity (some light traverses but cannot see or read through), tannish carbonation settles into small settling head with carbonation lakes; moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - mostly wood-aged notes - vanilla, toffee and caramel - with some moderate malt characters - bready, biscuity and toasty; little-to-no hop aroma; moderate alcohols but not boozy

T: 15/20 - moderate bitterness on the front of the tongue (but definitely doesn.'to taste like 100 IBUs); in the middle of the mouth, there oak and malt flavors open up with a continued but more subdued hop presence; on the back, there is a moderate alcohol component

M: 4/5 - moderate body, creamy/silky, low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good oak-aged ale that offers proof that any good base beer can be oaked to advantage; don't get much of the hop bitterness or aroma from the alleged 90-minute additions, which is fine but a bit of a bait-and-switch; recommended for anyone who enjoys cask ales and/or oak-aged British styles

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another huge thank you to the man, Steasy66. Cheers bud!

Appearance. Pours a deep amber-orangey-brown with a finger of sticky looking pale khaki head.

Smell. Caramel, roasted nuts, brown sugar. Some chocolate, raisins and sweet grainy malts as well.

Taste. Big caramel maltsand orange peel, bitter pine resin, tropical and dark fruits, chocolate and roasted nuts, bitter citrus rind finish. None of the flavours are bad, they just don't play perfectly together. Interesting though and getting better as I work through the bottle. *hic*

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Interesting stuff, I always enjoy interesing.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had some of this at the TG Tap Room. It was very good. I've had it one other time in Madison, but I thought it was much better at the tap room.

Poured a brown color with a strong sweet oak mildly hoppy aroma. Taste was big sweetness, with a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours dark amber cited with a half finger khaki head. Aroma of bready malts, herbal tea, chocolate, hay, oak, but no hop presence here really. The flavor is a big malty malt bomb, some chocolate mixed in there, herbal tea notes, dry finish with a little bitterness but not the IPA hop type of bitterness, oak, a bit of caramel. Rich body, dry finish, medium carbonation. Anything but an IPA really, but not a sweet malty mess either. Sort of a very dry barleywine (not quite the hop presence for an American style barleywine , and a good bit of chocolate like a brown ale). Maybe we can call this a session winter warmer! Pretty good, but definitely not the expected flavors here.

I see the bottle pictures says "Oaked India Pale Ale", but my bottle just says "Oaked Ale" so maybe they aren't marketing this as an IPA anymore. In any case, pleasant beer that I would recommend for fall or winter. Unfortunately I live in Florida so it's hot out.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a beautiful, clear brown with a head that has some nice retention. Love the aroma on this one. Oaky/nutty/toasty/malty with just enough hop character coming through. Drinks super smooth with plenty of nuttiness and a nice smoky quality too. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation, bringing the flavors together wonderfully. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Would readily drink it over and over again.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

The nose is smokey, nutty oakey and toasty, with some toasted biscuit, sorghum and sweet toffee. The flavor starts with a toffee flavored coffee taste. It then hints at a nutty pecan, smoke and chocolate before finishing with a bitter chocolate.

Nothing in the taste or aroma hints at this being an IPA of any sort, but this was a wonderful surprise and probably the best barrel aged IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

Bottle from the source, shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks.

The beer is amber with a thick, tan head. Aromas of bready malts, oak, alcohol, vanilla. The flavor is more akin to a light barleywine than an IPA. Little hop presence, with some chocolate notes and brown ale character. An interesting beer, but I have yet to find an oak aged IPA that I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-EBF sample pour. Naughty 90 is a darker amber color. A thin, tan head bubbles up.

S-Wow, the nose really stresses the oak. Lots of oak. Softer citrusy hops along with some herbal hops. Hints of vanilla.

T-The oak, again, is very forward and pure. It goes very nice with the subtle hoppiness. Candied citrus hops, floral hops and some light grass. Vanilla and a relatively full maltiness. Caramel and toffee. Quite rich.

M-Has some body to it. Dry with a lingering woody aftertaste. Just a tad sticky. Softer carbonation.

O/D-One of the biggest sleepers from EBF. Every beer Toppling Goliath brought I needed to try but this one was a bit of an afterthought. I am glad I tried it because I ended up loving it. An old timey English IPA with loads of oakiness. I normally don't like oaky IPAs but this one is so naturally balanced that I didn't have to deal with the awkward clash of hops and oak.

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Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the one... my favorite of the evening. Dark amber colored with some haze. Wood, tobacco, burnt sugar, caramel and molasses. Bitterness is from hops but tastes like char although there are no tannins upfront. This is an extremely complex beer and the beauty of it is that nothing obliterates it... very very good. Filled a growler at the taproom and enjoyed it again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from the nova

Pours a finger of beige tan head. Color is a dark amber brown. Much darker than a regular ipa.

Flavor profile is very unique. A lot of vanilla and toffee flavors. Very sweet. Biscuity and bready. More malty than normal. A lot of oak. Reminds me a bit of cedar. The hop profile is much fainter, but I expected that due to the nature of how this beer was made. It has a somewhat juicy flavor. Floral and grapefruit do show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, low bitterness. Ends sticky.

Overall, at first I didn't like this beer, but after a few ounces it grew on me a lot and I started to appreciate it for what it is. It is oak aged so it isn't going to be a massive hop bomb. This beer is very complex and really easy to drink. I dig this one. A lot!

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized foamy, creamy, thick, cream colored head with tan highlights that slowly settled and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, toffee, woodsy. Flavor's much like nose, but with lots more going on - plenty of sweetness to stand up to the hop bitter, slight carbonic tang, biscuits, bread, yeast, crackers. Body is good but carbonation is kind of soft. Finish is like flavor, with bitters lasting a while and offset by the oak malt. Drinkable beer.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got Naughty with a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body pours thick and syrupy, settling in the glass looking like a mulled cider, an opaque dark amber with lighter shades of orange in the light. There is almost no foam to speak of, only a slight dusting of white foam.

Smell- A woodiness makes up the bulk of the nose, but there are pleasant notes of fresh pretzels, vanilla, maple, and even some citrus in there. Few will find it to be like more traditional IPA's, but I don't care. This smells fantastic!

Taste- The wood flavor and syrupy vanilla are first on the tongue, followed by a little bit of bitterness that produces notes of sweet orange and resin. The maple is back a tad in the finish along with the bready malt, that is not as much like a pretzel on the palate.

The flavor profile that is syrupy sweet, slightly bitter, and woody works very well together.

Mouth feel- Naughty 90 is silky smooth and has some serious heft to it for an IPA. The bitterness just tickles the edge of the tongue, not overpowering at all.

Overall- Get ready for a sweet and oaky beer drinking experience with Naughty 90. It has very little in the way of faults. Just don't go into it expecting your average IPA. This beer is good, and I will die of happiness the day this TG offering is bottled.

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Photo of beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass.

A: Very hazy, light amber color with a fine peripheral ring of white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Heavily toasted grain is enriched by the obvious presence of oak. Sunflower seeds and very fresh coffee a suggested in the balance of qualities.

T: Begins dry, with rustic toasted grain and a fine thread of early bitterness. Carbonic acidity is generally moderate but inconsistent, seeming pronounced at times. Drying oak is present in the clean middle as bitterness continues to build. Roasted malt is surprisingly strong late alongside bitterness that finally peaks.

M: Medium viscosity, oily and acidic on the palate, with moderate prickly carbonation.

D/O: While this beer may check all of the necessary boxes to be called an IPA, it does not deliver a predictable IPA experience. While wood is evident in the nose as well as on the palate, it is unclear how much it plays into the odd synergy of this beer. It drinks more like a stout plagued by acidity issues more than an actual IPA. The drinker may be given pause to reflect on most other wood-aged IPAs, which are obviously dry-hopped after aging--which does not seem to be the case for this beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured like it was a muddy unfiltered cider, very little in the way of head.

The smell was an odd mix of light citrusy hops and vanilla and oak.

Wow the flavor is strange, very sweet and desert like, I get a huge blast of vanilla and caramel, mild oak flavors underlying with a touch of grainy malts, the hops are almost non existent in the flavor other than a mild bitterness. I am really enjoying the flavor, yet I would never describe it as IPA.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bit of dry oakyness.

A very strange beer, it seems mislabeled as Oak aged IPA, taste like something completely different, but kind of interesting at leas.

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Photo of redblacks75
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a one day old sealed growler to a La Chouffe Tulip.

A: An amber, deep blood-orange hue permeates throughout this hazy pour. There is a chalky white head to it. Not a huge head, but, it does leave decent lacing marks.

S: Despite the bold flavors of this, I'm surprised that the smell does not match strength wise. It's three things predominantly, Oak, Vanilla, and spicy toasted nut armoa. I expected hops to be in there somewhere, and their is a little bit of pine detectable, but the aroma from this is very pleasing regardless.

T: While I have not had other oaked IPA's before, so, it may be a little difficult for me to compare, I thoroughly enjoy the taste of this. Again, Oak, Vanilla, and a bread like malt is present. It's a medium bitter profile in general.

M: This is once again another highlight. It's a medium body, with a lively texture, and a long finish. This one sticks with you in a good way.

O: It's an exceptional beer in my book. Was I expecting more hops for an IPA, yes. Was I let done by how it comes off in general, by no means. Toppling Goliath has created a beer that I will recommend for anyone seeking a well crafted unique IPA. I will be seeking this out again myself. Job well done.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try Toppling Goliath ever since I heard about em opening, but since I never get to Marshalltown (and no longer live in Iowa), I was thinking I'd have to wait until they started bottling or canning. Thankfully, I stopped by Iowa City's Sanctuary on the way to my old hometown in Waterloo, and they had 4 separate TG beers on tap. That's a wonderful endorsement.

Sounded too good to pass up: medium strength, hop-forward IPA aged with oak chips. We need more oaked beers that have ABVs under 7. Because, seriously, oak aged beers are usually wonderful but sometimes you got to drive after drinking.

Smells predominantly of west coast hops--the profile is boilerplate but well balanced, with nodes of oranges, grapefruit, and green herbs. Things go from good to exceptional, however, after the beer warms a little bit and the herbal hop nodes are accentuated perfectly by just the lightest nodes of woody vanilla, which combine with the rounded, biscuity malt to give the beer an exceptional balance.

Tastes like it smells. The oakiness doesn't take center stage; this is, first and foremost, an well balanced, hoppy IPA--the oak just adds bang to the balance.

This is the sort of imaginative, innovative flavor combination that can only be pulled off by brewers who know what they're doing. It's wonderful, and I can't wait to try more from TG.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy/murky brown color. Average sized, smooth, creamy, ecru colored head with tight bubbles. Pretty good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - A lot of toasted oak and vanilla. Fairly malty with a slightly spiced aroma. Hints of herbal and citrus hop aroma. Not overly strong with a good amount of the oak aroma coming out.

T - Like the nose suggested, there is a lot of toasted oak and vanilla. This and tobacco/herbal hops hit the tongue in the beginning. Leads to a spiced, earthy hop flavor with plenty of malty flavors (toffee, caramel and a slight breadiness). Finishes with a nice vanilla and oaky note. Only vague citrus notes mid sip.

M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Pretty smooth and slightly creamy.

D - Great balance with everything (oak, malt, hops) with a great body. Spiced but not overly strong. Easy to drink, despite it being quite complex. I could easily drink a number of these in a night.

Notes: On-tap at Sanctuary. Oak aged IPA This is a very interesting beer with a very intriguing malt body for an IPA. It's not overly hoppy, but it is very complex and deep. Great showing of oak but also the malt and hops. It all just works together and combines into a tasty, interesting beer. Near perfect implementation of barrel flavors. The intention of this was to provide an experience of drinking an ocean bound IPA in oak barrels with a bit more of a malt backbone. I enjoyed this change of pace from a strong, hop forward IPA.

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Naughty 90 from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.