Naughty 90 - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.16/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
Serving type: growler
02-26-2013 01:30:48 | More by mothman
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2012 20:41:40 | More by drpimento
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-25-2011 23:36:56 | More by mynie
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 22:58:32 | More by VelvetExtract
Naughty 90 from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.