Imperial Golden Nugget
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #669
Ranked #2,557
4.17 | pDev: 7.43%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Imperial Golden NuggetImperial Golden Nugget
Notes: Tis a devilish time for man; an era where the primitive animal reigns supreme. A time where man, who had become far too arrogant, fell from grace. A new emperor takes to the throne - Emperor Penguin. He rules the land with gold plated iron fists, and has but one demand - create the greatest beer in the land. Following the prized recipes of yore, he discovers his holy grail - the golden nugget. Send praise and rejoice with Emperor Penguin’s Imperial Golden Nugget.

100 IBU
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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Strong citrus and pineapple taste with a sweet caramel finish.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sometimes more of something isn't a good thing. In another example that I know nothing, I wrote in my review of one of the "single" golden nuggets that it would be better beefed up. Well, I was wrong. Not that this is not a good beer, but I like the single ipa version better. The imperial nature of the hops take out the tropical fruit leads, and replaces them with dank and sticky pine hops, with some supporting orange, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Smell is a danker and sweeter version of the taste, with a hint of grass. Feel is more full now in a pleasing way, so I wasn't completely wrong I guess.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial Golden Nugget pours a hazy golden color, with a small lacing head. Big juicy hoppy and bitter aroma. Flavor is huge, very juicy, hoppy, bitter, floral, fruity. Great body and feel. Overall, an absolute great beer, so much flavor, perfectly put together.

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Photo of MNAle
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma orange juice with just a hint of pine. 3/4 inch while head, thick & creamy, leaving lots of lacing as it slowly fades. Hazy deep orange color, very attractive (not the muddy brownish orange of many). Mouth feel is substantial and smooth. Taste is quite juicy - orange, general citrus. Lightly bitter in the middle and finish, with a smooth and mild aftertaste. Despite the hint of pine in the aroma, it is not there in the taste (correction: shows up a little as the beer warms); orange juice and a mildly bitter finish, getting more bitter in the finish as it warms. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic NE IPA! When the beer appears in front of you in dim light it glows a bit, the hop aroma is fantastic, the feel and taste are really nice. Sign me up again!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released late September 2018; drank 10/24/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Orange citrus & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & mild cane sugar flavors up front; dry wheat notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Simple, but balanced & flavorful. I'd have another.

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Photo of Holderness
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Hazy pale orange with a finger of white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and some lacing
S -- Light citrus, earthy resins, lemon zest, melon, creamy yeast character
T -- Zesty Clementine/orange/tangerine, dirty-potatoe earthiness, touch of pine sap
F -- Bright and fluffy, with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish
O -- I think I like the regular version better, but this is still quite tasty. They briefly had bottling dates on the bottles being distributed to MA, but no longer I guess ...


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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. I really enjoyed Golden Nugget. I don't think the Imperial version holds up to my tastes as well. Its big and brewed in the New England-style modicum. I don't think this hop i really good in that position, though. The hops want to be fruity and tropical but that isn't what they naturally do. It's tasty because this brewery makes very yummy beers. This one is too clunky for its own good.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sort of a sickly looking orange milkshake haze. As far as hazy beers go, this does not look appetizing. A large head forms with plenty of lacing. Smells and tastes like regular Golden Nugget but turned up to 11. Herbal and citrus abound to fill the nose and palate. Not the biggest beer and the body suits the ABV. Nice carbonation. Now Toppling Goliath need to get rid of the haze and produce proper looking pale ales again.

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Photo of smbslt
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Yellow orange with a dense head that dissipated leaving a thin film that pushed to the edge of the glass to provide some lacing.
s - Hops on the herbal side and a bit of candied orange.
t - Good but not too interesting. No interplay or variation until a minty alcohol sensation remains.
f - Smooth, medium body but hangs on long enough.
o - Good but not a standout. Somewhere in the middle of an awfully wide road.

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Photo of mynie
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange with a billowing, bright-white, soapy head.

Smells pretty old-school for a dipa. The yeast is big and doughy, the hops are piney with big nodes of citrus, but they still smell more like hops than like mangos or whatever. Very balanced, thick aroma with a malt profile that's super similar to the smell in the air when you visit a production brewery.

The flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, but still quite good. And unique, which is saying quite a bit for a style that's been so overdone as of late. Yeast and malt start things off, moving into a middle that's bitter and hoppy but not aggressive bitter or hoppy. The finish is earthen and yeasty, with nodes of bread dough and light peat, and then the aftertaste is all bitter hops.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour. Color true to name. Big time hops here. Not real fruity or piney. It kind of just settles in the middle of everything. Very heavy malt backbone. Medium body.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Bottled 2/23/17.

A: Pours a somewhat translucent, golden orange in color with a one inch, frothy, cream colored head with medium retention. Thick, billowy white lacing throughout.

S: Notes of dank, piney, resinous hops. Milder notes of tropical fruits and citrus including grapefruit, peach, and melons.

T: Hoppy bomb fairly similar to the nose! Main stage is filled with big notes of dank, piney, resinous hops accompanied by lighter notes of grapefruit, melons, and citrus rinds. Leaves a big lingering hop bitterness.

F: Light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with lots of carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish.

O: Overall, a good DIPA. Big hop bomb and done well. Would definitely give this another go.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind

S- sweet bready malt aromas with some earthy notes, citrus hops with notes of tangerine and orange

T- malt forward up front with some sweet malty notes, followed by some citrusy hop notes, along with some floral notes. The finish is malty with a tropical/citrus linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- drinks more like a hopslam, a bit too malt at times

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Photo of dogleg_left
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color correct to the name with a two finger head that persists in a outer ring with lacing down the glass. Honey and overripe mango that borders on fresh crushed grapes. Hint of pine. Big promise of malt. The taste is intriguing, different but complimentary to the aroma with assertive bitter hops that give way into a malt backbone that isn't overly sweet. Nice balance here. Soft mouthfeel. Original midwestern take on a DIPA.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Golden Nugget before and I love Toppling Goliath. So Imperial: Why not?

Pours into my glass with nice color and nice head.

A sip of the head left my head spinning. What hops!! I mean powerful extreme hops. And they are the hops we all love. The nice fruity kind. No grass, no pine. Mouthfeel is just right.

Quite a beer.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into DFH IPA glass. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium foam head that dissipates quickly, leaving some heavy lacing on the sides.

Aroma punches you right in the mouth, in the best kind of way, with bursting citrus flavors. Grapefruit and mango are strong in this one, with a hint of pine. One of the strongest aromas I've ever smelled in a brew. I don't typically give fives as I believe on this rating scale it implies perfection, but this is darn good.

Taste follows the nose. Much better than I remember the regular Golden Nugget tasting. Explosion of hops and citrus meet the tongue. Not as much grapefruit, but plenty of tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange peel, with a hint of bready malts on the finish. Finishes with a good deal of bitterness, that lingers on the tongue. This is an excellent example of a DIPA that lets the flavor take center stage rather than the hops. Not to say that it's not hoppy, but the citrus flavors in this are fantastic.

Another brew by TG that masks the ABV very well. This is dangerous, I finished off most of the bomber in 20 minutes (normally take closer to 45 minutes for me to drink a beer I'm reviewing). A bit high on carbonation.

I didn't much care for regular Golden Nugget, but the imperial version is much improved. Great flavors and some well balanced hops make this is a must have from TG.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A pretty juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus, pine, and grass. Upfront citrus hop presence with a scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon along with pineapple. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A very nice ripe and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Juicy and bitter citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, and tangerine along with some pineapple. Malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A very good Imperial version of Golden Nugget. Big citrus and earthy hop flavor.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Imperial Nugget pours a slightly hazy golden color, and provides an off-white head, about a fingers width. Carbonation bubbles, while somewhat sparse, are visible streaming upwards.

Smell: Even before shoving my nose up close, whiffs of mango emerge from the glass, reminding me of the mango La Croix I just had. Closer inspection provides more of that mango, but also pine, some malt sweetness, and, after swirling, some resin/weed aroma.

Taste: I pick up a lot of the resin off the bat, some piney notes, and on the back end, some sweetness. Not nearly as much mango as I initially had sensed.

Feel: Medium full to full bodied, Imperial Golden Nugget has a nice feel, leaning towards creamy. Bitterness is present, but not front and center. A lot of the bitterness I get is perceived from the resin notes. Imperial GN also shows some booziness.

Overall: I had high hopes for Imperial Nugget. When on tap, Golden Nugget regular is an excellent beer with some unique flavors; however, Imperial GN is disappointing. While enjoyable, the flavors lend towards very dank west coast marijuana notes, and is a bit sweet from the booziness.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a fresh 22 oz Bomber
Pours a slight hazed light golden color with a fresh head and lacing. Smell is muted with citrus and pineapple sweet malts its just subdued. Taste follows nose all hops topical & citrus are here but nothing makes me say wow on this its some what tasty has a bitter dry finish its well carbed, its a nice @ipa but i feel like im not digging this like other TG Bombers / IPA. its hoppy with a slight pine finish very bitter wont buy this again given the $10 tag , just not wow for me.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best TG pale ale I have had but a tick better than the regular version........

A fruity, piney nose. Taste is similar but there is a nice malt backbone that adds to the hops instead of overpowering it. A solid effort by Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear golden color with a white head that sticks forever
S @ big pineapple, garlic/onion, hop resin, ganja, orange peel, grapefruit
T # pineapple, garlic onion, hop resin, bready malts, ganja, peach, orange peel, grapefruit
M & medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is hop resin, garlic/onion, ganja, pineapple
O $ this is underrated on here. Not trying to nitpick but i think it has to do with appearance - its not hazy like King Sue or DDH PseudoSue. The smell and taste are there though. I'd be interested to see a side by side tasting of this and some other TG ipas/pale ales in opaque cups --> i bet this would score higher.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 oz bottle on December 19, 2016. Look is deep gold with a huge off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is strong yet pleasant citrus aromas. Taste is very bitter citrus. Feel is medium in body with a creamy soft finish.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first TG DIPA I haven't been thrilled with. Flavor is a little over the top with sharp citrus, a little musty onion like flavors, and fairly bitter.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: foggy orange with a finger of white head
A: nice sweet citrus, but not over powering
T: some citrus, but the bitterness detracts from the flavors
F: smooth and easy drinking, but has a slight bitter finish

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Imperial Golden Nugget from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 251 ratings