Imperial Golden Nugget
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #843
Ranked #2,661
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can into pint glass. Pours a murky gold with a thin off-white head. Nice lacing. Initial impression is huge citrus, mango, and grapefruit rind, with some dankness just so you don't settle into a NEIPA groove or anything. Mouthfeel is a great compromise between West Coast assertiveness and NEIPA softness. Finish is more citrus, fading to pine resin bitterness. Overall, a very enjoyable offering from TG.

Jun 09, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

it's hazy they say but it's very hoppy - fine offering from a fine brewery. packaged 3/26/21, consumed 6/8/21 so pretty fresh but i had some a few weeks ago that were fresher still. it's holding up fine, thank you very much
L: Drinking from the can. Nice looking - no complaints
S: Nice fruit notes up front. sweet citrus, strawberry, mango. bit of pine lurking in the background ... warning you.
T: ok, if you want balanced and refined, fuhgeddabouddit. this is going to whap you all over the head with uncontrolled hops goodness. frankly, i love it. many folks here agree. some do not - live and let live, i say. resiny dank finish to seal the deal.
F: basically hard to feel anything after going through hoppapalooza.
O: works for me. what can i say? If you don't like it, please send to Philly! DM for the address.

Jun 08, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nicely hazy golden straw color with a sudsy off-white head. The nose is some resiny pine, lemon, grapefruit, and mango. Very nice.

The lemon is actually forward on the taste, with loads of mango, and a deliciously bitter finish with the resiny pine. The mouthfeel is on the softer side per the style.

This checks all the hazy boxes, and has the heft you expect from a DIPA. TG has definitely joined the hazy side of the juicy hop world.

Jun 06, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a light golden haze, with a frothy light white head with a slight yellow hue. For as hoppy as the beer is the aroma is not as strong as expected. The taste is very hoppy with a slightly bitter finish. The carbonation is tight and overall the beer feels on the dry side.

Another awesome Toppling Goliath beer.

May 22, 2021
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/26

Always love TG IPAs, haven't had a clunker yet. I'm getting intense grapefruit with softer pineapple and mango. The finish stays fruit forward but gets a bit resinous. This is not a shy beer!

May 18, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, dated 3/26/21, into Ghost In The Machine Fatty.

Damn near looks like Ghost too, but not as lit-up. Juice over here, with a medium blonde shade and a tall creamy cap of 2 fingers, leaving lots of lace behind as it recedes. Typical TG class.

I absolutely love, love, love how they are able to encapsulate the smell of an open fermenter with copious dry hops in each can. It's practically a can of soaked hops. It drives me wild. Rich, sharp, slightly cheesy, very very green hop aroma. Fruit descriptors would be : strawberry, peach, kiwi, mango, and slight apricot.

Hops abound, unbalanced, with notes of dried persimmon, grapefruit peel, lemon, pink grapefruit, grass, chive, and very slight peach. Heavy sharp green hop dust accompanies this and creates a vacuum of bitterness and a cyclical progression of "yum, whoa, nope". TG has never been able to soften the harshness in their beers to their detriment, and as a result this (as well as others) comes across like chewing hop pellets (not something I'd recommend btw). The aggressiveness is off the charts. There's not enough malt to balance the beer out. It's understandable why the can smells like hops, it's seemingly all there is to this beer.

Feel is harsh, hard, acidic but not juicy or creamy, and has a slight nip of alcohol heat. Aggressive carbonation.

Overall, got a foot in both camps on this one. On one foot it's a tasty hops treat, on the other foot it's far too intense to be enjoyed without wincing. It's hop burn city, you can't avoid it. It's polarizing. It's more bitter than some serious west coast IIPA pine bombs I've had, yet seems to imitate juice pretty well. I don't think I could be bothered to buy this again. Seems like it needs a year in the can to mature. I'm gonna go crack a 3 month old Ghost instead, that beer is the tits.

I wasted $5 on this turd and Hy-Vee's got f!#$%kin pork loins for that much this weekend. Gah. Get off my lawn.

May 16, 2021
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Kostantiniyya from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/26/2021.

Look: Bright golden hue that gives off the typical TG NEIPA appearance. Appears juicy yet substantial in viscosity with a nice slender foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly into a slender sudsy top layer. After finishing this beer, my glass had no lacing. It’s only remaining trace was a slight golden halo at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango on the nose meld into a lovely tropical medley. An essence of resin from the hops yields a slightly bread-y note. Enjoyable to smell, probably even better to taste.

Taste: Forward flavors of tropical juice and citrus that give way to resin. Very juicy and flavorful. A really nice juxtaposition between sweet and savory. Each sip is bursting with flavor, and this can was in its prime after cracking it open only one month after its born on date indicated. I’ve never had a TG NEIPA I didn’t like, provided it was in its optimal window of freshness, and this one is no different.

Feel: A bit crisp on the front-end of each sip with a lush mouthfeel. Not creamy, but lush from the juiciness of the beer. Pretty smooth in terms of its 8% ABV and drinkability. I didn’t start really feeling any warmth from the alcohol until I neared the bottom of the glass. Were I not reviewing this beer in detail, I likely would not have noticed this! Definitely a beer that is versatile to crush should the situation call for, but rewarding if the consumer takes it a little slower.

Overall: Another delicious, above the competition NEIPA from Toppling Goliath. It has all the components of a great beer, and this is one that I wish I had more of than the one I just finished.

Apr 25, 2021
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dangerous. For an 8% beer, it drinks super smooth and not at all boozy. Golden straw in color with a light but thick head. Mango and citrus aroma and a lot of it. Very flavorful. Heavy on the citrus. Heavy on the hops. Almost no noticeable booze. Great flavor. Great carbonation. Great beer!

Apr 25, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Tavour. Golden colored pour, hazy, one finger airy head. Aroma seems tame, bready malts, light orange. Taste is mellow, full malty flavors, hint of citrus, but there's something hiding in the back, a bit of sharp hoppiness that slowly emerges. Pretty approachable for a DIPA, but there's some hidden strength in there. Easy drinker.

Apr 24, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has some nice citrusy zest. Pineapple juice is upfront in the flavor profile. There's some piney resin on the back end.

This is very good but just shy of epic.

Apr 21, 2021
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dfillius from Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gosh, I didn’t think I’d like the imperial version as much as standard golden nugget, but this is terrific! Perfect balance of juicy and bitter, not boozy, solid mouthfeel that isn’t too heavy. No sign of 8% in this one, drinks like a 6% beer. Also, no sign of the 100 IBUs. This one feels more like 60-75 IBUs. The pine and dank notes complement the mango and citrus so nicely.

Apr 19, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nonic pint. What the hey.

Pours cloudy and golden orange. Very limited head. Scant lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt, pine, citrus pith and grass.

The brew is initially caramel malt and honey sweet with sweet citrus following. Pale clean malt in midstream gives way to herbal/grassy and resin notes. Very mild booze at the finish.

Medium-full bodied. Decently carbonated and drying.

Not TG's best. Don't get it twisted. It's a good beer. But not up to par for this brewer.

Apr 17, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m not so sure that I know about “Imperial” things, ya know? That sounds like some stuff from Prussia or Austria-Hungary. Either way, I dunno if I would classify this beer as an Imperial one or grandiose what have you. It’s there like a scarecrow when no birds are around. I mean, it does the trick, but is it also a bit useless? Not that this beer is useless, but I wouldn’t exactly say that he is doing his job. Again, it’s ok, but Imperial? Hell, sometimes I don’t even know myself at times. Carry on.

Apr 17, 2021
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robwired from Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could smell the citrus aroma after pouring from the pint can, packaged 03/26/21, from where I was rinsing the can out. Promising.
It poured a full white head that evaporated to a film. Some, but not a lot, of lacing followed.
I got primary notes of orange zest with a bitter finish to the back of the throat, the mouthfeel medium and juicy.
I don't think of 7.9% ABV as being boozy, but this did have a booziness to it.

Apr 16, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'PKG03/26/21 BEST BY 07/24/21'.
Hazy, pale gold colored body. One finger of white head recedes to a skiff cap. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Quite the expression of orange.
Taste is sweet orange, with a bitter bite middle and late. Sweetness in the aftertaste.
Medium, slurpy mouth feel. Quite a bit of stinging on the tongue. Okay carbonation.
Not cloyingly sweet but a good bounce of sweetness combined with the stinging bitterness. Like a citrus fruit sorbet.

Apr 15, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Feb 03, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Jan 29, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

Dec 11, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Dec 03, 2018
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Nov 21, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Oct 25, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ...


Oct 18, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Oct 16, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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smbslt from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Aug 20, 2017
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