Imperial Golden Nugget
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Imperial Golden NuggetImperial Golden Nugget
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,213
Ranked #3,634
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
May 21, 2022
Dec 10, 2014
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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Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

May 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: New England Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $4.99
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: May 3, 2021
Consumed: May 10, 2021
Misc.: Canned on March 26, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. CT; Best by July 24, 2021; Started reviewing this as a American Double / Imperial IPA, but eventually moved to a New England Double / Imperial IPA.

Went over to Windmill Farms to pick up a few beers. I think I passed on this one before for some reason but grabbed it this time. Untappd description was “A royal combination of Simcoe and Amarillo hops are paired with a smooth golden promise malt base to create this regal double IPA.”

Poured a light golden hazy color with three fingers of frothy white head. Plenty of bubbles streams coming up along the sides of the glass. World-class foamy retention. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled both mentioned hops right away, first Amarillo than Simcoe. Also tangerine, orange citrus, sappy pine forest, grapefruit rind, herbal, papaya, melon and cedar. Some Sabro-like qualities. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted Amarillo, Simcoe, tangerine, orange citrus, sappy pine forest, grapefruit rind, papaya, melon, herbal, cedar, black pepper and citrus peel. Still was getting those Sabro-like qualities. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just another solid offering from Toppling Goliath. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.25)

4.21 | 94 | A-
Jan 20, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from pint can into IPA glass
Look: Hazy golden color with 1.5 fingers of white head with great retention.
Smell: Citrus
Taste: Very similar to King Sue, except slightly more bitter. This double IPA goes down incredibly easily. No unpleasant aftertaste
Feel: Good carbonation. Full bodied.
Overall: Like King Sue, this is another home-run by Toppling Goliath.
Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
in a can poured chilled in a glass

golden hazed with white head lace clings average bead
smell is fruity, tropical with mango and floral scent from hops with faint herbal/spice odor

Mouthfeel is moderately bitter, medium carbonation and resins with light sweetness and semi dry finish

Taste has tangy, juicy fruity subtle tropical taste with pineapple and tangy citrus like grapefruit with light tangerine and mild mango-like hop tang yet finish is on the dry side with mild alcohol and light zest with piney finish

Taste is great feel is exceptional and aroma is just enticing yet fresh and captivating too, all around wonderful taste experience for hops it is a quaffable drinkable Imperial IPA that is not like many in the market flooded with hoppy hazy it is a better choice high quality well made brew!
Jul 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It's a little too drab in color to be truly golden. Maybe there is a little gold in there, but it's more of a dull orange-amber. This is evident after a pint can was emptied into a clear Imperial pint glass. Originally, the head was of high praise, but it receded rather quickly. Malt, hops, yeast and a little alcohol appear within a subdued aroma. The taste buds are greeted with a nice complexity of bold flavors. First is the sweet malt body, with a twinge of alcohol. The presence of the alcohol makes for a wonderful transition from sweet to hoppy bitter. The alcohol and hops then combine to make the finish biting and dry, but still in a rich malt base. No glass lacing to be seen, but no matter for concern. Categories get blurred, but this drinks more like a standard Double or Imperial IPA than it does a NEIPA.
Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/26/21, so 3 months old.

Looks very good in the glass. Medium orange juice colored body with a strong white head. This persists in good form throughout, leaving scattered lacing.

Standard dull fruit aroma.

On tasting, fruity, mostly citrus, grapefruit. A touch dank and piney. Quite warm from the abv. Sweetness rears its head now and then.

Mouth between medium and full, finish grapefruit rind.

Overall, another hybrid which leans more West Coast than NE. But whatever you call it, call it damn tasty.
Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.21 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

May 30, 2021
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