Imperial Golden Nugget
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,130
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,626
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Ratings:
305
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 21, 2022
Added:
Dec 10, 2014
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  24
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana on May 21, 2022
 
4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2022
 
4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Apr 05, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BucannonXC5 from California

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
 
3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

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
 
4.34 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Aug 08, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.37 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jun 22, 2021
 
3.94 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jun 20, 2021
 
4.21 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Jun 13, 2021
 
4.17 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2021
 
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jun 09, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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

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

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
 
4.21 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on May 31, 2021
 
4.18 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on May 30, 2021
 
4.15 by sd123 from Georgia on May 23, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by 150lRoast from Missouri

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
 
4.24 by dsshuck from Delaware on May 19, 2021
 
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on May 18, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

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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3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
 
4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on May 15, 2021
 
4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on May 11, 2021
 
4.24 by Unclevince from West Virginia on May 09, 2021
 
4.25 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on May 09, 2021
 
4.4 by fflopps from Iowa on May 08, 2021
 
4.21 by Nunya from Ohio on May 07, 2021
 
4.25 by cd34 from Illinois on Apr 27, 2021
 
4.21 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2021
 
4.05 by timmy2b from New York on Apr 26, 2021
 
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Apr 26, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Kostantiniyya from Texas

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

Can from Canton St April 2021

Apr 25, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mellonsm from Pennsylvania

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

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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