Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #660
Ranked #2,979
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: Mosaic, Sabro, Simco, and Amarillo hops join forces to create a bouquet of tropical citrus and pineapple aromas. This bold, hop-forward IPA captivates the senses as you raise a glass in tribute to lord NugMo. May he bless your taste buds with a bounty of flavor.
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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juicy and almost chewy in the mouth, this beer is not nearly as dry as some of their other offerings. Citrusy hops and sweet malt keep things tasty, but the alcohol is a little pronounced in the flavor. Oh well, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy yellow in color with an opaque appearance. Poured with a moderate creamy white foam with good retention. Fruity aromas with notes of tropical pineapple. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Silky, creamy smooth feel with pleasant warmth from the middle through the finish. Fruity and mellow tropical flavors, melon, pineapple and papaya. Medium light bitterness that slowly expands through the finish. Finished with light booziness and bitterness along with soft tropical fruity flavors. Great aromas, feel and flavors. Fantastic.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: The murky looks of unfiltered pineapple-orange juice and a two finger ivory head, the last of which seems to last indefinitely and leaves several small splotches of lace.

S: Very much in the pineapple spectrum with notes of pine, orange, and spirits.

T: Smooth overall. A little creamy for an IPA and while the taste is more mineral than tropical, I dig it for its subtlety.

F: Smooth but bitter. The lighter end of a mid-weight.

O: It’s not my favorite but I appreciate its differences. Won’t blow you away but it’s an easy and worthy drinker.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My goodness this was incredible. I had high standards for the great TG and this one wasn't even as highly ranked as the others I've tried (Pseudo Sue, King Sue, Sosus, Mornin' Latte) but this beer just blew me away. "Best by 7/25/20" printed on can. Pours a surprisingly hazy yellow color with lots of fluffy white head and beautiful small rings of lingering lacing that persisted. Much hazier than I was expecting from a non-NE style IPA. Big fragrant aromas of ripe tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, guava and passion fruit. Maybe a little melon and lemon. Also malt, creamy vanilla, weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, excellent balance and depth, great juicy flavors and couldn't feel or detect the ABV at all. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel, a little sticky, but so soft and reminded me of a Tree House NE style IPA. Great carbonation. Oh man I would love to just keep drinking this all day. An outstanding IPA, definitely my favorite so far (if it's truly considered a regular American IPA).

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, grapefruit, mango and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical taste with caramel and toffee sweetness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 6.99 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.437/oz). Received 5/5/20 from Craft Shack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 5/7/20.
Bottom of can stamped “PKG 03/27/20 Best By 07/25/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale straw (SRM 2), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), murky, marked effervescence. When held to direct light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off white, high density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a four to seven mm regular crown and a thin partial cap. Small pieces of lace remain on the glass as the head retracts.
Lacing – Poor. See above.
Aroma – 4.25 – Marked tropical fruit/pineapple, no malt, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with a moderate sweetness which quickly turns bitter, no malt, no yeast. Flavor is mixed tropical fruits with the pineapple much less than the nose suggests. No alcohol (6.6 % ABV, according to website, NOT marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends slightly bitter with a long hangtime.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Certainly seems like a NEIPA to me. Flavor is good but unremarkable as is the nose. Easy drinking and decent price point. Label is so-so, giving info about the hop bill but not the ABV (Iowa law perhaps?).

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: hazy golden with a very thick white head

Aroma: tropical fruit, pine resin

Taste: Nugmo has a lot of tropical fruit flavor, orange, pineapple, mango, some grapefruit ending in pine resin and grapefruit rind bitterness. Nugmo is my kind of IPA but it is a bit too mild.

Body/Overall:light to medium body, very easy drinking.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a tulip.

Pours the expected hazy/cloudy gold, which, incidentally, is the best part of this particular TG brew.

Solid aromas of citrus (orange and lemon) tropical fruit (pineapple) and touches of floral and piney hops.

The brew is tropical sweet on the tip of the tongue with mango and pineapple, followed quickly with orange and hints of grapefruit. The brew closes with a touch of pine and chive.

Good carbonation and feel on this one. Not too heavy. Just beyond medium but with a nearly drying finish.

It looks and feels really good. Compared to other TG offerings, and most NEIPA's it smells and tastes very mediocre.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard juicy IPA pour with an opaque golden body, large head, and decent lacing. The smell was tangerine, passionfruit, and melon. The taste contained the same tropical flavors as the smell. The bitterness was quite low. The finish was tangy and juicy. The aftertaste was not very long lived. The feel was medium dense and soft. Nice NEIPA.

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Photo of dcotom
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American IPA or NEIPA? Seems more like the latter to me. Whatever you call it, it's a fantastic beer. Poured from a "pounder" into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Huge burst of grapefruit and spruce aromas upon popping the tab. Cloudy pale yellow in appearance, with a thick long-lasting snow-white head. Notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and pine on the palate. Medium bodied, with pleasant bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp, with a little astringence and a bit of citrusy tartness lingering on the palate. Juicy and delicious, and highly recommended - if you can get it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Muddy like orange juice. Nose is pineapple, orange, papaya, starfruit and mango. Huge tropical fruit notes and super aromatic. Beer opens citrus, pineapple and starfruit. Bright and citrussy with a huge fruit bouquet. More starfruit and some grapefruit in the middle towards the end with a huge malt backbone. Delicious with a great integration of tropical fruit flavors. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and goes down quenching. A touch foamy with a clean but light aftertaste.

Another winner from Toppling Goliath. This is in the same class as Pompeii and PseudoSue

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/27/2020. Poured into a TG snulip glass. It pours an opaque, dirty lemon color with a half finger of foamy, bright white head and thick, clinging lacing. The cap disappeared rather quickly. On the nose there is lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and lite floral hops. The taste is quite tart with a burst of lemon peel and grapefruit rind. Only as the glass warms a bit do I begin to notice some sweeter citrus and tropical notes of orange and pineapple, which validates the Amarillo hops.There is also a lot of resinous pine, earthy and pepper at the finish. You can detect the Simcoe in the hop bill. It finishes with moderate bitterness. It's definitely on the dryer side. This ale is fairly lite in feel with moderate to lively carbonation. At 30 IBU and 6.6% ABV it drinks easily. It would make a great summertime IPA. Overall, Nugmo is worth seeking out. It definitely has a different feel from some of the fruitier Toppling Goliath offerings.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, no ones perfect. I mean, I bet Miranda Kerr has even let one rip in front of her billionaire husband a few times on accident (don’t worry, Miranda, I’ll always love you, baby). And right here in Nugmo, we got a super model that let out a butt bomb. Like, yeah, it’s kind of like, “Who cares?” Nugmo is ok and stuff, but for Raul, it’s the first time he has had just an ‘aite’ beer from the Kings and Queens over at dat Toppling Goliath joint.

The Raul man was a bit hesitant at first (even though it’s a TG beer), cuz he ain’t into that Sabro hop. But hotdogit, if someone is going to make something good out of something Raul ain’t really into, it’s dem playaz over in Iowa. So yeah, it’s ok. Definitely not feelin’ it like William Powell, Myrna Loy and Asta, solving a murder mystery, but it will do the trick.

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Photo of mschrei
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting one. Very cloudy, weak orange juice like appearance, mild head and lacing. Smell when I opened it was a huge juicy and dank slap upside the head. It tapers off, but it’s got good citrus notes of orange, pineapple, and mango. Taste is the same-initial sips are big, bold, juicy and dank with slight bitterness on the back end. It seems like a New England style with a bit of a West Coast ancestry. But then it softens into more of a mild juice bomb with a humble tang on the back end. It’s got a big body, very mouth filling and mouth watering, some booziness. It’s a pretty damn good beer, very enjoyable, and worth the buzz.

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Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've already drunk one of these beers. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a pint glass. The poor of the beer produced a two-fingered billowy head. The head retention of the beer is good. The head retention of the beer is above-average. How's the head dissipated it left some lacing on the glass. The only thing left of the head now is a chunky ring around the glass. The color of the beer charts around SM or to a pale yellow to straw hue. The beer is cloudy. This is typical of a New England IPA. Overall the appearance of the beer is very nice.

The Aromas of the beer or mango oranges lemons floral Astor's citrus hey draw pineapple a hint of Pine and malty sweetness I can also detect a subtle toasted malt and crackers.

The flavor of the beer is hey pineapple mango pears floral esters Pine lemon oranges crackers toasted malts and grapefruit

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, medium-plus finish.

The beer is a solid example of NEIPA. Great flavors I enjoyed it

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, canned 3/17/20.
Goose Island nonic pint glass.

Has a really juicy thick blonde body with a creamy cap of 2 fingers, receding to 1, and leaving nice webby lace on the glass.

Aroma brings some element of dank/cannabis, but is more centered in the straw/grass area of things. Some light pithy citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly but also faint elements of tangerine and fainter starfruit). Slight super glue action, and more wet grass. I'd say the nose is not spectacular but it's decent.

Flavor is very green, tastes a bit young, like it needs time to open up more. But I said that about the last batch of Sosus and it hasn't done anything yet. it's not particularly sweet or huge either. Grapefruit, but only the rinds; tangerine, but only the pith; and faint mango or pineapple but again this is also bitter. There's also a lot of dry grass throughout. Essentially zero malt, and zero balance. It's all dry grass and rindy fruits. Very west-coast but not even "good" west-coast. Lots of resinous bitterness hanging on afterwards.

Feel is juicy but not creamy or large; has a good level of carbonation, nice bite at the finish, moderate warming alcohol.

Overall, a bit disappointed, but it was either $5 a can or $15 for a 4 pack so I bought the 4 pack. Definitely not up to par with what I've had on my recent journeys, but I guess this'll have to do for now.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab. Packaged 03/25/20.

Brewed with Mosaic, Sabro, Simcoe, and Amarillo. "India Pale Ale."

Emphasizes the sort of tropical fruit/pineapple hop profile I've never been keen on personally, managing to emphasize Sabro hops over the other three (any one of which would have been vastly preferable, and two of which - Amarillo and Mosaic - are amongst my top 5 favourite varietals).

It's not badly executed; I just subjectively don't really care for the hop profile they're targeting, and it seems criminal to brew an Amarillo hopped ale without its signature resins or a Mosaic hopped ale without its signature subtle blueberry.

Follows the Johnny-come-lately trend of IPAs tasting increasingly like tropical fruit juice (think Odwalla or Naked juice) to its detriment. Lacks concomitant hop bitterness. Hop pungency is restrained, and restraint with respect to hops is not necessarily what one hopes for in a well brewed India Pale Ale.

I don't dislike it, but it leaves a lot to be desired - especially coming from Toppling Goliath - and I'd honestly sooner drink something like Ballast Point's Sculpin or even Lagunitas' IPA, which are both more widely distributed than this and more affordable.

Not Toppling Goliath's strongest work. In fact, looking at my ratings for the brewery to date, it's one of their worst.


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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy pineapple color underneath a sudsy white head, the nose is stuffed with dank citrus notes, especially pineapple and mango.

Those flavors are most prominent on the taste as well, and the mouthfeel is softer, but not watery. This is a terrific dank juice bomb, IMHO.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do these guys ever make a bad beer ? Another outstanding offering to say the least. Smells like citrus friut and pineapple up front. The taste follows the nose for sure.Love these guys at Toppling Goliath !

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
PKG: 03/25/20
BEST BY: 07/23/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine, apricot), with a nice little diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, nectarine, apricot), with a pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Very nice to see it around here. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy yellow in color with a slight hint of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy white head that left a wide collar around the edge of the glass that gradually narrowed down.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and pineapples are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pineapples, lime, mangos and stone fruit and finishes with notes of pine. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit "chewy" and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this IPA really have a lot of complex aromas and flavors given all of the different hops that were used.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on April2, 2020. Brewed with Mosaic, Sabro, Simco and Amarillo hops. Bold and hop-forward with tropical citrus and pineapple aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/27/20; drank 4/12/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; minimal, frothy lace.

Pineapple, table sugar & dry grass notes in the nose.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple, dry pine, mild grass & faint baking soda flavors.

This is drinkable, but not great.

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Photo of Mdog
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Murky yellow, good head.

Smell: Stinky dankness, then citrus.

Taste: Nice bitterness, pith, citrus, some tropical fruit.

Overall: A pretty bitter IPA in hazy clothes. Quite stinky at first, big dank/sweat sock aroma gives way over time. Nice flavor with a kick of bitterness to it.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about seventeen dollars. My eighteenth brew from these guys. Very solid brew, a tier below King Sue etc., needs to be @ a lower price point.

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NugMo from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 96 ratings