Golden Nugget IPA | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This spectacularly golden, medium bodied IPA was crafted from a winning combination of Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops. Fall in love with the big hop aroma of our Golden Nugget as it mingles with fragrances of citrus and evergreen, followed by a floral sweetness. Tropical fruit flavors entice your taste buds before immediately captivating you with a bold, hop forward taste and a pleasant bitterness in the finish.

56 IBU

Added by AmericanGothic on 06-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,652
Reviews:
216
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
295
For Trade:
9
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Photo of Timotheus1
1.48/5  rDev -64.6%

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
1.59/5  rDev -62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

This beer has gone down hill big time!! So average, watery compared to the Gnugg of the Past. Back in 2014 I bought an entire case, I know what this is supposed to taste like. This 4 pack version is trash. I hope TG has a QC department because this is nonconforming. Sorry to be so harsh but... Real talk

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Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in parallel with Pseudo-Sue. This is more aromatic and closer to an IPA. The flavors seems more complex and fill your mouth more thant pseudo-sue does. I judge it better although quite similar.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ScottishMacD
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Satan70
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice yellow with a off white head, very sticky and lots of lacing.

The smell is light and citrusy with mild hops and a light bit of bready malt.

The flavor is good, but nothing special, a light slightly bitter and a big centennial like citrus quality. The malt is almost non existant, just a light bit of underlying sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch resiny.

This beer doesn't have any real faults, but is a bit on the boring side, was hoping judging by the name that it would have some nugget hop charachters, but there is none to speak of.

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3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap. Courtesy of Duff27. Appealing label design.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
Style: IPA (per the label).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Sky-high given the brewery's reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None - just a white floater ring which recedes fully within 1 minute, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Nontransparent translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeasty muck is visible.

Looks like most IPAs. There's nothing unique or special about it.

AROMA: Pale malts complement subtle hints of tropical hops - mainly mango and tangerine (both of which are faint). A kiss of resin, maybe a whisper of pine. Faint hop oil. Touches of floral character and grasses. Maybe some apricot?

Aromatic intensity: mild.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Has a nice leavened pale malt backbone which lends it the perfect amount of sweetness. The hop profile is subtly handled, not beating the drinker about the head with its hop flavour and bitterness like so many contemporary problematic IPAs. A kiss of garlic and onion. Overripe melon on the climax injects too much bitterness.

Depth of flavour: Above average.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Average, even downplayed for the style.
Flavour amplitude: Good.

While not gestalt, it's quite cohesive, with a deliberate build and fair balance. Some sticky pine resin in the third act makes it a bit too bitter there, which carries into the finish.

Subsidiary notes of floral hops and grass bolster the tangerine-dominant tropical hop profile. A hint of mango.

TEXTURE: Unnaturally rough on the palate, dragging a bit and parching. Its coarseness is lightly irritating, its dryness wholly unnecessary. Medium to full-bodied, with adequate weight and heft on the palate. Could be softer.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable as an IPA, but not worth going out of your way to seek out on account of its relative imbalance. Not a stellar or world-class IPA from Toppling Goliath, but certainly a competent effort. Still, there's no harmony of texture to taste, and it's not a gestalt beer. Won't impress the discerning drinker.

The melon becomes dominant as it warms, highlighting the troublesome bitterness (which is the beer's largest flaw). Drink cold.

High C+ (3.21)

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Photo of Brew33
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undercarbonated. Very average American IPA. Just decent.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of clager
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Light copper color, clear. Great lacy head.

S: A little bit of citrus and floral.

T: Similar to smell with nice crispness and mild bitterness. Minimal malt which is an attribute I appreciate.

F: Excellent mouthfeel and well-carbonated.

O: Decent IPA, nice and crisp but not particularly outstanding flavor.

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Photo of Tukiluka
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rudzud
3.32/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear darker golden huhue ith a one finger whiter head that leaves a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of earthy, herbal, tea, faint pine and citrus. Light sweet malts, just really herbal. Not digging this.

T - Taste is the nose, just in my mouth. Sigh. Tea, herbal earthy, a rather unappealing bubblegum taste that doesn't really fit with this beer. Argh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, would like some more.

O - Overall I was incredibly unimpressed by this beer. Was just a mess for me.

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Photo of CTJman
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregafree
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dads_basement
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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