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:
1,653
Reviews:
216
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
295
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9
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Photo of DevilsAvocado
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wayne303
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawnspl
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mc2tgree
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head, lots of sticky lacing. Smell is of citrus, pine. Taste is tropical fruits, citrus, malts, some pine, bitter at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and enjoyable beer.

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

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

Photo of Agentveba
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My local market finally has Toppling Goliath! I was excited to stop in to the Rhinelander Cellar 70 the other day to find Golden Nugget and PseudoSue 16 oz four-packs. This one was canned 18 days ago. Poured right from the fridge into a nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a bright apricot amber--cloudy and filled with fine particulate--with about an inch-and-a-half of billowy eggshell head that sticks around for a good bit, falls to a healthy film and ring, and leaves substantial, even lacing on the glass. Large, moderate visible carbonation present.

S: Grassy, herbal, and dank/resinous hop notes present in the bouquet. More subdued still are notes of stone fruit, melon, and less-perceptible pine. Lighter cracker malts hold steady underneath.

T: As opposed to PseudoSue, this one has a pretty reserved flavor profile--nothing really shouts out at you. The opening has cracker malts and registers as quite dry. Following on their heels are subdued grassy and floral hop notes that keep that feeling of dryness going into the middle. The creamier middle brings on the fruit hop notes of stone fruit and melon, while still maintaining those grassy and floral/herbal notes. As mentioned, none of these flavors are especially assertive--this really is a very understated IPA. The back end brings on a more resinous quality, and it does register fleetingly as pine, though citrus rind would probably be equally appropriate. The is quite a bit of melon flavor at the close, with a big build of bitter that carries through the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit of cracked pepper and grassy notes there, as well.

F: Lighter-bodied and nicely carbonated, this one is dry, crisp, slightly creamy, bright, and quite bitter in turns. It has a very clean feeling on the palate, though that bitter does stick to the palate at the close.

O: This was actually the first Toppling Goliath beer I ever had, but I'm just now getting around to reviewing it. I wasn't overly impressed on that first occasion. At the time, I was all about big hop bombs and didn't really appreciate subtlety in pale ales. Well, with a number of years to develop my tastes a bit, I find this one very enjoyable. It has some similar things going on as Two Hearted. It's not nearly as floral and fragrant as that beer, and I don't think it has near the balance; however, this one can definitely hold its own with some of the best IPAs out there. I would definitely recommend giving this one a go.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle dated 12/23/15 poured into an IPA glass
A: Orange color, light carbonation and a two-finger head
S: True to the style but somewhat generic hops and malt, a bit earthy
T: Like the nose. A straightforward IPA
M: Medium-bodied, a bit bitter
O: This is nice, glad to have the chance to try it but I look forward to trying it again and updating my review when it's fresher

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

Photo of hophead7117
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Labirratorium. Canned 1 Dic 15. In Teku glass. Playing South Park Stick of Truth. Not a hop bomb but tasty and balanced brew with an amazing mouthfeel. To repeat fresher.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very cool beer, a nice sharp smell, the taste is very tight, it seemed that a lot for one person the whole bottle, and a fantastic aftertaste, still remained for the next half an hour

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Photo of Jhoover33
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,653 ratings.
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