Golden Nugget IPA | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Golden Nugget IPAGolden Nugget IPA

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

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

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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 1,616
Photo of jakecattleco
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated May/09/16. Nose could've been more potent, but still enjoyable nonetheless. Taste is delicious piney and citrus, considerable astringency and a little bitterness. Finish lingers a bit with subtle astringency. Mouthfeel is really nice, just enough body but not too much, and the carbonation is solid. Really glad TG has distro to SDakota, very pleasant surprise on a trip back home.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -28.4%
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 tone77
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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 josanguapo
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +7.6%
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 FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold beer that left a few bands and some spots of lacing. The nose is filled with grapefruit, sweet malt and pine with some floral notes as well. The taste is mainly grapefruit and tangerine with a nice sweetness and a balanced piney bitterness at the end. This is a quite tasty IPA with a lot of citrus and a good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of Peepskp
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty decent IPA. My first Toppling Goliath beer. I am more impressed by the well rounded flavors than anything although not much is standing out enough to make it interesting. Good beer. Looking forward to pseudo.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy Prague in color with a fluffy white head that has great retention. Aromas of citrus hops with notes of tangerine and orange rind caramel malt and some grain aromas. Taste has more citrus flavors upfront with a slightly dry piney and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Lightly sweet caramel and grainy malt to balance.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy dated 3/22. Just over a month old

Hazy golden body with fluffy head. Aroma is heavy on grapefruit and there is moderate bitterness in the taste. Dry. Nice IPA, nothing mind blowing though.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. So drinkable... The evergreen is there with the floral hops and the tea bitterness. An other example of how great is this brewery. Nothing fancy just a load of hops and a good character for a sessionable ale

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma is really hoppy with resin and grass/herbs. Taste is really fruity and floral at first with some sweet malts in the background but really balanced overall. Finish is quite bitter and earthy with resin notes. Body is quite heavy with medium carbonation. Quite nice overall, classic style IPA but tray and well made.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 3 finger sticky white head that leaves gobs of lace behind, bottled on September 30, 2015 a friend bought it for me, didn't know better.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, honey, pine, caramel, and some grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely tangerine, honey, apricot, caramel upfront and considering its almost 6 months old a sizable hit of grapefruit in the slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice amount of carbonation, a tad dry and not complaining, and very nice drinkability.

Overall I promise to review again if I get a chance to have this fresh, I am sure it is normally even better, still a nice IPA.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Got in a bomber. Pours with a nice head. Smell is hoppy and somewhat citrus. The taste is heavily hops. The beer has good body, and is pleasurable to drink. This is a good IPA for easy drinking.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden in color with a thick white head on top. Can smell a lot of hops with a hint of citrus. Can taste the hops with a great malty finish to it.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, dark, with quickly dissipating one-finger head. Smells faintly hoppy, with some citrus. Tastes mostly of bitter hops, lingering well. Feels a bit thin, but goes down smoothly. Not great IMHO, but quite pleasant.

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Photo of Strike00
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a slightly hazy and golden amber
S: Citrus and piny hops. A light and sweet smell to it.
T: Tastes of citrus and a slightly buttery taste in the middle. A nice hoppy bitter finish.
F: smooth with medium carbonation.

O: like most if not all of TG's hoppy beers this is a gem. It can sit on the shelf here in Iowa because the other Toppling Goliath IPA's and Pale Ale's are more sought after, but this is a great bear and should not be passed up when fresh.

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Photo of imiller21
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into 16oz pub style glass.

Not a lot to look at, really. Decent golden orange color, quite cloudy, unimpressive head that dissipates quickly.

Didn't smell wonderful either. Nothing bad at all, but nothing great either...just...not much to smell, really. Very light citrus scent.

Heavy carbonation hits first, but smooths out quickly. Sweet malt up front that gives way to lots of apricot and just a hint of citrus. Pine follows through with more apricot. Very light bitterness that lingers shortly. Pretty nice, really, but certainly not very complex.

There was a hefty amount of carbonation at first but it does go down very smooth.

Overall, pretty good. Would drink again, but I'd take several others before this one.

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Photo of Hallu
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is balanced between the grapefruit, the pine and peach. The taste however, is more bitter than the smells makes you think. Toppling Goliath seems to love single hopped beers, this one is pure Nugget. I have the same dilemma as with pseudoSue. I like it, it's very well done, but it's not challenging. They're a bit like a Japanese food master, doing only one specialty but doing it good. I usually prefer brewers who try complex hop combinations. But I can't deny that this is a very very good beer. This is solid and simple, letting the ingredients shine. This is a craft beer for a night out with friends, not a complex one for a tasting or a food pairing.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a hazy orange. Two fingers of white head quickly settles. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose. I'm not getting much evergreen; maybe a hint. The taste is sweetish mango and grapefruit. The evergreen is more pronounced as the hop bitterness builds. Medium mouth and decently dry. A very nice IPA, and I'm sure it would be better if a bit fresher.

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Photo of matcris
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy amber/orange. 2 fingers+ of foamy white head with great retention. Small amount of medium sized bubbles streaming up the glass. Decent lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango. Citrus/orange/grapefruit. Piney and some nice caramel sweetness.
TASTE: Sweet up front. Big citrus and some pine notes. Slightly astringent quality overall.
FEEL: Interesting feel on this. Soft. Very minor carbonation, but pretty aggressive pour, so. Thinner body than I would have thought. Fairly dry the whole way through.
OVERALL: Citrus and pine, thinner feel, soft feel. Aroma was a bit more interesting than flavor. Decent IPA, though. Would like to try it really fresh.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from the 16oz can (Brew Hub) in a Spiegelau IPA glass (Dogfish Head). Nice golden yellow color with frothy white head, left nice lacing in the glass. Smells of tropical fruit and some kind of herb. Balanced not overly bitter taste, the Golden Promise malt is nice and malty, good balance. Body is light, easy. Overall good beer, nice demonstration of Nugget hops, typically thought of as a bittering hop on their own.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

3.25 A: Well hazed orange brown color. One finger of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Big tropical fruitiness in here. Mango and papaya dominate with pineapple and candied oranges not too far behind. Light bready malts and yeast. The hops simply deny any chance of a more in depth evaluation of the malts.

4.5 T: Light bitterness. Big tropical fruits mentioned above. Secondarily there's some pine and grapefruit hops. Again, can't say much about the malts. Light caramel with bready yeastiness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: TG makes an IPA, then they make a dozen other similar beers. Really good, but they could try to mix it up more.

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

While the folks in lab coats say that these hops are strictly for bittering and not well-suited for aroma or flavor, the folks at Toppling Goliath beg to differ. Showcasing America's early hop history with this "Nugget" variety and layered on a bed of British "Golden Promise" malts promise roundness balance and an elegant sweetness to support.

While there's little gambling here, Golden Nugget pours with a calm amber-gold hue and a modest foggy gaze. Its fluffy white foam builds an arid lather and laces with ease throughout the session. Heavy on spruce and pine aromatics, hints of under-ripened citrus waft about in a floral scent that precedes a malty taste that's modestly of caramel, nutty and toasty undertones.

With the malts lifting and the hops settling onto the tastebuds, the early taste is acute with white grapefruit and bitter orange. But the hops develop into a deep and resinous taste that's cleanly of torn pine needle, spruce tip and a fresh grassy, stemmy, leafy endeavor. Bitter with a sappy and peppery bite, the retreating malts keep the taste creamy and dry.

Medium-light for IPA, the beer's simple grain bill is uncluttered and allows the Nugget hops to shine. Giving the the tepid sweetness and starchiness to buffer the hops' bitterness from the palate. Its long and piney bitterness grips the throat relentlessly and reinforces a clean, crisp and refreshing aftertaste.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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