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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Photo of BYOFB
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned May 2016.

I got this beer while in the upper Midwest at a meeting. I was able to procure some cans of this back in July so it isn't exactly fresh. Hopefully it holds up pretty well.

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Clear and amber in color with a decent sized white head atop. Solid bit of foam with good amounts of lacing. Aroma was a little flat in reference to the hops. I got the hops but there was an inordinate amount of malt. Generally, this isn't appealing to me. Not a fan of the maltiness.

After tasting, the hops were a little muted. I am attributing this to age. The flavor overall was solid. Although the hops were muted, I could tell that this one wasn't overlay malty. Not sweet and chewy like some others of similar milieu.

I would love to taste this one fresh, but unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try until now. Solid beer.

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Photo of jmh21
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of omahawk
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange gold. Great hop nose reminisent of citrus peel. The malt profile lays low and lets a firm hop bitterness with great hop flavors of citrus and pine. This is a terrific, well made and ultimately drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of jeffreed61
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/16 can poured 1/17/17. Checks all the hop, citrus and pine IPA boxes. The bitter finish lasts, but isn't over the top. Solid across the board.

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

Photo of Furlinator
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VTEno17
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rbrandt22
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/orange with a 1 finger head. Aroma, kind of peachy with a pine sol/ sappy hop. Taste a biscuit malt on the finish and throughout. No lingering bitterness or sweetness. Crisp and clean. A fresh hop pellet taste in here. Bit grassy and piney. Mouthfeel is a bit frothy. Overall, decent IPA. Not exactly my style for an IPA but solid.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks pale honey no withstanding head, mod ring/retention and decent lacing. Smells fantastic. Orange rind, lemon zest, hint of distant pine cone. Taste is balanced mix of hoppy bitterness, pine, and fresh citrus fruit. Overall liked it better than Sue. Call me crazy, but I like it more.

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Photo of KingBovril
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,white head that dissolves fast.Dark hazy orange in color,with distorted light coming through the glass.Medium / light carbonation.

On the nose I get bitter,piney hops,and some sweet malts...Not a whole lot else going on except maybe some floral notes.

The palate follows the nose with bitter,piney hops,backed by some sweet honey malts.Also getting some floral notes.

The body is medium,with a dry finish,and chalky mouth feel.

This is a pretty good IPA,but nothing out of this world.Good as far as the pine and flora notes,and flavors go...But lacking in the citrus category.I prefer East coast IPA's,and this one seems more like a west coast to me...Still decent though.

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Photo of drone
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one damn good beer. I'm way past my IPA days but still gave the Nuggett a whirl.
Beatiful oft-white head with an orangish hue body. Thick sticky resin hits the palate first with a deep malty backbone. Excessively smooth and no lingering bitterness. Scents of grapefruit and nectar on the nose. Nice sessionable quaff with no drawbacks.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip glass
From: My cousin, Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 30, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 5, 2016
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 25, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

I’ve had one Toppling Goliath beer before and it was Pseudo Sue, the best pale ale I ever had. Was lucky enough to get that one from Sam and this one (Golden Nugget IPA) as well. I do not expect it to be as good, but I expect to be very good. Can’t wait to try it.

Poured a straw gold amber semi-hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class layered spiderweb foamy lacing. World-class retention. A good looking beer. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled sweet citrus, Citra, floral, pine, tropical, sharp grapefruit, tangerine, sugary orange blossom, leafy grass and herbal. Did not get Nugget on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, maybe a tad thinner than I would have thought. Orange blossom, melon, cantaloupe, persimmon, floral, tangerine, orange rind, Nugget (not as woody as I would have expected), Citra, a touch of grapefruit, herbal, leafy grass and slightly woody pine. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium-to-light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a very good IPA. Would recommend it for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

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Photo of edthehead
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Pours a very clear medium gold, with a one-finger white foamy head that lasts well. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, melons, and some flowery and herbal hops. Lesser notes of citrus rind, and a very light cracker malt body. A nice aroma, though not huge.

T: Lots of melon, tropical fruits and lychee. Grapefruit pith with some dank and herbal hops as well. The palest of cracker malts – the hops are definitely the star here. Moderate bitterness in the hang with some citrus pith flavors.

M: A light crisp body for style, good carbonation sensation and low alcohol for sure. This drinks more like an APA.

O: This was good. I don't think I like it quite as well as Pseudo Sue. But it's crisp and clean with nice dry-hop flavors and aroma. A solid option to have on the shelf.

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

Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,644 ratings.
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