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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: 193 | Ratings: 1,551
Photo of lochraneg
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: golden pour with a creme head
S: hoppy and full of citrus
F: floats on the tongue and leaves you craving more
T: just awesome
O: lives up to the hype, wish I could my hands on more

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Photo of flagmantho
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive indeed!

Smell: rich fruity hops with a dash of pine; the overall effect is very tropical with mango and pineapple along with tangerine and grapefruit. Yum!

Taste: a nice continuation of what's on offer in the aroma, with a lightly sweet, very fruity flavor finishing with a relatively mild bitterness. Bright, fresh and delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and huge creaminess that is massive for the style. Woo!

Overall: what a great beer. I just wish it were distributed in my state.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has a cloudy golden color, with a beautiful head about a finger thick.

The smell is full of fresh hops with a clear pine-cone flavor. Just a delightful smell.

This is a beer with attitude if I ever had one. The floral hops come out swinging as soon as the beer enters your mouth, and lingers for quite some time. This beer made my tongue tickle out of the taste sensation. Balance goes out of the window, but this is an extraordinary beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, strong floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, strong pine, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of rye, and hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. Has a mild aroma of piny hops and sweet malts. Flavor is hoppy with a slightly sweet finish and a lingering pine hoppy aftertaste. Smooth to drink and just a nice IPA overall

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts with tangerine and mango upfront with a light malty sweetness. There is a nice earthy hoppiness midpalate through the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is my first Toppling Goliath experience and it doesn't disappoint. This is a very good IPA.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle of 9/1/15.

Appearance: Mostly translucent golden/caramel color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Classic mix of caramel malt and slight citrus.

Taste: The balance is fantastic between the sweet caramel and bold earthy bitterness. Citrus on the finish rounds out the hop character. Aftertaste of ebbing earthy bitterness. Adequate depth of flavor for 6% ABV. Reminiscent of 60 Minute and Celebration.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with unobtrusive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: An example of how great beers can be made with few ingredients. A no frills american IPA that's solid all around. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am still new to the IPA market, but TGB Golden Nugget is a very good one. Maybe I'm biased because I live in Iowa, but I have yet to have a disappointing beer from TGB. By most of their ratings, I don't think it's just me.
Give Golden Nugget a try, you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of CJCouillard
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Nugget is a vibrant dark gold in color, and has the smell of a complex IPA.

Smelled of hops and subtle citrus. Taste wise, I felt it was like most other good craft IPAs, tasle wasn't quite as complex or enjoyable as TG's APA PseudoSue.

Overall solid IPA, one of the better ones I've tried.

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

From bottle, poured a 3 finger head. Expressive nose of hops and lemons. Nice tart citrus flavors in the mouth, kind of light mouth-feel - but big flavor none-the-less, very expressive but still well balanced.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden almost clear color with pillow of off white head that remains a while before settling to a thin layer with film of lacing

Very fruity smell

Citrus on front of mouth, slight sweetness and hop bite on the back

Very substantial feel for this abv

A nice IPA this sure seems like it exceeds 56 IBUs

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Orange/Amber color, thin, tight head
S: lots of citrus and trop fruito
T: Tremendous upfront, lots of citrus, mango, etc
F: light bodied, easy drinking
O: I like it better when it warms up a bit...would recommend

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden amber clear color with a big eggshell head that leaves great lacing
S - nice resiny dank hop quality, garlic/onion, pine, papaya, mango,
T - pretty much the same as the smell, resin, dank, garlic onion, papaya, mango
M - light - medium, alc covered completely, aftertaste is dank onion/garlic
O - This is a solid pale ale (basically IPA). Right up there with the Zombie Dust, PseudoSue, Alpha Kings of the world.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden Nugget pours a hazy copper color with a small but long lasting and lacing head. There is a very bright floral aroma. The taste has a big floral flavor, great crisp hop notes, and finishes very dry. Nice body good feel, nice dry flavors Overall fantastic IPA, the hop flavors come through very nicely.

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Photo of govlady
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice thick head

Smell: Floral, citrus

Taste: hoppy, citrus, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and very drinkable

Overall: Another great beer from TG. I've yet to have anything I haven't really enjoyed. This was a very delicate IPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, light orange with a thin white head. A very nice citrus mango hop smell, in which a little funk comes through. The citrus taste and bitter hop goes together very well with a nice malt balance. Some funk helps finish off this great APA. Toppling Goliath is simply one of the best.

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Photo of TooGood
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with massive head and excellent lacing. Smell is weakly hoppy and slightly sweet. Taste is slightly sweet with some citrus and mild bitterness on the back end. It's a good brew, but I like Pseudo Sue better.

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

This beer pours a rich honey color. The aroma is straighforward tropical, with pineaple leading the way. The flavor is also mostly of pineapple, but there is a nice citrus and pine twist at the end to keep it interesting. The mouthfeel is thick and maybe a bit too coating for the the body of the beer. Overall I relly deeply enjoyed this beer - nothing complex, but great quaffing IPA when you are looking for something on the richer side.

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Photo of clager
3.27/5  rDev -22%
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 erikhovenkamp
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an extremely good IPA. It may fall short of PseudoSue, but it's still one of the best tasting IPAs brewed in the Midwest, in my opinion. It reminds me a bit of Sculpin IPA, which is not a comparison I make lightly.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

chuck d summed up this beer in 1998. don't believe the hype.

clear and gold, with a white head and lots of lacing. smells like pine sol and rubbing alcohol. not getting any of the citrus mentioned below; just pine. it's surprisingly not offputting. taste is thin. the pine is there, but not as noticeable as the nose. there's something fruity there, too, but less pronounced. bitterness lingers just a touch, but not enough.

it's ok, but it's the second ipa from toppling goliath that i've had that just doesn't live up to the reputation of the brewery.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle brought to me by the ever generous @mr-jj. Served in a snifter. Date is 01 July 15. I assume that's bottled on, not best by.

Pours hazy golden amber with small head that doesn't seem to fade at all. Not much carbonation. Smell is pretty nice, but pretty mild. A little fresh cut grass, a little citrusy flower, a little hay.

Taste is mild, too, but also good. A bit more of the citrus comes out. A bit stronger zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick, but light. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of pagriley
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- slightly hazy pale golden orange with 1 inch white head and heavy lacing
S- tropical fruit and orange peel with a touch of pine
T- starts out dank, then citrus and mango followed by smooth bitter finish
F- light bodied with overly prickly carb

Overall a solid ipa

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” glass. Bottled on 07/01/15. Sipped on and considered while listening to E&A.

Appearance: Pours a thin finger of off white head atop a light golden brown body. Light cap with thin lacing.

Aroma: Hop character that brings to mind melon rind with a mellow, resiny piney hop. Sweet, doughy, caramel malt built that holds up the hop bill just right.

Taste: Floral lemon, pulpy tropical fruits, evergreen bitterness and a bit of onion. Sweet, grainy doughy malts. Mild hop character that is almost equally balanced out by the malt bill.

Mf: Medium body with a lower carbonation. Sweet with some herbal dryness form the hops.

Overall: Well-constructed IPA that showcases all ingredients involved. Golden Nugget is not IBU crazy and seems more fitting as a hop quencher for a week night. Good showcase of Nugget hops and its evergreen type bite with the malty sweetness of Golden Promise. 4 pack worthy.

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Photo of chefbrady
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic appearance, aroma is light, some citrus, some toast like. It's a nice drier styled ipa, not overly hoppy. Pleasing to drink just not mind blowing.

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Golden Nugget IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,551 ratings.
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