Naughty 90
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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IPA - English
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Our Naughty 90 Oaked IPA was inspired by ocean bound, oak barreled brews of the 1800’s. Packed with hops on a 90-minute schedule, uniquely malted, then aged on a bed of oak, this IPA delivers a taste that is both innovative and timeless.

100+ IBU
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Leighton_ from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect dark-red/amber-brown with an off-white cap of foam that dissipated quickly. Rich tones of oak, roasted malt and hops. Immediate punch of dry tannin-like oak flavors, heavy thick malt sweetness with rich caramel flavor, firm hop bitterness and a dry finish despite the sweetness and body.

Overall another homerun from toppling, thick and heavy yet bright and crisp. Very complex and bold without being overbearing or 'too much'

Feb 14, 2021
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a light caramel brown with orange hues around the edges with backlighting. Nice 1 inch tightly bubbled light tan head with excellent retention.
S: Lightly sweet caramel malt, roasted nuts, oak, and a subtle spice.
T: Woah! This really opens up! Brown sugar, toasted oak, roasted nuts, soft creamy vanilla, cinnamon and other earthy spices, and hints of toffee, marshmallow, and creme brûlée.
M: Light-medium body. Decadently sweet, but not overly so. Dry with mild bitterness. Creamy and supple feel. Linger beautifully on the palate.
D: Such a well crafted and layered brew! Excellent for style! Another superb offering from TG!

Feb 13, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Foggy burnt amber to brown with a short khaki head that fizzles out quickly.

This is kind of like a hoppy brown ale that's oak aged, and stale. The softly frothy full body has notes of toasted wheat and brown toast over graham and citrus rind, with a faint hint of vanilla and caramel corn far in the background. But it all kind of has a stale, astringent tone to it.

It reminds me a little of Budweiser's Copper Lager, to be honest.

Jan 07, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 6.00/10 oz snifter, on tap at the brewery ($0.60/oz). Currently not bottled or canned, draft only. Reviewed 9/17/19.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – N/A
Body – Deep orange-amber, clear.
Head – Chopped by bartender, what remains is four mm, off-white, medium density, average duration, diminishing to a one mm crown and no cap. Some bits of lacing remain on the glass.
Lacing – Produces a narrow band of extremely tiny bubbles which are transitory.
Aroma – 4 – Oak.
Flavor – 4 – Very nice oaky vanillin and just a trace of tannin, some weak toffee maltiness. No alcohol (8 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Excellent take on an English IPA although the ABV is a tad high for that style. The bitterness is understated and seems to come from the oak more than the hops. If I weren’t driving, several of these would have been in order.

Sep 18, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Cedar Rapids this poured deep amber into an imperial pint glass. Small head with very tight bubbles. You can't help but get the oak on the nose with some malty nuttiness. The palate offers smokiness like pipe tobacco mixed with vanilla pancakes. You can detect the hop profile but the malt is more forward. Medium body finish with a lingering after bite.

Sep 14, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a rastal lawrence tumbler. pours a murky maroon with sandy brown head. lots of sandy brown head on this beer. smells of subtle hops, malts and oak. i’m also getting a nice herbal spice. really digging the nose on this beer. tastes of oaky malt and noble hops. not juicy or dank hops but more earthy spicy hops. it’s so well balanced between the malt, hops and oak. very well done. drinks easy yet it’s kind of filling for an 8% beer, which i don’t personally consider to be a big beer. this is a refreshing breath of IPA air to me. proves you don’t need the juiciness and fruitiness to produce a quality IPA these days.

Apr 05, 2019
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briandgilbert from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-golden brown in color
S-medium hops with oak notes
T-not too strong or hoppy, oak taste comes through nicely.
F-nice taste for oak brew
Good tasting stuff if you like this type!

Dec 26, 2018
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luron from Iowa

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that even a non-IPA fan could like, kinda reminds me of a hoppier Oktoberfest beer! Sweet malt, earthy hops, some oak tang, a little nutty, a little caramel. TG is an Iowa brewery, I'm from Iowa, IMHO, TG is by far our best brewery!!

Dec 17, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a thin tan head. Smell and taste was malts,oak,vanilla brown sugar and hop. Mouth was malty and sweet with alot of wood flavor and nicely carbonated. Very expensive would never buy a bomber again,nothing extraordinary here.

Sep 14, 2018
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 4/29/18 into the pint glass
A - Copper base color, active carbonation feeds an off white froth of tight knit spheres.
S - Strong toasted malts, then lots of oak driven vanilla, hint of toffee, light brown sugar round this out.
T -English malts (Marris Otter?) Caramel, some earthy hops, and again the vanilla. Narrow band here
M - Soft on the palate, runs down the sweet lane with no perceivable bitterness, the finish is earthen and enjoyable.
O - I purchased this in the discount rack, at nearly 4 months old, it has migrated to the sweet side, Lots of oak vanillin and very soft on the palate.

Aug 14, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. capped bomber into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is brown sugar, tea, dried leaves and bark with a touch of syrupy sweetness. Pretty aromatic. Nice harmony of flavors here. Beer opens caramel, brown sugar, black tea and dry tea leaves. Great balance with a robust malt body at the start. There's a touch of hop bite towards the back but again, this flavor profile is more black tea than anything else with some hazelnut and brown sugar flavors mixed in. More English Mild and Brown Ale than IPA... but its tasty. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and aggressive, sparkling going down. Given the taste profile, I kind of want something a little less carbonated and more round at the edges. Not bad, but not great.

A pretty unique brew and one I can certainly appreciate. The body here is a little coarse but otherwise, it's enjoyable.

Aug 14, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle undated purchased at Moonshine in Harwich. Dark amber color and coffee,oak and malt on the nose. Creamy coffee, toasted malt and sweet caramel for tastes. A little burnt coffee on the aftertaste. Not our favorite type of beer.

Jul 30, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L — Slightly hazed brown body with a scant half-finger of off-white head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention and zero lacing
S — Roasted hazelnut, walnut, cold brew coffee, cacao powder, well-malted barley
T — Definitely tastes primarily like a traditional British IPA, but with a noticeable oak character and slightly amped up woodsy/herbaceous hopping. Mostly just getting a nice roasted nuttiness with a caramel/toffee sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Switchback or even Harpoon to a certain extent
F — Pleasantly full-bodied for the style. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb.
O — These $15 bombers from TG are hard to rate fairly because they’re so unfairly priced. This should be a $5 beer


Jun 10, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear light brown with an orange tint. The thin off white head disappears almost immediately with no lacing. The aroma is lightly roasted malts, oak and a touch of toffee. Flavor follows the nose and the feel is nice and crisp, surprisingly well carbonated given the appearance. Overall a decent beer that isn't worth the price point.

Jun 06, 2018
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head. I'm sure that this beer picked up a lot of it's dark color from the time spent in the barrels. The nose features a lot of oak, biscuity malts and some fruitiness. The taste like the aroma is malt up front, vanilla, oak, and some bitterness in the finish. Despite the 100 IBUs, this one is not overly bitter from the hops.

Aug 05, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't tell what style of beer this was until I looked it up. The oak dominates the nose, flavor, and mouthfeel. The hops and bitterness are masked by the wood. A little too unbalanced to love

Jul 10, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel. Traces of lacing & head retention

S: Coffee??? Oakyness, toffee

T: Mocha, vanilla & dryness up front. Toasty dryness as this warms, more mocha, a little hazelnut as this warms. Finishes dry, toasty with sweetn vanilla & hazelnut

MF: Medium & slight carbonation

This alright, probably the weakest beer I've had from these guys. Seriously doubt this an EIPA

Jul 07, 2017
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majorbase2 from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Pours a very cloudy copper color with a large, active beige head. Decent retention, after about 4 minutes leaves some pretty heavy lacing on the sides.

Oak is very strong in the aroma, and booze is definitely there as well. Fairly sweet caramel malts. Some subtle herbal and grassy notes as well.

Taste is very strong with oak, and not much else at first. As it warms, the oak starts sharing the spotlight with some very pleasant peach, grapefruit, and pineapple notes. Definitely not as strong as the tropical flavors in most TG brews, so this balance is a very nice touch. The flavors of oak and citrus really work well together here. After a while, the woody flavors take control again and meld with the caramel malts in the aroma. Very well done.

Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, and supremely and dangerously drinkable at it's ABV. This is a dangerous beer; good taste but the flavors aren't so strong that it overpowers the tongue, and it can make for a fun time at 8%.

Overall, an excellent entry by TG and a nice break from their typical IPAs. Flavors are achieved very well and overall, this beer is worth the price of admission in every aspect.

Mar 13, 2017
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown caramel like I color with small beige head
Aroma is oak, woody,malt, sweet, caramel, vanilla,
Taste is pure oak, wet wood, malt, little sweet, little vanilla,

Mar 10, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a clear glass mug. Caramel color, with a thick light tan head and a generous amount of lacing, There's a lot going on here. First and foremost is the oak, which is all over the nose and palate. There's quite a bit of tannic astringence on the tongue, along with some sour notes like you might get from chewing on an oak chip. This is pretty aggressively hopped and boasts 100+ IBU, but the hop bitterness is obscured somewhat by the oakiness and the strong malt presence. An interesting and complex beer, but not a sipper in my book. I think it needs food (e.g. aged cheese) to balance it out.

Feb 21, 2017
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robear from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark IPA, decent head that dissipates quickly.

Really nice example of oak, especially in a style so familiar. A nicely hopped IPA (strong hops, curious about what this would be like fresh without oak) stuck on oak for awhile. Gives the drinker a good sense of what wood can actually do to a beer. It's not difficult to pick out the wood here, this should give you a benchmark when looking for oak flavors in other wood-aged beers.

Feb 13, 2017
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braker649er from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The oak! The oak!

I've never had an IPA with the barrel so prominent. This beer definitely stood out for me.

L - amber with a nice head that swelled, then dissipated. Not a "sticky" IPA.
S - made me sniff and go back again several times. The oak comes first, but then it is also obvious there is IPA sharpness.
T - standout flavor. Oak and vanilla. Then bitter too. Malt too! All in good balance.
F - smooth. not the dominant trait
O - again. exceptional. Lots of oak and I think this flavor is celebrated in the IPA form without bourbon of many BBA stouts. Cool!

Nov 24, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: big roasted malt, earthy hops, bold oak notes with clean finish. Complex woody oak nose. Copper color, semi clear, with tan foamy head with some lace even for an oak ale. Full body. Alcohol sneaks up on you and you also don't taste that the IBUs are at 100.

Nov 10, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My kind neighbor and great friend shared this tasty treat. It poured a clear amber with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had oak and hints of vanilla. The taste carried oak and vanilla bean roast. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer and definitely worth a try.

Nov 04, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, peach, pear, pineapple, light pepper/pine, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, light grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, peach, pear, pineapple, light pepper/pine, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, light grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/pine bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, peach, pear, pineapple, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming for 8.2%. Overall this is an outstanding oak aged English DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very unique for the style, but very complex from the prominent oak influenced flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

Sep 30, 2016
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