Naughty 90 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by FreshHawk on 11-15-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
372
Avg:
4
pDev:
33.25%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Steve's Liquor (Mineral Point) - Madison, WI

Naughty 90, an oak aged IPA of past incarnations. A dusky orange libation with russet red highlights. A slight haze diffuses the light enough to make the snifter glow when backlit. A fingers worth of dirty white foam graces the glass on an easy pour and sticks around a while. It eventually falls to a skim coat and leaves spotty lacing on its way. It's a damn fine looking beer.

The nose is big, bold and rich. It's dense with orange oils, flesh and peel all cradled in an oaky, caramel, vanilla "barrel" quality. The perfectly balanced malt profile consists of white toast, drizzly caramel and freshly cracked grains. An undercurrent of clean booze helps accentuate the vanilla oak quality. I'm a fan. It's like an English dessert of some sort, or so that's what comes to mind.

The flavor doesn't quite mimic the nose but most of the components are alive and well. The orange notes are huge from beginning to end; oils and sweet peel. The malt is rich. It's full of toast, caramel, and toffee, the toffee being minimal. Oak aging is very well integrated, all the components are there but complimentary. Vanilla, wood, and caramel cradle the whole of the beer. Very well done.

The mouthfeel gets the highest score from yours truly. The medium+ body is plush and velvety upfront, thanks to the oak, but as it works through becomes airy and effervescent. The carbonation is dialed in to near perfect levels. There is a sturdy bitterness to this beer that lingers long after each drink and is accentuated by a dry, somewhat tannic, finish. The mouthfeel of this beer fires on all cylinders

I'm a big fan of Naughty 90. I've enjoyed the handful of oak aged IPAs that I've had in the past but this is probably the best, this and Burton Baton. It's rich and elegant with a bitter backbone. Something to be sipper and savored, something I don't say much about IPAs. I would certainly buy this again and would recommend it to anyone else, with a word or two on what to expect.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Nonic glass. Bottled 8/25/16.

A: Pours a hazy, Amber, brownish-red color with a one-inch, tan, frothy head. Thick tan lacing throughout.

S: Strong oaky aromas with notes of caramel, toffee, and coffee malts with earthy hop undertones. Slight smokiness.

T: Bold oakiness accompanied by sweet caramel, coffee, and toasted malt notes. Some mild smokiness at the end of each sip.

F: Medium bodied. Smooth with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a good oak-aged English IPA. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of English IPAs but this one is pretty good. A nice switch up from TG's other hoppy offerings.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Burnt orange in color with an off white 2.5 finger head and some spotty lacing. It has a nutty toasty aroma, with carmel, toffee, along with hints of oak and coffee. Flavor is similar to the nose, but it does include a light pine hoppiness. The sweetness along with the nutty and oak flavors really bring this beer together. Feel is medium with soft carbonation and a slight dry finish. This beer is really nice for a fall sipper.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, the color of reddish bricks. Head quickly disapated.

Smells of caramel, toasted bread, fig newtons, molasses

Very oak forward, a bit of Pinot funk (weird, I know), some vanilla,

Somewhat watery and a bit boozy....mouthfeel is lacking

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler. Clear amber body. Thin collar. Smell is all oak. Fresh oak and some coffee notes. Nutty malts with toffee. Very little by way of hops. Taste has a lot of caramel and toffee up front. Oak immediately takes over. Coffee again behind it. A little bit of oaky char and some mild hop bitterness. Lingering oak. Medium heavy. Definitely not what I expected. Bigger than a traditional English IPA, but the flavors are all there.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.32/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark Amber. Very thin to no head. Smells of Carmel malt, coffee hint, dates.
Piney hops coming through a carm malt backed taste. A mJor wine taste comes out in the transition with a big, boozy bite. This is totally not my thing. Could this be a bad batch?? Drain pouring a TG????? I never thought I would do this.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is oak/very smoky, caramel/toffee and an undercurrent of pine/spices. The flavor is oak, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, malts, citrus/fruit, slightly spiy and a smoky/bitter/slightly tart finish.

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Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I figured this would be a dry English style IPA, which I don't like.

I poured this and got an auburn slightly cloudy brew with little head and not much lace.
Nose is very good with orange and caramel.
Taste is quite remarkable with caramel, malts and background is hops. Mouthfeel is a little lacking but overall this is quite a good beer. Very unique.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours deep amber with slight haze, thin bubbly head disappears almost instantly, almost no lace. Sweet caramel, oak, fruit in the aroma. Many flavors come together nicely in this brew, sweet malt, wood, fruity hops, a little citrus, touch of smoke. Really like the taste but the lack of carbonation keeps it from being better. Medium soft mouthfeel but nearly flat.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up on a recent cold night in Wisconsin, well, cold if it were Texas. Have missed this one a few times & now it’s in the crosshairs. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is more amber than pale, with close to zero head: looks like a still red. The nose is tanned leather, oak, caramel, nothing pale about that, either. Mislabel?

Naughty 90 does pale in comparison with well-crafted oak beers. The oak is definitely here but it’s dull, not bright, & tangled up with the caramel maltiness, almonds. Musty hops leave a dankness that sticks around & plays weirdly off the oak. Lack of carbonation makes this too heavy; a taster would have been plenty.

No pale ale in evidence, just a weird, muddled flat beer. Averagely odd.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours an amber slightly hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to leave a little lacing.

Aromas are nice, sweet caramel, toffee, a little nutty, woody. Taste is lightly sweet caramel, peanut brittle, oak, nutty, molasses, finishes roasty, a little bitter from the hops, and toasted malt. Medium heavy body with medium carb.

Overall an enjoyable brew, really liked the complex flavors.

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Photo of jwc215
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours hazed brownish amber with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of leather and tobacco. Oak/vanilla/wood dominate.

The taste is of leather and tobacco, caramel, with a drop of orange. It is neither sweet nor bitter. The oak is present.

Somewhat astringent, it does hit medium-to-full-bodied.

It's an interesting brew. Not quite IPA to me. Outside of style, it is different. It is, like I said, astringent. The oak just doesn't blend with the hops and malt here to make it anything particularly special. Still-in-all, for a unique brew it's worth checking out.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish amber, with a less than one finger tan head, which has decent retention, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has plenty of oak, caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, and citrus. Doesn't smell like an IPA, but it does smell good.

Lots of oak in the taste with caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, citrus, and coconut. Just like with the aroma, it does not taste like an IPA, but it does taste good.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a caramel and oak aftertaste. A unique English IPA, and also a good tasting one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of oak and caramel. Upfront barrel scent of oak, vanilla, and wood. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, oats, nuts, and yeast. Also some roasty hints of cocoa, coffee, and smoke. Earthy and floral hops with some hints of grass. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a toasty and sweet malt forward taste with notes of oak barrel and caramel malt. Barrel notes of oak, vanilla, and wood. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, nuts, and yeast. Some nice light roasty notes of coffee, cocoa, and smoke. Background earthy and floral hop notes. Sweet taste of brown sugar. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Oaked Ale. Hops are pretty subtle even for the English IPA style but the oaked malt flavors are very good.

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Photo of Strike00
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a caramel brown with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly
S: sweet Caramel and oak. A pleasant balanced smell.
T: Sweeter than expected. The sweetness comes up front with huge oak after that. The finish is moderately bitter with a slight taste of alcohol. Definitely more malt driven. Makes sense its not labeled an IPA anymore.
F: smooth with moderate carbonation. goes down easy

O: I really liked this beer. Wasn't sure what to expect and was happy I picked up a bomber of this at TG. Really does not taste like an IPA but if you enjoy a good oak beer, this is a good choice.

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Photo of Bung
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A truly unique offering. Not so much to style really, but such a great brew. Aroma and flavor all over, coffee, roast nut, earth peat, tobacco. A wonderful drinker that can really span a few styles, though hop heads will be disappointed, but it is not an American IPA to begin with.

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Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage reviewed on 8/5/15. 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger off white head with fair retention. Cloudy brown liquid with greenish gold halo. Simply ugly liquid. Minus points for looking like swamp water.
S: Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bright citrus here and there. Smells like a nice nut brown with coffee or a porter. Doesn't seem to be to style, but it is SO nice.
T: Cocoa, grapefruit, evergreen, vanilla, butter pecan, toffee, mocha.
M: Terrific - silky while respectably bitter. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Dry finish is grapefruity with pithy bitterness/drying.
O: Very nice. I expected an IPA but it seems nothing like that (in my experience). Despite that, it is superb. I want it again. I'd order another pint and buy again. Good in a 22oz format.

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Photo of slp3873
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would overstock my fridge with this if possible. It has one of the best oaky flavors in beer that i have ever experienced. This is beer I bring South with zero indication of sharing. :Just so good.

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Photo of Prasm
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in the tap room in Decorah. Caramel colored with very little head. Not much on the nose either, though I did get a little sense of the wood - vanilla tones. In the mouth this shines though as it has a nice creamy mouth-feel and, while it is a bit heavy, it's balanced nicely by a citrus like component. Very impressed by the flavors this beer brings.

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Photo of Awolter
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had many English India Pale Ale's I've really enjoyed, so I tried to be as unbaised to the style as possible when rating. The beer was incredibly murky, with a slight cappuccino flavor. I didn't pick up much oak.

Decent beer and incredibly glad to try it, but Toppling Goliath does a lot of stuff I prefer.

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Photo of markcp
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown in color, with little head; caramel, oak, maybe a little coffee on the nose; oak and caramel dominate the taste, some dark fruit lingers on the palate. I do get alcohol--easy to believe this new bottling is 8.2%. Don't really get any IPA characteristics other than a vague bitterness--tastes more like a BA scotch ale. Something different (for me) and very enjoyable.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a feeling that this go-around of brewing/bottling is different than when this listing was first posted. First clue being that it is just listed as 'oaked ale'. Second clue is that it doesn't remind me of an English IPA aged in oak at all, as I get loads of coffee on the nose and in the taste. Also, according to untappd, the 'Oaked Ale' version is 8.2% abv.

Certainly not what I was expecting, this was a surprise that I find myself really digging. Would definitely grab again if it were available to me, but, at the same time, maybe not worth seeking out a trade for, but this coffee-y, caramel-y, hoppy brew is pretty damn good.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint pour at the brewery, unknown brewing/aging/packaging dates; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mahogany-brown coloration, low-to-medium clarity (some light traverses but cannot see or read through), tannish carbonation settles into small settling head with carbonation lakes; moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - mostly wood-aged notes - vanilla, toffee and caramel - with some moderate malt characters - bready, biscuity and toasty; little-to-no hop aroma; moderate alcohols but not boozy

T: 15/20 - moderate bitterness on the front of the tongue (but definitely doesn.'to taste like 100 IBUs); in the middle of the mouth, there oak and malt flavors open up with a continued but more subdued hop presence; on the back, there is a moderate alcohol component

M: 4/5 - moderate body, creamy/silky, low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good oak-aged ale that offers proof that any good base beer can be oaked to advantage; don't get much of the hop bitterness or aroma from the alleged 90-minute additions, which is fine but a bit of a bait-and-switch; recommended for anyone who enjoys cask ales and/or oak-aged British styles

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another huge thank you to the man, Steasy66. Cheers bud!

Appearance. Pours a deep amber-orangey-brown with a finger of sticky looking pale khaki head.

Smell. Caramel, roasted nuts, brown sugar. Some chocolate, raisins and sweet grainy malts as well.

Taste. Big caramel maltsand orange peel, bitter pine resin, tropical and dark fruits, chocolate and roasted nuts, bitter citrus rind finish. None of the flavours are bad, they just don't play perfectly together. Interesting though and getting better as I work through the bottle. *hic*

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Interesting stuff, I always enjoy interesing.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had some of this at the TG Tap Room. It was very good. I've had it one other time in Madison, but I thought it was much better at the tap room.

Poured a brown color with a strong sweet oak mildly hoppy aroma. Taste was big sweetness, with a touch of bitterness.

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