Naughty 90 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Naughty 90Naughty 90

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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

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Photo of majorbase2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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,

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Photo of dcotom
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of robear
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of braker649er
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
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 +0.2%
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 -4.5%
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 -3.7%
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 -6.2%
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 -42.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 -25.2%
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 +9.5%
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 -8.7%
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 +3.5%
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 +9.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.5%
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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