Naughty 90 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Naughty 90Naughty 90

Brewed by:
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 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 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 beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass.

A: Very hazy, light amber color with a fine peripheral ring of white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Heavily toasted grain is enriched by the obvious presence of oak. Sunflower seeds and very fresh coffee a suggested in the balance of qualities.

T: Begins dry, with rustic toasted grain and a fine thread of early bitterness. Carbonic acidity is generally moderate but inconsistent, seeming pronounced at times. Drying oak is present in the clean middle as bitterness continues to build. Roasted malt is surprisingly strong late alongside bitterness that finally peaks.

M: Medium viscosity, oily and acidic on the palate, with moderate prickly carbonation.

D/O: While this beer may check all of the necessary boxes to be called an IPA, it does not deliver a predictable IPA experience. While wood is evident in the nose as well as on the palate, it is unclear how much it plays into the odd synergy of this beer. It drinks more like a stout plagued by acidity issues more than an actual IPA. The drinker may be given pause to reflect on most other wood-aged IPAs, which are obviously dry-hopped after aging--which does not seem to be the case for this beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%

Bottle from the source, shared by RussianDragon. Many thanks.

The beer is amber with a thick, tan head. Aromas of bready malts, oak, alcohol, vanilla. The flavor is more akin to a light barleywine than an IPA. Little hop presence, with some chocolate notes and brown ale character. An interesting beer, but I have yet to find an oak aged IPA that I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured like it was a muddy unfiltered cider, very little in the way of head.

The smell was an odd mix of light citrusy hops and vanilla and oak.

Wow the flavor is strange, very sweet and desert like, I get a huge blast of vanilla and caramel, mild oak flavors underlying with a touch of grainy malts, the hops are almost non existent in the flavor other than a mild bitterness. I am really enjoying the flavor, yet I would never describe it as IPA.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice bit of dry oakyness.

A very strange beer, it seems mislabeled as Oak aged IPA, taste like something completely different, but kind of interesting at leas.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Rutager
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Awolter
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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 BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev -2%

Bottle from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours dark amber cited with a half finger khaki head. Aroma of bready malts, herbal tea, chocolate, hay, oak, but no hop presence here really. The flavor is a big malty malt bomb, some chocolate mixed in there, herbal tea notes, dry finish with a little bitterness but not the IPA hop type of bitterness, oak, a bit of caramel. Rich body, dry finish, medium carbonation. Anything but an IPA really, but not a sweet malty mess either. Sort of a very dry barleywine (not quite the hop presence for an American style barleywine , and a good bit of chocolate like a brown ale). Maybe we can call this a session winter warmer! Pretty good, but definitely not the expected flavors here.

I see the bottle pictures says "Oaked India Pale Ale", but my bottle just says "Oaked Ale" so maybe they aren't marketing this as an IPA anymore. In any case, pleasant beer that I would recommend for fall or winter. Unfortunately I live in Florida so it's hot out.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 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 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 MNishCT77
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 markcp
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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 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 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 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 drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized foamy, creamy, thick, cream colored head with tan highlights that slowly settled and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, toffee, woodsy. Flavor's much like nose, but with lots more going on - plenty of sweetness to stand up to the hop bitter, slight carbonic tang, biscuits, bread, yeast, crackers. Body is good but carbonation is kind of soft. Finish is like flavor, with bitters lasting a while and offset by the oak malt. Drinkable beer.

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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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