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Naughty 90 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
34
Ratings:
357
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 357
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 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 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 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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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 mothman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from the nova

Pours a finger of beige tan head. Color is a dark amber brown. Much darker than a regular ipa.

Flavor profile is very unique. A lot of vanilla and toffee flavors. Very sweet. Biscuity and bready. More malty than normal. A lot of oak. Reminds me a bit of cedar. The hop profile is much fainter, but I expected that due to the nature of how this beer was made. It has a somewhat juicy flavor. Floral and grapefruit do show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, low bitterness. Ends sticky.

Overall, at first I didn't like this beer, but after a few ounces it grew on me a lot and I started to appreciate it for what it is. It is oak aged so it isn't going to be a massive hop bomb. This beer is very complex and really easy to drink. I dig this one. A lot!

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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 kkleu357
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of jbwimer
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a beautiful, clear brown with a head that has some nice retention. Love the aroma on this one. Oaky/nutty/toasty/malty with just enough hop character coming through. Drinks super smooth with plenty of nuttiness and a nice smoky quality too. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation, bringing the flavors together wonderfully. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Would readily drink it over and over again.

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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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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +6%

The nose is smokey, nutty oakey and toasty, with some toasted biscuit, sorghum and sweet toffee. The flavor starts with a toffee flavored coffee taste. It then hints at a nutty pecan, smoke and chocolate before finishing with a bitter chocolate.

Nothing in the taste or aroma hints at this being an IPA of any sort, but this was a wonderful surprise and probably the best barrel aged IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the one... my favorite of the evening. Dark amber colored with some haze. Wood, tobacco, burnt sugar, caramel and molasses. Bitterness is from hops but tastes like char although there are no tannins upfront. This is an extremely complex beer and the beauty of it is that nothing obliterates it... very very good. Filled a growler at the taproom and enjoyed it again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Prasm
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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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