Golden Thing | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hunting the fields during hop harvest, we were stopped in our tracks by the otherworldly lemon notes of a hop called Lemondrop. We just had to build a beer around it. Our HopCyclone circulates Lemondrop’s citrusy oils throughout Golden Thing, and dry-hopping with Lemondrop and Centennial leads to juicy layers of fresh lemonade, pinesap, and sweet citrus.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Brewing Company "Golden Thing"
16 fl oz can, "FRESHEST BY 01/29/2019..." and sampled on 12/15/2018
$4.99 @ Total Wine and More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ahh, so it's "Golden Thing"... I've been calling it 'Golden Things'. Whoops. It's a hazy deep golden borderline amber in color beneath a finger-thick head of pillowy off-white foam. The aroma actually does smell like a lemon drop candy. Of course you need to know the story behind the beer to understand why I said that, which is that it's made with lemon drop hops. I've had other lemon drop hop beers before, but never one that really smelled like a lemon drop; I guess that has to do with the sweet malt behind it. It's also just slightly floral which is nice, it gives it more depth. Moving on to the flavor... there's more caramel malt to it than I thought it would have given the aroma. Vienna malt actually. It's a nice rich blend that's not overdone, as is sometimes the case with double IPAs. The sweetened lemon remains, but there's also a note of mango, and maybe some dried pineapple - yeah, pineapple - and I think I'm finding that in the aroma as well now, just a touch. There's some orange that seems lightly drizzled with honey, and some soft pine. I even get a little earthiness in the finish, but not much. How strong is this, and how bitter is it? I don't get the alcohol and it doesn't seem that bitter. Well the IBUs aren't listed on the label but the alcohol is, it's 8.2%. I find a little alcohol in the general-overall of the beer, meaning you know you're drinking a stronger beer but that it never stands out. Nice. It's nicely done. Back to the flavor, I think it's nicely balanced between malt and hop and bitterness, although to be honest I'd like more lemony citrus to it, or maybe less Vienna malt, but that's just my personal preference and I'm having no problem drinking it as-is! Mouthfeel: hmmm, I'd call it medium-full in body and gently crisp. It gives a light bristle to the tongue at first but then it softens to become smooth. So, what is my conclusion? Number one I'd say that it's a fairly unique double IPA. I can't remember ever having one like it. Number two, I'd say that it's nicely balanced across the board. Bigger can sometimes be better but in the long run it's balance that really give a beer repeat drinkability. Nice all around, and worth trying.
Review# 6,392

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice new DIPA from Troegs. Brewed with pilsner, Vienna, and wheat malt. Hopped with Lemondrop, Denali, and Centennial hops. Lots of grapefruit peel, lemon candy, and orange marmalade notes. Crisp and lightly toasty malt with a hint of honey sweetness. Finishes lightly dry with a light bitterness and notes of spice and pine.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear golden color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy and piney hops, orange peel, sweet malt, and biscuits.

This is pretty basic, but fairly tasty still. It's very West Coast-y, with a dry hoppiness, and a touch of very lightly sweet maltiness. I want a bit more aggressiveness from this style, and a lot more bitterness.

This is pretty light bodied, with a great level of drinkability and a typical level of carbonation.

This is pretty run of the mill, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear Orange brown tint IPA fanfare with a 1/2 inch of froth that seems to fizz out pretty quickly leaving some good lacing.
S - Smells rather sweet which I didn't expect not just sweet hops like mango or papaya but actual sweet malt reminding me a bit of lemon cake which others have described as marmalade. Very juicy.
T - Very good balanced hop bitterness almost undetectable masked by wheat and Vienna malts. Sounds terrible but was actually in the mood for a sweet balanced IPA so it really blew me away!
M - Very crush able. As I type the glass is halfway down. I like this more than most of the DIPA's they make. It's even more drinkable than nugget nectar!

Overall I will be sure to pick some more up this is a very tasty smooth DIPA with balanced ABV and lemondrop hop sweetness. Good stuff!

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Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bright clear golden amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” creamy ivory foam head that recedes slowly to a ring and thin islands of foam while leaving a web of strings and patches of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates lots of small patches of lacing.

The aromas have a nice light lemony citrus character along with just a bit of floral earthiness. There’s also some lightly bready malt in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include both the lemon and a bit earthiness. There’s also some other sort of citrus, a bit of floral character and some resinous bitterness. The lightly bready malt provides some balancing sweetness and there is some spicy white pepper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and citrus fade away to leave a dry, peppery and bitter ending.

Interesting and unusual beer with the lemondrop hops. It’s enjoyable, drinkable, clean, crisp, refreshing and well brewed, as we’d expect from Troegs. I’m thinking I’ll be buying another 4 pack.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 1/30/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a mild haze, but still has some clarity to it; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are floral and citric. Some strawberries. Some crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. It's citric with lemon leading the way. Some grapefruit. Lots of fresh grass. More crackers and bread. Solid hop flavors. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. It might not be flashy, but it's well crafted. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. It might be better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler from StateLine Liquors off I-95. Golden color with crystal clarity and a milky off white head. Nose is bread notes and spicy citrus hops. Flavor is balanced but very juicy with medium bitterness and a broad biscuit note. Finish is a little thin and the aftertaste isn't much. This doesn't drink like 8 plus percent, so I would definitely consider it drinkable for the style. I don't love this compared to something like Nimble Giant, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Gold. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. Cool can art.

Lemon, lime, grapefruit, candy sugar, and Fruity Pebbles.

Huge lemon zest, Fruity Pebbles, and lime. Grapefruit zest and candy sugar. Overripe mango, Tootsie Roll, and some earthy, leafy hoppiness.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp, and semi-dry.

Unique flavor profile and very easy drinking. I will certainly buy more.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of citrus hop notes - orange, mango, pineapple - kinda blends into the crowd a little bit and while it may be unexciting it is a very well done IPA

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium gold pour with a beautiful clarity and thick white lacing. Nice steady carbonation.

S - Sticky, resiny lemon and bright citrus on the nose.

T - Sticky pine, resiny lemons, lemon rind, traces of peppery spice, grapefruit, and a lingering sappy pine bitterness on the finish. There's a slight bit of alcohol popping out at the very end.

M - Full, thick, viscous body with a dry finish and a little bit of lingering alcohol.

O - An interesting beer using Lemondrop hops. Pretty one dimensional.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with very good clarity. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with good retention. Subtle earthy and over-ripe lemon aromas with a solid malty backbone and a light boozy note. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Mouth filling creamy smooth feel with pleasant boozy warmth toward the finish. Malty flavors up front with light piney flabors and qss amellow lemony notes. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by bready malt and subtle pine hoppiness. Finished semi-dryly with light boozy bite followed by malty and mellow, over-ripe lemon. Subtle, mellow, pleasant hop aromas and flavors with solid, slightly boozy, maltiness beneath. Smooth, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Freshest by 1/29/19, so plenty fresh

Faintly hazy deep yellow body, a lot of carbonation bubbles replenishing a decent off white head, leavign great lacing

a strong aroma of lemon/grapefruit/grass.

Taste is a little odd though. Faintly lemon & grapefruit. There is some warmth in the back of the throat from the 8.2abv. Light bitterness, but doesn't taste hoppy at all.

Mouth is between medium and full, finish slightly bitter and lemon.

Overall, perhaps I just don't overly care for the lemondrop hop profile with the pilsner malts, because this one didn't do much for me. Came off more as an IPL than a DIPA. not an unpleasant beer, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Sweet malts and lemon citrus.

T/F: Toasted grains... sweet up front... lemon candy, with more bitter hop resin coming mid swig. A bit of honey and spice... stone fruit... and then more lemon/citrus rind. Oily on the tongue. Medium bodied.

O: As promised a very lemon forward DIPA. A decent enough beer but not one that really did it for me. Glad I tried it... probably wouldn't snag more.

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Photo of Naughead
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting something else. After enjoying so many Northeast IPAs recently, I was expecting a Double IPA from the makers of Nugget Nectar to have more body, more nose, more haze, more flavor. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Perhaps I am just too enamored with the juice bombs of Massachusetts, but this is just not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip Troegs Glass best by 1/30/19. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a 2 finger white sticky head, with thick patches of lace.

Smell is lemon, grapefruit, mellon, and some pine.

Taste follows pine, lemon, mellon, and slight bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and goes down easy at 8.2% ABV.

Overall this is very balanced DIPA, with a little bitterness, that 5 years ago would have gotten a higher score sadly, the haze has destroyed my palate. Thanks jzeilinger for this one.

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Photo of hman43
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours clear and golden with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: There is plenty of stone fruit in the nose mostly of peaches. There is a low spicy, peppery element. There is a bit of pine and caramel as well.

Taste: It has a very strong stone fruit flavor with peaches being the most prominent. There is a bit of spice and pepper with some very low pine.

Feel: It has a medium full body with a bit of slickness to it. Alcohol is noticeable and has a bit of warming to it. It is not that bitter on the palate, but it has a sharp edge to it in the after taste.

Overall, the stone fruit is the dominate flavor in the beer with the other elements coming forth as background flavors.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dduquette
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing.
A-Aroma has malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malty flavor
M- A medium bodied well decently carbonated beer.
O-A decent DIPA

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Photo of Bwag
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavilan
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Golden Thing from Tröegs Brewing Company
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