Saturday, September 13, 2014

Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA

This 6.0% ABV India Pale Ale is from Toppling Goliath of Decorah, Iowa. The beer takes its name from its ingredients, using Golden Promise malt and Nugget hops. TG makes the best beer in Iowa, and some of the best in the world.

The beer pours an orange tinted dark golden and apricot in color. There is a tall, thick and somewhat creamy head of white foam. It does leave some layers of sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is bright citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The taste is luscious tropical fruits paired with bright and tangy citrus, over smooth malt. The finish is decidedly bitter, but in the refreshing way of fresh grapefruit juice or tonic. The beer drinks nicely carbonated and refreshing. The blast of fruit flavors in this beer is amazing.

2015 Brewhub version:

The beer pours a deep golden in color.  There is a tall, thick, foamy, head of white that leaves sedimentary layers of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is a pleasant and pungent blast of mango, citrus, and guava, with a bit of earthy dankness woven in. The taste follows the aromas, lots of tropical fruits, full, lush, round, and very ripe. There is also tangy, zesty, crisp citrus, and also the lighter note of earthy, dank, muskiness. The finish is fairly bitter with a grapefruit blast of oil squeezed from rind. The beer drinks medium bodied, smooth, with a tingle of carbonation. This is magical!

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