February 13, 2015

Beer of the Weekend #659: Golden Nugget IPA

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Epix is running a Friday the 13th marathon, so I’m gonna sit back, enjoy the first couple movies, and the beer of the weekend: Golden Nugget IPA, brewed by the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company of Decorah, Iowa.


John’s has been stocked with Toppling Goliath brews the last couple Fridays and I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple bottles.

Serving type: 22-ounce bottle. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy gold color. A finger of buttery, white head settles to a skim and a ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is a touch muted but dominated by citrus. There are scents of mango, grapefruit, a little kiwi, and pale malt.

Taste: There is a lot of floral bitterness I was not expecting. It is coupled with flavors of orange, pineapple, kiwi, a little mango, lemon zest, and pine. As the beer warms, the flavors blend together pleasantly and the aggressive bitterness fades.

Drinkability: I like the bitterness but would prefer the flavor to be much more robust. It almost ends up becoming something like a pale lager, similar to New Belgium’s Shift. But it is drinkable and tasty.

Fun facts about GNIPA:

-Style: IPA.

-Price: $6.99/bottle at John’s Grocery in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: 6 percent ABV.

-IBU: 56.

-The money quote of the night goes to
Friday the 13th Part 2: “"Nothing spoils a party faster than a drunk guy in a wheelchair.”

The Quiet Man’s grade: B+.