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Sleeping Giant IPA - Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Sleeping Giant IPASleeping Giant IPA

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gage Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Finite on 10-31-2010)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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doktorhops

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This caught my eye at the local Sir Daniel Murphy Esquire the Third's and as I'm a fan of any brew that has "Pale Ale" in it's name I thought I would give it a go.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Body and head resemble the appearance of a nice refreshing iced tea. The head started off pretty flat and subsided to a thin densely packed white head... still appealing.

S: The sharp resiny hops hit the nose with the promise of a damn bitter ale, which I'm liking! There is a light background aroma of caramel malts that offer a slight balance to the punchy hops.

T: The sweet caramel malts almost immediately surrender to the sharp resiny and bitter hops... though it's not as bitter as I was expecting from an IPA. The ale offers not a great deal of flavour complexity outside of this.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. A good balance in this department.

D: It's an alright drop, not as heavy as some other IPA's I've tried and I could see myself drinking a few more, however I feel the biggest letdown is the lack of flavour complexity (I don't think I tasted more than one type of hops in this brew). Everything else is decent enough.

Food match: Cheese platter, canapes and tapas... party food.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 11:47:44 | More by doktorhops
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Pennsylvania

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Breeza

Australia

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear amber with one finger beige head, dissipates leaving large bubbles. Moderate carbonation.

S: Honey, grass, bread, slight lime.

T: Delicious hops, bread, and a roasted taste. Lovely bitter aftertaste.

M: Feels really rich and well balanced, then when you swallow that sensation disappears leaving a pleasant dryness that makes you want more.

O: Really nice flavourful and satisfying beer. Will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 07:52:41 | More by Breeza
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LeeroyAgogo

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a nice fairly clear amber colour, with initially a decent size head. Head retention diminishes quite quickly whilst maintaining a nice amount of lacing.

S - Nothing too overwhelming in the aroma department. Very light aroma for an IPA.

T - Fairly bitter with not a lot of malt coming through. Average presence of hops.

M - Great mouthfeel, goes down quite smooth and enjoyable.

O - As far as IPA's go personally I think it's a little weak, especially in the aroma and abv department. However if you're just getting in to IPA's this is a great beer to start off with as it contains all the characteristics of a good IPA without being to overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:43:23 | More by LeeroyAgogo
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-28-2013 23:45:58 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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SmashPants

Australia

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: tall brown 330mL bottle, pretty standard label for a smaller semi-macro boutique.

Appearance: light golden yellow in colour with a constant stream of big carbonation. Not much head, just a thin but solid cap.

Aroma: whilst I do quite enjoy the 'pine and grapefruit' American IPA, I still can't go past the traditional English / Australian floral hops you get on the nose are second to none. A touch of sweet malt too. Not the best example, but a good run-of-the mill.

Taste: funnily enough for an IPA, the malt comes through quite strongly - sweet bready malts. There's no mistaking the floral hops over the top though; very true to style - not thrilling but a very good, solid example of the style.

Aftertaste: a touch of those sweet malts with some hop bitterness backing up.

Mouth feel: light to moderate body with an almost spritzy, higher carbonation.

Overall: nothing to blow your skirt up, but overall a good version of the English IPA. Well worth it for the price of AU$53 a case (2013).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:44:44 | More by SmashPants
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Missouri

3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good sized head that fades to some nice lacing.

A: Aroma of citrus and grain with a bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of grapefruit, grain and some fruit with just a bit of malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing with a decent balance.

O: Quite drinkable, hoped it would be a bit more robust. Nice offering for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:07:12 | More by soju6
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Australia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-11-2013 17:13:56 | More by magpieken
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Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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rjimlad

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear, pale straw colour with light head and no lacing. Aroma is bread and hop. I'm not good with smell. Taste is bread and grapefruit with a solid bitter kick at the end that is persistent. Some floral hop notes and maybe a hint of caramel/toffee. Very clean finish and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty decent beer actually and for an IPA I found the drinkability high. Not as complex as some but I quite enjoyed this. No overwhelming hop resin which I don't mind but find in some IPAs to be over the top. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 08:46:13 | More by rjimlad
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

11-22-2012 02:48:32 | More by pin
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/8/12 thanks Mikey for hauling this around the world
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A light copper with a shitload of bubbles feeding a thin cap for quite a while but only a few patches of lace

S earthy herbal hops with some citrus rind and nutty hard toffee, rather grainy with lots of cereals

T interesting hop profile with just a little bit of everything, floral, herbal, earthy and some citrus but rind more then flesh, just a little iced tea as it warms . its a little tame but respectable

M creamy from the bubbles and a little slick in the mouth and slightly sticky on the lips, just a mild bite and a nutty earthy aftertaste that lingers for a while

O interesting stuff that's worth trying, a mellow IPA almost a West Coast, English hybrid

I could drink a few without getting board but I wouldn't go searching for it, a few could go down without falling over

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:43:34 | More by wordemupg
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Australia

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gage Roads is back. Copper coloured, malty with some crystal sweetness without being cloying, hoppy (I think its more US than UK). I'm getting what could be some munich or vienna in there? Session strength also. If this was on tap in Perth/Freo it would be real hit. Available in bomber format which is a real bonus as far as I am concerned. The bomber trend is kicking off here in Aust.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-03-2012 01:50:57 | More by Josh2222
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Julian4077

Australia

1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

05-11-2012 10:14:51 | More by Julian4077
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hopnerd

Australia

4/5  rDev +13%

04-18-2012 08:42:28 | More by hopnerd
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Woolworth's. From notes.

A - Poured light copper, bright, good carbonation, one finger of soapy white head, decent retention with a ring around the
top and some film, slight lace.

S - Floral, hoppy, some malts, honey and toffee.

T - Malty backbone with earthiness and toffee, some honey and a good balance with the hops with floral, citrus flavours.

M - Nice carbonation, medium body and an earthy/floral hop finish of bitterness.

O/D - A fairly good EIPA. Not spectacular but it's quite tasty. I enjoyed it. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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Panama

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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jjkatter

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Amber and fairly clear. Moderate carbonation with a head that quickly settles into a fine lace.

S- floral and hoppy with citrus and a hint of barley

T- Hops up front with malt. Very pleasent and drinkable. Well balanced.

MF- just the right amount of carbonation which finishes with a perfect dryness.

O- I have tried MANY of the craft beers here in Australia and I can not for the life of me figure out why this beer isn't more polular. I wouldn't classify the price on this beer as being a bargin, but it is much lower priced than other "premium" beers here that it blows out of the water. I will definately be buying more of this!!!

Serving type: bottle

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Australia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-27-2011 02:38:34 | More by MenInVen
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heygeebee

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper body, one finger head that really looks the part to start with but dies. Lots of sudsy lace.

Very restrained aroma. Not getting a lot at all.

Quite hoppy, but not sharp. Caramel malt arrives. Not sure it's really an English IPA - a little too restrained. As it warms, earthy malts do too - as to style.

Mouthfeel good and medium bodied.

Not a bad attempt.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 07:11:52 | More by heygeebee
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Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
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