Sleeping Giant IPA - Gage Roads Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +26.6%
A- Nice copper/light brown colour with a minimal 2 finger quickly-dissipating caramel coloured head. Steady bead of bubbles flowing to the top.
S- Caramel, nutty, floral hops. Seems to have a fair bit going on. Very appealing toffee after-scent.
T- That toffee sweetness is up first on the front with a mid to finish of hops. This probably won't satisfy most hop-heads, but this to me bridges a nice gap between tasty and light. Very nice.
M- Medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Not overly effervescent, but not too tepid either.
O- I really like this. I'm not going to pretend that it is the "perfect representation of an EIPA" or anything like that, but for me, this definitely hits the spot. This is one of my go to beers when there is nothing else or I just want a tasty, highly drinkable treat.
08-08-2011 12:35:04 | More by aeolianshredhead
4.25/5 rDev +20.4%
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!!!
01-19-2012 08:48:57 | More by jjkatter
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
A: really nice copper colour, not bad lacing. Head dies down a little quickly for my liking but this varies from bottle to bottle.
S: grapes, lychee, umami, strong malt presence. Floral hops. Think the malt comes through a bit more than the hops in the aroma but it's still pleasant.
T: Reminds me a fair bit of Murrays Icon (but less intense). Definite floral hop notes as well as some citrus with a prominent malt backing. A little bit bitter- the bitterness seems a little bit Pride of Ringwoody. Somehow the malt profile has an almost Belgian character. 4
M: I would appreciate some more carbonation in this beer I think, but I like to think the syrupyness is due to hop oils.
D: Drinkability is high with this one. Well priced too. Gets bonus marks because it is actually a proper IPA, so rare to see in Sydney (which is why I don't take it for granted), even if it does still have something of a macro quality to it. Maybe if we had the range of IPAs available in this US this might not impress me as much. Definitely a competitor with Little Creatures PA in terms of price, drinkability and flavour at present. 5
Really good effort by Bridge Roads, makes up for the ungodly Premium Lager.
11-10-2010 11:43:27 | More by Daniell
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
08-25-2012 08:11:06 | More by foles
3.94/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
02-13-2014 07:52:41 | More by Breeza
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-26-2012 05:42:48 | More by tbeckett
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of cream coloured head that soon reduced to a thin layer over the clear, deep amber to copper body.
Smell - 3.5
English-style IPAs are never as aromatic as their American counterparts and this is no exception. Earthy, resiny hops are there, but more than balanced by caramel malts, a little fruit and peppery alcohol.
Taste - 4.0
Delicious, but I have to question whether this is more of an ESB than an IPA, such is the malt-hop balance. I stop caring as I enjoy the rich palate of biscuity and toffeeish malt, dried fruit, spicy, earthy hops and pepper. Late-hop character is subtle, which for me is a big plus, bitterness is moderate to assertive.
Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium in both body and carbonation.
Drinkability - 4.0
Perhaps not a session beer, but I will certainly be enjoying a few of these through the colder months.
OVERALL - 3.9
I am going to say right now that I think this beer is very much underrated. If it's closer to being an ESB than an IPA, then it's a damn good ESB and I don't care!
02-13-2011 08:33:45 | More by LittleCreature
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-08-2012 08:46:13 | More by rjimlad
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
I found this beer at Dan Murphy's without knowing of its release by Gage Roads. I was looking for a commercial example of the English IPA style as I was preparing to brew one myself, so this beer caught my eye.
A: Brilliant clear clarity with a deep copper colour. Low carbonation and head on the pour.
S: Crystal caramel maltiness comes through followed by some light floral hop aromas. Very clean fermentation characteristics with no esters present. Other aromas include orange blossom honey and toffee.
T: Sweet biscuit, toasty malt flavours with medium bitterness in support, balance towards malt though. Some resiny hop note coming through but no fruitiness detected.
M: Finnish is dry, with a medium - light body. Lingering caramel maltiness in the after taste but pleasant and makes you want another mouthful.
D: Great beer just lacks the level of English hop aromas I was looking for in the style, bitterness could have been more suited if raised a couple more IBU.
I really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good malty backbone in a beer.
01-02-2011 12:54:05 | More by LiamAhearn
3.66/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
06-02-2013 02:07:12 | More by soju6
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Red amber in colour, classic IPA hues with a near perfect creamy thick head. Good head retention and lacing on the glass. Very few visible bubbles of carbonation.
S - Moderate to strong hop notes. Fresh hops and toffee-like malts. Pretty spot on IPA smell as a result of dry hopping but could be stronger considering.
T - Powerful hop bitterness. Very prominent at first but eventually settling and allowing bready malts with toffee hints come through. Floral hops with a lingering bitterness at the end.
M - Fine carbonation with an appropriately biting mouthfeel.
D- A full flavored IPA. Not really a session beer but it shouldn't be anyway. Good to see a Gage roads redo their current IPA line and updating it with this closer to style brew.
10-31-2010 03:11:52 | More by Finite
3.61/5 rDev +2.3%
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).
06-02-2013 02:44:44 | More by SmashPants
3.6/5 rDev +2%
It pours out a light brown with some amber colouration. The head is light and fluffy and cream in colour – basically it looks like any good IPA should in the glass.
A light floral smell and even some sweet caramels coming through, but not much really on the smell.
The caramels come through on the taste, but this time with more of a roasted sensation - more like toffee and roast nuts. There is some bitter coming through as well which you would expect from an IPA but the hoppy aftertaste is muted with a residual taste of pepper spices. It has an interesting and refreshing taste but I would have preferred a stronger bitter aftertaste to give this beer more balance.
There is nothing amazing in the mouthfeel, with medium body and medium carbonation. Comfortable though and could easily sit down to a few of these.
11-30-2011 10:29:32 | More by aBeeraWeek
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
330ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/8/12 thanks Mikey for hauling this around the world
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
09-06-2012 04:43:34 | More by wordemupg
3.53/5 rDev 0%
The first thing I noticed was the attractive labelling and decent price of $15 for a 6-pack. It certainly looks like both GRB and LWB
are continually expanding their macro dreams.
The beer pours a fairly dark amber and you get a decent head which does fall into a thin foam.
Subdued floral, can get sweet malt on the nose. On the palate, you get a malty front, bit of floral notes and a fairly lacklustre hop finish. There is a bitterness but it isn't very complex.
This beer is actually a decent session beer, it's nothing like James Squire IPA - in a way it's trying to broaden appeal of this style.
If this were AUD$40 - $50 per carton it's a good buy for those wanting something non-offensive but not entirely spectular.
08-24-2011 13:20:07 | More by mazstar
3.53/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours a fairly clear dark orange/amber colour with 3 centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Some floral & candied fruit hop notes. Bit of a light toffee malt touch.
T - Much the same really, floral and candied marmalade like hoppiness with some toffee malt character.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Bit of bitterness.
D - Nothing amazing but still a decent, drinkable english style IPA. Will probably buy again.
12-03-2010 11:41:03 | More by brendan13
Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
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