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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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Julian4077

Australia

1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

05-11-2012 10:14:51 | More by Julian4077
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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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juju7

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What a yawn. Low in hop aromas, low in bitterness, low in hop flavour, low in imagination. I just got bored drinking this. It's like the G rated version of an IPA. Not even pale ale in hop levels. A decently tasting beer to be fair, it doesn't taste awful or anything but it's pretty bland. Despite it's freshness it just doesn't have any zip to it that helps it shine. Playing it safe for the Dan Murphys customers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 10:35:47 | More by juju7
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RXUYDC

Delaware

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-15-2012 09:34:21 | More by RXUYDC
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Josh2222


3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear copper colour with a white head which drops away very quickly.

Quite a strong bit of malt on the nose with some resinous hops. Not as hoppy as I would like.

Some tropical fruit notes come through on the palate. Less malt on the palate.

Medium bodied.

This is ok, maybe a good entry point for newbies, but a bit so so for others.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 08:22:32 | More by Macca
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dgilks

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light, fruity, slightly metallic aroma with a hint of herbal hops.

Hazy amber colour with a small, off-white head.

There's a hint of hop character, some mild sweet malt and a moderate, harsh bitterness. Overall, not amazing.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp.

A mild, straightforward IPA. Nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:30:25 | More by dgilks
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite a deep orange-red colour, almost verging on red ale territory, but with excellent clarity in the body, although I'm tempted to say that's almost a negative. Head is large-bubbled and frothy, but pretty persistent and consistent nonetheless. Lacing is good. Overall, pretty decent.

Nose is slightly flavoured with lightly sweet citrus, but it's very mild. Mostly, there's a round grainy/bready note, which while not great for an IPA, isn't unpleasant in its own right. Certainly not enough aroma hops for the style, but it's not actually offensive.

Taste is also not offensive, but not particularly interesting either. Here, a coppery bitterness comes through, that sticks around for quite a while. Underlying it is a slight caramel and malt sweetness, with a twang of herbal uplift on the back. It's pretty mild though, which is a poor sign in an IPA - it should be riproaringly raw and full of flavour.

Feel is smooth enough, with a slight spritz of carbonation.

Eh. It's a decent enough brew, but it's really lacking in character, and it's not stylistically good. It's not a good IPA, but it's not an offensive beer to drink. I guess that makes it a "meh" all up.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 12:29:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ADZA

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a semi see through light copper hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing really only a dab here and there,the aroma is a combination of melon,pine needles,passionfruit and lots of caramel,it has a rather light bodied mouthfeel to it with hints of caramelized stonefruit,honeydew,lychee,rich toffee and ends with a honey infused floral hoppy finish which is probably more sweet than bitter and overall its pretty easy to drink without being to memorable but in saying that their latest two newest releases are better drinking then anything else they have produced lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 11:15:03 | More by ADZA
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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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MenInVen

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

Australia

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

A - Pours a clear, golden, reddish amber. Weak head fades into a ring of foam and then away altogether as it warms. Some lacing.

S - Honey and caramel malts, floral notes.

T - Sweet dark honey and toffee malts, reasonably hoppy.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A pretty decent pale ale in my book. Certainly superior to their Atomic.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 07:11:47 | More by dansmcd
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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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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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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a quickly fading off-white head.
Nose shows lots of malt with caramel, toffee and some soft citrus hops underneath.
Similarly malty flavours but with a bit of orange/tangerine in there too. Pretty tasty stuff.
Body feels a little light on.
Not very hoppy but nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:44:45 | More by CrazyDavros
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-09-2013 14:42:35 | More by tobelerone
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magpieken

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-11-2013 17:13:56 | More by magpieken
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-26-2014 00:50:30 | More by jpd7374
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-28-2013 23:45:58 | More by GraduatedCashew
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mazstar

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 13:20:07 | More by mazstar
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brendan13

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 11:41:03 | More by brendan13
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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
-from notes

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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aBeeraWeek

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 10:29:32 | More by aBeeraWeek
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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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Finite

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:11:52 | More by Finite
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Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.