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Sleeping Giant IPA - Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Sleeping Giant IPASleeping Giant IPA

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Finite on 10-31-2010

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 48
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
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

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Photo of dgilks
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.22/5  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.

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Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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).

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Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is a classic hop driven ale showing notes of dark stone-fruit and citrus within a complex floral aroma. This traditional English IPA has a clean palate rich with speciality malt sweetness, balanced by a fresh fusion of hop flavour. A rewarding ale, it finishes long and dry with lingering complexity.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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!

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Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

320ml bottle. Pours a bright, light amber with a subdued, off white head which reduced to a long lasting ring and only traces of lacing. A moderate hoppy aroma; floral, bread, honey, citrus and caramel. Medium to high bitterness with some obvious malt sweetness. Medium body, dry, earthy, bitter, nutty finish. Quite drinkable. A pretty decent example of a Pommy style IPA. 8.

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Photo of mrjez
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold-amber with some biscuit malt and citrus aroma. Tastes good, a solid sweet malt base with a nice level of hopping for a Brit IPA. Earthy caramel notes, a touch of fruit, smooth to drink. Worth a try.

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Photo of Macca
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of juju7
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of foles
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Finite
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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!!!

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Photo of rjimlad
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Daniell
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Breeza
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.