Sleeping Giant IPA - Gage Roads Brewing Company
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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
3.53/5 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
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
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
08-02-2011 07:11:47 | More by dansmcd
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-21-2011 01:44:45 | More by CrazyDavros
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
02-24-2011 11:47:44 | More by doktorhops
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
3.8/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
12-18-2010 12:29:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
12-15-2010 11:15:03 | More by ADZA
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
3.08/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
This is ok, maybe a good entry point for newbies, but a bit so so for others.
11-28-2010 08:22:32 | More by Macca
3.15/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
11-25-2010 06:30:25 | More by dgilks
2.9/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
11-12-2010 10:35:47 | More by juju7
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
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
Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
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