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Ginormous Imperial IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Ginormous Imperial IPAGinormous Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

24 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 144
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: memphischas on 04-05-2014

Developed in a secret testing facility deep in S.E. Portland, Ginormous is powered by seven mighty hops. His mission is simple; to deliver a massive hop punch to those in need.

Beer Style: Imperial IPA ABV: 8.8% 100+ IBU

Label Artist: Rob Reger

Notes: A myriad of juicy citrus hop aromas and flavors envelope your mouth. Definitely not a bitter IIPA, just enough to balance the sweetness of the alcohol.

Availability: All the damn time in Oregon, Washington, California, British Columbia, Alberta, Chicago, Colorado, Hatos Bar in Tokyo.
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 144
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Resin, Juicy, Brash, Bitter

Gigantic throws down hard with Ginormous, flexing their muscles and boasting 100+ IBUs in this DIPA. So friggin juicy with piney undertones, its hop bitterness does punish our palates for at least the first few sips. There is some malt base there but the hops won’t let go There is also a balanced softness, but perhaps that’s just our tastebuds numbing from this massive humulus smackdown. This beer surpasses the very high benchmark many PacNW brewers have already set for this style.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA | ABV: 8.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015) (646 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Berts Growler Garage. Dark but clear amber with foamy, airy head. Aroma is straight up hops, piney, resinous, slightly funky, slightly musty. Taste is dank and pungent, mouth feel is sticky. A hop bomb for sure, big, bold and sassy. (245 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color with minimal head. Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma along with some caramel and bread. This beer is really sweet, the malts completely take over the taste and bury any hop bitterness. The tropical fruit flavors hang around but don't really come together as I hoped. Chewy mouthfeel only exasperates the sweetness. (350 characters)

Photo of Jetlag767
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The creamy lace has yet to leave the side of my glass. Smooth, with the six hops perfectly balanced to create something not overly bitter. Anyone who likes a mild IPA could appreciate this nicely balanced brew. BTW, the lace is still covering my glass with a thin head. Nice! (275 characters)

Photo of oceanman907
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Crystal Clear dark amber. Nice off white head, good lacing
S- Piney, citrus, slightly grassy, pretty boiler plate for a pacific northwest DIPA, no alcohol
T- Very citrusy bouquet, some pine, really refreshing beer for the 8.8%
M- Really nice light body for how it feels good carbonation.
O- A good DIPA with nice citrus qualities, but really only loses marks because it does not stand out. (391 characters)

Photo of Awaste_cultus_fermentum
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First post and new here, we thank you for the space to talk beer! Dark copper color. Smells like citrus and hops. I really like the balance of hops and malt. I get a hint of citrus at the back of the tongue. Charcoal at the end. Smooth with a bit of malt viscous. Great beer. (275 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight from the bottle so I'll give it a 3.5 as a placeholder.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, tropical fruit and candied sugar with some earthy notes and malty sweetness. Smells pretty good overall yet not crazy hoppy for a DIPA, but again I will reserve judgement until I get this in a glass unlike sniffing it from the bottle like I did today.

Tastes sweet and fruity up front, with the malt and graham cracker breaking through at first only to get washed across the tongue by the zesty citrus and piney hops that include a mix of tangerine, pineapple, lemon, light red grapefruit, caramel, a dash of brown sugar, biscuit, pine cone and some oily hop essence like a wet hop oil squeezed from the hop cones. Very mild bitterness and a maltier taste overall, but the balance is spot on and there is no sign of the 8.8% ABV, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and the lack of bitterness is surprising, but the beer felt good and smooth, slick even, with a medium body and mild carbonation. Overall very easy to drink, sessionable for a DIPA and well balanced. This was a solid beer that I'd definitely have again. (1,160 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my IPA glass.
A - Deep golden color with a white head that reduces slowly...
S - Kind of a subdued aroma, not all hoppy like you might expect. Some fruit.
T - This very well balanced. While all of the typical IPA flavors are present - a little citrus, a little piney, a little bready - there's nothing over the top. And really no bitterness. Very drinkable.
M - Medium mouth feel, and a little sticky.
O - I really liked this. Very solid brew and I will buy it again. (485 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up in CO Springs..

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Pineapple & breadyness, mangos

T: Pineyness, breadyness, pineapple & grapefruit up front. A little mango creeps in as this warms, plus breadyness & pineapples. Finishes a little piney, somewhat dry, & a little cakey, some grapefruit as well

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, faint grittiness to this. Nice balance

Drinks very easy, well worth your consideration (527 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden body under a few fingers of off-white foam; left lots of lace mess down the glass

S: plenty of fruity aromas - from orange to tropical to melon; faint floral impressions

T: juicy, juicy, juicy - citrusy orange and cantaloupe and honeydew; deeper pine and caramel resin add some depth; sweet and fresh-squeezed-tasting

M: medium body with some chew and some carbonation to the otherwise smooth feel; some stickiness on the finish

O: very nice fruity DIPA in the modest abv range - some heft to the drink, and sweet more than bitter. A nice, disticnt entry to the style. (587 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bomber into a snifter
Beer #88

APPEARNACE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foamy cap and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and lacing coats the glass as it empties. Looks good.

SMELL: Caramel and melon with lots of pine, citrus hops, melon and grass on the nose. Bold aromas of pine and citrus are quite enticing. Good stuff.

TASTE: Melon, caramel and grassy hops up front. Lots of bitter pine at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of caramel, butterscotch, bitter pine, citrus lemon hops and a slight, faint touch of soapiness as well. Lots of bitterness lingers. Flavorful and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, enough weight goes down smooth and silky and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Really nice feel. Fuller with enough weight and an appropriate but not overarching dryness after the swallow.

OVERALL: This was great. Lots of good flavor and a great feel to boot. Lots of family resemblance to their IPA, which is also a really nice brew. A top notch DIPA and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style. Nice to see this come all the way to Utrecht. Recommended. (1,407 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. Amazing aromatics. Pine resin and earthy notes. Taste is mildly sweet. Notch for bitterness here but the hop bomb is there, just masked. Heavy and very enjoyable iipa. (186 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to shaker pint

Pours a hazy reddiish gold, with less than a finger of off white head, dies down to a film.

Smell is an attractive citrus melange... orange, grapefruit and a little pine.

Flavor follows the nose, a bit more piney. Balanced to the bitter side, but not over the top. Malt notes are subdued, but there is a rockin' hot alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel seems a little thing for an IIPA... sneakily drinkable for almost 9%

Overall a very nice elixir that should meet with approval from many hopheads. A bit lacking in malt character and body, but hard to hold that against a beer so well hopped (619 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma is lots of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, orange; plus some pine.
The taste is super drinkable. Moderate pine bitterness with some mango and pineapple to mellow it out.
The texture is crisp.
An outstanding IIPA and almost too easy to drink. (304 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Bomber served fresh and cold into a shaker pint glass.

Ginormous (great name, by the way) is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thick with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with tons of grapefruity citrus.

Flavor is bold and full of great hop character. It's got all the citrus you could want plus plenty of pine. There is a good and simple malt bill to keep the bitterness in check but it's still a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and drinkable for the style.

Overall an excellent double IPA and worth getting again. (581 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz non-dated bottle, picked up in Boulder Co.

Pours hazy, dark gold with an inch-plus head of white. A solid skim coat for the duration with plenty of tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with citrus and pine. Hints of peach, mango, and apricot. Not very pungent or floral, or perhaps just faded.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Bright citrus fruit starts the palate. Heavy on the mango and apricot with shades of melon and tangerine. Light malt and drying with low bitterness.

Finishes with lingering tropical hops, a trace of biscuity malt and, and a faint bitterness.

I can tell this beer has potential, especially a fresh example. (655 characters)

Photo of Kevlee722
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden bright orange edges. Two fingers of creamy white head. incredible lacing. Lots of citrus, bit of pine and grass on the nose. Solid malt bill, biscuity. Hops obviously lead the way on flavor. Orange peel, pine, juicy and pithy hops, bitter dry finish. Nice tight carbonation, medium body. Very drinkable. This is a great offering from gigantic, readily available in the NW, look forward to trying more of their beers. (423 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours copper. Floral and hoppy. Tastes exactly like it smells. Some caramel sweetness too. Not over the top for a DIPA. Delicious and subtle. Tastes great all the way through. If you get a chance have a pint of this at the brewery in Portland. Great brewery. Great beer.

Wife's Review:"You can tell it is an IPA but it is more drinkable than some." (349 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear pale copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some caramel malt noticeable. Taste is dominated by citrus hops notes with some earthy hops and quite a bit of caramel malt with some residual sugars. Body is light with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not too bad but definitely too much caramel malt for my personal taste. (453 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Sparkling clear copper-colored body, tight carbonation bubbles, thick, frothy head (4.0). Big floral and citrus aroma; orange, lemon, and melon; very low-key malt notes (3.75). Juicy and malty flavors with a a nicely balanced triad piece of hop bitterness; mildly warm bread; citrus fruit flavor; twinge of alcohol warmth (4.0). Medium bodied; crisp with a dry finish (3.75).

It is always pleasurable to find a seemingly mild and easy drinking big beer. But for packing a big ABV and exquisitely balancing the grain, hop, and alcohol factors in a deceivingly complex manner, this beer ultimately lives up to its name. (619 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber - nice to grab a hold of a bottle of this, after seeing overpriced pints of this available around town of late. Ginormous seems like it would be a Decepticon in Micheal Bay's recent fangasmsic robot flicks, doncha think?

This beer pours a clear, bright (or 'helles', for the smug, know-it-all chick who didn't seem to know what that really meant earlier today) medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar dense tree branch lace around the glass as it slowly sinks into oblivion.

It smells of intense pine needle and general petrichor green astringencies, lesser orange and grapefruit citrus rind, biscuity pale malt, a touch of bready caramel, some middling, and indistinct tropical fruitiness, and even more sugary berry notes. The taste is a bit of a relative letdown after all that - bready caramel malt, lessened toffee, muddled pine tree resin, earthy, leafy, and twiggy forest floor droppings, and a bit of straight-up alcohol, in the typical guise of floral and perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty light in its bearing, just a low-key frothiness for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops apparently not in the palate-ravaging mood (so thanks for that!). It finishes on the sweet 'n caramelized side, sure, but well moderated by the lingering spectrum-spanning hops - piney, citrusy, leafy, herbal - you name it, this has got it. Oh, and booze - it's got either a mere suggestion or whole truckload of that - depends on your tolerance, I guess.

A pretty tasty, and agreeably large and in charge DIPA - extensive lab testing even proves it, apparently. Balanced at the extreme edge of sanity, which is the way it should be, if you're really serious about this newbie-free-zone style. Funny how the marketing of these vehicles can manifest - I'm suddenly feeling more than a bit ginormous myself (part of it being that I can't believe that the basic spell checker actually accepts that word) - go figure. Very worthy of checking out - in any format. (2,094 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No dates that I can see.

Pours clear amber golden with a medium head, fair lacing, and medium-low carbonation. Smell is a splash of bright fresh hoppiness followed by a slap of straw-like old hops. I really wish there was a bottled on date so I could evaluate that.

Taste is...odd. There's a nice juicy/tropical characteristic up front, but a not-as-nice sort of medicinal, almost dimetappy flavor. Bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is very dry, almost abrasive. Overall, not terribly excited about this beer. Not a drain pour, just not exciting. (582 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 26/7/14

A clear amber liquid with a well sustained finger of tan foam that leaves lots of random lace

S grapefruit, lemon, candied pineapple, orange creamsicle, lots of brown sugar and toffee, ju-jubes and Swedish berries with a hint of spruce and wet wood

T more citrus rind, some pine and spruce, lots of sweet malt and a hint of booze

M silky entry and bubbles soften it up, bitter but nothing over the top, slick on the palate with orange rind lingering

O there's room for improvement but a solid beer, some balance and easy to drink for the strength

another 10$ bomber that's solid beer but I doubt I'd drop another 10$ on a second (676 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, resiny and dank citrus hops. Flavor follows with mild caramel malt, grapefruit rind, strong hops with muted herbal components, but an unusual and appealing very resinous base and long lingering citrus and resin bitterness. The malt definitely takes a back seat to the hops in this IIPA, which is not my favorite style, but the hop flavors are interesting and not typical of NW IPAs. ABV well hidden by the hopping. Enjoyable, but not quite balanced. (618 characters)

Ginormous Imperial IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.