Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops, this is indeed one Gigantic IPA. It’s actually quite an onslaught of fresh hop bitterness and flavor, but manages to have some time for balance. It’s dry finish also makes it quite drinkable at just over 7% ABV. Though it doesn’t stand out amongst the sea on IPAs, it’s certainly a solid example and a reminder of the West Coast’s love for hops.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.3%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Semi-hazy amber, creamy white lacing

SMELL: Floral, piney, citrus skins

TASTE: Creamy, medium-bodied, prickly hop sting, citrus, pine, leaf, resin, earth, sweet, bready malts, juicy apples, dry, chalky aspirin

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some minty, leafy, piney hops.

The flavor is sweet earthy malts with a big resiny, slightly tarry, bitterness with a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, decent IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

A 650ml bomber with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. It's a pretty big beer; hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy marmalade hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of potent hops with hints of pine resin, mild grapefruit, peel, citrus, grass/hay, subtle spice, sweet caramel malt, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A whisper of alcohol in the background.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops and sweet malt with a spicy, bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, grass/hay, spice, caramel malt, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast.

O: A solid American IPA that goes down nicely. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour provide a vigorous dose of hops supported by a backbone of caramel malt. Good body. A tasty treat - the hops could be a little more vibrant but without a date it's hard to know how old the bottle is. At any rate, worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very cartoonish lettering on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some layered snow rime lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of sharp, biscuity caramel malt, white grapefruit rind and dried orange peel, leafy, and kind of metallic mint, sugary tropical fruit, and a bit of astringent pine needle. The taste is more rounded in its maltiness, with a blend of bready, doughy, and caramel notes, a still rather tart grapefruit-led citrus fruitiness, still edgy mint notes, reduced exotic fruit, and a wavering pine/leafy/herbal acridity.

The carbonation is fairly serene in its lilting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, smooth as a biggish IPA can be, and even a little creamy, mostly of the aerated sort. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt not dropping off a whit, while the various hop esters bump heads, jostling for position on my palate.

Overall, a tasty enough Yankee IPA, though the large dive from the nose to the flavour was a certain let-down. Re-righted, all is forgiven, as the alcohol does well to keep its nose clean, and the simplicity of a heretofore complicated hoppy ale reveals itself to me - Imma gonna enjoy the rest of this bomber.

Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber served in imperial pint glass. Poured carefully to avoid disturbing what looks like significant sediment on this one. Beer pours as a big hazy orange with a very thin white head and big bubbles rapidly rising towards the surface. Huge citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit. NW-style IPA C-hops anyone? Flavor is similarly hop-forward and bitter. More citrus on the tongue with notes of grass. Tartness is accentuated by the relatively heavy carbonation. Finish is on the drier side, but there's obviously some malt here.

A very average example of NW IPA. Showcases centennial hops and fizz. Fine enough to drink, but wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, hazy copper-orange body, big fluffy white head with nice sticky lace

smell: floral, tangerine, hopping rather subtle

taste: a nice refreshing IPA - fresh floral notes, more tangerine and sweet orange than bitter citrus flavors, lemon, toasted malt backbone

mouthfeel: light, refreshing, low bitterness

overall: good, not great. Interested to try their DIPA

Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Gigantic IPA is a decent IPA...it pours a slightly hazy copper with frothy white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is has fresh hop that is leaning towards pine. The taste is balance nicely with a sweet malt that helps to curtain the bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and worth a shot.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured one finger on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma is bright mandarin and orange.
The taste is a solid big lemon bitterness with some honey sweetness in the background. Makes a balance and tasty beer.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A wonderful drink.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big white head. Thick surface foam and great retention. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Musty. Some orange hops. Smells sweet. Something slightly funky.

Taste - Orange citrus hops. Sweet pale malts. Some sweet caramel. Musty. Lingering sweetness. Medium bitterness. A hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - A little too sweet and heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not a big fan. Too sweet for me. Not enough flavorful to justify it.

Photo of souvenirs
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Copper/amber with three fingers of off-white head.
S: Melon in a can with syrup, tropical fruit, citrus. I'm glad this IPA actually smells like an IPA, after the one I tried earlier.
T: I'm still waiting for something else. It's certainly not bad, but it's kind of... not enough. Grassy, but not as strongly so as one might expect. Lots of pale malts, perhaps too much. In general, the flavours just aren't bold enough for an IPA. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a good IPA.
F: Good.
O: Not quite.

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A- pours a hazy golden-orange color with a thick two-finger creamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- piney & floral hop aroma with some herbal notes, toasted grainy malt and some spicy notes

T- nice mix of piney and citrus hop flavors up front with an emphasis on tangerine, clean toasted malt undertone, followed by an earthy spicy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy crisp finish

O- nicely balanced with some good citrusy hop notes

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Sweet yellow grapefruits, oranges, toasty malts. Smells great.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit juice, citrus rinds, toasty malts, more juicy citrus fruits. Yum.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. This stuff is great. Everything I like in an ipa and abv is really well hidden.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light piney notes is pretty refreshing. Taste is also a mix between some citrusy hops with nice floral undertones, some light piney notes and some light caramel malt notes with a dry finish and light bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good Northern West Coast IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice four finger off white head, foams merringue like out of the bottle into the glass, settling nicely with a big cap. Good retention on this, sitting on a very tangerine and oapque orange amber body. Some fast rising carbonation coming up, but mostly hard to see, but a very nice looking brew.

Very solid IPA nose, citrus hop orange fruit, and a mild sweetness. Some good sense of sweet oils and zest. Pretty straightforward but really solid, and maybe a bit of earthy quality.

There's a little bit of fight with this one on the palate, but it controls itself on the finish. Mid palate bounces with a soft juicy hop profile, but also a bit of jarring astringency. Finishes clean and somewhat rich, with a sense of fruit tropical. Malt backbone peeks out just a bit to give some balance. Carbonation seems fairly moderate and doesn't detract. Some dirt like finish on the aftertaste.

Overall though just a real simple and solid tasting IPA worth having.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 from Stankonia...Thanks Chris!! Poured into my little Stone tap-takeover glass.. great white head... perfectly clear orange brew.. nice lacing.

Nose is a big melon bowl punctuated with some tangerine zest...

Flavor mirrors the nose.... very fruity hoppiness... surprisingly low bitterness given the PNW heritage... juicy fruits... melon, tangerine, cara oranges, some background pineapple..

Body is good and so is the carbonation.

I've had this one a couple of times but never given in much thought until tonight and I should punch myself... this is a great IPA... very very fruity... Folks need to pay better attention to Gigantic.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with a big sticky off white head.

A little bit of malty sweetness in the aroma more than balanced out by fresh citrus hops. Not a ton of complexity, but the citrus is nice.

Starts off with a bit of citrus followed by a little malty sweetness then BAM intense grapefruit and pine hops finishing very dry. Grapefruit pith lingers on the back of the tongue. Excellent.

Dry and hoppy perfect for a west coast IPA. Medium to light bodied.

Very tasty beer and much more than I was expecting. Not all aspects shine, but it has one of the best finishes of any IPA's I've tried recently.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium gold with hues of orange, three fingers of creamy white head left ample lacing down the glass

S: clean and fruity citrus and floral aromas over grains suggestive of crackers and honey

T: juicy orange and tropical flavors with pithy bitterness edged by caramel sweetness; hop bitterness builds with each drink

M: medium-bodied with some fizz amid the smooth ale; moderate carbonation and subtle bittering

O: fresh-tasting and first-class, featuring Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops. New to my store and a welcome addition. Recommended.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%

As this baby warmed, it opened up like my baby mama to the idea of (I'll let you fill in the blank, my peeps) after a few wine coolers.

Gigantic delivers an aight floral/citrus hoppy profile with a creamy malt backbone like Goldy Locks blending her morning porridge in a cuisinart.

Not "Pulitzer " status, but pretty doggone good.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey-copper colour with a slight beige head. This is quite a big IPA but it drinks very easily. The nose is loaded with tangy, citrusy hops. And the palate follows suit with a very distinct grapefruit peel/rind flavour. Tasty! The finish is nice and dry and altogether this is amazingly refreshing for 7.3% ABV.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a bomber, hazy orange with a 1/2" off-white head which leaves clumps, and splotches of lace.

N: Fresh citrus (grapefruit) pith and zest, floral, minty.

T: Citrus with pine. Resiny and herbal. Some mild malt sweetness for balance. Slightly vegetal and catty.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Softness and creamy for an IPA. Dry, bitter and sticky finish.

O: Easy drinking, and enjoyable.

Photo of S_Hersh
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mild hoppy nose. Mild creamy feel. Mild hoppy bitter finish

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

nice complextion like of orange and tatse of light citrus, it was great tasting, well balanced, Not to hoppy, weak, or bitter. It tatsed real similar to a sierra navaeda. I would buy it to try but probley not have again a decent beer. i thought it would be hoppier or stronger but no just a simple ipa

Photo of VanMilder
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance, but acceptable. Orange ish/copper color. Big citrus aromas backed by subtle spice and perfumey notes, the centennial and cascade are the stars of the dh addition, simcoe didn't come through as much as would have liked. Nice bitterness that isn't overwhelming, I'm guessing that centennial and crystal are the featured bittering hops. Great, almost creamy mouth feel, appropriate carbonation. Solid from start to finish.

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gigantic Brewing 'IPA' @ 7.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.90
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a cloudy amber in the glass with a small thin off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hint of pine
T-weak tasting PNW IPA , especially at 7.3% ABV (WTF)
MF-mild carbonation , weak big body , a certain dryness lingers on the palate
Ov-just an ok beer , maybe this needs to become a DIPA to get some cred here in the PNW
prost LampertLand

Photo of Roby923
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Calgary. Fresh and full bodied. A great balance of hops and malts. Highly recommended.

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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.