Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

76 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 76
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gigantic IPA Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 76 | Hads: 384
Photo of bsonk
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Very orange, with little head. The appearance almost foreshadows the citrusy taste.
S: Hoppy, beery, good.
T: Biting citrus with an almost floral background, fading to warm booziness. Orange peels and hops and alcohol and goodness.
M: The kind of tart that makes one red in the face. Smooth, not thick, not watery. The carbonation and bitterness leave a tang on the tip of the tongue.
O: A very good beer. Refreshing, drinkable, and a great every day IPA. Bottle bears cute shout-outs to Portland with a reference to The Simpsons (the taste "embiggens" with every drink) and to Reed College, across the street from the brewery (Reed's mascot the Doyle Owl).

 660 characters

Photo of loren01
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Purchased this at By the bottle in Vancouver. Pours a clear orange color with good sized head.
S: Smell is very citrusy, grapefruit, tangerine. Slight bit of caramel malt.
T: Slight malt up front followed by big citrusy hop bite at the end.
M: Medium bodied, carbonation feels about right to me.
O: This is a really good IPA, glad I picked this up.

 351 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

 431 characters

Photo of GuzzLah
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orange with a standard head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - hops: big citrus, mild spice, mild pine, hint of floral. Mild malt bill with a judicious use of caramel. Neutral yeast.

T - mimics the aroma. Centennial citrus forward with a soft, spicy hop finish. Mild sweetness. The hops provide more flavor than bitterness. I like bitter beers, but they don't need to be bitter to be enjoyable. This beer delivers juicy hop flavor minus the bitterness.

M - medium body. Creamy. Medium and pleasant bitterness with a short sustain.

O - there are so many great IPAs on the market. This one isn't super extreme, but it's far from weak and it does a very nice job of being hoppy, highly aromatic and flavorful without assaulting your senses with 200+ibu. The $5.99 bomber price was a STEAL compared to my local $8-$12 prima donnas and frankly, this is a better beer anyway. Hellooo Gigantic. Welcome to IL!

 925 characters

Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 602 characters

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" tan colored head over cloudy orange amber liquid.

S: Grapefruit, lemon and pine hops.

T: Grapefruit, lemon and pine hops with a rich malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: This very citrusy IPA is very drinkable.

 308 characters

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

 355 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.10.12.

A new Portland Brewery, why not?

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a fluffy tan to off-white head. Good retention. Very Pretty pour.

S - Pine, grass, orange, tropical fruit. I could smell it as soon as I poured it.

T - Mostly bitter pine and grass. Subtle mango finish.

D - Great carbonation with a medium perfectly balanced body.

O - Very, very nice IPA. I could smell the hops as soon as the cap was poppped. I wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed this one. If you are a hop head, grab some.

 535 characters

Photo of jschwanke84
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Live review.

A: Pours a 2 finger off-white/cream head. Golden orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good retention. Great lace. Looks like a standard light IPA.

S: Citrus! Orange and grapefruit with sweet malts. Not much balance and citrusy hops overpower, but it is kind of nice and refreshing...

T: Very much like it smells. Citrus and sweet malts. Orange is strong from the get go. Surprisingly piney hops finish it off with grapefruit that lingers. Excellent from beginning to end. The lingering grapefruit is very nice and the pine was a pleasant an unexpected surprise. Didn't see that coming.

M: Medium body. Acidic and a little sticky. May be a bit light on the carbonation. Nice bite at the finish.

O: This is a great American IPA. Not my favorite Oregon IPA but it is very good and I would buy it on tap, but probably not in the $6 bomber again. Everything comes together nicely and the intense orange and grapefruit citrus is an awesome combo with the piney hops. This is a win for Gigantic. Not too hoppy with minimal bitterness. Recommended to any beer drinker.

 1,109 characters

Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bomber into a snifter
Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear safety 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: Lots of grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon notes, some pine and honeydew melon on the nose. Light caramel as well. Aromatic and enticing.

TASTE: Honeydew melon, caramel and grapefruit up front. Lots of hops at the swallow with grapefruit flavors, citrus lemon, bitter pine and grassy hops lingering on the palate. Flavorful with some nice bitterness, but not quite as impressive as the nose had advertised.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry. Lighter and smooth with a dry finish. Very nice.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. The aroma is perhaps a little more impressive than the flavor, which could be a touch more forthcoming, but this is a quality example of the style and a pleasure to drink overall. Check it out if you get the chance. Recommended.

 1,306 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


 654 characters

Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 560 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice, clear orangish color with a medium dirty white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S: Nice citrus and light tropical fruits really dominate the nose along with some breadiness

T: The taste is an immediate blend of light orange peel, lemon zest, tangerines, pineapple with some light bread. These flavors linger on leaving a nice slightly slick but still rather clean with a nice hop bite on the end

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, airy and fruits really whop the taste buds

O: Very good overall.

 519 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/8/12 from notes

A hazy orange with just a few slow bubbles but a very well sustained two fingers cream colored foam. the foam every so slowly falls to a thick film leaving several distinct rings of lace

S lots of tropical citrus with some guava, slight perfume and some spruce, biscuit and toffee

T lime and lemon rind on top of what I smell, some sweet orange as it warms and I'm not sure where the booze is hiding

M more bubbles then visible, slightly creamy and a little gritty, a nice bite and zero booze with a lingering aftertaste of rind

O pretty solid stuff from a brewery I've never heard of, well concealed booze and a nice hop profile

I'll be keeping my eye out for some other stuff from these guys, my first impression was a good one

 785 characters

Photo of Hendry
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gigantic IPA is new to the shelves in Vermont, and I decided it was worth a try for a $6 bomber. This IPA was a pleasant surprize as soon as I popped the top: right away, from the bottle it has that whiff of tropical fruit, and it pours nicely with a cloudy copper tinge leaving a generous creamy head that lasts a good long time. Solid lacing in my imperial pint glassware.

The nose lets you know up front this has all the preliminary elements of a solid IPA: grapefruit,melon, nectarine and bread dough come to mind. The carbonation seems well suited and the flavors are complex and follow the aroma for the most part. There is a lingering aftertaste that is bitter,slightly bready and with a smack of caramel, but with a slight soapiness to it that detracts on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, and a reasonably decent IPA overall.

All in all, this is a bomber worth a try if you enjoy hoppy,citrusy West Coast IPAs. I would buy McNeil's Sunshine IPA before this one: the price is more reasonable with a superior nose, flavor and finish.

 1,049 characters

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gigantic just took one GIGANTIC step into the crowded VT market. I love new choices.

Pours a light copper with a huge 'effin head into my glass. Is it just me or are you happy to be foamy? Ok, that sucked. No more jokes.

This one borders more on the pine side of the hop fence with just a slight touch of citrus. Smells about right for the Oregon coast.

The taste confuses the mind though. Very clean, crisp with a mango-like aftertaste. Definitely a bit of citrus. Bread. The usual staples of a good IPA.

Lingering bread and citrus. Yum. I like this.

I welcome our Gigantic overlords with open hands. Fucking right it's worth a shot if hops are your forte.

 663 characters

Photo of VanMilder
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

 436 characters

Photo of ghostwalker
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber purchased in Vermont, of all places..

Beautiful golden-red body, fluffy finger of creamy off-white head.

Nose is crisp clean citrus. Good, but not overwhelming.

Flavor is balanced and lightly sweet. Solid citrus finish, nice grapefruit bite.

Mouthfeel is aspirin tooth stripping and crisp. Effervescent, even.

Overall, a solid brew. The malt/ hop balance is pretty high for a west coaster, but

 411 characters

Photo of Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Don't know what to expect. I know little of the brewery and less of the beer.

A- Two finger cream colored head, some banana color. Long retention. Like two minutes and still at an inch. Lovely thick lacing and nice density in the head. Medium amber color with semi-clarity. This is as nice a looking IPA as I can remember seeing.

S- Citrusy hops and an extremely crisp and appealing scent of Braeburn apples. Lovely, light and fruity. The hops are subtle but pleasant.

T- Light cidery flavor with a tad of hop oil in the finish. Balances the hops well for an American IPA and does not come off as too abrasive. A touch of alcohol really reigns it in nicely. Bitter finish.

M- Heavier, almost syrupy. Avoids being gross though, with a cloudy sort of feel. Could be improved, but nice and dry on the finish.

O- Mouthfeel could use work, but the appearance, smell and taste are all wonderful.

 949 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny amber with off white finger of film.
Big sugared tangerine nose – yum!
Dried apricot on white toasted sliced pan with light pine, canned orange slices, passionfruit, and floral hops.
Guava end and clean waxy finish.
Lt-med, oily, good bit of cling when it warms.

Light and orangey – Centennial over Simcoe (which shows as maybe a bit of passionfruit.) Never hints at 7.3%. Not the most complex, but bright, balanced, and moreish. An above average PDX IPA.

 471 characters

Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep reddish orange hue with little to no head.

S- Sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pear.

T- Sweet and grainy on the front end with a wave of grapefruit and bitterness that washes over the tongue.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- A very nice beer, especially after it warms up.

 312 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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%

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

 742 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 1,013 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 412 characters

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Government store at Cambie and Broadway just got some in ( though you have ask as they are still in the back room). This is a smooth drinking IPA that shows the hops but smoothes out the ride on the back end with the malt. Not mind blowing but still pretty darn good and one I will buy again. The citrus notes are there at the first sniff but expand with warmth and with each sip. A classy IPA from a brewer that is creating some buzz in the PNW.

 450 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.