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Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

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very good

76 Reviews

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 384
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | 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

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Huge letdown. Yet another NW brewer that can't make a proper hop profile. Unimaginative, and the hops on the front end almost come off tasting "mildewy". I've had numerous NW brews that share this trait. The back end is somewhat serviceable, which is why the score isn't lower. Overall, subpar. This may be the last NW brewer I try. Deschutes makes solid offerings, I will stick with them for NW brews.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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

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Photo of abuono
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Note: had immediately upon waking up, shortly after brushing teeth (had to catch a flight)... not a review for others as much as a reminder for myself to give this beer another shot if the chance ever presents itself.
- Not impressed. Malt overbearing- not balanced well with hops. Hops that are present are unremarkable- mild bitter nothingness. Not much going on this beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despised 22oz bottle. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy medium gold color with 3/4 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and decent lacing.

Citrusy hops dominated the aroma, there wasn't really a notable malt presence. The taste was mostly hops, some malt showed through, but not enough to hold my interest. In other words, a typical PNW hop bomb.

The body was also typical for the style, thin with much backbone, and had nicely dry finish. Drinkability was good, even though the beer was very hop-dominant, it didn't burn out the palate. Overall, a decent enough example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, and if you're into the style probably worth seeking out. This beer was a perfect example of 22oz bottles suck. 12oz would have been enough of this brew for me, but I was stuck with another whole serving of a beer that sort of bored me. Please breweries, give us your brews in 12 servings, cans or bottles.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $4.99 Typical good IPA look burnt orange with a good sized frothy and thick white head. Fine piney/citric hop aromas..very fresh Taste is the same...to begin with and is good yet it peters out into a weak hop boredom..weird. Palate is OK nothing special THis is a strange one at the first smell and the beginning of the taste it was heading for a "4"..then after that it just sank without a trace. Perhaps this is an old bottle..will try again fresh

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Photo of utopiajane
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a honey color amber with golden yellow hues. Hazy and with an eggshell color head of creamy foam. Bubbles make their way to the top. Delicate and herbal nose. A bit of grapefruit rind, Sugary malt. A bit of pine and as it warms some honey comes forward. The taste is weak. Woody, sugary and very earthy. Not at lal what I was expecting. The grapefruit was weak and overall the beer does not have enough flavor. Thinnnish body. Herbal and like weeds. Drinks better as it warms as the malt comes forward a bit with some strangely out of place caramel. A dry soapy taste at one point. There is a strange and sickly sweet fruit backnote and a conspicuous lack of hop bitter. I mean there's none at all.

I would call this one lacluster and lacking flavor. Earth is the dominant flavor in this one until it warms and then becomes like a sweet light juice punch. It was like a hodgepodge of flavors and none seemed to be working together or to compliment one another. The lack of hop bitter makes this one drink blandly albeit sweetly after it warns.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Ska Brewing pint glass. No freshness that I could see, but my bottle shop had just got it in, so would think under a month old coming from Portland?

A - Dark gold with orange highlights. Eggshell head leaves good lacing.

S - Grass, faint orange, peach, grapefruit. Pretty faint.

T - Lots of orange (dominate), peach, grapefruit. Grassy taste on the end. Very low bitterness. Has "burnt tire" on the finish (not enjoyable), but it is also faint, so doesn't ruin it.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - A pretty standard IPA, nothing special here, but nothing really bad either. With so many "shelf" IPAs in SoCal, I probably won't be revisiting this.

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Photo of jdb288
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours golden yellow with light white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma is strongly floral with some bread and hay notes. Taste is earthy, muted hop and resin. Not much citrus. Not as complex as some of the bigger names in this style. Dry finish.

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Photo of mxchap
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep gold/amber color. Small, compact head that leaves tight lacing. Clarity could be improved. [3.75]

Aroma: Wide range of hop types: citrus, herbal/grassy. No floral. Malt subdued. A little bit one-dimensional at least as far as West Coast IPAs are concerned. [3.25]

Flavor: Medium bitterness for the style. Citrus smacks upfront. Predominant lemon/grass/herbal flavor. [3]

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy with a resiny finish. Lingers pleasantly. Not sessionable, but that's okay. This is a strength for this beer [4.75]

Overall: Love the feel and the beer is good overall. Slightly one-dimensional. I would recommend trying on tap, maybe not worth the bomber price. [3.50]

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

If one free beer is good, two is even better, right? This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, sweet flowers, light orange zest, light candied lemon peel, and sweet caramel throughout the background. The taste leans heavily toward the pine sap, some new grass, and the dried rinds of the aforementioned fruits. The caramel also comes across a bit drier, almost flaky-tasting. What results is a strange blend of varying bitternesses that all clash with one another. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA, but one whose bitterness just doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 9/7/12.

Appearance: Hazy light orange with a two finger head that retains nicely.

Smell: Nice citrus and light grass aroma with a pale malt backbone.

Taste: Slight tropical and citrus hop flavors mellow out to give way to a standard pale malt backbone. Finishes relatively smooth and leaves a lingering hop finish that is more herbal. Also, a bit of a grainy taste to finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than a typical IPA. Kind of syrupy as well.

Overall: Above average, but really straightforward. Did not enjoy the mouthfeel. Too many other great PNW IPAs out there.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Good clarity. Amber bordering on copper. Dense white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Juicy, citrus hops. Mild tropical fruit notes and caramel malt character

T: More bitter than the aroma would have led me to expect; I'd like to see some of those fruity hop aspects coming out here. Cracker malt base, and some grapefruit and pineapple.

M: Possibly the medium-est body I've encountered in a beer. I know that's a strange thing to say but, really, this body is striking in it's medium-ness. Lightly astringent and bitter finish. Medium-high carbonation. Very clean.

O: This seems to be a very technically well-executed IPA, but lacking a certain soul or character. Maybe this is what I'm getting at in my comments on the mouthfeel. This seems to be a perfectly-made average beer. 5 years ago, I would have drank this beer a lot. In another town, I might drink this beer a lot. But, in Portland, in 2012, I feel like an IPA needs to stand out in some direction and I can't find anything that this beer is doing that's making a statement about what the brewers think an IPA should taste like.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange jam, finger off-white head,
amazing lacing

S: lemon zest, mild hard candy, hint of floral

T: lemon peel, malt, candy, hint of chalky earth
floral bitter finish

M: med body, semi-oily mouth, mild dry finish

O: Interesting brew. Always love new finds.
Solid IPA. Curious to explore of their offerings.


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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw colored, no sediment, but good head retention with average lacing and effervescence.

Smells are metallic, grassy and floral, all somewhat muted.

Taste is fairly sharp up front with a prevalent notion of noble hops, giving the taste profile a souped-up pilsener theme that I kind of dig. Mild background of pineapple and conifer forest and dried fruit, apples mostly.

Moderate in the mouth, rinses clean and it lets the hopping hit fairly jaggedly. I'd say it's pretty well what an IPA should be in that regard.

Overall there's not a ton here, but per the style it's a solid representation. I have no real huge complaints, nor any huge raves. Solid enough offering.

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Photo of stephens101
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This reddish-brown brew is crowned with a voluminous tan head that sits tight until closing time. Earthy, resinous hops float from a caramel and fruit base. Tastes of pine and resin followed by caramel, grain and a dim fruitiness. Lighter side of medium with a creamy middle and drier end. Finding this one going down super easy and wishing I had a backup warming up in the bullpen.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Ben!

A: Pours a hazy orange body with a short-lived off-white head. Retention is decent, with a couple of rings left as the head recedes.

S: Bright orange and tangerine pith -- so much that it reminded me of orange juice, which is almost too much of a good thing.

T: The flavor brings some rind-like qualities to the table; orange, tangerine, and grapefruit are most evident. It's still a bit fruit-juice like, but it's tasty.

M: Almost no bitterness. It's a little on the heavier side, with a syrupy tendency that accentuates the juice comparison I made earlier.

O: Pretty tasty! I think there are much better IPAs coming out of Portland, including the old Workhorse (RIP), but this is still good, and it is another reminder of why PDX has it made.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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Photo of muldersha
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had from a 22oz bomber purchased in Portland, OR.

Stopped by the brewery several days ago but forgot to review their beers. From a bottle, this pours a lightly hazy deep orange color with a creamy off-white head. Solid retention and plenty of lacing throughout. An attractive beer, something I remember noting looking over the picnic tables in front of the brewery.

Syrupy aromas of soggy raisin bran, orange peel, honey, dank pine resin, caramel, herbs, and toasted biscuits.

Thick and oily on the palate with an intense malty backbone, plenty of sweetness in the mid-palate, and cascades of bitter hops on the finish. The heavy hopping helps balance a beer that might otherwise taste a little too sweet.

Overall, I liked this much better on tap. It was fresher and more balanced. From the bottle, I found it to be a little on the heady and sweet side for my taste. But, very good. Alcohol level is noticeable. Borderline double IPA territory in terms of body and sweetness.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Tangerine, mango and hints of pine needles.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, biscuit, good bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Highly attenuated and dry, with lots of hop acidity.

O: It`s so acidic I`d expect more hop flavour & aroma...

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Bring on the Beer.

It pours a slightly hazy gold, forms a nice 1 finger head of foam, and leaves some lovely lacing.

Man, there's a lot of lemon citrus in the nose with some hints of some malt...bread or biscuit. I like taking whiffs cuz I like that lemony aroma.

The smell was a bit deceiving vs the taste. I don't get a whole lot of lemon citrus here..it's mostly biggish piney notes with a solid biscuit malt flavour that really balances the hops and malts. Even swishing the beer in my mouth doesn't bring out much of that lemony goodness. As the beer warms, I do get some citrus, mild as it is but it helps.

Well, this is an interesting brew that improves as it warms but still doesn't hit my comfort zone, which is VERY wide for the style. Just an above average IPA.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Tall white head. Orangish in color.
S: Malty with citrus hops.
T: Sweet malts, some hop aroma, very bitter end.
M: Medium. Thick for an ipa.
O: More on the malty and bitter side than I like in an IPA. The finish isn't very dry.

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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.