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Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2013 03:08:14 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Bottle I brought to share on the beer bus to San Diego.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop profile that makes it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:59:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-21-2013 10:43:42 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 02:50:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste of the Northwest is in good hands with Gigantic Brewing Company. Capturing the citrusy and herbal essence that make the region's hops so zesty manifests in their flagship IPA for a friendly and fruity taste.

Light amber in color, the highlights of gold and orange capture the beer's hazy character. Its unadulterated appearance quickly separates froth from beer as a creamy eggshell-white foam coats the surface with great retention. As the ale fades, it speckles the glass with random lacing.

Bright aromas of hops dominate the nose. Citrusy grapefruit and freshly zested oranges are the main culprits while more floral orange blossom and honeysuckle follow closely behind. Its light honey and thin caramel character seem to give the fruit a juicy boost while more herbal and grassy elements arise heading into taste.

Its faint sweetness greets the tongue with the light grainy sweetness of caramel, biscuit and honey. Sweetness turns dry as the middle palate introduces sharp grapefruit and orange peel, in all their tangy glory. Then as the ale trends even drier and bitter, its light grassy, chivy, and herbal flavors trail in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, the beer's early sweetness and creamy carbonation promotes more a more moderate mouthfeel. But a quick drying delivers acute citrus pith bitterness and mild alcohol warmth with light vegetative astringency lingering just behind the resinous bitterness.

With a slightly more elevated "tangy" citrus character, the ale's smooth bitterness, drier tone and short-lived malt sweetness really hits home the taste that makes Northwest ales so delicious (minus the taste or aroma of the hippies).

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 16:31:45 | More by BEERchitect
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-22-2014 17:46:57 | More by jaydoc
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-09-2014 20:25:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-25-2014 03:35:19 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 22:24:04 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-02-2013 10:20:20 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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 well, 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 05:04:35 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-20-2013 02:30:02 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-23-2013 04:27:13 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very nice brew, but to me, closer to a good hoppy american pale than a true ipa, not quite ad big and bold, and certainly nowhere near as bitter as the industry standard. shiny penny tint to a rather flush golden brew. three quarters of an inch of white head, well layered lace. the nose is a fruity side of hops, some mild grapefruit, but almost candied, its not real bitter but has that nice zesty freshness. a light honey sweetness from the malt, but rather nondescript as far as the grain is concerned. the hops are all throughout this beer, not just in the finish, and while they arent bitter, they are flavorful and delicious, some sappy piney flavors, a little christmas tree in here, but again, no bitterness and a rather zippy quick finish for the style. medium bodied, and i would never ever guess this was 7.3% abv. It drinks like 5%. easy carbonation, light on the palate, and very drinkable. also at just 5 bucks a bomber, its a good every day brew, more a pale than an ipa though, but one i hope sticks around in colorado.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 18:57:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich and tangy hopped-up brew. Attractive light amber with the orange tint. Plenty of head poured into the big New Belgium snifter. Suds last well in the glass. Interesting aroma of grapes and pomegranates.

Sweet and tangy on the tongue at first sip. Lots of malt to give this a more substantial body. Big mango and lime peel flavors with a slide into the bittet side of candied grapefruit peel.

Even being not a huge IPA fanatic, this is really a good hoppy beer. Plenty of bitterness as you sip, but you are rewarded by the deep fruity flavors. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:50:38 | More by mactrail
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-27-2012 03:44:34 | More by mendvicdog
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2014 04:49:25 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:49:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-16-2014 17:04:52 | More by BARFLYB
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-13-2013 04:27:05 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 04:07:50 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-30-2014 01:15:42 | More by mdaschaf
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 18:04:45 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 05:22:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:13:01 | More by beertunes
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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.