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Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

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very good

80 Reviews

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 392
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.58%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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.

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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 mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head that settles into a surface coating. Aromas of tangy caramel with a spicy highlight and tropical fruit blend. Pretty tangy and dynamic nose. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit providing sweetness, along with a tart character. Resinous hops come through the backbone, as well as build towards the end of the palate. Pepper spicing brings some balance to the palate. Robust, smooth body that is slightly effervesced by the carbonation throughout. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, once again tropical fruit, leading to a sweet, fruity, and slightly dry finish. Tasty brew, and not as hop heavy as most IPAs have become nowadays.

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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 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.


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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.

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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 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 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 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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very pale, very clear. Nice head good lacing.

Fresh grass and citrus. Herbal.

Bitter, hoppy, and typically American. Solid, drinkable IPA with crisp malt backbone. Dry and refreshing. Moreish.

Not outstanding, but very good. Sturdy. Reliable. What you expect is what you get. Would have again. Recommended.

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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.

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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.

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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
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