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Gigantic IPA - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

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76 Reviews

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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

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Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012

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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 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).

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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 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 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 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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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 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.

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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 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 goldendenizen
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy dark golden colored with lacing to boot.

S: not anything that will knock your boots off but light lemon with a touch of malt.

T: west coast ipa most def. but with a nuanced, sophisticated feel. I love the fact it ends cleanly minus a sweet overkill. they do the bitterness just right snd im not sure whats the ibus. Virgin gigantic taster and id love to sample their other offerings.

M: nice carbonation and not too sticky mouthfeel.

O: lighter, lemony rind IPA which i dig. change of pace. the finish and mouthfeel are quite nice and i hope SF sees more of Gigantic Brew Co.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly;y clear and bright coper and light amber color. There is a nice 1 inch head that is off-white and pretty dense and creamy. The retention is pretty nice and sticks to the glass really well as the brew goes down. Leaving some nice thick lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some slightly sweet hop juice notes. Some mild mango and tropical fruit notes and some coconut even. Then there is some nice slight citrusy notes that include some nice orange rind. Slight malty and caramel notes balance things out. Seems like a nice approachable IPA.

Flavor starts off light yet delicious and flavorful. Starts off with those slight tropical notes and then a nice citrusy rind flavor. There is some nice bitterness but it is tame and doesn't destroy the palette. Very nice notes of bready malt balance things out and make the beer very drinkable. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall nice citrusy notes that give the brew some good bitterness and also some mild resinous pine. Very drinkable and delicious IPA that shines and doesn't overwhelm allowing all the flavors to be appreciated. Nice slight malty finish.

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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 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 joe1510
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
Binny's, Bolingbrook

I passed this bottle up a few times at the store and just picked one up yesterday. Here she goes...
Gigantic's IPA glugs from the bottle sporting a hazy, tarnished brass body with a creamy antique white head atop that likes to leave behind big sticky drink lines. Ample carbonation runs to the surface.

Orange, candied citrus rind, and some tea leaf hoppiness are front and center. I fear this beer may be a bit past it's prime with the tea leaf quality creeping in. Biscuity malt and a mild touch of alcohol bring up the rear.

A biscuit maltiness provides a base with a touch of caramel but the real profile is based on juicy hoppiness. Big orange upfront with the candied citrus following up. There's still a touch of tea leaf. This is a tasty IPA but rather simple.

Medium bodies with a sluggish carbonation allows this beer to move at it's own pace. Mild bitterness on the tongue but mild sweetness remains on the swallow.

Gigantic's IPA is a solid offering but there are so many great IPAs out there I don't see myself picking this guy up to often. I probably will give it another whirl in the future though.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with slight tones of orange and a slight haze. 2 finger off white head that has great retention.

Nose has some earthy and spicey hop notes alone with citrus, mainly orange, character. There is also a nice sized grainy malt backbone. Some floral hops come out as it warms.

There is a decent piney hop precence at the start and is followed by a moderate bitterness and grainy malt. Mild orange can be detected on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a medium body

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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 Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with fluffy off-white head that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Big piney, floral, citrusy, and sweet malt notes. Smells very clean and pretty fresh.

T- A very balanced flavor profile between piney, floral, and citrusy hops with a sweet malt backbone. This beer finishes with a lot of hop bitterness but the hop character is not as flavorful and strong as in many other IPAs.

M- Remarkably creamy for an IPA, very smooth medium body, and soft carbonation.

O- A really nice IPA with a good hop bite and really smooth mouthfeel.

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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 RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Gigantic IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color, clear, with a modest white head.

Smell is a sweet bread aroma, with just a hint of a fruity citrus scent.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor that never completely gives way to the citrus and pine flavors of a typical IPA. The flavor remains very candy-like all the way through.

Mouthfeel has some body to it, slightly cloying with the caramel and bitters aftertaste.

A drinkable IPA, if not a but on the heavy side. I'd have it again, especially in the fall or winter seasons.

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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 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!

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Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A; Mildly hazy copper in color. Forms a large, fluffy white head that slowly reduces down to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is citrus forward. Mostly orange with a touch of floral.

T: Taste is full of graininess. A bit bready. A bit toasty. But it's more like toasted grains or whole wheat grains. Hops come through as the beer warms. Much like the aroma, the hops are citrus forward with notes of orange and to a lesser extent, grapefruit.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Mildly prickly.

O: I really didn't care for this beer too much on the front end. It did improve as it warmed, but I still felt something was off with it. Whereas East Coast IPAs tend to be malty and bready, this one, while still being hoppy, was oddly grain-focused. In the end, it just didn't work for me.

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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.

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