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Gigantic IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012

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Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.6%
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 -11.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -11%
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 +14.1%
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 -2.4%
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 +8.6%
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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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gigantic Brewing Company - Gigantic IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bomber

Look - Pours amber-orange with a decent soapy head. Great lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts and a touch of hops. Bready.

Taste - Snappy sweet malt with smooth hops over it.

Mouthfeel - Rests sticky and a little boozy but otherwise good drinkability.

Overall - Not bad. Good but not stellar. This one doesn't stand out in the sea of IPAs but it is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.05/5  rDev +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

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Photo of Hendry
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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 JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 chicagoanbeerone
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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 smakawhat
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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 mfavoino
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
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