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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 20
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown-tinged orange. Off-white yellow head, small bubbles. Looks as cuddly as an enraged polar bear on heat.

Good hoppy happiness in this glass. Scoops aroma from the depths of your animus, and slaps you pinewards. Resiny, malty too. A tickler.

Taste is piney, and clearly attended the school of hard penis. Caramel notes, some hops calling out the chorus from the back. Basically the same old song, but it's always nice to hear it on IPA FM.

Well built, like a Discus hurler.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantastic?

Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this one with me. It pours a golden orange to yellow color with some clarity seen around the edges and an off-white cap resting above composed of large bubbles.

The aroma on this comes across very malty with caramel/toffee sweetness before the onset of hops with floral notes blending to a sort of orange liquor. Grassy herbs and a hint of cheese are the last things noted.

The taste has a touch of biscuit grain to toffee before getting bitter with herbs, grass, pine and some solvent alcohol. It displays almost a dirty, rindy melon feel to the finish which I was not crazy about - either driven by yeast or some strange hopping, im not sure. Peculiar that this a DIPA yet the profile seems more malty than hoppy.

This is medium to fuller bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Really a peculiar offering that smells like it us going to be very malty and has just enough hops to break that up. It does have a creeping alcohol inclusion...so it has that going for it. Overall strange, I appreciate the chance to try it but would possibly pass again in the future if it was gonna cost me.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a slightly hazed deep orange colour, with a properly full and thick head of yellowish white that retains well. Lots of leopard-spot lacing wherever it touches. Carbonation is fine through the deep body. Looks pretty great.

Nose is very robust and piney, with strong resinous characters coming through as the dominant aroma. There's some sweetness as well, along with a little pepper character and some preserved lemon.

Taste is clear and fine-bodied, with a whack more sweetness than I expected, and not really much of the biting bitterness I'd expect from an IPA, let alone an impy. Instead, there's a messy stewed orange character that comes through, along with barley sugar and a slightly clinging cloy. By the end, the thickest part of the sweetness evaporates a little, leaving more pleasant stonefruit characters of peach and nectarine.

Feel is decent enough, with a robust weight to the body, although this accentuates the thickness and sweetness present in the flavour.

Overall, this is okay, but not much beyond that. It's a full-bodied and full-flavoured beer, but perhaps the flavours it have aren't all that welcome in a true DIPA.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gigantic Brewing Company - Whole In The Head, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy copper caramel with a luxurious soapy head. Lots of chunky lacing.

Smell - Some sweet caramel malt with citrus and resiny pine hop blast. Subtle for a DIPA.

Taste - Rich malty caramel followed by a low citrus hop finish. More like a smoother AIPA here.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium-bodied. Rests slightly throat hot boozy but otherwise quite drinkable. Rests slightly pine.

Overall - Low-key DIPA in my opinion but a tasty treat nonetheless. Tried and true combination of these specific malts and hops, just not an exceptional rendition.

Photo of Rheaume17
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Smell - Lots of hops. Nothing too dominant. A little bit of tropical fruits, a little piney.

Appearance - A very nice golden/orange color. About an inch of think foamy head. Light lacing throughout the session.

Taste - Citrus flavors. Some mango and apricot. A lot of bitterness, but the flavors aren't coming out as much as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Bitterness sticks to your mouth.

Overall - I honestly was expecting a little more out of this beer from the description. The flavors didn't pop like I wanted them too. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good beer, but nothing I would seek out again.

Photo of snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. There appears to be some kind of code printed on the bottom of the bottle, but it's illegible to me.

Pours orange-ish, slightly hazy, small head, but lots of carbonation. Smell is fruity, fresh, citrusy, bright. Sweet smelling, with some grapefruit bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly bitter with a hefty malty-sweet backbone, but a little one dimensional. Still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly filmy, thick, a little sticky. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this beer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate-light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of lace left on the glass. Nice.

Smell: smooth, citrusy hops with a pretty strong underlying malt base. A bit on the sweet side, but that is to be expected. I really like the character, but it is a bit light in intensity, especially for the style.

Taste: strong citrusy hops build upon the sweet malt base. Much more effective than the aroma, although conveying pretty much the same story. Bitterness is strong but not out of hand. I really like the hop character here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although not generating a huge creaminess. It's sufficient, but not wonderful.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, and although it could probably benefit from a few adjustments, is definitely worth the time of day.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip, no bottling date

pours a rich, dark copper color with an inch and a half lasting white head. good and hoppy aroma with the typical piney NW hop aroma. taste is quite pleasant and surprising. hops are big but the malt character is definitely big and pronounced too. very well balanced. slight bitterness hits you at first but its quickly followed by a sweet citrusy malt kick. very nice. medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy dirnking DIPA for sure.

overall a very good DIPA. west coast brewers just know how to brew IPAs.

Photo of Rizalini
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very hazy golden orange color, with a finger of off-white head. Falls rather quickly. There's a nice collar of lacing as I sip this one down.

S - Smells of juicy citrus fruits dominate. Lemon, mango and some papaya.

T/M - The taste falls flat for me. Not sure if the bottle is old or not but none of the citrus aromas transfer over to the taste. All thats left is a malty shell of what used to be a DIPA, and somewhat of a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation.

O - When I tasted this one, it tasted like a hoppy pale. I'm almost certain that this one has been on the shelf for a while, but with no dates or markings it's hard to tell. I was hoping for so much more, but was sadly disappointed.

Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber (not the most appealing colour, but whatever. Colour is just a result of the ingredients that hopefully make a most tasty brew. ColoUr, yo!!!) with a finger of thick white head that leaves some decent bands of law.

Smell. Lime, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine sap, toasty caramel malts, and a touch of green onion. Smells like a big IPA, aiight. So far so good!

Taste. Red grapefruit, mango, orange rind, toasty and lightly grainy malts, a bit of green onion again. Very nice. Not a huge bitterness in the finish but the hops are big.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, as expected from these guys.

Question, Gigantic: Where da sours at? I saw a pic of that big ass barrel you guys have had from the beginning and read something about making sours out of batches you weren't quite happy with. So where da sours???

Photo of RickS95
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive shade of pale copper orange. Mostly opaque. The head is a bright white color, typical lazy foam of an IPA, with decent retention. A thick ring of bubbles remains around the edge of the beer while a thin lace appears above it.

I love West Coast hops and this is full of them. Not sure of the type, but it's a full blown party of grapefruit and pine. There's kind of a crackery pale malt backbone, but it's all about the hops and these hops present a great aroma, if a bit subtle.

You'd not know this to be an imperial from the taste. There's enough malt to keep the hops in check, though the citrus shines as orange emerges and the pine plays a cameo.

As smooth an imperial as you'll find. There's enough citric fruit to keep it somewhat sweet the whole way, even as the bitterness builds from mid-sip. It's still plenty bitter, but never to the point that your palate cries "Uncle." Medium bodied, a nice combination of sweet and bitter.

One of the best imperials I've had and that includes Pliny The Elder. Very easy to drink despite the hops and the high ABV. A really great beer that I thank Let's Pour for bringing me.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

The bartender asked me if I wanted a hole in the head. Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing cream-white foam. The nose comprises sharp greens, light leek, very light sweet biscuit, and a twinge of mint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a drier biscuit character, a vein of thick caramel, and a slightly sharp pine note to take the place of the mint. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but not one that sticks out to me as particularly memorable.

Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth.

(S)- Very citrus forward. Piney but balanced well with some subtlely sweet malts.

(T)- Very big in the orange citrus department with a mild bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the bold citrus this has. It does get to be quite bitter as it warms, but not in any way bothersome.

(O)- A solid DIPA with a really nice well-rounded orange citrus.

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick surface coating and an even thicker ring around the edge. Some lighter lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Sweet and full of tropical fruit. Mango and passion fruit. Citrus to a lesser extent.

T: Taste is nice, but is more than a bit harsh and disjointed. Starts off with a bit of sweetness. Clementine, pale malts, and a touch of honey. But the beer quickly turns aggressive. Spicy and fusel with a harsh alcoholic quality.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Harsh and abrasive on the tongue. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Drinkable, but in the crowded field of DIPAs you've got to hit everything on the first try and this one just swings and misses.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Good semi-translucent copper with a thin ring of white head. Good legs, and it looks pretty calm sitting here in front of me.

N: Lots of wholesome, healthy hops. Pineapple, pine, mango, and earth. Biscuit and rising dough. Grapefruit is rounding this one out. It's very well balanced and it's a very pleasing scent.

T: A sweeter, tropical hop bomb, which is just the way I prefer it. There's a roundness of the sugars mixed with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Can spike parts of the mouth with the hop sting.

M: Heavier body with some noticeable alcohol. Has an appropriate level of carbonation in that the bubbles are lively, but they're not pop-rocks all over my mouth.

O: This is an excellent representation of the style if you're looking for something which hits all around the bases instead of focusing on one single aspect of a DIPA. These are my favorite types of the style.

Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Gigantic snifter

The beer pours a nice deep copper color, light ambers with hues of orange and straw, hazy complexion with a finger and a half of thick, soapy white head that has good retention and leaves behind a touch of spotted lace. The aroma is heavy on bitter piney hops with a fair amount of juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and grapefruit with a bit of earthy grassy before some stick malt and faint alcohol take over. Lots of pine on the tongue, very bitter, with plenty of fresh fruit, apricot, mango, grapefruit that really cuts down the bitterness and opens up the sweet malt. The body is nice, moderate carbonation, coats the mouth well and finishes extremely dry.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Gigantic. This is my second experience with this brewery and it's a huge improvement over their Time Traveler Porter. This beer isn't overly complex but it's nicely balanced and very dry, almost too dry. This is a worthy beer for any hop head.

Photo of BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from Lets Pour last week week. Gotta love the two day shipping (from WA to CA). Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass it's a moderately hazy medium orange with a 1-2 finger cap of persistent off white foam. Good retention and lacing. Fresh, juicy mandarin orange in the nose along with pineapple and lemon. Bright and citrusy. Flavor brings forward the citrus hops yet again but a bit more muddled here than I'd expected. Hop bitterness is high, finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Mostly clean on the malt side, scant toasted bread. Some flavor here seems out of place, I'd describe it as chalky/powdery/aspirin. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium goldan amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of citrus malt and mixed citrus fruit, light bready malt. Flavor follows with lots of citrus fruit, citrus hops, light tropical fruit and moderate bready malt. Long bittering hops finish. Medium bodied. Lots of nice citrus notes, but rather laid back malt support. A pleasant, not very complex, IIPA

Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ bottleworks

#shakerpint. Clear orange-amber body, lots of bright citrus, moderate bitterness, oily body with a nice and clean finish. Some tropical notes - a nice DIPA from Gigantic - check it - affordable and on point. Label-art on the bottles looked cool too

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.18.13

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a one and a half inch very light tan head with great retention.

S - Citrus, lots of oranges and lemon, also a touch of tropical fruit.

T - Tons of citrus, lemon, orange, and lots of tropical goodness.

D - Great carbonation with a medium body and a slightly bitter finish.

O - Terrific! Lots of fruity and citrus notes with a touch of bitterness to keep it all in check.

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.