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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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87
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013)
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 19:26:24 | More by stakem
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-08-2014 15:13:12 | More by GClarkage
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-23-2014 00:22:03 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-17-2014 18:41:20 | More by Slatetank
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-08-2014 21:21:35 | More by Jslay013
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-19-2014 02:35:36 | More by mpenning13
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Justindouglas7


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-03-2014 02:40:05 | More by Justindouglas7
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JohnnyNicks

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-04-2014 22:00:41 | More by JohnnyNicks
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lanciloti

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-06-2014 07:12:11 | More by lanciloti
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-14-2013 23:39:00 | More by Sammy
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DimensionX

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-08-2013 18:40:41 | More by DimensionX
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2013 03:53:14 | More by groleau
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:53:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-21-2013 15:52:22 | More by FrankHammer
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 15:58:39 | More by JMScowcroft
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Rheaume17

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:51:32 | More by Rheaume17
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-07-2013 02:03:06 | More by smartassboiler
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Kylemif

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-03-2013 20:02:33 | More by Kylemif
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BeerNW

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-23-2013 14:22:39 | More by BeerNW
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-12-2013 22:18:12 | More by jbeervt
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-09-2013 03:38:18 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-24-2013 00:14:41 | More by BDeibs
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-17-2013 17:37:31 | More by drewone
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snaotheus

Washington

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 20:06:57 | More by snaotheus
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Nightrain

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-10-2013 01:42:31 | More by Nightrain
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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.