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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013)
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Reviews by Rizalini:
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3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Rizalini, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sammy, Dec 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Insubordinator, Jul 24, 2013
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

dirtylou, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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.

RickS95, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

markcp, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnnyNicks, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

zonker17, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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???

Rutager, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jmarsh123, Jul 01, 2013
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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

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.