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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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very good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 96
Avg: 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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 96
Reviews by kevanb:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Justindouglas7
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Insubordinator
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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

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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.

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Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JohnnyNicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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???

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.