Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

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

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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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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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.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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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 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???

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.