1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Whole In The HeadWhole In The Head

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 93
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Insubordinator
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of stakem
3.05/5  rDev -21%
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 drewone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Rizalini
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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 markcp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of lpstar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of penniwisdom
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 laituegonflable
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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?

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.