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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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sammy, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 20, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.6%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

drewone, Aug 17, 2013
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 26, 2013
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.

stakem, Jul 24, 2014
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 19, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

drummermattie02, Jul 29, 2013
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

LiquidAmber, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate-light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of lace left on the glass. Nice.

Smell: smooth, citrusy hops with a pretty strong underlying malt base. A bit on the sweet side, but that is to be expected. I really like the character, but it is a bit light in intensity, especially for the style.

Taste: strong citrusy hops build upon the sweet malt base. Much more effective than the aroma, although conveying pretty much the same story. Bitterness is strong but not out of hand. I really like the hop character here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although not generating a huge creaminess. It's sufficient, but not wonderful.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, and although it could probably benefit from a few adjustments, is definitely worth the time of day.

flagmantho, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Hopheadjeffery, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

claspada, May 26, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Axnjxn, Jul 12, 2013
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?

laituegonflable, Aug 06, 2014
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.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mhaugo, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

smartassboiler, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

twelveinches, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kscaldef, May 18, 2013
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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.