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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-14-2013 23:39:00 | More by Sammy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 00:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-09-2013 07:28:05 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-20-2013 02:30:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-17-2014 18:41:20 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-08-2013 20:49:56 | More by Rifugium
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-08-2014 15:13:12 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:53:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

08-17-2013 17:37:31 | More by drewone
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dirtylou

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 01:35:17 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-29-2013 01:41:59 | More by drummermattie02
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:28:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:59:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:47:57 | More by flagmantho
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-10-2013 00:32:50 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-26-2013 16:28:21 | More by claspada
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-30-2013 11:31:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 19:32:00 | More by sweemzander
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-20-2013 21:17:04 | More by mhaugo
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:02:14 | More by Axnjxn
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-25-2013 05:55:44 | More by twelveinches
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-29-2013 17:32:12 | More by strongaf
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%

10-07-2013 02:03:06 | More by smartassboiler
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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick surface coating and an even thicker ring around the edge. Some lighter lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Sweet and full of tropical fruit. Mango and passion fruit. Citrus to a lesser extent.

T: Taste is nice, but is more than a bit harsh and disjointed. Starts off with a bit of sweetness. Clementine, pale malts, and a touch of honey. But the beer quickly turns aggressive. Spicy and fusel with a harsh alcoholic quality.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Harsh and abrasive on the tongue. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Drinkable, but in the crowded field of DIPAs you've got to hit everything on the first try and this one just swings and misses.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:44:03 | More by Florida9
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-17-2013 23:24:20 | More by kscaldef
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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.