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Whole In The Head - Gigantic Brewing Company

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very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 4
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-12-2013 03:11:06 | More by DrewShalvoy
Photo of Rizalini


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

07-12-2013 02:33:09 | More by Rizalini
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-10-2013 03:09:53 | More by BYOFB
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

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???

07-10-2013 02:09:34 | More by Rutager
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2013 23:28:28 | More by luvbier
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-08-2013 20:49:56 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-02-2013 14:12:19 | More by mychalg9
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-01-2013 19:55:50 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of RickS95


4.44/5  rDev +15%

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.

06-30-2013 03:18:25 | More by RickS95
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-29-2013 05:48:14 | More by zonker17
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-29-2013 05:19:46 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-28-2013 06:35:17 | More by shredder83
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-25-2013 22:20:05 | More by JandJMD
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-17-2013 21:17:38 | More by Ohiovania
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-11-2013 03:20:55 | More by rbrefbeerman
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-09-2013 00:35:48 | More by cbnz
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

06-06-2013 00:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-05-2013 12:59:09 | More by IPAFan521
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

06-04-2013 19:32:00 | More by sweemzander
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2013 19:45:26 | More by oldvines
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-03-2013 01:40:55 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-30-2013 03:11:03 | More by thinwhiteduke
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-29-2013 17:32:12 | More by strongaf
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-28-2013 05:08:14 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

05-27-2013 01:44:03 | More by Florida9
Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
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