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Hellion - Gigantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  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: artoolemomo on 07-21-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

sudsy2drunk, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Bnoise11, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Thedaver4220, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewer calls this a "dry-hopped Belgian style golden ale." I don't think it's quite hoppy enough to call a Belgian IPA. In any case, it's a crisp, suavely hopped strong ale without the usual sugars. Some toasty malt and a perfumey nose.

Pours a clear, golden color in the Ommegang chalice with a decent head and plenty of lacing along the glass. A nice whiff of fermenting pineapple and some hop aromatics, but subtle. Some of the yeasty flavor comes along after some sipping, along with the drying sensation. Moderately sweet but pleasantly balanced by some acidity. The hop flavor is just the right foil for the dry, fruity, and yeasty combination that is the classic Belgian ale profile.

This is tremendously drinkable with the nice combination of tart yet sweetish flavors, clean and fruity. Actually it's fabulous. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. Sorry I missed it on tap at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego during the summer, but I hope this will be a regular brew.

mactrail, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Hellion is spritzy gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy and yeasty. Surprisingly bright hops, a little pot, pea, fruit, with sweet clean alcohol, nice.

Taste is similar, I'd have called this a Belgian IPA, the hops are pretty dank, but in the continental style, again, bright and herbal. Yeasty, but not sludgy, with a hint of banana esters, more-so tangerine on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, slippery.

Drinkability is high, I thought this was a killer BIPA that checked all the boxes. Another well designed AND executed Gigantic brew. I really have no complaints and will keep an eye out to drink as many of these as I can while they're fresh. Really dig the label too.

ccrida, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Interesting aroma of bready malt, estery spices, Belgian yeast and light grassy hops. Flavor of bready malt, apple, oranges and non-bitter lemon, peach, clove, Belgian yeast, grassy hops. Very nice medium creamy body with excellent mouth feel. The flavor is kind of muddled, making identifying the flavor components difficult, but I have to say that I liked the results. The Belgian origins are here, but this is not a traditional Belgian strong. I like the spicing and complex fruit juice elements. Interesting and different.

LiquidAmber, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thishops4u, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

beertunes, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sokool, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerOps, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a beer to amaze and punish the tastes but rather a golden ale with a Belgian twist. The beer is clear gold and the nose is yeasty with the hops also working their magic. Not a huge beer but rather a very balanced beer that is maybe sweeter than the Belgian equivalent ( aka duvel). The finish is very cool , kinda spicy and hoppy at the same time but tempered with a sweetish note. Great label as always for these guys .

canucklehead, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopmodium, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ChipMurray, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ralphw56, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

sil1, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

twelveinches, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kylemif, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kevinpitts, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JefferyYoung, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta love when free beers come your way. This one pours a clear brassy gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, mild grass, mild flowers, light orange zest, a pinch of black pepper, and a light breeze of dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, nearly everything stronger now: the dry-hopping certainly comes through, but it's held in check by an assertive Belgian-style yeast. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough BSPA, one that shows that you can still hop these things up a bit without losing its core qualities. Not bad.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2014
Photo of Nerudamann
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark golden color, clear, with medium carbonation and about a 1/4 inch of white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - definitely more malty than hoppy. There's a pretty strong citrus or fruit hint in the smell.

Taste - there's more hop in the taste than in the aroma. But the taste is mostly that...a taste. There's not really a strong sense of bitterness, which is still within the confines of the style. There's almost a stringent taste in the middle, which fades into the finish. Also in the finish is finally a slight hint of bitterness, but pretty well balanced overall. The aftertaste is a bit musky. This one would likely well-benefit from bottle aging.

Mouthfeel - medium body. Pretty drinkable and fairly refreshing.

Overall - pretty interesting brew. Not at all what I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise.

Nerudamann, Aug 07, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.11.13

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Very subtle, Belgian yeast, some corn.

T - Belgian, bubblegummy.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light and sweet bubblegum, Refreshing and nice.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GRG1313, Aug 06, 2013
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Hellion from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.