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Gigantophis - Rogness Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogness Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 07-23-2012

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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by HardTarget:
Photo of HardTarget
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky orange amber glass holds a solid cover of tan foam that doesn't lace.

Smell: Hoppy, but not your usual hop nose. A pineapple note in an earthy, lightly peppery profile. Almost get a bit of rye, leafy but not quite bitter hops.

Taste: Almost balanced, where I expected a hop slap. The wort is slightly under-attenuated but the sappy sweetness is soaked up by the hops. Tea like flavor, a little of the exotic fruit hop notes in the nose. The scary thing is what you don't taste: alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is pretty low giving a cask like smoothness which is nice. Slick texture with a lasting coat.

Overall: A good beer! A little different take on a DIPA, different is good, but doesn't unseat the best IPA in Texas (woo Endeavor). Certainly worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #72 (Jan 2013):

We love that this is pretty much a full departure from the usual drill of an Imperial IPA. The element of have a bit of wood character throws another layer into the mesh. It may not be the golden boy of the style but it certainly lands within and is a hell of alot more interesting.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Hazy reddish hue, impressive head

SMELL: Tropical fruit, citrus zest, faint vanilla, subtle oak, clementines, floral, peppery alcohol, light brown sugar

TASTE: Chewy, smooth, pungent, citrus rind, minty, blonde tobacco, leafy, fresh grass, papaya, apple skin, hint of wood, green peppercorn, nutty yeast, piney, bitter, puckering dry finish

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours a red-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is full of pine with some big sugar and alcohol notes. The flavor is similar. I get some big orange and pine notes from the hops, as well as some strong sugar and alcohol notes. There is also some grass and resin from the hops. The high amount of sugar keeps the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a semi translucent copper color, off white finger of head. Looks nice. Aroma is milder, but citrus, pine and some resins, along with a balance maltiness. Taste has a nice pine and earthy hop note, citrus and some sweet fruits, mango, with sweet breadiness, and caramel. Great body. Medium, good carbonation, slick, just feels cleaner and drinkable for the ABV, which is masked quite well. Overall, I thought it was a rather pleasant DIPA. Not too heavy, and nice flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Deep orange amber body, nearly red looking like a classic amber ale. Thin tan head, perhaps barely two fingers with little retention. Manages a thin collar and a thin interesting weepy like sheet lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty basic amber ale quality. Not much hop front, hints of simple caramel very mild sensing herbality as well but extremely non existent hop nose. Really not much going on, and nothing to hint that this is an IPA of any sort coming forward.

Palate livens up a a bit. Caramel notes with some tasting hop bitterness. Slightly mellow pine and a bit of grapefruit slightly. Steely a bit but with a bit of a thin wash on the finish. Manages a mild astringency but with not a lot of distinct character. Perhaps a little bit of mild biscuit as well.

Overall as a slightly hop malty amber or just an amber ale, it's fine but as an IPA it really isn't bringing in the goods on that front.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was an extra in a trade. Hazy dark copper-amber pour with a nice two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is subdued with some subtle fruity, perfumey hop notes along with hints of caramel, butterscotch, and bread. The taste is malt forward with some piney, bitter hoppiness along with hints of squash, orange peel, toffee, and molasses. The mouthfeel is slightly oily, syrupy, and a bit chewy with decent balance and a tangy bitter finish. Overall, I see now why this was an extra. Very average...

Photo of JohnBender
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22 oz, Wheatsville Co-op in Austin, TX. $7.99 or so.

A: Darker brown. Light head with a copper tint. Solid.

S: Sweet syrup and pine, plain and simple. Malts, malts, malts. Surprisingly absent is the alcohol.

T: Sugar and syrup, with pine interjecting at the 3/4 mark. Almost exact the smell.

M: The shining star of this beer. Perfect mouthfeel. Thick and syrup. A model for DIPAs.

O: Very strange, but it works. Less sweetness would be nice. Certainly unusual, but I think a few months would do this beer well.

Photo of lanbewardin
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the sunrise minimart.

Carbonation is pretty low, but it poured a slight head. Amber color, extremely clear.

Smells piney, hoppy. Not an overpowering smell

Taste is not overly bitter or overly sweet. You get the hops, but its really balanced actually. My favorite quality is the creaminess. Its super creamy and easy drinkable. There was no abv on the bottle so I'm pretty surprised this is a 9 pointer.

Definitly well crafted. At 8.99 a bottle not sure if I will revisit again soon though.

Photo of alanamato
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacking a bit for an imperial but otherwise, a good brew. Nice color, low on the hop aroma. Normal mouthfeel for a light IPA not for an IIPA. Could use a bit more thickness. Mellow hop presence but light enough for a TX summer night.

Keep up the good work Rogness.

Photo of obrike
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had one of these on tap at Alamo Drafthouse Lakecreek.

Good looking brew served in a tulip glass. A dark amber, decent head with good retention but not a lot of lacing.

Good pine needle scent backed with just a bit of sweet syrupy malt giving a little sweetness...smelled uber fresh.

Taste follows albeit not quite as pronounced as i'd hoped...sweet malt and earthy pine. Just a bit of grapefruit on the backend. A pretty bitter finish. Medium carbonation and a decent dry bite.

Certainly not a DIPA that knocks down walls...but still a solid and fresh take on the style. Glad to try a good local DIPA. Kudos Rogness.

Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Craft Pride in Austin.

A: Pours a hazed dark orange/reddish color. A tow finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Buttery malt. Caramel sweetness. Then some bitter grapefruit, pine and resin. I don't like the almost diacetyl malt character, and the hops are present, but week to say the least.
T: Butter popcorn, diacetyl like malt again. Which pretty much overpowers everything. Light pine and grapefruit bitterness lingers on in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly watery, thin, and muddled. The alcohol is nowhere to be scene, so on that end...not a hard sipper.

This seems more of a mess to me than anything. Maybe an old keg? Though considering everything else at Craft Pride was fresh as can be, I don't think so. Not much of an IPA for one, and two much diacetyl like flavors for me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

not my favorite imperial ipa, thats for sure, and my first rogness beer is a poor one. this really looks pretty nice, dark amber in color, red for an ipa, with a massive fluffing of white head as light as a cloud and lasting pretty well. the nose is mostly bitterness with very little interesting hop character and a little more dense malt than it needs, which is odd, because this drinks rather watery. there is a strong metallic tinge on the nose and taste of this, particularly after the swallow, its to the point that its a little tough to drink and hurts my tummy. i do like the lightness of it, but the flavors just arent there. bitterness and minerals as it swallows, thin and bubbly, hefty enough though. a bomber was tough to take down, not because of the alcohol, which i think is respectably well hidden, but because it just doesnt taste very good. ill try something else or two before i write of the brewery though...

Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this. Mason jar.

A: Pours darkish amber, with a thin film of fine, swirling white head. Pretty good retention but no lacing.

S: Like a handful of pine leaves, super super piney--almost abrasive--with some amber/crystal malt giving a little sweetness, and toffee.

T: Sweet amber malt and pine, grapefruit and moderate bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: This is almost more of a hoppy red than IIPA. Pretty good.

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Gigantophis from Rogness Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.