Gigantes - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at 21A yesterday (Wednesday 5/5/10) with dinner. Served into a pint glass.
Pours brilliantly clear, light brown but more golden. Silky white head and great lacing with plenty of bubbles rising in the glass. About the only way the beer could look better would be if it had a little more retention to it. Ok, so maybe it would look better if it tasted like Pliny the Elder.
Aroma is huge on the tropical fruits (pineapple and apricot) with a little caramel. More like a 4.3-4.4.
Flavor does not deliver quite what the aroma promises. Don't mistake that to mean that this does not taste good. It is plenty bitter and moderately hoppy. In the flavor the hints of pine make themselves known. The real difference is that the caramel malt flavors are more prominent and "balances" the hop flavor. Maybe 3.75-3.85.
Light/medium body, good CO2, very drinkable and if I hadn't already ordered a pint of Back in Black I'd order a glass of this for myself and stop mooching samples.
If I did my arithmaetic correctly (rounding aroma and flavor) this should come out to be a 4.1.
05-07-2010 04:54:48 | More by t0rin0
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.
Given that the label font is identical to that of the San Francisco baseball team, I expected Gigantes IPA to be orange but, while it does have some orange in it, I think in actuality it's more golden. Its big, billowing head is white, with little bubbles like that stick out like inside-out craters, and it puts up a lacing that could be used as a tennis net.
The aroma smells like the park near a high-school; a strong whiff of something like something illegal leaves a lasting, lingering impression. Except this stinking herbal smell is excessively bitter. The fruitiness contained within it is not like the flesh or juice, rather the peel and piths. Not un-coincidentally, malts are nowhere really to be found.
The ganja-like stank sticks around in the flavour which, like the bouquet, is not exactly lavished with maltiness. In fact, green little cones and herbals is all that's noted as sweeter flavours of caramel or toffee stay at bay. The citric notes are relatively understated. Seven percent seems too high for a beer that shows no indication of alcohol what so ever.
Both the malts and hops drop off in the finish like stock prices in a recession. They shrivel. And that makes room for two undesirable features to come on the scene: metallic-y minerals and a stale-tasting, papery texture. The minerals give a bite that would be ideal if there were a little more maltiness and, as for the paperiness, again not enough malt.
Gigantes IPA was clearly designed with bottomless pints and Giants games in mind. And in that regard, it certainly does the trick. But unlike the baseball team, this isn't the World Champion of anything. In fact, it doesn't really provide anything to separate it by and in a city replete with renown IPAs - including a couple from this same brewery - it might easily go overlooked. Indeed, it wouldn't be one of my first recommendations.
07-09-2011 19:06:42 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
On draught at 21st ammendment, Gigantes IPA is a glowing bronze with a off-white leaving nice lace.
Smell is sweet and fruity, some bubblegum. Dank, fresh hops.
Taste is agressively hopped, citrus, a little resin, firm bitterness yet sweet as well, I think more a perception from the hops than residual malt sugars.
Mouthfeel is dry, sharp, and a little chewy, medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good, a well made west coast ipa, I'd like to try it on cask to soften the mouthfeel.
07-31-2012 02:14:59 | More by ccrida
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into a small snifter. Pours a medium orange amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is citrus and light piney hops with a very pleasant sweet malt base with estery fruit components; orange and stone fruits. Medium bodied. The hops are flavorful, but not as intense as the aroma. The tasty malt body really made this fun to drink. Pleasant bitter piney finish. A quite enjoyable American IPA.
10-27-2012 02:27:13 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
Clear golden colour with a moderate, short lasted white head. Good lacing.
Moderate grapefruit and pine aroma. Not all that sweet. Decent.
Solid malt backbone with some citrus notes. Good firm bitterness.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.
This is fine as an IPA but it disappoints with its lack of depth of citrus flavour.
08-23-2011 09:39:55 | More by dgilks
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
752nd Review on BA
Growler to Pint
Thanks to Afrokaze for this one.
App- Its a bit of a conundrum on this one, a very dark dark orange but is still very clear. A lot of bubbles in the glass with a one finger head. Falls very slowly and leaves a decent amount of cling. A little bit of a puck of head on top.
Smell- A nice dense citrus. Hoppy and thick with a little tropical notes and a touch of spicy hops in it.
Taste- A nice, clean and simple IPA. Not brash or over done as well. At the same time can be a little soft with a bitter note. A little thin but okay. The citrus notes really shine through and cover most of the bitter on this one.
Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very light residual bitter notes with a little soft fruits at the end.
Drink- I love growler only beers, I dont feel bad for drinking multiples since it needs to be drank quickly. This was a new IPA for me, pretty tasty and balanced. A bit thin at points with nice citrus notes. Thanks again to Afrokaze for the hookup.
08-26-2011 18:23:57 | More by FosterJM
3.74/5 rDev +1.9%
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a medium amber color with a tiny white head that fades fast to leave only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell was citrusy and sweet with aromas of a sweet tangerine and orange mixed with some smells of caramel. Along with these sweeter smells were aromas of a bitter grapefruit as well as a bit of a bready malt aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and sweet citrus of a tangerine and orange nature. Upfront there is a moderate amount of a grapefruit hop taste which gets stronger as the flavor advances further. Along with the hop ,so too comes more flavors of a bready nature, but these are always much lighter and less detectable then the citrus hop. At the very end a lighter amount of a pine hop flavor also joins the profile giving the brew a lightly sweetened, but decently hoppy flavor .
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both make for a very easy drinking brew, but also allow for the hop flavors to be picked up nicely by the tongue.
Overall – It was a good IPA, but nothing exceptional. Worth a try, but not really worth going out of your way for.
04-30-2013 21:06:03 | More by Darkmagus82
Gigantes from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.