Sleeping Giant IPA | Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Sleeping Giant IPASleeping Giant IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gage Roads Brewing Company
Australia
gageroadsbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Finite on 10-31-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
15.49%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Julian4077
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
1.82/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of HansumFilly
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of juju7
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What a yawn. Low in hop aromas, low in bitterness, low in hop flavour, low in imagination. I just got bored drinking this. It's like the G rated version of an IPA. Not even pale ale in hop levels. A decently tasting beer to be fair, it doesn't taste awful or anything but it's pretty bland. Despite it's freshness it just doesn't have any zip to it that helps it shine. Playing it safe for the Dan Murphys customers.

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Photo of RXUYDC
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Josh2222
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Macca
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear copper colour with a white head which drops away very quickly.

Quite a strong bit of malt on the nose with some resinous hops. Not as hoppy as I would like.

Some tropical fruit notes come through on the palate. Less malt on the palate.

Medium bodied.

This is ok, maybe a good entry point for newbies, but a bit so so for others.

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Photo of dgilks
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light, fruity, slightly metallic aroma with a hint of herbal hops.

Hazy amber colour with a small, off-white head.

There's a hint of hop character, some mild sweet malt and a moderate, harsh bitterness. Overall, not amazing.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp.

A mild, straightforward IPA. Nothing amazing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite a deep orange-red colour, almost verging on red ale territory, but with excellent clarity in the body, although I'm tempted to say that's almost a negative. Head is large-bubbled and frothy, but pretty persistent and consistent nonetheless. Lacing is good. Overall, pretty decent.

Nose is slightly flavoured with lightly sweet citrus, but it's very mild. Mostly, there's a round grainy/bready note, which while not great for an IPA, isn't unpleasant in its own right. Certainly not enough aroma hops for the style, but it's not actually offensive.

Taste is also not offensive, but not particularly interesting either. Here, a coppery bitterness comes through, that sticks around for quite a while. Underlying it is a slight caramel and malt sweetness, with a twang of herbal uplift on the back. It's pretty mild though, which is a poor sign in an IPA - it should be riproaringly raw and full of flavour.

Feel is smooth enough, with a slight spritz of carbonation.

Eh. It's a decent enough brew, but it's really lacking in character, and it's not stylistically good. It's not a good IPA, but it's not an offensive beer to drink. I guess that makes it a "meh" all up.

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Photo of LeeroyAgogo
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a nice fairly clear amber colour, with initially a decent size head. Head retention diminishes quite quickly whilst maintaining a nice amount of lacing.

S - Nothing too overwhelming in the aroma department. Very light aroma for an IPA.

T - Fairly bitter with not a lot of malt coming through. Average presence of hops.

M - Great mouthfeel, goes down quite smooth and enjoyable.

O - As far as IPA's go personally I think it's a little weak, especially in the aroma and abv department. However if you're just getting in to IPA's this is a great beer to start off with as it contains all the characteristics of a good IPA without being to overwhelming.

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Photo of ADZA
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a semi see through light copper hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing really only a dab here and there,the aroma is a combination of melon,pine needles,passionfruit and lots of caramel,it has a rather light bodied mouthfeel to it with hints of caramelized stonefruit,honeydew,lychee,rich toffee and ends with a honey infused floral hoppy finish which is probably more sweet than bitter and overall its pretty easy to drink without being to memorable but in saying that their latest two newest releases are better drinking then anything else they have produced lately.

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Photo of MenInVen
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dirtywaltzer80
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is a classic hop driven ale showing notes of dark stone-fruit and citrus within a complex floral aroma. This traditional English IPA has a clean palate rich with speciality malt sweetness, balanced by a fresh fusion of hop flavour. A rewarding ale, it finishes long and dry with lingering complexity.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, golden, reddish amber. Weak head fades into a ring of foam and then away altogether as it warms. Some lacing.

S - Honey and caramel malts, floral notes.

T - Sweet dark honey and toffee malts, reasonably hoppy.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A pretty decent pale ale in my book. Certainly superior to their Atomic.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper body, one finger head that really looks the part to start with but dies. Lots of sudsy lace.

Very restrained aroma. Not getting a lot at all.

Quite hoppy, but not sharp. Caramel malt arrives. Not sure it's really an English IPA - a little too restrained. As it warms, earthy malts do too - as to style.

Mouthfeel good and medium bodied.

Not a bad attempt.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This caught my eye at the local Sir Daniel Murphy Esquire the Third's and as I'm a fan of any brew that has "Pale Ale" in it's name I thought I would give it a go.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Body and head resemble the appearance of a nice refreshing iced tea. The head started off pretty flat and subsided to a thin densely packed white head... still appealing.

S: The sharp resiny hops hit the nose with the promise of a damn bitter ale, which I'm liking! There is a light background aroma of caramel malts that offer a slight balance to the punchy hops.

T: The sweet caramel malts almost immediately surrender to the sharp resiny and bitter hops... though it's not as bitter as I was expecting from an IPA. The ale offers not a great deal of flavour complexity outside of this.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. A good balance in this department.

D: It's an alright drop, not as heavy as some other IPA's I've tried and I could see myself drinking a few more, however I feel the biggest letdown is the lack of flavour complexity (I don't think I tasted more than one type of hops in this brew). Everything else is decent enough.

Food match: Cheese platter, canapes and tapas... party food.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a quickly fading off-white head.
Nose shows lots of malt with caramel, toffee and some soft citrus hops underneath.
Similarly malty flavours but with a bit of orange/tangerine in there too. Pretty tasty stuff.
Body feels a little light on.
Not very hoppy but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mazstar
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I noticed was the attractive labelling and decent price of $15 for a 6-pack. It certainly looks like both GRB and LWB
are continually expanding their macro dreams.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber and you get a decent head which does fall into a thin foam.

Subdued floral, can get sweet malt on the nose. On the palate, you get a malty front, bit of floral notes and a fairly lacklustre hop finish. There is a bitterness but it isn't very complex.

This beer is actually a decent session beer, it's nothing like James Squire IPA - in a way it's trying to broaden appeal of this style.

If this were AUD$40 - $50 per carton it's a good buy for those wanting something non-offensive but not entirely spectular.

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Photo of brendan13
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear dark orange/amber colour with 3 centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Some floral & candied fruit hop notes. Bit of a light toffee malt touch.
T - Much the same really, floral and candied marmalade like hoppiness with some toffee malt character.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Bit of bitterness.
D - Nothing amazing but still a decent, drinkable english style IPA. Will probably buy again.

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Sleeping Giant IPA from Gage Roads Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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