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Ginormous Imperial IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Ginormous Imperial IPAGinormous Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Developed in a secret testing facility deep in S.E. Portland, Ginormous is powered by seven mighty hops. His mission is simple; to deliver a massive hop punch to those in need.

Beer Style: Imperial IPA ABV: 8.8% 100+ IBU

Label Artist: Rob Reger

Notes: A myriad of juicy citrus hop aromas and flavors envelope your mouth. Definitely not a bitter IIPA, just enough to balance the sweetness of the alcohol.

Availability: All the damn time in Oregon, Washington, California, British Columbia, Alberta, Chicago, Colorado, Hatos Bar in Tokyo.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky apricot to light copper, with a finger of off-white head that is both frothy and rocky. Some good looking cling to the glass once it dissipates and some flakey floaties (maybe because I didn’t let it stand upright long enough when I removed it from the fridge). But, I happen to not mind the floaties gives me something to scrutinize - almost like sea monkeys so small you aren’t too sure if they are real or just floating debris.

Aromatics: Sweet and flowery. Pretty middle-of-the-road not wanting to give up too much to the nose, but there are some nice citrus, light caramel biscuit, and even some faint bubblegum interweaving in there.

Taste: Ginormous IPA is big on flavour without going too overboard. It has a wonderful balance of hop headiness and sweet maltiness. A somewhat boozy intro but is quickly overcome with its it’s slick saccharin tendencies and bold but tempered pine resin finish that has a sprig or two of licorice and juniper after-flavour.

Feel: Believe it or not, it is actually close to being buttery smooth. There is some super fine grit provided by the carbonation but overall I think it is as smooth as one can get given its style. A decent middleweight and a lot of positive qualities for its 8.8%ABV and 100+ IBU? anatomy… not sure I can believe it is 100+ IBU, you would think it doesn’t have that kind of bitter weight, but then again - maybe it does and it is just expertly controlled!

Overall: Loved it. From the label to the flavour. Of course I am hugely biased in this regard (see my pairing notes). But as an IPA, I like that it is pretty sweet for an extra strong without causing me to gag on dirt finish. I think “The Bros.” have this one pegged correctly. It is a winner for me.

Pairing : I’ve been holding out for this one a long time. It has a Mazinger style robot on the label, and Mazinger/Getter Robo (Shogun Warriors for the US crowd) was my favourite cartoon growing up. So I had to wait till I had the day to myself, no kids, no wife, just me and my DVD player and the first 5 episodes of the original Mazinger Z (1972). I didn’t have enough of this brew to make it last more than 3 episodes let alone trying to get through 5, but I did my best and it was great! Although I think Gigantic’s Grimalkin Amorphotron is better, this is a great second placer for me. And thank the gods that it is close to Halloween because I have been jonez'n for a good Frankenberry or Boo Berry cereal for almost a year (and luckily it’s Frankenberry year! Just picked it up this morning.) Gotta love that sugary sweetness with the bitters in the IPA, I went with about 1/4 cup of milk as opposed to a 1/2 cup, I didn’t want to curdle or disrupt the finer flavours in the brew. Now all my nostalgia aside, this IPA is a great compliment to anything spicy, and for me (if I wasn’t eating a bowl of cereal ) I’d love to try this with a really spicy chili or Chinese hot n sour soup. I think the flavour palate on this particular IPA shouldn’t be complicated with more than one flavour domain - so go spicy to balance the sweet, or go sweet to enhance the wonderful caramel malts.

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Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the refrigerated section at the Belmont Station in Portland this past Saturday. Not as awesome after 8/7/16 so here is hoping it has lived it's life in the fridge after bottling.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of fresh citrus.

Taste is very well balanced between the caramel and pale malt hop base and the citrus and tropical hopping used. So easy drinking!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very enjoyable double IPA that I am glad that I picked up on my Oregon journey this week!

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Photo of zonker17
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle BB 11/12/16 consumed 8/17/16 poured to shaker. Amber color, consistent stream of bubbles, thick head that stays with it, good lacing. Pine is primary on the nose followed by tropical fruits. Bitter dominates the taste, subtle malt sweetness. Above average body and carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, mahogany color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong piney hops, citrus hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hop resin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong piney hops, citrus hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hop resin, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, great blend, good feel, and good complexity.

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper, almost light brown color. Clear. Expected head producing some streaks on the glass.

I get a pineapple, grapefruit smell. Semisweet start with a light toast touch.

The flavor comes across more malty than the smell suggests, but not nearly as sweet. The hop acts as a balance while the alcohol really comes out, warming the throat. The finish is mostly balancing bitterness with a touch of sweetness. The body leans rich with a neutral effervescence.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this suddenly available in Texas.
Bottle art caught me. Let's try it.
In a glass: terrific lacing first and foremost here, and it's a nice deep copper body with barely any visible carbonation. When tilted the liquid appears rich. Nice DIPA appearance.
Nose is distant tropical pines, with pineapple and some citrus/ some lemon.
Taste is crisp hops with a bitter bite, and a fairly sweet malt backbone backing it up. Light pine flavor with a unique citrus medley resulting from their 7 hop varieties used.
It feels to me perfect for an imperial IPA, as I find myself swishing it around my mouth much more than usual when sipping this style. It's chewy and a bit sticky, yet the remnants of flavor that remain from each sip sit incredibly well, creating a most satisfying aftertaste. I credit the malts for this. Well balanced for all that's involved. Earthy tones and reappearing citrus notes remind me I'm enjoying something more complex than usual.
Another refreshing DIPA that isn't afraid of restraining the bitterness in order to display its true character.

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Photo of JayQLaw
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant surprise! Poured into an IPA glass with 1/4" head. Beautiful honey color. My description would be spicy on the tongue, in a pleasant way. Above average carbonation (which I am partial to). The finish was surprisingly fruity with a lack of bitterness found in many DIPAs. The alcohol is there, at 8.8%, but you don't notice it. This is a top-tier imperial IPA. Disappointed I only bought one!

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Photo of anon
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden copper hue, decent finger width off-white head with some good lace.

Smell is more malt forward than hops, lots of crystal malt, orange peel, pine and caramel.

Unfortunately this is one of a few DIPAs that is too malt forward for me. Pine and tropical fruits are present but the malt takes over and makes this one a bit too sweet for me. Not enough bite from the seven hop varieties.

Dry finish, light lingering bitterness and malt sweetness. Meh.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, foamy, tan head with a lot of lacing. The aroma is citrus, tangerine and orange, honey, caramel malt and grain. The flavor is very smooth from the malt, and there is a bit of that alcohol burn. Hops are herbal, bitter, and spicy with pine and citrus notes. Juicy and resinous, full of flavor. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz CrowlerCrowler from Morans
L - dark, foamy looks like an IPA
S - Too malty, hard to find the hops
T - again too malty
F - a little rough on the tounge
O - This was from a CrowlerCrowler that I let sit a little long, maybe that's why it seemed weak..

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrusy, very slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy, very slight pine note, nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a pretty nice brew.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- clear copper color, nice size head, nice lacing
S- wonderful hoppy aroma, piney hops
T- piney hops, bit of citrus fruit, well balanced
M- medium bodied
D- very good, definitely want to have it again

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber-gold with loose white froth with legs. 3.75
Orange leaf, lemon bark, and herbs. 3.5
Blonde caramel, then lemonade, lime twist, pine needle, and a touch of mango. 3.75
Lemsip end and ringing linger.
Oily, halfway to medium, some chew. 3.75

There’s a sharp, tannic thing on the nose - overhopped? Vermont-y in being juicy and hazy (though not cloudy.) Bright, but with a verbena, oily lead thing that just doesn’t sit well. Out of sync, somehow. 3.75

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours clear dark reddish gold with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity crystal/caramel malt with some candy sugar and some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel / crystal malt with a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. A bit too sweet and malty with not enough hop character.

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Photo of JPNesker
2.11/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another hop bomb. Blah blah meh. So bored of these palate destroyers. Beer as hot sauce. Like willfully putting yourself through frosh week. Just massive hop blast. No nuance. No subtly. This trend is idiotic.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resinous Tropical BOMB with an OH, so smooth & pillowy mouthfeel, especially for 8.8%. This is one of the better Citra forward west coast DIPAs I've had in a while. Really impressed with this one, and I'm picky as all hell with hoppy beers. 8.8% ABV no where to be found. My only complaint in NO BOTTLE DATING.

I've seen this beer on shelves for at least a year and never thought twice to pull the trigger, mostly because of the generic brewery name, beer name, and artwork on the label, as it all comes together looking extremely gimmicky. Also because no bottle date on their hoppy brews, especially when a bomber costs upwards of $9.99. Spend more time worrying about that than your "artwork" and slogan quotations on the bottle, and you'll sell more beer.

Rant over. The beer is good. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Resin, Juicy, Brash, Bitter

Gigantic throws down hard with Ginormous, flexing their muscles and boasting 100+ IBUs in this DIPA. So friggin juicy with piney undertones, its hop bitterness does punish our palates for at least the first few sips. There is some malt base there but the hops won’t let go There is also a balanced softness, but perhaps that’s just our tastebuds numbing from this massive humulus smackdown. This beer surpasses the very high benchmark many PacNW brewers have already set for this style.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA | ABV: 8.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of stevoj
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Berts Growler Garage. Dark but clear amber with foamy, airy head. Aroma is straight up hops, piney, resinous, slightly funky, slightly musty. Taste is dank and pungent, mouth feel is sticky. A hop bomb for sure, big, bold and sassy.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber color with minimal head. Lots of tropical fruits in the aroma along with some caramel and bread. This beer is really sweet, the malts completely take over the taste and bury any hop bitterness. The tropical fruit flavors hang around but don't really come together as I hoped. Chewy mouthfeel only exasperates the sweetness.

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Photo of Jetlag767
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The creamy lace has yet to leave the side of my glass. Smooth, with the six hops perfectly balanced to create something not overly bitter. Anyone who likes a mild IPA could appreciate this nicely balanced brew. BTW, the lace is still covering my glass with a thin head. Nice!

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Photo of oceanman907
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Crystal Clear dark amber. Nice off white head, good lacing
S- Piney, citrus, slightly grassy, pretty boiler plate for a pacific northwest DIPA, no alcohol
T- Very citrusy bouquet, some pine, really refreshing beer for the 8.8%
M- Really nice light body for how it feels good carbonation.
O- A good DIPA with nice citrus qualities, but really only loses marks because it does not stand out.

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Photo of Awaste_cultus_fermentum
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First post and new here, we thank you for the space to talk beer! Dark copper color. Smells like citrus and hops. I really like the balance of hops and malt. I get a hint of citrus at the back of the tongue. Charcoal at the end. Smooth with a bit of malt viscous. Great beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank straight from the bottle so I'll give it a 3.5 as a placeholder.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, tropical fruit and candied sugar with some earthy notes and malty sweetness. Smells pretty good overall yet not crazy hoppy for a DIPA, but again I will reserve judgement until I get this in a glass unlike sniffing it from the bottle like I did today.

Tastes sweet and fruity up front, with the malt and graham cracker breaking through at first only to get washed across the tongue by the zesty citrus and piney hops that include a mix of tangerine, pineapple, lemon, light red grapefruit, caramel, a dash of brown sugar, biscuit, pine cone and some oily hop essence like a wet hop oil squeezed from the hop cones. Very mild bitterness and a maltier taste overall, but the balance is spot on and there is no sign of the 8.8% ABV, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and the lack of bitterness is surprising, but the beer felt good and smooth, slick even, with a medium body and mild carbonation. Overall very easy to drink, sessionable for a DIPA and well balanced. This was a solid beer that I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my IPA glass.
A - Deep golden color with a white head that reduces slowly...
S - Kind of a subdued aroma, not all hoppy like you might expect. Some fruit.
T - This very well balanced. While all of the typical IPA flavors are present - a little citrus, a little piney, a little bready - there's nothing over the top. And really no bitterness. Very drinkable.
M - Medium mouth feel, and a little sticky.
O - I really liked this. Very solid brew and I will buy it again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up in CO Springs..

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Pineapple & breadyness, mangos

T: Pineyness, breadyness, pineapple & grapefruit up front. A little mango creeps in as this warms, plus breadyness & pineapples. Finishes a little piney, somewhat dry, & a little cakey, some grapefruit as well

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, faint grittiness to this. Nice balance

Drinks very easy, well worth your consideration

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