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Ginormous Imperial IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company

very good
33 Reviews
Ginormous Imperial IPAGinormous Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 193
Photo of anon
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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 +1%
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 -12.8%
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 +8.2%
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 +5.9%
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 -5.9%
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 -18.9%
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 -46.2%
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 +10.7%
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 +8.4%
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 -3.1%
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 -13.8%
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 +13%
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%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden body under a few fingers of off-white foam; left lots of lace mess down the glass

S: plenty of fruity aromas - from orange to tropical to melon; faint floral impressions

T: juicy, juicy, juicy - citrusy orange and cantaloupe and honeydew; deeper pine and caramel resin add some depth; sweet and fresh-squeezed-tasting

M: medium body with some chew and some carbonation to the otherwise smooth feel; some stickiness on the finish

O: very nice fruity DIPA in the modest abv range - some heft to the drink, and sweet more than bitter. A nice, disticnt entry to the style.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht

From a bomber into a snifter
Beer #88

APPEARNACE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foamy cap and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and lacing coats the glass as it empties. Looks good.

SMELL: Caramel and melon with lots of pine, citrus hops, melon and grass on the nose. Bold aromas of pine and citrus are quite enticing. Good stuff.

TASTE: Melon, caramel and grassy hops up front. Lots of bitter pine at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of caramel, butterscotch, bitter pine, citrus lemon hops and a slight, faint touch of soapiness as well. Lots of bitterness lingers. Flavorful and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, enough weight goes down smooth and silky and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Really nice feel. Fuller with enough weight and an appropriate but not overarching dryness after the swallow.

OVERALL: This was great. Lots of good flavor and a great feel to boot. Lots of family resemblance to their IPA, which is also a really nice brew. A top notch DIPA and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style. Nice to see this come all the way to Utrecht. Recommended.

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Photo of Braz
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. Amazing aromatics. Pine resin and earthy notes. Taste is mildly sweet. Notch for bitterness here but the hop bomb is there, just masked. Heavy and very enjoyable iipa.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to shaker pint

Pours a hazy reddiish gold, with less than a finger of off white head, dies down to a film.

Smell is an attractive citrus melange... orange, grapefruit and a little pine.

Flavor follows the nose, a bit more piney. Balanced to the bitter side, but not over the top. Malt notes are subdued, but there is a rockin' hot alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel seems a little thing for an IIPA... sneakily drinkable for almost 9%

Overall a very nice elixir that should meet with approval from many hopheads. A bit lacking in malt character and body, but hard to hold that against a beer so well hopped

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of head on a clear darker straw body.
The aroma is lots of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, orange; plus some pine.
The taste is super drinkable. Moderate pine bitterness with some mango and pineapple to mellow it out.
The texture is crisp.
An outstanding IIPA and almost too easy to drink.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Bomber served fresh and cold into a shaker pint glass.

Ginormous (great name, by the way) is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thick with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with tons of grapefruity citrus.

Flavor is bold and full of great hop character. It's got all the citrus you could want plus plenty of pine. There is a good and simple malt bill to keep the bitterness in check but it's still a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and drinkable for the style.

Overall an excellent double IPA and worth getting again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%

22oz non-dated bottle, picked up in Boulder Co.

Pours hazy, dark gold with an inch-plus head of white. A solid skim coat for the duration with plenty of tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with citrus and pine. Hints of peach, mango, and apricot. Not very pungent or floral, or perhaps just faded.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Bright citrus fruit starts the palate. Heavy on the mango and apricot with shades of melon and tangerine. Light malt and drying with low bitterness.

Finishes with lingering tropical hops, a trace of biscuity malt and, and a faint bitterness.

I can tell this beer has potential, especially a fresh example.

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Ginormous Imperial IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.
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