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Gigantic IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company

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86
very good
91 Reviews
Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DaftCaskBC on 06-05-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
441
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.15%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
80
For Trade:
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 441
Photo of InsideLiquorMan
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A favorite IPA of mine. Awesome bottle and even better taste. I will admit I just decided to drink it straight from the bottle when I first bought it, but have since moved on to actually pouring and enjoying the look of the beer. Amazing aroma of hops that kicks you right in the nose. Pack with citrus and floral smells that make you want to drink it through your nostrils. Taste is one that makes you sit back and let out a content sigh of relief after a hard day's work. Does a great job at hiding that strong ABV while also remaining true to the basic building blocks that make up the distinctive taste of a killer IPA.

A beer sadly dismissed by people who will drink Keith's, but not this. A fine IPA and a fine beer all around.

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Photo of bsonk
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Very orange, with little head. The appearance almost foreshadows the citrusy taste.
S: Hoppy, beery, good.
T: Biting citrus with an almost floral background, fading to warm booziness. Orange peels and hops and alcohol and goodness.
M: The kind of tart that makes one red in the face. Smooth, not thick, not watery. The carbonation and bitterness leave a tang on the tip of the tongue.
O: A very good beer. Refreshing, drinkable, and a great every day IPA. Bottle bears cute shout-outs to Portland with a reference to The Simpsons (the taste "embiggens" with every drink) and to Reed College, across the street from the brewery (Reed's mascot the Doyle Owl).

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Photo of loren01
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Purchased this at By the bottle in Vancouver. Pours a clear orange color with good sized head.
S: Smell is very citrusy, grapefruit, tangerine. Slight bit of caramel malt.
T: Slight malt up front followed by big citrusy hop bite at the end.
M: Medium bodied, carbonation feels about right to me.
O: This is a really good IPA, glad I picked this up.

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Photo of zonker17
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured to shakers. Amber color with 1 finger head, good lacing. Mild nose of pine, grass, fruit. Very well balanced taste between the malt and hops, pretty much perfect. Malt is a little bit toasty, and the hop flavors and bitterness are mild. The brewery is called Gigantic, but this beer is not, and I would not change a thing. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Sweet yellow grapefruits, oranges, toasty malts. Smells great.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit juice, citrus rinds, toasty malts, more juicy citrus fruits. Yum.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. This stuff is great. Everything I like in an ipa and abv is really well hidden.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden red color, nice head from a low carbonation. A little too smooth on the tongue for me. Nose is all hops, with fresh cut hay (in a good way) and a little creme brulee. Flavor is nutty, with lemon at first fading to a grapefruit. Damn fine IPA.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orange with a standard head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - hops: big citrus, mild spice, mild pine, hint of floral. Mild malt bill with a judicious use of caramel. Neutral yeast.

T - mimics the aroma. Centennial citrus forward with a soft, spicy hop finish. Mild sweetness. The hops provide more flavor than bitterness. I like bitter beers, but they don't need to be bitter to be enjoyable. This beer delivers juicy hop flavor minus the bitterness.

M - medium body. Creamy. Medium and pleasant bitterness with a short sustain.

O - there are so many great IPAs on the market. This one isn't super extreme, but it's far from weak and it does a very nice job of being hoppy, highly aromatic and flavorful without assaulting your senses with 200+ibu. The $5.99 bomber price was a STEAL compared to my local $8-$12 prima donnas and frankly, this is a better beer anyway. Hellooo Gigantic. Welcome to IL!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange with a big sticky off white head.

A little bit of malty sweetness in the aroma more than balanced out by fresh citrus hops. Not a ton of complexity, but the citrus is nice.

Starts off with a bit of citrus followed by a little malty sweetness then BAM intense grapefruit and pine hops finishing very dry. Grapefruit pith lingers on the back of the tongue. Excellent.

Dry and hoppy perfect for a west coast IPA. Medium to light bodied.

Very tasty beer and much more than I was expecting. Not all aspects shine, but it has one of the best finishes of any IPA's I've tried recently.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice very slight cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice islands and some sticky lacing behind. The noes is hoppy, slightly malty, with some pretty nice citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, slight malt note, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. My first from this brewery.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" tan colored head over cloudy orange amber liquid.

S: Grapefruit, lemon and pine hops.

T: Grapefruit, lemon and pine hops with a rich malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: This very citrusy IPA is very drinkable.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep orangey-copper colour with a slight beige head. This is quite a big IPA but it drinks very easily. The nose is loaded with tangy, citrusy hops. And the palate follows suit with a very distinct grapefruit peel/rind flavour. Tasty! The finish is nice and dry and altogether this is amazingly refreshing for 7.3% ABV.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.10.12.

A new Portland Brewery, why not?

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a fluffy tan to off-white head. Good retention. Very Pretty pour.

S - Pine, grass, orange, tropical fruit. I could smell it as soon as I poured it.

T - Mostly bitter pine and grass. Subtle mango finish.

D - Great carbonation with a medium perfectly balanced body.

O - Very, very nice IPA. I could smell the hops as soon as the cap was poppped. I wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed this one. If you are a hop head, grab some.

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Photo of jschwanke84
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Live review.

A: Pours a 2 finger off-white/cream head. Golden orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good retention. Great lace. Looks like a standard light IPA.

S: Citrus! Orange and grapefruit with sweet malts. Not much balance and citrusy hops overpower, but it is kind of nice and refreshing...

T: Very much like it smells. Citrus and sweet malts. Orange is strong from the get go. Surprisingly piney hops finish it off with grapefruit that lingers. Excellent from beginning to end. The lingering grapefruit is very nice and the pine was a pleasant an unexpected surprise. Didn't see that coming.

M: Medium body. Acidic and a little sticky. May be a bit light on the carbonation. Nice bite at the finish.

O: This is a great American IPA. Not my favorite Oregon IPA but it is very good and I would buy it on tap, but probably not in the $6 bomber again. Everything comes together nicely and the intense orange and grapefruit citrus is an awesome combo with the piney hops. This is a win for Gigantic. Not too hoppy with minimal bitterness. Recommended to any beer drinker.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark orange body and a pearl white head with a lot of lacing. Smell is pretty mild, tangerines, orange blossoms, grapefruit rind. Taste has a lot of malty sweetness, tons of crystal malt (too much). Total hop juice, extremely fruity with the primary note being oranges, kumquats, grapefruit. Great stuff, wish they'd swap the crystal malt for something different though.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bomber into a snifter
Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with excellent retention. Perfectly clear safety 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: Lots of grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon notes, some pine and honeydew melon on the nose. Light caramel as well. Aromatic and enticing.

TASTE: Honeydew melon, caramel and grapefruit up front. Lots of hops at the swallow with grapefruit flavors, citrus lemon, bitter pine and grassy hops lingering on the palate. Flavorful with some nice bitterness, but not quite as impressive as the nose had advertised.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry. Lighter and smooth with a dry finish. Very nice.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable beer for sure. The aroma is perhaps a little more impressive than the flavor, which could be a touch more forthcoming, but this is a quality example of the style and a pleasure to drink overall. Check it out if you get the chance. Recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 from Stankonia...Thanks Chris!! Poured into my little Stone tap-takeover glass.. great white head... perfectly clear orange brew.. nice lacing.

Nose is a big melon bowl punctuated with some tangerine zest...

Flavor mirrors the nose.... very fruity hoppiness... surprisingly low bitterness given the PNW heritage... juicy fruits... melon, tangerine, cara oranges, some background pineapple..

Body is good and so is the carbonation.

I've had this one a couple of times but never given in much thought until tonight and I should punch myself... this is a great IPA... very very fruity... Folks need to pay better attention to Gigantic.

4/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium gold with hues of orange, three fingers of creamy white head left ample lacing down the glass

S: clean and fruity citrus and floral aromas over grains suggestive of crackers and honey

T: juicy orange and tropical flavors with pithy bitterness edged by caramel sweetness; hop bitterness builds with each drink

M: medium-bodied with some fizz amid the smooth ale; moderate carbonation and subtle bittering

O: fresh-tasting and first-class, featuring Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops. New to my store and a welcome addition. Recommended.

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Photo of thezach
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light pine and oranges on aroma, beautiful lacing, low fluffy head, delicious floral piney notes with bitter orange rind and slight orange aroma and a rich crystal malt profile. Medium body, good medium carb. Orange color and white head. Overall this is incredibly easy and fun to drink, plus it's just so darn pretty to look at.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice, clear orangish color with a medium dirty white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S: Nice citrus and light tropical fruits really dominate the nose along with some breadiness

T: The taste is an immediate blend of light orange peel, lemon zest, tangerines, pineapple with some light bread. These flavors linger on leaving a nice slightly slick but still rather clean with a nice hop bite on the end

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, airy and fruits really whop the taste buds

O: Very good overall.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Amber-orange with good clarity. Off white head retains at a half inch. Thin, broken webs of lacing.

S: Floral and fresh cut grass notes. Soft pine and earth. White grapefruit and tangerine slices. Blood orange and perhaps a hint of passion fruit too. Light grain and caramel malt tones underneath. Very focused and clean.

T: Oily and spicy hops. Pine and earth. Grassy. Bitterness is on the gentler side. Juicy citrus notes of blood orange, tangerine, white grapefruit. Passion fruit too. Toasty and lightly grainy, dry caramel. Oily hops trail into a soft and easy finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Filling in the mouth and softly creamy. It glides easily through the mouth. Sharp carbonation adds a strong, crisp bite that refreshes and quenches. Super quaffable overall.

O: Impressive craftsmanship here. Such a tightly honed and focused IPA. It teases a lot of great flavors out of old reliable hop strains. It's super drinkable and scores a ton of points for drinkability. I'd gladly park my ass on a barstool and drink this all night.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/8/12 from notes

A hazy orange with just a few slow bubbles but a very well sustained two fingers cream colored foam. the foam every so slowly falls to a thick film leaving several distinct rings of lace

S lots of tropical citrus with some guava, slight perfume and some spruce, biscuit and toffee

T lime and lemon rind on top of what I smell, some sweet orange as it warms and I'm not sure where the booze is hiding

M more bubbles then visible, slightly creamy and a little gritty, a nice bite and zero booze with a lingering aftertaste of rind

O pretty solid stuff from a brewery I've never heard of, well concealed booze and a nice hop profile

I'll be keeping my eye out for some other stuff from these guys, my first impression was a good one

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Photo of Hendry
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gigantic IPA is new to the shelves in Vermont, and I decided it was worth a try for a $6 bomber. This IPA was a pleasant surprize as soon as I popped the top: right away, from the bottle it has that whiff of tropical fruit, and it pours nicely with a cloudy copper tinge leaving a generous creamy head that lasts a good long time. Solid lacing in my imperial pint glassware.

The nose lets you know up front this has all the preliminary elements of a solid IPA: grapefruit,melon, nectarine and bread dough come to mind. The carbonation seems well suited and the flavors are complex and follow the aroma for the most part. There is a lingering aftertaste that is bitter,slightly bready and with a smack of caramel, but with a slight soapiness to it that detracts on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden, and a reasonably decent IPA overall.

All in all, this is a bomber worth a try if you enjoy hoppy,citrusy West Coast IPAs. I would buy McNeil's Sunshine IPA before this one: the price is more reasonable with a superior nose, flavor and finish.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gigantic just took one GIGANTIC step into the crowded VT market. I love new choices.

Pours a light copper with a huge 'effin head into my glass. Is it just me or are you happy to be foamy? Ok, that sucked. No more jokes.

This one borders more on the pine side of the hop fence with just a slight touch of citrus. Smells about right for the Oregon coast.

The taste confuses the mind though. Very clean, crisp with a mango-like aftertaste. Definitely a bit of citrus. Bread. The usual staples of a good IPA.

Lingering bread and citrus. Yum. I like this.

I welcome our Gigantic overlords with open hands. Fucking right it's worth a shot if hops are your forte.

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Photo of VanMilder
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance, but acceptable. Orange ish/copper color. Big citrus aromas backed by subtle spice and perfumey notes, the centennial and cascade are the stars of the dh addition, simcoe didn't come through as much as would have liked. Nice bitterness that isn't overwhelming, I'm guessing that centennial and crystal are the featured bittering hops. Great, almost creamy mouth feel, appropriate carbonation. Solid from start to finish.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with one finger of puffy white head. The smell is lovely - more orange than many of the IPA's I encounter. The body has layers of malt and resin that make it extremely satisfying. The overall package is great - awesome label that celebrates all that is great about Portland's beer scene.

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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.
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