Gigantic IPA | Gigantic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
96 Reviews
Gigantic IPAGigantic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
giganticbrewing.com

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:
96
Ratings:
465
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
84
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 465
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 Brewhemoth
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thick white head which left good lacing. Head retention was nice. There is light visible activity.
S: Hops up front; citrus, grapefruit, pine, some mango, followed by good bready maltiness maybe even dough-like.
T: Hops. The hop taste somewhat follows the aroma; pine dominant with grapefruit and a little bit of mango. Moderately bitter, smooth build, with a dry finish. There is a solid (caramel) malt backbone. The bitterness hangs nicely.
M: Good medium body. Smooth, coats the mouth very well, and has a bit of a tingle. Carbonation is good for style.

Overall: Really solid IPA and a total pleasure to drink, but nothing out of the ordinary. Flat out tasty.

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Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, tropical fruits (mango), citrus, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, bready caramel malts.

Taste - citrus and leafy hops start this brew followed by the tropical fruits (mango), citrus, grapefruit rind, hint of pine resin, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An American IPA that delivers on all fronts. Easy to drink and the pleasant citrus and leafy hop combo make this an enjoyable one. Sure the hops could be more dialed up for the "hop heads" out there but this one is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops, this is indeed one Gigantic IPA. It’s actually quite an onslaught of fresh hop bitterness and flavor, but manages to have some time for balance. It’s dry finish also makes it quite drinkable at just over 7% ABV. Though it doesn’t stand out amongst the sea on IPAs, it’s certainly a solid example and a reminder of the West Coast’s love for hops.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.3%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Semi-hazy amber, creamy white lacing

SMELL: Floral, piney, citrus skins

TASTE: Creamy, medium-bodied, prickly hop sting, citrus, pine, leaf, resin, earth, sweet, bready malts, juicy apples, dry, chalky aspirin

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

As this baby warmed, it opened up like my baby mama to the idea of (I'll let you fill in the blank, my peeps) after a few wine coolers.

Gigantic delivers an aight floral/citrus hoppy profile with a creamy malt backbone like Goldy Locks blending her morning porridge in a cuisinart.

Not "Pulitzer " status, but pretty doggone good.

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Photo of stephens101
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This reddish-brown brew is crowned with a voluminous tan head that sits tight until closing time. Earthy, resinous hops float from a caramel and fruit base. Tastes of pine and resin followed by caramel, grain and a dim fruitiness. Lighter side of medium with a creamy middle and drier end. Finding this one going down super easy and wishing I had a backup warming up in the bullpen.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Huge letdown. Yet another NW brewer that can't make a proper hop profile. Unimaginative, and the hops on the front end almost come off tasting "mildewy". I've had numerous NW brews that share this trait. The back end is somewhat serviceable, which is why the score isn't lower. Overall, subpar. This may be the last NW brewer I try. Deschutes makes solid offerings, I will stick with them for NW brews.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -6%

A 650ml bomber with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. It's a pretty big beer; hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy marmalade hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of potent hops with hints of pine resin, mild grapefruit, peel, citrus, grass/hay, subtle spice, sweet caramel malt, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A whisper of alcohol in the background.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops and sweet malt with a spicy, bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, grass/hay, spice, caramel malt, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast.

O: A solid American IPA that goes down nicely. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour provide a vigorous dose of hops supported by a backbone of caramel malt. Good body. A tasty treat - the hops could be a little more vibrant but without a date it's hard to know how old the bottle is. At any rate, worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Copper/amber with three fingers of off-white head.
S: Melon in a can with syrup, tropical fruit, citrus. I'm glad this IPA actually smells like an IPA, after the one I tried earlier.
T: I'm still waiting for something else. It's certainly not bad, but it's kind of... not enough. Grassy, but not as strongly so as one might expect. Lots of pale malts, perhaps too much. In general, the flavours just aren't bold enough for an IPA. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a good IPA.
F: Good.
O: Not quite.

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Photo of abuono
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Note: had immediately upon waking up, shortly after brushing teeth (had to catch a flight)... not a review for others as much as a reminder for myself to give this beer another shot if the chance ever presents itself.
- Not impressed. Malt overbearing- not balanced well with hops. Hops that are present are unremarkable- mild bitter nothingness. Not much going on this beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very cartoonish lettering on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some layered snow rime lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of sharp, biscuity caramel malt, white grapefruit rind and dried orange peel, leafy, and kind of metallic mint, sugary tropical fruit, and a bit of astringent pine needle. The taste is more rounded in its maltiness, with a blend of bready, doughy, and caramel notes, a still rather tart grapefruit-led citrus fruitiness, still edgy mint notes, reduced exotic fruit, and a wavering pine/leafy/herbal acridity.

The carbonation is fairly serene in its lilting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, smooth as a biggish IPA can be, and even a little creamy, mostly of the aerated sort. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt not dropping off a whit, while the various hop esters bump heads, jostling for position on my palate.

Overall, a tasty enough Yankee IPA, though the large dive from the nose to the flavour was a certain let-down. Re-righted, all is forgiven, as the alcohol does well to keep its nose clean, and the simplicity of a heretofore complicated hoppy ale reveals itself to me - Imma gonna enjoy the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light piney notes is pretty refreshing. Taste is also a mix between some citrusy hops with nice floral undertones, some light piney notes and some light caramel malt notes with a dry finish and light bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good Northern West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some minty, leafy, piney hops.

The flavor is sweet earthy malts with a big resiny, slightly tarry, bitterness with a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, decent IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a honey color amber with golden yellow hues. Hazy and with an eggshell color head of creamy foam. Bubbles make their way to the top. Delicate and herbal nose. A bit of grapefruit rind, Sugary malt. A bit of pine and as it warms some honey comes forward. The taste is weak. Woody, sugary and very earthy. Not at lal what I was expecting. The grapefruit was weak and overall the beer does not have enough flavor. Thinnnish body. Herbal and like weeds. Drinks better as it warms as the malt comes forward a bit with some strangely out of place caramel. A dry soapy taste at one point. There is a strange and sickly sweet fruit backnote and a conspicuous lack of hop bitter. I mean there's none at all.

I would call this one lacluster and lacking flavor. Earth is the dominant flavor in this one until it warms and then becomes like a sweet light juice punch. It was like a hodgepodge of flavors and none seemed to be working together or to compliment one another. The lack of hop bitter makes this one drink blandly albeit sweetly after it warns.

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces two fingers of eggshell-colored head. Retention is pretty good at two-plus minutes. Lacing is random and chunky. The carbonation is fine and active in the clear dark-golden liquid.

S-The aroma is lighter than I would expect from an IPA clocking in a 7.3% ABV. There is some juicy citrus, floral notes, and some tropical fruit. The hops get a touch soapy and spicy as the beer warms. Malts are toasty and mild.

T-The taste is also on the juicy, fruity, tropical side at first. I get some pineapple and mango, which are nice, but that soapy flavor creeps in towards the finish and kicks up the bitterness a lot. Malts are like toasted bread and mild.

M-The carbonation is pretty smooth and body is medium to light for the style with a slightly oily feel.

O-This beer has an odd juxtaposition of fruity, juicy hop notes like pineapple and citrus, on the one hand, and a soapy, bitter drying flavor, on the other hand. I don't mind these two flavor profiles separately, but putting them together made for a somewhat disjointed beer. On the plus side, the beer looks good and has a nice, drinkable feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very nice brew, but to me, closer to a good hoppy american pale than a true ipa, not quite ad big and bold, and certainly nowhere near as bitter as the industry standard. shiny penny tint to a rather flush golden brew. three quarters of an inch of white head, well layered lace. the nose is a fruity side of hops, some mild grapefruit, but almost candied, its not real bitter but has that nice zesty freshness. a light honey sweetness from the malt, but rather nondescript as far as the grain is concerned. the hops are all throughout this beer, not just in the finish, and while they arent bitter, they are flavorful and delicious, some sappy piney flavors, a little christmas tree in here, but again, no bitterness and a rather zippy quick finish for the style. medium bodied, and i would never ever guess this was 7.3% abv. It drinks like 5%. easy carbonation, light on the palate, and very drinkable. also at just 5 bucks a bomber, its a good every day brew, more a pale than an ipa though, but one i hope sticks around in colorado.

edit: weirdly not quite as compelling on tap. less heady and frothy, and a little sweeter on the grain than i remember it being in the bottle. still delicious, but a little less impressive in draft format...

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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 TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

If one free beer is good, two is even better, right? This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, sweet flowers, light orange zest, light candied lemon peel, and sweet caramel throughout the background. The taste leans heavily toward the pine sap, some new grass, and the dried rinds of the aforementioned fruits. The caramel also comes across a bit drier, almost flaky-tasting. What results is a strange blend of varying bitternesses that all clash with one another. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA, but one whose bitterness just doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny amber with off white finger of film.
Big sugared tangerine nose – yum!
Dried apricot on white toasted sliced pan with light pine, canned orange slices, passionfruit, and floral hops.
Guava end and clean waxy finish.
Lt-med, oily, good bit of cling when it warms.

Light and orangey – Centennial over Simcoe (which shows as maybe a bit of passionfruit.) Never hints at 7.3%. Not the most complex, but bright, balanced, and moreish. An above average PDX IPA.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big white head. Thick surface foam and great retention. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Musty. Some orange hops. Smells sweet. Something slightly funky.

Taste - Orange citrus hops. Sweet pale malts. Some sweet caramel. Musty. Lingering sweetness. Medium bitterness. A hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - A little too sweet and heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not a big fan. Too sweet for me. Not enough flavorful to justify it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste of the Northwest is in good hands with Gigantic Brewing Company. Capturing the citrusy and herbal essence that make the region's hops so zesty manifests in their flagship IPA for a friendly and fruity taste.

Light amber in color, the highlights of gold and orange capture the beer's hazy character. Its unadulterated appearance quickly separates froth from beer as a creamy eggshell-white foam coats the surface with great retention. As the ale fades, it speckles the glass with random lacing.

Bright aromas of hops dominate the nose. Citrusy grapefruit and freshly zested oranges are the main culprits while more floral orange blossom and honeysuckle follow closely behind. Its light honey and thin caramel character seem to give the fruit a juicy boost while more herbal and grassy elements arise heading into taste.

Its faint sweetness greets the tongue with the light grainy sweetness of caramel, biscuit and honey. Sweetness turns dry as the middle palate introduces sharp grapefruit and orange peel, in all their tangy glory. Then as the ale trends even drier and bitter, its light grassy, chivy, and herbal flavors trail in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, the beer's early sweetness and creamy carbonation promotes more a more moderate mouthfeel. But a quick drying delivers acute citrus pith bitterness and mild alcohol warmth with light vegetative astringency lingering just behind the resinous bitterness.

With a slightly more elevated "tangy" citrus character, the ale's smooth bitterness, drier tone and short-lived malt sweetness really hits home the taste that makes Northwest ales so delicious (minus the taste or aroma of the hippies).

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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 AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very pale, very clear. Nice head good lacing.

Fresh grass and citrus. Herbal.

Bitter, hoppy, and typically American. Solid, drinkable IPA with crisp malt backbone. Dry and refreshing. Moreish.

Not outstanding, but very good. Sturdy. Reliable. What you expect is what you get. Would have again. Recommended.

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Photo of jdb288
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours golden yellow with light white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma is strongly floral with some bread and hay notes. Taste is earthy, muted hop and resin. Not much citrus. Not as complex as some of the bigger names in this style. Dry finish.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Gigantic IPA is a decent IPA...it pours a slightly hazy copper with frothy white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is has fresh hop that is leaning towards pine. The taste is balance nicely with a sweet malt that helps to curtain the bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and worth a shot.

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Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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