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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:
442
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.15%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
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For Trade:
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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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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange jam, finger off-white head,
amazing lacing

S: lemon zest, mild hard candy, hint of floral

T: lemon peel, malt, candy, hint of chalky earth
floral bitter finish

M: med body, semi-oily mouth, mild dry finish

O: Interesting brew. Always love new finds.
Solid IPA. Curious to explore of their offerings.

GOOD; NOT ESSENTIAL!

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich and tangy hopped-up brew. Attractive light amber with the orange tint. Plenty of head poured into the big New Belgium snifter. Suds last well in the glass. Interesting aroma of grapes and pomegranates.

Sweet and tangy on the tongue at first sip. Lots of malt to give this a more substantial body. Big mango and lime peel flavors with a slide into the bittet side of candied grapefruit peel.

Even being not a huge IPA fanatic, this is really a good hoppy beer. Plenty of bitterness as you sip, but you are rewarded by the deep fruity flavors. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep reddish orange hue with little to no head.

S- Sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pear.

T- Sweet and grainy on the front end with a wave of grapefruit and bitterness that washes over the tongue.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- A very nice beer, especially after it warms up.

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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head that settles into a surface coating. Aromas of tangy caramel with a spicy highlight and tropical fruit blend. Pretty tangy and dynamic nose. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit providing sweetness, along with a tart character. Resinous hops come through the backbone, as well as build towards the end of the palate. Pepper spicing brings some balance to the palate. Robust, smooth body that is slightly effervesced by the carbonation throughout. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, once again tropical fruit, leading to a sweet, fruity, and slightly dry finish. Tasty brew, and not as hop heavy as most IPAs have become nowadays.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Bring on the Beer.

It pours a slightly hazy gold, forms a nice 1 finger head of foam, and leaves some lovely lacing.

Man, there's a lot of lemon citrus in the nose with some hints of some malt...bread or biscuit. I like taking whiffs cuz I like that lemony aroma.

The smell was a bit deceiving vs the taste. I don't get a whole lot of lemon citrus here..it's mostly biggish piney notes with a solid biscuit malt flavour that really balances the hops and malts. Even swishing the beer in my mouth doesn't bring out much of that lemony goodness. As the beer warms, I do get some citrus, mild as it is but it helps.

Well, this is an interesting brew that improves as it warms but still doesn't hit my comfort zone, which is VERY wide for the style. Just an above average IPA.

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