Gigantic / Three Floyds - Axes Of Evil
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #15
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,992
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
111
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Notes: Gigantic & Three Floyds Unleash this true weapon of mass distraction. Citrus, floral and tropical hoppiness lead to full malt flavor from proper English malt, kilned over Welsh coal. Brewed for those of us that live and die in the timbers army and Section 8.
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 111
Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle compliments of Wasatch, thanks John!

Pours a hazy orange gold with heaps of long lasting foam. Lacing is pretty impressive as well.

I get caramel malt, lemon and orange citrus in the smell. The hops also impart a berry like aroma.

Orange, more like a tropical fruity with berries taste and caramel malt sweetness that kicks it into balance overdrive. Malt gets somewhat earthy after more than a few sips but more of a toasted malt flavour.

Light side of medium bodied, excellent carbonation.

So tasty.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 fl oz bottle on December 31, 2017. Look is dark amber with a thick head and spotty lacing. Smell is floral with sweet malt notes. Taste is malty and earthy with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, some citrus complex (orange, tangerine). The taste is pretty nice, malty, some sweetness, slight hop, nice little citrus complex (orange, tangerine). Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, pretty tasty.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Slightly toasty biscuity malt, floral notes, citrus, hints of tropical fruit and spice, and caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, orange, lemon, tropical fruit, mango, papaya, slightly earthy spice, toasty biscuity malt, and honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For a collaboration between Gigantic and 3 Floyds I was expecting something a little more intense, but for an English Pale it's quite nice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a neat pale ale, apparently brewed in collaboration with the famous three floyds. subtle nuance in familiar styles is something i have been more and more interested in lately, and the grain profile on this beer is awesome. its maybe loosely english, very earthy, toasted, warming, full, even mildly peaty or something, still dry though, which makes an interesting and drinkable pale ale that looks pretty in the glass. the hop profile is grassy and nicely bitter, but sort of mild as they go. this whole thing is all fairly subtle, but its different enough to stand out for me. kind if interesting in that i know both these breweries to be a little more brash and obvious with things, so this was a cool surprise. smooth mouthfeel, slight nuttiness to the malt later on, and a flavorful ale yeast that dries it out nicely in the finish. lingering citrusy bitterness is all that remains after the swallow. a soft honey note throughout and the wet earthy grain are what i will remember most. cool beer, i could drink this indefinitely.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a golden bronzed color with a fair transparency about it. Some carbonation found it's way rising to the top. Not much of a head, was just above a film and it left just a touch of clingy filmy lace.
The aroma had some sweet to bitter earthy and grassy hops up front enchanting some of the soapy malts cleanly and sweetly. A very low amount of tobacco leafiness slides in underneath.
The flavor was moderately sweet blending the sweet portion of the hops to the malts and bringing in a little bit of earthy spice. Smooth yet semi-earthy spicy and clean soapy malted aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate, though just a hair above than normal for the style.
Overall, pretty nicely done English pale ale that I could come back to. Pass the fish n' chips!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Tradwr Joe in Salem Oregon. $4.59 LOve love love the Gigantic label art! Slightly cloudy deep golden ale with a nice small creamy thick white head. Aroma is slightly tropical but not much more than a piece of papaya.. Taste is fruity ..papaya, maybe mango but also toffee and earthy..strange but its all good. Mouth fel is rather good.soft carbonation and silky feel. An odd beer ..not really and EPA..but i liked it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange-tinted amber brew with a fluffy, sticky head in the tall Faust Weizen glass. There is just a kiss of hops in the aroma and a scratch of bitterness in the aftertaste. In between it's biscuity malt and a little fruit. Spritzy and light bodied in the mouth.

There are some touches of orange, caramel, and sweet challah bread. Nicely balanced with crisp slight acidity but mellow overall. This is a highly drinkable beer. If only it were in cans with a soothing British travel poster scene on the label. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Collab brew with 3 Floyds. Light copper color. Slightly cloudy. Foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, honey and orange zest. Herbal and floral notes. Flavor is bread, grass, grapefruit, apples, orange, and stone fruit. Hints of peppercorn and herbs. Finish is "chewy", and mouthfeel is thick. Nonetheless, there are plenty of good flavors to make this a pleasant experience. A very well balanced and enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - hmmm...based on the guest quote here, Lemmy & Co. must have lived next door to me (maybe in the old Polish lady's basement?) for a while before he moved on.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some craggy old forest growth lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells lightly of muddled tropical fruit, a certain hard water flintiness, mild ashy notes, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of buttered white toast, and more subtle leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a still hard to parse citrusy, exotic, and pome fruitiness, some wet stone essences, more lightly buttery toastiness, and some still plain herbal, grassy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly meek in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, but for a wee clammy pithiness that seems to be there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the blended malt, faltering fruit, and lingering forest floor detritus making a day of it.

Overall - I'm not really seeing where the big, bad American hop influence comes into play here. Maybe a bit with that tepid tropical attempt, but otherwise, this is a standard, well-wrought English version of the style, what with the focus on malt and unrequited hop love, as such.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% abv pale ale featuring English malts and kilned over Welsh coal... Clear, medium gold body, a few fingers of white foam atop... flowery and citrusy aromas followed by mild citrus and tropical fruits on the sip... Little bit o' pine resin tack on the tongue; moderate bitterness, subdued sweetness... Slim feel, modest carbonation, quick drinking... some tackiness lingers behind... Brewed again for Gigantic's fifth anniversary....

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

An interesting collaboration with Three Floyds in that it’s not some over-hyped whale of a beer style. It’s simply a solid take on an English Pale Ale with an Americanized hoppy twist. Flavorful, balanced and easy to drink. We’re definitely looking forward to trying more beers and collaborations from Gigantic.

STYLE: English Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Semi-hazy amber, thick white foam head

SMELL: Floral, tropical, grass

TASTE: Crisp carbonation, light-bodied, stone fruits, tropical, citrusy, floral, malty, honey, caramel, bready finish

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Photo of Briken
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber with thin off-white head and okay retention. Resinous tropical citrus. Sticky earth and grass with a dominating biscuit malt with just some very light notes of the tropical fruits. Light to moderate bittering. Light, sharp body with a heavy finish.

A good hop display in the aroma is quickly beaten back by the malts throughout the remainder of the drinking experience. The initial aroma is great but is dominated by a heavy biscuit and pilsner. Not an overall pleasant experience to finish but a pint wouldn’t be bad if I felt like a heavy EPA.

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Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My perception of this beers seems to be an outlier - I had it without knowing really anything about it other then a collab IPA. I loved it. Overwhelmed with the flavor, and aroma, of juicy fruit bubble gum. Light bodied, huge, bright sweet hops, it was pretty much perfect to me, in taste as well as uniqueness. Maybe I'd tire of it as an everyday beer, but for at least the one bomber, I was in heaven.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a hazy strawberry blonde with a white head that recedes quickly.

Has sweet, slightly tart aroma, reminiscent of sour hard candies.

Flavor is fairly sweet with a sour background. Fades quickly with very little aftertaste.

Light to moderate body with moderate carbonation.

I was glad to see other people struggle with reviewing this one as much as I did. Overall a good beer with some interesting characteristics but something missing. Light body would make for a good summertime brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Bier Thirty for about $6ish... Poured into my slim tulip.. hazed
light orange with a good head and lacing.

EDIT: Just going to put this out there right up front... This is NOT
an English Pale Ale... A pretty cool mash-up from Gigantic and 3
Floyds.. but still... NOT an English Pale Ale.

Nose shows citrus blossoms and some background tropical fruity hops...
malt profile is mild caramel and hints of nutty/toasty malts..

Flavor is about the same.. nice American fruity hops and malts that
get punched in the mouth.. only hints of caramel or toasty elements...
nutty/toasty notes show up on the finish.. but even then the hops
steamroll anything from the English 2-row catalog.

Body is good.... Fairly thick for an APA, good for an EPA.. medium
carbonation...

Overall, waaaay toooo much American influence and it blows out what
little English input that may be there... Maybe if you let it age for
a while :-)

Decent American Pale ale... but pretty shitty English Pale Ale.

Meh... I doubt I will buy this again unless somebody wants it for a
trade.. Too expensive and too lackluster for anything other than a
one-time enjoyment.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3

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Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark orangish amber with a soft, short, white head

S - floral, citrus, ruby red grapefruit, bread, faint burnt sugar, medicine

T - floral, citrus, caramel, medicine, toasted malt, grapefruit, bread

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure what to say about this beer. It's all over the place. The hops are citrusy and forward. The malt bready and light. There are weird medicinal notes throughout and a citrus character that tastes like juice from concentrate. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint

Had this in a social situation so couldn't give it the usual critical review, but this one really surprised me. It smells so good. There's a fruitiness mixed with a mild sour dough note. It's mild and easy drinking but each sip is interesting and tasty. Just a hint of bitterness but barely even into pale ale territory. Very pleasant and very well done.

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Photo of harrymel
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

This beer surprised the shit outta me.

From the label: Gigantic + Three Floyds unleash this true weapon of mass distraction. Citrus, floral and tropical hoppyness lead to full malt flavour from proper english malt, kilned over welsh coal. Brewed for those of us that live and die in the timbers army and section 8.

Pours fuzzy apricot with a sheet of fine whites and soapy hedges. Smells of peat, malt, coal, grapfruit, orange zest, grass and some floral coatings. Nice nose. Tastes of fine malts with a smoked accent, some peaty character, a bit of hay, lots of biscuit, some bitterness and a hint of orange pith. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a slick over dry finish. I like this beer.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a short, creamy head. Aroma of citrus (lemon especially) and pine needles. Wow -- big, sweet, juicy lemon on the tongue, with a smooth, full mouthfeel and a hint of balancing biscuit. Definitely an American take on the style, but the creamy light-bodied drinkability certainly remind me of British ales. Finish is nice and dry.

Not the most robust or complex beer I've had, but certainly enjoyable. I wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from LetsPour.

Sweaty bottle, rounded pint glass. Admiring the depraved personas of the ratebeer chatroom while trying to plug in reviews on an otherwise ordinary weekend afternoon.

Clouded orange amber, brew. tall, but thin whitewash head.

Mild citrus rind; juicy. Leafy green. Faintly buttery. Toasty grain.

Taste is toasty grain upfront, followed by very sharp, bittersweet citrus/coriander. Beyond astringent, a wincing, sharp pith. So I corked the bottle & came back to it a few hours later. ... Mellowed, but still lingering. Lots of juicy fruit & bitter lettuce. Not traditionally bitter, but just coming from a different direction. Crispy carbonation. Body is a little itchy. Average alcohol. Finish is dry grain & lingering foliage.

"Kilned over Welsh Coal" - Yeah, totally picked that out. :P

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dull amber orange body, and some minor cola like bubbles hit the glass. Quite a hazy appearance, with a three finger off white light tan head, some pretty good staying power and retention, and some big swiss cheese holes for bubbles.

Nose is really faint, a mild soft chew orange citrus hop is just trying to creep out. Faint peanut nut on this strangely too. Not bad but kind of uninteresting.

In the palate a mellow orange juice hop quality mixes with some rolling malts on the tongue nicely. Fairly decent body feel with an almost juicy rich coating, but just not getting there. Aftertaste brings some light toasty aromas of malt, some faint soda flat carbonation seems to pop out also.

Overall not too bad for a pale ale, easily drinkable brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a 2 finger white creamy head. Good retention and spotty lacing down the glass.

Bready caramel malt mixed with some pleasant American hops. Loads of citrus specifically orange along with a bit of tropical fruit.

Very interesting flavor profile. Not overly hoppy as most things FFF touch (not that that's a bad thing). Bready biscuit malt stands out and is perfectly balanced by the citrus hops. Neither too hoppy or too malty.

Fairly thick for the style with medium-low carbonation.

Very impressed by Gigantic so far. I feel this is a good blend of an English and American IPA that creates a unique flavor profile. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hmph
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Lordkrystic, making my way through the huge box, thanks again!

A - Beautiful golden orange hazy liquid sitting in the glass, looks stunning! Mild head with nice tiny carbonation bubbles, lacing sticks with it

S - Fruity and citrus, borderline resinous but it pulls back a little bit, some sweeter biscuity malt melds nicely with the strong hop smell

T - Nice initial fruit burst with a quick transition to the sweetness and finally ending on an earthy homegrown orange note that quickly passes, finish is very dry and clean

O - Pretty fabulous tasting English Pale Ale, very drinkable, enjoyable and would easily finish a few of them! Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with about a finger's worth of head on the beer. Well carbonated. Relatively good lacing on the glass.

Picking up notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and bread-like malt aromas.

Taste pretty well matches the nose. Nice shot of citrus/tropical fruit up front with a nice malt balance. Definitely more along the lines of an English pale ale/IPA. Orange peel/rind in the finish. Finish also features a slight hint of buttery toffee.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp with good level of carbonation. Would go nicely with a blue cheese, I think.

Overall, an enjoyable, crisp, hoppy English-style IPA or pale ale. Hops and malt work together quite nicely here. Good collaboration between Gigantic and 3 Floyds.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 111 ratings