Whole In The Head | Gigantic Brewing Company

Whole In The HeadWhole In The Head
BA SCORE
3.86/5
109 Ratings
Whole In The HeadWhole In The Head
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,175
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
109
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - shouldn't the musical accompaniment to this one have been Nine Inch Nails?

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered alien alphabet lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, pungent domestic citrus rind, some muddled tropical fruitiness, and more leafy, piney, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, still blended citrus and exotic fruity notes, a touch of hard water flintiness, some mild estery booze, and more testy leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its wan-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really sticking its hands out of the car windows, as such. It finishes off-dry, the big malt, fruit bowl, and alcohol warming contending with only a feeble lingering bitterness.

Overall - another day, another big West Coast IPA (better than another new sour, I suppose), one that I presume is going for the whole NEIPA thing. If so, they've nailed it here, as this is much more fruity than bitter. Good stuff.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobTheKnob
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of acurtis
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque medium-amber color, two fingers of off-white foam atop that left some lace arms trailing behind... Up front suggested something tropical, like papaya, but as the bitter shellac coated the tongue, had more of a tannic and wood-like aspect... Medium-weight, modest carbonation, and with the sweetness taking a backseat to the tongue-gripping bitterness...

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of RBCBrams17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown-tinged orange. Off-white yellow head, small bubbles. Looks as cuddly as an enraged polar bear on heat.

Good hoppy happiness in this glass. Scoops aroma from the depths of your animus, and slaps you pinewards. Resiny, malty too. A tickler.

Taste is piney, and clearly attended the school of hard penis. Caramel notes, some hops calling out the chorus from the back. Basically the same old song, but it's always nice to hear it on IPA FM.

Well built, like a Discus hurler.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantastic?

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Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this one with me. It pours a golden orange to yellow color with some clarity seen around the edges and an off-white cap resting above composed of large bubbles.

The aroma on this comes across very malty with caramel/toffee sweetness before the onset of hops with floral notes blending to a sort of orange liquor. Grassy herbs and a hint of cheese are the last things noted.

The taste has a touch of biscuit grain to toffee before getting bitter with herbs, grass, pine and some solvent alcohol. It displays almost a dirty, rindy melon feel to the finish which I was not crazy about - either driven by yeast or some strange hopping, im not sure. Peculiar that this a DIPA yet the profile seems more malty than hoppy.

This is medium to fuller bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Really a peculiar offering that smells like it us going to be very malty and has just enough hops to break that up. It does have a creeping alcohol inclusion...so it has that going for it. Overall strange, I appreciate the chance to try it but would possibly pass again in the future if it was gonna cost me.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jslay013
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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