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Whole In The Head | Gigantic Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
110 Ratings
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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:
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Added by HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,623
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by kevanb:
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Gigantic snifter

The beer pours a nice deep copper color, light ambers with hues of orange and straw, hazy complexion with a finger and a half of thick, soapy white head that has good retention and leaves behind a touch of spotted lace. The aroma is heavy on bitter piney hops with a fair amount of juicy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and grapefruit with a bit of earthy grassy before some stick malt and faint alcohol take over. Lots of pine on the tongue, very bitter, with plenty of fresh fruit, apricot, mango, grapefruit that really cuts down the bitterness and opens up the sweet malt. The body is nice, moderate carbonation, coats the mouth well and finishes extremely dry.

Verdict: A very nice IPA from Gigantic. This is my second experience with this brewery and it's a huge improvement over their Time Traveler Porter. This beer isn't overly complex but it's nicely balanced and very dry, almost too dry. This is a worthy beer for any hop head.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Justindouglas7
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Insubordinator
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ bottleworks

#shakerpint. Clear orange-amber body, lots of bright citrus, moderate bitterness, oily body with a nice and clean finish. Some tropical notes - a nice DIPA from Gigantic - check it - affordable and on point. Label-art on the bottles looked cool too

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Photo of RickS95
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive shade of pale copper orange. Mostly opaque. The head is a bright white color, typical lazy foam of an IPA, with decent retention. A thick ring of bubbles remains around the edge of the beer while a thin lace appears above it.

I love West Coast hops and this is full of them. Not sure of the type, but it's a full blown party of grapefruit and pine. There's kind of a crackery pale malt backbone, but it's all about the hops and these hops present a great aroma, if a bit subtle.

You'd not know this to be an imperial from the taste. There's enough malt to keep the hops in check, though the citrus shines as orange emerges and the pine plays a cameo.

As smooth an imperial as you'll find. There's enough citric fruit to keep it somewhat sweet the whole way, even as the bitterness builds from mid-sip. It's still plenty bitter, but never to the point that your palate cries "Uncle." Medium bodied, a nice combination of sweet and bitter.

One of the best imperials I've had and that includes Pliny The Elder. Very easy to drink despite the hops and the high ABV. A really great beer that I thank Let's Pour for bringing me.

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Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JohnnyNicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 Rutager
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber (not the most appealing colour, but whatever. Colour is just a result of the ingredients that hopefully make a most tasty brew. ColoUr, yo!!!) with a finger of thick white head that leaves some decent bands of law.

Smell. Lime, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine sap, toasty caramel malts, and a touch of green onion. Smells like a big IPA, aiight. So far so good!

Taste. Red grapefruit, mango, orange rind, toasty and lightly grainy malts, a bit of green onion again. Very nice. Not a huge bitterness in the finish but the hops are big.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff, as expected from these guys.

Question, Gigantic: Where da sours at? I saw a pic of that big ass barrel you guys have had from the beginning and read something about making sours out of batches you weren't quite happy with. So where da sours???

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium goldan amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of citrus malt and mixed citrus fruit, light bready malt. Flavor follows with lots of citrus fruit, citrus hops, light tropical fruit and moderate bready malt. Long bittering hops finish. Medium bodied. Lots of nice citrus notes, but rather laid back malt support. A pleasant, not very complex, IIPA

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dabeers
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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