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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:
#12,609
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

The bartender asked me if I wanted a hole in the head. Classic. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing cream-white foam. The nose comprises sharp greens, light leek, very light sweet biscuit, and a twinge of mint. The taste brings in more of the same, with a drier biscuit character, a vein of thick caramel, and a slightly sharp pine note to take the place of the mint. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but not one that sticks out to me as particularly memorable.

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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 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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mersh
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NEO68710
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gigantic Brewing Company - Whole In The Head, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy copper caramel with a luxurious soapy head. Lots of chunky lacing.

Smell - Some sweet caramel malt with citrus and resiny pine hop blast. Subtle for a DIPA.

Taste - Rich malty caramel followed by a low citrus hop finish. More like a smoother AIPA here.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium-bodied. Rests slightly throat hot boozy but otherwise quite drinkable. Rests slightly pine.

Overall - Low-key DIPA in my opinion but a tasty treat nonetheless. Tried and true combination of these specific malts and hops, just not an exceptional rendition.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Rheaume17
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

Smell - Lots of hops. Nothing too dominant. A little bit of tropical fruits, a little piney.

Appearance - A very nice golden/orange color. About an inch of think foamy head. Light lacing throughout the session.

Taste - Citrus flavors. Some mango and apricot. A lot of bitterness, but the flavors aren't coming out as much as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Bitterness sticks to your mouth.

Overall - I honestly was expecting a little more out of this beer from the description. The flavors didn't pop like I wanted them too. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good beer, but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from Lets Pour last week week. Gotta love the two day shipping (from WA to CA). Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass it's a moderately hazy medium orange with a 1-2 finger cap of persistent off white foam. Good retention and lacing. Fresh, juicy mandarin orange in the nose along with pineapple and lemon. Bright and citrusy. Flavor brings forward the citrus hops yet again but a bit more muddled here than I'd expected. Hop bitterness is high, finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Mostly clean on the malt side, scant toasted bread. Some flavor here seems out of place, I'd describe it as chalky/powdery/aspirin. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation.

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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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