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Whole In The Head | Gigantic Brewing Company

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3.86/5
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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:
#12,419
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate-light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of lace left on the glass. Nice.

Smell: smooth, citrusy hops with a pretty strong underlying malt base. A bit on the sweet side, but that is to be expected. I really like the character, but it is a bit light in intensity, especially for the style.

Taste: strong citrusy hops build upon the sweet malt base. Much more effective than the aroma, although conveying pretty much the same story. Bitterness is strong but not out of hand. I really like the hop character here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, although not generating a huge creaminess. It's sufficient, but not wonderful.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, and although it could probably benefit from a few adjustments, is definitely worth the time of day.

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

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Some good white froth.

(S)- Very citrus forward. Piney but balanced well with some subtlely sweet malts.

(T)- Very big in the orange citrus department with a mild bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the bold citrus this has. It does get to be quite bitter as it warms, but not in any way bothersome.

(O)- A solid DIPA with a really nice well-rounded orange citrus.

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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.

Pours a slightly hazed deep orange colour, with a properly full and thick head of yellowish white that retains well. Lots of leopard-spot lacing wherever it touches. Carbonation is fine through the deep body. Looks pretty great.

Nose is very robust and piney, with strong resinous characters coming through as the dominant aroma. There's some sweetness as well, along with a little pepper character and some preserved lemon.

Taste is clear and fine-bodied, with a whack more sweetness than I expected, and not really much of the biting bitterness I'd expect from an IPA, let alone an impy. Instead, there's a messy stewed orange character that comes through, along with barley sugar and a slightly clinging cloy. By the end, the thickest part of the sweetness evaporates a little, leaving more pleasant stonefruit characters of peach and nectarine.

Feel is decent enough, with a robust weight to the body, although this accentuates the thickness and sweetness present in the flavour.

Overall, this is okay, but not much beyond that. It's a full-bodied and full-flavoured beer, but perhaps the flavours it have aren't all that welcome in a true DIPA.

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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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