Whole In The Head | Gigantic Brewing Company

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3.87/5
Very Good
114 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,654
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
114
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
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0
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. There appears to be some kind of code printed on the bottom of the bottle, but it's illegible to me.

Pours orange-ish, slightly hazy, small head, but lots of carbonation. Smell is fruity, fresh, citrusy, bright. Sweet smelling, with some grapefruit bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly bitter with a hefty malty-sweet backbone, but a little one dimensional. Still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly filmy, thick, a little sticky. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this beer.

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Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 114 ratings