Whole In The Head | Gigantic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
96 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

 921 characters

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

bomber into a tulip, no bottling date

pours a rich, dark copper color with an inch and a half lasting white head. good and hoppy aroma with the typical piney NW hop aroma. taste is quite pleasant and surprising. hops are big but the malt character is definitely big and pronounced too. very well balanced. slight bitterness hits you at first but its quickly followed by a sweet citrusy malt kick. very nice. medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy dirnking DIPA for sure.

overall a very good DIPA. west coast brewers just know how to brew IPAs.

 550 characters

Photo of markcp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rizalini
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very hazy golden orange color, with a finger of off-white head. Falls rather quickly. There's a nice collar of lacing as I sip this one down.

S - Smells of juicy citrus fruits dominate. Lemon, mango and some papaya.

T/M - The taste falls flat for me. Not sure if the bottle is old or not but none of the citrus aromas transfer over to the taste. All thats left is a malty shell of what used to be a DIPA, and somewhat of a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation.

O - When I tasted this one, it tasted like a hoppy pale. I'm almost certain that this one has been on the shelf for a while, but with no dates or markings it's hard to tell. I was hoping for so much more, but was sadly disappointed.

 783 characters

Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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???

 889 characters

Photo of luvbier
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

 1,147 characters

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

 643 characters

Photo of IPAFan521
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of sweemzander
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.

 483 characters

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Whole In The Head from Gigantic Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More