Hellion | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by artoolemomo on 07-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Hellion is spritzy gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy and yeasty. Surprisingly bright hops, a little pot, pea, fruit, with sweet clean alcohol, nice.

Taste is similar, I'd have called this a Belgian IPA, the hops are pretty dank, but in the continental style, again, bright and herbal. Yeasty, but not sludgy, with a hint of banana esters, more-so tangerine on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, slippery.

Drinkability is high, I thought this was a killer BIPA that checked all the boxes. Another well designed AND executed Gigantic brew. I really have no complaints and will keep an eye out to drink as many of these as I can while they're fresh. Really dig the label too.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- This pours up pretty much absolutely no head but if I had to guess it would be a pure cotton white. The body is a little light than medium amber (apple juice) that glows a pale amber when held up to the light. No lacing is left behind. The head is actually more an off-white with hints of yellow. The body is clear.

Nose- Initially, I get some faint IPA notes (citrus, faint pine) followed by apple and Belgian yeast spice. The IPA notes fade quickly while the typical Belgian notes remain.

Taste- Reflective of the nose except for the IPA notes. Apple notes followed by a very prominent and spicy Belgian yeast. The yeast has a very earthy and bitter taste that is completely overwhelming my palate at the moment. I wasn't sure if the style was going a Belgian IPA or a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but this is clearly an attempt at the latter. Some notes of clove, perhaps a little banana and the yeast has mellowed a bit but it still is quite noticeable on the finish. It's not exactly undrinkable but it does appear to be a poor representation of the style. The yeast is way too loud and none of the aspects of the flavor profile are complex or pronounced enough to balance it. Seems thin and watery as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a bit of a vinous texture. Nice little zip of carbonation causes the tongue to tingle which matches the spice of the yeast well.

Drinkability- Would be pretty easygoing if not for the yeastiness. No real heat present. A fairly dull beer that is definitely not worth the 8 dollar price tag.

Overall- The only way I could recommend this beer is if you like to pour the yeast from bottle conditioned beers into your glass. This bottle had no yeast at the bottom but it tastes like a bad pour of a real Belgian. Reminds me somewhat of a weak and simplistic version of Westmalle Tripel. Otherwise, I would avoid this. It's by no means a bad beer (mostly mediocre) but it is certainly not worth saving the buck or two you could put toward a Duvel or Damnation.

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Hellion from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 29 ratings