Nimble Giant
Tröegs Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #212
Ranked #1,448
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Nimble GiantNimble Giant
Notes: “Without sway, there can be no balance.” Our Double IPA gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor. Behold the wonder!
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skisonic from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark shade of amber, enticingly translucent. Smells juicy, mildly piney. Perfectly hopped, dances on the tongue. Tastes delicious, full flavored for such a high aBV. Bright, pungent, and distinct. Definitely one I'd recommend.

Oct 13, 2020
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

deep orange color, a very little hazy. thin head and disappeared quickly
dank piney smells, as it gets warm, the floral really shines
tastes pleasantly sweet, floral, piney, grapefruit. as the more you sip, the more piney taste you get.
full body, velvety, dry finish with subtle sweetness and more resiny bitterness, well balanced and drinkable
overall, good but I wish it could be more citrusy and less piney, I'm not a big fan of pine needle tastes
(last note: I think this beer needs a warmer temperature to release its full potential, I'll re-visit it next time)

Sep 08, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I gave this a shot. Fairly traditional double IPA, but I definitely notice hints of fruit, too. If you’re an IPA fan I’d recommend this one.

Aug 22, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear and bright amber body; okay carbonation; head is fairly thick and fluffy. Excellent presence of crisp and sweet malt aroma; a touch of pine resin. A fine light malt base complemented with a resinous hop bitterness and low-key honey-like sweetness; very subdued citrus and/or grapefruit. Medium body; crisp and gently biting on the palate; dry sweetness; mild alcohol warmth.

This is old-school double IPA, folks. And, personally, I like it quite a bit. It delivers enough depth, breadth, and character where various nuances of its looks, smell, and taste can be discerned unlike so many hazy/cloudy/NEIPA offerings. Delicious and mildly decadent and very approachable...

Jul 28, 2020
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kgroz from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

During old age you lose your taste this has a really good taste comparable to Ithaca flower power maybe a little bit better I'm finding I like a little more hoppy taste bitterness is an acquired taste I always have 2 sixtels on tap my other one is Victory DirtWolf and I find that bland compared to this

Jul 12, 2020
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color with a fruit aroma. Nice double IPA flavor. I get a pepper finish. It lingers for awhile. Got a 4 pack of 16oz cans. Two cans will hit that buzz sweet spot. Highly recommend. I'm on my 4th 4 pack.

Jul 10, 2020
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Cfitty from New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well done complex beer. It hides the abv excellently and is a delight to drink. My only qualm is the sweetness; I think it can be overwhelming at times.

Jul 10, 2020
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ChuckofHampstead from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear amber pour with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Pineapple and melon aroma draws me in. Citrus flavors followed by a dry, peppery finish. Goes down easy for the ABV. Gonna get more.

Jul 06, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with frothy white head, moderate lacing. Nose is bright and fresh potent hop, notes of grapefruit and pineapple are also present. Flavors follow the nose exactly. Fresh hop flavor with citrus notes that coats the palate and leaves you looking for another sip. Hides it’s ABV well. I was hoping for some kind of sweet undertone, which never materialized, but still, it’s an excellent beer.

Jul 04, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, pineapple, mango, floral, earthy.

Taste is grapefruit zest, mango, slight lemon, orange. Resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily, dry, bitter finish.

Wow! This is an outstanding DIPA. One of the best.

Jul 02, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a willi becher.
Best by:10/09/2020

A well executed, straight forward traditional double. I did get a touch orange and honey in both the nose and taste but found it mostly resinous. It is mildly sweet and drys a bit as it finishes fairly clean and bitter. The overall bitterness is moderate and well balanced with the malt. Carbonation is medium-low and the soft medium body is frothy. The balanced moderate bitterness and well hidden alcohol make for a surprisingly mellow drinking experience. "Nimble Giant" is a fitting name.

Jun 29, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's rare to find a beer that manages to balance the inherent sweetness of such a high ABV with the intended hop profile, and it's even rarer for me to find a juicy IPA anything but bleh, but Tröegs really nails this one.

Look: slightly hazy with a pretty thick off-white head, pretty apparent that there are some fruity hops going on in here

Smell: Like walking into the fruit section of a grocery store; intensely fruity, slightly tropical, lots of citrus, and of course hop bitterness as well.

Taste: The real highlight of this beer, as one would hope. It manages to have the bitterness and citrus profile of a west-coast IPA, mixed with juicy and tropical hops. You get grapefruit, pine, pineapple, mango, and even an extremely pleasant flower in there. It's bitter and provides all the traditional hops you want, but the juicier hops blend with the malt and high ABV perfectly, ridding the beer of any cloying caramel malt sweetness which I personally think often clashes with high IBU beers (don't get me wrong, it can work; see Nugget Nectar, but many Double IPAs are just sickly sweet).

Feel: Maybe the weakest link, but that isn't saying much. Obviously 9% abv is going to make the beer a little syrupy, and this is definitely a sipper. It is by no means a bad feel, but don't expect to crush this thing.

Overall: Far and away the best Double IPA I've had so far. Blows 90 Minute out of the water, and I guess it will be a while before I find one that tops this.

Jun 27, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically like Troegs, but I think this one goes overboard. I should have known when I saw the ABV on this beer, but other beers can cleverly disguise a high alcohol flavor. Not this. This is just a pure, boozy punch to the calorie count, with some high hoppy notes, and most other flavors drowned out or in conflict with that alcohol. Good beer if you're looking to get tipsy, and it is by need a slow sipper, but not much complexity.

Jun 25, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Translucent deep gold , with moderate off-white head. Can says "orange" , but ...nope. Not the color of Nugget Nectar, as might be expected. Nothing wrong with gold, or your beer. ; )

Smell is creamy pineapple and sweet grapefruit, with just a touch of pine & floral aromas.

Taste is mostly fresh grapefruit, modified slightly by sweet grainy malt and light tropical fruit mix. Moderate grapefruit rind+pine bitterness near finish, and beyond.

Feel is relatively light for a 9% DIPA, with moderate, relatively soft carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable classic-type DIPA, slightly to the softer, & less-bitter end of the spectrum.

Jun 25, 2020
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dvdmgsr from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a tall boy can.

Deep caramel reddish brown color, nice carbonation and a lacy head. Complex, hoppy fragrance with a bit of a yeasty undertone translates into a strong hops flavor complemented by a pleasant sweetness from the malt — well balanced, and no booziness to speak of. Mouthfeel what you would expect from a well-executed double.

Well done — good IPA flavors writ large. I enjoy their less bombastic IPA products (Perpetual, Nugget Nectar) a lot and this is a nice feat of strength to mix in with that.

Jun 21, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: slightly dark clear golden color with light head and lace
S: refreshing citrus fruit hop smell that’s crisp clean and doesn't overpower with bitterness
T: follows smell only better
F: tangy dance on tongue with smooth finish
O: a great India pale ale even for those who don’t really enjoy them. You will love this one

Jun 14, 2020
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haazer from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A non hazy IPA?!?!! Gold and slightly copper like in color. Off white head dissipates and settles about a half inch thick, leaves spotty lacing.

Pineapple and honey suckle on full display. Lots of honey, and maybe sweet caramel malts.

Here’s the grapefruit rind. Tangy bitterness. A little pineapple, and a little honey suckle flowers. Flavors come out as it warms up. Sweet caramel malt comes in too.

Heavy full beer, but smooth drinking. Carbonation is felt on backend. Not overly sweet considering the honey. Alcohol is masked very well.

“Freshest by date 10/12/19”. I have had this before not knowing the canned/freshness date. I never felt like this was a great ipa, but maybe one of the few that is good if aged. This beer is worth revisiting for me when fresher, overall solid. Tröegs really doesn’t make a bad brew.

Nov 03, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours deep orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of citrus and piney hops, with a decent sweet grain profile. Beer is light bodied and easy drinkingDIPA for a , good carbonation.

Oct 06, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into IPA glass
BB 10/11/19
Pours gold with a creamy head
Sweet sticky malty resiny, fresh grapefruit
Taste is caramel malt, followed by grapefruit
Dry crisp feel
Overall great smelling beer, with a nice balanceded taste

Aug 26, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper. Tastes like hops and some barley. Some notes of honeysuckle as well as soil. Maybe some citrus as well in this beer but pretty mild.

Aug 19, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowley poured into a Pilsner

Clear copper , steady streams if active carbonation , one finger off white creamy foam cap , good lacings

Malty aroma, grapefruit

Malty taste , grapefruit

Good beer

Aug 16, 2019
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Fr33man from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately, I drank them all and now trying to remember details which won't be as accurate as being "in the moment". I remember it had everything a good IPA should have and a 9% kick in the teeth to make it worthwhile. Would buy again.

Aug 05, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep amber, almost-orange color with a thick, tight, ivory head. The smell is orange, grapefruit, and a dank pine. The hops are obviously the stars of the show! Taste follows nose, but is balanced by a strong malt backbone. Enters fruity and floral, then you get the bitterness which is pretty well balanced by the malt, finally it finishes with a resinous, piney flavor that sticks with you in the mouth. The beer is medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation that seems rather smooth. Overall, a great beer that I really enjoyed. The alcohol content can slap you because you forget about it given that the beer is very smooth and drinkable!

Jul 30, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/26/20

From a 16oz can dated best by 9/30/20 )assumed fresh) into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent golden yellow with about one finger of white head. Better than average retention and lacing.

Smells of bitter pine resin with a bit of tropical fruitiness. A little pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is dominated by bitter pine especially in the back part of the sip. A bit of sweetness from the malt and perhaps a taste of grass.

Mouthfeel is pretty sticky. Strong bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation. Not a chore to drink even with the "giant-ness."

Just discovered this beer last year and it will be in the yearly rotation with at least one four pack per year. One of my favorite Troegs beers.

Jul 20, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden amber with a cream-colored, persistent head.
Smell: Predominantly grapefruit and orange. Some bubblegum/mango and some pine.
Taste: Citrus and herbal pine flavor throughout. Finish is bitter and astringent with a strong herbal pine hop bite. Juicy mango, orange, and tropical fruits in the middle. Some slightly caramel malt sweetness. A bit of alcohol bite.
Feel: Sticky and slightly mouth-coating. Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: A really nice imperial IPA that's loaded with hop bitterness.

Jul 14, 2019
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