Nimble Giant
Tröegs Brewing Company

Nimble GiantNimble Giant
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #627
Ranked #2,758
4.21 | pDev: 7.6%
Dec 29, 2021
Aug 05, 2015
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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Photo of 2market
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 2market from Pennsylvania

Solid offering by Troegs that others find exceptional, but I don’t quite hold that highly

Dec 29, 2021
4.16 by beerjerk666 from Florida on Dec 27, 2021
4.25 by rdub from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2021
4.35 by hotwired from New Jersey on Sep 26, 2021
3.87 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Sep 23, 2021
4.66 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2021
4.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Aug 08, 2021
5 by doctorgary from New York on Aug 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by izraelc from New York

Pours a deep gold. Light foam. Big hop aroma. Bold hop body. Medium bitterness. Fades to a rich malt finish. Excellent balance. Very smooth. Delicious from beginning to end.

Aug 04, 2021
4.5 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Best by 10-2021.
Bright and clear golden amber color, low white head of foam that left some lacy traces.
The aroma is malty with herbal and citrus hops - hints of apple, wildflowers and warm saki alcohol.
The flavor is rich and complex - loads of cracked grain and cooked porridge character and hop notes in equal measure, pine sap and oatmeal cookie dough along side a lemon grass bite. Terrific balance and depth of flavors finishing with a dry, chalky aftertaste and alcohol heat.
Full bodied and quite delicious if a bit hot and boozy.

Jul 29, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PathofChaos from Maryland

A crystal clear, golden orange. Rivulets of bubbles stream inexorably upward, accumulating in a snowcap of bright white suds. Strong retention, webbed lacing.

A towering heap of grapefruit slices, dripping with citrusy juice, are drizzled with sugar syrup and ringed by crackery malts. Buried within this mountain of grapefruit are slivers of orange peel, speckled with flecks of lemon drops. As it airs, pineapple creamed with honeysuckle establishes a presence.

A slippery medium with an air-puffed heart of carbonation that makes the ale soft and fluffy. Boasts a bittersweet linger striding along an earthy, forest floor.

Leads with a big mouthful of airy, white bread malts that transitions to a midpoint of sharp grapefruit seamlessly fused with earthy hops. The aftertaste is a leisurely affair of orange peels and lemon blossoms, candied in honeysuckle nectar.

Disclaimer: the more complex aromas and flavors can be difficult to detect sometimes.

Jul 18, 2021
4.14 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2021
4.21 by TheLefty1616 from New York on Jul 04, 2021
4.36 by zhrike from Pennsylvania on Jun 27, 2021
4.18 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Jun 27, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

What's with these big starchy heads that leave almost no lacing in the glass as they recede? This is another, with a similar warning by the uneven way in which the head diminishes. All this usually indicates the good old and apparently out of style barley malt has been reduced in the wort. Adding to the concerns by the eye, this is a bright and lightly colored amber brew, almost as translucent as adjunct lagers. But, it's more about taste and mouthfeel, so let's continue. The smell has a little character of an IPA, but it's not complex, nor impressive. Now, the taste is a much improved category. There's a very good balance between malt backbone and hop flavoring. Neither is to the extreme, so this isn't overly sweet nor bitter. This one plays the hop bitter/ malt sweet balance quite nimbly. It gives some of each and doesn't overplay either side. That helps to make this drink incredibly smoothly for the nearly undetectable 9% ABV. Glass lacing, opaqueness or aroma, what should it matter when a brew drinks like this? Maybe a little more carbonation could improve the drinking experience, but this us a very good IIPA.

Jun 18, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

serious brew from a serious brewer. Great offering from the folks at Troegs. Freshest by 10/1/21, consumed 6/14/21 so thanks to Bella Vista Beverage for getting it to me in a hurry.
L: drinking from the can. it is stylish.
S: very inviting. getting some limey citrus and pine. nice!
T: delivers on the nose. some sweet citrus, then pine and a peppery hoppy bitterness to close. works for me, man. I hope it works for you...
F: full body, smooth. finishes with a drying hoppy resinous bitterness. very enjoyable.
O: awesome, baby! this is a treat that comes around once a year at an almost unbelievable price point. So - stock up and enjoy!

Jun 15, 2021
4.33 by HopHead_ from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2021
4.1 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jun 05, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours an almost clear reddish orange color with a small short lived head.

Smells of malt and piney hops.

Tastes of malt, citrus and pineapple with a lightly bitter peppery hoppy finish. The alcohol hides well.

Medium light body with a watery consistency.

I would place this brew in the west coast IPA realm.

Jan 09, 2021
4 by prototypic from Ohio on Nov 22, 2020
4.5 by Redman414 from North Carolina on Nov 20, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(16 oz can, freshest by 10/08/2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber liquid; big, bubbly, barely off-white foam builds high on the pour, soon collapsing into a craggy collar; little lace, however

S: lemon pith/oil, grapefruit rind, dried mango, citrus taffy; floral spice and perfume (alcohol) pointed in the center... grapefruit and floral perfume by the end

T: alcohol apparent immediately, with a sort of bitter grapefruit San Pellegrino-thing firing up midway, and carrying out long through the finish; peppery, lemon oily aftertaste, as well as that perfumy alcohol buzzing... maybe a bit of cereal grain in its foundation, but the malt is otherwise faceless, awash in a sea of electric hop resins; finish (and it overall) is superbly dry... halfway through, and the hops take on an outdoorsy, whole-flower musk to them - lovely!

F: even drinking this at cellar temp, and the alcohol and hop bitterness team to slap a chill sting on the palate with each sip, a cozy electric zip... as mentioned, it's rather supremely dry - not sharp or crisp, just taut, strident, streamlined in its flow and glow

O: a month past its best-by, and it's still quite vibrant and tasty... I've curiously only had this about twice prior to this (what was I thinking?!)... probably neck and neck with Hop Knife for my favorite Troegs IPA; definitely gonna buy again (1712)

Nov 12, 2020
3.81 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2020
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2/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

All I can taste is hops with more hops.
Not my thing.

Oct 29, 2020
4.21 by pidus from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2020
3.84 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Oct 23, 2020
Photo of skisonic
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by skisonic from Maryland

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
4 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

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
4.4 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Aug 23, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

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
4.29 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Jul 30, 2020
4.33 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jul 29, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4.96 by Pchop18 from Kentucky on Jul 28, 2020
4.25 by thomda11 from California on Jul 17, 2020
4.28 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jul 15, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by kgroz from Pennsylvania

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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