Nimble Giant
Tröegs Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #235
Ranked #1,496
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
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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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

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

16 oz tallboy best by 10/15/16

Hops: Azacca, Mosaic, Simcoe

Loaded with pineapple and honey sweetness. For some reason this thing reminds me of Hopslam, but better.

Jul 15, 2016
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Bobolinksy from Pennsylvania

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

I'm not sure if it's that the 2018 edition isn't as delicious as 2017's, or if it's that I've tasted far more double IPA's in the last year than ever before in my life. (Working for and then managing a beer store for a year and a half will do that to ya.)

I love Nimble Giant 2018. I'm getting more. But, alas, It didn't live up to my romanticized version of the first beer I fell in love with.

Nimble Giant 2017 - My first-loved beer.

Clear, filtered, golden color.
Poured aggressively into a 16 oz. snifter.
Citrousy and piney aroma from a 2-finger foamy head that dissipates within a minute.
Aroma that begins with citrus and ends with pine... or as Troeg's describes it... " a hint of earthy forest floor."

The taste is explosive and dynamic. Changing constantly as I swish it around in my mouth. The pineapple/citrous yields to hoppy bitterness and then the piney finish.

I don't have the expertise to identify all the flavors I experienced drinking this beer and I have no idea what honey suckle is or what a "honeysuckle note (from the can)" is supposed to taste like, but this is one delicious beer.

This beer is so delicious that it has turned me from a lurker into a participant here on Beer Advocate. This beer made this old fogey figure out how this new-fangled Beer Advocate would let me rate a beer.

It's that good.

Beer Heaven.

Jun 15, 2017
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MoMaMe from Maryland

4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can an IPA get any better?

I almost didn’t pick this one up because of the price, but I’m so glad I did.

It pours pretty clear, but ever so slightly cloudy dark honey/amber orange with a very thick head that lingers.

Smell: wow! A really wonderful bouquet of tropical fruits - mostly pineapple, guava, and papaya
Taste: initially, it’s the tropical fruits and the well balanced malts that hit, followed by a nice bitterness of the hops. And it’s really smooth - the smoothest IPA I’ve ever tasted.

It is very well balanced and lingers on the palate. Surprisingly, the alcohol isn’t that noticeable for an ABV of 9%.

Seriously, this is the best IPA/DIPA I’ve ever had. Definitely recommend this one!

Jul 11, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear brew; lively and gold, with a firm snow white head. Great retention and nice lines of lacing.

A touch each of pineapple and mandarin orange on the nose, but mostly the aroma is carried by pine, resin, and biscuit.

On the palate, it's immediately hoppy and boozy. Pineapple, papaya, ruby red grapefruit, resin, pine, and notably kiwi and star fruit, all with pale biscuit and a slight dankness. Surely the Mosaic gives this beer some of its unique character, but I'm thinking the Azacca plays a large role, as well.

Crisp and very lively, especially considering the high ABV.

Oct 23, 2016
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1sophrosyne1 from Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wrote my review and realize I forgot to post -- tasted when fresh months ago, after generous shipment from a beer pal.
Poured into an IPA glass and savored over 20 minutes.

Golden core with a generous eggshell head that persists nicely; a little light on lacing.
Strong aromas of citrus including a nicely noticeable amount of lime. Tropical fruits are dipped in tacky pine sap. Floral elements come later; draws me into the glass...
Tropical and citrus notes dominate early, but its sweetness isn't excessive. Balance comes early enough and the bitterness sustains, but its never angular or too forward. Length comes in earth and lingering pineapple, and floral notes that keep going and going, but never cloy.
It has a medium body that keeps things from getting too heavy, yet it's the right heft to carry all the flavors of the long finish on and on. Silky and easy...
Overall, the genius here is balance. It almost seems like (and the Troegs boys might admit it) that to have this smooth integration and marvelous balance of elements such that a big IPA is also so easy to quaff, it takes a bit of luck. But this beast was planned out well, and named so aptly... you gotta give them credit. Possibly the best brew Central PA has ever produced.

Oct 23, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Just a little bit of chill haze in the amber liquid but the head is prodigious and the lacing is webby

Smell: Bright and citrusy, with grapefruit rind, tangerine and pineapple tones

Taste: Lays down a honeysuckle base, with the bitter citrus elements taking over; after the swallow, the sweet aspect sidles up to the hops and they are paired right through the aftertaste; grapefruit rind and tangerine and pineapple with sugar on top

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Overall: A bit sweeter than I like my DIPAs, this is one that will please a lot of folks

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity

Sep 10, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation with just a single narrow column of rising bubbles in the center of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head. that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pineapples.
T: The taste starts out with lots of flavors of pineapples and transitions into notes of grapefruit. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. Only traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is bursting with lots of pineapple and grapefruit flavors and does a rather good job of hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Aug 11, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: August 6, 2017... OCCASION: a two-for-one tasting tonight after a great G of T episode... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours an impressively dense orange-amber bulb of a body that takes up two-thirds of the glass.... the other third is thick, creamy, white head that remains a strong three fingers well past its standing... head is webbed, sponging out to the glass and leaving a right proper thickness... holy juiciness--grapefruit, mango, papaya, vanilla, orange peel, slight resin and an abandonment from balance make this a giant of an aroma... bitter, puckering, arresting, and lip-smacking... its consistency is surprisingly smooth, a sipper that warms slightly at its back end, impacts the teeth with reasonable heft, but could be mistaken for an IPA on a quick first sip... a bit of creaminess also delivers the palate... medium-bodied overall, with a lasting aftertaste of light dough and tropical fruits.... the profile is big, with dank resin and tropical fruits--mango, orange, and pineapple sweetly encouraging the next sip... vanilla, clove, mint, and spruce make this a complex finish, with some woodiness that almost suggests a cask handling... at $3.60 a 16 oz. can from H-Town, a bit steep...yet the opportunity to experience this sweeeeet suck of a hop bomb could not be passed... the Troegs bros. deliver again...

Aug 07, 2017
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone The Crows! Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner! This one is a tasty flavor bomb that pushes all the right buttons. Oh so delicious super cold into a chilled glass. It was fine from the can as well! Alcohol is extremely well hidden for a 9% ABV. Just the right mix of fruity sweetness and bitterness. By all means give this one a tumble!

Jul 01, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught in a bar. It was poured into a tulip glass. It poured a clear, golden-yellow color with one finger of bright white head and extensive lacing. It is very aromatic: onion, grapefruit, pineapple, pine needles, and floral hops. The taste is dank with grapefruit, sweet tropical fruit, pine, and resinous hops. It starts with some fruity sweetness, perhaps even a touch of caramel, but finishes with a pronounced bitterness. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 9% ABV gives it some real substance. Overall, it's a very good DIPA. I could see it equally accompanying a good meal or to cool off with after cutting the lawn. It's well-crafted and a pleasure to drink.

Jul 09, 2016
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Freshest by 10/12/17....Late in this, but I found it out of state in Ma’s fridge while visiting her for holidays. Left behind from summer, why wouldn’t it still be good?
It’s in a can.
Golden and rich in appearance. White bubbly lace and minimal head. Clear-hazy/ bright.
Smell is honey and light citrus notes of grapefruit/ orange.
Taste is an earthy/ pine/ pineapple/ grapefruit blend of clean DIPA. Melon notes are there after a little while of sipping, although in a bit of a medicinal way.
Feels medium-thick, somewhat dry.
Nice to sip a little.
Bitter and dry, this IS a tasty DIPA from a fine PA brewery. I can’t drink too much of it though. Big and dry.

Dec 25, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured aggressively, this hazy burnt orange beer yields a couple of fingers of sudsy, light tan head. The nose is really dank citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple, and an earthy malt component.

The bitter grapefruit dominates the taste at first, but the earthy malt component doesn’t allow things to get out of hand, and adds something me character to a beer that could’ve gone too far toward the bitter notes.

I think this is really well-executed, and more than worthy of any beer nerd’s consideration.

Jul 01, 2018
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VFerrec from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper haze with small fluffy head. Smells sweet and fruity. Tastes is sweet and earthy at the end. Pineapple and citrusy blend with great balanced finished. This is a great offering, wish they released it year round. Cheers!

Jul 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

this is my kind of double ipa. troegs has always had the hoppy stuff down pat, and this is no exception. one of my favorites so far in their scratch series. i hate when these get all malty or sweet, over spiked with sugar for the abv, and as a detriment to the hops. this is dialed in there, there is some pale barley malt flavor, but its fresh and clean and fermented out enough to let this be all about the hops. i wish i know what they used in it, because its amazing in nose and smell. super tropical with a fresh sliced grapefruit and pineapple complexion, and only moderate bitterness. must be rather heavy handed on the dry hopping. notes of white grape and passion fruit too, its really brimming with summery sex appeal. the alcohol is perfectly concealed too, this drinks like a single ipa. carbonated brightly and quite smooth in the feel, not a lot of residual anything here. if anyone knows about the hops in it, please fill me in. very few on the market this good, seemingly made for my personal preferences in the style. i am really glad i got to try this one.

edit: looks like this has moved from scratch series to something they release more regularly. just had it in a delicious pint can, and the beer is incredible. a slight bit sweet from the high oils in the hops, but an awesome glass of beer, warms up really nicely too, especially for the style. this is a keeper!

Jan 22, 2016
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice golden color with about and inch of head. Lacing is present and retention is very good.

Smell: Huge notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and grapefruit!

Taste: Taste follows the nose! Huge notes of citrus and grapefruit with a sweet malt backbone! This beer is crisp and refreshing!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is a mighty fine double IPA! I have been sampling this from when it came out up thru now with a few months of aging and it has been solid every time. This is probably the best beer from Troeg's that I have had to date. I put this right up there with their Nugget Nectar offering. I will be seeking this out next year if it comes back! If you missed out on this one this year you need to get it next year if it comes back!

Oct 10, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Wine Source in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood.

Call me old-fashioned, but there's few things I enjoy more than a bitter, pine-forward DIPA. This one ticks off every box that some folk call "gross and inaccessible" but for whatever sick reason they send me to Pleasuretown: pine, mangoes, and cat pee.

This is very bitter by today's standards, but old heads like myself should dig it. It's sweet and fruity up front and magically becomes an older-school DIPA in the middle and end.

Jun 25, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip (I'm 3 in on this 4 pack my parents gave me), but I get what's going on.
The appearance was a golden bronzed color with a sly transparency about it. Moderate finger's worth of white foamy head dissolved at a fair pace.
The aroma had a very nice blend of sweet honeydew, sweet pine, honeysuckle, substantial side of bitter pine and a nice level dose of bready and caramel malts.
The flavor yields to the sweetness initially and makes a good effort to climb into the bitterness. And when it does, it surely does bite emphatically into that bitterness. Mild and somewhat misleading aftertaste of an incohesive character of bitterness and sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about. Bitterness does provide a certain dryness heaving upon doses of the pine claiming my tongue. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt close to what was projected. Finish seems to play with me a bit, it's different - somewhat smooth yet dry with some stickiness but pushing at the hops.
Overall, it's an odd DIPA to me, but maybe because I haven't been home to PA in a while. Has the Vermont DIPA overtaken my palate or do I need to get out of this state more often to experience other states' DIPA's? Not sure, but this is still a nicely done beer.

Jul 10, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

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

This looks and smells the part, with a pretty golden hue and a blast of mango and pine citrus that gets your attention.

I can see what they are going for with the name. This is powerful yet agile. Really solid bitterness in the middle of the sip but finishes clean. Definitely leaves a bit of resin and oil behind the tropical fruits, pine sap, and bread notes. A lot of moving parts but everything seems in synchronicity. Not all of Troeg's beers are amazing, but Nugget Nectar is and this is pretty close.

Jul 30, 2018
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2018
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Gregf51 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2016
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_nickg_ from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 09, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/11/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Sep 11, 2016
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yaksurf from North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 15, 2019
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kkazemi from New York

3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 22, 2017
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Billmehr111 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 08, 2017
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