Nimble Giant | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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!

Added by orangesol on 08-05-2015

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Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "Freshest by 10/22/16 12:46 160613-808"

Appearance: The body is a nice golden yellow color with hints of medium-brown orange along the edges. It is a hazy beer but I can see shadows through it. The head is lofty and white with great retention in the beginning but it starts to fade out to nothing. Not much lacing.

Aroma: The aroma on this beer is huge. I am slammed in the face with this mango aroma mixed with tangerine and peach. It smells like a mixed fruit breakfast juice. The largest aroma would probably be mango. If you have ever walked out of your house and been hit by a heatwave as you exit that is what this is like only hops. I guess the cliche thing to say would be a "hopwave." It smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste: It does have some of the hop flavor characters listed in the aroma section. It has this grapefruit pulp flavor in it and a bit of a herbal bay leaf flavor at the end. It is an outstanding beer but it feels pretty low on bitterness and that drags the beer behind a bit.

Mouthfeel: Again it has low bitterness which reduces the strength or the feel of the beer as a whole. Other than that it is a clean beer with a semi-dry finish that also finishes clean. It is a lighter bodied beer and it is very drinkable. Not that effervescent.

Overall: The beer started out pretty well with a great aroma and a wonderful flavor but it just lacked the bitterness to really support a DIPA. Fortunately the beer was not sweet or malty to fill the void of bitterness so it was obviously crafted very well with the intention of it being this way (flavorful but not too bitter). It is just something to consider if you are looking for something with a good bitter bite (which this doesn't have). This is more of a juice-like flavorful beer which really is enjoyable and I have to say that the flavors are quite amazing. If I am in the mood for a beer that has a lot of juice-like character I would buy this again with the provision that I can get it as fresh as I did during the time of this review.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bobolinksy
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of VFerrec
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.64/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear light golden with a half finger bone white head that settles slowly.A great mix of tangerine,sweet onion,and grapefruit pith in the nose it's trifecta of hops that really stand out.Flavors of a garden in sweltering heat,very green with tangerine and sweet onion rounding out the hop profile,it never gets overly sweet wich is the downfall of way to many of the style.The hop complexity is very impressive and the sweetness is as well,great job!

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccapurso
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdsdad3
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very fresh and clean. Does not drink like a 9 percent. Goes down nice with great hop and citrus combo. Be careful with this one.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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