Gigantes | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by t0rin0 on 05-07-2010

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small snifter. Pours a medium orange amber with a two finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of pine and citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is citrus and light piney hops with a very pleasant sweet malt base with estery fruit components; orange and stone fruits. Medium bodied. The hops are flavorful, but not as intense as the aroma. The tasty malt body really made this fun to drink. Pleasant bitter piney finish. A quite enjoyable American IPA.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 21A yesterday (Wednesday 5/5/10) with dinner. Served into a pint glass.

Pours brilliantly clear, light brown but more golden. Silky white head and great lacing with plenty of bubbles rising in the glass. About the only way the beer could look better would be if it had a little more retention to it. Ok, so maybe it would look better if it tasted like Pliny the Elder.

Aroma is huge on the tropical fruits (pineapple and apricot) with a little caramel. More like a 4.3-4.4.

Flavor does not deliver quite what the aroma promises. Don't mistake that to mean that this does not taste good. It is plenty bitter and moderately hoppy. In the flavor the hints of pine make themselves known. The real difference is that the caramel malt flavors are more prominent and "balances" the hop flavor. Maybe 3.75-3.85.

Light/medium body, good CO2, very drinkable and if I hadn't already ordered a pint of Back in Black I'd order a glass of this for myself and stop mooching samples.

If I did my arithmaetic correctly (rounding aroma and flavor) this should come out to be a 4.1.

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Photo of SerpentX
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Patrick777
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DWarcher
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at 21st ammendment, Gigantes IPA is a glowing bronze with a off-white leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, some bubblegum. Dank, fresh hops.

Taste is agressively hopped, citrus, a little resin, firm bitterness yet sweet as well, I think more a perception from the hops than residual malt sugars.

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp, and a little chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a well made west coast ipa, I'd like to try it on cask to soften the mouthfeel.

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Photo of KGalindo
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy light copper color with no head. Just a thin ring around the top. It appears very still.

S: This has a wonderful aroma. All kinds of citrus including orange, pineapple, and a touch of pine.

T: The taste is much more piney than the aroma leads you to believe. The citrus almost disappears entirely. A bit of a let down from the aromatic experience.

M: Medium bodied and very still. There is a moderate amount of bite of bitterness towards the finish.

O: A solid ipa. Its difficult to stand out with an ipa these days, but this is a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hansenme
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1424IpA
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cdog707yo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A calmer ipa... When you want a different ipa.

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Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of buffcityx
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.

Given that the label font is identical to that of the San Francisco baseball team, I expected Gigantes IPA to be orange but, while it does have some orange in it, I think in actuality it's more golden. Its big, billowing head is white, with little bubbles like that stick out like inside-out craters, and it puts up a lacing that could be used as a tennis net.

The aroma smells like the park near a high-school; a strong whiff of something like something illegal leaves a lasting, lingering impression. Except this stinking herbal smell is excessively bitter. The fruitiness contained within it is not like the flesh or juice, rather the peel and piths. Not un-coincidentally, malts are nowhere really to be found.

The ganja-like stank sticks around in the flavour which, like the bouquet, is not exactly lavished with maltiness. In fact, green little cones and herbals is all that's noted as sweeter flavours of caramel or toffee stay at bay. The citric notes are relatively understated. Seven percent seems too high for a beer that shows no indication of alcohol what so ever.

Both the malts and hops drop off in the finish like stock prices in a recession. They shrivel. And that makes room for two undesirable features to come on the scene: metallic-y minerals and a stale-tasting, papery texture. The minerals give a bite that would be ideal if there were a little more maltiness and, as for the paperiness, again not enough malt.

Gigantes IPA was clearly designed with bottomless pints and Giants games in mind. And in that regard, it certainly does the trick. But unlike the baseball team, this isn't the World Champion of anything. In fact, it doesn't really provide anything to separate it by and in a city replete with renown IPAs - including a couple from this same brewery - it might easily go overlooked. Indeed, it wouldn't be one of my first recommendations.

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Photo of MrGone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Gigantes from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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