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Brewed by Gage Roads Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Perth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Giant flavour dry hoppedenticing aroma knock the top off this sleeping giant and awaken the taste within


imaragingbull's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours near clear light hazed deep orange gold with tight light off white head. Aromas of sweet malts; toffee, hints of pitted fruit. Hop aromas are earthy, lightly fruity (apricot) and lightly floral. A touch grassy and vegetal. Medium light body, lightly bitter, mainly overshadowed by a sweet malt toffee presence. Finishing a sweet, bitter and lightly crisp. Average aussie attempt at an english style IPA. The malt shovel version is a touch better.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
330ml bottle. Poured a clear, effervescent amber with copper hues and a creamy, lacing two-finger, mostly lasting off-white to light beige head. Caramel, biscuity and bready malts comprise a backbone and palate weight to characters of leafy hops and orange and citrus fruits. Finishes with a pithy, near-resinous and protracted bitterness and an aftertaste of dry earthy yeastiness. Medium body and medium carbonation working both to provide a crisp, firm and fresh palate texture making this a solid, refreshing quaffer. Fine with strong bitter hop qualities and adequate malt body but lacking a little fruit for balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (266) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle: clear, copper color, light medium head and great lace. Caramel and a little funky skunky. More malt than hops. Rubbery hops. Sulphide blows off and the fruity caramel malted dominates. Dry, not sour and certainly bitter. Medium wieght and length. Opens with air. East coast style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1650) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2014
420 yen, 5.4% Bottle from a small liquor shop midway between the Sky Tree & Asakusa. Bought to get rid of that Virgo beerís memory and due to the fact Iíve never seen this "fine craft beer from Australia" in Japan before. Served in a mini Duvel type glass a deep orange-gold with a decent head & a fruity peppery nose with strong citrus & earthy notes - interesting. Medium to full bodied with a tongue scraping bitter mouthfeel - in a good way. The taste is again pretty different from IPAs I am used to, earthy, lemongrass, citrus, pepper & quite bitter. Pretty damn good, a pleasant surprise at a great price for Japan. Best before feb 2014 this must be a hoppy beast fresh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (845) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2014
BB 20/01/15. Poured a fairly clear golden amber colour with a one-finger off-white frothy head that retained OK and laced OK. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of slightly sweet fruity hops but not overwhelming. Taste of slightly sweet caramel malt but this almost immediately dominated by a flavoursome hops bitterness. Light body. Quite nice with long bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (312) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2014
Pours a golden amber with bubbly white head. Slightly hoppy floral nose. Very biscuity, some toffee, slightly bitter, a little caramel, slight hop grapefruit. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Morboso (38) - ECUADOR - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 Price point IPA, not nearly enough hops but nice full bitterness and amber colour if that means anything to you. 5.2 Alcohol good, not much noticeable aroma. For the price no complaints, probably would go for Vale IPA next time as better and only a little bit more costly. Way better than standard Aussie lagers tho. If you like coopers real ale you probably will like this

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (6296) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2014
bottle from bws in broadbeach. steady enough ipa - golden, hints of mango in the aroma, modest bitterness, generic citric aftertaste, nothing really standing out

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
agoodpale (8) - - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
Without a doubt one of the best India pale ales i have tasted. Only down side is the lack of head within 30 seconds all the head that remains is a slight bit of lacing. But does not dampen the mood at all. Great strong flavour with nice citrus bitterness. Many friends who have tried this and generally are anti IPA were quite open to this style of beer. A must try and good value.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarossaLuke (539) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2013
As others have mentioned this is not a knock you over the head IPA, but it is a very good entry level, go to IPA which there are few of in Australia IMO. Has moderate hop character and bitterness with a clean palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangamike (28) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
Amber colour, but surprisingly clean and light finish for an IPA. With a name like sleeping giant, I was expecting something bolder with more hoppiness.


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