Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gigantic Brewing Company - The Business

Minding my own business...
Sometimes--every once in a while--I start to write a beer review and I just sit here, staring at the laptop screen, my twitchy fingers hovering over the keyboard...annnnd nothin'. I bet there's a blank, moronic expression on my face. Yup, there he is the mirror: Mr. Moron.

Don't get me wrong. I'm absolutely excited about the beer I'm drinking. It's just been a tough week. I've had to do a lot of other writing projects and there's just so much I can pull out of my noggin at a time. Blogger's block. There you go.

Today's beer is totally new to me. I found it in the cold case at New Seasons. I don't remember how much it set me back. Maybe five bucks? Doesn't matter. It's in my belly now. 

The beer is Gigantic Brewing Company's The Business. The label proclaims it to be a "Brit-American Pale Ale" with an ABV of 6%.

"Rich British malt and bright American hops. This beer is so damn good you'll be saying it tastes 'The Business'."

I'm not exactly sure what that "The Business" business is all about. Some reference that is completely over my head, no doubt. In any case, I'm assuming this is a British-style pale ale that is all PNW hopped up. Let's see if it's any good, shall we?

The beer poured into my glass a slightly hazy, amber/copper color with a creamy, white head. The head rose up to a good finger thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. Webs of sudsy lacing were left behind, along with a thin, spotty cap across the top.

Aroma was bready, caramel malt and citrus hops. Lemon, orange, tangerine. Herbal notes. Hints of pine. 

Taste was very hop forward. Quite IPA-ish. Bitter citrus and resinous pine. Robust, biscuity malt. Good balance. 

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Hops and malt flavors rested together pleasantly on the palate at the end. I like!

Overall, this is a solid brew. Gigantic seldom disappoints. I'm giving The Business a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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