It’s weird how far tastes can shift in a few short years. In honor of their fifth anniversary, Gigantic Brewing is re-brewing fan favorites from their back catalogue. Whole in the Head was the first imperial IPA the Gigantic fellas brewed. The recipe is five years old, but it’s very different than the IPAs we’ve been drinking lately. It’s neither thick and bitter, nor light and juicy. It’s sort of in the middle.
Whole in the Head has got the juice, but there’s more to it than that. There’s enough Citra and Lemondrop hops to give it a great pink lemonade flavor, but it’s backed up with Simcoe and Cascade for a dank, earthy edge. The grist has none of the oats or wheat we’ve become accustomed to. It’s just pale malt and sugar. It’s light and dry but still sweet.
Whole in the Head was brewed in that space between yesteryear’s danker, bitter imperial IPAs and today’s juicy, creamy IPAs. It has an interesting in-between flavor that brings out the good in both styles.