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Beer – #452 – Gigantic – Volta

Beer from Portland – Gigantic Volta – Brewed by Gigantic Brewing Co. and it’s in the style that is a  Saison and I gave the game away before but they’re in PortlandOregon USA ‘Murica

This was on tap so I have a 1 litre bottle (34 fl oz), and at 8.4% ABV this makes it a total of 6.63 standard drinks in NZ. The bottle would be around 680-700 calories.

It looks Gigantic!

It looks Gigantic!

A word sonnet: Volta is a delightfully spicy, fruity summer saison, yet a beer for any season.

Weirdly we’re having a late dash of winter blues, it’s cold, wet and windy outside and so a summery beer seems a bit at odds.

Her’s the label art,  just in case, for no reason, and because this was on tap and not in glass.

Well not in a packaged glass,  if pedantic is called for.

Gigantic Artwork

Gigantic Artwork


It kooks like a rich orange colour in the bottle,  The aroma is like lemon, or soft stone fruit;

It’s a lively pour, and that’s not my poor skills, I think it’s a given, given the style. I’m always up for being corrected though.

The froth is interesting in taste. Fruity.

Gigantic VoltaWoah, that is nice. That full mouthfeel, soft, sweet and fluffy. Very engaging, very encouraging. The alcohol though is there in the background waving and kicking-off though like a hooligan. as this starts well in the mouth and ends on alcohol note and heaviness.

This is loaded with sweetness that somewhat drown out the rough edge hops that you might be expecting at the front of the taste, and that lulls you into quaffing as it appeals to the sweetness of my palate.

I like it quite a bit then as a good drinking beer for an otherwise dull afternoon at the end of winter and just before spring can get a hold.

I’m not sure what else that I could say except that it looks great in the glass, even the second time around, I mean it sits well loads of foam and head. No tacky after-taste, no tanginess, but that’s offset by the fact that there are not that many complicated things going on in the quaffing stage for the after-match to be all engaging and interactive.

But, if I get to Portland keep a seat open at the pub because…. incoming!!!!

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing. I like it, despite that it might lack dimensions and layers, what it is is a good beer done goodly, and that makes it ok by me. It makes me smile, it brings me to a happy place, and I have some goodly music going on in the background that just makes this little bubble something nice.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes
  2. Would I have another? I would love to have another, I checked online and the bottle shop just tapped a different beer from Gigantic instead of this, unlucky for those punters, lucky for me, or perhaps unlucky, perhaps I got the last.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, sit down, relax, and tell me what you think about

I was listening to a few things, but settled on “The Police” and this came on, of course, Message in a bottle…..

Joking aside though and being sensible I was listening to quite a hunting album by “Shearwater”  This is off the album “Animal Joy” and it’s called  “You as you were”

It’s quite the thing to get you interested.


Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.


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