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Beer Review: Nimble Giant

Every so often an IPA comes along that gets the hop combinations right. Tröegs Independent Brewing’s double IPA called Nimble Giant is one of those beers. Nimble Giant stands tall among many of the Imperial/Double IPAs I’ve had this year. I picked up a four-pack from Village Beer Merchant on Elmwood Ave.

It was a pricey four-pack, but worth it.

I’ve visited Tröegs in Hershey Pennsylvania on a trip to Philadelphia and that review can be read here. The tasting room is spacious and the food is exceptional. There is a self-guided tour and a gift shop. And while you are there, you can have a taste of “scratch beers.”

Scratch beers are limited release experimental beers found at the tap room.


Scratch beers are experimental beers made in small batches and released to patrons. Nimble Giant is a former scratch beer that made the big leagues. Here’s a short video describing the scratch series.

My 16-ounce Nimble Giant was canned on June 10. And although I can already detect a slight fade, this beer is very much working as intended. It’s a challenge to keep a beer containing an abundance of citrus hops tasting this fresh for a month or more.

The labeling on the bottom of the can reads “freshest by 10/15/16”. I don’t think this is realistic and I wouldn’t want to try this beer in October; I know this beer would not taste the same.

Here’s a picture of my Nimble Giant:

Nimble Giant is an exceptional DIPA.
Nimble Giant is an exceptionally-crafted DIPA.


Nimble Giant is made with a trifecta of Azacca, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, all of which contain double digit alpha-acid content and blend well. The aromas from these hops flow forth from the can upon the opening snap. A strong smell of pineapple and grapefruit dominate the aroma and taste. And, as any nimble DIPA will do, the 9% alcohol goes unnoticed until one or two giants are taken down.

One thing I don’t like about this beer is that the can reads “once a year”. This Nimble Giant needs to rumble around more often.


About Buffalo Beer Biochemist

Born and raised in Western New York. Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Professor of Microbiology and Chemistry. And lover of beer.

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