Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
We pour a richly colored brew of deep maroons and ruby browns. It holds a one finger head of tan bubbles, receding at a medium pace into a thick film across the liquid. Bits of lacing stick here and there. There is no real haze or sediment, and the carbonation is minimal. The aroma is sickly sweet, with the biggest component being huge buttery diacetyls. Adding to this are massive toasted caramel malts. Hops are bright with grapefruit, and there is an added sweetness of cantaloupe. Bringing up the rear is a heavy, peppery booze. This really smells quite like a doppelbock. As we sip, burnt caramel and brown sugar sweetness pound up front. There is a bitter slickness of hops, giving resin and pine. Through the middle we have a milky creaminess, giving more sweetness. The booze appears at this point, hiding amongst a mixture of roasty and caramel malts. The finish continues with this, with a peppery, alcoholic bite. The hops show a comeback of pine, balancing with the sweeter malts. The aftertaste breathes with metallic coin, cooked butterscotch malt sweetness, huge booze, and a roasty coffee flavoring. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium. There is huge slurp and smack with each sip, and a big froth despite the lack of any real head. The mouth is left coated thickly, and cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as a sipper.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the rich coloring and nice frothy film over the top. The hops in this one were way underplayed, with the malts as the dominant players. This made it hard for us to even consider this a DIPA, when it smelled and tasted much more like a maibock or a doppelbock.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2011 21:20:04 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a quarter inch fleeting cream head that leaves minimal lacing.
Sweet caramel malt, booze, muted citrus, and hints of dark fruit form the initial aroma. Floral notes accompany oak, bruised cherry, figs, and dates. There's a significant caramel malt backbone.
Flavor is boozy. Fairly oaky and resiny at the finish. Deep caramel notes accompany slight fruit character and toasted malt. Citrus is muted by bitterness.
Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.
Very boozy brew. The hoppiness is overtaken by oak and alcohol. Decent caramel malt base, but doubt this will improve with time. Somewhat cloying. Glad I bought a point and not a 17 dollar bottle.
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2013 22:06:30 | More by barczar
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Served in a snifter glass. Fresh 2013 batch.
Appearance: Looks simple but good, transparent amber with very little bubbles on the body. Head originally off-white, rose to maybe 1/4", looking pretty good so far.
Smell: Hoppy and with light pine scent, light leaving you pretty quick.
Taste: Real bitter and a little light, the bitterness disapears quickly that's where I am going at. Heavy alcohol feel, missing the true floral feel I believe any IPA should have.
Mouth: Smooth, but heavy alcohol almost woody after taste. Medium felling a notch light.
Overall: This beer tries to be great I am not saying it isn't good but it could use some tweaking. It is probably the most mellow DIPA I have had period and I am not looking for easy when it comes to DIPAs. I want complexity, I want pure the pure taste of hops and grapefruit. Heavy Seas, you make great beers time to reinvent yourselves. Salud!
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 06:18:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
On cask at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.
A: Hazy golden-amber with a creamy and very durable off-white head that leaves a full coat of sticky lacing on the glass.
Does not smell or taste as expected. First, the hop mix Is an unusual (but not in a bad way in the aroma) and rather grassy mix of hops, with some spicy, earthy and faint citrus aspects. Second, the hops are not as forward or aggressive as expected in a DIPA; in fact, they are a bit mild even for an IPA. High ABV is partially hidden, but contributes to a mildly harsh feel. Taste is bready too.
O: unusual DIPA with a markedly grassy character. I found this a bit disappointing
Serving type: cask
04-24-2013 03:59:14 | More by chinchill
4.31/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a DFH IPA glass
A- A clear copper color with a three finger off white head.
S- Floral hops, oak, some citrus, caramels malts.
T- Citrus hops up front with a nice caramel malt back bone, some earthiness, nice piney bitter hop finish with a nice oak character. Touch of alcohol, very well balanced.
M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.
O- A solid beer worth picking up. Really enjoy what the oak brings to this beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 23:29:27 | More by larryi86
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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