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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) - Heavy Seas Beer

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: 2-row, Biscuit, Crystal

(Beer added by: tgdigital on 06-17-2009)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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
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sarahgordon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-29-2014 03:01:21 | More by sarahgordon
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twizzard

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-25-2014 23:44:32 | More by twizzard
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-22-2014 01:05:51 | More by CBodamer
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Received this as a gift from Andrew and Sara, thank you guys!

A- Pours a hazy dark orange body with a nice fluffy white head that reduces very slowly and leaves heavy lacing. Very nice looking.

S- Pretty floral and piney, somewhat soapy, caramel and breadyness, maybe a hint of vanilla and oak.

T- Upfront light piney notes, a bitter hop astringency, some some vanilla and caramel on the finish from the oak. The aftertaste is an unbalanced bitter flavor.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

Overall it was alright. Nothing special, a little unbalanced and the hops really don't work well with the barrel, which was almost nonexistant.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 02:42:59 | More by gcamparone
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jcewin

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber color. Good clarity. Minimal head with decent lacing.

S: Slight oak and caramel with some of the heat from the alcohol wafting up.

T: Good balance with the oak, hops and malt. Some oak aged beers seem overly dry or just too oakey. Sweet Caramel with a good heat behind it. Leaves a slight spice on the back and palate afterwards.

M: What you'd expect from a big IPA. Thick mouthfeel that is balanced by the hops and alcohol rather well.

O: I think Heavy Seas has better beers from their normal selection. For a more premium brew, I was honestly expecting more. I don't think it's poor execution, it's really the concept that seems lacking. That being said, I'm half way through this bomber and starting to like it more. That tends to happen with big beers :). What stands out is the nice caramel flavor, wrapped in that heat from the 10.5% ABV. While the concept of an oak aged DIPA doesn't really thrill me, the execution is very balanced and well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 04:12:08 | More by jcewin
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-24-2014 13:03:29 | More by Latarnik
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ryang1428

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-23-2014 13:59:03 | More by ryang1428
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Dduquette

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-07-2014 20:51:25 | More by Dduquette
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Metalmaniac915

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21%

01-10-2014 00:39:10 | More by Metalmaniac915
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-24-2013 20:42:51 | More by BillRoth
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-22-2013 17:39:42 | More by Burt
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hopkrid

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-20-2013 08:04:11 | More by hopkrid
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-07-2013 17:36:49 | More by paresis
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-15-2013 15:46:04 | More by bconsidine
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-10-2013 02:46:42 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-03-2013 01:07:24 | More by brentblack1
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DasBoot2112

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-02-2013 04:03:03 | More by DasBoot2112
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-01-2013 22:18:46 | More by inspektor
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barczar

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-26-2013 23:40:09 | More by spycow
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-26-2013 22:11:13 | More by IPAchris
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-25-2013 02:35:06 | More by SFC21
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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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