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

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tgdigital on 06-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: 2-row, Biscuit, Crystal
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Reviews by youradhere:
Photo of youradhere
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a hotel plastic cup, smell is cherries, vanilla, toffee, slight citrus, cinnamon, oak; smells like a nice Flanders. Taste is pumpkin, cherry, slight funk, tea like tannin, honey, quite nice yet in IPA like. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy enough, good flavor, but this is nothing like what a "traditional IPA" tastes like, however it is probably what a classic IPA tastes like. Slight barrel funk on a rich beer base makes this a great tasting brew, different, yet not quite IPA like.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep rich bronze color with a tight formed one fnger slight off white head that stuck well to the glass as it settled into a creamy mass.A mix of alcohol dipped fruit and citric,resiny hops,neither win out but both make a good presence.Pretty boozy on the palate,some pear-like fruit soaked in sweet alcohol flavors with overripe tropical fruit,an underlying resiny note in the finish.Its boozy and can be a bit hard to drink after half a bottle but I have had worse beers of the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love this style of beer, but this was a bit of a disappointment. In a snifter, the beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized off white head. Minimal lacing. Mostly a citrus aroma, maybe a little floral, couldn't tell for sure. Grapefruit taste, tiny bit of pine. The alcohol was well-hidden, but still a pretty tepid beer. Not one I'd try again.

Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from last summer

Pour is coppery brown with minimal head. head does leave some lacing behind.

Smell is mostly caramel malts and alcohol, not much in the way of hop presence.

Hops come through more on the taste, but still seem to play second fiddle to the high amount of malt. Some lingering hop bitterness. Tastes a bit more like a barleywine.

Medium, slightly oily, mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Alcohol is a bit too up front, and hops are not nearly dominant enough for this to stand out as a great DIPA. Definitely a sipper as well. Didn't particularly enjoy this, and wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Big DIPA pours a chill hazed honey amber body with a medium sized offwhite head that deposits clumpy lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and earthy mango and melting caramel.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, about full bodied, with some cloying syrupy sweetness. Low medium carbonation.

Taste opens with orange marmalade notes, followed by huge waves of caramel and mango. Pine, earthy, and grassy hops quickly come to the rescue, with an assertive bitterness. Brash hop notes of pine and earthiness join with the solid alcohol heat in an effort to balance. Finishes quite bitter, with a lot of alcohol warmth.

This one approaches barleywine territory. Heavy maltiness is too assertive for my tastes.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber w/o freshness info, from Ninety 9 Bottles in Norwalk, Ct. Pours dull, murky, dark orange infused amber, the head is medium tan, frothy, long lasting and then leaving ungodly amounts of thick sheeting and blobby lacing. Dense nose of dark whole wheat, more orange, and citric hops. Solid DIPA, with waves of luch malts and a more then ample hopped up top coating. Pine, mint, more citrus, smoothly meshing with the doughy and sweet malts. Tastes like an on tap west coast style hop bomb and that is a good thing. Well done CCB

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some citrus hops. The flavor is caramel malt, orange, toffee and brown sugar. This is a heavily malted double IPA that is low on the bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Kraken
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/9/09

Split with my lil bro. Poured from a 22oz bottle into two 16oz hap glasses. Firm pour calls fourth a short white head of fine bubbles. Head shows good staying pour a nice lace. Color is a clouded dark amber with an extremely dark brown center.

Nose- Overripe orange some tangerine, a fair amount of caramels. Alcohol.

Pallate- Lots overripe orange and orange peel. Some tangerine, lots of brooding caramels. Fairly creamy. Long bitter finish. Very hot.

Mouthfeel- Thick in the mouth, very dry.

Drinkability- Fair, at 10% a bit overbearing.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic pint glass cuz I'm taking it out to the pool as soon as I write this.

Burnt orange colored with a thick half inch of frothy foam that lingers long leaving a nice cap atop the liquid.

Low aroma of citrus and honey malt.

Rich flavor of chewy malt and citric hops, tending toward grapefruit rind. Decent level of bitterness. A little hot, singes the tip of the tongue. Good balance of malt and hops, but not overly complex, the ABV seems to mask the subtler flavors.

Even mouthfeel, a bit on the slick side. Definite warming finish with a tingle at the back of the tongue.

Would like more complexity, but still a good sipper.

Photo of miromanyth
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas tends to be very hit-or-miss with me but here goes nothing...

A: A deep orange, with little haze. An off-white creamy head - decent looker.

S: Sweet smell, a blend of peach and candy. A touch of booze maybe. A little graininess.

T: Sticky. A load of malt sweetness. A pretty tender hop bite follows, and some alcohol on the finish. After warming, the booze fades a bit and I get a bit of citrusy hop qualities. Still too much alcohol though.

M: Creamy, smooth, a little syrupy maybe.

D: Not a bad beer, but I think the booziness, and general lack of a defining characteristic keeps this beer from rising above the super saturated DIPA market.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lackenhauser for including this in the week 4 winnings of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF. I'm enjoying this watching Game 1 for my Rangers in the WORLD SERIES. GO RANGERS!!!

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass a opaque burnt orange with a one finger white head. Little head retention but good lacing. It's allergy season, and I can hardly smell much of anything. The flavors have a carmel malted flavor with a good amount of hop bite. Not much of a fresh hop flavor to this, but that doesn't take much away from it. The alcohol is well masked and it is full bodied. Despite the full body, this is a very easy IIPA to drink.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with light amounts of citrus hops. As the beer warms the caramel malt aromas become more pungent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with light amounts of citrus hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter but manages to leave residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bomber but probably wouldn't go for even one more glass.

Overall this was a decent beer but I was expecting more from the makers of Loose Cannon. Worth a shot, but expect more of a barleywine than a DIPA.

Photo of hughesm4
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a bomber with a couple of friends poured into a couple of glasses.

A. Very light brown/bronze in color. Pours a very slight head that slides down the side of the glass.

S. Great smell with a perfect balance for a dipa. A perfect balance of pine, hops, snd malt

T. All the same traits as the smell, but gets knocked a half because I would hope for a little more of a bitter taste.

M. Pretty good. Sweet and slightly bitter.

D. Goes down extremely smooth. A great brew that I recommend to all.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

A: Rigorous pour yields a clear dark amber brown with a two finger dense slightly yellowed head. Just a little bit of visible carbonation. Head really sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Fresh floral hops are the first thing I notice. Also a citrusy grapefruit tone to the hops. Real freshness to the smell. A hint of sweetness and a touch of oak. As it warms the malt starts to dominate the aroma.

T: One of the maltier double IPA's I have had recently, this reminds me of a barley wine. Carmel sweetness and a bold earthiness take up most of the flavor. Hops are in there but fairly muted by the strong malt bill. On the sweeter side but that seems to do a good job hiding the booze.

M: Thick body with low carbonation. Comes across very syrupy with ample stickiness to it. Very warming and a beer you sip on.

Overall a tad lacking in the hop department to be an outstanding double IPA. The oak spirals didnt seem too add too much to the flavor either. Could actually picture aging this one. Worth a try for big beer fans.

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber/honey with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell has a strong roasted malt,dark fruit,and bread yeast aroma. The taste has a bitter citrus flavor along with a very strong bread yeast with alcohol. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer with everything you'd want in a DIPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for bringing Jason. Second time I have had this, so about time to rate it. grapefruit colour with a little white head. Medium bodied. A lot of hops and there is a malt offset, but its not balanced. Astringency from the hop bomb. Drinkable though.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.39 (after discount) at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD.

Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle, it's a clear dark copper with an orange cast. Secondary pours are a bit hazy as it's bottle-conditioned and the yeast gets disturbed. The frothy off-white head holds well, and it leaves excellent rings and tattered sheets of lace in its wake.

The aroma is not as boldly hoppy as one might expect of a double IPA, but it does deliver some very nice bready and sweetly caramelish malt along with a hint of soft fruit (apricot, peach, melon, tangerine, grapefruit/citrus rind, pine).

In the mouth it's full-bodied and remarkably smooth and supple with just a light caress on the tongue from the very-fine bubbled natural carbonation.

The flavor reveals more hops than the flavor suggests, but it's still very malt based - and that's OK. Although there are clearly some American hop varieties present, this has more of an English -style bent. It's malty, caramelish and biscuity, but also clearly infused with leafy, fruity, and grassy hop flavors. And it's kind of soft, at just 75 IBU's (given its girth of malt). The 10.5% alcohol never really shows, although a bit of spiciness is present here and there towards the last third of the serving, and a bit of it does show in the finish beyond that point. And, despite its maltiness, it finishes dry with an edge of bitterness, pine, and mild citrus rind.

Overall, it's very nicely rounded, and fairly well balanced. Accessible to the masses!

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Beggars Banquet in East Lansing. Poured into a sniffer, the body is a deep amber with some reddish highlights, topped by a creamy, off white head that leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma of sweet amber malt and a ton of fruity hops. Notes of light honey and booze come through as well.
Palate is big on sweet malt and fruity hops, with lots of fruit esters and honey sweetness. Finish is fairly boozy, but not overwhelming. Body is thick and syrupy, as one would expect from a strong double IPA. Very nice, although the balance definitely tilts towards the sweet side.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poired into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma has a lot of sweet malt and a good dose of hops as well. As the beer warms, you can pick up on more alcohol in the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma has a very solid malt backbone. The taste starts out smooth and malty with caramel and toffee and finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops. There is a good amount of alcohol in the taste but it isn't overpowering.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The 10.5% ABV makes this one a sipper. Overall, a solid DIPA that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of prototypic
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big DIPA looks like a caramel and rust collision. It's clear and has an orange tint when held to light. An off-white head sits on top and stands about two fingers tall. It fell relatively quickly, but left thick chunks of sticky lace behind.

The nose is alright, but isn't great. This thing smells chock full of caramel malt. I know it's not uncommon for the style, but I still am not a big fan. Frankly, the overwhelming sweet smell covers much of what else might be here. There are faint notes of grapefruit and orange, but they don't come through very strong. It's obvious that the hops are consumed by the wealth of caramel malt. Alcohol is noted. It's probably not strong enough to suggest a plus 10% beer, but it is here. It doesn't smell overtly bad, but it could be much better.

After a whiff or two, my expectations aren't very high. One sip confirms it's everything I expected. It is very sweet and full of caramel malt flavor. I'm not a big fan of that in DIPAs. There is at least some evidence of citric hops. Grapefruit and orange flavors are subtle and too weak, but they are noted. Unfortunately, there's hardly any bitterness at all. That's a bad, bad thing. It's difficult to tell if Big DIPA is just excessively malt heavy or hop deficient. Either way, it's not good. Alcohol is easily detectible, but isn't quite warming. I still don't think I would've guessed in the 10% neighborhood. It finishes sweet with some light citric flavors. Disappointing overall.

Big DIPA has a medium body that is pretty smooth. That's not surprising given the wealth of malt. Carbonation is about mid-range. The feel is honestly Big DIPA's strongest asset. Drinkability is very average, and that might be a little generous. It is rather big and strong at 10.6%. But, the flavor is sub-par for DIPA and makes it somewhat of a struggle to get through.

Big DIPA is a release that needs to walk the plank. It's not terrible, but it's quite disappointing. There's some hop flavor, but it's not strong enough and there's very little to no bitterness. That doesn't work well for a DIPA in my book. I'd suggest taking a pass on this pirate excursion. It's not very good.

Photo of mikey711
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a perfect pint glass. Reviewing in a rush so I can eat.

Its amber with a thick two finger head.

Lots of citrus and and pine.

The citrus and pine are present but not great. There is something like peppermint too which i wasn't expecting and threw me way off. A nice maltiness is present, but this was not a favorite of mine.

It's a bit light, and the alcohol is hidden well. Probably wouldn't have more than one, but could.

Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber, that is topped off with a tight finger of slightly off-white colored head. Retains with a thin, yet rich look, that just absolutely COATS the sides of the glass with thick cascade of creamy lace. Great DIPA look here. The aroma is very even smelling, with big notes of floral hops, spice, sticky pine, rich tropical fruit sweetness, and grainy malts. As this warms, the heat starts to rise, with beefy alcohol warmth threatening to overtake the profile.

The hops are big and bold in the taste, with a sharp spiciness and a cutting resinous edge. Balance comes courtesy of a beefy backbone of toasted grainy malts and lush citrus, which really seems to give up a lot of the sweetness in this. The finish is sticky and spicy, with an intensely bitter finish that just completely dries the mouth out. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to slicker and flatter feel, which carries a lot of the warmth and sweetness. There is a pretty heady alcohol presence to this. I don't know if I would call it completely rampart or anything but it does impart a good bit of a sting to the taste and body. This actually does feel like the ABV might be a bit more heftier than what is posted on the bottle.

Well I can't say that I was too surprised by this, as it came off as a typical East Coast DIPA to me. There isn't a lack of hops, but the higher alcohol (i.e. too high) presence makes the sweetness in these pop just that much more, making for a medicial feel that can be hard to take. I figure that your enjoyment of this will depend on how well you can handle the heat. Personally, I think that splitting a bomber with a friend would be perfect.

Photo of KattM2013
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange/amber color with a creamy white head; however, I had this beer on cask and the head was not quite as full as a keg pour would have produced.

S: Aroma brings notes of caramel as well as a floral hops and a sugary sweetness.

T: Up front the taste is of bready malt and floral hops which quickly morphs into and intense grapefruit hop and finishes with a boozy caramel sweetness.

M: This is definitely a full bodied brew that goes down smoothly but watch out for the alcohol bite at the end!

O: Overall this is definitely a brew worth having for any fan of Double IPA's!

Photo of hdofu
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit hoppy, has a pleasant smell. Has a light brown color with an off white color head. Not the best imperial ipa I've had but it was ok, had enough hops taste to keep me satisfied, though at 7 dollars a bomber it seems a bit steeply priced. It carries quite an alcohol burn and will knock you on your butt if you aren't careful.

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