Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.84/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-07-2014 02:42:59 | More by gcamparone
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
05-25-2014 04:12:08 | More by jcewin
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-27-2013 22:06:30 | More by barczar
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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