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

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

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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%


Brewed by:
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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 -7.5%
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
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KattM2013

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +14%
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!

Serving type: cask

04-10-2013 18:48:06 | More by KattM2013
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Relatively recently at Rattle 'N Hum, NYC. Poured a reddish-orange, with less than a finger of white head, poor retention/lacing, and no visible carbonation (not surprising, given the cask origin). Lots of alcohol apparent in the nose; sweet orange/tangerine/pineapple, and not very herbal/bitter at all. The taste mirrored the nose, with a sweet finish that revealed a big alcohol presence. Very slick and thick feel. A little too sweet and in-your-face alcoholic for my taste.

Serving type: cask

12-23-2010 23:57:40 | More by donniecuffs
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At a Heavy Seas night at my local bar here in NJ (Coppermine Pub - best in the state) I had the pleasure of trying the Big DIPA from a cask.

The appearance looked like it should, a beautiful dark color. The taste was delicious, but warm from the cask. It felt like a great night cap drink.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2010 19:45:14 | More by devinoconnor
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on CASK at Max's in Baltimore...

A- Poured with a thin, rocky, cream-colored, well-retained head. There were little white clumps (protein?) suspended in the head, which ultimately gave-way to some nice lacing. The body was an orange-amber color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the chalice. Good overall appearance.

S- The nose on this beer is reminiscent of a tropical fruit medley. There's also a good bit of citrus, honey and malty aromas kicking around on the nose. Overall, I'd say this nose is BIG... the word "pungent" has negative connotations, so I don't really want to use that word... the nose was... bold... and indicative of something delicious to follow.

T- The first sip yielded a big punch of sweet caramel malt to the mouth, along with flavors of orange marmalade and tropical fruit. Lesser vinous notes interplay with some earthy flavors. The malt and hop profiles are both really big, but exceptionally balanced! Delicious!

M- Full oily body, with just a hint of soft carbonation, which works perfectly with this beer.

D- So well-balanced, at 10.6% ABV it's extremely, nay, DANGEROUSLY drinkable! I'm not a big hop head, and I will now go out of my way for this beer.

Note: This was tasted on cask, and I intend to resample on draft and in bottle for comparison...

Serving type: cask

08-19-2009 23:05:42 | More by jgasparine
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On cask at Max's.

As with the regular version, the beer pours a fairly dark amber color with OK head retention and lacing. Unlike the DIPA I had on CO2, I get a lot on the nose with this beer, primarily pine, sweet malt and some underlying citrusy bitterness. Likewise, this beer tastes considerably better on cask, except if anything the beer is even more barleywine like. This beer is very sweet and syrupy, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness, making this beer taste something like a hoppy BW. Mouthfeel is likewise much better out of the cask, with a soft, smooth flavor profile. Unfortunately, drinkability is as bad as ever. The beer finishes with a sweet, alcoholic bite that is hard to take.

This is just not a very good DIPA, though God knows it's easier to take out of the cask. Still wouldn't be tempted to order this one again.

Serving type: cask

08-15-2009 20:39:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
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tgdigital

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new and exciting offering from Clipper City in Baltimore, MD. I got a chance to sample this beer at the MD State Brewers Festival. They were serving the beer in a firkin that was dry hopped with cascades and oak chips.

This beer is similar to Loose Canon, but a lot bigger. It's a nice amber color with a clean white foamy head that is retained to the bottom of the glass. The nose is full of hops, cascade and amarillo dominate. There is a hint of alcohol and some big malty notes as well. The taste is exceptional with a nice malty presence which gets finished off well with a big hoppy kick. For as big as this beer is, it is balanced nicely, not too much sweetness, and no unrestrained bitterness either. The 10.6% alcohol is masked very well, and I was into my 3rd 4oz sample before I was informed of this number, so the drinkability is superb. I was told that the beer will be available in 22oz bombers starting in July, so be on the look out soon for this limited release, it's definitely one to try.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2009 20:39:31 | More by tgdigital
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barczar

Kentucky

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
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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
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larryi86

Delaware

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
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nUgZ

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a one finger head and some lacing.

S: Slight hops up front along with a nice sweet malt aroma following closely behind.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, a little oak, some hops, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is not your typical DIPA. Not very hoppy at all. It's almost like a Barleywine or Strong Ale. Not bad...actually very enjoyable. Not what I was expecting though.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 21:13:15 | More by nUgZ
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CloudStrife

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 19:21:48 | More by CloudStrife
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:20:58 | More by youradhere
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Rast

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Uncharted Waters series. Bomber on m' parents' back porch on a second consecutive unseasonable summery spring evening. Buona sera indeed.

In art as in brewing it's impossible to be totally unique. Otherwise one would have to invent multiple words just to describe the subject. There'd be literally no comparison, no point of reference. While the Big DIPA is not indeed totally unique, it's one-of-a-kind in the world of IPAs... or DIPAs for that matter.

Pours a decent reddish amber, nothing out of the ordinary, tho certainly darker than yr average IPA. Lacing is ho hum for a mighty 10.5%, tho the head was so thick I accidentally stuck my nose right into it when I was smelling some muted malts and earthy, soft hops. Not what I was expecting: a wet fizzy nose and no bursting bitterness. Uh... this IS a dbl IPA, correct?

Taste is a clever blend of malt and hop. This is where English, and my limited experience, fail me. Yes, malt and hop are what beers taste like, but the blend here is what intrigues me and defies proper explanation. Initial taste is 75/25 on the malt/hop ratios. (I'm literally having to take 5 sips per sentence to try to describe this.) Hops settle in nice, then the oak character really comes in on the aftertaste for an extraordinarily smooth and easy hop-"dominated" flavor. Really hop-centric. Nothing dominant abt any aspect of this beer other than the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is aight. Semi-smooth and nice and lower-middle carbonation. Nothing to write home abt.

If you've made it to this point in this long-winded review, I commend thee. I defy you to write it any shorter with so little idea of exactly what yer tasting for the first time. Hopefully Heavy Seas is brewing this in 20 years when I know how to use English to describe complex brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:58:38 | More by Rast
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Greywulfken

New York

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick notes: had the 2013 (?) release. From their website:
"When we decided to resurrect the Big DIPA, we knew that we needed to make it bigger and better. We’ve brought the beer back with the same 10.5%ABV as before, the same massive amounts of hops as before, but this time, we’ve aged it on oak spirals. Oak spirals suspended in solution allow more surface area to come into contact with the beer increasing the oak presence without increasing exposure time. This results in a smoother oak flavor and further compliments the extraordinary hop characteristics. Cheers!"

Sooo...

A: clear medium amber beer in a tulip; tan head of a finger-or-so. Sparse, slight motes of lace

S: floral and citric aroma, woodsy pine accentuated (I suppose) by the barrel aging

T: nice and big maltiness underscores the flavors that accompany the hops on the nose; some caramel sweetness balances the bitter hops; the barrel aging adds an elegance to the experience

M: weight like you'd expect from a DIPA, but the barrel-aging lightens the feel somehow; moderate carbonation; clean finishing - bitterness here is balanced by an almost evaporative quality from the oak

O: I think my only other barrel-aged DIPA is Burton Baton, which is epic. I didn't want this beer to pale, and it did not. A very well-crafted ale. Would totally buy this every time it comes around.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:25:39 | More by Greywulfken
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2013 Uncharted Waters series. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head retention was good, and there was a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and floral hops, oak, vanilla, and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy and floral hops, caramel malt, oak, bready malt and light pine hops. Seems pretty balanced between the malt and hops, and it does have a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, glad I got to try it. $7.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:32:03 | More by bluejacket74
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the ale house. Snifter

Beige head. Copper amber in color. Lots of lace.

Flavor is of big juicy hops. Pine with some floral notes. Grapefruit citrus. Fairly tropical. Some hop resin stickiness. A little bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is better and sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, a solid dipa. This must be a new batch because it says it is retired. I like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 23:02:05 | More by mothman
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 5.99. If the smeared numbers on the bottom of the bottle are any indication, this appears to have been bottled 2/18/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep, clear red-orange with a finger and a half of manilla head that leaves a good bit of lace behind.

The nose seem muted. Faint whiffs of orange, earthy floral hops and oak.

Tastes of bitter citrus peel, pine, flower petals and soft oaky vanilla. Plenty bitterness with sweet malty body and very little alcohol apparent in the flavor.

Slick, medium feel with wispy carbonation. Slightly oily. Dry, bitter sweet citrus hop finish.

Though far from my favorite, The Big DIPA is a smooth, easy drinking occasional treat. Not sure if the oak aging is new for this year (I don't recall any mention of barrels in the last batch) but it's nice. I know bombers are not value buys but as far as 22oz bottles go, you could do worse for more money. I'll most likely continue getting a my annual bottle with each release.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 04:40:24 | More by ThickNStout
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CrazyEasyBartender

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber/caramel color one and a half finger head that settled to a half finger head. Constant layer of lacing rings are not spaced out very much. Nucleation in he glass helps retain the head.

Smell- citrus hops, wood chips, smokey, caramel, subtle malt. Hop aroma isn't as instense as a dogfish head IPA but hop profile is average. Slight alcohol in the nose but doesn't overpower the overall aroma.

Taste- complex with a nice smoked wood bite at the front. Hops linger in the back but a cleaner finish than some hop forward beers I've tasted. Aging in oak makes the earthy dark flavors linger slightly after but seems balanced, not crushed with hops and not overly sweet. Alcohol is masked in the taste and barely lets you know it's there.

Mouthfeel- not super carbonated and very drinkable with a slight syrupy feel.

Overall- never was able to try the first batch of Big DIPA but very glad they brought it out of retirement. The oak aging adds some nice subtleties without overpowering the beer. Would purchase again and thank the employee at Heavy Seas for remembering me and giving me a bomber when I came in. My magic Afro powers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:48:53 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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doughanson78

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to nmann08 for this one.

A: Golden copper in color with decent clarity. One finger off white head with alright retention and decent lacing.

S: Floral hops with light citrus notes. Big caramel malt backbone.

T: Big caramel up front. Then a weird floral and citrus hop profile. An off mixture. Not to bitter. Finishing slightly grassy with an alcohol bite.

M: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Slightly slick. A touch dry.

O: Not a great DIPA, but it is decent. The hop profile is a very odd flavor. The alcohol has a bit of a bite in the finish that I’m not fond of. This isn’t a bad beer just not one I would purchase on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 20:04:51 | More by doughanson78
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, alcohol, earth, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, subtle fruit, alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was definitely a lot of things going on in this brew in both the aroma and flavor. It was quite complex and well balanced, but nothing really took off and made me want to seek out another bottle of this one. But I do suggest that if you have not tried it that you do so at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 16:01:40 | More by thagr81us
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this one a while back. Left notes on Word.

A-Pours a darker copper. Smaller head. Head bubbles off a bit and leaves splotchy lacing.

S-Citrus and pine. Along with the former, I get a big dose of sticky, sugary maltiness. The nose is not strong. Whiffs of alcohol too. Aroma is decent, but it is fairly mellow.

T-Quite sweet. Sticky sweet sugar/caramel. Citrus/grapefruit is the most prevalent hop in the flavor. This one is balanced but also kinda leans toward the sweet side. Gets worse throughout the bomber.

M-Syrupy from the sugary. Medium bodied. Alcohol burns pretty powerfully here.

O/D-Doesn't get much love on BA but I liked this one for some reason. It is not a great DIPA but it holds a special place in my heart because it was one of the first DIPAs I had ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 16:15:01 | More by VelvetExtract
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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
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AgentMunky

California

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. From notes. Reviewed 20 June 2011.

A: Generous head, more than a finger. Deep orange, with a gorgeous hue. Barely clear.

S: Vegetal hops and pleasant citrus. Grapefruit and/or lemon peel. Strong and enticing.

T: An excellent DIPA! Hugely malty with lots of alcohol. Strong hops balance the beer and carry the drinker on to a bitterly excellent conclusion. Nice beer. Sweet-big sugars have glorious traces of bitterness around the edges.

M: Substantial and pleasing. Light carbonation. Both wet and bitter. I love it.

O: I'm a big fan of this one! Strong -- very much so -- but, if not drinkable, still delicious. Recommended as a big-hitting, tasty Double IPA. I've enjoyed every bottle of the Mutiny Fleet I've purchased, and have started wondering why my reviews of these Heavy Seas beers are often much higher than the average. Ah, well, try it for yourself and vindicate my opinion!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:59:32 | More by AgentMunky
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: This pours a clear tea color with two fingers of cream-colored head that laces well.

S: Stong caramel maltiness, over-shadowed floral hoppiness, and a little citrus.

T: This is simply an over-malted and too-heavily-boozed DIPA.

M: The body is thick, syrupy, and has some alcohol heat.

O: This is like a hot, out of balance barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:01:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
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