Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Unibroue tulip. White head atop a copper body, nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, fresh pine and juicy goodness. Some malt sweetness, maybe due to a bit of age on the bottle, not sure. Taste is what I expected after visiting the aromas. Nice bitterness balanced with some sweet malts. Great hop activity and extremely easy to drink at 10.5%. Tastes lovely even after warming. Juicy, juicy, juicy.
11-02-2009 05:06:35 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, tan, head of foam. It left small traces of lace.
S - It smelled grassy and malty. Notes of caramel increase as it warms.
T - A malt forward DIPA with a biscuity, bready taste. It has a picy heat with some mild citrus flavors.
M - It was crisp and smooth with a sticky mouthfeel. A medium to heavy bodied beer.
D - This is an okay Imperial IPA. It's just doesn't have what I'm looking for in the style.
10-30-2009 01:29:43 | More by zeff80
2.53/5 rDev -32%
Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a pretty good off-white head on top. Keeps a thin lace but leaves a ton of sticky rings on the sides.
Smells boozy and sweet, with a hot fusel alcohol aroma plus some sweet syrupy caramel, honey, overripe peaches, and booze soaked oranges. Really not loving this nose at all. There is some juicy fruit going on here but it's soaked in booze and it's overly sweet.
Taste is a bit better but this is definitely not a top notch DIPA I'm drinking here. It's quite sweet, with a big candied fruit and honey flavor. There is some fruit, but like the nose, it's not a bright and floral hoppy sort of fruitiness, but instead a sticky sweet concentrated juice sort of fruit flavor. It's also pretty boozy and actually feels out of balance in the malt direction, which is surprising for a DIPA. I don't think the 75 IBUs were enough for the hefty malt bill on this one, and I also don't think they were well spent - the hop flavor is very uninspiring, with a moderate level of bitterness for the style.
Mouthfeel is quite hot but does have a redeeming creaminess to it. Still, the alcohol in the back of the throat is too much.
Frankly, this is one of the worst DIPAs I've ever had. It's a boozy, unbalanced mess, completely lacking in redeeming hop character. I don't know that I'd pick up even a reformulated version of this, as this is no easy fix. Avoid.
10-29-2009 17:16:10 | More by number1bum
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
Sampled from a bomber purchased at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland (10/23/09). Served in a Great Divide snifter at the appropriate temperature.
Appearance: Pours a relatively hazy burnt amber color with a two finger off-white head.
Smell: A caramel malt dominates the bouquet with a slight flutter of a citrus hop. The nose is fairly muted and far less hoppy than most DIPAs.
Taste: Again the malt dominates the palate with caramel, toffee and currant(?) with fair a amount of sweetness. The hops take a backseat and provide a citrus piney flavor that almost completely lacks bitterness. Lacks hops for a DIPA, but is still quite flavorful and a welcome addition to its more malt-forward DIPA cousins.
Mouthfeel: Moderately thick mouthfeel with a syrupy and oily texture combined with good carbonation.
Drinkabilty: Pretty good if you are a fan of malt-forward DIPAs, but the sweetness and 10.6% abv will most likely limit drinkability.
Overall this is a solid beer that is seemingly well crafted and quite flavorful, but in a category with several exceptional beers Big DIPA fails to really make that much of a name for itself. It's lack of hops which may turn some off, but if your a fan of malty DIPAs and you happen to come across it (before its lost to the Heavy Seas forever) it is certainly worth a look.
10-23-2009 13:41:03 | More by Lunch
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap at Teresa's Next Door.
A-Pours a clear amber with a generous amount of off white head and good lacing.
S-Heavy malt, as malty as any DIPA I have come across with the possible exception of Unearthly. Nice citrus hops come through as well.
T-As expected, a really strong malty caramel sweetness with a strong citrus and piney hop finish. Lots of flavor here.
M-A bit heavy and viscous for the style. Again no surprise given the ABV and huge malt but it is a wearying brew to finish.
D-High ABV and heavy body make this a one and done for me.
10-22-2009 14:48:12 | More by sholland119
2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
Pours a dark burnt orange, dark amber/copper color with some dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with lacing.
Earthy yet sweet aroma with lots of citrus and floral notes. Resinous hop oils with a good bit of citrus peel, grapefruit and slight pine presence. There is also some biscuit and caramel notes but the aroma here is mostly floral with citrus notes.
Chewy resinous medium body with a nice bitter hop blast up front that quickly turns into sweet citrus notes, followed by a pretty big malt backbone and a noticeably big alcohol presence. Slightly dry finish.
The hops up front provide a bitter earthy flavor with a nice bit of citrus notes, mostly lemon peel and grapefruit. This flavor is almost immediately killed off by a too big of a biscuit, caramel malt backbone that has some graham cracker notes, and a very hot alcohol presence. The 10.5% is not well masked at all. This beer is "balanced" but to a point were the hops are overpowered and are not very prominent in the overall taste. This beer looked and smelled okay but turned out to be a bit of a let down.
10-19-2009 06:06:28 | More by corby112
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
Clipper City Brewing Company, right here in my home town of Baltimore, is releasing a Special Edition Series to their Heavy Seas line called the Mutiny Fleet, in 22 ounce bombers. The recipes, and even the label art, for the Mutiny Fleet are being created by the CC brewers themselves. I have looked at all the labels on the CCBC web site and must admit that the Pirate designs called to me.
The first release is The Big DIPA, which is a Double India Pale Ale style (hence the name Big DIPA). DIPAs are normally characterized by being a bit stronger than traditional IPAs (normally between 7% and 14% ABV) and heavier on the malt and hops. If you have ever had any of the Barleywine styles, DIPAs are often compared to them and sometimes even called American Barleywines.
The Big DIPA is a high gravity, bottle conditioned ale, made with five kinds of hops and 3 kinds of malts, and is hopped 3 times during the brewing process. It is 75.5 IBU and 10.6% ABV which will leave you with a peasant buzz if you haven't eaten first. Clipper City describes it as having an "earthy hop aroma", but I thought it had a strong grapefruit aroma. It had a nice golden-brown color, creamy head, and left nice lace as it went down. In my opinion, the flavor was totally dominated by grapefruit notes, which comes from the type and amount of hops used. While more dominant hops notes are customary with IPAs and DIPAs, at least to my pallet, this one was a bit overwhelming and could have used a tad more balance. How many times have you heard me say it though, "Taste Is Subjective!" It wasn't an unpleasant beer by any means, just not to my specific taste. My beautiful wife tends to think many of the beers that I really like are unpleasant to her taste.
The Mutiny Fleet - Special Edition Series is only going to be brewed in small batches for a limited time, so get your hands on some and try it yourselves. If you happen to be from Maryland (or "Merlin" as some of us say), buy some and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY!
I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
10-18-2009 20:47:43 | More by capn
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
A - Golden/Amber color with little head and minimal lacing
S - Malty a lot, mixed in with some hops, not as much hoppiness as I was expecting
T - More malty than hoppy, not what I expected. Not too bad on the palate though.
M - Oily/Syrupy sort of mouthfeel
D - Not too bad, guess I could've downed another bomber.
Not my favorite brew, definitely not me favorite DIPA. It did the trick for Saturday afternoon though.
10-18-2009 18:55:22 | More by gatorbreath
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-18-2009 03:37:28 | More by merlin48
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Glazed terra cotta that is almost ruddy enough to be considered russet. Generous bonfire orange edges are seen below, while a hefty chunk of golden sandstone colored foam sits up top. Sticky bridges connect head and glass, leaving thick sheets of lovely looking lace when they break.
The nose is what craft beer drinkers have come to expect from most American DIPAs. It's melted caramel malty, with a less than robust amount of citrus fruit hoppiness and a whiff of unmasked alcohol. It smells like more of an American barleywine than a true Double IPA, but that's a discussion for another time and place.
Given the date of the first review, my bomber of Heavy Seas The Big DIPA is no more than three months of age. The lack of explosive hoppiness tells me that it wasn't a lupulin bomb to begin with. 75 IBUs say otherwise, but when there's this much (borderline cloying) malt sweetness, there needs to be two tons of hops, not just one.
Flavors include melted caramel-toffee, candied orange peel, candied grapefruit peel, pine sap and a small splash of white rum. This is one case, among many, where an ABV of 8.0% would have resulted in a much better beer. For the millionth time... DIPAs are about HOPS, not malt and alcohol.
The same thing that hurts flavor helps mouthfeel. If you like them full, sticky and nougat chewy, jump aboard this pirate ship and prepare to be pampered rather than keelhauled. Again, I would gladly trade sugars for more and better hop flavor.
The Big DIPA is a heavy-handed version of the style that is big in all the wrong places. I am anxiously awaiting the day when American craft brewers start concentrating on maximizing hop flavor and bitterness in their DIPAs rather than continuing to release high-ABV sugar bombs. This isn't bad beer, but enough is enough.
10-13-2009 21:40:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
A- Pours a clear copper color with a nice, 1.5 finger frothy head.
S- Smell sweet and malty with hints of caramel.
T- Very sweet, caramel, hints of piney hops. A bit of a mettalic aftertaste.
M- Thick with low carbonation.
D- This was a fairly drinkable beer however I think it was a little off balance in the malt department which made it a little harder to drink.
10-12-2009 05:48:28 | More by Lothore
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Drove over an hour to a real gem of a store in Wooster, OH for this one (nice inventory Gary's.) Fairly clear, just a touch of haze in the amber/orange color. Loved the smell. Had hints of a barley wine, but the hops were more prominent. Lots of caramel and bready sweetness, but I felt it had more of the piny citrus than some previous reviewers. It might be on the sweet side, but you still get a resiny pine and citrus taste that powers through that. I will admit that I did notice the 10.5 ABV. I also liked the thick and syrupy feel.
10-12-2009 02:30:28 | More by alkemy
3.2/5 rDev -14%
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.
10-10-2009 00:21:25 | More by Kraken
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
22 oz bomber bought from Kroger right here in Lynchburg.
Appearance: Dark orange- gold with a slight haze. Nice little white head leaves pretty good lacing. Chunks of yeast are loosely settled and come along well before the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Very sweet smelling with caramel malt and citrus and slightly floral hops.
Taste: Big and malty sweet. Hops are orange, a little piney, and grassy. Finishes with a little bitterness and long biscuity flavor.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and a little syrupy. I'd actually like a little more carbonation.
Drinability: This is the second one I've bought, and I'll buy it again. Pretty cheap and grocery store available makes it nice. Its a solid, but not especially interesting DIPA.
10-08-2009 00:29:26 | More by rapidsequence
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
$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!
10-01-2009 01:28:37 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
22 oz. bomber poured into my Heavy Seas pint glass.
A - Deep orange, slightly cloudy. Fairly thin off-white head.
S - Faint grapefruit and mild sweetness. Hops must have faded since being bottled.
T - Quite sweet initially followed by fruitiness and finally a lingering piney hop bitterness.
M - Crisp initially, but almost syrupy.
D - Pretty drinkable considering the high abv. The sweetness masks the alcohol well.
Overall, a bit too sweet and not as hoppy as I prefer in a DIPA.
09-27-2009 00:33:10 | More by Scottliff
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange with an equally bright clarity. A bubbly beige head that was creamy and 2 fingers high displayed a moderately good retetion while leaving stratified rings of spotty foam lacing down the glass. Visible effervesce was very light with only a handful of carbonation bubbles visible as any given time.
S: light, very light with moments of dry pine needles and a dry spiciness of cinnamon toast. A light dried munich malting were noticeable, but again did little to contribute. Finally there was a touch of pungent flowery that again did little to impress or convince me this was a double ipa. Overall was expecting big things here considering their hop3 cannon, but sadly this comes up short and rather uneventful.
T: A hearty toasted munich malting and dry toasted caramel backing is quickly appreciated making you almost forget about the lack-luster nose. A good dose of semi-dry grapefruit, lemons and sticky sweet pine resin also makes its mark as well a dry flowery hop fade. There is a nice touch of xmas spicing, again dry cinnamon with bitter citrus and pine that gives this an earthy appeal. A good deal of warming alcohol and warm caramel sweetness from the 10.6% abv is detected but not as much as one expects coming off more like an aggressive 8.0%abv. Surprising there was a fairly good balance between the hops and malting that gives this some street cred while making up some ground for the missing aromatic aspect. The finish finds a dry xmas spiciness and dry malting and pine again contributing to an earthy feel.
M: slick and oily with somewhere between a light and medium consistency. Carbonation was near absent but a wallop of moist citrusy hops coats the tongue with modest appeal missing some of the sharpness due to the lacking Co2.
D: good for its 10.6%abv nature but was only moderately enjoyable going down. Enough hops to make fans hoppy, but not enough complexity or brightness to make me happy. I much rather prefer their hop cannon over this. All in all this is just another dipa on the shelf.
09-24-2009 23:28:44 | More by beerthulhu
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
Pours a reddish orange with one finger white head, bunch of not-quite-fine sediment. Smell: where are the hops? This was bottled in July so they can't be faded already, right? Lots of caramel sweetness, muted pineapple and earthy hops, and a hint of alcohol. Taste: very heavy on the sweet caramel + tofee, maybe a little munich?, syrupy sweet, pine, canned pineapple, grassy, grainy and astringent. It's as if Avery Maharaja overdosed on crystal malt. Mouthfeel: full, syrupy and sort of wheat-like fluffy, with an astringent finish. Dude, this is sweet for a barleywine. DIPA? Cmon...
09-19-2009 05:34:33 | More by babaracas
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
A sweeter, more malt based double ipa than i'm used to. I had this after very recently drinking pliny the elder and three floyds dreadnaught, which made the lack of citrus and overpowering hoppiness more obvious. Drinks slightly heavy, def. not a beer i'd drink multiples of in one sitting.
All in all though, i'm still a sucker for the dipa style in general, and this wasn't unpleasant to drink.... just a lot of better options out there, as this one falls kind of middle of the pack.
09-19-2009 00:24:06 | More by mechamifune
3.83/5 rDev +3%
The appearance is light brown with an average head for the style. The aroma is sweet and caramel like with a pine hop. The taste is rich and robust with caramel, pine, hops, and a good balance. The mouthfeel is smooth. Overall a great beer but not the best I have had.
09-15-2009 23:29:20 | More by nick76
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
Hefty and tasteful DIPA, great on the style around the malty side, and missing a bit of complexity in particular as it regards aroma.
Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Lazy pirate skull design, keeping with the pirate theme which is fine but the graphic work seems a bit overlooked. Pirate narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (75), and Alc. by Vol (10.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.
A - Dark orange look with a medium frothy head that goes down to a nice persistent layer with light attractive lacing.
S - Sweet malts, caramel and dried fruits, orange peel and a faint hop hint at the end.
T - Matching the smell there is a predominant malt sweetness and a range of fruitiness, with a subtle piney resin and hoppy feel.
M - Smooth with a medium to large body, and a balanced carbonation within a bit of a sticky feel.
D - It´s a nicely balanced standard and very drinkable if you are not disappointed by a DIPA that feels, a bit short of hop subtleties.
Notes: Sure, it may have a bit of a road to travel, but it is a great beer and I´m looking forward to see batches of this brew in the coming years and see how it grows. It is already a delight to be had and the potential is there to be truly extraordinary. Pity, that being probably the closest thing I have to a local brewer around, these bombers are so hard to find. Anyhow, this was my second try and I look forward to the third one that I have locked up for this season.
09-15-2009 03:28:37 | More by Daniellobo
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Poured an amber body with about 1 finger of white head
S - Burnt sugar and hops coming through the nose as well as alcohol. Lots of alcohol.
T - The taste of this is more malt than I prefer. The hop presence is there but so is the alcohol. the 10.5% comes through pretty strong in the taste.
M - Sticky with a lingering bitterness that lasts.
D - Not a bad DIPA but it's a bit too hot and the malt profie is out of sync in my opinion. I believe the hops should dominate and that isn't the case here.
09-13-2009 12:38:10 | More by beerman207
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
22 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest pint glass
10.5% ABV, 75 IBU. Bottle claims 5 lbs of hops used per barrel.
A - pours a clear orange color with one finger of sticky foam clinging to the glass. Sheets of lace cover the glass as I drink.
S - citrusy hop bitterness up front, sweet crystal malts also poke through
T - initial burst of sweet wort flavor that is quickly consumed by a rush of hop flavor and finished with a sharp bitterness.
M - very chewy, bready, thick. Bitter sticks around with you for a while.
D - I don't detect any trace of the 10.5% abv
- this is very sneaky drinkable. The sweetness really masks any alcohol flavor
An excellent DIPA. I prefer mine a little drier and more hop forward, but can appreciate the balance of malts that power this beer. Much better than Prosit!
09-12-2009 03:04:06 | More by FickleBeast
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Th Big DIPA pours a light amber with a thin head that lingers in a paper thin layer. The aroma is big piney, citrusy west coast hops, mostly grapefruit with alcohol coming through in the mix. A bitter punch hits upfront followed by tons of resiny, grapefruit and orange rind. There is some malt there backing everything up, but it's so hidden by the intense bitterness and hop flavor I can't quite pick it out. This is a rugged DIPA, I can feel a bit of heartburn creeping up for sure (maybe this is a compliment).
09-11-2009 01:14:41 | More by ericj551
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
Received this brew recently from masterchiefMD in a recent trade. Can't say I remember ever drinking anything from Clipper City so I look forward to trying. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.
Appearance- Pours a semi hazed reddish orange with a decent one finger head that is creamy and ivory in color. A super puny cap is left along with a so-so collar that somehow manages to leave a bit of lacing.
Smell- Has a fairly pungent smelling bitterness with a big fruity grapefruit and orange peel aspect. Maybe even a touch of key lime before the malt kind of washes over. A bit of candied peach and red licorice is detectable as it sort of melds with the caramel.
Taste- The alcohol is very noticeable upfront before a wave of bitterness washes over my mouth. Crab apple and white grapefruit are at the forefront as a bit of candied orange peel creeps in. The bitterness sort of turns from semi citric to piney and earthy as it settles. There is almost an underlying sweetness that tries to tame the bitter but it sort of fails in the end. A touch of red licorice and bubblegum to finish but it's fleeting.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and fairly full bodied with a slight bit of hoppy oiliness.
Drinkability- I think the alcohol is a bit much in this brew but otherwise it's pretty tasty. It's more brashly bitter than I like too but for some reason I'm totally not caring. Maybe it's the 10%? Who cares? Thanks much Chris!
09-10-2009 01:06:06 | More by younger35
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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