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

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

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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!

04-25-2013 06:18:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-25-2013 02:35:06 | More by SFC21
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South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

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

04-24-2013 03:59:14 | More by chinchill
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4.31/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

04-23-2013 23:29:27 | More by larryi86
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-23-2013 20:07:29 | More by BushwyckCraft
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-23-2013 04:44:42 | More by Kelp
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-21-2013 21:26:46 | More by HoppySailor
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-21-2013 02:14:01 | More by Rupert50
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

04-20-2013 21:36:17 | More by GinDC
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-20-2013 21:20:22 | More by nzerbe
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-19-2013 23:42:17 | More by kbuzz
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-17-2013 23:43:15 | More by RyanAU
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-17-2013 13:32:29 | More by RedneckBeerz
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-17-2013 02:23:08 | More by sneaks2210
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

04-16-2013 21:13:15 | More by nUgZ
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-16-2013 21:07:11 | More by kaelingirl
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

04-14-2013 19:21:48 | More by CloudStrife
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-14-2013 19:05:29 | More by Thedrizzle
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-14-2013 04:26:08 | More by Duhast500
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 03:57:03 | More by mscudder
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-13-2013 02:20:58 | More by youradhere
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-12-2013 17:02:09 | More by Gomeza
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-12-2013 14:31:58 | More by bootdown21
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

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

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

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