Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
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!"
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.
04-05-2013 21:25:39 | More by Greywulfken
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-30-2013 21:32:03 | More by bluejacket74
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.71/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-24-2013 23:02:05 | More by mothman
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
03-24-2013 04:40:24 | More by ThickNStout
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
03-22-2013 03:48:53 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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