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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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88
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-03-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-15-2014 22:30:44 | More by Boone757
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everybody's doing an imperial IPA nowadays, and Heavy Seas tears from the norm of the style and does things a bit (ordinary for them) different. Toppling ten-percent strength and using oak aging, this massive ale steps out of the realm of IPA and into the world of American barleywine.

A strong mahogany stained pour is all that's needed to sell the notion of this ale's wood influence. Yellowish in its frothy austere, the scent floods the nose with equal parts hops, malt and wood with caramel, citrus, fresh oak and freshly torn pine needles. Early flavors open up the white grapefruit and sappy fragrance with a waft of flowery perfume.

Balanced, but aggressively so, freshly zested grapefruit duel it out with an underlay of toffee, a drift of spicy oak, bread crust and pecan. Strong alcohol presence makes its character known in the middle and exacerbates the beer's overall bitter and tannic taste.

Then to finish, the beer's malty taste and texture is holding firm, acting like barleywine. But the tidal wave of hops offer up a resinous sticky sweet bitterness that only big IPA can deliver. Extra alcohol spice links up with wood tannin, phenol spice and solvent taste to push the dryness and happiness into the forefront of finish.

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Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14

A-Slightly hazy amber-copper body with a tall dense tan head.

S-The aroma shows a big complex body of bready malts, caramel, toast and orange juice. A hint of booze is noted.

T-Moderately bitter with a toasty and caramel base with an orange juice to grapefruit overlying bitterness that finishes mildly dry and floral.

M-Full-bodied, mildly carbonated.

O-Overall a decent DIPA that could be better.

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S- sugary sweet malt with a hint of burnt sugar, mix of citrus and piney hops, barely detecting any oak. This actually smells similar to an American barleywine

T- balanced flavor overall; malty notes of caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit and toast. Floral, pine and grapefruit hop notes, not really picking up the oak, maybe just a trace

M- medium-viscous body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, slightly warming finish

O- this one drank more like a barleywine than a DIPA, and the oak was very understated, still a good offering overall

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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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