Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The Big DIPA opens to a surprisingly malty nose for a DIPA, the larger aromas those of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and floury baguette. The hops are present, of course, with pine and grapefruit and lemon, as well as lesser notes of dandelion stem and mint, but are largely subsumed beneath the malts. The oak aging lends a slight vanilla and oak overtone, but one that would be easily overlooked in a blind smell test. After sitting open and warming for a few minutes, the hops do finally begin to emerge, with bright pink grapefruit, lemon, and light pine bubbling to the surface, mixing well with a sweet assortment of fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, and apricot, these being present in near-hard-candy potency, leaving the bottle’s mouth sticky. Shades of brown and candi sugar add further sweetness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, but even after the beer warms for a while, it’s difficult to tell that this is a DIPA; it comes across more as a big, sticky red, full of sugars and fruit esters, with bulbous citrusy pink grapefruit from the hops for nuance. The aromas are still wonderfully enticing, just not what is expected, and the oak aging is largely lost.
On the tongue, the hops are present in, thankfully, larger quantities, with pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind mixing with pine and lemon, as well as lesser mint and eucalyptus notes for bitterness. These are joined by orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown and candi sugar, the emphasis here being clearly on sweetness. Bits of toast crust and biscuit, as well as Grape Nuts cereal, linger far below, but are largely overwhelmed by sugar. The oak aging is, again, mostly lost, and would be easily overlooked in a blind taste test, adding only faint strands of vanilla and wood. The flavors do hold up over the course of several sips, the sugars and hops still cranked up, and the breads struggling to keep pace. An alcoholic note rides atop everything, like faint berry vodka vapors, lightly singing the nose and soft tissues. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful’s sugariness, with some bitterness still present. Mouthfeel is a sticky medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, but not quite what is expected, since this is not the hop bomb that many DIPAs are, nor is the oak aging immediately obvious. Instead, this is a largely sweet and sugary beer, with the hops and oak aging more seeming to act as tethers to keep the sugary balloon from rising into the atmosphere and exploding. The result is still delicious, and worth trying—your lips will be sticky-sweet for a while afterwards—but don’t expect your standard DIPA fare.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 00:31:34 | More by jondeelee
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3.93/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Hardly "pale," more like amber, almost brown, with big, frothy lacing.
S - Cool hops, grape and sweet malts on the nose. Grape is so prevalent, it could almost pass as a white wine.
T - Sweet for an American DIPA. Big and rich. A touch of pine and a nice big grape note at center. Not overly complex, but very satisfying. Flavor profile is mellower than than your typical American DIPA, skewing more toward the malty, English (and oaked) profile also exhibited by Burton Baton.
M - Full, silky mouthfeel.
Great brew - almost as good as Burton Baton. Incidentally, I've aged one of these for about two years before and the result was spectacular, yielding even more concentrated grape flavors and and a lot of nuance all around.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2013 20:39:46 | More by Mongrel
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour is an attractive shade of orange. Kind of a dull, brownish orange. Has more clarity than I expected. The head isn't as frothy as I expected, nor does it retain well, but at 10.5%, not unusual for the style. It's a dingy, yellowy white that leaves behind a substantial lace.
You can tell from the nose this thing means business. ABV, pine and oak come wafting from the snifter. Very earthy and robust. Aggressive hopping is obvious. Imminent bitterness presents.
The nose doesn't lie. The tongue picks up the alcohol, oak and pine, along with plenty of malt. Very bready. You can almost taste dough. The alcohol is, um, INTENSE in the swallow.
It is what it is, a massively hopped and malted DIPA. It starts off with a nice, gentle smoothness. Just a touch of fruit. Then the hops take over and as you approach the swallow, a burst of flavor fills the mouth, right as a punch to the gut of alcohol comes raining down. There's complexity, with a variety of layers to it, but in the end, both the hops and malt really come through. Full bodied, with a sharp, dry finish. Pine, oak and alcohol are the dominant players.
Overall, it's a really good beer. Certainly a sipper, but relatively smooth til the swallow when all hell breaks loose. I know by the end of this bomber I won't be able to feel my tongue or throat and I'll be bumping into walls on the way out of the mancave, but each sip will be enjoyable...and manly.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 02:27:39 | More by RickS95
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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