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

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88
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%


Brewed by:
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Appearance - red amber color. lots of bubbles as it sits. thick head with lots of lacing.

Smell - lots and lots of malts on this one. I do not get too much of the oak or any real hoppiness for a DIPA

Taste - very very malty and no real oak taste, similar to the smell. good beer, but I just am missing the oak.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated for sure. Dry finish on this one as well.

Overall - I did not get much oak at all. I am also a bigger fan of Citrus DIPAs, but this was not a bad beer either.

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Was fortunate enough to wander into the taproom on Big DIPA release night and got to try some of the Cask beer. Also picked up a couple bottles to go. The cask was fantastic. Nice creamy mouthfeel. The bottle is also a very good DIPA. Although nothing groundbreaking it's a quality brew that H.S. should keep around.

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