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

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88
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 24
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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djre4orm

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

06-13-2013 18:17:04 | More by djre4orm
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-05-2013 14:48:37 | More by Atomicskis5
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-28-2013 06:36:18 | More by jenray
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-02-2013 20:58:24 | More by Mantooth
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Zanico

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-24-2013 23:59:49 | More by Zanico
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-26-2013 01:52:12 | More by khargro2
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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-26-2013 17:48:48 | More by MrBuckHigh
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-24-2013 23:17:10 | More by fredmugs
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MSL94

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

08-20-2013 18:29:35 | More by MSL94
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

04-17-2014 17:18:31 | More by BMart
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter:

Dark, hazy amber/orange with creamy, white head about half-finger thick. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Big nose of pineapple, citrus and hops!! Throw in some caramel and the oak barrels to go with it and bam!! Very pleasant, too good to be true aromas here.

Lots of malt on the tongue. I don't know, but there's just a lot of malted barley and caramel in the mouth here. The hops are secondary as another reviewer put it. Kind of a let down for a DIPA.

Body is about the average medium to thick, with average carbonation levels.

This one could be better. It's not bad, but it's not the greatest DIPA either.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:06:59 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear, dark orange color. Thinner, creamy head retains well and leaves light lacing rings.

S-First sniff makes me think Barleywine. A sturdy balance between deep caramel and candied citrus hops. Quite like the older version but with the obvious oak addition.

T-Again, I'd peg this as a lightly oaked Barleywine. Huge caramel and wet toast along with pine and candied grapefruit hops. The oak adds an extra flavor layer and it works well. However, each sip becomes harder to get past.

M-Full and bitter. Hot and hard to drink to be quite honest. Sticky.

O/D-I liked the original Big DIPA better; it was one of my first craft beers actually. This one doesn't do it for me. Its probably because my palate has advanced and I don't like the mixture of oak and hop generally.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 13:31:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 15:07:54 | More by beatenbyjacks
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: What we have here is a balanced DIPA. Strong maltiness blends quite well with nearly as strong hoppiness. Tons of caramel in this with a toasty backbone. Hops are primarily floral with some citrus, herbalness, and earth underneath. The oak is a nice bonus adding in it's unique flavor and hints of vanilla. Booze is supremely well hidden. Overall it's fairly simple, but it's pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is balanced in the taste. Toasty malts featuring layers of caramel, apple, and notes of peach. Mild to moderate bitterness. Hops are again floral in nature, but there is some orange and a touch of pine and earth. The oak again brings it all together. Booze is well hidden.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny feel here, which I'm not crazy about. Otherwise, good enough.

3.5 D: Decent beer worth a try. There a good balance here, but neither the hops nor the malts are particularly spectacular. Still, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:43:55 | More by DavoleBomb
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-17-2013 13:53:56 | More by jduprey007
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-28-2014 12:14:05 | More by sunofneurot
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep clear red. Nice plush red head on the pour that recedes but still lingers. Pale ale in name only but no complaints. Quite the looker.
Smell: maybe this will open up as it warms. Right now, very subdued grapefruit but not much more. Not picking up any oak.
Taste: a little more depth than in the nose but still not a lot happening. Again, not picking up any oak characteristics.
Overall: a good beer but I recall a previous experience with the oak big dipa being much better. Alcohol is certainly well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 23:51:44 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-21-2013 08:17:06 | More by jaxon53
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-21-2013 20:30:51 | More by irish01980
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-17-2013 15:39:37 | More by ncstateplaya
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NJB145

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-23-2014 22:16:04 | More by NJB145
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-04-2013 04:21:53 | More by Knapp85
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-19-2013 02:42:41 | More by thegerm87
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-21-2013 15:03:47 | More by FrankHammer
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-07-2013 00:39:13 | More by Dizzy242
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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) from Heavy Seas Beer
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