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

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88
very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.3%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2013 09:05:18 | More by mater
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gmcsierra91

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-28-2013 23:44:10 | More by gmcsierra91
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-28-2013 00:31:34 | More by jondeelee
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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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mattcrill

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%

Aroma: Sugared orange slices up front. Toasty burnt caramel notes. Light floral notes with a whiff of alcohol. Aroma strikes me as more American Barleywine in nature but clean and inviting.

Appearance: Deep brick red pour with a sticky off white cap. Head retention is great.

Flavor: Lots of crystal malt flavor up front. Quickly followed up by leafy and earthy hop bitterness. A touch of oak and vanilla but very muted and understated. Balance is firmly bitter although the malty and crystal like sweetness assert themselves up front. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly oily. Medium-high carbonation with a slight bit. Warming alcohol numbs the tongue.

Overall impression: Got this as a gift and wouldn't have bought it on my own. "Barrel Aged IPA" always seems like an oxymoron to me. Kind of like jumbo shrimp or military intelligence. However, as long as I kept telling myself "American Barleywine" I found myself enjoying it immensely. A perfect example of a good beer that is outside the style parameters.

06-23-2013 22:14:38 | More by mattcrill
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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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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-21-2013 01:05:04 | More by calcnerd
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-20-2013 04:02:57 | More by freduardo
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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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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-16-2013 02:11:04 | More by dokupe
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dsshuck

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-16-2013 00:29:24 | More by dsshuck
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fearfactory

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-14-2013 22:33:22 | More by fearfactory
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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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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-11-2013 17:23:29 | More by neckbracesub
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-07-2013 00:32:22 | More by whatname
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-06-2013 05:26:37 | More by oriolesfan4
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jklecko2

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-05-2013 19:47:29 | More by jklecko2
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NickD208

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

06-04-2013 21:19:04 | More by NickD208
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Rau71

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-04-2013 15:10:58 | More by Rau71
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inspektor

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-03-2013 22:29:42 | More by inspektor
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11%

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.

06-03-2013 01:43:55 | More by DavoleBomb
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rjcoy06

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-01-2013 22:51:20 | More by rjcoy06
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Pours a deep brown to orange color. Some head initially lingers well for this ABV. Also good lacing at this strength.

S: Smells good but more faint pale ale. Hops not coming through on this DIPA as one would expect.

T: Definite woody flavor, hops muted but still present via a bitter sweet taste on the backend.

M: Lighter than expected.

O: Good beer but characteristics of various parts interfere more than complement.

05-31-2013 22:10:06 | More by Oakenator
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) from Heavy Seas Beer
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