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

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88
very good

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a DFH IPA glass

A- A clear copper color with a three finger off white head.

S- Floral hops, oak, some citrus, caramels malts.

T- Citrus hops up front with a nice caramel malt back bone, some earthiness, nice piney bitter hop finish with a nice oak character. Touch of alcohol, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- A solid beer worth picking up. Really enjoy what the oak brings to this beer. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't hurt the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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