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

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everybody's doing an imperial IPA nowadays, and Heavy Seas tears from the norm of the style and does things a bit (ordinary for them) different. Toppling ten-percent strength and using oak aging, this massive ale steps out of the realm of IPA and into the world of American barleywine.

A strong mahogany stained pour is all that's needed to sell the notion of this ale's wood influence. Yellowish in its frothy austere, the scent floods the nose with equal parts hops, malt and wood with caramel, citrus, fresh oak and freshly torn pine needles. Early flavors open up the white grapefruit and sappy fragrance with a waft of flowery perfume.

Balanced, but aggressively so, freshly zested grapefruit duel it out with an underlay of toffee, a drift of spicy oak, bread crust and pecan. Strong alcohol presence makes its character known in the middle and exacerbates the beer's overall bitter and tannic taste.

Then to finish, the beer's malty taste and texture is holding firm, acting like barleywine. But the tidal wave of hops offer up a resinous sticky sweet bitterness that only big IPA can deliver. Extra alcohol spice links up with wood tannin, phenol spice and solvent taste to push the dryness and happiness into the forefront of finish.

BEERchitect, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sunofneurot, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

NJB145, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +2.3%

justinm4bama, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

dmorgan310, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rydev24, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JoshuaShort13, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lehighace06, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Oidmoe, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

murphius1118, May 23, 2014
Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

banger7, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Mattyb79, May 21, 2014
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Morey, May 20, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14

A-Slightly hazy amber-copper body with a tall dense tan head.

S-The aroma shows a big complex body of bready malts, caramel, toast and orange juice. A hint of booze is noted.

T-Moderately bitter with a toasty and caramel base with an orange juice to grapefruit overlying bitterness that finishes mildly dry and floral.

M-Full-bodied, mildly carbonated.

O-Overall a decent DIPA that could be better.

reebtaerG, May 12, 2014
Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GABrew, May 11, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a dar brown color with some ruby hue, small creamy white head with decent retention

S- sugary sweet malt with a hint of burnt sugar, mix of citrus and piney hops, barely detecting any oak. This actually smells similar to an American barleywine

T- balanced flavor overall; malty notes of caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit and toast. Floral, pine and grapefruit hop notes, not really picking up the oak, maybe just a trace

M- medium-viscous body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, slightly warming finish

O- this one drank more like a barleywine than a DIPA, and the oak was very understated, still a good offering overall

Treyliff, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

amstokesdb9, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

psumjl269, May 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

BMart, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Boone757, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of beatenbyjacks
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.

beatenbyjacks, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ThirstyHrothgar, Apr 10, 2014
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) from Heavy Seas Beer
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