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

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88
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-12-2014 13:00:41 | More by reebtaerG
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GABrew

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-11-2014 01:16:14 | More by GABrew
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

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

05-05-2014 17:29:13 | More by Treyliff
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-03-2014 04:53:11 | More by amstokesdb9
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psumjl269

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2014 15:34:46 | More by psumjl269
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-17-2014 17:18:31 | More by BMart
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

04-15-2014 22:30:44 | More by Boone757
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

04-13-2014 00:57:50 | More by kylehay2004
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tclipse

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-12-2014 18:03:52 | More by tclipse
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -12%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 02:00:07 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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Yoopermk

Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

04-09-2014 00:30:58 | More by Yoopermk
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-07-2014 16:47:40 | More by PatGreer
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

04-06-2014 05:22:11 | More by Tsar_Riga
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 23:19:31 | More by Andrew041180
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

04-05-2014 18:43:31 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-30-2014 02:14:01 | More by wiscokid920
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-29-2014 02:07:04 | More by nmann08
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

03-26-2014 15:41:47 | More by earlholman
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TomG2751

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

03-23-2014 15:39:16 | More by TomG2751
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-22-2014 01:10:57 | More by SFC21
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-20-2014 22:55:08 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Nunya

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2014 01:26:46 | More by Nunya
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timmy2b

New York

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Was darker than I expected, almost a brown/dark amber color. Head was off white and fairly foamy. Head dissipated and when it did the hoppy scent that was present with he head disappeared. Taste was heavy on malt for what was described by the bottle, but that could be from age. The malt was easy to drink which also leads me to believe that this was a little old but was able to drink and was very easy to drink for the alcohol content and the style. I would like to try this fresh and on draft, but I was impressed with the balance.

03-12-2014 02:41:35 | More by timmy2b
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) from Heavy Seas Beer
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.