Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Hardly "pale," more like amber, almost brown, with big, frothy lacing.
S - Cool hops, grape and sweet malts on the nose. Grape is so prevalent, it could almost pass as a white wine.
T - Sweet for an American DIPA. Big and rich. A touch of pine and a nice big grape note at center. Not overly complex, but very satisfying. Flavor profile is mellower than than your typical American DIPA, skewing more toward the malty, English (and oaked) profile also exhibited by Burton Baton.
M - Full, silky mouthfeel.
Great brew - almost as good as Burton Baton. Incidentally, I've aged one of these for about two years before and the result was spectacular, yielding even more concentrated grape flavors and and a lot of nuance all around.
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2013 20:39:46 | More by Mongrel
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour is an attractive shade of orange. Kind of a dull, brownish orange. Has more clarity than I expected. The head isn't as frothy as I expected, nor does it retain well, but at 10.5%, not unusual for the style. It's a dingy, yellowy white that leaves behind a substantial lace.
You can tell from the nose this thing means business. ABV, pine and oak come wafting from the snifter. Very earthy and robust. Aggressive hopping is obvious. Imminent bitterness presents.
The nose doesn't lie. The tongue picks up the alcohol, oak and pine, along with plenty of malt. Very bready. You can almost taste dough. The alcohol is, um, INTENSE in the swallow.
It is what it is, a massively hopped and malted DIPA. It starts off with a nice, gentle smoothness. Just a touch of fruit. Then the hops take over and as you approach the swallow, a burst of flavor fills the mouth, right as a punch to the gut of alcohol comes raining down. There's complexity, with a variety of layers to it, but in the end, both the hops and malt really come through. Full bodied, with a sharp, dry finish. Pine, oak and alcohol are the dominant players.
Overall, it's a really good beer. Certainly a sipper, but relatively smooth til the swallow when all hell breaks loose. I know by the end of this bomber I won't be able to feel my tongue or throat and I'll be bumping into walls on the way out of the mancave, but each sip will be enjoyable...and manly.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 02:27:39 | More by RickS95
3.69/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is clear dark amber-orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the beer seems rather malty with flavors of oak and vanilla with additional hints of pine resin hops and a light amount of associated bitterness. While hints of alcohol are also perceptible, these do not really detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: If you're thinking this is an IPA, you'll be in for a big shock because it seems to share more similarities with an English Barleywine compared to an American Double / Imperial IPA and is more of the type of beer you should slowly sip from a snifter glass.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2013 02:18:41 | More by metter98
Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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