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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011)Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: 2-row, Biscuit, Crystal

Added by tgdigital on 06-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Chodite
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this first on tap at the Clipper City brewery and most recently got a few first-run 22oz bottles.

I'm a big Imperial / Double IPA fan so I've been patiently waiting for this release. The benchmark for this style (IMO) is Maharaja from Avery Brewing Co.

I'm happy to report the new Clipper City Big DIPA is on that same level. Appearance is a tad lighter than most double IPAs, but everything else is certainly up there.

Smells like a pine forest. Lots and lots of hops here obviously and it comes through in the smell.

Tastes more smooth and balanced in the 22oz bottle conditioned version than fresh on tap. And for a double IPA, a nice balance is certainly a good thing. I'll have to re-visit the draft version now that it's likely mellowed out a bit. But the bottle version is heavenly.

Obviously at 10.6% ABV, drinkability isn't way up there. But considering how delicious this beer tastes, I really wish I could throw a few back in one sitting.

Great job by Clipper City Brewing with this one. Home run, no question. And for the price ($5.99 here for a 22oz bomber) - easily the best bang for your buck when it comes to the style.

Keep up the good work fellas!!

- Brad

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Photo of hughesm4
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a bomber with a couple of friends poured into a couple of glasses.

A. Very light brown/bronze in color. Pours a very slight head that slides down the side of the glass.

S. Great smell with a perfect balance for a dipa. A perfect balance of pine, hops, snd malt

T. All the same traits as the smell, but gets knocked a half because I would hope for a little more of a bitter taste.

M. Pretty good. Sweet and slightly bitter.

D. Goes down extremely smooth. A great brew that I recommend to all.

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Photo of tgdigital
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new and exciting offering from Clipper City in Baltimore, MD. I got a chance to sample this beer at the MD State Brewers Festival. They were serving the beer in a firkin that was dry hopped with cascades and oak chips.

This beer is similar to Loose Canon, but a lot bigger. It's a nice amber color with a clean white foamy head that is retained to the bottom of the glass. The nose is full of hops, cascade and amarillo dominate. There is a hint of alcohol and some big malty notes as well. The taste is exceptional with a nice malty presence which gets finished off well with a big hoppy kick. For as big as this beer is, it is balanced nicely, not too much sweetness, and no unrestrained bitterness either. The 10.6% alcohol is masked very well, and I was into my 3rd 4oz sample before I was informed of this number, so the drinkability is superb. I was told that the beer will be available in 22oz bombers starting in July, so be on the look out soon for this limited release, it's definitely one to try.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on CASK at Max's in Baltimore...

A- Poured with a thin, rocky, cream-colored, well-retained head. There were little white clumps (protein?) suspended in the head, which ultimately gave-way to some nice lacing. The body was an orange-amber color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the chalice. Good overall appearance.

S- The nose on this beer is reminiscent of a tropical fruit medley. There's also a good bit of citrus, honey and malty aromas kicking around on the nose. Overall, I'd say this nose is BIG... the word "pungent" has negative connotations, so I don't really want to use that word... the nose was... bold... and indicative of something delicious to follow.

T- The first sip yielded a big punch of sweet caramel malt to the mouth, along with flavors of orange marmalade and tropical fruit. Lesser vinous notes interplay with some earthy flavors. The malt and hop profiles are both really big, but exceptionally balanced! Delicious!

M- Full oily body, with just a hint of soft carbonation, which works perfectly with this beer.

D- So well-balanced, at 10.6% ABV it's extremely, nay, DANGEROUSLY drinkable! I'm not a big hop head, and I will now go out of my way for this beer.

Note: This was tasted on cask, and I intend to resample on draft and in bottle for comparison...

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Photo of klewis
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Catskeller, Cincinnati, OH - 7/22/09

A: Pours a slightly chilled-hazed copper with a moderate foamy head. Long sustain and tons of lacing.

S: Great hop aroma with apricot, citrus, and floral notes.

T: Hoppy, yet superbly balnaced. More apricot with earthy and piney hop flavors.

M: Full-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Sticky and viscous.

D: A solid DIPA. Smooth and way too easy to drink.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bomber and aggressively poured some into a pint glass. Very clear light amber color, the off-white head definitely looks serious as it floats atop this beautiful beer. It soon becomes apparent that the head is going nowhere fast, and as it does slowly subsides it leaves a solid ring of lacing around the glass. Nice!

This is a well balanced DIPA. A whiff out of the bottle before pouring yielded nothing but earthy malt aromas. Once poured, I get a nice harsh citrusy nose-tickling hop aroma, but this is backed by solid, amazingly sweet and rich malt. The balanced aroma has the effect of just a nice earthy beer that promises much.

Zoinks, the taste is an upfront burst of citrus and pine hops. Almost mouth-puckering! This is perfectly entwined around a sweet caramel malt which is nice and smooth in contrast. Concentrate on the separate flavors and you can find them. Don't worry about the individual flavors and the overall flavor is simply bliss. I think I mentioned balance earlier. There is some nice warm alcohol also evident in the late middle and finish. Wow...it's warm but it's not overpowering. It definitely blends nicely with the other flavors.

Huge thick body. Swirl it and it just hangs on the glass. Viscous. This beer is substantial in every way.

It's drinkability my friend. Assaults the palate from every direction and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just typed up a full review but due to the poor servers on this site, when I entered it it timed out. Not going to do it again.
Will say this IMO, is a special beer. Huge on the palate. Mouthfeel is awesome.
Great balance of hops and heavy, thick malts.
Loving this beer tonight!

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Photo of Rast
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Uncharted Waters series. Bomber on m' parents' back porch on a second consecutive unseasonable summery spring evening. Buona sera indeed.

In art as in brewing it's impossible to be totally unique. Otherwise one would have to invent multiple words just to describe the subject. There'd be literally no comparison, no point of reference. While the Big DIPA is not indeed totally unique, it's one-of-a-kind in the world of IPAs... or DIPAs for that matter.

Pours a decent reddish amber, nothing out of the ordinary, tho certainly darker than yr average IPA. Lacing is ho hum for a mighty 10.5%, tho the head was so thick I accidentally stuck my nose right into it when I was smelling some muted malts and earthy, soft hops. Not what I was expecting: a wet fizzy nose and no bursting bitterness. Uh... this IS a dbl IPA, correct?

Taste is a clever blend of malt and hop. This is where English, and my limited experience, fail me. Yes, malt and hop are what beers taste like, but the blend here is what intrigues me and defies proper explanation. Initial taste is 75/25 on the malt/hop ratios. (I'm literally having to take 5 sips per sentence to try to describe this.) Hops settle in nice, then the oak character really comes in on the aftertaste for an extraordinarily smooth and easy hop-"dominated" flavor. Really hop-centric. Nothing dominant abt any aspect of this beer other than the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is aight. Semi-smooth and nice and lower-middle carbonation. Nothing to write home abt.

If you've made it to this point in this long-winded review, I commend thee. I defy you to write it any shorter with so little idea of exactly what yer tasting for the first time. Hopefully Heavy Seas is brewing this in 20 years when I know how to use English to describe complex brews.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see some bombers of this product at Julio's in Westboro, MA just before New Years Eve. I've enjoyed most of Clipper City's products and also love IPA's so made the quick decision to bring home a few of the bombers. Good decision on my part.

Overall, I thought it was a very balanced IPA considering the 10.5% ABV. Looked nice in the pint glass with its lingering foam, smelled like an IPA and ended up being one of the tastier products I've recently tried. The alcohol was clearly present but I was pleased that it stayed in the background rather than dominating the mouthfeel.

I'm afraid the ABV and the 22 oz. serving prevents this product from being sessionable. Nonetheless,that won't prevent me from picking up some more bombers on my next trip to MA. My only regret is that it's not available in NH.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick notes: had the 2013 (?) release. From their website:
"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!"


A: clear medium amber beer in a tulip; tan head of a finger-or-so. Sparse, slight motes of lace

S: floral and citric aroma, woodsy pine accentuated (I suppose) by the barrel aging

T: nice and big maltiness underscores the flavors that accompany the hops on the nose; some caramel sweetness balances the bitter hops; the barrel aging adds an elegance to the experience

M: weight like you'd expect from a DIPA, but the barrel-aging lightens the feel somehow; moderate carbonation; clean finishing - bitterness here is balanced by an almost evaporative quality from the oak

O: I think my only other barrel-aged DIPA is Burton Baton, which is epic. I didn't want this beer to pale, and it did not. A very well-crafted ale. Would totally buy this every time it comes around.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy deep copper with a tan head of about an inch. Head does not last, but leaves some foam and lacing.

Aromas of citrus and pine resins, with a sweet malt backbone. A hint of alcohol breathes through the hops.

First sip is of pine resins, some orange citrus (amarillo?) and that sweet malt backbone. Baby got back! This is actually a nicely balanced DIPA, the bitterness is not mouth puckering or palate fatiguing like most in your face hop bombs.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet, hops are mouth coating but not puckering. This one will not wear you out.

Very drinkable beer, the alcohol is hidden very well. I'll enjoy this nightcap then drift off to slumberland.

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Photo of mlynchltd
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear with a dark copper/amber hue and a rocky tan head that isn't going anywhere. The aroma is of fresh hops, citrus, grass, pine, and spice. The malt is in the nose as well, as is expected with most double IPAs. There are some caramel, toffee, and some slight alcohol aromas behind the hops. The aroma alone is so pungent, fresh, and mouthwatering I almost just want to sit here and sniff it. The mouthfeel is full and rich, coating on the tongue with only a little carbonation. The finish ends up slightly dry however, which makes taking another sip easy. The 10% ABV is noticable only from the warming sensation after sipping. The flavor is as hop and malt forward as you could want. The citrus hops make it into the front of the palate, and the earthy, spicy hops seem to linger in the mid and late palate. There is a firm bittering here, which cuts into the caramel sweetness from the malts very well.

The malts are as much the star here as the hops are, and shouldn't be discounted just because this carries the name "IPA." There is a toasty, biscut quality to the malt that works well with the sweeter caramels, giving the malt element a more rounded and developed flavor. The hop flavors are simply astounding here, the malts give them such a perfect platform to express themselves. Each sip opens up more and more hop flavor. It's rare to find a beer that can display hop flavor without the bitterness becoming too overwhelming. There is sweetness and spice and herbal flavors in hops that are difficult to bring out in a beer, yet The Big DIPA seems to acheive it.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Unibroue tulip. White head atop a copper body, nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, fresh pine and juicy goodness. Some malt sweetness, maybe due to a bit of age on the bottle, not sure. Taste is what I expected after visiting the aromas. Nice bitterness balanced with some sweet malts. Great hop activity and extremely easy to drink at 10.5%. Tastes lovely even after warming. Juicy, juicy, juicy.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a nice copper amber color with an off white head that's going to stick around for the duration. the aroma sets you back with an extreme floral hop aroma. the malt bill compliments the hops nicely in the flavor with the sweet malt up front and the hops coming through nicely in the end. the medium body and good co2 this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of bbeane
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... A off white 1/4 inch head tops a somewhat cloudy amber colored beer. Has some light activity and leaves some lacing

S- Has an upfront sweetness with strong skunky (in a good way) hop aroma that follows

T- A bigger, stronger loose cannon. Very hoppy. Starts a bit mild but finishes with a pretty apparent hop profile... all the long having a lingering malt sweetness

M- Very smooth, lightly carbonated, light/medium body, leaves a nice hoppy after taste

D- Very. Has an odd type of balance to it... the ease of drinking this strong beer could probably get you in trouble


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Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. From notes. Reviewed 20 June 2011.

A: Generous head, more than a finger. Deep orange, with a gorgeous hue. Barely clear.

S: Vegetal hops and pleasant citrus. Grapefruit and/or lemon peel. Strong and enticing.

T: An excellent DIPA! Hugely malty with lots of alcohol. Strong hops balance the beer and carry the drinker on to a bitterly excellent conclusion. Nice beer. Sweet-big sugars have glorious traces of bitterness around the edges.

M: Substantial and pleasing. Light carbonation. Both wet and bitter. I love it.

O: I'm a big fan of this one! Strong -- very much so -- but, if not drinkable, still delicious. Recommended as a big-hitting, tasty Double IPA. I've enjoyed every bottle of the Mutiny Fleet I've purchased, and have started wondering why my reviews of these Heavy Seas beers are often much higher than the average. Ah, well, try it for yourself and vindicate my opinion!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of fresh pine and citrus zest. Carmel notes are well knit into the up front hop aromatics.

Appearance: Cloudy copper colored pour with a lot off white head. Head retention is poor.

Flavor: Sweet carmel flavor up front with a good hop bitterness and flavor quickly following. More pine and citrus hop flavors. Balance is nearly even but leaning towards the bitterness. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Slight alcohol burn warms the palate.

Overall impression: Could be a little drier but not a bad DIPA. I could use a little less carmel flavors but I really enjoyed this. Blurring the line between DIPA and American Barleywine but it's well crafted and that works for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a bright center. One finger of snow white foam.

Huge pine aroma, backed with citrus notes.

Thick slab of semi-sweet malt coats the center of the tongue. Big juicy hops balance all that malt and more.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Good drinkability for such a big beer.

Clipper City rides the wave with another sucess.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weighing in at an intense 75 IBUs, the DIPA opens in a moderate froth that crowns a light amber body. There is a subtle waft of pine needle that takes one to a forest somewhere in north Georgia (Really). With this, there is an agressive alcohol blanket that overwhelms the finish. The palate is overwhelmed with the chewy maltiness that counteracts the hoppiness. In the end the finish is a bitter one; obviously, to be expected in that DIPA is brewed with five pounds of hops per barrel. Certainly a sipping beer for any warm winter evening. Not one for a sessional quaff - nor do impress your Bud swilling friends.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest pint glass

10.5% ABV, 75 IBU. Bottle claims 5 lbs of hops used per barrel.

A - pours a clear orange color with one finger of sticky foam clinging to the glass. Sheets of lace cover the glass as I drink.

S - citrusy hop bitterness up front, sweet crystal malts also poke through

T - initial burst of sweet wort flavor that is quickly consumed by a rush of hop flavor and finished with a sharp bitterness.

M - very chewy, bready, thick. Bitter sticks around with you for a while.

D - I don't detect any trace of the 10.5% abv
- this is very sneaky drinkable. The sweetness really masks any alcohol flavor

An excellent DIPA. I prefer mine a little drier and more hop forward, but can appreciate the balance of malts that power this beer. Much better than Prosit!

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden bronze color with a small fluffy off white head that leaves nice sticky lacing left behind.

S: Big pungent soapy hoppiness. Light malt backbone to remind you you're still drinking beer

T: A lot like the nose. Soapy pungent and hoppy. Not hops overload or anything but enough is present.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Slight oiliness.

D: This is this beers best feature. Very drinkable for an almost 11% beer! Worth drinking especially for the price.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: russet. nice dark orange with a bigger than expected (considering abv) off-white head.
smell: as to be expected hoppiness but also some candy, malty balance and some fruitiness.
taste: wow. this is nice. I didn't expect to like this so much. Very tasty.
mouthfeel: Nice too. Full.
Drinkability: A fine DIPA.
According to Heavy Seas, "Triple hopped during brewing with 5 pounds of hops per barrel. Very well balanced with an earthy hop aroma and flavor".

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy straight pumpkin orange color topped by a frothy, pillowy off-white, eggshell head formed of a lot of little bubbles. The textbook look for a big IPA.

S: The first thing that hit me when I started the pour was the strong tropical notes in the smell. I get pineapple, mango, and guava. Its not overpowering, but it's defiantly unmistakable.

T: I really like the taste! The bitterness is very forward and heavy in this beer. It is well balanced by a strong malt-base. This beer comes off sweet with notes of caramel, and strong tropical fruits as mentioned in the smell. This is quite a tasty IPA.

M: Moderatly high carbonation and a bit on the full bodied side, this beer sticks with you long after the bitter finish.

D: Its 10.5% ABV, it's not very drinkable, but that doesn't mean it's not delicious!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luscious clear honey golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Rich, hoppy aroma has an undertone of honey and a hint of evergreen. Fiercely hoppy, evergreen flavor is quite bitter but pleasantly so. Smooth, fizzy, edgy texture leaves behind a nice tingle.

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