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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 miromanyth
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas tends to be very hit-or-miss with me but here goes nothing...

A: A deep orange, with little haze. An off-white creamy head - decent looker.

S: Sweet smell, a blend of peach and candy. A touch of booze maybe. A little graininess.

T: Sticky. A load of malt sweetness. A pretty tender hop bite follows, and some alcohol on the finish. After warming, the booze fades a bit and I get a bit of citrusy hop qualities. Still too much alcohol though.

M: Creamy, smooth, a little syrupy maybe.

D: Not a bad beer, but I think the booziness, and general lack of a defining characteristic keeps this beer from rising above the super saturated DIPA market.

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Photo of silentjay
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty deep amber. dark for an IPA, with a average sized off-white head (small for a DIPA, which usually have huge heavily lacing heads) that laces averagely as well.

malty sweet with caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast and some citrus hops and some tropical fruit, maybe. a very malt-forward DIPA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

wow. sweet. caramel and toffee out front, maybe some raisins and definitely some tropical fruits. a bit of citrus, maybe some apricot preserves. but very sweet overall. it is one of those beers that wouldn't be out of place as a barleywine, but it lacks the complexity of an expertly brewed barleywine. It falls short of the elite as a DIPA, as well as if brewed as a barleywine, but its decently tasty as it is, just not in the elite level. booze comes on as it warms.

oily (not resiny) with subtle carbonation and a lingering sweetness and slight bitterness and substantial heat.

not great, but its pretty good. Its not something I'd recommend highly to a hophead, but its a decent drink.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Big DIPA! On tap at Shorty's, Hell's Kitchen NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz snifter, the DIPA comes well-poured, with a perfect, very frothy and bubbly one-finger head. Shiny soapy bubbles! Color is a deep amber, opaque, almost brown. Hearty. Thick lacing left behind.

Smell: Fruity, sweet, sugary. Citrus and booze. A tad of rusty metal at the end. Lemon juice. Some tropics (canned pineapple juice) and mellow bitterness (pomelo sprinkled with sugar).

Taste: Super sweet right away, ton of raw sugar. Coconut. Then some rum and booze. This makes me feel like being at a Caribbean beach. Caramel, malt around the back. "Oatmeal with brown sugar", the wife said. This would be a great hair of the dog, or a boozy cure for hangovers. Boiling orange juice and watermelon bubbles at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full body, carbonation and flavor. Heavy and big indeed! Citrusy, malty.

Overall: I like this one a lot, even more so than the classic Loose Cannon. Huge and boozy, and so not for everyone. Not terribly drinkable, but if you like malty big DIPA's, try this! The only real blemish I can find here is the booziness and heat of it all. I recommend consuming it chilled. When warm, it burns!

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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 Hopfenpeter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bottle design, therefore very attractive to the eye.
Beer poured a crystal clear orange with a creamy white head about one finger high. It dissipates fast leaving good lacing.
Smelling the beer I detect sweet honey, caramel, malty notes, some fruit like orange, pineapple.
The taste up front is a sweet malty start, where caramel and honey overpowers. In the middle fruity hops change the taste to more fruity notes, pineapple and orange prevailing. In the end some more bitter citrusy malts try to balance the beer.
For my taste this beer is way to sweet, but I am glad that I tried it and added it to my collection.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours almost orange, with a thin head which immediately disappears. Nice carbonation and lacing on the glass. When held up to the light, this beer almost glows a neon orange color. Maybe I'll glow in the dark after I drink it.

S- Malt, hops, caramel, orange, pineapple, grapefruit. All present and accounted for. The nose is on the weak side, thus the mark down. It's a nice smelling beer, but very weak- I'd like a little more presence from this one.

T- Very sweet. It's almost like drinking straight fruit juice w/ some hops thrown in. Too sweet. It's not bad, just nowhere near the best for this style. Hops kick in for the aftertaste. I don't taste much alcohol, mainly the fruit on this beer.

M- Super light feel, with a bite on the aftertaste from the hops. Not bad, but not great. I'd like a little less thin, and more substantialness to the feel.

O- This is a weird critter. It's not bad, but seems to be out of balance in different areas. Cutting down on the fruit taste about 50% would help, I think. It's worth a try, but you can find a lot better DIPA's out there.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a snifter.

Appears a dark orange with light tints of gold and a little subtle brown.

Smells hoppy with a fruitiness. Possibly some citrus. Not a cascade... maybe some peaches.

Tastes a little maltier than I expected and its hop profile seems a little more IPA-ish than double IPA. Maybe I just have a tough standard! :)

Really like the mouthfeel. One of the better attributes of this beer. Creamier than I've seen out of a double IPA. Really enjoy the remaining head.

Overall an interesting experience. I'd have it again and I'd like to see what more of these would look like.

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Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cherry red, with ever the slightest carrot orange mixed in as well. Crystal clear, and with a slight, off-white haze posing as a head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: Candy sugar and then some... sort of like a melted down "Astro-Pop", and a strong odor of non-citrus based fruit (cherry perhaps?) and booze.

T: I got tons of booze on the first couple of sips, but this faded after subsequent visits. Hoppy, with a bit of unpleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: Syrupy... but in a "kid trapped in a candy store wanting more sugar" kind of way. Low carbonation and minimal lacing. Resiny hop assault along with quite a massive alcohol burn.

O: I'm glad I tried this one. It's one that I've eyeballed in the stores for a couple of years now during its seasonal run but I'd never taken the plunge. It's not as bad as what some on here have said, but it wasn't totally worth ruining your sobriety over either.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this brewery. 22 oz bomber into 13 oz tulip. Pours a gorgeous reddish orange. Beautiful white sticky head, with tons of lacing. Smell tangerine, pinnaple, and hints of pine. Taste is all that with a little alcohol at last swallow. Very easy drinking for it's high ABV. Wish this available in N. H. Very solid brew, from a great brewery.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at Max's. This is my first of the year for Big DIPA. I don't think I've had it since the 2009 batch actually.

A - Bright copper, slightly hazy, fine bubbled cream colored head, retains at the edges. Moderate lacing

S - Unidimensional hops, slight citrus sweet

T - Huge grassy earthy hops up front. Tart citrus middle, clean creamy finish. This delivers on all fronts. Quite tasty.

M - Medium in body

O - This is a very good double IPA. It's better than I remember. It doesn't have much in the nose, but the flavor profile is superbly balanced. There's not a hint of alcohol anywhere. Aside from the merely above average aroma, this is a very good representation of the style. I plan to buy some bottles this year and would seek this out again on tap.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazy ruby-orange coloring with a three inch thick, foamy, dense head that is a yellowish color. Nose is heavy and thick with caramel malty aromas and peppery spice, with some slightly sour characteristics. Heavy and thickly viscous brew in mouth, and the body is perfect for the flavors. Heavy, resinous, green hops in the deepest parts of the brew, with the hearty malt character to balance. Slight citrus highlights and spice on the tip of the tongue when you finish each sip. The beer is smooth on the finish, which is nice with the heaviness it has throughout. Slight, dark sweetness to the aftertaste which is pleasant. All the flavoring covers any traces of the increased ABV. Let this one warm up a bit before you drink it...it's very much worth the patience.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty clear nice burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from last summer

Pour is coppery brown with minimal head. head does leave some lacing behind.

Smell is mostly caramel malts and alcohol, not much in the way of hop presence.

Hops come through more on the taste, but still seem to play second fiddle to the high amount of malt. Some lingering hop bitterness. Tastes a bit more like a barleywine.

Medium, slightly oily, mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Alcohol is a bit too up front, and hops are not nearly dominant enough for this to stand out as a great DIPA. Definitely a sipper as well. Didn't particularly enjoy this, and wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.16/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this bomber over the summer from Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven CT, for $5.99. 10.5% ABV, 75 IBUs, no date or code. Served at about 50F in a chilled pint glass.

I can see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so tried to pour it gently to avoid its disturbance. Mission accomplished: a clear thick copper brew. Tan head is a modest 1/2" but doesn't settle too much.

Aroma has a body of thick corn syrup sweetness. Hops are fairly mild, fruit and florals, nothing outstanding.

The body is thick and viscous, syrupy, caramel and biscuit, with a charred edge that reminds me of burnt Rice Krispies. Despite this heft the alcohol is clearly evident, a moderate solvent-like burn. It has a heavy biscuity sweetness that I don't find appealing. Hops are present and are about on par with other DIPAs in terms of strength, but they're completely overwhelmed by the unappealing body and invasive alcohol. Hops are... grapefruit pith, herbs, florals? It is hard to find anything truly coherent on the hops front so that's just a best guess. Finishes with turpentine, burnt rice, and a bit of fruit/floral hop.

If I made a homebrew this bad I probably wouldn't share it with anyone out of embarrassment. This is quite an amateurish brew. Way too thick and all I can think of is burned Rice Krispies.

C'mon Clipper City, I've known you to be hit (Peg Leg, Prosit!, Yule Tide) or miss (Below Decks), so I know you can do better than this.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a tulip glass at WOB

A- Amber colored in the glass, with a decent white head that fades rather fast

S- hops, citrus and caramel malts

T- As expected citrus upfront with malts,big hop bitternes with a distinct booze bit.

M- Medium bodied & sticky

D- I find this beer to be very unbalanced, there is a strong hop bit with a malty character that that does not smooth it out and the after taste is a tad sweet... it just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-04-19 at the Depot Grill in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Clear amber with a short white head.

S - Citrus, sweet malt, pine.

T - Some grapefruit bitterness and bread. Not very complex.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a clean feel.

D - Refreshing. Light.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Relatively recently at Rattle 'N Hum, NYC. Poured a reddish-orange, with less than a finger of white head, poor retention/lacing, and no visible carbonation (not surprising, given the cask origin). Lots of alcohol apparent in the nose; sweet orange/tangerine/pineapple, and not very herbal/bitter at all. The taste mirrored the nose, with a sweet finish that revealed a big alcohol presence. Very slick and thick feel. A little too sweet and in-your-face alcoholic for my taste.

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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 JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark hazy burnt orange with a nice .25 inch head. The head recedes pretty fast and is a bit sticky.

S - Big citrus notes up front with intense grapefruit and orange peal hints. There is some slight caramel in there but its overwhelmed by the strong hop bomb aroma. There is some slight pineapple notes in the aroma as well and a slight pine hint on the back end. Very hoppy nose.

T & M - Starts off with some slight citrus notes and a good malty and bready grain backbone. Surprisingly enough there is enough malt character in this DIPA. There is some nice orange peal a nice pine note to this beer as well. It is very reminiscent of an American Barleywine with the strong malt sweetness and bready presence. There is also a definite alcoholic burn to this DIPA. It is a good beer but it really doesn't have any highlights. Middle of the pack DIPA withs some crispness and medium body.

D - It is good but the ABV is higher and there are other DIPAs that I prefer. Still it is good.

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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 Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is amber with a short white head and not too much lacing. The nose brings some citrus hops and a bit of a tropical character with a lot of sweetness. Some hop flavor in the taste, but this is overly sweet, taking the East Coast DIPA style to the extreme. Taste is slightly cloying. I was able to drink this but it is not at all as advertised.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At a Heavy Seas night at my local bar here in NJ (Coppermine Pub - best in the state) I had the pleasure of trying the Big DIPA from a cask.

The appearance looked like it should, a beautiful dark color. The taste was delicious, but warm from the cask. It felt like a great night cap drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep rich bronze color with a tight formed one fnger slight off white head that stuck well to the glass as it settled into a creamy mass.A mix of alcohol dipped fruit and citric,resiny hops,neither win out but both make a good presence.Pretty boozy on the palate,some pear-like fruit soaked in sweet alcohol flavors with overripe tropical fruit,an underlying resiny note in the finish.Its boozy and can be a bit hard to drink after half a bottle but I have had worse beers of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front, followed by a significant alcohol sting. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. However, there doesn't seem to be much harmoniousness or balance amongst the flavors. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of other 2IPA's that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lackenhauser for including this in the week 4 winnings of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF. I'm enjoying this watching Game 1 for my Rangers in the WORLD SERIES. GO RANGERS!!!

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass a opaque burnt orange with a one finger white head. Little head retention but good lacing. It's allergy season, and I can hardly smell much of anything. The flavors have a carmel malted flavor with a good amount of hop bite. Not much of a fresh hop flavor to this, but that doesn't take much away from it. The alcohol is well masked and it is full bodied. Despite the full body, this is a very easy IIPA to drink.

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