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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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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: piraat snifter, gorgeous deep amber in color with a one-finger head that recedes to a thin layer and frothy ring

s: monster caramel malt body infused with a big pulpy, steeped hop aroma - decidedly on the fresh citrus peel and pine tea side of things, candied orange, loads of fruits, hot and sweet ethanol fumes, a bit messy and brash but in a rustic big barleywine kinda way

m: full bodied with a delicate level of carbonation, very pleasant feel

t: full-on wall of fruity caramel grain immediately gives way to a pulpy citrus and pine flavor that gradually nudges out (and perfectly balances) the lingering barley sugars to impart a moderate-high bitterness late in the finish, aggressive but somehow smooth in its strength, really enjoying both the aroma and flavor, may deserve a kick up on one or both scores - but I'll settle here for the moment

d: a sipper that's well hindered by its alcohol presence and heavy body, the dipa is a good beer but varies pretty widely from what is typically expected of the style - scores would undoubtedly be higher if this were labeled a barleywine, based on what's been written I went into this one skeptical but finished completely satisfied, at $5.49 I'll definitely pick up another bottle or two

bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of jnn4v
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Right on the line between brown and orange. If I were to break out my Crayola set, I'd call it burnt sienna. About 1/2 inch of cream / light tan colored head. No sediment. Mild haze.

S: Rust / copper metallic scents, followed by orange and tangerine up front. After a minute or so, some grapefruit began to come out.

T: I can sort of see why some people think this is too sweet or is a syrupy mess, but I personally disagree. It is definitely sweet, but it has a decent amount of citrus flavor and some bittering hops as well. It's no hop bomb, but if you like candied orange flavor, you're in for a treat.

M: Very thick, heavy texture to it, but with enough carbonation to keep it relatively balanced. It's appropriate for the style and for its ABV.

D: Quite drinkable for a 10.5 ABV beer. There is a slight burn in the aftertaste, and some may find the sweetness to be cloying after a while. My wife and I enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bomber bottle sports a skull and crossbones along with lots of "pyrate" talk on the label, and my inborn fondness for pillaging and plundering is instantly fanned to flame. Arrgh!!!

With a crack of the crown and a resultant wee hiss, the 22-ouncer pours a brew that is sparkling coppery blood orangish in color with a thick cap of glossy, creamy ivory foam atop. The head slowly recedes into a sticky, rocky sheet that plasters gooey bands of lacing onto the sides of my DFH shaped pint IPA disposal unit.

The smell is citrusy, otherwise fruity, and darkly caramel-sweet. Notes of fermenting fallen apples sprinkled with lime blossoms are coolly tempered by a crisp zap of lemon zest and a splash of juicy orange wedges.

The taste is likewise fruity with a sturdy toasted caramel-taffy backbone. Fermented golden apples drizzled in caramel are sprinkled with balancing bitter citrus oil and a peppery dash of belly-warming alcohol. Though never outweighing the hoppy fermented fruitiness, a twinge of darker, roastier malt flavors gains prominence as the drink progresses. A bit of minerally dryness lingers in the aftertaste.

The drink is on the fullish side of medium-bodied with sedate carbonation that fits the brew very well. Highly drinkable considering the potent 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted something hoppy as a night cap, so I grab this.

Pours a nice burnt orange/amber color with a solid inch of dense off-white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves lots of sticky lacing. I'm digging it.

The smell isn't as hop filled as I was hoping it would be, but it is quite nice. Sweet caramel malts are balanced very well with the more astringent citrus hops. Makes me wonder if the flavor will be as balanced as the aroma is.

Onto the flavor and the answer is... yes and no. Is it balanced? Yes, but the hops tilt the scale a little their way. Starts sweet with caramel and toffee, but ends bitter and astringent. The finish lends an aspirin like quality to the taste which makes you forget about the sweetness.

Now, the mouthfeel is where this one starts to go down hill for me. It has a nice fuller feel to it and has ample carbonation, but there's this weird soapy thing going on in the aftertaste that's not flying with me. After swallowing I get the bitter dryness I expect, but a soap foam feeling starts building on the back of my tongue that I don't enjoy. That strange happening and the fact that this is a 10%er knocks the drinkability down a notch.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poired into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma has a lot of sweet malt and a good dose of hops as well. As the beer warms, you can pick up on more alcohol in the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma has a very solid malt backbone. The taste starts out smooth and malty with caramel and toffee and finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops. There is a good amount of alcohol in the taste but it isn't overpowering.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The 10.5% ABV makes this one a sipper. Overall, a solid DIPA that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
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 far333
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic pint glass cuz I'm taking it out to the pool as soon as I write this.

Burnt orange colored with a thick half inch of frothy foam that lingers long leaving a nice cap atop the liquid.

Low aroma of citrus and honey malt.

Rich flavor of chewy malt and citric hops, tending toward grapefruit rind. Decent level of bitterness. A little hot, singes the tip of the tongue. Good balance of malt and hops, but not overly complex, the ABV seems to mask the subtler flavors.

Even mouthfeel, a bit on the slick side. Definite warming finish with a tingle at the back of the tongue.

Would like more complexity, but still a good sipper.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden amber yellow with a white foamy head

S- Tastes of Pine, citrus orange rind, hops

T- Balance of hops malt citrus, pine, citrus orange rind, hops

M- Moderate carbonation, good body

D- Very tasty, easy drinker for 10% ! This beer is really balanced. Surprised at some of the lower reviews. For an EAST coast Double IPA, I think they hit the mark. Although I will say one thing, this has a good amount of barleywine characterstics. I think it's the malt that really comes through that makes me think of a barleywine.

Props to Clipper City! :D

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Photo of jfmorey
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

Good amber red color with a nice head that disappeared without lacing.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel. Hops presence is minimal, in spite of the claims on the label, a bit dissapointing. The high alcohol does not come through to the palette; drinkable.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, balanced DIPA. Clear orange/copper color. Not a great head...white, small, less than average retention. Good lacing though. Smell is about average. You know that this will not be a hop bomb, but the aroma is pleasant enough.

Good taste bitterness up front. Piney and citrus hops with a little bite. Caramel malts cut off the bitterness and give a slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfell is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good. It gets a little sweet but not annoying.

If you like a little balance in an IPA, this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with light amounts of citrus hops. As the beer warms the caramel malt aromas become more pungent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with light amounts of citrus hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter but manages to leave residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bomber but probably wouldn't go for even one more glass.

Overall this was a decent beer but I was expecting more from the makers of Loose Cannon. Worth a shot, but expect more of a barleywine than a DIPA.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking, deep orange and coppery color. Sizeable foamy head on top. Somewhat muted aroma-I was expecting a lot more hop presence. Malty and bready but very little hops. Big malty flavor-again I would expect more hops. Lots of hop flavor but the overpowering maltiness takes away any bitterness that might be there. Dont get me wrong flavor is good but more of a barleywine then a double IPA. Body is very full but almost too syrupy feeling. I like the flavor but body and sweetness become too much in the long run.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear copper color pour with as thick foamy ,lasting light tan head , medium to high carbonation . Loads of lacing left all the way down the glass. A slightly grainy aroma , candy sugar , pine,and pineapple notes , slight alcohol in the nose as it warms . Flavor is quite malty , a nice sweetness up front with some spicy ,earthy, floral hoppy notes . Not as bitter as expected , but nicely balanced . The high ABV is well hidden in the taste . Full body with a sticky mouthfeel . Very drinkable and a tasty brew but slightly overpriced to buy very often , a very good try though

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark amber body with a frothed, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Fairly sweet-scented malts with faint caramel and candy in the nose rounded out by hop notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and light pine. There's a little hint of ripe strawberry I can't seem to get away from in here.

Taste: Pale malts with some simple caramel and crystal malt sweetness. Pinch of strawberry-flavored cotton candy. Hops impart some tropical fruitiness, a needed touch of oily lemon peel, and an underlying earthy pine flourish. Medium-plus bitterness, but comparatively mild in retrospect. Some alcohol greets you at the end - it's noticeable but, thankfully, not painfully evident. The finish is smooth, warming, and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's chewy and even oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I was fully anticipating a bold, brash hoppiness to knock me flat like that thing rolling down that cave that Indiana Jones had to escape! Not the case here. If you're a true hophead looking to put some fresh blisters on your tongue this may not be for you, but if you'd rather have a more easy-going, downright good-natured DIPA, then this could work for you.

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Photo of scifan
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into my Pisgah pint glass. Pours a nice orangey, amber color with a nice two finger head, leaving some spotty lacing as it calms.
On the first few whiffs I'm getting faint hop aromas. Mostly citrus/piney notes. But mainly I'm getting sweet caramel malts. The nose on this one just isn't all that inticing especially once the head calms down a bit.
The first sip reveals a slightly sweet malt backbone then blasts of piney bitterness washes it away. More bitterness than the nose would suggest actually. A strong alcohol flavor is also quite noticeable. But hey, at almost 11% its gotta show up somewhere.
Mouthfeel is kind of thick, and syrupy and its kinda heavy on the tongue. The alcohol takes away from the drinkability some but no too much. Would like to see more hop flavors, and aromas in this beer. Definitely worth a try but I don't think I'll be buying anymore of these.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tawny brown with a two-finger off white head that leaves little lace patches down the glass. Has a sharp, citric piney hop smell with a faint mix of caramel and bread malt. Medium body with a good dose of citric/pine hops as well as caramel, roasted/bread malt. Goes down smooth, slightly creamy, with some hop bitterness and stickiness on sides and a crisp, clean finish. A good beer but a little simple and slightly underwhelming. Still a good drink though.

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Photo of Casey10
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from RSVP in portland wanted to like this however felt it was okay.

A - Copper red hue with a 1 finger head that was quick to disappear.

S - Malty, bready this reminds me a lot of the longshot ipa from SA

T - malty maybe some orange

M - frothy some lingering after feel

D - okay most likely will not drink again. This one is okay but wil give other clipper city beers a try.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 7/19/09

A - Transparent yet pale amber/orange color. Poured a 1/2 in. yellowish/tan head that settled to half that. Nice lacing overall, though it does dissipate some throughout.

S - Nice fresh hop aroma upon opening the bottle. Not as noticeable after poured. Floral & citrus nose.

T - Decent hop bite, but not as much as I would expect, especially considering the description on the bottle. Hops are piny with some floral & citrus elements; grapefruit & possibly orange. Reasonable malt backdrop - some toasted or burnt notes.

M - Appropriate carbonation linchpins the the resinous hop character with the malts & alcohol slickness. Each swig is not long for the palate; it goes down quick if slightly less than easy.

D - The 10.5% abv makes itself known but isn't overwhelming. At 75 IBU, if this were 4-5 abv lower it would make a damn fine session IPA. However, for a DIPA I would prefer more gnashing of teeth.

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Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On cask at Max's.

As with the regular version, the beer pours a fairly dark amber color with OK head retention and lacing. Unlike the DIPA I had on CO2, I get a lot on the nose with this beer, primarily pine, sweet malt and some underlying citrusy bitterness. Likewise, this beer tastes considerably better on cask, except if anything the beer is even more barleywine like. This beer is very sweet and syrupy, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness, making this beer taste something like a hoppy BW. Mouthfeel is likewise much better out of the cask, with a soft, smooth flavor profile. Unfortunately, drinkability is as bad as ever. The beer finishes with a sweet, alcoholic bite that is hard to take.

This is just not a very good DIPA, though God knows it's easier to take out of the cask. Still wouldn't be tempted to order this one again.

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Photo of jbhuxley
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper/amber in color. Aggressive pour yields 1/4" of bone colored head.

Smells sweet and very hoppy. Piney hops. It smells like a candied pine cone. Delicious to the nose.

Very interesting and different taste. There is certainly a presence of warming alcohol. I can taste the earthiness of the hops, but I feel like the overall sweetness is covering it up.

There is not a lot of carbonation going on, which leave this thick brew somewhat syrupy.

This is not at all what I would expect from a Heavy Seas DIPA. It just really seams that the hops aren't showing through the sweetness. That being said, the earthiness, combined with the sweetness make the taste very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amazing hazy amber/copper color with an outstanding massive eggshell color head that retains very well and leaves lots of sappy lacing along the pint glass.

S: Floral bouquet of hops, lots of citrus peels and grapefruit. Malts back this brew very nicely, however my only complaint is the alcohol. Pretty intense and not very well hidden, but it is a pretty high ABV so I won't complain too much. I like the hop profile, lots of different types provide different notes for the beer.

T: Similar to the nose. Alcohol is a little more subdued, which is a good thing. Nice and hoppy! Malts give this a nice balance as well. A little bready and yeasty as well.

MF/D: Thick body, long syrupy bread finish, and pretty drinkable minus the ABV

Pretty intense DIPA, I've had better, but good

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a crisp bubbly dark orange with a decent khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of pine hops with slight caramel malt. The taste is a great balance of pine hops and burnt caramel with a nice lingering finish. The beer is slightly heavy with a some boozy alcohol, but not too much. This is a very respectable DIPA, one that will likely be a barley wine after a month or two, so drink it fresh!

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Photo of BierFan
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Label lists 75 IBU's and an ABV of 10.5%.

Appearance: Amber/orange body contains many streams of tiny slow rising bubbles. The head is about an inch thick and shows really great retention. Lacing is also rather nice.

Smell: Sweet with some oily fruity hops. Big and malty.

Taste: The hop flavors and bitterness seem a little smothered by the creamy feel and malty sweetness.

Still a rather enjoyable beer but it's not what most would want from a DIPA.

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Photo of ralree
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown, completely translucent, nutty-white head, small bubbles, lots of retention, good lacing.

S: Lots of hops and grapefruit. Alcohol apparent. Lots of what smells like chocolate and barley.

T: Caramel, barley and chocolate flavors are surprisingly strong in this IPA. Hop flavor is also super strong, followed by alcohol. Fruit flavors are barely detectable. Pretty yeasty, a little grainy.

M: Heavy bodied and syrupy. A little astringent. Carbonation perfect.

D: Very refreshing if you like hops.

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Photo of thain709
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep amber body with orange highlights...a fluffy white head about 1 finger tall...faded pretty quickly and left some sticky lacing

S - Wow this has a sweet nose...the sweetness overpowers the hops on the nose...very little hop presence

T - Follows the nose here...WAY too sweet...I can not even say this beer is balanced...in a ratio aspect I would say 80% malts (caramel) and 20% hops (grapefruit and pine)...the sweetness again is overpowering the hops allowing no real bitterness to shine through

M - Medium bodied...very very syrupy

D - I was pretty excited to try Big DIPA because Loose Cannon is amazing...but it let me down on the account of the sweetness...it really gets to you and you have to watch out for that 10% because it sneaks up on you...I will still support Clipper City and their Heavy Seas line up

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Beer rating: 53.8% out of 100 with 316 ratings
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