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

Brewed by:
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 2Stout4u
2.1/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is not what I want from a Dipa. The malts overpower the hops and that ain't cool. For those who like balance between the two, drink away. When I buy a Dipa I expect hop heaven, like Breckenridge 471. I read some reviews about Clipper City and I might try another style but never this one again.

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

Poured off tap at Prime 16 in New Haven

Appearance: Pours a deep amber in color, billowing white head with good lacing and retention all around.

Aroma: Crisp and resinous hop oil, grapefruit and a pinch of lemon are apparent, the malt spice is deep and pretty aromatic.

Taste: Balance of hop and malt is right on cue, residual hop oils pair with a large malt backbone, citrus and a bit of syrupy aftertaste from the malt aren't overwhelming but blend nicer then alot of other DIPAs Ive tried.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation yet the backbone of this holds it firm on the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall a pleasantly good DIPA, the alcohol doesn't kill you and its fairly balanced between hops and malt. This was good on tap but I wonder if the bomber does this any justice.

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Photo of mlynchltd
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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 meatyard
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out as a clear, dark amber with an off-white, 1 finger head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lace.
The smell is mild and not very distinct so call it balanced with malt sweetness and lemon zest.
The taste is, again, on the balanced side though somewhat potent. The same tastes as in the smell only with a bit more malt and sweetness. There is some bitterness and alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, decently carbonated and a bit syrupy.
Drinkability is so so what with the high ABV and limited hop support in taste.

While this beer may fit the "supposed" East Coast IIPA style it either needs less malt or more flavorful hops. It's not bad but not really "good" for a IIPA.

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Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a thick two-finger head into my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of citrusy hop goodness with just enough of a sweet malt backbone underneath. A bit piney as well.

Taste is chock full of citrusy, grassy hops followed by a dollop of biscuit underneath. A bit sweet but not cloying. Somewhat warm as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. A bit warming but never harsh.

Not bad. Average but it appears to be drinkable for the ABV. Alcohol warmth could be hidden better but otherwise, it's drinkable!

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Photo of Gtreid
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep, burnt orange. The pour produces one and a half fingers of slightly off white head, that leaves some pretty impressive lacing.

A: Caramelly sweetnees mixed with tons of citrus. Big grapefruit, orange, and sweet malt. Hops are definately big, but the malts balance it pretty well.

T: Something is just a little off with this. It's just too sweet for the style. The sweetness overpowers the brew, and dosen't let the hops shine the way they should. Finishes with a prominent alcohol heat.

M: Medium to heavy body. Very sticky. Coats the palate, with very little carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is on the lower side due to the sweetness. Overall, not overly impressed with this. When compared to some other DIPA's out there this one comes up short. Skal.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured clear, dark copper with some light tan head. It smelled like peach and cherry and floral hops, with sweet caramel malt. It tasted like peaches and cherries, with some rose and honeysuckle and sweet caramel, and a bit of burnt barley. It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall I can definitely see why some people say this is more like a barleywine than a 2IPA. But it's still very enjoyable. Its big scent and taste weren't the cleanest or most succulent, but they are very well balanced and tasty. It almost seems intentionally brewed that way, and that it would improve with age (again like a barleywine). It had good body and hid the alcohol very well too, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. It's nice to have a 2IPA that's not a pure hop bomb for a change!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle form the fridge.

Pours clear amber with a thin tan head. Lacing is minimal throughout the glass and barely a trace of head after the dissapation.

Aromatics lead off with boozy malts and pungent hop resins. Quite piney with some citrus to back it up. Toffee and a hint of butterscotch follow through.

Medium bodied and very sticky with a slick tackiness.

Sweet malt and pungent hops start off the palate. Warming alcohol quickly steps forward along with a firm bitterness. The hops lean in a earthy, piney direction rather than tropical fruit.

Finishes with lingering sweet malt, boozy alcohol, and a sustaining hop bite.

Tasty, but I prefer my IIPAs a bit drier and tropical. Certainly plenty of alcohol here though and borders Barleywine territory.

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Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber color. Not much head.. settles to a small foamy layer. Even lacing on the glass.

S- Mellow grassy sweet hops. Not pungent or bitter. Slight malt and ABV aroma.

T- Balanced nicely but is bland overall and pretty boring. ABV is fairly present but not overbearing. Hop heads will be disappointed with this brew.

M- Medium bodied, even coating on the palate. Not a pleasant aftertaste but this brew doesn't contain much taste at all really.

D- boring IIPA with a lot of booze. It is however balanced but that is the only respectable thing going on in this bottle.

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Photo of ABOWMan
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a honey/orange color with near perfect clarity and one finger of tan colored fine bubbled head.

The aroma was of malt, alcohol and citrus and reminded me of carmelized sugar.

The flavor was almost overpoweringly sweet. I got sweet malty alcohol upfront then some background bitter hop resin. In all, it was a poorly balanced DIPA with overpowering sweet and little hop bitterness.

The body and mouthfeel was thick, likely due to the abv. and as a result, my ranking for drinkability scored low.

I've enjoyed several of the Clipper City brews, but this is definately not one of their better efforts.

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Photo of BB1313
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I Split a bomber and found it overpowering overall.. it's definitely not my type of IIPA. It's darker in color than I prefer. The alcohol presense is not hidden well. It's extremely sweet as well. It's not horrible, I just think my expectation on this one was a little high since I'm a huge fan of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Malty as hell and tastes like a barleywine.

If you're looking for Loose Cannon's bigger brother, this isn't him.

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Photo of farrago
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Minimal head, tan to off-white in color, the lacing decent yet lacks stickiness. Amber orange in hue, more brown than red, gauzy but you can see through it fairly easily, some dropping off near the rims. In the nose you get super juicy and ripe pink grapefruit to tangerine citrus, pine sap, honey and floral perfume, sweet almost to a fault, no real counterbalancing bitter notes, hardly any bread or grain, some caramel at times, the fruit scents lean towards nectarine, pineapple, papaya and mango. Full-bodied, sort of ponderously heavy like you could tie a bottle around a guy's neck and sink him to the bottom of a lake. The carbonation totally outmatched and the alcohol gives it a booziness which removes more crispness from the profile. Here you get the syrupy stickiness missing from the visual aspect. This glazes the pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus into your palate along with that pineapple, papaya, guava, apricot fruit. The pine, flowers and honey lead into more caramel and dark chocolate shades. There's some bitter grain, straw near the end but not really woven into the fabric. If you like sweet beer you might like this more but it's a case of reach exceeding grasp.

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

Copper, slightly hazy, with a dense off-white head. Pine and citrus aroma with a hint of malt sweetness. Lots of alcohol along with the hop bitterness, a profile more like barley wine. Could have been better balanced. Strong hop finish that lasts on the back of the tounge.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Medium brown/amber with almost no tan head. Slight toffe aroma, but the real smell here is pure glazed donut and some weak carnation-like floral notes, plus dried seaweed. Palate is moderately malty, but most of the malt shows up in mouthfeel/weight. Lots of hop bitterness and flavor followed by oozing alcohol. Finish is bitter, very bitter in fact, but somehow balanced. Lots of sweetness in a caramelized/burnt-sugar kind of way.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer has an amber/burnt orange color to it with an off white head that settles after a minute. The aroma is sweet and I can smell citrus with a light hop scent. After smelling it, it tastes how you would already expect. It's sweet and has a strong grapefruit taste with a moderate amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and has normal carbonation. The alcohol is definitely not hidden at 10.5% and you can feel a slight burn down your throat.

The big DIPA, to me, isn't a DIPA at all. It seems more like a strong APA. I like having a presence of alcohol in a strong beer if it works well with the flavors but I do not feel that it is working for this one. I was really let down by this beer since I do like the Heavy Seas series and was excited after hearing about the Mutiny series. This isn't a terrible beer, I just have mixed feelings about it. For the price, I would say pick one up and try it for yourself.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Very dark amber hue, clear, with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind sticky lacing on the walls.

Loads of sharp and spicy grapefruit which covers pretty much everything, including the alcohol. The malts add a light caramel aroma in the background.

Spicy, citrusy, and somewhat herbal hops in the flavor. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, although it adds a slight warming feeling in the back of the throat in the finish. The malts have a toasty characteristic. Full bodied.

I think this is a rather good DIPA. I like the "Big DIPA" (Big Dipper) pun. The label says it's bottle conditioned but there is very little sediment and the beer is rather clear, not even hazy. Careful with this one, the alcohol can sneak up on you. Recommended.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium amberish/orangis color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, toasted graininess, and caramel. Tastes of citrus, caramel, toffee, sweet oranges, and sugary. Overall, alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of Aenema
2.54/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep amber with a one finger off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell - Some resin and pine and a citrusy sweetness, somewhat similar to a tangerine.
Taste - Sugary with some slight hop notes. Not regular caramel malts, but a cloying, overpowering sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Creamy with a medium-full body.
Drinkability - Too sweet and cloying, I couldn't finish the bomber.

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Photo of md655321
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought one of these as soon as it hit the shelves. While I am not a huge fan of Clipper City, they certainly hit it out of the ball park as far as bang for the buck. Shared a bomber with a friend, but just barely. Cloyingly sweet with barely any hops making it through. Aged barleywine sweet. Except without any complexity. Cheap caramel taste and a very thick mouthfeel. I really had a hard time drinking this, and so did my friend. Amazed at what this is like when its fresh. A few months on it would make this beer undrinkable entirely. If it wasn't a brand new beer, I would have guessed it was a 2 year old DIPA. Hopheads avoid!

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with this one.

A-Deep copper with a thin off white head that hung on and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet malt with a touch of citrus zing. Pretty nice but cut back on the malt a bit and...

T-Caramel malt sweetness with a fairly healthy citrus hop support. This one comes off a bit to malt forward for me.

M-Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy with a sharp/bitter finish. Good lingering bitterness.

D-See above comment in taste...not the best, too malty but I do like the citrus hop zip. Cut back on the malt bill a bit and we might have a winner.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill on tap. Served chilled in a pint.

A - Gently hazed copper w/ thin white cap. The carbonation is visible, the bead is fine. A nice light haziness like iced tea w/ lemon squeezed in. Lots of tiny bubbles rise upward and the head is about 1/4 inch which revives slightly when swirled in the glass.

S - Pleasant citrus aroma w/ a mild caramel scent and juicy grapefruit nose. Somewhat floral w/ a high amount of alcohol and orange notes

M - A crisp carbonation upfront leads to a full bitter texture and bit of alcohol w/ sting of hops leading into a sweet candy-like malt texture and the warmth of alcohol follows the hop acidity. There is smooth sweet malt which gives a residual syrupy texture

T - A fruity citrus hop juiciness w/ the flavor of grapefruit rind and orange pepper/peel taste. A green taste of fresh herbs w/ orange juice acid in the taste leads to a pine flavor whichhas sweet leafy notes. The malt is sweet like many east coast IIPA's but cushions the intensely bitter hop profile and adds a candy-like sweet tip to the warmth of alcohol. The taste is highly alcoholic as you may have seen in other reviews but the taste isn't as detrimental in this aspect as its drinkability

D - An DIPA that really doesn't hide the high 10.6% abv at all. It is sweeter than I prefer and is not one I would return to most likely except perhaps to compare to the bottle. The alcohol gets a bit medicinal after one serving, I would rather have a dry tasting IIPA with milder abv personally.

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Photo of cooperrip
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

why the f can't we brew good dipa's on the east coast????fresh loose cannon is tight , so you'd think they could knock out a Dipa...no, too sweet, again with over malting on the east coast. I don't understand why east coast brewers who are generally english style brewers who generally appreciate lower abv beers feel the need to make dipa's over 10% and boozy.Give me a nice dry 7-8% double ipa and I am happy, am I alone on the east coast???
Decent label and good flavor, just too f'n malty, call it a double red and i'l sign up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into traditional pint glass
Dark amber/copper color with two-inch head
Aroma-Sweet malt and hops
Taste-Malty sweetness and slow but sure incoming hops. This has a litle more sweetnes than I'm used to for a double IPA. Almost a Belgian feel to it. Not as hoppy as I was expecting but certainly plenty of alchohol at 10.6 ABV (Feel the gravity)
Overall, good but not great, certainly worth a try but a bit too unbalanced for me

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Photo of koopa
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber rec'd in a trade.

Appearance: Very malty looking sunburst orange mixed with caramel. 2 finger off white crown that retains and offers lacing.

Smell: Fairly flat besides caramel malt and a touch of bitter floral hops.

Taste: A fairly pronounced malt component but a nice enough bitter hop bite to keep things complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy....really well done!

Drinkability: Really good considering the high ABV. The mouthfeel and balanced taste do it.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head tht fades. No real lacing on the glass.

A blast of resinous piney hops with a faint hint of caramel malt beneath.

Loads of piney hops right upfront. Leads into an aggressive, but not overbearing bitterness. Just a touch of malt before riding into the susnset on a wave of piney hops.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Quality DIPA with good drinkability. ABV is only prohibitive factor in having more than a few in one sitting.

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Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 316 ratings
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