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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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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 316
Photo of giblet
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my tower glass with orange color and about one finger of head. nice hop and pine aroma. taste was good but lacked some of the expected hop flavor. it tastes of dry pine and fruit but lacked something in the hop. a good beer overall but not super fantastic.

good finish as a dipa should be. good lacing down me glass matey!

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-to-orange pour. 2 fingers of medium cream head leaves a thin sheen by the end of the glass. Sparse, light lace.

Nose is overripe fruit and alcohol. Not getting much in the way of hops, but herbal and pine come through some. Raisins and cherries are very big.

Alcohol dominates the flavor profile. Raisins and cherries, along with a bit of apricot are here too. Big alcohol burn in the finish. Hop burn overshadowed.

Very thick and syrupy feel.

A difficult 22oz bottle to finish. Definitely one to share.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into my tulip

Appearance is of a deep amber color with a beautiful very slightly tan three inch head. Great head retention with a half inch staying on top throughout the beer. Scattered lacing clings all over the sides of my glass.

Aroma consist of citrus fruits with tangerines being dominate followed by mango and pineapple. No pungent grapefruit smell like many other DIPA'S but it still is detected. Very slightly detectable earth like smell that is of grass and wheat with a little pine. Caramel and slight bread smell is in the back along with a little of cracker malt and pink bubblegum.

Upfront citrus taste of tangerines just like I smelled in the aroma. This leads way into a sweet caramel taste. Following midway is a pretty sharp pine bitterness that mixes in with a slight pineapple taste. Finishing is toffee and bread like malts.

Mouthfeel was thick for a DIPA and full bodied with high carbonation. Slightly spicy hops detected in the aftertaste.

Overall I thought this was pretty unbalanced and would not consider this such a good DIPA.

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Photo of DJED69
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. Prob not the best idea to end the night of IPA's with this one. Suprisingly, it was quite managable if respected and taken slow. Nice, forward hoppiness and a head that lingered to the bottom of the glass. A bit too much dried fruit and booziness as it warmed. The nose was ok, but not as powerful as I would have expected. I much prefer the standard Hop 3 bottling.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber/honey with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell has a strong roasted malt,dark fruit,and bread yeast aroma. The taste has a bitter citrus flavor along with a very strong bread yeast with alcohol. The m/f is heavy with the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer with everything you'd want in a DIPA.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber series bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. No bottle date present.

A: Deep amber color. Fairly clear. Two finger head that disappeared fairly quickly. Good lacing that stays around a while.

S: Strong hops, obviously. Some floral hoppy smeels with dried fruits.

T: Hops and caramel malt. Dried fruits, possibly banana. Boozy aftertaste being that it is 10.6% ABV.

M: Easy going down...syrupy and creamy but not overly heavy.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It goes down smooth, but the strong aftertaste of booze does sneak up on you. I did drink the whole BOMBER fairly quickly, but probably wouldn't reach for another right afterwards. Alcohol does hit hard.

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Photo of malloyca
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear reddish brown with a tan-to-white head. The Big DIPA gives off sweet malt aromas, with caramel, vanilla, faint bananas, some citrus and a bit of barnyard or ripe cheese that is not off-putting. This is a very sweet, syrupy style DIPA, which is again dominated by caramel, toffee and similar sweet-malt flavors without much bitterness. There is also a fair amount of heat from the 10.6% ABV. Toward the end of the 22 oz., more of the roasted malt flavors emerged, rather than the very sweet flavors that were initially present. This is a complex beer, but too sweet and syrupy for my personal tastes and drinkable only in limited doses.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Beggars Banquet in East Lansing. Poured into a sniffer, the body is a deep amber with some reddish highlights, topped by a creamy, off white head that leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma of sweet amber malt and a ton of fruity hops. Notes of light honey and booze come through as well.
Palate is big on sweet malt and fruity hops, with lots of fruit esters and honey sweetness. Finish is fairly boozy, but not overwhelming. Body is thick and syrupy, as one would expect from a strong double IPA. Very nice, although the balance definitely tilts towards the sweet side.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/17/10- Mad Mex
A: Ruby orange, creamy nice lace, film, and collar.
S: Sweet caramel malt, bright and slightly piney/citrusy hops, figs.
T: Caramel, fig malty backbone with surprisingly piney, bright hops that linger like citrus.
M: Syrupy, creamy, frothy, good.
D: Decent.

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Photo of claminat420
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a hazy amber color with a frothy off white tan colored head. medium lacing.

S- too biscuity and caramel malt smelling and not enough hops for a double. i can only pull out a faint citrus from it.

T- like some fruity ipa yeast with the smell.

M- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

D- glad i only bought a single 22!

Overall- i hate to rate double ipa's badly but come on. the hop taste is weak on this one. some might call me crazy but it tastes like a scotch ale just bittered up.

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Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose you could pronounce this "The Big Diaper" but that would be a bit disgusting. And misleading.

Radiant red in the body, a frothy sunset with a off-white head that clings to the glass.

Aroma is pretty mild, very malty, estery for sure.

Love the balance between the old apple flavor, buttery esters, slight bitterness. The problem is that the alcohol is not well hidden, and takes away from the flavor on the finish.

Frothy as hell mouthfeel, slick and heavy.

A heady beer, full of flavor and venom. It's a solid effort, but a little lacking in any one aspect to make it great.

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Photo of hdofu
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit hoppy, has a pleasant smell. Has a light brown color with an off white color head. Not the best imperial ipa I've had but it was ok, had enough hops taste to keep me satisfied, though at 7 dollars a bomber it seems a bit steeply priced. It carries quite an alcohol burn and will knock you on your butt if you aren't careful.

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Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with white head. Ok lacing and head retention. I get much more sweetness in the smell than hops. Tons of caramel with a little bit of grapefruit. Taste, too, seems to be dominated by the malt. This is more believable as a barleywine than a double IPA. Still tasty though, regardless of the label.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some citrus hops. The flavor is caramel malt, orange, toffee and brown sugar. This is a heavily malted double IPA that is low on the bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TCgoalie
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark caramely amber color. A half finger head forms atop the beer and sits for an extended period of time. Some lacing but not much.

The scent is rather bready and malty. It smells like a tame barleywine.

The taste is quite bready and malty up front and transitions to a brown sugar like taste. Some hops appear, but just enough for me to not totally dismiss this brew. I'm not impressed with the taste. The fact that it is nearly 11% is the only redeeming quality taste wise.

The mouthfeel is quite heavy and syrupy. It makes my saliva gather making me want to spit.

I'm not going to want more than this bomber can offer. I've had countless DIPA's better than this one.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, this is a slightly underrated beer! I was impressed and really enjoyed it! Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allahash tall snifter/chalice glass. Pours a copper color, pretty clear in the glass, with the exception of a few carbonation fizzes. A very nice size creamy white head rises, with very decent retention. Once the head dissipates, it remains as a creamy surface, and leaves nice patchy...yet sticky lacing.

Aroma is very good, sweet, hoppy, and malty. Very, very slight booze noticable, but a nice grapefruit-like fruit smell is pretty strong.

Nice flavor. Starts hoppy and malty, follows with some nice fruit notes...continuing a malty, medium body, and finishes dry with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to high, and a pretty easy drinker for a DIPA. Again, a very nice beer...was definitely impressed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for bringing Jason. Second time I have had this, so about time to rate it. grapefruit colour with a little white head. Medium bodied. A lot of hops and there is a malt offset, but its not balanced. Astringency from the hop bomb. Drinkable though.

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Photo of Yimosan
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle / Snifter glass

A: Clear copper color with off white creamy head. Nice lacing and head retention.

S: I get faint caramel malt on the nose and definitely hops, but not citrusy.

T: The malt says present right away and though hoppy, this beer is not bitter as one would think. I think this is pretty balanced taste-wise.

M: Nice body and superbly creamy on the palate.

D: Ok, here's where I mark this beer down a bit...aside from the fact that this is a 10.5% ABV beer, and it is boozy, the alcohol is prevalent throughout and was not well disguised as other examples of this style that I've had...maybe that is a good thing, I am not sure, but I felt it brother...yes I did! I could taste it, and it killed the mood.

Epilogue - This is a good beer don't get me wrong, but do I rather do Tequila shots...hum? If they're gonna burn, I go for gusto...bring on the CUERVO!


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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a darker amber color, slightly hazy. Little to no head, with decent lacing as you swirl the glass.

Smells hoppy, honey and alcohol, and some grapes. In fact, it has more of a barleywine smell than a DIPA smell.

Has a sharp taste, with bitters and tobacco swirling in with undertones of leafy greens. A decent amout of alcohol taste. Ends slightly bitter.

Decent mouthfeel, though as mentioned above it is slightly sharp.

A pretty drinkable beer, I will enjoy finishing this one up.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a Duvel Tulip.
No apparent brewed on date or freshness date of any kind.

A - Deep amber colour with a small amount of light white head.

S - Bitter up front with a huge caramel malt backbone. The hops are piney and citrus.

T - A well balanced palate of malts and bitter hops. The hops have pine and floral notes and the finish is bitter with some sweet citrus. As I continued to drink this beer the malts became more and more prevalent and the hops became only noticeable in the finish. Too much malt for my linking. I thought this was a fresh bottle but without a visible freshness date of any kind, I may have a somewhat old bottle that has suffered from some hop fade.

M - Medium body, nice chew, lightly carbonated.

D - A good DIPA but not one that I would ever seek out again given the heavy malt profile. The 10.6% ABC was heavily masked.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall, a well balanced DIPA that does a great job of limiting the taste of the alcohol by balancing the hops with fair amount of malty goodness. Loses points on a bit of a funky aftertaste.

A - Rusty, modest head, nice lacing - not perfect; as the lace and head is a little thinner than my favorite DIPAs - I like when it really hangs on the glass and can be scraped off.

S - Grapefruit and pineapple (hops), "bready" malt, a little banana/caramel (from the malt), some alcohol (to be expected), and raw sugar - bread pudding with a pineapple sauce comes to mind.

T - Real nice. The malt really balances out the hops so it is less citrus than most DIPAs and lends a banana/caramel overtone to the fruitiness. I think the malt makes it far less tart than most DIPAs - of course hoppy, and dare I say a little buttery on the tongue?

M - Not the greatest aftertaste, and the alcohol lingers even thought it is not as noticeable in the taste.

D - Like most good, well balanced DIPAs - very dangerous!!!

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Photo of zhooker
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet off the tap. Light and relatively clear, a few shades lighter than amber. A moderately creamy head, with some pretty lacing decorating the glass as I drink.

Not a lot of nose on this one. I swirled and swirled again, but alas all that arose was a very light, floral hop scent -- just like any old IPA.

Some lighter citrus and malt tones dance around the front of the tongue, and per usual the hops reside in the back. This is not an overwhelming hop flavor -- subtle, building with each sip. The commercial description of the beer touts its "balanced" flavor. Balance is hard to judge. "Are the flavors here light and boring, or is it just well-balanced?" After a glass of this DIPA, I unfortunately feel like the flavors here aren't really strong enough to make "balance" anything really impressive. Frankly, it's a little bland.

That being said, it has a nice mouthfeel. It's clean, and there is only a little chalkiness from all the hops, which appears after you drink about half the glass.

This beer is definitely drinkable, but lacks any defining characteristic that makes it particularly pleasurable or special. There is something to be said for its 10.6% ABV -- it hides its bigness well. Sadly, it's just not good enough to be memorable.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber no visible freshness date. The Clipper City website states its released in March so i assume its about 2-3 months old, still cannot be certain.

Pours a nice amber-orange color with a good sized head and decent retention. visible bubbly carbonation rises from the depth.

The smell is very fruity in a citric/tropical way that is very sweet, notible scents of pineapple and mango. I am also getting a malty scent as well kinda grainy with a hint of alcohol.

Just like the smell, the taste is very tropical/fruity, very citric in its own beautiful aspect (as oppsed to grapefruit rind, you get pineapple). Super sweet caramel malt backbone that balances well with the tropical aspects. Faint hints of alcohol warmth in the taste but not as bad as i thought it would be at 10.5% ABV.

Big flavours with a bit of a thin/slick mouthfeel, not bad in any way i find these fruity flavours to taste better with a lower carbonation level.

I enjoyed this Big DIPA from clipper city, it was very much a different approch from your typical DIPA flavours. Of coarse do to its high alcohol content it tends to be a little less drinkable but great none the less.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one from beerman777.

A: An attractive dark orange, usually a good sign for a DIPA.

S: Very malty and fruity. As many other people have mentioned here, pineapple is a dominant aroma. Touches of honey, piney hops on the back end. Doesn't smell too hoppy. Maybe it's an older bottle?

T:Way more malty than hoppy. Lemon rind, pineapple, tropical fruit. The hops alternate between piney and floral, and are WAY suppressed beneath the malts. I enjoyed this, but I am now fairly certain it was an old bottle, judging by everyone else's reviews.

M: Full and thick. Mouth coating.

D: I'd like to try a fresh bottle. If this was available in San Francisco, I'd probably buy it all the time!

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rusty clear amber red with a thin head and very ligjt lacings. Nice sweet floral aroma. Not a lot of body. Sweet malty hoppy flavors, but nothing spectacular. The 11% ABV is notable and tends to override the hop character. Easy to drink, but if there are other IPSs on tap (which there are this evening) then I'd try something else.

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