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

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a hotel plastic cup, smell is cherries, vanilla, toffee, slight citrus, cinnamon, oak; smells like a nice Flanders. Taste is pumpkin, cherry, slight funk, tea like tannin, honey, quite nice yet in IPA like. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy enough, good flavor, but this is nothing like what a "traditional IPA" tastes like, however it is probably what a classic IPA tastes like. Slight barrel funk on a rich beer base makes this a great tasting brew, different, yet not quite IPA like.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rast
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange/amber color with a creamy white head; however, I had this beer on cask and the head was not quite as full as a keg pour would have produced.

S: Aroma brings notes of caramel as well as a floral hops and a sugary sweetness.

T: Up front the taste is of bready malt and floral hops which quickly morphs into and intense grapefruit hop and finishes with a boozy caramel sweetness.

M: This is definitely a full bodied brew that goes down smoothly but watch out for the alcohol bite at the end!

O: Overall this is definitely a brew worth having for any fan of Double IPA's!

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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2013 Uncharted Waters series. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head retention was good, and there was a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and floral hops, oak, vanilla, and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy and floral hops, caramel malt, oak, bready malt and light pine hops. Seems pretty balanced between the malt and hops, and it does have a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, glad I got to try it. $7.99 a bomber.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the ale house. Snifter

Beige head. Copper amber in color. Lots of lace.

Flavor is of big juicy hops. Pine with some floral notes. Grapefruit citrus. Fairly tropical. Some hop resin stickiness. A little bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is better and sticky. Medium bodied.

Overall, a solid dipa. This must be a new batch because it says it is retired. I like this one.

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3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 5.99. If the smeared numbers on the bottom of the bottle are any indication, this appears to have been bottled 2/18/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours deep, clear red-orange with a finger and a half of manilla head that leaves a good bit of lace behind.

The nose seem muted. Faint whiffs of orange, earthy floral hops and oak.

Tastes of bitter citrus peel, pine, flower petals and soft oaky vanilla. Plenty bitterness with sweet malty body and very little alcohol apparent in the flavor.

Slick, medium feel with wispy carbonation. Slightly oily. Dry, bitter sweet citrus hop finish.

Though far from my favorite, The Big DIPA is a smooth, easy drinking occasional treat. Not sure if the oak aging is new for this year (I don't recall any mention of barrels in the last batch) but it's nice. I know bombers are not value buys but as far as 22oz bottles go, you could do worse for more money. I'll most likely continue getting a my annual bottle with each release.

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4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- amber/caramel color one and a half finger head that settled to a half finger head. Constant layer of lacing rings are not spaced out very much. Nucleation in he glass helps retain the head.

Smell- citrus hops, wood chips, smokey, caramel, subtle malt. Hop aroma isn't as instense as a dogfish head IPA but hop profile is average. Slight alcohol in the nose but doesn't overpower the overall aroma.

Taste- complex with a nice smoked wood bite at the front. Hops linger in the back but a cleaner finish than some hop forward beers I've tasted. Aging in oak makes the earthy dark flavors linger slightly after but seems balanced, not crushed with hops and not overly sweet. Alcohol is masked in the taste and barely lets you know it's there.

Mouthfeel- not super carbonated and very drinkable with a slight syrupy feel.

Overall- never was able to try the first batch of Big DIPA but very glad they brought it out of retirement. The oak aging adds some nice subtleties without overpowering the beer. Would purchase again and thank the employee at Heavy Seas for remembering me and giving me a bomber when I came in. My magic Afro powers.

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