Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by MasterSki on 05-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter:

Dark, hazy amber/orange with creamy, white head about half-finger thick. Mediocre retention and lacing.

Big nose of pineapple, citrus and hops!! Throw in some caramel and the oak barrels to go with it and bam!! Very pleasant, too good to be true aromas here.

Lots of malt on the tongue. I don't know, but there's just a lot of malted barley and caramel in the mouth here. The hops are secondary as another reviewer put it. Kind of a let down for a DIPA.

Body is about the average medium to thick, with average carbonation levels.

This one could be better. It's not bad, but it's not the greatest DIPA either.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear, dark orange color. Thinner, creamy head retains well and leaves light lacing rings.

S-First sniff makes me think Barleywine. A sturdy balance between deep caramel and candied citrus hops. Quite like the older version but with the obvious oak addition.

T-Again, I'd peg this as a lightly oaked Barleywine. Huge caramel and wet toast along with pine and candied grapefruit hops. The oak adds an extra flavor layer and it works well. However, each sip becomes harder to get past.

M-Full and bitter. Hot and hard to drink to be quite honest. Sticky.

O/D-I liked the original Big DIPA better; it was one of my first craft beers actually. This one doesn't do it for me. Its probably because my palate has advanced and I don't like the mixture of oak and hop generally.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - red amber color. lots of bubbles as it sits. thick head with lots of lacing.

Smell - lots and lots of malts on this one. I do not get too much of the oak or any real hoppiness for a DIPA

Taste - very very malty and no real oak taste, similar to the smell. good beer, but I just am missing the oak.

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated for sure. Dry finish on this one as well.

Overall - I did not get much oak at all. I am also a bigger fan of Citrus DIPAs, but this was not a bad beer either.

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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: What we have here is a balanced DIPA. Strong maltiness blends quite well with nearly as strong hoppiness. Tons of caramel in this with a toasty backbone. Hops are primarily floral with some citrus, herbalness, and earth underneath. The oak is a nice bonus adding in it's unique flavor and hints of vanilla. Booze is supremely well hidden. Overall it's fairly simple, but it's pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is balanced in the taste. Toasty malts featuring layers of caramel, apple, and notes of peach. Mild to moderate bitterness. Hops are again floral in nature, but there is some orange and a touch of pine and earth. The oak again brings it all together. Booze is well hidden.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny feel here, which I'm not crazy about. Otherwise, good enough.

3.5 D: Decent beer worth a try. There a good balance here, but neither the hops nor the malts are particularly spectacular. Still, not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep clear red. Nice plush red head on the pour that recedes but still lingers. Pale ale in name only but no complaints. Quite the looker.
Smell: maybe this will open up as it warms. Right now, very subdued grapefruit but not much more. Not picking up any oak.
Taste: a little more depth than in the nose but still not a lot happening. Again, not picking up any oak characteristics.
Overall: a good beer but I recall a previous experience with the oak big dipa being much better. Alcohol is certainly well hidden.

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