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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Premier. Initially getting creamy orange hop flavour and some oak, then much booziness. The booze just attacks and attacks, rather than the hop in your face flavour. Still good drinkability for a late nightcap. Appropriately carbonated.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark amber-orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the beer seems rather malty with flavors of oak and vanilla with additional hints of pine resin hops and a light amount of associated bitterness. While hints of alcohol are also perceptible, these do not really detract from the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: If you're thinking this is an IPA, you'll be in for a big shock because it seems to share more similarities with an English Barleywine compared to an American Double / Imperial IPA and is more of the type of beer you should slowly sip from a snifter glass.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everybody's doing an imperial IPA nowadays, and Heavy Seas tears from the norm of the style and does things a bit (ordinary for them) different. Toppling ten-percent strength and using oak aging, this massive ale steps out of the realm of IPA and into the world of American barleywine.

A strong mahogany stained pour is all that's needed to sell the notion of this ale's wood influence. Yellowish in its frothy austere, the scent floods the nose with equal parts hops, malt and wood with caramel, citrus, fresh oak and freshly torn pine needles. Early flavors open up the white grapefruit and sappy fragrance with a waft of flowery perfume.

Balanced, but aggressively so, freshly zested grapefruit duel it out with an underlay of toffee, a drift of spicy oak, bread crust and pecan. Strong alcohol presence makes its character known in the middle and exacerbates the beer's overall bitter and tannic taste.

Then to finish, the beer's malty taste and texture is holding firm, acting like barleywine. But the tidal wave of hops offer up a resinous sticky sweet bitterness that only big IPA can deliver. Extra alcohol spice links up with wood tannin, phenol spice and solvent taste to push the dryness and happiness into the forefront of finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, floral, light pine, oak, honey, toast, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop flavors; with a very balanced malt backbone and light-moderate oak presence. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, floral, light pine, grass, caramel, honey, oak, toast, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, caramel, floral, grass, pine, honey, oak, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a very balanced malt backbone with oak that isn’t overdone, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice oak aged DIPA. All around great balance and nice complexity of hop/malt/oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Deep amber. Nice white head. Chunky white collar. Nice wisping.

Smell - Sweet, a little boozy. Hoppy, but the malt is potent. Oaky, too.

Taste - Very sweet. Oaky. Lots of caramel. Hoppiness is secondary. I still kinda like it. A little bit alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Reminds me a lot of Burton Baton. Same oak and sweetness.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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