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

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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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.

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was surprisingly good, as I'm not usually a big fan of Heavy Seas. Bomber shared with a coworker at Triangle Wine.

Pours dark copper, close to amber in color. Thin, white head. Some lacing.

Drinks remarkably well for such a big DIPA (yes, word play!): smooth. It reminds me of the 2011 Burton Baton that I've had recently, which is certainly a good thing in my eyes. I feel that the oak aging did a great job of masking the heavy, cloying malt character I often come across with double and triple IPAs. Soft on the palate. So, you get to enjoy the hop and borderline barleywine profile.

I'll certainly drink this again, and plan on seeing what a bit of age does.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a horrible DIPA, especially if you're coming in from working in the yard, hot & sweaty, drooling with anticipation for the wonderful citrusy tang of an IPA...however, it is an outstanding example of an American Barley Wine. Matter of fact, I'd dare put this offering from Heavy Seas in the same realm of a "Bigfoot" or "Old Guardian"! Others have reviewed this brew with the same conclusion...well, lesson learned...read Ba before so you'll have a better idea what you're after. My ratings reflect this as a Barley Wine, not as a DIPA!

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Photo of polopaul20
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hoggo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of reebtaerG
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14

A-Slightly hazy amber-copper body with a tall dense tan head.

S-The aroma shows a big complex body of bready malts, caramel, toast and orange juice. A hint of booze is noted.

T-Moderately bitter with a toasty and caramel base with an orange juice to grapefruit overlying bitterness that finishes mildly dry and floral.

M-Full-bodied, mildly carbonated.

O-Overall a decent DIPA that could be better.

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a dar brown color with some ruby hue, small creamy white head with decent retention

S- sugary sweet malt with a hint of burnt sugar, mix of citrus and piney hops, barely detecting any oak. This actually smells similar to an American barleywine

T- balanced flavor overall; malty notes of caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit and toast. Floral, pine and grapefruit hop notes, not really picking up the oak, maybe just a trace

M- medium-viscous body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, slightly warming finish

O- this one drank more like a barleywine than a DIPA, and the oak was very understated, still a good offering overall

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2013 - ) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 167 ratings