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Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (1939) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
A clear copper body with an off white head that had very little retention. It seemed almost flat by appearance. Aroma had some great malt notes, mostly caramel and a good resinous hops note. It had some earthy dirt notes to it which in no way negatively affected the beer. Flavor was on the mild side. Nice caramel malts and some hops. Easy to drink. Alcohol seemed hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 28, 2013
A nice amber hue with a soft ring of off-white head. Aroma is a mild sticky hopiness of light pine-citrus. This beer definitely coats your mouth in the citrus, then pine hop dominance that lingers quire well; solid, moderately sweet body underneath. A solid DIPA. I would say that the oak character is underplayed to the point where I might not have noticed it, if the label didn’t mention it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Interesting, but not a flavor I'm super into. The description they give is spot on. Earthy, herbal, oaked, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22 Oz. Bottle from Dover Liquor Depot. Poured dark deep amber with a nice off white head that leaves huge and consistent lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, malts and some hops (I was expecting more hops from a DIPA) and some Oak. Taste is malty sweet with a moderated bitterness from hops some oak and booze there as well. Good beer very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep amber orange with a lasting off white head. The nose comes off as more fruity than hoppy with a little dried apple and pear, some oak, and a little malt. The flavor is rather underwhelming in the hops department and overwhelming with the alcohol. There is a little citrus to pair with the light fruitiness, toasted malt, and oak notes. Imperial IPA? Not in my book. Imperial Amber is more like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - this is not my style and this one didn’t encourage me to flip over to the dark side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear dark amber with a medium to small, frothy and foamy off-white head, short retention with light to good lacing. Aroma is candied apple, pear, and pineapple fruity esters with honey, cookie, and toast malt, citrus and floral hops with light grassy and resin hop notes. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with a supporting sweet malt and fruity ester backbone, light dry oak notes, some bourbon and coconut character with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans sterling. Pours orange with a khaki head. Not much on the nose. Kind of malty and sweet on the tongue. Not a lot of hoppiness in any sense. Eh!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Was weary of this being a clearance and an oak-aged dipa. It is the 2013 vintage. Hardly any aroma at all besides stale grain and some oak. Flavor is suprisingly good. A bit boozy but nice oak flavors to go with some earthiness, citrus, and mild bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
I was quite elated to see the DiPA back on the shelf tonight at my local shoppe, for I really enjoyed the first time around back in 2010. Not so sure exposing anything and everything to oak aging is beneficial. I recall the original being much more balanced, but these things are difficult to discern three years later. Not a big fan of what the oak imparts to the DIPA. Yes, still nice to sip on, but I wish I had a bottle of the original to compare.

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