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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2108) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a small off white head. The aroma has a lot of the oak coming out with some piney, resinous hops. The taste has a lot more citrus and a lot less bitterness than most of the style. Very caramel sweet and some wood on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
22 oz bottle. Clear amber with a bone head. Nose is honey, light pine, toffee and vanilla. Sticky, a bit syrupy, with a faint tingle and building heat. Taste is orange pineapple concentrate, vodka or gin, grass and oak. Reminded me of a hoppy malt liquor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Clear golden amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lightly spiced, earthy citrus. Taste starts with big malt, then citrus then bitter finish, a bit boozy. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4392) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours deep gold into a shaker. White head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet oak and citrus aromas. Soft with caramel and oak upfront turning to hot resin in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8611) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Julio’s. Let me first start with saying if you’re expecting a hoppy/ bitter bomb, you will not find it here. The aroma is only light traces of malt, muted. English crystal malt sweetness up front, followed by weak traces of oak. Carbonation is right on the right level. Alcohol is completely hidden throughout the palate. Texture is lightly syrupy. Really smooth and extremely easy to drink. A nice brew but nowhere near a DIPA. More like a refined, barelywine. I still kind of like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2595) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Golden orange, half a finger head, nice creamy lacing. Pretty juicy on the nose, nice orange peel, lemon zest and chalky used foot powder. Taste is really pleasant. Not bitter, not too malty but it’s a big beer. tastes like a citrus infused english barleywine, biscuit, fruit, mild bitterness, tasty but pretty forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2850) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Oak aging an average beer will not make it great. This beer is OK but doesn’t really stand out in the vast arena of IIPAs. Aroma was really good. Oak, caramel and vanilla. Very nice. Pour was a nice clear burnt orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was average. A very muted mix of the same aromas. Vanilla, oak and caramel with not much hop flavor. The finish is quick and sticky with the malt leaving a sweet flavor in the mouth. If nothing else, this beer hides the alcohol content wonderfully. Just wish it tasted better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2013
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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