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Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a somewhat thick white head. Nose has some very hoppy elements to it in more of the resin/grass family, and seems very inviting. Taste is a little bit bitter, but the oakiness comes through nicely as a good complement to the beer. Very interesting...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Hazy orangish amber with a thin off-white head and really good lacing. Smell is caramel, raisins, piney hops, citrus, and definitely oak and vanilla come through as well. Taste is big, lots hops and caramel. Also the oak and bittering hops play well off each other, with the vanilla and caramel notes lingering on the tip of the tongue. Has many of the characteristics of a barleywine, big and complex. Noticeable alcohol, but not as a negative. Has a big beer mouthfeel that coats your palate in between sips. This is a good one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This was one delicious double ipa. Very heavy beer with a thick feel. Poured a dark golden almost orangish color. Very happy with a big malt backbone perfectly balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4757) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle: pours a nice amber color with a light tan head. Aromas are fruity and citrusy hops, with a splash of hops. Taste is nice, pine and citrus from the hops, oakiness and finishes clean. This is very nice! Refreshing alternative to lots of other oaked beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2013
On tap. This year’s Big DIPA is aged with oak spirals, which I believe warrants a separate entry.. Clear red-orange color. Good, thin creamy off-white head, good retention, leaves good lace. Bigger body. Good, smooth creamy texture. Nice earthy, herbal hops.. Nice light caramel malt, which is noticeable but takes a backseat to the hops. Definitely tastes like there’s oak wood influence in here, which works nicely with the beer. Still assertive, smooth, and drinkable. More bitter than sweet. Alcohol not noticeable, very drinkable for 10.5%, works well with the flavor. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bomber from Wegman’s Lake Manassas. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of wood, spicy, citrus and herbal hops, pale biscuit malts with just a touch of caramel. The taste is citrus hops, candied citrus, caramel malts, wood. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, moderate lingering bitterness and a good bit of sweetness. Almost too much. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 oz bottle - pours golden-orange, medium white head, decent lacing. Aromas of oranges, citrus hops, and vanilla. Taste is all hoppy citrus up front, with a nice background of vanilla, maple and brûlée. Medium-full bodied, smooth finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6428) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, faint mint, and grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger off-white head with decent retention. There’s a good amount of sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light moderate caramel and fruit. The finish has light-moderate citrus, lighter grapefruit, oak, vanilla, and a touch of mint. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it comes across like a hoppy barrel aged Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint and so sweet. Smells like candy, sweet caramel and toffee malts, vanilla, hints of oak, and a subtle citrusy scent. Taste much like the nose. Caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla upfront, with a nice bitter pine and citrus hopped backbone. Sticky and chewy on the palate. A pretty good DIPA. Dry bitter finish. Finish could be a bit smoother.

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