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Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (4239) - Lewisburg, 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 (11423) - 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 (1073) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - 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 (3709) - 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 (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 (5539) - 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 (11242) - 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 (235) - 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 (6301) - 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.

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