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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Received in a trade from vlan1 and opened at an esbls. This offered big hops that did not work for me along with wood, vanilla, and big malts. Tadsty but the hops were off.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (291) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1281) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Heavy Seas Big Dipa from a bomber sold at Giant Eagle Westerville. This beer pours a hazy copper with a thick head of off white small to medium bubbles which disappear quickly. Nose is citrus hops with just a hint of oak. Taste is bright citrus hops with a touch of evergreen on the back of the taste. body is medium lively and fluid. Finish is just a touch of sweet honey with medium good bitters.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1022) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Clear orange red. Aroma is fresh malt. Tast is sweet bitter nd fresh malt. Needs to age a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head that mostly dissipates atop crystal clear deep amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some wood. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange, light wood. Sticky medium-full body, light resin.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2135) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel, vanilla from the oak, and a hint of hops. Taste is big on the malts and boozy sweetness, not a a whole lot of hop presence. Mediocre at best, but good to get drunk on.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (1897) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2126) - 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.

3.4
   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


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