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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3277) - Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours a clear, appetizing chestnut with a fluffy and fairly thick pale wheat head. Aroma is quite hoppy, mainly woody, not as strong as I expected but still inviting. The oak definitely comes forth in the flavor, though, which is hoppy and a little malty, and has hints of caramel and honey sweetness. The alcohol rears its head in some sips to let you know this is a high-grav! Smooth texture is firm and syrupy but a bit lacking in fizz. Still, this is Oak-K.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. While this was a pretty decent DIPA (nice floral hops etc) the oak spiral flavor didn’t really impress me. It was just a little too subtle, didn’t really make it’s presence known all too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle. 2013 Vintage. Amber pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is citrus and pine with big caramel notes, toffee, light oak and sweet malt. Taste is soft oak with citrus, light pine, floral and earthy hops, caramel, light toffee and sweet, chewy malt. Body is medium with a light resinous feel and a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more of the malt and caramel up front and the citrus, oak and pine trailing and int he background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2013
Nice head, fair retention, good lace.Clear copper hued ale. nose of lightly sweet malts, honey, light lumber and herbs. Body is almost full, lil oily, lil chewy, pert. A bitta sweet malts, caramelly, honey notes, light wood and earth with a bit of sap. Bomber from statelineliquors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2013
22 ounce bomber. Nice oakey notes on the start, with a flat smooth middle. Hops get the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (908) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2013
Aroma. Citrus rather earthy mellow aroma. Appearance amber with a creamy head delicious rather subtle flavor. Rather tricky with a bitter finish. The hoppy ending!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3190) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2013
From a 22oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head. Aroma earthy hop aroma with a hint of vanilla. Luscious mouthfeel. Strong malt backbone and oak notes smooth out the hops. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle pours copper white he’d sweet booze smell floral hops some caramel. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1801) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Hazy golden-amber with a creamy and very durable off-white head that leaves a full coat of sticky lacing on the glass. Does not smell or taste as expected. First, the hop mix Is an unusual (but not in a bad way in the aroma) and rather grassy mix of hops, with some spicy, earthy and faint citrus aspects. Second, the hops are not as forward or aggressive as expected in a DIPA; in fact, they are a bit mild even for an IPA. High ABV is partially hidden, but contributes to a mildly harsh feel. Taste is bready too. O: unusual DIPA with a markedly grassy character. I found this a bit disappointing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Clear deep amber color, no head or lacing, light fragrance of esters but not hops, This is a big beer and great for sipping but not a DIPA. More like a Barley wine

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