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Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2828) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3497) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2529) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1092) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3629) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2128) - 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


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