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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 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 (4269) - 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 (1549) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3582) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle. A clear amber/orange. Floral hops aroma. Flavor is big on sweet malts, hops and some alcohol. Good malty body. The alcohol is warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours clear copper color with off white head. Citrus, caramel and alcohol aromas. Pine and sweet caramel flavor with some citrus. Quite boozy. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2013
This beer was a deep plum color with a dark fruit flavor, thin head and mild lacing. Really enjoyable and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeratarian (217) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
Medium copper color with minimal light beige head. Aroma of oak, light pine and alcohol. Flavor is more of the same. Hops are piney and sticky but the oak quickly takes over and subdues the hops, alcohol is definitely present. Not bad for the oak aged ipa but I don’t know why you would add a ton of hops then age it in oak to hide the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1395) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bomber into snifter glass. Clear dark-copper amber color with some off-white head. Aroma of strong caramel malt, fruity/floral hops, some booze and some wood. Taste starts with a hit of bitter piney/resin/citrus hops, followed by caramel malt sweetness accompanied by the oak-vanilla notes. Heavy body, low carbonation, oily, syrupy, smooth. Very long lasting finish of malt sweetness and bitterness. Heavy solid good beer, especially for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bomber ---->BHB tulip. Pours clear sparkling amber with very little head (didn’t force it) and no lace. Aroma is boozy caramel and light lemon. Taste follows aroma with some vanilla. Very smooth palate with very little carbonation. A very good beer from a style I don’t usually care for.

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