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Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

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RATINGS: 65   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11578) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop and sweet wood aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a somewhat thick white head. Nose has some very hoppy elements to it in more of the resin/grass family, and seems very inviting. Taste is a little bit bitter, but the oakiness comes through nicely as a good complement to the beer. Very interesting...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some skunky week, and wood. Tastes of citrus, some wood, floral hops, caramel, and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2473) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bomber. Pours a very clear light amber color with a 2 finger head that fades slowly, leaves nice lacing. Very oaky aroma with caramel, vanilla, and herbal/floral hops. Taste is very intense. Candy-like sweetness up front and turns very bitter quickly. Oak, vanilla, and herbal hops are there throughout. Finish is a bit rough and leaves one of the strongest aftertastes I’ve ever had. My palate is now wrecked for the night. High carbonation mixes fairly nicely with the syrupy mouthfeel. This one is a bit all over the place but it’s pretty solid. You better like oak and vanilla if you think about trying this. And this could easily be considered a barleywine too.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours deep copper and dark for the style with a quick off-white head. Nose is IPA and weak. Flavor is the usual hops and big boozy malt expected from a DIPA but hardly exceptional. Drinkable but does not stand out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1482) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head retention was good, and there was a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and floral hops, oak, vanilla, and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy and floral hops, caramel malt, oak, bready malt and light pine hops. Seems pretty balanced between the malt and hops, and it does have a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, glad I got to try it. $7.99 a bomber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (611) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Draft at brews. pour is almost red, small off white head with good lacing. Aroma is resiny and piney hops with a strong malt backbone. Taste is resiny and piney hops as well, but the sweet caramel malt takes over and makes it too sweet for me, it takes away from the bitter flavor i wanted. not bad, but far from great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, faint mint, and grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger off-white head with decent retention. There’s a good amount of sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light moderate caramel and fruit. The finish has light-moderate citrus, lighter grapefruit, oak, vanilla, and a touch of mint. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it comes across like a hoppy barrel aged Barley Wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6219) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks decent; malty though. A transparent orangish-brown with sticky off-white lacing. Smells malty and hoppy (in that order) with a bit of oak. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A malt-bomb of a DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2013
On tap. This year’s Big DIPA is aged with oak spirals, which I believe warrants a separate entry.. Clear red-orange color. Good, thin creamy off-white head, good retention, leaves good lace. Bigger body. Good, smooth creamy texture. Nice earthy, herbal hops.. Nice light caramel malt, which is noticeable but takes a backseat to the hops. Definitely tastes like there’s oak wood influence in here, which works nicely with the beer. Still assertive, smooth, and drinkable. More bitter than sweet. Alcohol not noticeable, very drinkable for 10.5%, works well with the flavor. Very tasty stuff.


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