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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!


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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6691) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Draft at Dutch’s from notes. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel and toasted malts, some herbal, resiny and citrus hops, noticeable oak character, sweet, mild to moderate bitterness, this DIPA leans much more to the malts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.5 S: What we have here is a balanced DIPA. Strong maltiness blends quite well with nearly as strong hoppiness. Tons of caramel in this with a toasty backbone. Hops are primarily floral with some citrus, herbalness, and earth underneath. The oak is a nice bonus adding in it’s unique flavor and hints of vanilla. Booze is supremely well hidden. Overall it’s fairly simple, but it’s pleasant. 3.5 T: Like the nose, this is balanced in the taste. Toasty malts featuring layers of caramel, apple, and notes of peach. Mild to moderate bitterness. Hops are again floral in nature, but there is some orange and a touch of pine and earth. The oak again brings it all together. Booze is well hidden. 3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny feel here, which I’m not crazy about. Otherwise, good enough. 3.5 D: Decent beer worth a try. There a good balance here, but neither the hops nor the malts are particularly spectacular. Still, not bad. DavoleBomb, Jun 02, 2013

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Draft notes from Craft Ale. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, oak, hops, fruit. Tasted malty, caramelly, somewhat sweet, pretty dense on the tongue, with a caramel malt flavor up front, then notes of hops, fruit, and oaky vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle: pours a nice amber color with a light tan head. Aromas are fruity and citrusy hops, with a splash of hops. Taste is nice, pine and citrus from the hops, oakiness and finishes clean. This is very nice! Refreshing alternative to lots of other oaked beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Somewhere between 90 min and 120 min from DH. Maybe not as developed hop flavor though. Solid. Aging a few now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2507) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours amber and clear. Aroma of citrus a sweet malt. Malty and slightly bitter but also fairly sweet. Too much so. Medium to full bodied. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5375) - 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 (9999) - 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 (302) - 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 (1382) - 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.


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