Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Big DIPA (2013)

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RATINGS: 64   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!

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AndyW68 (1598) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Clear orange red. Aroma is fresh malt. Tast is sweet bitter nd fresh malt. Needs to age a bit.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Medium off-white head that mostly dissipates atop crystal clear deep amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some wood. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange, light wood. Sticky medium-full body, light resin.

jbruner (5274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel, vanilla from the oak, and a hint of hops. Taste is big on the malts and boozy sweetness, not a a whole lot of hop presence. Mediocre at best, but good to get drunk on.

crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
A clear copper body with an off white head that had very little retention. It seemed almost flat by appearance. Aroma had some great malt notes, mostly caramel and a good resinous hops note. It had some earthy dirt notes to it which in no way negatively affected the beer. Flavor was on the mild side. Nice caramel malts and some hops. Easy to drink. Alcohol seemed hidden.

dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2013
A nice amber hue with a soft ring of off-white head. Aroma is a mild sticky hopiness of light pine-citrus. This beer definitely coats your mouth in the citrus, then pine hop dominance that lingers quire well; solid, moderately sweet body underneath. A solid DIPA. I would say that the oak character is underplayed to the point where I might not have noticed it, if the label didn’t mention it.

porkdiggity (109) - 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

hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22 Oz. Bottle from Dover Liquor Depot. Poured dark deep amber with a nice off white head that leaves huge and consistent lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit, malts and some hops (I was expecting more hops from a DIPA) and some Oak. Taste is malty sweet with a moderated bitterness from hops some oak and booze there as well. Good beer very enjoyable.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a deep amber orange with a lasting off white head. The nose comes off as more fruity than hoppy with a little dried apple and pear, some oak, and a little malt. The flavor is rather underwhelming in the hops department and overwhelming with the alcohol. There is a little citrus to pair with the light fruitiness, toasted malt, and oak notes. Imperial IPA? Not in my book. Imperial Amber is more like it.

magsinva (1423) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - this is not my style and this one didn’t encourage me to flip over to the dark side.

BeerandBlues2 (13804) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear dark amber with a medium to small, frothy and foamy off-white head, short retention with light to good lacing. Aroma is candied apple, pear, and pineapple fruity esters with honey, cookie, and toast malt, citrus and floral hops with light grassy and resin hop notes. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness with a supporting sweet malt and fruity ester backbone, light dry oak notes, some bourbon and coconut character with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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