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%
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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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3.5
alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, 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.

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DavoleBomb (1867) - 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
DocLock (11189) - 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.

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GnarlyGnome (673) - 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.


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