Heavy Seas Big DIPA

Heavy Seas Big DIPA

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Brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing

Baltimore, MD, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

10.6% Alcohol by Volume

76 International Bittering Units

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Big DIPA – Double IPA, is the first in the Heavy Seas Special Edition Series due to be released in mid June. Hopped 3 times in the brewing process, Big DIPA has an earthy hop aroma. In keeping with the Heavy Seas philosophy we've made a big beer with a surprising balance. The best part is that you’ll hardly notice it’s 10.6% ABV (est). The label artwork was created by Kurt Krol, one of our brewers who also helped to develop the recipe.

ID: 36584 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank486
Overall Percentile99.1
Style Rank42 of 2284
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score3.8
Highest Score4.6
Average Score4.125
Weighted Score3.818
Standard Deviation0.255

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  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours copper color with a rich, thick head that leaves rings of lacing throughout. Slightly and pleasantly sweet malty aroma, pine and a bit of earthy oak. Huge flavor that matches the aroma. Bold without being obnoxious. Alcohol is masked really well. Dig on this one.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Copper colour with a frothy thick head which leaves rings of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, pine and oak. Big lip smackin flavour follows the aroma. Sweet and fruity. Full bodied and creamy. Might not taste the alcohol but it has the desired affect by the end. Love it.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from SL, grabbed by my dad to hand off to me. So, we had it together. The pour was full amber, nice intial white colored head, solid lacing all the way down. The aroma was rich full earthy citrus and piney hops. The flavor followed exactly, some good malt base, although it wasn’t really caramel-like, more bready and earthy. The body was full, pretty darned good IPA, a tad short of a big dIPA, despite the suprisingly 10% ABV presence it states is in the bottle. Really, 10? Not buying it.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Birthday Beer - June 2010 - When I first tasted this, I said, "ahhh...it’s ok." But as I worked through my bomber, I became more and more impressed. Pour is a beautiful amber color, clear as day with a nice frothy head, which clings to life on the side of the glass as the beer went down the hatch. The aroma was a strong piney smell mixed with caramel. The flavor was a bit subdued...this did not taste like a huge DIPA. I can’t even believe it’s 10.5%abv. A leathery caramel malty base with a rather complex hop profile. A lot of piney and resinous and earthy-like hops. Very moderate level of bitterness made this more barleywine-esque. I liked it, though.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a luscious clear honey golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Rich, hoppy aroma has an undertone of honey and a hint of evergreen. Fiercely hoppy, evergreen flavor is quite bitter but pleasantly so. Smooth, fizzy, edgy texture leaves behind a nice tingle.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A deeply murky amber colored beer. A fairly big off white frothy textured head rises above. Stays around for awhile. Large amount of film and thick ring are eventually left behind. Nice dance of malt and floral hops hit the nose. This is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Some smoothness. A bitter bite balanced well by gentle sweetness is in the tasting. Well balanced IPA.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Gorgeous burnt copper body with an amber tint. It holds a 1/2" off white head and provides really great lacing. Soapy hop aroma backed by citrus, especially some big lemon scents. The hops give way to a sweet, bready malt aroma. Moderately bitter for the style, very malty and really smooth. It’s drinkable as hell for such a fresh, big beer. Evergreen and citrus flavors along with the soapy, sticky hops. Caramel and raisin influences followed up by some biscuits. Tame DIPA, but it has plenty of good depth in the flavor and aroma. I could actually see this cellaring quite nicely into a a fine barleywine style.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottle on 1/17/09....Sampled 9/1/09: This is my first introduction to Clipper City. Was a little hesitant to try this based on the label, and price seemed a little low for 10.5%, but figured unless it tasted like doodoo I really had nothing to lose. I am now glad that I tried this. Not the best DIPA in the world, but a decent one at the least. Appearance is cloudy dark orange, slighty darker than the average IPA, but hey...it's a DIPA! Has a good hoppy aroma as well as a hoppy bite in the flavor, but fades away about a minute later leaving a good balance of hops and sweet malts in the aftertaste. Sort of like a hoppier/stronger version of Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but not as smooth. Would definitely classify this as a hop bom. I would maybe get this again to split with a buddy next time around.

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