Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Drafts From the Cultural Hub of the Midwest: Heavy Seas Big DIPA

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Big DIPA – Double IPA

Hops: 5 Kinds of Hops
Malts: 3 Kinds of Malts
ABV: 10.6%
IBU: 75.5

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.

How does it taste?  It starts out sweet and floral with a slightly bitter aftertaste.  A few more sips later and the bitterness starts to dominate the beer.  Fortunately, after a few more ounces, the 10.6% ABV "that you'll hardly notice" kills the bitterness and it goes back to being a pleasant drink for a pleasant buzz.  It's the taste bud version of beer goggles.
Grade:  A-

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