Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.24/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
We crack the caps and pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Harviestoun Ola Dubh tulips. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of big, creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving fluffy peaks of patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is explosive, with sticky grapefruit hops, orangey citric fruitiness, pale and lightly caramel malts, and a heavy, floral, nectary fruitiness of pear, pineapple, and papaya. With warmth comes stinging booziness, bubblegum ester sweetness, milky creaminess, and a mildly soured, funky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more earthy, deep, and bitter, with much less fruitiness than the nose would suggest. As we sip, largely bittering grapefruit hops, pale malts, spicy plastics, fusel booze, under ripe banana esters, and aromatic pear fruitiness mix for the start. The peak shows raw hop cone earthiness with big herbal pucker, zesty citric bitterness, mud, mineral, stone, spicy alcohol, wet yeast, and crisp metallics. The finishing wash continues the bittering blend of citric, earthy, and herbal hops. To cut is mashed strawberry sweetness, white sugar, sweet booze, mango fruitiness, heavy creamer, and coiny pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of coin, yeast, pale malts, bubblegum esters, honey sweetness, and of course, those earthy, herbal hops. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is high and frothy. There is coating foam and creaminess throughout the mouth, with satiation, and mild dryness from the booze at the end. The sip is otherwise nice, with sticky smack, froth, and pop. The abv is big, and will catch up with you, but the beer sips nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the fresh and fruity aroma. The hops are extraordinarily fragrant throughout the entire tasting, striking the perfect blend of tart, tangy, sweet, fruity, and zing. The flavor follows nicely, but with much more bitterness from earth and herb than from the fruity sweetness and citrus in the nose. This is not a negative, but just a bit of a surprise, as we were expecting a much sweeter, more malt-balanced beer. The flavors actually tended to muddle a bit with warmth, so enjoy this experience closer to fridge temperature than cellar temperature. All in all this is a great beer, but it is the aromatics that really stand out for us.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2013 02:01:25 | More by TheBrewo
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3.89/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.
S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.
T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.
M: Full in body; slighlty slick.
O: This is good, but not great.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 19:24:24 | More by Kendo
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.
This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 04:07:10 | More by mabermud
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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