Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle (best before 05/03/13) poured into a Milkshake Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Initially hazy copper-orange-amber beer with bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Off-white head about 1/4" thick upon poured died back to a persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent strands of lacing noted. Some of the haze goes away as the beer warms up and the beer gets a bit brighter in appearance.
Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and some other tropical fruit under it all. Not papaya, not mango...I've smelled it but I can't place it. Ripe and inviting tropical fruit smell.
Taste: Well blended flavors here. Smooth hoppiness of front - quick burst of citrus and tropical fruit, then moves smoothly into a malty middle which serves as a counterbalance to the start and finish of this beer. After that, another quick but smooth transition into a longer hoppy piney finish. The flavors are distinct and move quickly one after another, but it's not abrupt. You get the flavor, then it goes away quickly as another one steps in to let you know it's there, and then it goes away again to make for another flavor. Only the finish lingers, but even that finish is not overpowering or dominating on the palate - you'll get the whole combination again with every sip. Or at least I did. Well crafted.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, just south of creamy in regards to thickness. Surprisingly not too sticky on the teeth and not a lot of hop oil all over the place despite how hoppy this beer is. Nicely done.
Overall / Drinkability: Overall a finely crafted DIPA - a good version of the style. Drinkability is quite good as well. Many DIPAs I usually need to stop at one due to the high ABV or the fact that the hops thrashed my palate and I need to stop, this one though, I want another, but I have to work tonight so I'll stop at one. My palate is not worn out by this beer either. The beer went well with food (burger and baked beans) and I'm glad I got a 4 pack. Time to save the rest over a few upcoming evenings. Quite a good DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2013 23:01:32 | More by damndirtyape
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