Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jtingue:
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle dated enjoy by 05/03/13. Poured into a tulip.
Appearance. Relatively clear yellow/amber in color. 2 fingers of head recedes rather quickly to an almost non-existant layer on top of the beer. Some lacing.
Smell. Very hop forward here, with just a hint of honey in the bakground. The hops are slightly piney and very citrusy, which I would liken to an over-ripe grapefruit.
Taste. A little bit different balance on the taste, as opposed to the smell. The hop presence is essentially what one would expect from the smell, over ripe grapefruit and a subtly piney bitterness. The malt presence, however is much more upstaged in the taste, with a very honey-like presence. It somehow finds a barleywine like malt complexity without the overwhemingly thick body (at least for the style). On the down side, this malt complexity gives the illusion of sweetness, especially when it combines with the plentiful hop flavor. Adding to this is a relatively low bitterness level. This one is really never what it seems.
Mouthfeel. Pretty standard for a DIPA: body is thicker than a standard IPA but thinner than a barleywine.
I cant really make up my mind on this one, honestly. At times, I am totally on board with the interplay of the malts and hops, and at other times it just seems too sweet and convoluted. For shear complexity alone, though, I would give it my vote.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 23:35:56 | More by jtingue
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big fan of Great Lakes Brewing, so I was really excited to try the Chillwave release; finally found one in Columbus and bought a 12oz bottle yesterday.
It pours a standard copper color with small head/lacing. The smell is dominant tropical fruits with a hop presence... love it. Initial taste follows the nose, but it quickly fades and ends with a very bitter finish. There is no mistaking the 9.4 ABV in this brew. Overall, it's outstanding for the style, and I'm looking forward to having this fresh on tap from the brewery.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 17:23:08 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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