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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Ratings: 1826
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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wedge

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:20:36 | More by wedge
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice golden orange. 1 finger head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing. Far above average.

A - Not super pungent, but what's there is very nice. Very fruity. Some citrus, sweeter tropical fruits. I'm not sure they needed the honey malt in this considering how sweet the mosaic hop strain is. It smells super fruity without any bitterness and the taste backs that up.

T - Just a fruit bomb. Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malt. This is like Hopslam but better on every level. HopSlam has a slightly different hop profile obviously, because it doesn't use mosaic, but this executes the tropical fruits to perfection and has a nice sweet malt backbone. The winner with this is even at 9.4% it barely had any noticeable alcohol. HopSlam lets you know how boozy it is.

M - High marks here for the smooth flavor with low alcohol presence. I almost wish there was a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty much spot on. As it warms I get a touch of alcohol, but for 9.4% it's really not much at all. I'm very sensitive to alcohol taste, and it doesn't bother me. Only beer I've had mask it this well is Stone Enjoy By, and that's a top 3 beer for me. Also, this doesn't ever get too syrupy like some of the sweeter DIPAs can.

O - This stuff is great. Couldn't get it in my area, but luckily I commute over an hour and it was just sitting around by the case. Got 2 4 packs, and I'll probably get more soon before it's gone. I'd definitely give this a go no matter who you are. It's low on bitterness for those of you who aren't hopheads, and for people like me it provides that awesome fruity hop flavor with low bitterness and without getting syrupy. It's dangerously drinkable and I don't think you can really go wrong with it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:59:19 | More by nrs207
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jvillefan

California

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden orange/yellow body with a one finger off white head that lasts for the length of the beer.

S: Dank hops are on the front of this nose. There is an awesome bitter bite followed by a sweet caramel finish.

T: There is a lot of malt and hops that come together nicely but not perfectly. The hops have a dank simcoe flavor with a citrus bite. The malt is caramel and toffee with harsh edges that clash slightly with the rest of the flavors.

M: Nice heavy body with a near perfect carbontation.

O: Great IPA. Worth getting if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:09:22 | More by jvillefan
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark orange-amber color with a big white head that leaves wide sticky rings of lacing as it goes. Clean and clear, carbonated.

S- Hoppy; citrus, floral, pine, and tropical. Some earthiness, too. Hang in there, the aromas reveal themselves sip by sip.

T- Some bready caramel malts and a spot of honey, no doubt The malts do not back down to all the hoppiness, balanced flavor.

M- Full chewy body, after all, it's @9.4% abv. It's dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is not overpowering...I think. Resinous.

O- The idea of a DIPA/American Amber Ale hybrid came to mind on this one. It works and I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 23:54:50 | More by NiceTaps
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-14-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Thanks to HopFace for this trade extra!

Pours with a finger's height of off-white head on a clear and bright amber beer. Lacing and head retention are good making for an attractive beer.

Lots of hops are in the smell with floral and citrus notes, such as grapefruit. Some bready malts are in there as well for sweetness.

Taste is hop-forward but the malt bill gives it a balance. The main flavors I get are citrus hops, tropical fruit and some sweet honey malt. Packs some alcohol weight with the 9.4 ABV.

The feel is medium-bodied, with rich flavors carrying into the aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry with both hoppy bitterness and some malt/fruit notes for balance.

Overall a really well-crafted Double IPA I'm glad to have tried

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:17:46 | More by sommersb
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Darkness tulip. Best before 5/2/2013. Purchased at Walegreens.

A – A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed bronze-red body with plenty of visible bubbles.

S – Loads of zesty Mosaic hops, with tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, yet balanced by brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit of grass and herb in the periphery. Alcohol is well concealed, but comes out a bit more as the brew warms.

T – The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits a la pineapple, guava, and mango. Perhaps a bit more bready and toasty in the malt bill. Bitterness is moderate, but never reaches excessive levels. Again, the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M – Pleasant, but zesty, carbonation. Fairly smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Some mild warmth that grows over the course of 12oz.

D – Well it’s one of the more ‘conservative’ takes on the Mosaic hop (along with New Belgium’s Rampant), it’s still quite enjoyable and one of the best hoppy beers I’ve had from Great Lakes (along with Rye of the Tiger). Glad that this comes in 12oz bottles, as it packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 17:08:22 | More by MasterSki
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it.

Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness.

Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isn't. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I don't usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. There's a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isn't too intense.

As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though it's hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 14:34:39 | More by Alextricity
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utopiajane

New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant amber, slight haze and a creamy head that fell off pretty fast but left some nice lacing behind. The color is remarkable like the blush on a ripe peach. Nose is tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, apricot. The nose is like sweet perfume with floral hops and a fat malt character that yields up honey, caramel and cracker. Taste is extraordinary with plump, juicy ripe fruits and herbal hops light and earthy. It’s got a a sour zing and is resiny and dry. There’s a touch of alcohol on the palate but it’s inviting and warming. The malt is steady and sweet with some crusty bread mid palate and the hops splash up bitter with some light pine at the end for a dry finish. This is a fantastic DIPA that’s abundant with fruit, loaded with malt and exhilarating with bitter hops. Stupendous!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 09:09:13 | More by utopiajane
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Best by 5/11/14.

A - Pours a bright amber color with thin whisps of bright-white head. Great clarity. Unimpressive retention leads to disappointing lacing.

S - Juicy grapefruit coupled with rich caramel on the forefront. Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent. Faint wet grains aroma hidden in the background. Very nice.

T - Tangy clementine on the tip of my tongue. Full flavored malts follow with caramel and brown sugar. The citrus flavor is present throughout, but doesn't overwhelm. Bitter hops on the back end with a sugary sweet linger. Tasty.

M - Medium-thick body coats the tongue. Perfectly light but bubbly carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking.

O - This is one I have been looking to try for a while. We don't get Great Lake in Delaware, so I grabbed a 4-pack on a recent pass through New Jersey. I am glad I did. This is a fantastic double IPA with great balance. Citrus is probably the most prominent flavor, but I enjoy the caramel malts that it also offers. Reminds me most nearly to Evolution Lot6, which is among my favorite beers of all time. This is definitely one I will revisit, if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:10:37 | More by NoLeafClover44
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bigflatsbeerman

New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark bronze color. Very clear, poured a two finger head with vigorous pour.

Smell - I'm getting a piney smell then get the smell of Mosaic Hops.. Smells good.

Taste - Taste seems less than what I smelled. Decent beer, but taste just seems to fade away.

Mouthfeel - At 9.4% ABV the alcohol is well hidden which is important to me.

Overall - A good DIPA, but not the best in my opinion. I enjoy Victory Hop Ranch more than this, but would put this ahead of Victory DirtWolf.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2014 04:05:19 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brilliant orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time before receding. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: fruity, floral, and earthy tones are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, big earthy bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a well balanced DIPA that is nicely refreshing and enjoyable. One of my favorites from GLB.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:08:42 | More by Gavage
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange with minimal/visible carbonation. A small off white head sat atop but quickly dissipated. The aroma is earthiness, pine and resin with some citrus fruit undertones. The earthiness and pine/resin comes through first and the citrus fruit aftertaste lingers for a bit. It is a medium body brew with strong bitterness from the hops. Overall, it is a flavorful DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:59:39 | More by ChrisL24481
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surfcaster

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spring--time for great DIPAs. Enjoyed along with a Dirtwolf

A: yellow/orange clear with two finger head that left lacing all the way down. Carbonation came to the top slowly the entire pour

S: Sweet, citrus, pungent.

T: Hops up front--tropical fruit and oranges with honey on the finish. Less so on the pine side.

M: Full bodied and great finish

O: Great DIPA and an annual treat--sweeter to me than Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:38:00 | More by surfcaster
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle. Two months out from the best by date.

Appearance: Clean bronze with minuscule white head.

Nose: Huge tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava. There's some sugar coated grapefruit in there backed up by a buttery biscuit. Some acetone like chemical tones float around as well.

Taste: Big hoppy fruits: plenty of mango and a lot of apricot. Some pear is mixed in with a nice crisp malt note. Finishes astringent with a bit of green tea.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a super clean mouthfeel. Not much stickiness, which is something I like in a big IPA.

Overall: top notch DIPA. For a very easy to find beer that comes at a very reasonable price tag, this is one of the best values out there. A very nice seasonal release from GLBC.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:07:48 | More by fdig23
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of off-white eggshell foam, body is a bright translucent light golden amber,

Smell - Nice citrus and tropical aromas, some nice vanilla carmel, touch of grapefruit zest and pine.

Taste - Wow, wonderful bright citrus, grapefruit, mango, more tropical ripe fruits, a very prominent carmel backbone, finish is grapefruit pith with lots of tropical and carmel sweetness in the corners of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, some nearly chewy citrus and tropical hops here, almost mouthcoating, lower side of medium carb, smooth as silk, really easy to drink, nice mouthfeel here.

Overall - This is a fairly sweet dipa, wonderfully sweet citrus and tropical notes here, not overly sweet mind you, but far from being a palate wrecker. So perfectly balanced, no alcohol presence here, definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 23:52:19 | More by blackcompg
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright (golden) orange color with a small off-white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height. The cap is rather tight and sticks around for a while leaving some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit upfront on the aroma, some orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with a surprising amount of malt coming through as caramel and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, maybe a bit of papaya. Again, also has a good bit of malt going on as caramel and brown sugar, a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, definite hop resin oil on this one.

O: Quite liked this beer, a nice, assertive DIPA from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 21:16:15 | More by mdaschaf
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper with slight reflective body that looks like a copper still. Nice white foam head

S - Citrus sweet nose with pineapple and mango. Slight strawberry as well

T - Sweet pineapple with mango and strawberry. Sweet citrus hops are gushing forth. Light hop bitterness near the finish. Overall a sweet hop bomb

M - Medium body with low carbonation and slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight astringent twinge from the bitterness.

O - Good and fruity IIPA from Great Lakes that is gushing with citrus and mango flavors. Love the addition to the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 14:46:30 | More by jeonseh
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Swettenham_Shire

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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
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smalenberg

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Large white head on the pour, lace clings to the glass. Excellent clarity with a nice amber body.

S - lovely range of hop aromas - tropical fruit first, but with floral and resiny pine as well. Some of the malt sweetness comes through faintly and perhaps a hint of yeast ester.

T - Complex sweet malt balances nicely with tropical fruit (pineapple), followed very quickly by resinous piney bitterness. The sweetness is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian candy sugar like you'd find in a trippel.

M - Tingling carbonation with a full body. Not as dry on the finish as some DIPA.

O - I'm a sucker for these DIPA where you get so much more than grapefruit in the character. A very enjoyable quaff that will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:59:42 | More by smalenberg
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - amber with an orangish hue; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - huge citrusy aromas, grapefruit, some sweet sugary notes, a hint of alcohol, faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, faint toast, huge grapefruit notes, piny, big bitter finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty good DIPA. The alcohol is prevalent but it's not overpowering. It is a bit heavy at times. The malts tend to out shine the hops at first, but the bold hop character takes over as the beer warms. It has a nice, intensely bitter finish. For such a big beer it has good drinkability which is helped by it's balance. In the end, this is good beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:06:51 | More by tdm168
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA - thx Mr. OneUnder (par)

*Appears very gold, a hint of orange, nice slight head, nice amount of carbonation.
*Smell was very citrusy (lemon, orange), smells like a warm summer day at the beach.
*Tastes are a continuation of the aroma, but as a strong DIPA it adds the piney, hop forward characteristics. Some slight maltiness (that a word?!). Very drinkable for over 9%. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.
*Mouthfeel is typical IPA ramped up a bit. Some bubbles, not too thin, coats the tongue well.
*Overall a great DIPA that you should try if you enjoy this style. I am a "malt-head", but with the right food pairing this is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 14:43:12 | More by SHerninko
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try a new beer from Great Lakes, one of my favorite breweries. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Really nice looking pour. Beautiful clear rusty gold color with a touch of haze. Nice fluffy off-white head. The nose is really nice. I get lots of over-ripe tropical fruit and hibiscus flowers. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a good, astringent, piny-sappy smell.

Medium body, firm oily feel, and loads of fruity bitter goodness. Nice biscuity flavors up front, then flavors of orange marmalade, peach preserves, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest barge in and brighten the flavor. The beer is super fruity and resiny, but doesn't seem all that bitter. It is well-balanced and very fresh tasting and yet never seems to punish your palate. It has a faint flash of a syrupy sweet note on the finish that is very reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

What a terrific new beer from Great Lakes. An entry that stands its own with Hopslam and other top shelf seasonal IIPAs. This is definitely one I'll seek out every year. I only bought one 4-pack and I should have bought more. The 4 cases my local store got sold out in only 3 days. Nicely done Great Lakes!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:10:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film in the center of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate caramel malts with some sweetness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch more sweetness than I expected but still in a positive way. Following the malts, there is a moderate to strong flavor of hops with tropical/pineapple/mango leading the way then citrus/grapefruit a little later. Light amounts of spiciness, almost like a white pepper and coriander. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in such an enjoyable fashion.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront and kind of sticky towards the finish. Light hints of alcohol warmth and dryness in the finish.

O: As a fan of DIPAs, I was pleased with this selection when visiting Great Lakes Brewing and enjoyed this beer quite a lot. The smell of this beer hit on a lot of the characteristics that I find pleasing in a DIPA. I enjoyed this one somewhat slowly and was glad that I did - I might have to grab another one of these before I leave the Cleveland area.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 12:28:24 | More by dbrauneis
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DovaliHops

California

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a VERY generous BA for this as an extra. Best before: 05/07/13. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very tropical with tropical fruit notes and a bit of honey. There is some piney-ness, but not as much as what we're used to here on the west coast. However, I love the way the hops outnumber the small malt profile on this one. Bravo, Great Lakes. Come to think of it, this may be my first Great Lakes beer I've ever tasted. More tropical fruit aroma with a bit of grass and citrus. Taste is just as the nose leads you to. Awesome tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya, guava)...also with a hint of kiwi. The malt backbone definitely comes through in the taste, which was what I was hoping WOULDN'T happen, however... it works with this beer. Lost a couple points...but not too much. Tropical hops with a hint of citrus and some honey and caramel malt flavors. The sweetness of this beer mellows out the bitterness that should be here. A little or bitter with a little less sweet would do this one good. Mouthfeel is PERFECT for a DIPA. Pretty much spot-on. Not too thin, not too sticky, not under-carbed. Drinkability is scary high for the ABV on this one. No alcohol warmth detected. Overall, this beer is a pretty solid DIPA. The nose is great, but the taste is still a bit too malty. I know us west-coastians think differently when it comes to our IPA/DIPAs. Very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase on the regular if it were distributed to California.

Serving type: bottle

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