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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 515 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a light beige cream. The haze looks like a snow globe of tiny jetsam.

S- The papery green citrus hops are full and bright.

T- The dry juicy citrus hops is bigger than the aroma and has a nice pity depth to it with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens. There is a clean finish with some more pungent hops flavor returning in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that compliments the hops as does the soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hops flavor with a good citrus profile and some nice depth to it. The aftertaste has a really nice pungency without much bitterness making easy to drink but warming aswell.

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Photo of BlueWinged35
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing. On more seasonal IPA to look forward too. A nice clean taste and smooth. Light in color and I think better than their Commodore Perry IPA and Lake Erie Monster (and I love both of those beer a lot). Great Lakes Brewing fills a big hole that other brewers don't touch and they always do a great job.

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Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid malt backbone and interesting mosaic hop profile - great beer! Taste is a bit on the sweet side but it's a high gravity beer so I'm not surprised. It's too bad this beer isn't more widely distributed because it is a nice change from the west coast ipas (which I love).

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with an off white head, which sticks around. Aroma offers some honey, florals, peach,toast and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity; honey, peach and orange with light pine in the finish and some toasted caramel(?) malt underneath. Very mild alcohol, felt more than its tasted. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, glad I gave this a second chance because I like it a lot more this time around. Not my favorite of the style, probably a touch sweeter than I needed, but I am definitely a fan. Would drink again happily.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/29/14

Medium amber body. Drinking on tap. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of sweet apples at the end. Different and delicious.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two months old as I drink this, hopefully it's still fresh enough.

Pours a dark amber, pretty clear body, half inch head that's fairly resilient.

Smells of bright juicy orange and grapefruit, fairly bitter, really a great pure citrus juice aroma. Not much hint of pine or grass or other hop flavors, just that pure fruit juice.

Flavor has lots and lots of bitter juicy fruit again, really fantastic fruit character, hard to believe there's not actual fruit in this. A bit of honey like malt character to balance it out, excellent.

Carbonation is pretty light, body is pretty thick, slight booziness, pleasant but drinkability is only okay.

Really good IIPA and it was probably even better a month or two ago.


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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with just over one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Juicy aroma of citrus. I pick out grapefruit and oranges. Pretty much one sided as the hops dominate not letting any malt through. No sign of the hefty ABV either.

Maybe not as powerful citrusy as some other notable DIPAs, but I enjoy the hop choice. Although bitter, it is not overwhelming so. Dry malt base that does not add much more than a vehicle for the hops. No hint of alcohol which is shocking.

Medium body but feels a little undercarbonated. Prefer a little more life in a beer like this.

Another one of the better DIPAs that are hitting the market now. Not too bitter but good hop flavor.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange body, finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: floral, passionfruit, mild lemon peel, sugar candy
biscuit malt, strong grassy

T: similar to nose, big sweet malt, long grassy
bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: Interesting GL beer. Would recommend, but
wish was little bit heavier in the body.


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Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured poured a nearly clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricot and grapefruit, with a little honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like floral and apricot hops, with some sweet honey and bitter grapefruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of light body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA. It had a great scent and taste, but the body was weak. The alcohol was really well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Maybe not in the top tier, but I will really enjoy this six pack.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Slightly hazed brassy orange hue, great showing of lace on the glass. Smells of freshly macerated oranges, birch, peppercorns, fresh cut grass, pineapple skin, guava and alcohol. Smooth, chewy medium body, spicy hop bitterness, very juicy with flavors of dragon fruit, passion fruit, floral, tobacco, faint caramel and underlying breadiness. Noticeable alcohol, agressive bitterness. Bitter semi-sweet finish

A very enjoyable DIPA, this is what I expect from brews that want to tackle this style.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stemmed glass; freshness date of May 5, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right hand corner of the label, below the Great Lakes mailing address (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 05/01/13 11157CE”). I believe these are three-month or 90 day freshness periods, so that would make this beer just about four weeks old. I think.

Appearance (3.5): Now this is a proper pour: three and a half fingers of custard-colored head, crackling audibly over a really pretty, reddish-gold body with a rich, glowing character. Retention is moderate, but the lacing is honestly a bit disappointing—just some scattered suds here and there, fat splotches and a few legs of alcohol are apparent.

Smell (4.25): Nice nose on this, a bit unique—dank and slightly garlicky, with juicy citrus underneath. Apricots, honeydew, and tangerine make up the fruitiness, and they complement a honey sweetness in the malt body well—but there’s that green, mild dank scent underneath, too.

Taste (4.0): Really great balance between smooth, sweet honey malt, which mellows out the body substantially, and a bitter, biting hops character which still has a noticeable presence even in the midst of that very mellow, rounded (but not overly strong or rich, either) malt—that honey malt. Damn. Really interesting dynamic. The bitterness is very restrained in the finish, leaving a vegetal-herbal bitterness that clings for a long time, but lightly. The strength of this beer, though, is in the way the honey malt and the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of the hops blend together smoothly. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very smooth with a soft, velvety carbonation and a slightly fuller than medium body, which has a viscous feel. The finish is dry but smooth, and leaves a slightly vaporous feel from the booze (which is really only evident in the feel).

Overall (4.0): This has a really nice smell and an interesting flavor profile, which I like quite a bit, but it also doesn’t quite have the kind of aggressive hops character I was hoping for—not like Lake Erie Monster does, which I love. Still, this is very good, just like a honey-smooth ale loaded with late-boil hops. Glad to have tried, but for my money, give me more Erie Monster.

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Photo of HotHands
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark amber, frothy bubbly head.

S - Like a fruit salad -- guava, orange, other citrus and tropical fruits.

T - The taste follows through well and a bit of sweetness complements the fruit flavors. Reminds me of breadfruit. Some caramel comes through. Bitterness is fine, could have used some more wet hops for my liking, but they did a great job with the dry hopping.

M - fine although on the thinner side for the style. Carbonation is a bit low.

Overall - a fine DIPA with some unique flavors. I do enjoy the tropical notes.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber with a finger or so of bubbly off-white foam.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, biscuity malts, honey, unripe banana. Clean, vibrant, and zesty. Really awesome aroma. Unfortunately, as the beer warms the fruity characteristics seem to be replaced by a less appealing malty smell.

Taste: Pine, honey, grapefruit, and caramel with a little bit of spice in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent at first but becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA from Great Lakes, a brewery that consistently churns out highly drinkable beers. I initially loved this one but as the beer warmed it lost a lot of it's best characteristics. The aroma is fantastic for the first 5 minutes or so and the taste is nicely complex and fairly balanced for a beer that is over 9%. If this one wouldn't have petered out so quickly in the aroma and taste department I'd be giving it a higher rating. As it stands it's still a pretty darn good beer and if you haven't tried it, I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden orange body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that can be described as both citric hopped and touches of grapefruit sweetness as well as some caramel/sugary goodness. Medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and has both a citric hop and grape profile that is balanced with some caramel sweet malt for a beer that is both hoppy and sweet. Nothing earth shattering or new in this beer but it sticks to the "rules" and does the style justice.

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Photo of bound4er
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Copper colored with a very nice 1" off white head that laces well.

S. Tropical notes of mango, pineapple and citrus. Gives off just a hint of dankness and alcohol.

T. Tropical hop notes on the nose carry to palate with a nice hit of pineapple and citrus. Pine then makes an appearance along with creamy malt. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Hides its lofty alcohol content well.

M. Body and mouthfeel are best described as "big". Well constructed.

O. Sans Eddie Fitz and Nosferatu, this is about the only other Great Lakes beer to impress me. Still, there is something about the overall flavor and aftertaste that gets a bit tiring and is keeping me from buying multiple 4-packs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4-10-15. Best By 5-7-15. Threshold glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some suspended particulate matter, but mostly clear. FEw bubbles, little carbonation, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Intensely fruity. Light, tropical, citrusy. Sweet. Mango. Peaches. Apricot.

Taste: Sweet arrival, fruity, tart, sweet; bitter mid-palate; very bitter finish. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Little carb (less than the last bottle).

Overall: Surprised by how seemingly light and easy-drinking this is for a DIPA. Had 2 other bottles of this, and this one is far less carbonated than the other two. I am just not able to drink these "big" beers anymore. 7.5% is where I call it quits. That said, this is delicious. When in the mood for Hoppy Goodness, this is great. I think I let this one get too warm.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark orange hue with a dash of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy light-tan foam; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: richly aromatic with floral, piney, herby, earthy hops atop a rather sweet malt base. Quite enticing.

Taste: sweet and rich with earthy, floral and ever so slightly fruity hops. Bitterness is somewhat low for the style but it's smooth and enjoyable. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rich carbonation and a great creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: not bad at all. I'm not always a DIPA guy, but this is quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Common Ground Co-Op, Urbana, IL
Date: Best by 05/06/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alchemy hour has a wonderful aroma. I've found, though, that as the beer warms, it becomes less fruity, with more focus on caramel malt and ethanol.

Pours a modest 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam, which has average retention of roughly a minute before it has completely faded to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, a few spots and lines ringing the inside of the glass. Body is a warm, rich sunset orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues through the hazy (60% opaque) body. Carbonation is visible through the fog, streaming up from the center of the glass with some strong activity.

Aroma is of substantial fruitiness (passion fruit, mango) with lesser caramel malts and citrus (orange/orange peel). An excellent aroma, perhaps the most passion fruit-like beer I have encountered.

Overall flavors are of lighter (Lovibond) caramel malts and a touch of honey (for sweetness) with passion fruit, and more moderate mango, orange peel, hop bitterness, and slight herbal/woodsy hop characters. Front of palate is sweet and grainy, with toffee, honey, and cereal grains dominating the light esters that lurk in the background here. Mid-palate finds a quick transition, featuring prominent, slightly dank hops, with substantial passion fruit, orange peel, and mango, less prominent malt sweetness, and slight pepper from ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Back of palate finds strong orange peel and bitterness, with modest herbal/woodsy flavors (though such hops weren't used in the beer) and sweet, lightly caramelized malts, all with noticeably peppery, mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of fairly strong hop bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, and reduced orange peel.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with a medium to medium-low level of carbonation. This results in a beer that is never fizzy on the palate, but lightly and gently foams as it moves across. Closes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils and on the back of the throat, leading to a dry finish with plenty of lingering stickiness hanging on the palate.

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Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Few weeks young

A: Vibrant blood orange, crystal clear. The head is minimal - looks like a huge triple/BA beer.

S: Very interesting and unique, must be the mosaic hops. Very ripe light-colored tropical fruits and honey. Fruit-concentrate astringency. Orange, mango, honeydew melon. Very floral and herbal, lavender-like spices, and lemon grass. Though interesting, not incredible.

T: Very unique, like the aroma, but seems to work better. Ripe tropical fruits, honey, floral and herbal - the nuances are more difficult to identify. Not very bitter, honey sweetness - dry.

P: Medium, pretty standard DIPA feel and carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, but not one I would buy again. Really well brewed and balanced, but not my cup of tea. Really glad I tried it

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

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Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day.

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Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass.
Enjoy by date of 5/3/15, but that's only 6 days ago, so I'm sure the taste is still fine.

Appearance - 4.5/5
Bright orange, moderately clear. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. Several fingers of off-white head. This looks like a good brew and I am excited to try it. A good layer of head stays around for the entirety of the brew.

Smell - 3.75/5
Strong pine hops, with resinous aspects and a little earthy spiciness as well.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet delicious malts with nice pine, citrus, and resin aspects. Not that bitter, rather it's very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium full body. More smooth than crisp. A medium-light amount of slightly higher than medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew, and I would expect nothing less from Great Lakes. I'm glad to see they are expanding their lineup with more quality brews like this one. This is a pretty darn good IPA and I would definitely recommend it. And I very likely will pick up a 6-pack for myself some time soon.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hoppy notes with light citrus notes as well with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by fruity ester with fruity hops notes and some citrus undertones with some light residual sugar notes. Malt backbone is solid and provides a nice smooth aftertaste. Body is quite full with good carbonation, Solid rendition of the style with good effort to limit the amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.