Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev -10.5%
Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.
The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.
The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.
The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.
The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.
Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.
02-21-2013 17:08:44 | More by jampics2
4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**
A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.
S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.
T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.
M: Big medium. Good texture
04-05-2013 14:33:07 | More by inlimbo77
3.94/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours with a long lasting beige head of medium size. It sits atop a beer with an orange amber color and has as lightly hazy clarity.
The aroma has a good amount of wet juicy hops with some fruity tropical tones.
Taste is very good and refreshing. I can taste plenty of citrus and tropical hops along with sweet fruits. It's malty too with a fair amount of honey malts. I guess thats what gives the beer the sweetness. The finish is pine resin bitter but its's a smooth, soft bitterness.
Very drinkable beer here that I could easily quzzle.
04-12-2014 10:04:54 | More by micromaniac129
4.69/5 rDev +9.6%
A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.
S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma
T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.
M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another
03-29-2014 02:48:23 | More by MacQ32
3.89/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-18-2014 19:24:24 | More by Kendo
3.78/5 rDev -11.7%
A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing
S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt
T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish
F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous
O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA
03-17-2013 16:10:10 | More by MDDMD
4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.
The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.
The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.
This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.
It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor.
03-30-2014 21:28:59 | More by dar482
3.23/5 rDev -24.5%
Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/10/13
Enjoy by 05/01/13
Dark orange and honey hues; honey depth, too. One finger head dissipates quickly to a layer of tiny bubbles and thicker collar retention. Droopy lace.
Slick hop oil and light booze aromas. Lots of grapefruit, some tangerine and lemon. Hints of pine and a slight herbal nip. Soapy orange. Biscuit and cracker malts.
The taste is more of an herbal/pine combo with too much booze in the middle. Bitterness is moderately high and would be pretty much spot on if it weren't for all the booziness. Oily citrus tones move in after a spell; grapefruit and orange.
Medium full, slick feel. Carbonation is moderate and well proportioned. Still, it's too boozy.
Finally, Great Lakes takes a shake at a decent DIPA; too bad it's upper mid-tier at best.
03-11-2013 03:28:59 | More by Ryan011235
4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
Nice extra from enelson in a recent trade. I've seen this around here, but never picked any up. Thanks, Ed!
Pours a brilliant garnet orange with a small white head on top. Moderate retention, light lace. Great nose of freshly squeezed citrus like grapefruit, orange. Light ethanol notes. A nice sweet smelling beer.
Moderate depth - holds up the ABV well. Slightly syrupy on the finish. Bittering hops right off, but they are short-lived, which keeps me sipping. This profile is quite juicy and flavorful. Semi-sweet citrus, candy like finish. A bit dry on the back end.
I really enjoyed this beer. A fresh, flavorful beer that cures my hop fix, but doesn't wear on me. Recommend.
04-14-2013 18:22:25 | More by Onenote81
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.
Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.
Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.
03-28-2013 06:17:30 | More by MattyG85
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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