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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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444 Reviews
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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,053
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 308
Gots: 512 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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: 3,053
Photo of wspscott
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 5/2/13

A: Crystal clear dark gold color with a slightly off-white head that leaves a surprising amount of lace.
S: Tropical fruits with an underlying malt sweetness
T: A distinct malt sweetness combined with a mix of tropical fruits and a little bit of pine, as it warms I get a hint of orange or tangerine. There is a distinct hops sharpness at the end, but it is well mixed with the malts. A honey-like flavor that I assume is from the honey malt mentioned on the label.
M: Very crisp, slightly round and creamy with the hops leaving a residual dryness on the tongue.
O: Holy crap this is a great beer. This may rival Hopslam for the DIPA crown! An excellent combination of hops and malt, so much more than "hoppy" like the average DIPA. I just looked at the GLBC website and it appears this beer will be back next year.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/2/13 poured into Great Lakes snifter:

Pours a brilliant deep clear orange with an off white head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring on the glass. Aroma is of big tropical fruit notes, peach, mango, orange peel, muted pine, booze, honey sweetness. Upfront there is a big pop of tropical fruits followed by a honey sweetness in the middle of the mouth. At the back of the palate the sweetness transitions to a dry finish with grapefruit puckering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light. Deceptively smooth and light, the alcohol is perceptible but well hidden. What alcohol does come through helps cut the sweetness and keep the beer well balanced. A well crafted and enjoyable west coast DIPA by Great Lakes with a midwest uniqueness.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date reading best before 05/27/2013. Split this four pack with a friend, am overly excited to try this new beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co., as they have quickly become one of my favorite breweries.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about one finger of doughy white head that goes down quickly on top of a beautiful golden orange colored body. Some bubbles streaming to the top, and some light sediment floating around the glass. Lots of thin stringy lacing clinging to the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Wow, amazing tropical fruit smells. Mangoes, pineapple, papaya, blood orange. Light biscuit malts creeping in the background. This is one of the fruitiest, most mouth-watering smelling DIPA's I've ever encountered.

T - Taste follows the nose accurately enough. Blast of tropical fruit, underlying hop bitterness, sweet bready malts, and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Otherwise, this beer masks it's intense 9.40% abv expertly well.

M - Feel is not what you would expect of a double IPA; light, smooth, clean, with just a bit of sticky hop resins, and some sweet fruit skin lingering. Very tasty.

Overall, a ridiculously drinkable DIPA from Great Lakes, especially at such a high abv. This is basically everything you could ask for in a DIPA, one of the best I have had all year so far. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on more of this stuff. Keep up the good work, Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA ---4.5/5

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle today (3/22/13), no birth date but best drink by 5/20/13, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/22/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4 - dark amber-brown color, solid clarity (probably filtered), minimal vertical bubbles and legs, one finger frothy white head that resolves into subtle glass lacing; unfortunately, the least impressive aspect of this solid beer

S: 4.5 - atypical smell for an imperial IPA - subtle peach, tangerine, even white grape/wine bouquet that doesn't overpower the nostrils; I don't have much experience with Mosaic but this reminds me a lot of Nelson Sauvin or other South Pacific instead of PW hops

T: 4.5 - minimal, subtle bitterness with predominant honey sweetness and slight booziness; this is exactly what I'd expect from a Midwest ("third coast") imperial IPA, nice lingering sweetness in the mouth

M: 4.25 - mild booziness but definitely don't taste the 9+%, a little thin but solid carbonation and lingering flavors

O: 4.5 - I watched the review of this beer on BeerGeekNation and, after Chris' stellar review, felt like I needed to try it; like I said, this is exactly what I expect and want from a Midwestern DIPA with a nice balance of sweetness and hop flavor; however, I prefer the huge hop (dank, piney, resiny) aroma of typical PW DIPAs like Maharaja or Pliny the Elder to this this, but it's certainly well-crafted and balanced; suffice it to say though, it blows the 2013 Hopslam out of the water

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark apricot, with small white head, carbonation from the bottom, some lacing. 4

Aroma-Grapefruit, orange, piney, lots of citrus, honey, fresh floral arrangement. 4.25

Taste-same as smell, grapefruit is right up front, maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple, orange peel, dried apricot. 4.5

Feel-medium bodied, not watery, perfect ratio of bitterness, coats palate and stays, this is what a double should feel like. 4.75

Overall-More, that's how my mouth feels after a drink. Really solid stuff coming out of Great Lakes these days. High ABV that can hardly be tasted. Priced right, available everywhere in my area, even saw it at a gas station. As good as hopslam, if not better in some ways. 4.5

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Photo of CraigP83
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby color, solid head. Smells fruity maybe a little cherry blossom and honeydew. Taste follows the nose but is more boozy. Reminds me of hopslam

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Photo of kbwalters
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Enjoy by 05/7/15. I think it’s 3 or 4 weeks bottled now, a little older then I’d like.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear deep orange color with 1.5 fingers of thick and frothy off white head. Good retention and lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.75 Mosaic hops dominate; juicy, tropical fruits, mango, citrus notes. Great aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Follows the nose here, hop forward with big tropical fruit notes with moderate to significant bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with some fizz on the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.0 Tasty and smooth, solid drinkability for a DIPA.
Overall = 4.3875 A terrific double IPA. Hop forward and bursting at the seams with mosaic tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique dipa....honey malts add an awesome sweet caramel taste countered by a good hop bitterness and noticeable mosaic hop grapefruit taste... man I wish this was more readily available...definitely drink these bad boys fresh

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden amber color with puffy, 1.5 finger white head.

S - Fruity, mango and grapefruit, orange peel. Earthy undertones, good malt bill.

T - Packs a punch, very aggressive on piney hops up front, transforms into a lot of puckery sweetness before fading back into floral, bitter hops. Very good.

M - A tad dry, puckering. Robust.

Overall - An outstanding, outstanding brew by Great Lakes here. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Cleveland for four years in my 20s and probably have more experience with Great Lakes than any other brewery. I've tried all of their regular beers and many of their seasonal beers. I've also been to the brewery twice. This is by far my favorite beer of their's. Usually I find Great Lakes beers too hoppy and bitter. This one is just right though, which is funny considering it's a double IPA. I love the way it looks in the glass. It's just gorgeous. A sort of orangey yellow haze that makes me excited just looking at it. The taste is almost fruity. Tropical fruit. In a good way though. I don't know what else to say. Just try it. I buy it whenever they have it at the grocery store.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the ale poured a dark copper color producing a white head with a few large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass was modest at best. The nose on this one is huge. One detects citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. In the initial taste, one detects a peppery citrus sensation immediately. Accompanying notes include sour grapefruit on the sides of the tongue, orange, grass, and a biscuity malt backbone. The peppery grassy sensation takes over in the aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Alcohol becomes a little more prominent in the aftertaste. The one disappointment I have is that the mouthfeel runs a little too thin for a DIPA. I want this one to last a little longer. This is a good one.

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Photo of sonoffenrir
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle. Best by date 5/20/14. As Great Lakes gives this beer a 90 day shelf life, the bottles I've had were a bit over a month old.

A: Poured a beautiful orange-copper, with a slightly off-white finger and a half head that quickly dissapated to a dense white crust.

S: Overwhelmingly citrus, with a hint of honey, fruit, pine and grass. Very pleasant and complex.

T: At first, I tasted the grapefruit and slight hint of pineapple up front, but subsequent sips showed grapefruit but quickly morphed into a intense mango and pineapple note. As it warmed, I also detected mango in the aroma. Despite its 80 IBU rating, the hops were very nicely balanced with a caramel and honey note from the hops. A slighty piney and bitter finish on the tongue, but very pleasantly so.

M: Slightly syrupy, creamy and smooth. Given the IBUs, not as dry as I would have expected.

Overall, this is my first encounter with Chillwave, but it won't be my last. I'm a guy that likes some type of balance in my IPAs. This one has it all. Even after one 4-pack, I would catapult it right up there with my other favorited DIPAs: Dogfish Head 90 Minute, O'SO Lupilin Maximus, Lagunitas Maximus and Hopslam. This is the first Great Lakes offering I've sampled, but won't be my last. This is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of klein_ni
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for hop heads who want that great, bitter flavor. The aroma on this brew is what really sets it apart and makes it unique. As an Ohioan who loves Great Lakes and Ohio brews, this is one of my favorites!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish burnt orange with a 1 inch creamy head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric tropical fruits, orange, pineapple, grpaes, mellon, grapefruit. Some caramel malts, a little alcohol warmth and added sugars.

Taste - Much like the nose, nice upfront blast of hops, very fruity and sweet. All the tropical fruits mix in well with the malts to add a nice, impressive beer. Added sugars along with spices really make this a flavor bomb. Alcohol comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The tounge gets nailed with the sweet hops, malts and sugars. Palate gets even more hops and a nice roasty malt flavor. The aftertaste is fruity, malty and a little warm.

Overall - This is awesome. A west coast style ipa full of hops and flavor. Sweet fruits but not overly done, the malt backbone really balances and ties everything together. This is a dangerous beer at 9.4%, drinks like a 6%'er. A must try.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is a good amber color mild carbonation. Smells off the hook tropical pineapple mangoes maybe passion fruit. Taste is the same huge tropical notes with a slight malty mouth. Feel is full and thick with a great aftertaste. Overall a great beer. Cheers great Lakes

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Photo of beerhan
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer I have drank more of this year than any single beer in years..

A-pours a golden amber color with a two finger white head with lots of lacing

S-lots of mango and pineapple with a little floral shop aroma to it

T-lots of grapefruit and bitter hops with a tangy kick. a little pepper and sugar as well.

M- perfect carbonation and super slick. not too bitter but strong enough you can feel hops

O-one of my favorite beers of lately. incredibly drinkable and very cheap, I love that this is on tap everywhere. super drinkable but the alcohol does hit you eventually.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/3/13

a: medium dark copper. translucent white head which fades quickly

s: what an aroma. Citrus fruitiness explosion. some caramel. piney hops in there too. This even smells juicy

t: caramel malt followed by piney hop bitterness. then a wave a fruitiness comes in through the finish

m: Juicy! medium body. well carbonated.

o: Very impressed with this offering from GLBC. Very drinkable but just the same the ABV sneaks up on you. Yeah it's a bit pricy but I heartily recommend this for IPA fans. This will be a yearly purchase.

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshness date of 05/7/15:

Pours bright copper with a lasting fluffy head. A good deal of lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, citrus - grapefruit and mandarin orange and a touch of booze-soaked honey. Robust.

The taste is piney/floral, slightly woody with some wet tobacco and juicy grapefruit. Caramel with a touch of honey gives a sweet touch to the bitter, lingering finish. Alcohol is certainly perceptible, but is well-integrated by adding black pepper and a comfortable warmth.

It is chewy and full-bodied with soft to medium carbonation.

This is a great DIPA! I love the hop and malt profiles and how well they blend together!

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice amber in color, slight orange tint in it, nice 1 finger of off white head at the top and left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Great nose on this brew, some nice tropical fruit throughout, hints of biscuit, grapefruit, strawberrys and some light note of caramel on the tail end.

T: Super fantastic in flavor, the notes from the nose are prominent on the tongue some grassy notes on the tail end. Great flavors.

M: Medium bodied, mid carbonation, good bitterness.

O: Really glad I was able to get my hands on a 4 pack of this, great flavors and super well balanced. Great Lakes Brewing is putting out some really good brews, super happy with them. This might be my favorite from them.

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Photo of herman77
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper with some haze to it. Nice fluffy off white head with great retention. Very nice, sticky lacing, leaving big rings.

S: Mainly tropical with sweet grapefruit and oranges. A honey/flowery smell to it to. A bit of resinous and very slight pine lurking in the background with some toffee malt.

T: Nice and juicy tropical fruits. Floral. Honey like sweetness from the honey malt I would assume? Big dose of carmel and toffee malts for a really nice malty backbone. It could use a bit more resinous piney hops, but those might have faded off a bit by now. Other than that, its pretty damn amazing.

M: Medium to fuller body for the style. Average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel.

O: Pretty good drinkability for the ABV. The tropical/sweeter style of this Double IPA is right in my wheelhouse. A bit like Abrasive, but not as much intense, in your face hops and maybe a bit sweeter. Overall, one of my new favorite double IPAs.

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Photo of ktblue22
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhhh what a delicious and beautiful IPA!! Hiked our nearby Wantastiquet and enjoyed this beer out of the bottle at the top with my partner. Clean yet complex - refreshing and drinkable even at near 10%! Lots of citrus laced with dank resiny-grassiness. Really pleasant - makes me wish I lived somewhere I could get this everyday. We had the second bottle the other night with some homemade beef chili - a great beer to pair with spicy food, especially anything with Sriracha.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The extra hops are evident early in the aroma with overflowing grapefruit and sweet citrus. The citrus hops hit first, but the pine comes in at the end. Sweet malt and citrus balance with bitter hops brilliantly. With a combination of Mosaic, Nugget, and Cascade hops, I’ve never had a beer quite like this. At 80 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, this is quite a hefty beer, but it should be.

Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/1/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and malt notes. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a near perfect bitterness/sweetness balance; and absolutely zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Dangerously easy to drink. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA! Great malt and hop complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. An incredibly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of valverij
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I absolutely love the Great Lakes Brewing Company, I wouldn't say they're exactly known for their IPA's (the Lake Erie Monster being the exception, of course). Regardless, in a region where every brewer and their mother has 5+ IPA's to their name, this one manages to stand out. While I've had better IPA's, I have an incredibly difficult time finding anything wrong with this brew. From its golden-brown color to its semi-sweet ,"flowery" aroma, this is everything an IPA should be.

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