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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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Photo of ACarp
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served 4/25, best by 5/11
Better than hopslam and Nugget Nectar.
Very berry like and fruity hops ala Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra. Slight alcohol detected in flavor.
Distinctly different hop profile than Pliny, much more fruity and probably the best example of a ""new wave" IPA i have had, with the cutting edge fruity hops, while Pliny stands as the classic and best crafted western IPA. Most comparable DIPA I have had was Enjoy By 4/20/14

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a super creamy and foamy, one-finger tall, off-white crown. A sheet of drippy lacing coated that glass. The head eventually dropped to a bubbly mass.

The aroma was hoppy and super fruity. Fairly sweet for the style. Candied orange peel dominated. Peach notes also came through strong. Good amount of juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. All in all, punchy yet quite balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Amazingly fruity and juicy. Loads of candied orange peel. Good dose of brown sugar. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone that provided almost a bit too much sweetness. Strong peach and apricot notes. Touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit-like pithiness carried into the finish. Some pinesap came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, soft and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow carbonation that made the beer feel slick on the palate.

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA may not be groundbreaking for the style, but it is a really solid and flavorful rendition nevertheless. Fans of more balanced, hoppy beers should definitely seek this one out.

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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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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 neurobot01
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before 5/11/14.

Look: beautiful orange. Pretty minimal head, but ample bubble action.

Smell: really not getting much. Very muted citrusy notes. Or maybe soap. Mostly dominated by what I can only describe as a kind of off note.

Taste: holy crap—oversized flavors on a couple fronts. First: sweet. Really, really, really sweet. Second: tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple. I've never been to Jamba Juice, but I would believe that this was some sort of spinoff product of theirs. Tasty, but "IPA" is pretty low on the list of things I'd guess I'm drinking when I taste this. Did I mention that this is really, really, really sweet?

Feel: pretty pleasant. In a really, really sweet kind of way.

Overall: I wish I could rate this higher, but I've had honey that was less sweet. I won't rule out the possibility that this lost some character in transit, or that my palate is fatigued, but this just doesn't do it for me as a DIPA.

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Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.

This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An orange amber beauty poured into a Solemn Oath tulip

A wave of citrus washes thru with lightly fruity yeast note and fruity hop is very intense.

Sweet malt like sugar cookie then fruit and intense, but smooth bitterness. The taste is amazing.

The carbonation is spot on with a slick mouth-coating hop flavor sensation.

Overall this is the best DIPA I have tried in some time. I imagine this is the Midwest's version of Heady Topper. Seek it out!!!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: a medium amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Tiny spot glass lacing remains.

S: Wow, smells like fruit cocktail with alcohol! Pineapple and lots of it, grapefruit, candied citrus and sweet caramel malt. Such a distinctive smell.

T: Much as the same as the nose, only a bit of a letdown compared to the smell. Huge candied fruit with lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and tangerine. Sweetness comes rushing in with caramel, candy sugar and lots of alcohol. Finish stays sweet, no bitterness at all.

M: Sweet, lasting, alcohol, almost cloying but not quite

O: A really good beer, but as with Lake Erie, it's really sweet. If sweet DIPAs are your bag, this one is for you because the fruit is amazing....maybe the most distinctive tropical fruit I have ever smelled on a beer.

Overall a really good beer where the taste can't quite live up to the smell. Fantastic, fantastic smell, maybe top 5, but the flavor does not quite live up to the smell. Still, try it if you can, it's good.

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Photo of stevedog
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nice clarity.

Smell - Interesting aroma of passion fruit and mangos. Some malt sweetness follows which helps balance out the fruity aroma hops. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Same fruity hoppiness carries over from the aroma. Malt sweetness follows the dominate hops, but the bitterness keeps the balance on the hop side. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly noticble on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, but not as dry as lot of other DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation starts off strong, but dissipates fairly quickly. Medium body. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall - Chillwave is a very nice variation to a "traditional" double IPA. The mango-like hops make for a very drinkable 9%er. The only flaw I can think of is the lack of lingering carbonation, which would only add to the complexity of this beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark hazy bronze color. 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S- This is where this beer really stands out to me. An explosion of fruity hoppiness. Detect some faint malt, but the fruity hops dominate.

T- Taste like a bitter fruit smoothy. Juicy hops up front. Pineapple, tangerine, mangos. So good. There is a light malt presence but the hops take front stage here. Alcohol comes through slightly in the after taste. There is also a pleasant bitterness that lingers between drinks.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The hops tingle the roof of the mouth.

O- This is one awesome DIPA. My goodness its so easy to drink even with the slight alcohol coming through in the finish. Enjoying this one after work. Going straight to the dome. Could definitely drink another, but then I may not wake up for class.

**I'm still kind of new to IPAs and craft beer in general. I'm finally starting to taste the difference between different IPAs. This one and dirt wolf are both awesome. Just picked up a bomber of the collab black double IPA by 3 Floyds, Surly, and Real ale brewing. Going to share with a friend and review soon.**

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap

Appearance: Dark amber color with a thin off white head

Smell: Very citrus, pineapple, mango forward. I smell the 9.4% as well

Taste: Huge citrus and pineapple as with the nose. as well as pine notes to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, even for a double; Syrupy. I can also pick up some of the abv as expected

Overall: A wonderful DIPA. Full in favor and body. For a true hop head, which i happen to be, you can't ask for much better. I will be reaching for this more often

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA 9.4% abv

Pours a honey orange with a one finger bright off-white head that doesn’t stick around for long but leaves nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - tangerines and lemon. A little peach.Very fruity. dried/candied mango.

Taste is, again, very fruity. Tangerines. Candied/dried mango. Now I’m getting apricots and persimmons. Peaches. The lemon from the nose is gone. Not very bitter, more tart than bitter. Nice and sweet.

Medium carbonation, medium body. Very smooth. Very slightly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden.

Very nice. I’m a fan. I don’t think I could drink more than one of these given the sweetness. Scratch that, I could definitely have another. The fruits are nice and full with plenty of well rounded out flavors. The honey malt is definitely coming into play. I can’t say much about this beer; I’m not saying its one dimensional, but it is definitely big on sweet fruit flavors. Do try.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep orange, rusty, amber color with a light khaki head that builds and stays lacing great down the glass. Subdued aromas of honey, citrus, pithy and floral. Bitterness stings up front, slight citrus, sweet honey like backing all the way through. Sharper and dryer than I'm used to for this style. Bite of carbonation all the way through. Put this one on the, I don't quite get it list. Nothing really stands out in this beer. It's good, nothing more.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super nice pour, dark golden amber, slightly golden head, minimal carbonation.
smells very citric, a little tropical. some orange. some pineapple. a little bit of cat urine, too, but I think my nose is traumatized from a previous beer that was pretty thick with the cat pee and is very sensitive to it now.
definite orange peel, some pine. very juicy. no alcohol being picked up, but some slight oily or resinous feel.
super easy to drink. wouldn't even know it was over 7%, although the slight breadiness I am picking up more into the bottle is a sign of alcohol. I didn't taste it at first, but it's coming through louder now and replacing the cat pee I thought I was smelling.
very excellent brew! the DIPAs on the east coast have a very distinct way to them.... I like 'em!

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Photo of hops202
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into dogfish spiegelau glass.

Pours a dark amber with orange and light brown coloring. Smells delicious - lots of sweet citrus, mango and maybe even pineapple. Taste is just as good - tastes like delicious mangos and clementine. Tastes unbelievably fresh.

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Photo of Bighead6365
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just so solid. It just resonates how Great Lakes is an amazing brewery.

Appearance: A beautiful dark brown hue, with a slight white head when poured, and etches all down the glass.

Smell: Mango, Citrus, Pineapple, and Guava are the first major things that come to mind. Has a slight burn on the back that lets you know you are drinking a 9% beer.

Taste: Delicious hop front, that when swallowed open up the bouquet of the beer, where you get an aftertaste of just fresh fruit and deliciousness. I could get WASTED off this beer. I did not sense one bit of alcohol, and it tastes so fresh.

Mouthfeel: The perfect consistency with a slight thickness, but still very very easy to drink.

Overall: Damn this is a great DIPA. I'm amazed at how balanced it is, how fruity it is, yet it still stays true to its character. Go get it, drink it, and be merry!

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA was an absolute delight. I was knocked over by the huge nose of tropical fruits and floral characteristics. The taste was a rush of: peaches, mangoes, orange peel, sweet lemon, & starfruit. It has been a while since i've had quite a tasty DIPA. One where the taste is just as incredible as the nose. This also had a nice refreshing and not too dry mouthfeel. This was almost like drinking a carbonated citrus and tropical drink.

I think Great Lakes should make this all year round if possible. This was quite the beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to thrashd for the sick extra from the math trade, enjoyed from a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Dated best by 5/28/14

a - poured an amber yellow orange that settled into the glass as a ruby orange. Nice frothy finger plus of IPA foamy head. Creamy. Lacing was a solid sheath and it all hung out for chips and dip.

s - nose is lush ripe fruit. Super solid. Crisp citric a hint of melon.

t - pine cone hop. Dank with a subtle bitterness over sweetness. The fruit in the nose is washed over with a chewy piny hop.

m - boozy tingle. Chewy. Medium to full bodied.

o - overall, really nice. Worth checking out if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Benish
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: it had a color of light brownish red. Almost the appearance of a red ale but much lighter in color. Crystal clear with no sediment. Carbonation present throughout. Minimal lacings.

Smell: a mash of tropical fruits - primarily pineapple. Plus notes of bubblegum.

Taste: Starts out with a burst tropical fruit (yet not so sweet) then the bitterness follows up and become intermingled throughout; bubblegum flavors catches up midway through and lasts until the finish. While the fruit flavors were there at the beginning, I can't help but wish the fruits were more aggressive.

Mouthfeel: hard to say, it somewhere between a light to medium body. It had that refreshing feel in the mouth.

Overall: the aroma is phenomenal, I also appreciated the bubblegum flavors from both the aroma and taste (not sure if everyone gets this; we all have different palettes). Just wish there was a little more oomph in the fruits.

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Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects.

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