Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
I know that winter is just starting to shed its bracing cold weather, but the Great Lakes offering this beer to the craft community gives us summer-lovin' folks the glimmer of hope that we can survive these last few weeks. From its label art that projects a surfer in summer's water to the taste of refreshing tropical and citrus fruit, the beer does much more than offering up a simple session- it reinvigorates the spirit.
Somewhere between golden and amber is where the beer's color lies. It is near brilliant, though a oh-so modest haze. Streams of carbonation release a creamy white head which caps the beer, retains exceptional, and laces spottedly with broken lace.
Juicy aromas of both citrus and tropical fruits abound with the beer's opening aromas. But after its fruity nose subsides, other malty aromas arise- thin caramel and honey gives the fruit a ripper, more plump character. Soon after, the beer goes through a plethora of scents: fresh-cut grass, chive, cannabis-like botanicals, and floral hops release their perfumy aromas and ring in the first taste with zeal and pungency.
It's refreshing taste of candied citrus fruits bring about honey-baked grapefruit, oranges, and lemon peels. Complementary fruit sweetness, seemingly of pineapple, mango, and apricot offer a richer candied taste bridge nicely into the beer's more herbal taste. Lightly earthy with garlic, onion, and catty notes, the beer carries an inherent pungency that reminds the senses of citrusy cannabis leaf. All of this is wrapped in a soft honey malt cocoon that keeps the taste contained and balanced.
Sweet, fruity and bitter, the beer feels light and sweet at the same time. Early creaminess keeps the beer pillowy and malty. But the sweetness lifts slowly just as the carbonation retreats- this leaves the beer's hops and warm dryness to close the beer with resinous grassy dryness and firm alcohol warmth.
What this beer really does is that it quenches the winter's thirst for hoppy beers until the height of summer when Erie Monster returns. But does it really buy us time, or does it shift the framework of time in such that we now love these hoppy ales as much during the winter as we do summer?
02-23-2013 08:19:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-06-2013 18:53:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
This poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention is thin with a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a big malt balance to it. The taste of the beer is hoppy with a boozy malt flavor, slightly fruity and floral tasting. The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, it's worth trying.
03-13-2013 23:37:46 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
P poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic with a godd rich amber tinged deep golden,a one finger bone white head atop.Aromas of grapefruit rind,sweet alcohol,and a bit more grassy hoppiness.Sharp and in your face grapefruit flavors along with some grassy/herbal hops over top of sweet sugary alcohol,it's sweet but the hops win out here.Alot if not most of the beer of this style are too sugary sweet,this is pretty sweet but it has intense hops to combat that sweetness,a great beer from what I consider a top 3 in the midwest brewery.
04-01-2013 22:20:56 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -17.5%
Served in a snifter at Firkin.
I learn more about surfing from beer than anywhere else... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, deep grape, light toffee, grass, mixed greens, and a decent amount of chlorinated hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chlorine is thankfully diminished (nearly gone entirely) and there's significantly more citrus rind to be found. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but one that exhibits occasional characters than just don't endear it to me.
02-25-2013 22:32:51 | More by TMoney2591
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
Bright saturated reddish orange color, fine haze of suspended micro sediment visible in the center. Lasting foam with an intricate collar of splashy lacing around the edges.
Tropical notes of mango and citrusy tangerine, underscored by some bubblegum yeast esters. Edgy with some hop forward dankness, a little pale malt bleeding through underneath.
Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine peel flavors, moderate yet balanced hop bitterness, smooth with a supporting pale malt backbone, dry bitter citrus aftertaste. Sweetness builds but gets balanced by the bitterness soon after. Overall it's pretty drinkable, though I haven't had more than one in a sitting.
03-18-2013 02:49:24 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -6.5%
I get almost nothing off the nose of this one. Flavor is even. Earthy tones are definitely there with a fair portion of pine. Boozy aftertaste. This is a good iipa. Seems others think much more highly of it than I, although I do think it's good. The burn from booze and one dimensional (somewhat) character keep it from a higher rating.
03-04-2013 02:55:45 | More by RblWthACoz
4.01/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-19-2013 02:35:35 | More by Jason
4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
I heard about Mosaic hops and then this beer was released last year, and then I heard about Mosaic hops from just about everyone a very tropical fruit softer flavored DIPA that goes down so smooth it's hard to explain to those who've never imbibed on this God send of a beer from the armpit of Ohio where some say there's nothing good except for Great Lakes. I disagree a lot more good food and music places then Pittsburgh would know what to do with but I love both cities therefore I digress. Aromatics contain tropical fruit a bit of mango/papaya/citrus notes if that, nothing is harsh just smoothie tropical fruit notes. Flavor wise it hits with some vinous herbal hop bitterness and a bit of citrus pith that lingers to create a rolling bitterness between sips. There's more bright citrus/passionfruit/mango juice on the palate with waves of bitterness grasping the taste buds between sips. Nice textures, hop oils are slick but not resinous, even carbonation medium bodied way too easy to consume in number considering the ABV weighs in at 9.4%. The expiration date on this is dead on very fresh just released in Ohio the best by date is 5/11/14. I saw an episode of No Reservations: Cleveland where Anthony Bourdain visits these chillwave riders while drinking Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.
02-28-2014 22:48:42 | More by WVbeergeek
4.66/5 rDev +8.9%
Picked this up a Roof bros in Paducah, KY...BBD od 05/08/13
Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Piddly lacing & above average head retention
S: Grapefruit peel, pine & orange slices
T: Follows the nose, alos pine needles & lemon grass up front, plus orange & lime peels. Pineyness, grapefruit, slight breadyness, & tangerine, plus more lemongrass. Finiishes with a crisp piney & citrussy flourish, with a bit of dryness & a kiss of leafy & woody hops
MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation& near perfect balance
ABV is completely masked with giant drinkabilty, easily one of the best DIPAs I've come across since Myrcenary. Another great brew from Great Lakes
03-30-2013 05:29:34 | More by russpowell
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-16-2013 17:08:22 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
named for the brave, unconventional surfers of Lake Erie, and something that has to do with surfing called "alchemy hour." It will no longer be named that after this batch, as Widmer Brothers is holding tight to the word "alchemy" and won't let anyone else play with it.
Brilliant, clear, crimson coloring, Large and lasting head, leaving lace, looking good.
Aroma: ah, right on the money. Citrus zest meets pine forest. Wide awake and fully flowering fruit notes matches the bitter hop blast. Particularly pleasant.
Taste: Sweet and smooth, with never ending hoppitude. Malt meets the hops well, stand up and rides it out with it. Keeps perfect time, while never letting the hop character go astray. Fruity, but ending dryly. Plenty of fruit association joust with the mind and memory, ...apricot, mango, pineapple, guava...backed up with a candy sugar sweetness, again, ending on a dry note.
Alcohol presence stays sly at first, but inevitably roars and gains dominance on the palate, among the senses, in the cavern of the brain case.
All in all, it's smooth, hoppy, and drinkable, despite the high ABV. A real hophead's treat, one that doesn't tear anything loose from your critical components, merely releases pleasurable flavors. And isn't that what we're looking for? I could drink one, and drink one, and drink one, and never tire of it, until that decision is made for me. Tonight, though, one is plenty, and off to sleep....
05-13-2013 03:49:14 | More by feloniousmonk
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.