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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

444 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 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 EyePeeAyBryan
3.02/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wanted to love this based on reviews but just don't get it. Pours syrupy, dark golden and looks great. Leaves one hell of a lacing but has a strange aroma. taste was overly bitter on the mid palate and finished with an indescribable off taste, maybe oxidation? Ended up pouring this one out.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden orange/yellow body with a one finger off white head that lasts for the length of the beer.

S: Dank hops are on the front of this nose. There is an awesome bitter bite followed by a sweet caramel finish.

T: There is a lot of malt and hops that come together nicely but not perfectly. The hops have a dank simcoe flavor with a citrus bite. The malt is caramel and toffee with harsh edges that clash slightly with the rest of the flavors.

M: Nice heavy body with a near perfect carbontation.

O: Great IPA. Worth getting if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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+.

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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 HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind. The nose is a fine blend of hops and citrus. The malt backbone on this offering is solid – in fact, this is quite a well-balanced DIPA. The finish has bitterness along with a hint of sweet, but it’s not super-hoppy. The biggest drawback is that the alcohol gets just a bit too much at the very end.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, but very active, dark, coppery amber brew. Good size white head, fluffy, with excellent retention and leaving behind tons of thick lacing.

Fruity, sweet hoppy aroma from the moment it's poured. Mango and watermelon, with a hint of citrus and peel behind, and caramel from the malt. Almost a touch of peppery rye bread sneaking through.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of brown sugar and caramel from the malts; followed by a sweet, juicy, citrus-and-pine note from Nugget hops; and finished with a dank, flowery note from Mosaic hops. The hop profiles really come through that distinct; anyone familiar with those varietals will definitely notice them right away.

Smooth and drinkable; long, oily finish; some warming heat on the back-end, but nothing indicating the relatively high ABV (9.4%). Relatively full-bodied for the style, especially as it warms, but not at all syrupy.

This is an excellent DIPA, with a great hop profile without ignoring a great malt body. Big beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-04-18
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. "Enjoy by" date is 06/08/15.

Pours clear copper amber with a medium, sustained head and a fair amount of very fine carbonation. Aroma is strong. Citrus and pine.Alcohol.

Taste is bitter -- pine, a little citrus, very bitter. A slight tartness maybe like grapefruit. As you become accustomed to the bitterness, a slight caramelly sweetness comes out, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, thick. Overall, pretty good beer.

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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 JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottled on March 5, 2015
A- copper-orange hue with small white head. Small bubbles that left a good lace down the glass.
S- straight mango and tropical fruit with some apricot and citrus notes as well.
T- follows the nose with mango, honey, sweet malt balance.
M- medium, avg carbonation, hides the big abv well.
O- really good DIPA. Up there in the upper echelon.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a short-but-sturdy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Aromatic boquet of wildflower honey and bold juicy hops. Close your eyes and winter disappears for a brief, fragrant moment.
Taste-Honeyed, toasted malt, brown- sugared tangerine, with juicy, tropical hops providing a snaking, underlying bitterness that weaves nicely between all the flavors. Very smooth for the high ABV. A hophead's tasty treat. Excellent.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My son just told me about this one yesterday but he had not tried it. Today at Save On they were raving about a Columbus Brewing triple IPA which I tried, but they also had this on tap. I had a sample and just had to have more so I bought a half growler.

This is a very finely crafted brew. The color is a little dark for an IPA. The head won't quit. It's huge. The aroma is mostly a very tangy hoppy, but it also has a sweetness to it.

Taste is another story. Or the same story. Perfect balance of very hoppy with sweetness, dark, and unique. It is a huge beer that just feels right and unlike any other. The aftertaste is pretty tangy too. It is sitting big on my palate. I will drink another glass with my pizza in a bit. I know it is going to be perfect.

This may be my favorite Great Lakes ever.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We crack the caps and pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Harviestoun Ola Dubh tulips. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of big, creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving fluffy peaks of patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is explosive, with sticky grapefruit hops, orangey citric fruitiness, pale and lightly caramel malts, and a heavy, floral, nectary fruitiness of pear, pineapple, and papaya. With warmth comes stinging booziness, bubblegum ester sweetness, milky creaminess, and a mildly soured, funky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more earthy, deep, and bitter, with much less fruitiness than the nose would suggest. As we sip, largely bittering grapefruit hops, pale malts, spicy plastics, fusel booze, under ripe banana esters, and aromatic pear fruitiness mix for the start. The peak shows raw hop cone earthiness with big herbal pucker, zesty citric bitterness, mud, mineral, stone, spicy alcohol, wet yeast, and crisp metallics. The finishing wash continues the bittering blend of citric, earthy, and herbal hops. To cut is mashed strawberry sweetness, white sugar, sweet booze, mango fruitiness, heavy creamer, and coiny pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of coin, yeast, pale malts, bubblegum esters, honey sweetness, and of course, those earthy, herbal hops. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is high and frothy. There is coating foam and creaminess throughout the mouth, with satiation, and mild dryness from the booze at the end. The sip is otherwise nice, with sticky smack, froth, and pop. The abv is big, and will catch up with you, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the fresh and fruity aroma. The hops are extraordinarily fragrant throughout the entire tasting, striking the perfect blend of tart, tangy, sweet, fruity, and zing. The flavor follows nicely, but with much more bitterness from earth and herb than from the fruity sweetness and citrus in the nose. This is not a negative, but just a bit of a surprise, as we were expecting a much sweeter, more malt-balanced beer. The flavors actually tended to muddle a bit with warmth, so enjoy this experience closer to fridge temperature than cellar temperature. All in all this is a great beer, but it is the aromatics that really stand out for us.

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Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a one finger white head, which has good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and grassy hops.

Tastes both sweet and bitter with grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, grassy hops, herbs, bread and caramel malt. This is a nice twist on the taste of an Imperial IPA.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has both a bitter and sticky sweet aftertaste, with a dry finish. The alcohol is well disguised for 9.40 % abv. A very nice beer from Great Lakes.

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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 inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
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

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Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pungent tropical hops (loads of citrus, grapefruit, pineapples, peaches), light pine resins and sweet caramelly malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit, pineapple), a piney/grassy bitterness and some sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque amber, with a double-finger head. Nice, fine, treeline lace.

Aroma is wonderful and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Very nice!

Taste is a wallop of thick, lavish hops. I get citrus again and plenty of tropical notes along the way. As well, a fairly large malt presence underscores the hop assault for balance. The body here is heavy, taste is heavy (yet, as before, balanced), and oh-so-easy to drink. A superlative IPA!

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

Appearance: Nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation and leaves good lacing. Pours with a white fluffly head. MUCH more toward red in color than I expected.

Aroma: Really nice. Some tropical citrus flavors. Orange, pineapple. Big sweet, caramelly malt presence. Great hop nose, but much more malt than I anticipate from a DIPA

Taste: I'm going to sound like a broken record here. Great hop flavor moves in waves across the palette. Nice anchoring bitterness. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus again. Mosaic has to be the best new hop I've had in awhile. In the playing field with the Citras and Galaxys of the world. The hops have a spicy component. Very malty. Lots of sweet, bready, caramel flavors. More malt than I typically prefer, but similar to Hopslam, the hop flavor and malt interact quite well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation keeps this sweet beer from becoming cloying, though it is still on the syrupy side with a medium body overall. Finishes dry, which I really enjoy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of line for 9.4%

Overall: A very nice beer making great use of a new school hop. A seasonal staple in the fridge for any hophead. Really looking forward to the Rye of the Tiger release.

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Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-amber with moderate off-white head and minor lacing.

Smell: Holy tropical goodness! Lots of peach, mango and grapefruit. Aroma is both sweet and dry.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, from both the malts and the hops. Layers of tropical fruits, with peach, mango and grapefruit most prominent. Finish is not so sweet, with some spiciness and bitterness. There is also a light berry taste, that I also noticed on New Belgium Rampant I had previous to this. I have heard that Mosaic hops can have a berry-like finish.

Feel: Both full and light bodied at the same time, which I sometimes get from higher alcohol beers with honey. Very smooth. Finish is nicely dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: This is an extremely good DIPA that I think is much better than the more boozy tasting and borderline cloying Lake Erie Monster. Actually, this is about the closest beer to Hopslam that I have had, albeit with different hops. Fantastic job, Great Lakes!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
*Ive had this on tap numerous times previous to this, this post reflects all notes from then till now.*

A - Pours a deep orange tinted gold, just shy of a finger head, white and foamy, decent lacing.
S - Where to begin?! First off you get a nice fresh hop aroma, pine and floral notes that are wrapped in a lush aroma of mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple, with a hint of sweet malt. Smells incredible.
T - Opens up with those juicy fruit flavors, then you get some dry piney bitterness, followed with a fresh bread malt aftertaste.
M - The fruit flavors stick with your palate and so does a little bitterness, but isnt over the top stickiness from the malt or alcohol.
O - Step down hopslam, you've been replaced. The mosaic hops in this beer pop, and its incredible, but it has a malt foundation that isnt found in some other comparable double IPA's, the 9.4 is hidden rather well too. The first time I had this, I couldnt believe what I was tasting, and each time back to it has just been a treat. Great Lakes came close with Lake Erie Monster but it fell a tad short. And this picks up where LEM left off. Great Lakes is a fantastic brewery, excellent representation of their skills.

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

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, half inch off-white head is fine and retains well.

Smells of papery malts and piney hops.

Rich honey malt flavor with piney bitter hops to balance it out. Some citrus elements and bready malt base.

Medium to full body with tingles of carbonation across the tongue.

A fantastic IPA, great flavor, good body, hides its immense strength very well, a must-try.

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