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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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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
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 AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by May 8, 2014; poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice-looking deep, amber-orange color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S: Big tropical fruit hop aroma, particularly pineapple, that's fleshed out by resinous and earthy flavors.

T: Huge citrus hop flavors here, lots of grapefruit and tangerine alongside the pineapple that was so strong in the smell. Well balanced with a pleasant lingering bitter tone. Decently strong alcohol flavor, though it works with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Really dry finish.

O: Solid DIPA from Great Lakes; well worth picking up.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. snifter

Pours orange-amber with a one and half finger off white head. Above average retention and remnants of lacing on the glass. Big tropical notes accented by floral notes and fresh cut grass and clean alcohol on the nose. Blood orange, passionfruit, pineapple and papaya. Light caramel accents midpalate. Finishes with fairly intense citrus rind upfront that tapers off quite quickly with floral notes and very evident alcohol. Full body that feigns lighter at times, slick and smooth. A solid DIPA that will please those that appreciate a bit of heat with their hops.

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Photo of mobius387
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into deschutes snifter. enjoy by date 5/08/13

appearance: pours clear, a gold/amber/red sunset-esk mix of colors. perfect sized white foam head with some residue on the sides of the glass. sediment is suspended in the beer. about as perfect as a pale ale gets.

aroma: soft notes of grapefruit and honey dominate the nose. even more subtly baked sweet smells there. its very nice, just not quite as powerful as some of the other top dipas ive had which is something i look for in a dipa

palate: this beer is more sweet than bitter, so it drinks amazingly smooth, and for an almost 10% beer its alcohol is very well hidden. carbonation doesn't announce itself rudely. overall very very drinkable.

taste: resinous honey and citrusy sweet flavors mix well in this beer. the bitterness from the hops are toned down, so for serious hop heads this doesn't quite scratch the itch like an abrasive ale, heady topper, abner, etc will. but its a great tasting dipa nonetheless

overall: a very nice beer from a fantastic MW brewery. doesnt quite reach the levels of some of the most sought after dipas in the country like HT, pliney, ZD, and the HF ipas, but theres not many as good that is as easy to find.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, 1/2 inch head about with lively carbonation.

S: Mango, grapefruit

T: Juicy, citrusy, and some tropical flavors. Some grapefruit and mango as in the nose but also soft kiwi in the mix as well.

M: Medium bodied for an ipa

O: A very nice DIPA and glad I tried it. Burst of hop juice and pretty complex. A comfortable and enjoyable amount of bitterness.

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Photo of JayCheG
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color, little head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Very little to no lacing.
S: Citrusy hops, hint of pine and lots of sweet smells.
T: Lots of grapefruit blended in with the sweet honey.
M: Very smooth with a bit of carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.
O: Its a good beer. Fruity and sweet IPA. Will happily finish the rest of this 4 pack!

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

Pours a crystal clear, sunset orange with a nice fluffy head. The head fades, but has not disappeared 10 minutes in. This just plain looks very inviting.

The smell has the usual DIPA suspects, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a deep dank herbal funk that lingers in the shadows. I picked this up as soon as I opened the bottle.

The taste is also the typical DIPA sensations, but slightly tempered. The malt takes some of the sharp edges from the high hop profile. Again citrus, pine and herbs are upfront, malt smoothness on the backside. Not the usual bitter aftertaste of most high ABV DIPA's. Maybe a tad sweet, but I'm not complaining.

The mouthfeel is slick, not as sticky as some of the other hghly rated IPA's. The carbonation is mild and this is very drinkable for the ABV. Beware! The alcohol is well hidden to my pallet.

Great Lakes has a winner with Chillwave. It might not be the best that I've had, but it can run withthe big dogs. I'm saving room in the fridge for more.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/1/15, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves quickly to thin lace.

S - Awesome. First and second inhale, mangoes and tropical fruit, thereafter it is more balanced with sea salt and touch of onion.

T - Where to start? Hops in the forefront following the nose, but balanced by some honey sweetness. Some back end heat (expected at near 10%), some biscuit like notes, and a salty hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, but enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky sweet.

O - This, admitedly, is my favorite style, and I found this to be a worthy contender for the upper echelon of the category. The fact that it is available and decently priced here is a plus.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I heard great things about this beer so I was excited when I found a four pack after the initial run that I missed out on. The bottles that I picked up were less than a week old when I bought them. My first impressions of this beer were very favorable but then unfortunately, later bottles didn't taste quite as good.

It seems like so many double IPAs are very sweet and malty as a big malt backbone is needed to balance out the huge hop bill. Originally I thought this beer was sweet but very hop-forward. As I cracked open more and more bottles of this, I started to think this beer was overly sweet and it masked the crisp, bitter hops I hoped to find.

Overall, this beer is very good but for whatever reason, my impressions of it got worse with the more bottles I drank.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark gold with a thin, bright white head that dissipates leaving only an outer ring

S-Grapefruit and citrus, slight hint of tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol

T-Very similar to the nose with candied grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, and alcohol dominating the flavor profile. It is very candy like in flavor and mouthfeel.

M-thick and sticky like candy

D-a sipper, but tasty and would recommend

Overall, this is a good version of the style. To me, it doesn't rank near Sucks,Hopslam, or Enjoy By. However, I would recommend it to lovers of the style and would drink it again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass 5/25 enjoy by date

A- pours a deep burnt orange, with a 1/4 head, that thins to a lace with some visible carbonation

S- Oranges, mangos, pineapples, grapefruit , tons of citrus, loads of heavy floral scents packed mid sniff, a touch of pine and grapefruit skin on the end

T- Pungent orange and grapefruit right up front, again very floral mid sip, heat from the alcohol can be found also but not overly aggressive, finishes very very bitter.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, soft and juicy in the mouth, leaves the tounge dry and wanting more and the palate destroyed from bitterness

O- Really good DIPA from GLBC, this beer took me by suprise, huge citrus notes, huge floral notes, just all around classic DIPA every thing fits just right.

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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 CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My pour yielded a finger of active, fizzy head which was a light sandy color. This dissolves in about a minute, leaving a frothy ring on top of a coppery yellow-orange body. A steady stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top, and a light haze is revealed to be quite a lot of fine particles suspended in the beer.

The smell on this bad boy is strong grapefruit with pine, and a subtle hint of caramel.

Initial flavor is grapefruit and a caramel note. This transitions with a hint of juiciness into bitter pine and a deep crackery/bready malt. Light alcohol ending.

This is a good medium bodied beer. It rolls enjoyably and easily around over the tongue.

I was not a huge fan of this beer when I first drank it. After drinking a few, I realized that it is a good representative of the style. While I do prefer beer to push the envelope a little more, I have to give kudos to Great Lakes for a solid beer.

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

A: Pours a nice copper color with a tan head, nice lacing

S: nice citrus notes, pine and bread from the malts

T: Slightly sweet red grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel and a hint of spice

M: nice body, resinous with a dry finish

O: Another winner in the overall dipa market. will drink again

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

Pours copper. Ever so slightly pale for a DIPA, but the head is one of the fullest on longest lasting for the style.

The aroma isn't aggressive hops, but it definitely has a hefty amount. There's a definitive fruity sweetness to the nose, and malt is kept to a minimal.

The taste is expertly balanced. This is probably quite appealing for most, but it's a bit too balanced for me. I love when the hops dominate. It has a very nice clean flavor, and it doesn't blur like many DIPAs. The malt and hops have their own independent flavors without impeding each other. The fruit also gets its own unique place.

The body is full, and medium to light in weight. The finish is considerably dry. Carbonation keeps it smooth while not being prickly.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I was quite impressed with it even with my preference for a one-sided DIPA. This would be a definite recommendation to anybody who is looking for a more inviting DIPA with less harshness, that at the same time holds true to the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz. growler filled today poured into a NB snifter.

A - The beer pours a light golden / yellow. A two-finger head of egg-cream white foam that's loose and fluffy, made from lots of large bubbles, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a decently wide ring of lace around the glass and a surface divided between very tiny, fine bubbles and a shoreline of large bubbles and lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunset orange and a bit opaque. A little stream of carbonation rises from the bottom middle of the glass.

S - Big hop notes of ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange, like a citrus fruit bowl for breakfast. Light caramels and dark honey mead start to appear as it warms in the glass. Hints of ripe flowers bursting with pollen. A touch of resin/pine. A wonderful nose to enjoy. In fact, the more it warms, the more the malts move forward, and it almost starts to take on aspects of a big Scotch ale.

T - Just like the nose to start, the hops are nicely complimented by light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Reminds me of light toast with orange marmalade and side of peaches and apricots. Hints of honey and lemongrass in the background. Phenomenally well-balanced, hops and malts complement each other extremely well. A woody herbal hop presence sneaks in on the finish. ABV is completely hidden - not a trace of booziness at all.

M - A bit fizzy, but rather crisp. Carbonation is just right. Medium-light body presents a nice structure. Components are very-well integrated. Finish is clean and rather dry, with hop echos laid over the malt taking their time to fade.

O - I'm not a hop-head, preferring malt-forward styles such as Scotch ales and Marzens. This beer, however, might be the one to pull me over to the dark side. It's absolutely delicious. While it features the hops, it's extremely well-balanced rather than being a hop bombing raid, so the malts, which are excellent partners, are clearly present, too. I almost got in the car and made the round-trip to get a full growler after my 'sneak-preview' tasting when I got home. I had tasted this at Peaches St. Paddy's Day weekend and liked it, but had forgotten how good it is. I want more. If you get the chance, be sure to have a generous taste - it's an absolutely delicious hop nectar. Another fine demonstration that the folks at Great Lakes really know what they're doing.

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Photo of suspect
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a UMASS shaped pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop forward. Nice malt profile.

T: Brings a perfectly balanced flavor but the hops really shine. Most excellent.

M: Medium bodied, nice smooth finish.

O: Solid, good, DIPA. DIdn't blow me away and at this price point, it's good, but not great.

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

Many 12 oz bottles, this one poured into my snifter. Damn, Great Lakes' seasonal releases are killer and affordable!

A - delicious looking beer, pours deep orange off the bottle and settles the same. "Liquid gold," boasted on the label, is an apt description. Average head recedes quickly on the forced pour, not much leftover. NN is very similar.

S - dear god, I've been drinking some good IPAs lately: regular Union Jack, Flower Power, Sculpin; but Alchemy Hour is up there with them. A nice blend of citrus and sweetness. You can smell the honey, much like Hopslam.

T - very balanced. There's a point in the middle of the quaff where you think you're going to be hit with a blast of bitter malt, but it leaves as quickly as it comes, leaving you with the honey to round out the taste.

M - very good as well, though there's an unpleasant bitterness on the top of the mouth that hits around the middle of the taste. A bit too much carbonation brings points down, but mega points for hiding such a sizable alcohol content.

O - I really think that Alchemy Hour is up there with the best of them. I look forward to drinking this one for as long as it remains in season, although it's difficult to choose between IPAs now!

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

Drink by 5/13. Clear copper clarity with a dense one inch white head and lacing starts immediately. I love pouring this hard and enjoy watching the cascading rush of carbonation as the flavor molecules are forced open.

Aroma in the nose is amazing. Juicy fruitti--like a Hi-C fruit punch. Rich, I say, candied dried papaya and guava paste. Floral fragrance and pine cone. Whafts of sweet malt.

All hop forward, like chewing on a grapefruit rind. A plant-like hoppiness and herbal pine. Malt sweetness. Leafy hop lingers on the palate and in the nose.

Subtle dryness makes the next sip as enjoyable as the first. Very smooth-easy drinker. Sticky lacing throughout.

Good job of the West coast style. Mosaic and nugget hops meld well with the honey malt. Simply put, this is a great beer.

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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 JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose followed by pine resin and flowery notes. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange on the tongue. The pine resin and earthy hops are not as apparent, but they balance out what is almost a too sweet beer from the malt profile. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is almost perfect DIPA, only the too-sweet finish keep it from the pinnacle!

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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 sleuthdog
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 5/06/13
Poured into tulip

Pour: Looks semi-transparent honey orange in color with a good 2 finger white head. Head stuck around for a limited time yielding a great amount of lacing. Leaves a collar of ultra tight white bubbles around edge of glass. Tiny bubbles continually rise to surface in a mesmerizing dance.

Smell: This one is a tropical fruit bomb with a smack of pineapple, tangerine orange, mango, some grapefruit and peach. There is a large honey sweetness popping through this tropical onslaught creating one hell of a sweet smelling DIPA. Then at the very end is a dank hop note with some floral.

Taste: Well again it is all tropical at the front with the pineapple and bitter orange rind taking over. As noted in the smell the sweetness (honey) is huge in this one. It is very sweet and not at all bitter until the very end. Way at the back end the bitter bite says hello with a pine whack but creates an overall genuinely interesting and evolving taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat syrup like and medium bodied. Rather creamy and I think the decent amount of carbonation prevents this from being too sweet and sticky on the palate. Some of the sticky feel still does stick around on the back of the tongue for a while but not too long. Alcohol is barely noticeable to me.

Overall: In all honesty I have not been overly pleased with some of Great Lakes offerings but this one meets expectations. I heard so much positive about this that I had to give it a go and I can say I'm glad I did. Have I had better? Yes but in the same breath this is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a bottle with drink before date of 5/8. I've got six days to drink four beers, better get started with a rare Thursday pour. Into a tulip--a beautiful, golden to amber with some chill haze and a foamy, tan head. Head vanishes instantly, leaving a ring around the glass and some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Smell is more subtle and malt forward than what I've come to love in a DIPA. Then, apricot, Pine, grass, and alcohol with biscuity malt sweetness. Smells like a very well balanced beer. Time to take a tug.

Taste is outstanding--again, so balanced. Hop bitterness to sweet, honey like malt, and then another hit of grapefruit at the finish to remind you of the style. Such a complex beer. I would say this blows the 2013 model of Hopslam out of the water. I'd love to do a side-by-side.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fizzy at first but mellows quickly. I'm savoring the last quarter-inch in the glass and it is warm, smooth, and delicious. I don't want this to end.

Overall an exceptional beer. Great job, Great Lakes. Love the label and theme, too. Surfing in the Midwest--right on.

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