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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,036
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 305
Gots: 511 | 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 homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is somewhat hazy and dark for style with a velvety head and lots of lacing. Nose is somewhat nondescript with mellow fruity hop character with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, and peach. Taste pops much more than the nose lets on. Juicy hops dominate the palate with mellow bitterness and decent balance, mild malt presence. Carbonation is high with medium body. Overall, very taty dipa. Only complain is that it is lacking in aromatics.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 14MAY13

Nice copper colored ale with a light creamy sheet. Smells like BO, apricot, peaches, resin, some pine and sweet malts. Nice nose. Flavor is malt, some cracker, some tea and peach. Overall the taste is more malty than I enjoy in a DIPA, but has a herbal character that seems appealing. medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Overall the beer isn't bad, but nothing special. In fact, I'd recommend this for somebody that really loves DFH beers, seems to fall in line with their style.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The nose is right in line with what anyone would expect for a double IPA. I was very happy with the nose on this one.

The nose doesnt spill over into the taste like you see in a lot of double IPAs. The taste fades away fast and really emties out in the mouth. There is a little bit of warmth, which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but there is nothing else to support it. Not much bitterness on the back that would have complimented.

Read lots of great reviews and I was pretty underwhelmed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

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

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I have it and you don't.

A: Poured a red, amber, gold color, slightly chill-hazed, and with a massive slightly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Holy fruit bomb! Sorta like Alpha King's fruit profile, along with a bit of fresh pine sap thrown in for safe measure. Inviting and then some.

T: Such a fantastic flavor. Fresh citrus (mango [first], passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange), followed by the intense pine. Awesome!

M: Spirals left around the glass is always a good sign with this style, along with disciplined sweetness. the booze warming was most excellent.

O: The hell with "Lake Eerie Monster" [which I don't like]. This is the new Great Lakes awesome hop bomb.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

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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 ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

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

a: Bright, clear golden color; served with a thick, off-white head.

s: Tropical fruit hopiness; pineapple and zesty citrus. Plenty of sugary caramel and some great as well.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Relatively low bitterness with lots of fresh tasting tropical fruit goodness. A tad sweeter than I prefer with some well incorporated booze.

m: Medium body and creamy.

o: Dangerously drinkable and almost, but not quite, top tier. Really liked this one though.

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

A - 4.25 - A beautiful orange Amber
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit and rind but balanced with some sweet malt
T - 4.5
MF - 4.5 - Medium heavy
O - 4.5 - My kind of DIPA.

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Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas up front followed by some odd steamed vegetable-like DMS aromas.

T: Thankfully the DMS is less present in the flavor, with bright citrus flavors up front followed by grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is lightly bitter with a little alcohol warmth, though has a slight DMS aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a lively feel to it, making it drinkable despite its abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer at first, but as it warmed, the DMS aromas and flavor came out more. It's not bad by any means, but without the DMS it could be great. I'm not for sure where the DMS is coming from since it was poured at a bar that regularly rotates and cleans its taps.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden-amber with a short head that dissipates immediately. Low carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya, candy coated oranges, mango, caramel and something that resembles lactose?

Mango, papaya and notes of pineapple. Rich caramel and candied citrus. Touches of toffee. There does seems to be this strange (yet welcome) lactose component. Starfruit and honey. Finishes with resinous pine and florals.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and dry.

Complex and nicely balanced. The 9.4% abv isn't noticeable. Pretty much everything you'd want in a DIPA, but there is this milky flavor that sets it apart.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoah, Great Lakes doing a DIPA???!? Consider me officially stoked...

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. Alchemy Hour pours a pleasant, mostly clear, rich, vibrant, honey gold color. A careful pour yields about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head. Lacing is sticky and persistent, leaving moderate streaks along my glass. Head retention is good, with a quick swirl causing it to come roaring back.

S. Wow, Great Lakes has nailed the nose here. Extremely tropical and sweet, with a lot of pineapple, mango, tangerine. The sweetness presents mainly as a honey-like quality. At the back of the bouquet sits a slap of dankness. The herbal and resin bite on the back-end is a nice compliment to the citrus notes that precede. A very well rounded, balanced nose...loaded with complexity but with no one note dominating.

T. Exactly as the nose would suggest, Alchemy Hour is a big, tropical, resinous bomb of a DIPA. It's all sticky honey and mango up front, before pineapple joins the party. Pineapple fades to mango and then grapefruit emerges before a pine blast finishes things up. The finish is equal parts of everything that went before, with just a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious DIPA.

M. There's just a touch of booze at the end that detracts slightly. Otherwise, it's incredibly well balanced considering how prominent the flavors are in this beer. Make no mistake...this is a sweet, more malted DIPA, but that is exactly what they say they are going for. The convergence of the West and East Coast styles.

O. I have to say I am surprised. Lake Erie Monster (Great Lakes' other DIPA) has never been very enjoyable for me, so when Great Lakes said they were chasing a West Coast styled DIPA, I didn't have the highest hopes. It's not their fault, they just seem to specialize in balanced, middle of the road, high quality lagers and ales. Well color me impressed. Alchemy Hour DIPA is easily one of the best beers I have had in recent memory, and is a top notch DIPA in every regard. This reminds me a great deal of Hopslam in its balance and sweetness. A spectacular, must-try achievement from a brewery that doesn't miss often. I love you Great Lakes!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange body, finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: floral, passionfruit, mild lemon peel, sugar candy
biscuit malt, strong grassy

T: similar to nose, big sweet malt, long grassy
bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: Interesting GL beer. Would recommend, but
wish was little bit heavier in the body.


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Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper/amber, my smooth pour is rewarded by barely half a finger of white bubbles and barely any retention. Somehow it manages to leave lots of soapy lacing on the glass.

Deep honey malts, caramel and toffee with a some red fruity esters. Hops are varied and moderate in strength. Canned peaches, slight guava and kiwi sit solidly atop a pine/ orange citrus nectary hop profile.

A full loaf of honey bread sets in with some molasses sweetness, a no doubt balancing step for the hops. Candied citrus, juicy grapefruit and oranges with apricot and dried mango nuances. The flavor evolves late into the drink to a more pungent and earthy garlic. hemp and pine. Bitterness curls inward on the palate intensifying leaving citric and piney residue.

Medium to high body, rather sluggish with a more creamy, tight bubbled carbonation. Moderate alcohol and high malt complement the nectary hop profile. Drinkable, flavorful but sluggish.

Chillwave is a free swinger, a bigger beer with nectary, pungent hops. And it adds another dimension to the Mosaic hop enigma this time bringing kiwi and copious amounts of stone fruit into the fold.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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