Great Lakes Hop Madness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Quitness.

Beware, drinker! Hop hysteria could happen to you! Especially after indulging in our dry-hopped Double IPA's shockingly intense tropical aromas and hair-raising bitterness.

80 IBU

Added by jampics2 on 10-28-2010

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

64 ounce growler
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - The first thing I notice is how cloudy this beer is. It was the end of a keg, so I probably have more yeast than a normal pour. The color of this beer is on the lighter side of amber. It is capped with three inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma consists of citrus and tropical fruit. There is also some bready malt that balances it.

T - It is surprisingly lacking in flavor. This is the second time I have had it, and the second time I have drawn this conclusion. There is a bitter pine finish that grows as I consume the growler. I am just not getting the citrus or tropical fruits. Hell, the bready malt is even conspicuously missing.

M - Medium to full. The sediment adds to the fullness.

O - I have to admit that this beer is a bit of a letdown. I hold Great Lakes beers in high regard. I think all of their beers are spot on for the style to downright great, aside from Glockenspiel. This beer is not bad. It is just average. I rarely get to try Great Lakes brewery only beers, but this one just left me feeling meh. I would drink Commodore Perry over this beer any day.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jrp54
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripphop
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to try from a growler thanks to Neorunner.

Color is a nice hazy gold with an orange tinge. Head is s nice fine white froth, but dissipates very quickly, light lacing is present. Nose is mild with a nice hop presence, slight hints of tropical fruit and apricot.

Mouthfeel is silky with a bright, crisp finish. Flavors of dried apricot with an herbal quality. Finishes dry and refreshing with hints of citrus and dried fruits.

Great balance all around, quite drinkable. Leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of bret717
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- opaque deep golden/orange; 1/2 finger head, lacing coats the entire glass after each sip

Smell- fairly subtle, but what is there is nice- sweet honey blossom and peach. Wish it was a little stronger

Taste- unlike the nose, taste is not lacking- starts with that honey-like sweetness and a little peach, then a wave of pungent orange and grapefruit comes rushing in, followed by a moderate bitterness. All blend together seamlessly

Feel- medium bodied, slightly resinous

Overall this is an outstanding DiPA, and hits all the right notes flavor wise. The nose is a bit lacking , but what is there is quite nice.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to treyrab for bringing this back from the BA Blackout release. We drank this up at PSU before the Michigan game. The growler was literally filled to the rim. You couldn't fit any more beer in there if you tried.

The pour is the same pretty copper amber of the Commodore Perry, capped by a thin wispy head that leaves only slight lacing. I imagine the head would be more formidable if it was poured directly from tap to glass, but this was still a very attractive brew.

The aroma is fill with floral and citrus dry hops...there is a huge grapefruit aroma that really wins me over. A light biscuity malt provides a slight background but doesn't steal the show from the citrus notes and great hop bitterness. The taste is absolutely phenomenal. At this point, I am surprised that Great Lakes still surprises me with great beers. The citrus notes develop from mainly grapefruit in the aroma to include mango, apricot and orange on the palate. Okay, so they aren't all citrus fruits. Oh well. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the fruity characteristics, merely enhancing the already great flavor rather than stealing the focus.

The feel is smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. As I mentioned before, I think that the growlering of this sample had something to do with it. All in all, this is a phenomenal beer, and the dry hops make it even more enjoyable than Great Lakes' world class IPA.

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Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaxray8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet another on-tap only "pub exclusive" enjoyed by me at the brewery. Served to me in an imperial pint glass, this beer draws a pretty clear medium copper golden color with a white head that is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick when first served to me and that settles fairly quickly to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice, fluffy layer of foam on the beer's surface and excellent lacing. Aromas of citrus and piney, resiny hops along with me slightly toasted caramel malts. The taste is pretty much the same, with a string citrus, piney, and resiny hop bitterness followed by a slightly toasted caramel, bready malt flavor. The hop flavors certainly dominate, but this is certainly not overly bitter either. Quite tasty with a clean and dry finish. Has a crisp, slightly sticky/syrupy/resiny, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A damn fine IPA and another good, solid beer from the fine folks at the GLBC.


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Photo of Spider889
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this off cask at the Brewpub after the BA Blackout release party. Review from notes.

Quitness arrived in a snifter, a hazy golden yellow straw color. It was very bright with a tall frothy, stable head. Good lace honeycombed my glass.

Wow does this beer smell deliciously sweet! Full of citrus and tropical fruit, most notably grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Nice balancing hop bitterness as well, and as a cask ale, it has the unmistakable creaminess to it that cannot help but be craved.

The flavor is also slightly sweet. Lots of bitterness and juicy pineapple and grapefruit.

This beer is well carbonated for being on cask, but still smooth (though perhaps not as much as it could/should be).

I highly enjoyed this and look forward to having the opportunity to drink this again sometime. Nicely done GL!

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 29 October 2010 at Great Lakes Brewing Company. It was on tap SAME DAY as the release of Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout. Glad to have this one!

Had on tap in pint glass, pours a cloudy-orange, bubbly/mediocre head retention, lacing is minimal and drips down the inside of the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, apricot, pineapple, peach, yet not in a way to make this a fruity beer -- no no. Also slight smell of pine.

This beer is supposed to "leave a bitter taste in your mouth" and it's true! (It's based around Lebron James leaving Ohio). The taste is comprised of grapefruit, peaches, and orange peel, then a sweet bitterness is left on the tongue. No hotness of alcohol, making this a 7.5% session beer in my book!

Once again, I should emphasize that these are only slight fruit flavors, and this is actually a semi-bitter IPA, worthy of being called a session beer.

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Photo of yankhawk
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pitasoup
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

as i sit and stare at a glass of this tasty beverage, i can't help but wonder,

what should i do?

should i thank neorunner for sending me a full growler? should i mention that it pours murky golden yellow and has a thin white head?

what should i do?

should i admit that it smells fantastic, like a huge mash of simcoe and the c-hops, should i admit that the pine and citrus overwhelm my nose?

what should i do?

should i remind you that this growler can be finished in one sitting? should i tell you how much fun i had drinking it? or should i tell you it is not a role model ipa? should i say that it starts bitter but ends with a tiny tiny hint of biscuit malt sweetness?

what should i do?

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Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all I love the tongue in cheek name of this stuff to poke fun at your loss.

A-Hazed, bright, golden kissed copper with a medium, white, fluffy head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left some spotty lace.

S-Plenty of citrus in the nose with notes of papaya, mango, grapefruit and orange. Light toasted biscuit malt notes add support for the simcoe, nugget, and cascade hop bill but does not overwhelm letting the hop deliciousness shine through.

T-Much like the aroma but even more so. A tropical and citrus fruit cornucopia in my mouth with only the slightest hint of lightly toasted biscuit malt to aid as a vehicle for the hops. GLBC hasdone a fine job with this hop bomb.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied not overly sharp but rather has a soft, almost cask like delivery. Long lingering hop bitterness rides far.

D-Wonderful stuff! On top of all the other beers I had during the BBA Blackout release party and then over at the pub this delightful brew was the capper to a mighty fine evening!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of fullmoonbeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kjb32812
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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