Great Lakes Hop Madness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Hop MadnessGreat Lakes Hop Madness

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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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew I loved this beer for a reason, now I know why. It looks beautiful in the glass with a nice tight white head. The smell starts of the amazingness. Citrus hops everywhere, mango, lemon, and orange peel dominate the nose. All of this translates beautifully to the taste. Semi sweet malt, but not too much. I was surprised at the lack of malt presence, but there is so much juicy fruit in play here that I dont mind. It honestly reminds of Hopslam if you take away some of the sticky sweetness.

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Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Hop Madness | Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's got a two finger thick off-white head, with webbed lacing, and a deep reddish amber body.

Upfront, I can pick up on the tropical notes mentioned on the labeling, with an earthier-than-expected malt foundation.

I taste bold pine at 1st, then the trpoical and malt elements appear mid-palate on through to the finish. Not too harsh, either.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Great Lakes Hop Madness | Great Lakes Brewing Co. a 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Jplake85
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orangeish brown color with minimal head. Smells like pinecone with some lemon. A nice aroma just kind of week. Taste is mainly pine with a hint of lemon and some breadiness. Mouthfeel is dangerously drinkable. Not one of the best DIPAs I've tried but it is extremely drinkable for 8%. One could catch quite a buzz drinking these. Overall I've always been a fan of great lakes and this is another solid brew. Not on the level of chillwave or Lake Erie monster but worth a try nonetheless

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Hop Madness brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co.,with an ABV of 8.00% This American Double Imperial IPA pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, a slight sweetness. Then you pick up on some nice earthly grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. Between the look and smell, this is one inviting IPA. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops bitterness and a super nice clean finish. You also pick up on the smooth earthly grains and malts. There is also going on in this American Double Imperial IPA. Great Lakes Hop Madness has a super nice balance to it there, is nothing overpowering about this IPA. This is one smooth IPA. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This American IPA has a nice medium body to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Great Lakes Hop Madness a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the chance to. Great Lakes Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this brew.

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Detlef90
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great example of a double IPA that does not taste like a West Coast or East Coast representative (and I love both). Less fruity and more earthy, grassy and a bit of the juniper berry taste in the back end. The feel is fantastic and if this was a little stronger and had honey in it I would mistake it for Hopslam. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a unique double IPA.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of treyrab
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was ecstatic to pick a growler of this up at the BA Blackout release and share it among friends. This was poured from the growler at a Penn State tailgate before the Michigan game. Great beer, great game, great weekend.

A: The cap opened and the beer was literally filled to the rim, preserving the carbonation immaculately. Poured into the glass a dark copper with thin white head. The color reminds me of the GLBC Commodore Perry IPA as it is a little darker with nice caramel malts.

S: 100% dry hopped, no doubt. Definitely has that dry hop scent with fresh citrus hops with grassy and some stanky undertones. Very floral and some caramel and Munich malts make their way in as well.

T: Greatly balanced IPA. Not a bitter bomb at all, but the fresh hop quality really shines. Citrus, orange, mango, fresh cut grass. Some caramel comes through as well to balance.

Overall, a great beer with a superb name. Really glad I got to try and share this one!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ahhhh, Great Lakes...the genesis of good craftbeer in Ohio....this was very good, terrific nose, great body and a decent, but not prohibitive ABV. Super solid.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white head. Head has good retention, becomes a nice layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A pretty good bready malt too but hops dominant this one. I big up mainly pineapple and bit of piney hops.

T- Follows the nose really well only better. Again tropical fruits every where here and only a tiny bit of malts to balance things out.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Brought a growler home with me of this one. Very nice and easy to drink.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bret717
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a fresh growler, pours a slightly hazy orange-gold. A finger of dense foam leaves modest lacing. Smell is tropical fruit, citrus, floral, subtle pine and sweet malt. Taste is similar, followed by unapologetic bitterness. Feel is a very drinkable medium. Overall, this is an excellent hoppy IIPA. Very well made, underrated.

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Photo of Spider889
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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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