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Hop Madness Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Hop Madness Double IPAHop Madness Double IPA

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%

Photo of riemster
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 beer...fun 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 Raphaellima
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours hazy gold filled with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" cream colored foam cap with moderate retention

S: smells of citrus, bread crumb, some resin and a trace of ditch weed

T: flavors start mildly sweet with citrus, light fruit, resin, bread crumb, and herb leading to an assertive bitter finish

F: The body and carbonation are medium

O: This big bold Double IPA achieves a nice balance between the malt and hop flavors and the hop bitterness.

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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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 KomodoDragon
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange brew - bountiful head with outstanding lacing.

Massive Hops smell. Very raw, tropical. Seems dry hopping has taken over this brew and as a hop head I love it. You know what your getting.

Bananas and sugar upfront. Mostly light. Followed by intense bitter. Dry with some spice and a bit of heat. Creamy and smooth. Some tackiness.

Real nice mouthfeel. Full flavor, allowing the full weight of the hops - or over-hopping, to take center stage.

Over the top - check. Hop forward - check. Welcomed - check.

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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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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inspired by yesterday's solar eclipse, I embarked on a modest brewery horizontal with GLBC. Sadly, this one marks the end of the line for me, but I will be on the lookout for other GLBC beers to review.

From the bottle: "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."

I Pop!ped the cap with my hophead hands shaking in gleeful anticipation of what was coming. A gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9,< 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was raucous with a pineapple upside-down cake aroma in the middle of a pine forest! Pineapple, caramel, pine/evergreen, mmm. I raised the glass to my parched lips and took a deep draught in my mouth. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The beer went straight to work on my unsuspecting tongue, hitting it with jackhammers, knives, hammers & tongs, just going medieval on it. My sinuses filled with a pine scent & things began to spin. This was a no playin'-around throwdown. Leave this one to the professional hopheads, kids! Finish was dry, slightly bitter & totally satisfying. Whoo!

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Photo of caburdette51
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
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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Photo of White_Whiskey
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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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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