Great Lakes Hop Madness | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Spider889 on 04-01-2011

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 12
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the ale formerly known as Quitness, though there are some minor differences.

I asked the waitress last night if this was on cask the way Quitness was, and she didn't know. Kindly she offered to check, and when she came back she had one of the brewers in tow! Awesome!!

The brewer mentioned that this was NOT cask, though he did hint that the brewpub was making plans to start offering cask ales twice a month to once a week, likely on Thursday nights. Double awesome!

He said that the original Quitness was just their normal IPA (Commodore Perry I presume) but dry hopped to hell to make a brew unique enough to warrent a new name. This, he said, was mainly due to the owners pushing for a Lebron answer beer with only a week's time to prepare. The original was a small batch, and thus served via cask.

This new beer, Hop Madness, is a slightly different recipe, and brewed at quantity, thus eliminating the ability to serve it off cask.

Ok, so the review:

A: nice golden orange color, pretty hazy - I attribute this to the small brewpub setup and the enormous amounts of dry hops (the website lists the IBU's as "immeasurable"). Very short white head. Left really amazing lace. A wall that slowly crumbled into a cracked glass pattern on my pint glass. Still a beautiful beer despite the lack of cask influence.

S: really citrusy. Loads of pineapple and tangerine. Some candied orange and a mild herbal quality to the hops. Quite sweet, but delicious smelling.

T: also sweet tasting, the fruitiness comes through amazingly well in the flavor. Lots of orange, ripe ruby grapefruit, tangerine, and some pineapple. Nice bitterness that lingered in all the best ways.

M: nice and bright, dry finish, lower end carbonation. Not as creamy or soft as Quitness, but still great.

O: I really hope that this makes its way back on cask once in a while, a whole other beast of a tasty IPA on cask. Definitely worth a try, I would love love love to see this bottled some day.

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Great Lakes Hop Madness from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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