Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #105
Ranked #872
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Notes: Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Inspired by the North Coast's dedicated (and sometimes chilly) surf community, our Double IPA will melt the ice in your beard and never lose its balance.
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Wrigfen from South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I never had a beer from this brewery, but a friend picked this up to me on his last visit up North. Poured into a tulip glass from a 16 ounce can
L - Very dark clear golden pour with a decent head and very fine lacing.
S - One of the best smelling IPAs I have sampled
T - Very smooth, alcohol well is not overpowering very refreshing, some citrus some malt, just right, did not feel any bitterness while tasting it
F - A great mouthfeel where the bitterness was slightly evident after digesting. It is still smooth for a high ABV and was expected
O - I would love to have this again. A truly fine tasting traditional IPA.
If this is representative of this brewery I can not wait to try others.

Sep 09, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a fine beer. 95 - i'm not so sure. but very VERY much worth your while.
L: drinking from the can. the can is very cool.
S: some sweet citrus. pine. very inviting.
T: follows the nose. very tasty. i guess i get the 80 ibu but the first taste is quite sweet with bitterness following behind.
F: smooth. dry finish.
O: yes, this is very good. 90+ easily. 95 not so sure. but check it out!

Apr 02, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whoa. I mean, whoa! This one has Raul pumping the breaks! What is going on here? This one is wild! It’s like if Winnie The Pooh and Eeore dropped some acid and brewed a beer - because this one is flying on all cylinders! Waboom! Like James Dean ghost riding the whip, this damn sucker is legendary.

I’m done.

Mar 24, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. White head. Thick head. Lace. Clear golden color.

Classic ipa. Grapefruit citrus, caramel and bready malts, resin, dank and floral hops. Bitter and sticky.

Mar 13, 2021
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- clear amber color with 4 finger foam head. splotchy lacing that has great definition.

S- strong pine and minimal zest

F- pine and orange zest. almost orange pineapple flavor. mild malt

M- piney and hoppy and strong on booze but tasty.

O- a good DIPA that is trong and has good complement flavors.

Jun 30, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a 1 inch white head. Heavy lacing. Slight haze.

Strong piney aroma, grapefruit, orange.

Taste is pine, grapefruit zest, resin.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Outstanding! One of the better DIPA's I've had.

Jun 09, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tea, malts. Taste is dank, pine, alcohol, light malts, very bitter. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall it's pretty good, but I was expecting so much more.

Apr 20, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12oz (355 ml) bottle into a Captain Lawrence muffin top taster; freshest by 5/10/20.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, copper/amber color with a two finger, wheat color head, rim and cap retention flowing into parameniscal and broad, foamy lacing.
S: Yeasty with a banana/bread bouquet. Fruitiness then comes forth with aromas of pink grapefruit, pine, caramel, and pineapple. Slightly, but pleasantly, sour on the back end. Reminds me almost of the (again, pleasant) aroma on some brewery tours.
T: Semisweet. Palate follows nose closely with almost a Pixie Stix sweet element. Bitterness light but evident early and throughout.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.
O: Rare IMHO that the yeastiness of a DIPA is so front and center on the nose. Overall, this is a very drinkable, rather complex, and enjoyable DIPA.

Mar 19, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Solid, clear copper color with slow rising bubbles, finger thick tan head with good retention and lacing.

Complex aroma. Has a very traditional citrusy smell, yet I'm getting tropical and regular lager hops as well. Orange and tangerine seem to occupy most of the aroma, although the smell of grass and pineapple are just as present. Other notes of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel malt, bread malt, and mango.

Can taste the alcohol quite well. Grapefruit makes the beer bitter and provides a bitter aftertaste. Noticeable citrusy body, orange, tangerine, and caramel upfront. Other notes mentioned in the aroma are more subtle. Feels somewhat chunky.

Mar 24, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 5/6/19 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 9% ABV 80 IBU. The beer pours bright medium amber in color with pale khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus and pine. The taste offers semisweet caramel up front followed by candied orange and bitter pine. The finish has lasting big bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. It's a bit sticky with all the residual malt and hop oil. Overall, very good, but I prefer these old school recipes.

Feb 27, 2019
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epercuoco from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little sweeter for my tastes. Smooth with minimal hop taste. More malty but I’m still giving it a good rating for its drinkability. Alcohol taste doesn’t linger.

Dec 07, 2018
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labisch from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super yummy and satisfyingly sweet from the honey malt. Minimal head that doesn't linger, low/med carbonation. The slightly thick viscosity makes for a creamier feel in the mouth. Don't pass this one up! The crisp bite from the hops hits up front but is quickly mellowed out by the honey! It's great.

Jul 27, 2018
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Jlabs from New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz snifter glass via draft @ City Works (King of Prussia, PA)

dark yellow in color with a slight orange hue
smell is sweet, like honey..minimal citrus presence
taste is all hops with some sweet maltiness at the end
medium to semi-thick body, minimal carbination
this is an old school imperial IPA and well done if you are looking to take a break from the Hazy NEIPA that dominate nowadays

Jul 11, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great looking Double IPA, somewhat cloudy but rich in appearance. Smells fantastic. It is equally delicious. Chews awesome and is a pleasure to drink. Reminds me of so many DIPA’s that are so awesome. Don’t pass this up. It’s a MUST try.

Jul 09, 2018
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like imperial IPAs, but this was way too sweet on the honey side. Sorry Great Lakes, but I'll pass on this one. If I want something this sweet , I'll find a lollipop to have.

Jun 30, 2018
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Copper color liquid with a finger of off white bubbly head. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind, honey, biscuit. Flavors of papaya, mango, grapefruit, orange zest, biscuit, caramel, honey. Excellent balance for giant flavors.

May 31, 2018
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A foggy, dark amber beer puts up two inches of creamy orange sherbert head that is long lived. Thick rings of lace are left behind as the head slowly recedes to a thick blanket. No internal carbonation is visible in the Spiegle IIPA glass.

The aroma is simple with strong herbal hops. Warmth brings out grassy aromas.

Bitterness is up front but subdued when measured against the style. Grass flavors are strong and in equal parts with pine resin.This IPA lacks juicy, fruit qualities. Warmth brings out caramel and grain. The finish is lingering with moderately strong bitterness.

A smooth silky medium body is lifted by fluffy carbonation. Alcohol is controlled as is slight chewiness.

Chillwave is an enjoyable moderate IIPA which would stand up to casual conversation after work. While there is nothing special about this beer it is quietly satisfying.

Aug 05, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pineapple and tropical fruits are prominent, with a light background of sweet malt aroma and alcohol. The flavor packs a solid bitter hit. The brew has a solid medium body and comes off as being moderately dry, which is surprising considering the alcohol content. Solid brew, but left me wanting a little more.

Jul 16, 2017
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Rufus1 from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber/orange into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. Two finger off white head that dissipates rapidly to a steady rime. Some really nice lacing.

The nose is complicated. Citrus hops of course but what flavors? I'm getting some sweet pineapple and orange. Ruby red grapefruit is also present. Some sweet smelling caramel malts plus a little bread.

Taste follows the nose except for the upfront grapefruit. Hints again of pineapple and ripe orange. Possibly mango? Touch of sweet caramel malts. Good hop bite at the finish to to balance the above mentioned sweetness.

Feels clean and fresh on the palate. A medium mouthfeel with an excellent level of carbonation.

This is an excellent imperial IPA. Has to rate in the top twenty five. Simple goodness in a bottle.

Jul 11, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light stringy lacing roaming around the glass. The smell had a sweet citrus with a bitter citrus rind and an underscore of caramel malt to balance. The taste was bitter and sweet not necessarily combined but delicate in its composure to lead into the aftertaste to leave a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sessionable - slightly and the alcohol wasn’t felt too much. Bittersweet harshness rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I could have again.

Jun 29, 2017
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4/26/17 - On tap at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. 9% so 10 oz. pour served In a very inviting 10 oz. clear plastic cup. Clear dark brown color with carmelish colored head. Good beer, but won't become my go-to DIPA.

Apr 27, 2017
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flaskman from New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 12 bottles from the bargain bin at .99 a bottle 2 weeks from enjoy by date. Poured refrigerator temp into a 16 ounce IPA glass. Clear amber orange in color with a decent head. Had fair lacing with some residual head throughout the entire glassful. It smelled like a DIPA should with a sweet citrus pine tone to it. The taste was slightly fruity and hoppy without over powering the malt. For a 9% ABV it was pretty enjoyable. The mouthfeel and retention was good with no over the top bitterness and it hid the 9% ABV well enough to not be considered boozy. I found it well balanced and enjoyable.

Apr 26, 2017
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aficionado224 from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very hoppy and enjoyable brew. They even put the 80 IBU on the label. It's a beautiful amber color without too much head but just enough pleasant carbonation and great mouthfeel. There is a citrus flavor that tastes like some of the best hops from Washington state. I am guessing Citra, Centennial, and Amarillo. This is one brew I enjoyed enough to buy more.

Apr 25, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, earthiness, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hint of tea, grass, piney hops, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, spicy hops, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, slight tea, hint of caramel malt, and grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Apr 20, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap with steak dinner at the Polaris Grill in Columbus Ohio. Beautiful golden Amber color. Nice fruity pine smell and taste. I would not know this was a double IPA. Alcohol very well hidden in my opinion. Loved the taste and look of this beer.

Apr 12, 2017
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