Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #88
Ranked #788
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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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of epercuoco
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.

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Photo of labisch
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.

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Photo of Jlabs
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

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
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.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
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.

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Photo of craigbelly
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.

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Photo of Rufus1
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
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.

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Photo of flaskman
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.

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Photo of aficionado224
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.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of haines710
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.

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Photo of twage04
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper, dark gold with medium to low carbonation. Aroma is fresh fruity citrusy hops. Taste is much of the same with a little berry and pine. Booze isn't too strong but you can tell you're wading into a DIPA. Malt isn't too noticeable but there is a little bready/sweat thing going on if you look for it. Overall it's an easy drinking solid well executed DIPA. The mosaic hops really shine here and it's a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Poured dark amber / rust color with a white head. Aroma of cirtus, wheat, a little grassy. Tastes of grapefruit, citrus , wheat, floral, hoppy. for 9% the alcohol was hidden well. Thick and smooth feel. Overall a really good ipa. Great Lakes rarley dissapoints!

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Photo of GLBClover85
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another excellent beer from great lakes...might just be my favorite besides edmund fitzgerald. Fruity notes and just enough hops make this an excellent tasting brew. 9.0 alcohol is well hidden..if you see this try wont be disappointed

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber color with a good amount of off-white head that leaves pretty quick
S: Hops and citrus, maybe some orange and lemon in there.
T: Lots of fruit and hops combining here. Aftertaste is sweet and a little sticky.
F: Nice and thick feel here with a good amount of carbonation.
O: Really solid DIPA, just a little too much fruit flavor for my personal taste, but still a really well made beer.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite seasonal beer by Great Lakes. This is either 3 or 4 years in a row I have gotten a case Of Chill Wave. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is it is slightly heavy. Other than that , it rates as a top notch beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle "enjoy by 4/30/17" into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a coarse off-white head. Initial impression is sweetened citrus, morphing into a slightly fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little heavier than your typical DIPA. Carbonation is on the light side, which is perfect for the style. Finish is smooth, dry, and slightly sweet. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little too much fruity sweetness for my taste, but that's just me.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large wine goblet: color is gold/copper, transparent, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles that present about 1/2 inch thick and then dissipate to a ring on the side, some bubbly lacing.

Smell is heavy fruit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, well blended; back end sweeter malt noticeable - not caramel but something sweet there.

Taste is similarly fruity - with grapefruit, mango, pineapple; malt is sweet but i dont pinpoint caramel - maybe more of a sweet lingering note from the fermentation. Hops are big, struggling to overtake the sweetness at first but then as it warms they begin to dry out the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel is softer than many DIPAs, but also a bit on the sweet side at first then reduces to a dryness.

Overall a good DIPA, but a touch much on the lean towards sweetness in the flavor and mouthfeel.

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