Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #294
Ranked #1,649
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Mar 15, 2023
Feb 17, 2013
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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Ratings by Stevehuber13:
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Rated by Stevehuber13 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 31, 2018
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.77 by hophugger from Virginia

Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by MarcBeer

Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amber color with ample white foam and lacing is quite attractive. Smells like a yeast sugar bomb. Taste is alcohol sweetness, malt, and floral hops that also bring a bit of pine, orange, peach, mango and grapefruit. It’s well balanced and inoffensive, but ultimately a bit uninteresting in my opinion.
Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear amber. Thin foam. Hop resin aroma. A lot of interesting flavors. Citrus fruit, pine, and caramel. Thick and syrupy. The hops are a little muted. Slight bitter finish. Chewy with a little alcohol. A great all around brew.
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Wegmans, Warrington, PA. 4pk (16oz cans). Imperial IPA Series imprinted on the top of the can.

Pours a deep golden brown color. Semi-opaque but not hazy. A thin, cream colored head on the initial pour.

Aromas of malt, pine and lemon.

A very good Imperial IPA. Definitely malt forward with tastes of piney resins, lemon and pineapple. Rather bitter aftertaste. The ABV is pretty noticeable but doesn’t overwhelm the overall taste.

Thicker consistency with low carbonation.

Overall, a great tasting IPA. You have to enjoy the bitterness of this type of IPA to appreciate this brew but it’s right up my alley. I’d seek out in the future…cheers!
May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great Lakes Brewing Co. "Chillwave Imperial IPA"
16 fl. oz. can coded "31168DM 05/20/22" and sampled on 05/14/22.
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what makes Chillwave, Chillwave? I know it's an Imperial IPA at 9% with 80 IBUs but there are no hops listed on the label, nor any malts. It's a hazy deep copper in color beneath a short head of khaki colored foam so there must be some specialty malts in it. Ahhh, let's just taste it and see. Firstly it's got an interesting malt aroma to it. It's almost like oatmeal raisin cookies crossed with banana bread and then some added citrus and pine notes are thrown in. The taste follows with the malt acting as a solid support for the hops. I get orange, pineapple, pine, a little bit of grapefruit, apple, sweet bread, English biscuits, a light drizzle of golden caramel, some honey, and a swirl of spiciness that's most likely due to a combination of the alcohol and hops. That's impressive! It's not as bitter as you'd think given the listed 80 IBUs because there's actually a lot of malt there as well. It's sweetish and malty overall, and it finishes semi-dry with a dollop of honey-ish malt and some herbal and gently piney character lingering. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and gently crisp-then-smooth. The head held up fairly well but it didn't leave a whole lot in the way of lacing. With everything said and done this is a great double IPA with an interesting and compelling malt component that's threaded through with a pleasant array of hop flavors.
Review #7,970
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Curt2969 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
So damn good. And for the price that these typically are listed at, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better. I'm a huge GLBC fan. And this seasonal brew is something I look forward to every year. Never disappoints.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by n-Pitt

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
L: Exactly what I like in a beer. Dark brown body, perfect quarter inch head throughout the session.
S: Light for the style, pleasant, oaky/piney sweetness. Not hoppy or fruity
T: A solid IPA flavor, but it was missing the fruity tartness I like in IPAs. Still very pleasant just felt like something was missing. Very drinkable. I prefer other Great Lakes IPAs though.
F: Smooth and full almost creamy mouthfeel. Head thick and frothy.

Really enjoyable beer. Missing something special/standout. Would drink again in a heartbeat if I was handed this beer, but would opt for a different IPA that more closely matches my personal tastes next time.
Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by TMoorePA from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deep orange, almost cider colored brew with think white head and good lacing

Earthy, grassy, sugary smells. Not picking up big hops

Big malt upfront, butterscotch, a bit dry, boozy, but crisp enough to make it pleasant. Short hoppy finish. Heavy brew, but supports the imperial label. Will revisit whenever seeking a big boy Ipa
Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours a bright, clear orange, big, frothy white lead fades to a small cap, generous lacing.
S: Quite fragrant, pine, pineapple and some orange.
T: Pine and citrus, some malt in the background.
F: Creamy, smooth, carbonation is spot on.
O: Another really solid IPA from GL!
Mar 15, 2022
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Chill wave is a solid IIPA but personally I much prefer Lake Erie Monster which is way more balanced. If you like bong water, and who doesn’t now and then, chill wave is your ride
Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Wrigfen from South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 4.18 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Jun 11, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Apr 14, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.19 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Apr 01, 2021
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.43 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Mar 23, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by blevinsaj from Ohio

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Rated: 4.27 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by DOCRW from Washington

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Rated: 4.38 by DrBass from Maryland

May 31, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by cheeser396 from Ohio

Apr 22, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
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
Rated: 3.73 by StretchZep from Ohio

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by bigbutter from Virginia

Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by Fr33man from Maryland

Mar 22, 2020
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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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