Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

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503
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3,297
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of cowtown
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

GLBC

4 pack 12oz $9.99

A Copper 2 finger pour that laces well with good carbonation that stays around

S Floral citrus, light alcohol note & earthy sweet malt

T Oranges, pineapple, honey, mosaic hops with slight alcohol present

M Thick & resin laden but a very smooth DIPA throughout

O Very nice balance between honey maltiness in the middle and a nugget/simcoe hoppiness in the front and definately in the finish . I will buy this well hidden 10% abv brew from the shore of the Erie monster and great Christmas ales again before it's gone for the year. Seasonal offering not to be missed from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Photo of J10Jordan
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- a beautiful orangish apple cider looking color

smell- lemon-orange fruitiness and a final kick of a light pine

taste- a smooth hop taste that melts into a flavorful mouthful just enough bitterness at the finish

mouthfeel- feels very smooth for a 9.4 beer.. These things could have similar results to the "black out stout"

Overall- This is probably my favorite beer from Great Lakes a long with Burning River and Christmas Ale. It's a great drinking beer for a 9.4. Not the final kick that hopslam has but I enjoy that subtle kick for a high abv. First had up at GLBC before distribution. Tastes just as good from the 4-pack. I'm glad I'm from NEO to say the least.

my first review!

JJ

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try a new beer from Great Lakes, one of my favorite breweries. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Really nice looking pour. Beautiful clear rusty gold color with a touch of haze. Nice fluffy off-white head. The nose is really nice. I get lots of over-ripe tropical fruit and hibiscus flowers. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a good, astringent, piny-sappy smell.

Medium body, firm oily feel, and loads of fruity bitter goodness. Nice biscuity flavors up front, then flavors of orange marmalade, peach preserves, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest barge in and brighten the flavor. The beer is super fruity and resiny, but doesn't seem all that bitter. It is well-balanced and very fresh tasting and yet never seems to punish your palate. It has a faint flash of a syrupy sweet note on the finish that is very reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

What a terrific new beer from Great Lakes. An entry that stands its own with Hopslam and other top shelf seasonal IIPAs. This is definitely one I'll seek out every year. I only bought one 4-pack and I should have bought more. The 4 cases my local store got sold out in only 3 days. Nicely done Great Lakes!

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Photo of Crundy
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden honey color, with a delicate carbonation and a fluffy white head.
S: This beer smells amazing! Lots of citrus fruitiness and a sweet malt backbone with a subtle hop aroma at the end.
T: Delicious! The flavors mingle very well. First of all I taste sweet caramel malt, followed by the mild bitterness of the hops. There is a subtle fruitiness that kind of meanders its way through the taste experience.
MF: Very smooth, and leaves a dryness on the finish. It has a medium mouth feel, not to light and not to heavy. The hops bolster the flavor but do not overpower.
O: This is a great beer! Probably one of my favorites now from Great Lakes. this is also a dangerous beer because the ABV is 9.4 and it just tastes so good.

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Photo of jtingue
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated enjoy by 05/03/13. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Relatively clear yellow/amber in color. 2 fingers of head recedes rather quickly to an almost non-existant layer on top of the beer. Some lacing.

Smell. Very hop forward here, with just a hint of honey in the bakground. The hops are slightly piney and very citrusy, which I would liken to an over-ripe grapefruit.

Taste. A little bit different balance on the taste, as opposed to the smell. The hop presence is essentially what one would expect from the smell, over ripe grapefruit and a subtly piney bitterness. The malt presence, however is much more upstaged in the taste, with a very honey-like presence. It somehow finds a barleywine like malt complexity without the overwhemingly thick body (at least for the style). On the down side, this malt complexity gives the illusion of sweetness, especially when it combines with the plentiful hop flavor. Adding to this is a relatively low bitterness level. This one is really never what it seems.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard for a DIPA: body is thicker than a standard IPA but thinner than a barleywine.

I cant really make up my mind on this one, honestly. At times, I am totally on board with the interplay of the malts and hops, and at other times it just seems too sweet and convoluted. For shear complexity alone, though, I would give it my vote.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, label stamp says enjoy by 05/09/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that faded away quickly, but has a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (mango, pineapple, orange), along with some floral hops, honey and caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy hops (orange peel, mango, apricots, grapefruit), floral hops, honey, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, Great Lakes has done a fine job with this one! $9.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Bold reddish-orange color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Also bold with orange/pineapple citrus peel and pine from the hops and a nice herbal bouquet in the background
T: Again bold, with almost a bit of a meaty component up front, lots of fresh citrus, herbs, and a bready malt backbone
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, keeps the alcohol well balanced, fairly lengthy finish
O: If I didn't mention it already this is a very bold beer :) Quite well made, not that I'd expect anything less from GLBC. It's in your face yet balanced and complex. Though I wish it would be released in April not February as it would be great to sit and sip on a warm day outside, not by the fireplace in the middle of a Cleveland snow storm. That being said, I only bought one four-pack and need got get more

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Photo of Iwassobombed
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always have been a fan of Great Lakes but sometime felt they were lacking a real nice hoppy beer, well this has changed that! Pours a beautiful orangish copper color with thick head and lacings that completely cover the glass throughout the process. I think the Mosaic hops create an experience much like no other hops can touch. Slightly bitter but the tropical flavor provides sweetness that would otherwise be needed by a malt backbone. I wouldnt say it is fully balanced but again I dont mind the Mosaic hops shining through in this beer. Aroma's are fantastic, mango, pineapple sweetness. I always try not to judge this as a WC IPA since I think some breweries in the midwest are redefining and creating their own with what they have available and this is a great example. Amazing Brew!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know that winter is just starting to shed its bracing cold weather, but the Great Lakes offering this beer to the craft community gives us summer-lovin' folks the glimmer of hope that we can survive these last few weeks. From its label art that projects a surfer in summer's water to the taste of refreshing tropical and citrus fruit, the beer does much more than offering up a simple session- it reinvigorates the spirit.

Somewhere between golden and amber is where the beer's color lies. It is near brilliant, though a oh-so modest haze. Streams of carbonation release a creamy white head which caps the beer, retains exceptional, and laces spottedly with broken lace.

Juicy aromas of both citrus and tropical fruits abound with the beer's opening aromas. But after its fruity nose subsides, other malty aromas arise- thin caramel and honey gives the fruit a ripper, more plump character. Soon after, the beer goes through a plethora of scents: fresh-cut grass, chive, cannabis-like botanicals, and floral hops release their perfumy aromas and ring in the first taste with zeal and pungency.

It's refreshing taste of candied citrus fruits bring about honey-baked grapefruit, oranges, and lemon peels. Complementary fruit sweetness, seemingly of pineapple, mango, and apricot offer a richer candied taste bridge nicely into the beer's more herbal taste. Lightly earthy with garlic, onion, and catty notes, the beer carries an inherent pungency that reminds the senses of citrusy cannabis leaf. All of this is wrapped in a soft honey malt cocoon that keeps the taste contained and balanced.

Sweet, fruity and bitter, the beer feels light and sweet at the same time. Early creaminess keeps the beer pillowy and malty. But the sweetness lifts slowly just as the carbonation retreats- this leaves the beer's hops and warm dryness to close the beer with resinous grassy dryness and firm alcohol warmth.

What this beer really does is that it quenches the winter's thirst for hoppy beers until the height of summer when Erie Monster returns. But does it really buy us time, or does it shift the framework of time in such that we now love these hoppy ales as much during the winter as we do summer?

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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into tulip

A-pours clear orange with a white single finger head, decent lacing as you drink
S- west coast hops, sappy pine, tropical fruits, lemon, some cinninmon, amazingly juicy
T/M- sweet citrus, passionfruit, pine, buttery biscuit, lots of west coast flavors, no bite at all just smooth juicy hops. Pleasantly thinner texture than expected and very smooth for the abv
O- I'm used to Great Lakes beers being top notch, but never though they would nail a west coast style beer with such success. This rivals the best double IPAs, it's slightly sweet, earthy, citrusy, and did i say juicy?I had high expectations for this one and it surpassed them, thanks GLBC for adding this to the line up!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright golden hue with a relatively thin head that leaves quickly.

Smell is bright and hoppy but not very much citrus. Some yeast.

Bitter forward flavor at first with some maltiness. Hops, light citrus, and honey come through halfway through the glass. Not a bright citrus flavor like many DIPA. More muted and resiny hop character. Smoothes throughout the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny and viscous, could use a bit more carbonation for me.

Overall, it's worth trying if you're a DIPA fan. I credit Great Lakes for not brewing something highly citrus forward that would get lost in the shuffle. It wouldn't be in my top 5 DIPA, but it's certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass 5/25 enjoy by date

A- pours a deep burnt orange, with a 1/4 head, that thins to a lace with some visible carbonation

S- Oranges, mangos, pineapples, grapefruit , tons of citrus, loads of heavy floral scents packed mid sniff, a touch of pine and grapefruit skin on the end

T- Pungent orange and grapefruit right up front, again very floral mid sip, heat from the alcohol can be found also but not overly aggressive, finishes very very bitter.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, soft and juicy in the mouth, leaves the tounge dry and wanting more and the palate destroyed from bitterness

O- Really good DIPA from GLBC, this beer took me by suprise, huge citrus notes, huge floral notes, just all around classic DIPA every thing fits just right.

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Photo of DrewV
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, about a full finger or so of white head on top of a golden amber liquid body. Smell is the typical unique Great Lakes malt aroma, backed up by some floral and fruity hops. Taste is more of the same, following the typical Great Lakes recipe for IPAs. Similar to Lake Erie Monster, but less hoppy and more fruity, although I wouldn't really classify the taste as "fruity". It's more floral and citrus if anything, but either way it's less aggressive than The Monster. Mouthfeel is decent, once again similar to the other Great Lakes offerings. They don't deviate much from their base recipe, and this brew is no exception. However, at 9.4% ABV, it's a high-gravity option that has good flavor and low alcohol presence. All in all, a winner and a solid B+/A- rating.

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Photo of Beejis60
3.14/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- About average.
S- Good nose; kinda sweet, citrus with a touch of alcohol
T- Not that great. VERY boozy, a bit too sweet for an IPA. A bit too floral and too little citrus for what I like in a DIPA. Lake Erie Monster is MUCH better.
M- A bit thin and flat.
O- Meh. Would rather have Lake Erie Monster... or the new Rye of the Tiger when it comes out.

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark apricot, with small white head, carbonation from the bottom, some lacing. 4

Aroma-Grapefruit, orange, piney, lots of citrus, honey, fresh floral arrangement. 4.25

Taste-same as smell, grapefruit is right up front, maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple, orange peel, dried apricot. 4.5

Feel-medium bodied, not watery, perfect ratio of bitterness, coats palate and stays, this is what a double should feel like. 4.75

Overall-More, that's how my mouth feels after a drink. Really solid stuff coming out of Great Lakes these days. High ABV that can hardly be tasted. Priced right, available everywhere in my area, even saw it at a gas station. As good as hopslam, if not better in some ways. 4.5

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Photo of DingleHouse
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply the best thing Great Lakes has done. And they don't miss often. Good hop up front but mellows quite nicely. The ABV is sneaky on this one. A couple pints of this will surely wash away the rigors of the day. If HopSlam was to your liking, then you have just found a fine substitute.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden amber color with puffy, 1.5 finger white head.

S - Fruity, mango and grapefruit, orange peel. Earthy undertones, good malt bill.

T - Packs a punch, very aggressive on piney hops up front, transforms into a lot of puckery sweetness before fading back into floral, bitter hops. Very good.

M - A tad dry, puckering. Robust.

Overall - An outstanding, outstanding brew by Great Lakes here. Excellent brew.

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Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Bottled dated fresh til 5/1/13. Appears a nice dark orange, with as light amber hint. Good off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

Nose is full of hops, tons of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Some underlying sweetness, but it doesn't jump out at you. The taste doesn't completely align with the nose, as the malts are much more present. Lots of resinous pine, as well as the nice honey malts. Very complex, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with not a lot of carbonation. Works pretty well with everything else going on. Overall this is a great brew, nice and complex, and pretty drinkable for the style. Definitely glad I grabbed this one.

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Photo of HopsandVines
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio has a beer that can compete with the big dogs. There are a few others that are great beers, but the Alchemy Hour is one of the best double IPA's I'd had.

Great color and the nose is a bouquet of fresh flowering hops. You would think it's super bitter for being a double IPA but it's not. There is smooth finish and you can't tel that there is nearly 10% ABV.

A true winner. Thanks Great Lakes

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear honey color with fluffy straw colored head. Aroma is of grapefruit, clove, lemongrass and fresh pine resin. The flavor is reminiscent of ripe ruby red grapefruit, with bready/malty sweetness. Some alcohol in the nose but it Mary's nicely with the hop and malt balance. Mouthfeel is rich and full and the drink ability would be wonderful if the Abu wasn't 9.4% great job GLB.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

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Photo of HopCraverDave
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: A crisp copper-orange. Nice head retention. Lacing proved to be nice throughout.

S: A bit tropical (grapefruit, pineapple, orange) with a nice aroma, but not overpowering.

T: Tropical aromas translate to taste, but also strikes a nice balance between hoppy bitterness and sweet honey malt. Ends on a slightly bitter note that I find enjoyable.

F: Carbonation level seems on point. Good mouthfeel.

O: Been waiting to try Alchemy Hour since I heard about it a few months ago. A tad sweeter than my normal goto DIPAs/IIPAs , but very tasty. One of the smoothest drinking 9.0+ abv beers I've had.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/2/13 poured into Great Lakes snifter:

Pours a brilliant deep clear orange with an off white head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring on the glass. Aroma is of big tropical fruit notes, peach, mango, orange peel, muted pine, booze, honey sweetness. Upfront there is a big pop of tropical fruits followed by a honey sweetness in the middle of the mouth. At the back of the palate the sweetness transitions to a dry finish with grapefruit puckering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light. Deceptively smooth and light, the alcohol is perceptible but well hidden. What alcohol does come through helps cut the sweetness and keep the beer well balanced. A well crafted and enjoyable west coast DIPA by Great Lakes with a midwest uniqueness.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange/brown, looks almost exactly like honey. Smell is great! Mango, pineapples, grapefruit, smells like a tropical fruit salad. Taste is similar to the scent, grapefruit up front, some pineapple sweetness, finishes bitter with a touch of booze. Drinks very smooth for the ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Great mouthfeel. Great Lakes has really done a great job here. People should seek this out, I would say this is easily on the same league as Hopslam.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,297 ratings.
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