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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Reviews:
506
Ratings:
3,301
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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324
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667
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Photo of StoutHunter
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again.

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Photo of Daktah
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to try this given the other reviews, and it did not disappoint. Poured bright orange, just a touch hazy. Foamy and light head that dissipated fairly quickly, with noticeable lacing left behind. Smell was great - tropical and citrus fruit, a little spiciness, breadiness, a touch of pine and a presence of alcohol. Taste was similar - tropical fruit up front with solid bitterness and the fresh dough taste I've found in most Great Lakes beers. Alcohol is there, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the medium/medium-light side for a DIPA, but makes for an easy drinking 9.4%.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm happy to have found. Given recent revisits to some other DIPAs that I thought were amazing at the time, Alchemy Hour does very well in comparison.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle - best before may 21 2013

A - Pours out a clear orange copper with an one finger white head that dies down relativeley fast. Looks well carbonate and clean.

S - Oh my what an outstanding smelling brew. This is one fruity smelling beer, with mango, kiwi, citrus, also provides a slight dank hop aroma. Smells sweet with a nice caramel backbone to balance these hops out. I could sniff this all night.

T - This beer definitely hopped forward and bitter with sweet orange, mango, lemon meyer which ends really fast leaving a zesty lemon bitterness. The taste does not last long and it makes you want to drink more right after you just had some. Bitterness builds on palate. Malts are there in the beginning but you have to pay attention to get them out of this hop bomb.

M - Medium to light bodied soft beer which is on the dry side. Clean and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops have a bite on your palate, so watch out!

O - This hop bomb is something all hop heads should seek out. A new east coast Double IPA monster! Smell on this beer is second to none for a Double IPA. Love the taste besides the lemony aftertaste. A true sipping Double with enough great qualities to put this in a category of its own. Look out for this one, Cheers!

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Photo of jacewg
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation and leaves good lacing. Pours with a white fluffly head. MUCH more toward red in color than I expected.

Aroma: Really nice. Some tropical citrus flavors. Orange, pineapple. Big sweet, caramelly malt presence. Great hop nose, but much more malt than I anticipate from a DIPA

Taste: I'm going to sound like a broken record here. Great hop flavor moves in waves across the palette. Nice anchoring bitterness. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus again. Mosaic has to be the best new hop I've had in awhile. In the playing field with the Citras and Galaxys of the world. The hops have a spicy component. Very malty. Lots of sweet, bready, caramel flavors. More malt than I typically prefer, but similar to Hopslam, the hop flavor and malt interact quite well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation keeps this sweet beer from becoming cloying, though it is still on the syrupy side with a medium body overall. Finishes dry, which I really enjoy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of line for 9.4%

Overall: A very nice beer making great use of a new school hop. A seasonal staple in the fridge for any hophead. Really looking forward to the Rye of the Tiger release.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color. Just a bit of head.

Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine and lemongrass in the nose. Just a touch of alcohol.

Very smooth initially followed by a huge bitterness. Very dry finish with pine lingering. Still hidden alcohol. Delicious. There is a sweetness and yet there is a dryness. Maybe a touch of caramel but nothing that takes away from the hop presence.

This is a very nice DIPA. Plenty of beautiful hop characters throughout. Another solid Great Lakes brew.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid.

A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.

This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

named for the brave, unconventional surfers of Lake Erie, and something that has to do with surfing called "alchemy hour." It will no longer be named that after this batch, as Widmer Brothers is holding tight to the word "alchemy" and won't let anyone else play with it.

9.4% ABV.

Brilliant, clear, crimson coloring, Large and lasting head, leaving lace, looking good.

Aroma: ah, right on the money. Citrus zest meets pine forest. Wide awake and fully flowering fruit notes matches the bitter hop blast. Particularly pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and smooth, with never ending hoppitude. Malt meets the hops well, stand up and rides it out with it. Keeps perfect time, while never letting the hop character go astray. Fruity, but ending dryly. Plenty of fruit association joust with the mind and memory, ...apricot, mango, pineapple, guava...backed up with a candy sugar sweetness, again, ending on a dry note.

Alcohol presence stays sly at first, but inevitably roars and gains dominance on the palate, among the senses, in the cavern of the brain case.

All in all, it's smooth, hoppy, and drinkable, despite the high ABV. A real hophead's treat, one that doesn't tear anything loose from your critical components, merely releases pleasurable flavors. And isn't that what we're looking for? I could drink one, and drink one, and drink one, and never tire of it, until that decision is made for me. Tonight, though, one is plenty, and off to sleep....

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque amber, with a double-finger head. Nice, fine, treeline lace.

Aroma is wonderful and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Very nice!

Taste is a wallop of thick, lavish hops. I get citrus again and plenty of tropical notes along the way. As well, a fairly large malt presence underscores the hop assault for balance. The body here is heavy, taste is heavy (yet, as before, balanced), and oh-so-easy to drink. A superlative IPA!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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 chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber color with smaller white dense foam head. Lacing is full and blanketed.

Apricot, mango, pine... Lots of B-wine characteristics.

Sticky, sweet, balanced, relaxed, crisp, milky, lots of tropical fruit, orange, mango, apricot, lime, apple, buttery, nice even-smooth-light-bright bitterness with mellow carbonation.

Highly recommended! Should be considered a "must-try". Kick ass brew! Thanks

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 05/02/13

Purs out a fairly clear deep sunset bright orange color, skim off white head retains the whole way, decent lacing.

Pungent tropical fruity hops. A bit of candied citrus, pineapple, dank, some malt weightiness is noticeable for sure.

Smooth pungent tropical fruit hops, apricot, candied citrus, some dank some caramel malt almost stands up to the hops,

Smooth and really easy drinking considering the ABV. Carbonation is a bit light which kind of compliments the feel.

A really good IPA, this super fresh is probably really amazing, very good now however. I'll buy this again

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper color with a big white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass. Legs fall quickly.

S - Orangey citrus, grapefruit, a touch of dankness, and a hint of malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and orange up front. A small touch of dankness. Really enjoyable.

M - Prickly on the tongue. Finishes dry. Very light bitterness. No trace of alcohol.

O - A very good citrus-forward west coast style IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great citrus flavors w/ a nice minimal bitter aftertaste. This beer definitely has a nice to chill to it with a nice orange scent to it. My favorite Great Lakes beer for sure. DIPA that I always look forward to coming out during its season release.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 88/100

Right out the gates I was expecting a big hop presence, I really didn't get waves of dank hops as expected, instead it's a rather smooth and subtle taste, not bad b any means. Just not what I was expecting, malt has more of a role than with most double IPA's. At 9.4% I was expecting a taste bud buster. That never happen... It is ridiculously smooth and drinkable for being so high gravity. It just doesn't seem to crave that dank mouth watering hop bill that I have came to love with some of the other DIPA's. Low burn and easy to drink makes it worth seeking~

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes pub. Served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a finger of off-white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit, mango, citrus, some earthy hop aromas and caramel malt sweetness.

T- Similar to the aroma, very powerful fruity hops, heavy on the tropical and citrus, which is very fresh and vibrant. A bit of earthy hops and garlic. The caramel malt holds everything together nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- The best IPA I've had from Great Lakes, one of my favorites from them overall, this is a really delicious beer that takes a great take on the West-Coast hop profile. I'll definitely be having this again next time it's available.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a sticky white head - good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit, pine, and mango backed by a nice floral bouquet.

A nice sharp citrus bite - bitter orange and grapefruit giving way to sweet ruby red grapefruit and mango notes. A slick somewhat substantial malt backbone is there to hang the other flavors on. A very good DIPA. Definitely a tasty brew.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.

The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.

The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.

This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.

It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to thrashd for the sick extra from the math trade, enjoyed from a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Dated best by 5/28/14

a - poured an amber yellow orange that settled into the glass as a ruby orange. Nice frothy finger plus of IPA foamy head. Creamy. Lacing was a solid sheath and it all hung out for chips and dip.

s - nose is lush ripe fruit. Super solid. Crisp citric a hint of melon.

t - pine cone hop. Dank with a subtle bitterness over sweetness. The fruit in the nose is washed over with a chewy piny hop.

m - boozy tingle. Chewy. Medium to full bodied.

o - overall, really nice. Worth checking out if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass

AP: dark golden straw colour, cream coloured head about 1/2"

AR: toasty bready and biscuit with grapefruit rind and green pine

T: flavours follow the nose with additional notes of caramel and honey with a hint of orange zest that lies underneath the grapefruit and pine.

M: creamy mouthfeel, finished lip smacking crisp yet juicy

OV: not a bitter/biting hopbomb as most DIPAs, but more like a well balanced and rounded blend of malts and hops that make for a damn fine tasty brew. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy and savour. Also, the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps too well.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, half inch off-white head is fine and retains well.

Smells of papery malts and piney hops.

Rich honey malt flavor with piney bitter hops to balance it out. Some citrus elements and bready malt base.

Medium to full body with tingles of carbonation across the tongue.

A fantastic IPA, great flavor, good body, hides its immense strength very well, a must-try.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Partially hazy, a blend of gold and copper color. small head, somewhere between beige and tan that rapidly disappears.

Smell: tropical and citrus fruits. some alcohol on the end. Maybe some earthy or herbal scents.

Taste: stronger tropical and citrus flavors. Definitely some mango. Noticeable sweet malt flavors that complement the hops well without overpowering this fantastic dipa. Some noticeable alcohol tastes, but nothing worth fretting over. Like the aroma, there is some earthy hop taste and faint pine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation that allows the tropical/citrusy hops and sweet malts to linger on the palate long after the initial sip is finished. Only possible complaint is that it is a bit light.

Overall, this is really good. Plenty of different hop aromas and flavors happening while some sweet malt tastes lay a nice foundation for a lingering, pleasurable aftertaste.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp copper color with no head to speak of. Noticeable carbonation when poured.

Smell is of mangoes, peaches, pineapple and fruits with some honey coming through.

Taste is initially fruity, you get the mango and pineapple coming through but it moves to a honey malt flavor overlaid with the hoppy bitterness. there is a nice balance to the malts and hops here - you get the malt, but its not overpowering the fruity flavors brought out by the hops.

Pretty heavy carbonation makes the beer crisp, but I wonder if it diminishes the flavors a bit. Hides the booze well, its easy to forget this is a 9.4% ABV! as you are drinking it.

Overall a very pleasant, tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of rangerred
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a moderately hazy dark rust orange with a somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head. No head retention at all save for a thin ring around the top of the beer. Not too suprising given the abv but still a little disappointing.

Huge tropical fruit punch on the aroma with tons of mango and grapefruit. A little touch of alcohol along with some light caramel.

More tropical fruit upon the initial taste along with lighter notes of pine resin and honey. Alcohol comes through stronger here but remains restrained. The malt is mostly buried under the hops but a little light bread and caramel is detectable. Mouthfeel is full and oily finishing on the sweet and sticky side but not cloying. Strong but smooth bitterness.

Overall, an excellent IIPA that in my opinion is on par with Hopslam with being one of the best options on the market. You really need to let this beer warm up a little to get the full experience but an amazing offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium amber/copper color with some steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a nice, frothy looking head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch thick about 5 minutes are first being poured. Excellent lacing too. Aromas of molasses, caramel malt sweetness followed by a sappy, resinous piney smell with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot and also a slight smoky spiced note. Has a molasses, caramel malt sweetness upfront flavorwise that gives way to a resinous hint of honey and piney and citrusy hop notes with fruity hints of mango, pineapple, and apricot. The taste rounds out with a slightly smoky spice note that really lingers. An excellent and complex flavor profile. Has a crisp, somewhat frothy and slightly creamy, slightly oily and resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is superb! I can't believe it took me this long to sit down and really enjoy this beer to this degree. Another damn fine beer here from Great Lakes!

Eric

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We crack the caps and pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Harviestoun Ola Dubh tulips. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of big, creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving fluffy peaks of patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is explosive, with sticky grapefruit hops, orangey citric fruitiness, pale and lightly caramel malts, and a heavy, floral, nectary fruitiness of pear, pineapple, and papaya. With warmth comes stinging booziness, bubblegum ester sweetness, milky creaminess, and a mildly soured, funky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more earthy, deep, and bitter, with much less fruitiness than the nose would suggest. As we sip, largely bittering grapefruit hops, pale malts, spicy plastics, fusel booze, under ripe banana esters, and aromatic pear fruitiness mix for the start. The peak shows raw hop cone earthiness with big herbal pucker, zesty citric bitterness, mud, mineral, stone, spicy alcohol, wet yeast, and crisp metallics. The finishing wash continues the bittering blend of citric, earthy, and herbal hops. To cut is mashed strawberry sweetness, white sugar, sweet booze, mango fruitiness, heavy creamer, and coiny pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of coin, yeast, pale malts, bubblegum esters, honey sweetness, and of course, those earthy, herbal hops. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is high and frothy. There is coating foam and creaminess throughout the mouth, with satiation, and mild dryness from the booze at the end. The sip is otherwise nice, with sticky smack, froth, and pop. The abv is big, and will catch up with you, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the fresh and fruity aroma. The hops are extraordinarily fragrant throughout the entire tasting, striking the perfect blend of tart, tangy, sweet, fruity, and zing. The flavor follows nicely, but with much more bitterness from earth and herb than from the fruity sweetness and citrus in the nose. This is not a negative, but just a bit of a surprise, as we were expecting a much sweeter, more malt-balanced beer. The flavors actually tended to muddle a bit with warmth, so enjoy this experience closer to fridge temperature than cellar temperature. All in all this is a great beer, but it is the aromatics that really stand out for us.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,301 ratings.
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