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:
500
Ratings:
3,287
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC!

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malty backbone with tropical fruits, citrus, and pine bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a nice balance of bitterness and malt, very good

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Photo of ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure copper, 2 fingers of foamy head

S - aroma is definitely hoppy with loads of citrus, but well balanced with a good amount of malt in the backbone

T - very well balanced, hops certainly are prominent - lots of grapefruit and piney hops, but a full bready untertone evens it out

M - full, thick, smooth. Well-hidden alcohol, good amount of carbonation

O - Not the hop-bomb like Lake Erie Monster is (not that it's a bad thing....) very well-balanced, clean taste, very drinkable.

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Photo of lochef81
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was so excited when my beer guy got this in at the store. Having not tried alchemy hour I was thrilled to sample chillwave. THIS ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a thick white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. There are a lot of fresh hops here, supported by just enough malt to some what balance this beer. The mouth is medium bodied and coats the palate gloriously. As far as flavor, this one has it going on. It is a total hop bomb with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There are significant notes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. This is way beyond what I expected from a nob west coast ipa. Beautifully bitter and hoppy and so fresh one can almost taste the tap. This is a brewery that I had long ago lost faith in but if they can produce s west coast style ipa like this than maybe I should rethink my opinion.

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Photo of stevedog
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nice clarity.

Smell - Interesting aroma of passion fruit and mangos. Some malt sweetness follows which helps balance out the fruity aroma hops. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Same fruity hoppiness carries over from the aroma. Malt sweetness follows the dominate hops, but the bitterness keeps the balance on the hop side. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly noticble on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, but not as dry as lot of other DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation starts off strong, but dissipates fairly quickly. Medium body. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall - Chillwave is a very nice variation to a "traditional" double IPA. The mango-like hops make for a very drinkable 9%er. The only flaw I can think of is the lack of lingering carbonation, which would only add to the complexity of this beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it.

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Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle Poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: Copper with a small amount of carbonation. Virtually no head at all.

Smell: Very tropical and hoppy with pine notes. Smells... serious. Like it's not hiding anything at all.

Taste: Big, bold IPA flavors abound here, with a bit more sweetness than what you'd find in your typical double IPA. It's different, and here, different is good!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clear. No alcohol burn to report. Slight stickiness, strangely enough.

Overall: I'm glad I got a 4 pack of this before the liquor store ran out...!

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated reddish orange color, fine haze of suspended micro sediment visible in the center. Lasting foam with an intricate collar of splashy lacing around the edges.

Tropical notes of mango and citrusy tangerine, underscored by some bubblegum yeast esters. Edgy with some hop forward dankness, a little pale malt bleeding through underneath.

Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine peel flavors, moderate yet balanced hop bitterness, smooth with a supporting pale malt backbone, dry bitter citrus aftertaste. Sweetness builds but gets balanced by the bitterness soon after. Overall it's pretty drinkable, though I haven't had more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/11/14, a nice surprise since I thought this was a winter seasonal.
Poured into tulip; dark orange-gold, clear with a minimal white head that fades but leaves tons of delicate lacing.
Smells boozy and sweet, like fruit and fermented honey.
Taste is almost overpoweringly sweet, until the hops come in and save the day at the last second. They bring piney bitterness along with juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Less Mosaic character than I would have hoped for.
Mouthfeel is oily, and it has quite a body even for a DIPA.
Overall, this is a DIPA built like a barleywine with the hops to back it up. Almost too sweet, but the hops balance it well enough. Not for the faint of heart!

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - amber with an orangish hue; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - huge citrusy aromas, grapefruit, some sweet sugary notes, a hint of alcohol, faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, faint toast, huge grapefruit notes, piny, big bitter finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty good DIPA. The alcohol is prevalent but it's not overpowering. It is a bit heavy at times. The malts tend to out shine the hops at first, but the bold hop character takes over as the beer warms. It has a nice, intensely bitter finish. For such a big beer it has good drinkability which is helped by it's balance. In the end, this is good beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

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Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film in the center of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate caramel malts with some sweetness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch more sweetness than I expected but still in a positive way. Following the malts, there is a moderate to strong flavor of hops with tropical/pineapple/mango leading the way then citrus/grapefruit a little later. Light amounts of spiciness, almost like a white pepper and coriander. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in such an enjoyable fashion.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront and kind of sticky towards the finish. Light hints of alcohol warmth and dryness in the finish.

O: As a fan of DIPAs, I was pleased with this selection when visiting Great Lakes Brewing and enjoyed this beer quite a lot. The smell of this beer hit on a lot of the characteristics that I find pleasing in a DIPA. I enjoyed this one somewhat slowly and was glad that I did - I might have to grab another one of these before I leave the Cleveland area.

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Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle for $3.75, best by 5/20/13, poured into a Half Acre snifter

A: Pours a deep amber orange clear body with 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Not great retention but some lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic but definitely some nice cirtus tones are present with some malty sweetness.

T: Well-balanced! Great hop taste with a strong malt body, good bitterness present. Citrus hop flavors are good.

M: Crisp with good carbonation, full body, not the smoothest or creamiest but easily drinkable. sticky finish, moderately dry.

O: A good change of pace from the hop-head crazy DIPAs. While I do love a ton of bitterness and hops, this is a beer I could have a few of without a ton of palate fatigue. Nicely balanced, easily drinkable, worth picking up a few if you get the chance.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at The Malt Shoppe in Milwaukee. The bottling stamp asserts that this one is just about at the end of its shelf life. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep orange blossom honey, slightly cloudy, with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that sticks around for a good long while, falls to a thick film and ring, and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. Lots of tiny, quick visible carbonation present.

S: Lots of juicy fruit notes in this big bouquet: orange, grapefruit, melon, mango, and pineapple are all present. There's also a touch of grassy and herbal hop quality. There are underlying bready and caramel malts . Perhaps the slightest bit of clear alcohol is also present.

T: There are sweeter caramel and bready malt notes right out of the gate, and these are immediately joined by an onrush of ripe fruit flavors. Orange, melon, and mango are the most easily discernible, though I'm also getting some stone fruit and pineapple. The middle sees these fruit flavors swelling, with the addition of a bit of grassiness, herbal notes, and some warming alcohol. The malts help to keep things in balance. The back end brings on a bit of grapefruit rind bitter and some more of that warming alcohol in nice balance with the malts. Overall, this one brings a lot of big flavor without losing itself.

F: Medium-bodied and very well-carbonated. This one is smooth, creamy, and slightly bitter without feeling syrupy or overtly oily. Lively and engaging on the palate.

O: I am quite impressed with this DIPA from Great Lakes--and this is with a bottle near the end of its run. I'd really like to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but I'll probably have to wait a few months. I can't recall having a DIPA with this fresh and juicy a fruit hop profile--the nose and the taste bring some serious flavor. My only beef is that there is a bit of lingering booziness at the close of this one: I was getting some definite clear alcohol in the aftertaste of some of my sips. But, overall, this is a very tasty brew that I highly recommend giving a try.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA - thx Mr. OneUnder (par)

*Appears very gold, a hint of orange, nice slight head, nice amount of carbonation.
*Smell was very citrusy (lemon, orange), smells like a warm summer day at the beach.
*Tastes are a continuation of the aroma, but as a strong DIPA it adds the piney, hop forward characteristics. Some slight maltiness (that a word?!). Very drinkable for over 9%. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.
*Mouthfeel is typical IPA ramped up a bit. Some bubbles, not too thin, coats the tongue well.
*Overall a great DIPA that you should try if you enjoy this style. I am a "malt-head", but with the right food pairing this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of smalenberg
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Large white head on the pour, lace clings to the glass. Excellent clarity with a nice amber body.

S - lovely range of hop aromas - tropical fruit first, but with floral and resiny pine as well. Some of the malt sweetness comes through faintly and perhaps a hint of yeast ester.

T - Complex sweet malt balances nicely with tropical fruit (pineapple), followed very quickly by resinous piney bitterness. The sweetness is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian candy sugar like you'd find in a trippel.

M - Tingling carbonation with a full body. Not as dry on the finish as some DIPA.

O - I'm a sucker for these DIPA where you get so much more than grapefruit in the character. A very enjoyable quaff that will sneak up on you.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear, dark amber/copper color with a thin, sticky white lacing ring, gentle carbonation.

S - Sticky, dank, tropical fruit: papaya, guava, orange balanced with some sweet malt.

T - Balanced between the sweet malt and tropical fruit. The hop sweetness is very oily and tastes like fresh squeezed hop oil ... oranges, red grapefruit, papaya, with a bittersweet spicy finish with some lingering alcohol effervescence.

M - Very thick, viscous, oily, sticky.

O - This is a very good Double IPA.

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Photo of TerrapinX
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I hate to say but this is the second Dipa this year that disapointed me again last years offering was better but this is still very good I only have 1thing to say is where did all the sweet grapefruit go that this had last year for me a bit disappointing

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great lakes Chillwave

Surfers on Lake Erie ?

Poured into tulip glass

A: Good lookin' brew here. Dull copper color with that subtle glow I like to see from dipa's.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and mosaic hops burst forth the moment I popped the top on this beer. Caramel too maybe ?

T: Delicious ! Hard to not want to drink this one fast because it is just as smooth as it gets. The way the mosaic hops and malts play off eachother in this brew is unlike anyother beer I can think of at the moment.

M: Sticky and a bit prickly. But again, very smooth dipa. Has that silky smooth feel that Hopslam and Hopranch have.

O: Great Lakes has really hit a homerun with Chillwave. One of the best dipa's out there and Ohio continues to turn out excellent ipa's.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper with slight reflective body that looks like a copper still. Nice white foam head

S - Citrus sweet nose with pineapple and mango. Slight strawberry as well

T - Sweet pineapple with mango and strawberry. Sweet citrus hops are gushing forth. Light hop bitterness near the finish. Overall a sweet hop bomb

M - Medium body with low carbonation and slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight astringent twinge from the bitterness.

O - Good and fruity IIPA from Great Lakes that is gushing with citrus and mango flavors. Love the addition to the lineup.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright (golden) orange color with a small off-white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height. The cap is rather tight and sticks around for a while leaving some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit upfront on the aroma, some orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with a surprising amount of malt coming through as caramel and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, maybe a bit of papaya. Again, also has a good bit of malt going on as caramel and brown sugar, a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, definite hop resin oil on this one.

O: Quite liked this beer, a nice, assertive DIPA from Great Lakes.

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

Description: Golden honey color, very clear. Thick white head forms when poured into a pint glass. White lacing. The aroma is fruity and dank with some bready sweetness. Not a very strong smell overall. Like the smell, the taste had strong notes of fruit and dankness. Resin flavors appear more as the beer warms. There was definitely a bitter hop backbone but overall the flavor profile is still sweet. Very well balanced. Body and carbonation are both medium.

Suggested food pairing: Sushi rolls with salmon

If you like this beer then you should also try: Creeper

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Very well done and balanced. So much so that it's difficult to put this into a single category, e.g., fruity, dank, hoppy, etc. There are a lot of flavors happening all at once but everyone plays nicely together.

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Photo of claminat420
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured from a sealed growler I got a week ago into a imperial tulip glass I have. transparent amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- spicy citrus hops. some slight alcohol detected.

T- definitely the citrusy spicy notes from the hops. get some sweetness from the malt. bitterness is there but not overpowering anything. the citrus taste to me like heavy oranges, light grapefruit, and also a slight tropical fruit detected. not really getting any alcohol from the abv. also detect some very slight esters from the yeast.

M- a lighter heavy bodied beer or maybe a medium/ heavy bodied if you want. carbonation is good from being sealed for a week and kept cold.

DRINKABILITY- glad I got a growler of this!

Overall- I've had this in four packs and even before the name change but like all beer (to me) it's better from the tap. I remember the hops being not so pungent from the bottle. I will say I do appreciate a imperial ipa or even a standard ipa that isn't blasted with bitterness that it mutes the hop flavor.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,287 ratings.
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