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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500
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3,287
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of blackcompg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of off-white eggshell foam, body is a bright translucent light golden amber,

Smell - Nice citrus and tropical aromas, some nice vanilla carmel, touch of grapefruit zest and pine.

Taste - Wow, wonderful bright citrus, grapefruit, mango, more tropical ripe fruits, a very prominent carmel backbone, finish is grapefruit pith with lots of tropical and carmel sweetness in the corners of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, some nearly chewy citrus and tropical hops here, almost mouthcoating, lower side of medium carb, smooth as silk, really easy to drink, nice mouthfeel here.

Overall - This is a fairly sweet dipa, wonderfully sweet citrus and tropical notes here, not overly sweet mind you, but far from being a palate wrecker. So perfectly balanced, no alcohol presence here, definitely seek this one out.

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

On fraught. A hop-heavy DIPA that crackles on the tongue like a live wire. Honey colored body with a generous bunch of foam with good retention. Smells like a citrus stand in the middle of a pine forest. Fresh leafiness and orange peel on the front palate before a super spicy tongue prickling the middle like a young pineapple. Grapefruity finish lingers long. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours a dark, clear orange, with a finger or so of slight off white head. There's carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell: the first thing I picked up was some maltiness, and citrus. After a few swirls I picked up a scent I thought only legend said mosaic bore: berries.

Taste: similar to the nose: malts start it out for me, and then the citrus and berry note hit. I really didn't enjoy this initially, but as it warms, the blueberry is popping. I get some tangerine as well.

Feel: slight alcohol burn, so it is noticeable (slightly) and a medium to medium full body. There's some bitterness, as well as a dry finish.

Overall: my first impressions left this beer pretty low; however, after the first few sips, warming, and picking up other notes, I'm pretty pleased with this beer.

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

Light amber with medium head. Lacing on the sides and surface. Smell obviously is big hops but is more notable for the big sweet caramel malt character. Taste has a huge light malt backbone, which is one of the main things I want from a DIPA. Big hops, obviously but the malt is more than up for the challenge of balancing it out. Not really all that bitter- even in the finish, although there is some lingering hop flavor. If anything, it's a little too malty, although I do like it. Medium to full bodied. Overall just a really solid DIPA.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a VERY generous BA for this as an extra. Best before: 05/07/13. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very tropical with tropical fruit notes and a bit of honey. There is some piney-ness, but not as much as what we're used to here on the west coast. However, I love the way the hops outnumber the small malt profile on this one. Bravo, Great Lakes. Come to think of it, this may be my first Great Lakes beer I've ever tasted. More tropical fruit aroma with a bit of grass and citrus. Taste is just as the nose leads you to. Awesome tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya, guava)...also with a hint of kiwi. The malt backbone definitely comes through in the taste, which was what I was hoping WOULDN'T happen, however... it works with this beer. Lost a couple points...but not too much. Tropical hops with a hint of citrus and some honey and caramel malt flavors. The sweetness of this beer mellows out the bitterness that should be here. A little or bitter with a little less sweet would do this one good. Mouthfeel is PERFECT for a DIPA. Pretty much spot-on. Not too thin, not too sticky, not under-carbed. Drinkability is scary high for the ABV on this one. No alcohol warmth detected. Overall, this beer is a pretty solid DIPA. The nose is great, but the taste is still a bit too malty. I know us west-coastians think differently when it comes to our IPA/DIPAs. Very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase on the regular if it were distributed to California.

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

Honey and floral. Excellent bitter. Incredible. When this brewery is on, they are on. There are few brews that they have that I consider just so so. And this one is incredible.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Pies & Pints Charleston

A- pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that reduces to just a ring, leaves a lot of lacing

S- bright citrus & pine hoppy notes, sweet bready malt with clean mint on the finish

T- bright citrusy hop noted with a bit of pine kick as well, tropical fruit notes of papaya & pineapple, transitions into a bready malt sweetness with a dry finish & citrus hop linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish, hides alcohol very well

O- Definitelt west-coast style with the bright citrus hoppy notes, well balanced and easy drinking. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Hazy golden-amber with a short head that dissipates immediately. Low carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, candy coated oranges, mango, caramel and something that resembles lactose?

Taste
Mango, papaya and notes of pineapple. Rich caramel and candied citrus. Touches of toffee. There does seems to be this strange (yet welcome) lactose component. Starfruit and honey. Finishes with resinous pine and florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and dry.

Overall
Complex and nicely balanced. The 9.4% abv isn't noticeable. Pretty much everything you'd want in a DIPA, but there is this milky flavor that sets it apart.

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Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brilliant orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time before receding. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: fruity, floral, and earthy tones are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, big earthy bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a well balanced DIPA that is nicely refreshing and enjoyable. One of my favorites from GLB.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant amber, slight haze and a creamy head that fell off pretty fast but left some nice lacing behind. The color is remarkable like the blush on a ripe peach. Nose is tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, apricot. The nose is like sweet perfume with floral hops and a fat malt character that yields up honey, caramel and cracker. Taste is extraordinary with plump, juicy ripe fruits and herbal hops light and earthy. It’s got a a sour zing and is resiny and dry. There’s a touch of alcohol on the palate but it’s inviting and warming. The malt is steady and sweet with some crusty bread mid palate and the hops splash up bitter with some light pine at the end for a dry finish. This is a fantastic DIPA that’s abundant with fruit, loaded with malt and exhilarating with bitter hops. Stupendous!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention is thin with a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a big malt balance to it. The taste of the beer is hoppy with a boozy malt flavor, slightly fruity and floral tasting. The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, it's worth trying.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Best by 5/11/14.

A - Pours a bright amber color with thin whisps of bright-white head. Great clarity. Unimpressive retention leads to disappointing lacing.

S - Juicy grapefruit coupled with rich caramel on the forefront. Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent. Faint wet grains aroma hidden in the background. Very nice.

T - Tangy clementine on the tip of my tongue. Full flavored malts follow with caramel and brown sugar. The citrus flavor is present throughout, but doesn't overwhelm. Bitter hops on the back end with a sugary sweet linger. Tasty.

M - Medium-thick body coats the tongue. Perfectly light but bubbly carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking.

O - This is one I have been looking to try for a while. We don't get Great Lake in Delaware, so I grabbed a 4-pack on a recent pass through New Jersey. I am glad I did. This is a fantastic double IPA with great balance. Citrus is probably the most prominent flavor, but I enjoy the caramel malts that it also offers. Reminds me most nearly to Evolution Lot6, which is among my favorite beers of all time. This is definitely one I will revisit, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of fdig23
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle. Two months out from the best by date.

Appearance: Clean bronze with minuscule white head.

Nose: Huge tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava. There's some sugar coated grapefruit in there backed up by a buttery biscuit. Some acetone like chemical tones float around as well.

Taste: Big hoppy fruits: plenty of mango and a lot of apricot. Some pear is mixed in with a nice crisp malt note. Finishes astringent with a bit of green tea.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a super clean mouthfeel. Not much stickiness, which is something I like in a big IPA.

Overall: top notch DIPA. For a very easy to find beer that comes at a very reasonable price tag, this is one of the best values out there. A very nice seasonal release from GLBC.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange with minimal/visible carbonation. A small off white head sat atop but quickly dissipated. The aroma is earthiness, pine and resin with some citrus fruit undertones. The earthiness and pine/resin comes through first and the citrus fruit aftertaste lingers for a bit. It is a medium body brew with strong bitterness from the hops. Overall, it is a flavorful DIPA.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spring--time for great DIPAs. Enjoyed along with a Dirtwolf

A: yellow/orange clear with two finger head that left lacing all the way down. Carbonation came to the top slowly the entire pour

S: Sweet, citrus, pungent.

T: Hops up front--tropical fruit and oranges with honey on the finish. Less so on the pine side.

M: Full bodied and great finish

O: Great DIPA and an annual treat--sweeter to me than Hopslam.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark orange-amber color with a big white head that leaves wide sticky rings of lacing as it goes. Clean and clear, carbonated.

S- Hoppy; citrus, floral, pine, and tropical. Some earthiness, too. Hang in there, the aromas reveal themselves sip by sip.

T- Some bready caramel malts and a spot of honey, no doubt The malts do not back down to all the hoppiness, balanced flavor.

M- Full chewy body, after all, it's @9.4% abv. It's dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is not overpowering...I think. Resinous.

O- The idea of a DIPA/American Amber Ale hybrid came to mind on this one. It works and I like it.

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Photo of nrs207
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice golden orange. 1 finger head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing. Far above average.

A - Not super pungent, but what's there is very nice. Very fruity. Some citrus, sweeter tropical fruits. I'm not sure they needed the honey malt in this considering how sweet the mosaic hop strain is. It smells super fruity without any bitterness and the taste backs that up.

T - Just a fruit bomb. Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malt. This is like Hopslam but better on every level. HopSlam has a slightly different hop profile obviously, because it doesn't use mosaic, but this executes the tropical fruits to perfection and has a nice sweet malt backbone. The winner with this is even at 9.4% it barely had any noticeable alcohol. HopSlam lets you know how boozy it is.

M - High marks here for the smooth flavor with low alcohol presence. I almost wish there was a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty much spot on. As it warms I get a touch of alcohol, but for 9.4% it's really not much at all. I'm very sensitive to alcohol taste, and it doesn't bother me. Only beer I've had mask it this well is Stone Enjoy By, and that's a top 3 beer for me. Also, this doesn't ever get too syrupy like some of the sweeter DIPAs can.

O - This stuff is great. Couldn't get it in my area, but luckily I commute over an hour and it was just sitting around by the case. Got 2 4 packs, and I'll probably get more soon before it's gone. I'd definitely give this a go no matter who you are. It's low on bitterness for those of you who aren't hopheads, and for people like me it provides that awesome fruity hop flavor with low bitterness and without getting syrupy. It's dangerously drinkable and I don't think you can really go wrong with it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-14-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Thanks to HopFace for this trade extra!

Pours with a finger's height of off-white head on a clear and bright amber beer. Lacing and head retention are good making for an attractive beer.

Lots of hops are in the smell with floral and citrus notes, such as grapefruit. Some bready malts are in there as well for sweetness.

Taste is hop-forward but the malt bill gives it a balance. The main flavors I get are citrus hops, tropical fruit and some sweet honey malt. Packs some alcohol weight with the 9.4 ABV.

The feel is medium-bodied, with rich flavors carrying into the aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry with both hoppy bitterness and some malt/fruit notes for balance.

Overall a really well-crafted Double IPA I'm glad to have tried

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Darkness tulip. Best before 5/2/2013. Purchased at Walegreens.

A – A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed bronze-red body with plenty of visible bubbles.

S – Loads of zesty Mosaic hops, with tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, yet balanced by brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit of grass and herb in the periphery. Alcohol is well concealed, but comes out a bit more as the brew warms.

T – The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits a la pineapple, guava, and mango. Perhaps a bit more bready and toasty in the malt bill. Bitterness is moderate, but never reaches excessive levels. Again, the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M – Pleasant, but zesty, carbonation. Fairly smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Some mild warmth that grows over the course of 12oz.

D – Well it’s one of the more ‘conservative’ takes on the Mosaic hop (along with New Belgium’s Rampant), it’s still quite enjoyable and one of the best hoppy beers I’ve had from Great Lakes (along with Rye of the Tiger). Glad that this comes in 12oz bottles, as it packs a punch.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it.

Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness.

Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isn't. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I don't usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. There's a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isn't too intense.

As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though it's hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark bronze color. Very clear, poured a two finger head with vigorous pour.

Smell - I'm getting a piney smell then get the smell of Mosaic Hops.. Smells good.

Taste - Taste seems less than what I smelled. Decent beer, but taste just seems to fade away.

Mouthfeel - At 9.4% ABV the alcohol is well hidden which is important to me.

Overall - A good DIPA, but not the best in my opinion. I enjoy Victory Hop Ranch more than this, but would put this ahead of Victory DirtWolf.

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Photo of thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper-honey-orange colored, with a moderate-sized white head and some lacing. A strong aroma of big, hoppy goodness with grapefruit, pine and resin most prominent, the same notes also carrying over into the flavor. Medium bodied with nice hop bitterness on the backend, but not at all as bracing as West Coast examples. I prefer just a tad more malt backbone (there's a hint of honey sweetness and some tropical fruits), but still fairly well balanced. Better than many of the current crowd favorites that are all hop aroma and flavor with no malt and no bitterness at all. This is a great beer.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 5/06/13
Poured into tulip

Pour: Looks semi-transparent honey orange in color with a good 2 finger white head. Head stuck around for a limited time yielding a great amount of lacing. Leaves a collar of ultra tight white bubbles around edge of glass. Tiny bubbles continually rise to surface in a mesmerizing dance.

Smell: This one is a tropical fruit bomb with a smack of pineapple, tangerine orange, mango, some grapefruit and peach. There is a large honey sweetness popping through this tropical onslaught creating one hell of a sweet smelling DIPA. Then at the very end is a dank hop note with some floral.

Taste: Well again it is all tropical at the front with the pineapple and bitter orange rind taking over. As noted in the smell the sweetness (honey) is huge in this one. It is very sweet and not at all bitter until the very end. Way at the back end the bitter bite says hello with a pine whack but creates an overall genuinely interesting and evolving taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat syrup like and medium bodied. Rather creamy and I think the decent amount of carbonation prevents this from being too sweet and sticky on the palate. Some of the sticky feel still does stick around on the back of the tongue for a while but not too long. Alcohol is barely noticeable to me.

Overall: In all honesty I have not been overly pleased with some of Great Lakes offerings but this one meets expectations. I heard so much positive about this that I had to give it a go and I can say I'm glad I did. Have I had better? Yes but in the same breath this is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful orange amber color with a one finger loose off white head. Retention is minimal and there are thin webs of lacing everywhere. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, slight dankness and a touch of sweetness. Taste is the same, but more balanced than the smell leads you to believe. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall a great beer. And very drinkable for the high abv.

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Photo of jera1350
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange with sediment stirring about. Beautiful coating of lace left all over the glass.

The nose is exotic smelling. Loads of tropical fruit, star fruit, mango, peach, apricot. Has a unique spicy hop scent also. Very different probably due to the mosaic hops which I've never had before.

Here again are all kinds of tropical fruit with a hoppy spice component. Orange, tangerine, mango, pine. Plenty of malt backbone with some warm alcohol.

Mostly full, resiny, slick finish. Very soft carbonation.

Unique hop profile here, very solid DIPA. Probably along the lines of the new wave of DIPA's with these new hop varieties. This one is an absolute winner!

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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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