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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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

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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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 HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 14MAY13

Nice copper colored ale with a light creamy sheet. Smells like BO, apricot, peaches, resin, some pine and sweet malts. Nice nose. Flavor is malt, some cracker, some tea and peach. Overall the taste is more malty than I enjoy in a DIPA, but has a herbal character that seems appealing. medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Overall the beer isn't bad, but nothing special. In fact, I'd recommend this for somebody that really loves DFH beers, seems to fall in line with their style.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottled on March 5, 2015
A- copper-orange hue with small white head. Small bubbles that left a good lace down the glass.
S- straight mango and tropical fruit with some apricot and citrus notes as well.
T- follows the nose with mango, honey, sweet malt balance.
M- medium, avg carbonation, hides the big abv well.
O- really good DIPA. Up there in the upper echelon.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a long lasting beige head of medium size. It sits atop a beer with an orange amber color and has as lightly hazy clarity.

The aroma has a good amount of wet juicy hops with some fruity tropical tones.

Taste is very good and refreshing. I can taste plenty of citrus and tropical hops along with sweet fruits. It's malty too with a fair amount of honey malts. I guess thats what gives the beer the sweetness. The finish is pine resin bitter but its's a smooth, soft bitterness.
Very drinkable beer here that I could easily quzzle.

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Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Bright, clear golden color; served with a thick, off-white head.

s: Tropical fruit hopiness; pineapple and zesty citrus. Plenty of sugary caramel and some great as well.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Relatively low bitterness with lots of fresh tasting tropical fruit goodness. A tad sweeter than I prefer with some well incorporated booze.

m: Medium body and creamy.

o: Dangerously drinkable and almost, but not quite, top tier. Really liked this one though.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wanted to love this based on reviews but just don't get it. Pours syrupy, dark golden and looks great. Leaves one hell of a lacing but has a strange aroma. taste was overly bitter on the mid palate and finished with an indescribable off taste, maybe oxidation? Ended up pouring this one out.

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Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I have it and you don't.

A: Poured a red, amber, gold color, slightly chill-hazed, and with a massive slightly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Holy fruit bomb! Sorta like Alpha King's fruit profile, along with a bit of fresh pine sap thrown in for safe measure. Inviting and then some.

T: Such a fantastic flavor. Fresh citrus (mango [first], passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange), followed by the intense pine. Awesome!

M: Spirals left around the glass is always a good sign with this style, along with disciplined sweetness. the booze warming was most excellent.

O: The hell with "Lake Eerie Monster" [which I don't like]. This is the new Great Lakes awesome hop bomb.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange body, finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: floral, passionfruit, mild lemon peel, sugar candy
biscuit malt, strong grassy

T: similar to nose, big sweet malt, long grassy
bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: Interesting GL beer. Would recommend, but
wish was little bit heavier in the body.


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Photo of Sabtos
2.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dark amber with a minimal head, leaving a thin collar.

Sweet light caramel notes on the nose, some honey, with an oddly big void left where hops should be for the style.

Grahamy caramel flavors again, with not much if any bittering. Honey, and maybe a touch of mango from the hops.

To be honest this is closer to an an amber ale.

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Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep golden orange/yellow body with a one finger off white head that lasts for the length of the beer.

S: Dank hops are on the front of this nose. There is an awesome bitter bite followed by a sweet caramel finish.

T: There is a lot of malt and hops that come together nicely but not perfectly. The hops have a dank simcoe flavor with a citrus bite. The malt is caramel and toffee with harsh edges that clash slightly with the rest of the flavors.

M: Nice heavy body with a near perfect carbontation.

O: Great IPA. Worth getting if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. "Enjoy by" date is 06/08/15.

Pours clear copper amber with a medium, sustained head and a fair amount of very fine carbonation. Aroma is strong. Citrus and pine.Alcohol.

Taste is bitter -- pine, a little citrus, very bitter. A slight tartness maybe like grapefruit. As you become accustomed to the bitterness, a slight caramelly sweetness comes out, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, thick. Overall, pretty good beer.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish burnt orange with a 1 inch creamy head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric tropical fruits, orange, pineapple, grpaes, mellon, grapefruit. Some caramel malts, a little alcohol warmth and added sugars.

Taste - Much like the nose, nice upfront blast of hops, very fruity and sweet. All the tropical fruits mix in well with the malts to add a nice, impressive beer. Added sugars along with spices really make this a flavor bomb. Alcohol comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The tounge gets nailed with the sweet hops, malts and sugars. Palate gets even more hops and a nice roasty malt flavor. The aftertaste is fruity, malty and a little warm.

Overall - This is awesome. A west coast style ipa full of hops and flavor. Sweet fruits but not overly done, the malt backbone really balances and ties everything together. This is a dangerous beer at 9.4%, drinks like a 6%'er. A must try.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, but very active, dark, coppery amber brew. Good size white head, fluffy, with excellent retention and leaving behind tons of thick lacing.

Fruity, sweet hoppy aroma from the moment it's poured. Mango and watermelon, with a hint of citrus and peel behind, and caramel from the malt. Almost a touch of peppery rye bread sneaking through.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of brown sugar and caramel from the malts; followed by a sweet, juicy, citrus-and-pine note from Nugget hops; and finished with a dank, flowery note from Mosaic hops. The hop profiles really come through that distinct; anyone familiar with those varietals will definitely notice them right away.

Smooth and drinkable; long, oily finish; some warming heat on the back-end, but nothing indicating the relatively high ABV (9.4%). Relatively full-bodied for the style, especially as it warms, but not at all syrupy.

This is an excellent DIPA, with a great hop profile without ignoring a great malt body. Big beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.

M: Full in body; slighlty slick.

O: This is good, but not great.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My son just told me about this one yesterday but he had not tried it. Today at Save On they were raving about a Columbus Brewing triple IPA which I tried, but they also had this on tap. I had a sample and just had to have more so I bought a half growler.

This is a very finely crafted brew. The color is a little dark for an IPA. The head won't quit. It's huge. The aroma is mostly a very tangy hoppy, but it also has a sweetness to it.

Taste is another story. Or the same story. Perfect balance of very hoppy with sweetness, dark, and unique. It is a huge beer that just feels right and unlike any other. The aftertaste is pretty tangy too. It is sitting big on my palate. I will drink another glass with my pizza in a bit. I know it is going to be perfect.

This may be my favorite Great Lakes ever.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 07/03/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange amber in color with a sanstone colored, near finger width head. Fair retention, dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Not much for lacing save a few lines left around the top and a spot or two.

Smell - Fruity aroma, with notes of mango, stone fruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits first on some mild mango and, then fresh citrus quickly cuts in to deliver lively notes of juicy orange and bitter grapefruit character. Light spice. Malts are fairly hidden, but add a hint of caramel and bready sweetness. Stone fruit comes through near toward the back end, with a finish that's bitter orange or grapefruit pith with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Very good DIPA. Lots of flavor to work through, but quite drinkable all the same. I'll hope to try this again some day.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/11/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma is very pleasant citrus
Head average (4.5 cm), off-white, creamy with large rocks, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm layer with lumps
Lacing spotty – clots here and there
Body bright orange, clear
Flavor begins with some hops citrus, but not a lot. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends with some pink/red grapefruit sourness, very short lived.
Palate medium, somewhat oily, carbonation lively.

A very nice DIPA – no flavor of alcohol – just a slow burn after it hits the stomach. The appearance and aroma are very pleasing although I like a little more lacing. The flavor seems muted to me, with the citrus being more pronounced in aroma, and just the grapefruit bitterness showing up a minute or two after swallowing. Overall, another good beer from Great Lakes in Cleveland.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice extra from enelson in a recent trade. I've seen this around here, but never picked any up. Thanks, Ed!

Pours a brilliant garnet orange with a small white head on top. Moderate retention, light lace. Great nose of freshly squeezed citrus like grapefruit, orange. Light ethanol notes. A nice sweet smelling beer.

Moderate depth - holds up the ABV well. Slightly syrupy on the finish. Bittering hops right off, but they are short-lived, which keeps me sipping. This profile is quite juicy and flavorful. Semi-sweet citrus, candy like finish. A bit dry on the back end.

I really enjoyed this beer. A fresh, flavorful beer that cures my hop fix, but doesn't wear on me. Recommend.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this beer a few times already but with my last bottle from my six pack, its due for a proper review.

This brew pours right in line with the style with an amber hued body. Head is just about an inch with an average pour. The nose is bright and lush and full of bursting aroma. Citrus rind juicy fruit and resin come through nicely. The smell is sharp and prickly goodness. The juicy feel of this beer continues through to the taste. It is absolutely gushing with mango, grapefruit, and lush citrus. The bitter tones play nicely but mostly as a balancing act to the wonderful flavor scheme. This drinks like the perfect summer IPA. I really wish I would have bought a lot more of this gem as this one sold out fast and has really flown under the radar. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and just rite. A truely wonderful IPA that I will seek out again.

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Photo of herman77
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper with some haze to it. Nice fluffy off white head with great retention. Very nice, sticky lacing, leaving big rings.

S: Mainly tropical with sweet grapefruit and oranges. A honey/flowery smell to it to. A bit of resinous and very slight pine lurking in the background with some toffee malt.

T: Nice and juicy tropical fruits. Floral. Honey like sweetness from the honey malt I would assume? Big dose of carmel and toffee malts for a really nice malty backbone. It could use a bit more resinous piney hops, but those might have faded off a bit by now. Other than that, its pretty damn amazing.

M: Medium to fuller body for the style. Average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel.

O: Pretty good drinkability for the ABV. The tropical/sweeter style of this Double IPA is right in my wheelhouse. A bit like Abrasive, but not as much intense, in your face hops and maybe a bit sweeter. Overall, one of my new favorite double IPAs.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,250 ratings.
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