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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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94
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489 Reviews
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
3,238
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle which was one from the 4 pack that I bought from Giant Eagle in Painesville the other day for $9.99. "Please enjoy by 05/20/13" stamped on the label so it is nicely fresh! Poured into a clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass.

A Moderate copper translucent body under a minimal very light brown but thick head. Good look. 4.0

S Floral hops dominate the smell. I may pick up some of the honey malt mentioned on the label but it is well in the background behind the hops! 4.0

T Hops in front but a very welcome last one third of the taste since there is a nice malt, honey sweetness there. The gritty, grainy burlap hops are exceedingly common in Great Lakes beers (notice I am not complaining, only remarking!) but the sweet honey malt is a welcome addition here. Very good taste indeed. 4.5

M Feel is strong for sure. That burlap, grainy hops bitterness really fills out the feel. The sweet honey touch in the last one third lightens the feel somewhat. This is a "big" beer. That not only suits the style but it is what I expected from GLBC. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that high with the high ABV and the "bigness" of the beer. Overall this is a very fine beer. 4.5

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chillwave. 12oz bottle poured into tulip. Slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head that settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is orange juice, pineapple, mango, caramel, grass, and bread. Taste is strongly sweet for the style with tropical fruit juice and caramel notes followed by spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Alcohol wafts through on the swallow. Medium body, thick resiny texture, shy of moderate carbonation, grassy bitterness on the finish with some residual sugar.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

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Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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Photo of Mdog
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber, good head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, apricots.

Taste: Nice sweet fruit, pink grapefruit, moderate bitterness. Balanced taste (for a DIPA).

Mouthfeel: Moderate feel, syrupy.

Overall: Very nice double IPA here from Great Lakes. I enjoy the Lake Erie Monster, but I think I like this one even more, as it has a sweeter and fruitier taste than the Monster. Really good stuff!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

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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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd beer from Ohio after Juju. This Chillwave is best before 5/03/2015 which tells me this is over 2-3 months old if I'm not mistaken as today is 3/28.

Tropical fruit, sticky dank Pineapple & Mango. Honey maybe? Holy schitt if this were two weeks old in the bottle and malt a bit less present, this may just have got near a perfect 5.

Carbonation is spot on and no booze to speak of for the 9.4% ABV. Fantastic beer.

I'd love to re-review this one uber fresh. So far, this Californian is more impressed with Ohio than Vermont.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

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Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear and bronze with a 2 finger head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Aromas of ripe pineapple and passion fruit. Honey covered bread gives it a big sweet scent.

T - The hops are big, juicy, and tropical. Ripe pineapple, passion fruit, with a touch of bitterness. Fresh baked biscuit drenched in honey makes it delicious. I think of it as a sweet, tropical Hopslam.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A slick feel on my tongue.

O - This is a very nice IIPA that is more sweet than hoppy, but don't take that as a negative. The juicy tropical flavors come from the Mosaic hop that is complimented by a sweet honey flavor. Easy to drink considering the ABV.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maui/Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano snifter.

Appearance- Robust orange color, not too bright, but strong. Like an overripe orange in the bowl. Lots of bubbly head leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell- straightforward double IPA- big, pungent, bitter and acidic. Tingly on the nose with lots of pineapple, guava, fig newtons, alpha acids. Smells like its gonna be yummy.

Taste- big passion fruit creamy tang up front. Robust bitter hop attack comes next and hangs out past the swallow. Mingles nicely with a malty backdrop, but keeps the bitter long and strong. Very tasty stuff. A great DIPA for warm weather.

Mouthfeel- slightly fizzy, but dense and smooth. Leaves the mouth coated for lingering taste.

Overall- one of Great Lakes' best offerings in my opinion. Bummer that it is a limited seasonal. They should keep this on a bit longer into the summer months. And if Widmer actually sued over the name, it will be a bummer that this will be gone- hopefully the recipe stays and the only the name changes. Can't wait until the next release of this one

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Photo of SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 7/10/16. Pours a very attractive orange red with a two inch off white sticky head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, cannabis, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows big flavor, everything from the nose, with a big piney grapefruit finish that holds on long after you set the glass down.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, moderate life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability for its heft.

Overall this is a very good DIPA, once again @jzeilinger hits it out of the park.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, it has a full light amber colored body with a 1" tan sticky head to it. The aroma has citrus almost lemon aroma coming through with of course the hop aroma also. The taste is awesome some fruity sweetness up front then the hop kicks your tongue, then after the swallow the malt lingers.
The mouth feel is great, leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue, not to heavy, but just a very good drinking DIPA.

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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 lunarbrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber with about 2 fingers of khaki head that dies fast. Rests with a fine lacing surfacing the entire beer. Beer smells sweet, and fresh. I pick up floral hops and clovers. A little bit of a bright berry flavor hides in the background. The beer has a pretty special flavor. Sweet, a little grainy, and a burst of very crisp hops. I get the clover flavor again which is more pronounced in the taste. The aftertaste is wonderful. A very bitter and peppery flavor lingers on my palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a higher than average carbonation. The beer is not too creamy--instead has a crisper character. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a thin layer of off-white and bubbly foam.

Juicy tropical fruit, namely mango, pineapple, and some citrus, resin, and some earthy pine notes.

The tropical sweetness in the aroma is slightly overpowered by the resinous, piney, and earthy hop bitterness, but the tropical flavors are not overshadowed, pineapple and mango come out to play with some slight caramel notes.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy, tropical tartness, and a fair amount of resinous hop bitterness.

Overall, this will sit in my top 10 favorite DIPAs for some time. This leans heavy on the bitter spectrum, but the tropical tart and sweet flavors shine just enough.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy beige head on top a clear, orange-ish beer. Lacing is a decent fizzy drape after the head receded to a fizzy top layer.

Nose is immediately musky with a bit of grapefruit in amongst the big bitter bill.

Taste begins big bitter but gives way to mango and a candy like sweetness. Finishes a tad hot but not monstrously so.

Very good beer, glad I grabbed two four packs!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with little to no head. Aroma isn't crushing me, but reminds me of fresh tropical fruit. Big grapefruit notes. Flavor is more vegital than I expected. It's clean, but so clearly different than any IPA I have tried recently. Some tangerine maybe, but once again, vegita to a degree. Hints of caramel malts. Not a huge amount of bitterness. Has the making of an American BW, but refuses to go there. At time I flat out love it and at time I flat out hate it. This is one of the single most interesting beers I have tried.

Overall, this is certainly a seek and find beer. Maybe the hardest beer I've had to rate

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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 falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Common Ground Co-Op, Urbana, IL
Date: Best by 05/06/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alchemy hour has a wonderful aroma. I've found, though, that as the beer warms, it becomes less fruity, with more focus on caramel malt and ethanol.

Pours a modest 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam, which has average retention of roughly a minute before it has completely faded to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, a few spots and lines ringing the inside of the glass. Body is a warm, rich sunset orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues through the hazy (60% opaque) body. Carbonation is visible through the fog, streaming up from the center of the glass with some strong activity.

Aroma is of substantial fruitiness (passion fruit, mango) with lesser caramel malts and citrus (orange/orange peel). An excellent aroma, perhaps the most passion fruit-like beer I have encountered.

Overall flavors are of lighter (Lovibond) caramel malts and a touch of honey (for sweetness) with passion fruit, and more moderate mango, orange peel, hop bitterness, and slight herbal/woodsy hop characters. Front of palate is sweet and grainy, with toffee, honey, and cereal grains dominating the light esters that lurk in the background here. Mid-palate finds a quick transition, featuring prominent, slightly dank hops, with substantial passion fruit, orange peel, and mango, less prominent malt sweetness, and slight pepper from ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Back of palate finds strong orange peel and bitterness, with modest herbal/woodsy flavors (though such hops weren't used in the beer) and sweet, lightly caramelized malts, all with noticeably peppery, mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of fairly strong hop bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, and reduced orange peel.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with a medium to medium-low level of carbonation. This results in a beer that is never fizzy on the palate, but lightly and gently foams as it moves across. Closes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils and on the back of the throat, leading to a dry finish with plenty of lingering stickiness hanging on the palate.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this our of a tulip
Look - copper color and you can see right through it. Good head that lasted for less than 30 sec
Smell - best smelling dipa I can think of. The hop and citrus aroma is incredible.
Taste - just like the smell but slightly hopier. Has a great grapefruit mango citrus taste. More mango than anything else and it sits in your mouth for a while.
Mouthfell - slight carbonation thick for how clear it is but fairly smooth.
Overall - one of the best Great Lake beers if not my favorite. I hope to find this in tap somewhere!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into mini chalice.

A: slightly hazed, super orange. head is bright white and frothy. retention isn't great, but is there. tons of spotted lacing. a bit darker than most DIPA, but not necessarily a negative.

S: smells like oranges and cactus and sticky herb and everything delicious. super inviting. impossible to smell and not sip.

T: tastes like delicious American hops. everything floral. big citrus flavors. a resinous piney linger. bitterness that is totally manageable. mingles more on the end of orange rind. sweet more than bitter. tasty shit.

M: creamy and smooth. full bodied.

D: absolutely delicious. really one of the finest DIPA I can think of in my hazed memory. just super drinkable and tasty. the best part of all is I feel like this isn't even the freshest offering of this particular brew. thumbs up.

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Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a FFF Teku.

A: Semi-aggressive pour yields about 1.5" of off-white head. The beer is a golden amber color.

S: Smell is apricots, Juicy Fruit, and oranges.

T: Much like the smell, oranges, apricot, and Juicy Fruit comes thru even more in the taste. The hop bite comes through in the finish.

M: If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be the mouthfeel. I would like just a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite DIPA's. Truly a great beer. Admittedly, I am a huge Great Lakes Brewing Company fan, but this beer is even better than I hoped for. Awesome.

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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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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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