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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:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
632
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 3,238
Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a fruit bomb but has gotten somewhat cloying and sweet over the years. Was once my favorite DIPA. Had this enormous tropical fruit nose and taste. Now it's a pretty solid beer with fruit notes that get pulled back by a malty sweetness.

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap

Appearance: Dark amber color with a thin off white head

Smell: Very citrus, pineapple, mango forward. I smell the 9.4% as well

Taste: Huge citrus and pineapple as with the nose. as well as pine notes to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, even for a double; Syrupy. I can also pick up some of the abv as expected

Overall: A wonderful DIPA. Full in favor and body. For a true hop head, which i happen to be, you can't ask for much better. I will be reaching for this more often

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Photo of macher0
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to drinking glass - alls I had.

A. Dark copper color with a finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Some laces.

S. Nose has strong malt backbone. Hops are prevelant. Minor notes of cat piss, grass, grain, and pine.

T. Strong malt backbone. A noticeable sweetness. The hops come through as sweet pine. Notes of grass, grain, resin, honey, and multi-grain bread.

M. Not very smooth. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Full body.

O. I was a little disappointed. I felt the sweetness actually lended to the lack of smoothness. This ale was overshadowed by other top shelf DIPAs that came out this season. With that said this is a good beer and worth the 10.99 per 4 pack price. I recommend this but I won't keep it around.

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Photo of ToddT
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Clear bright copper color topped with a thin off while head, the head fades quickly to a ring but it leaves some nice spotty lace on the glass.

S- Very hop forward, big citrus notes with hints of pineapple, sugary sweetness, and a bit of alcohol peeking out from behind the hops.

T- Big notes of citrus hops to start, mostly orange and pineapple sweetness, no real bitterness in the first taste. A bit of malt and honey balance thing out but there isn't any bitterness like you usually get in a big DIPA. The finish is dry and with a bit more pineapple, very clean at the end.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, clean finish with just a hint of heat from alcohol present.

O- Very nice beer, well balanced and minimal bitterness from the hops. Alcohol peaks out a bit at the finish but at 9.4% ABV that is to be expected. I would recommend any fan of IPA's check this one out.

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Photo of guityler83
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger head in the snifter. Bright white with mixed soap like bubbles. As it slowly receded a cotton looking lacing was left in its place. The beer is a medium dark copper color with small amount of haze and a constant stream of bubbles climbing to the top.

S: Wow. Large citrus hop aroma. Pineapple is the dominant scent followed by grapefruit and mango. A light graininess from the malt and no detectable ethenol or off characteristics.

T: Great big juicy citrus hop flavor on par with the aroma, pineapple and grapefruit dominate. There is also some pine and berry notes. The bitterness is firm but round and not harsh at all (lots of late hopping I'm guessing). The malt backbone is nice and subtle coming in with a toasty grainy character. Balance is hugely on the hop side. Clean fermentation character, no esters to speak of.

M: A juicy oily sensation left on the tongue like most late hopped IPAs. The carbonation is on the medium to moderate side maybe a tad high coming of a bit bitting. The body is meduim with the hops giving the impression of much more then it probably is.

O: The bottle I had was very fresh and very delish. I've had a lot of GL over the years and they have been solid, but this one blew me away. Big juicy aromatic and a great combination of hop flavors. I would compare it to Head Hunter or even Dirt Wolf with less dank.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy light amber with a quarter finger of head that left right away.

Smell is a lot of tropical notes from the mosaic, sweet honey, maybe some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pine, some minor berry notes, caramel malt

taste is bitter up front, heavy tropical notes of mango, papaya, orange, pineapple, some grapefruit and pine kicks in towards the end, a definite sweet malt base here with notes of caramel, honey, bread and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky with medium light carbonation, dry an sweet on the finish.

Well this is a damn good beer, I really enjoyed this on, I will probably go through a few 4 packs of this while it is around!

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

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

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

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Photo of endincolorado
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear, deep, orange-amber with a clean, white head that settles slowly. Some evident booziness comes out in the aroma, alongside strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and some faint, crackery malt. Lots of hop-bitterness are delivered by a medium-full body that washes over the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine seem to overpower any evident malt. Though a good example of the style; given a choice, I'd take a Lake Erie Monster over Alchemy Hour.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite DIPA I've had so far. Well balanced, medium mouthfeel, I love my ABV's and they're well hidden. Beautiful clear amber color, Mosaic & honey well present, and that's my personal preference as they complement each other very well. Knocked Hopslam off #1 for me. Just sayin.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4-10-15. Best By 5-7-15. Threshold glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some suspended particulate matter, but mostly clear. FEw bubbles, little carbonation, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Intensely fruity. Light, tropical, citrusy. Sweet. Mango. Peaches. Apricot.

Taste: Sweet arrival, fruity, tart, sweet; bitter mid-palate; very bitter finish. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Little carb (less than the last bottle).

Overall: Surprised by how seemingly light and easy-drinking this is for a DIPA. Had 2 other bottles of this, and this one is far less carbonated than the other two. I am just not able to drink these "big" beers anymore. 7.5% is where I call it quits. That said, this is delicious. When in the mood for Hoppy Goodness, this is great. I think I let this one get too warm.

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Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 5/7/15.

A- A clear orange color with a rather small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Wow, I smelled this beer immediately when I popped the cap. Tons of mango and citrus on the nose. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Notes of mango and citrus give way to a some sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, bittter, yet refreshing.

Great DIPA.

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Photo of Beergelden
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze

Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing

Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end

Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Enjoy by 05/7/15. I think it’s 3 or 4 weeks bottled now, a little older then I’d like.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear deep orange color with 1.5 fingers of thick and frothy off white head. Good retention and lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.75 Mosaic hops dominate; juicy, tropical fruits, mango, citrus notes. Great aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Follows the nose here, hop forward with big tropical fruit notes with moderate to significant bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with some fizz on the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.0 Tasty and smooth, solid drinkability for a DIPA.
Overall = 4.3875 A terrific double IPA. Hop forward and bursting at the seams with mosaic tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Quick review. Tried & tried to like this DIPA but it's just not gonna happen. The nose is great, tons of grapefruit & citrus to spare. The issue I have is with the lingering & potent malt-sweet quality that just dominates the palate, moreso than any other DIPA that I've tried. I mean, objectively it is a well crafted & dense take on the style, just not for me.

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Photo of veinless
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, glassy amber. More yellow than orange, and with a nice off-white head that caps and recedes to a thin layer that remains throughout. Lacing is quite pretty.

Smells of fresh orange with a caramel layering. Like a fine candy - not too sweet, not too bitter. Herbal aspect to it also aids in the overall aroma.

Taste follows the smell - not too sweet, not too bitter, and the beer does an exceptional job of bringing out a fresh orange taste concurrently with a just-a-bit too sweet caramel. It's much more herbal in the taste than in the smell, with more of a weediness than before.

Mouthfeel is clean and not very carbonated (which I like). Finish is very dry, and the middle isn't overly sticky. Probably the best part of the beer. Drinkability is exceptional due to the mouthfeel, and especially good considering the 9.4% abv. Alcoholic heat isn't really felt (which can be interpreted as good or bad, but I choose good in this case).

Overall a solid, very nice offering from Great Lakes. I may have been expecting a bit more, but the beer was fantastic regardless of my prior expectations.

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Photo of hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep Orange. Strong dank hop aroma. A mix of pine and citrus. Well balanced with a full malt body with some lingering sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Glad I found this randomly in the cooler section. It's about four months old, can't wait to try this fresh next year.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The extra hops are evident early in the aroma with overflowing grapefruit and sweet citrus. The citrus hops hit first, but the pine comes in at the end. Sweet malt and citrus balance with bitter hops brilliantly. With a combination of Mosaic, Nugget, and Cascade hops, I’ve never had a beer quite like this. At 80 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, this is quite a hefty beer, but it should be.

Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark apricot, with small white head, carbonation from the bottom, some lacing. 4

Aroma-Grapefruit, orange, piney, lots of citrus, honey, fresh floral arrangement. 4.25

Taste-same as smell, grapefruit is right up front, maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple, orange peel, dried apricot. 4.5

Feel-medium bodied, not watery, perfect ratio of bitterness, coats palate and stays, this is what a double should feel like. 4.75

Overall-More, that's how my mouth feels after a drink. Really solid stuff coming out of Great Lakes these days. High ABV that can hardly be tasted. Priced right, available everywhere in my area, even saw it at a gas station. As good as hopslam, if not better in some ways. 4.5

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

Here's a beer that lived up to the hype in a big way. 12 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Nice looking beer, off white head about two fingers tall, good retention, lots of bubbly lacing on the glass, and a deep clear copper color to it.
Smell (4.5/5): The aroma is very interesting. Sweetness from the honey malt, some serious tropical fruit, especially ripe mango, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, and tangy passion fruit, and dank resinous pine lurk within. Excellent, excellent aroma and different than most of the West Coast-style IPAs out there.
Taste (4.75/5): Holy moly, that's some intense flavor. Loads of pineapple and mango right at the front warm up your tongue with some sweetness before it's ravaged by the resinous, dank piney flavors of this hop bomb. Very bitter in the finish–grapefruit rind. Slight bit of honey malt shining through, but it stays in the background, playing a supporting role nicely. Touch of grain in the finish lends some heartiness. Little bit of warming after swallowing, as to be expected with such a big IPA (9.4% ABV)
Mouthfeel (4.75/5): Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Carbonation level is spot on. Slightly puckering from the hop astringency, noticeably oily and slick. This one has serious body, as well. Excellent feel, just about perfect for the style.
Overall (4.75/5): I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Great Lakes. Probably my favorite from them. One of the nicest things about this beer is that it is a very different take on the big DIPA style that stands apart from the West Coast examples and East Coast stuff like DFH 90 Minute as well. It's truly it's own beer. Absolutely standout stuff.

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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 LAp
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nose is a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, and hops. Orange, blood orange, jackfruit - a pungent, full-bodied, well balanced nose. Pours a clear orange-amber with a half finger head that gradually recedes to leave respectable lacing. The palate follows the nose. Bitter hops are cut with a sweet, savory undertone. Prominent citrus fruits, including the same orange, blood orange, and jackfruit of the nose, with a hit of kumquat (sans the tangy aftertaste). The prominent malt body lends an excellent depth to the beer, and provides an appropriately sweet counterpoint to the strong hop presence. Mouthfeel is thicker than many IPAs, which lends this beer a unique quality among its style that works brilliantly. Overall, a world-class beer, and arguably the best offering from Great Lakes (blackout stout held that place previously in my book, but it's been dethroned).

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Photo of emyers
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-hued orange color with a half-inch white head.

Smell: Impressive. Bursting with citrus and tropical hops - tangerine, mango, papaya. No alcohol in the nose. Love it.

Taste: Very similar to the smell - big on the tangerine and tropical fruit hops along with some grapefruit. A tiny bit of caramel malt sneaks in to give some balance on the finish, but this is all about the hops. No real alcohol heat and a nice bittering hop presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty dry, although the tropical fruit hop flavors do give a mild perceived sweetness. Medium-high carbonation. Bittering hops dry out the palate on the finish.

Overall: Great Lakes normally kills it and this is one of their best in my opinion. Phenomenal DIPA.

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Photo of da_beers
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Acquired as an extra in a trade. This was close to its "best by" date when I got it, so I let it settle in the fridge for a few days to combat the shipping trauma, then enjoyed.

A - Pours a darkish, copper orange, with a beautiful chunky white head about two-fingers. Good lacing. Absolutely beautiful appearance really.

S - Hops come on strong, with citrusy freshness coming on too. Sweetness of the malts is apparent, along with some earthy quality to it.

T - Nice resiny hop taste to it, also some definite orange in there with some other citrus. Sweetness from malts balances it all out nicely.

M - Medium bodied, great resiny aftertaste. Fairly smooth, but also has a bit of a bite.

O - Great DIPA, overall superb. Would love to get some freshies and re-review.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark hazy bronze color. 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S- This is where this beer really stands out to me. An explosion of fruity hoppiness. Detect some faint malt, but the fruity hops dominate.

T- Taste like a bitter fruit smoothy. Juicy hops up front. Pineapple, tangerine, mangos. So good. There is a light malt presence but the hops take front stage here. Alcohol comes through slightly in the after taste. There is also a pleasant bitterness that lingers between drinks.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The hops tingle the roof of the mouth.

O- This is one awesome DIPA. My goodness its so easy to drink even with the slight alcohol coming through in the finish. Enjoying this one after work. Going straight to the dome. Could definitely drink another, but then I may not wake up for class.

**I'm still kind of new to IPAs and craft beer in general. I'm finally starting to taste the difference between different IPAs. This one and dirt wolf are both awesome. Just picked up a bomber of the collab black double IPA by 3 Floyds, Surly, and Real ale brewing. Going to share with a friend and review soon.**

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Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Few weeks young

A: Vibrant blood orange, crystal clear. The head is minimal - looks like a huge triple/BA beer.

S: Very interesting and unique, must be the mosaic hops. Very ripe light-colored tropical fruits and honey. Fruit-concentrate astringency. Orange, mango, honeydew melon. Very floral and herbal, lavender-like spices, and lemon grass. Though interesting, not incredible.

T: Very unique, like the aroma, but seems to work better. Ripe tropical fruits, honey, floral and herbal - the nuances are more difficult to identify. Not very bitter, honey sweetness - dry.

P: Medium, pretty standard DIPA feel and carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, but not one I would buy again. Really well brewed and balanced, but not my cup of tea. Really glad I tried it

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