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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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491 Reviews
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
3,253
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
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328
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636
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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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

Big, inviting flavour, pulls you in right away. Mosaic is very prominent, lots of stone fruit (melon) and tropical flavours. Malt is fairly strong, a big caramel flavour, but does not steal the show from the hood. Mildly bitter. Nice stuff.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 2016 - served on tap in Columbus, OH. Pours a rich copper color, covered with a light white foam on top. Scented by a slight pine hop nose, floral too. Heavy hearty bitter open. Weighty mouthfeel, a beer of substance. Resins galore. Lighter blend, but the taste and feel is thick. Drinkable DIPA, but it hits you.

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Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 06/05/15 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger, mildly frothy light beige head with average retention and copious lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Major hop complexity in the nose with pine, tropical fruit like mango and passionfruit, pink grapefruit and orange citrus, light pine, and floral melon aromas. Malt is a little bit of very light caramel but much is overwhelmed by hops. No yeast or alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor is very good, not quite as complex as the aroma, but delicious combination of hefty 2-row pale malt with very light grainy edge and low L crystal malt with a layered hop bomb presence. Hops flavor is dominated by grapefruit and pine with floral melon and light berry flavors and dank edge in the background. No yeast character. Alcohol provides a bitter edge to the flavor, and the overall bitterness is medium. A very wide palate of flavors and one I would like to match up side by side with Victory Dirt Wolf of Stone Enjoy By for comparing intensity.

M: Nice dry finish with light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Chillwave DIPA from GLBC is an amazing DIPA with a top-tier aroma and unique, new-school hop presence with berry-melon accent on a more traditional citrus-pine base with stellar feel -- an exceptional DIPA with IIPA ABV. Wonderful brew!

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Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper/amber, my smooth pour is rewarded by barely half a finger of white bubbles and barely any retention. Somehow it manages to leave lots of soapy lacing on the glass.

Deep honey malts, caramel and toffee with a some red fruity esters. Hops are varied and moderate in strength. Canned peaches, slight guava and kiwi sit solidly atop a pine/ orange citrus nectary hop profile.

A full loaf of honey bread sets in with some molasses sweetness, a no doubt balancing step for the hops. Candied citrus, juicy grapefruit and oranges with apricot and dried mango nuances. The flavor evolves late into the drink to a more pungent and earthy garlic. hemp and pine. Bitterness curls inward on the palate intensifying leaving citric and piney residue.

Medium to high body, rather sluggish with a more creamy, tight bubbled carbonation. Moderate alcohol and high malt complement the nectary hop profile. Drinkable, flavorful but sluggish.

Chillwave is a free swinger, a bigger beer with nectary, pungent hops. And it adds another dimension to the Mosaic hop enigma this time bringing kiwi and copious amounts of stone fruit into the fold.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date reading best before 05/27/2013. Split this four pack with a friend, am overly excited to try this new beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co., as they have quickly become one of my favorite breweries.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about one finger of doughy white head that goes down quickly on top of a beautiful golden orange colored body. Some bubbles streaming to the top, and some light sediment floating around the glass. Lots of thin stringy lacing clinging to the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Wow, amazing tropical fruit smells. Mangoes, pineapple, papaya, blood orange. Light biscuit malts creeping in the background. This is one of the fruitiest, most mouth-watering smelling DIPA's I've ever encountered.

T - Taste follows the nose accurately enough. Blast of tropical fruit, underlying hop bitterness, sweet bready malts, and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Otherwise, this beer masks it's intense 9.40% abv expertly well.

M - Feel is not what you would expect of a double IPA; light, smooth, clean, with just a bit of sticky hop resins, and some sweet fruit skin lingering. Very tasty.

Overall, a ridiculously drinkable DIPA from Great Lakes, especially at such a high abv. This is basically everything you could ask for in a DIPA, one of the best I have had all year so far. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on more of this stuff. Keep up the good work, Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA ---4.5/5

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Photo of buschbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super nice pour, dark golden amber, slightly golden head, minimal carbonation.
smells very citric, a little tropical. some orange. some pineapple. a little bit of cat urine, too, but I think my nose is traumatized from a previous beer that was pretty thick with the cat pee and is very sensitive to it now.
definite orange peel, some pine. very juicy. no alcohol being picked up, but some slight oily or resinous feel.
super easy to drink. wouldn't even know it was over 7%, although the slight breadiness I am picking up more into the bottle is a sign of alcohol. I didn't taste it at first, but it's coming through louder now and replacing the cat pee I thought I was smelling.
very excellent brew! the DIPAs on the east coast have a very distinct way to them.... I like 'em!

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

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

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

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Photo of prototypic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

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

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

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

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

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

A - 4.25 - A beautiful orange Amber
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit and rind but balanced with some sweet malt
T - 4.5
MF - 4.5 - Medium heavy
O - 4.5 - My kind of DIPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Orange/amber beer, fairly clear, spotty head.
Nose orange candy (El Dorado-ish), minty greenness.

Nice mandarin orange sweetness, then rind, then grapefruit, all with a caramel sweetness behind it. In the end, pine/mint flavors take over, leaving a very green-leaf dryness on tongue.

Enjoyed more on re-review than initial thought of it being an under 4 beer (but maybe not 3.75 low). Warmth helps a tad, but not too warm on this one.

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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 Florida9
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that reduces to not more than a ring around the edge a thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic and inviting. Some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruit. Light sweetness.

T: Taste starts off very sweet. (Much too sweet for my personal preference) Mild caramel malts and, again, lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is moderately alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly slick. Surprisingly mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. I like the hops in this one. Very juicy and tropical, but the sweetness is too much to make this one a "go-to."

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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 CHickman
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with a thick 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, apricot, fresh juicy citrus hops and some nice piney hop resins, which then give way to caramel, toffee, brown sugar, gunny bear candy, graham cracker and biscuit. No real sign of spices as the hoppy sweetness overtakes most of the nose, letting the malty backbone come through as well.

Tastes of tropical fruit like pineapple, guava, clementine, pear, lemon and passion fruit mixed with piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, a buttered biscuit, French toast bread crust and then a zesty citrus finish. ABV is pretty well hidden and the bitterness is mid-level and likely tamed by the nice malty balance. The second bottle I had confirmed that it was maltier than the first few sips, and while it doesn't finish like a hop-bomb it's still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and velvety as it slides across the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body that leans towards the chewy side and a nice bitter finish which has a citrus pucker mixed with doughy bread crust and a sweetness which reminds me of maple syrup or brown sugar. Overall a very good DIPA that goes down easier than a 9% ABV brew should which is likely due to the well balanced flavor.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind. The nose is a fine blend of hops and citrus. The malt backbone on this offering is solid – in fact, this is quite a well-balanced DIPA. The finish has bitterness along with a hint of sweet, but it’s not super-hoppy. The biggest drawback is that the alcohol gets just a bit too much at the very end.

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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 MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another

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Photo of siege06nd
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoah, Great Lakes doing a DIPA???!? Consider me officially stoked...

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. Alchemy Hour pours a pleasant, mostly clear, rich, vibrant, honey gold color. A careful pour yields about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head. Lacing is sticky and persistent, leaving moderate streaks along my glass. Head retention is good, with a quick swirl causing it to come roaring back.

S. Wow, Great Lakes has nailed the nose here. Extremely tropical and sweet, with a lot of pineapple, mango, tangerine. The sweetness presents mainly as a honey-like quality. At the back of the bouquet sits a slap of dankness. The herbal and resin bite on the back-end is a nice compliment to the citrus notes that precede. A very well rounded, balanced nose...loaded with complexity but with no one note dominating.

T. Exactly as the nose would suggest, Alchemy Hour is a big, tropical, resinous bomb of a DIPA. It's all sticky honey and mango up front, before pineapple joins the party. Pineapple fades to mango and then grapefruit emerges before a pine blast finishes things up. The finish is equal parts of everything that went before, with just a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious DIPA.

M. There's just a touch of booze at the end that detracts slightly. Otherwise, it's incredibly well balanced considering how prominent the flavors are in this beer. Make no mistake...this is a sweet, more malted DIPA, but that is exactly what they say they are going for. The convergence of the West and East Coast styles.

O. I have to say I am surprised. Lake Erie Monster (Great Lakes' other DIPA) has never been very enjoyable for me, so when Great Lakes said they were chasing a West Coast styled DIPA, I didn't have the highest hopes. It's not their fault, they just seem to specialize in balanced, middle of the road, high quality lagers and ales. Well color me impressed. Alchemy Hour DIPA is easily one of the best beers I have had in recent memory, and is a top notch DIPA in every regard. This reminds me a great deal of Hopslam in its balance and sweetness. A spectacular, must-try achievement from a brewery that doesn't miss often. I love you Great Lakes!

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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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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,253 ratings.
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