Chillwave Double IPA

Ohio
United States
Great Lakes beer Chillwave Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Inspired by the North Coast’s dedicated (and sometimes chilly) surf community, our Double IPA will melt the ice in your beard and never lose its balance.

Profile

ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Mosaic, Nugget, Cascade
Malts: 
Harrington Two-Row, Caramel 45, Honey Malt
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Chillwave, by Great Lakes Brewing, is a fine example of a Double IPA that is trying to keep it simple. This one delivers big alcohol and big, dank, tropical Mosaic hop character throughout the experience, coming off like a SMASH version of the style compared to other brewer’s versions, which might exhibit more malt or hop complexity.

Tropical hop character is the dominant aspect of the aroma in this very lightly hazy, golden-colored brew with a solid, pure, white, fine-bubbled head with lacing. Overripe pineapple and tropical fruits are prominent, with a light background of sweet malt aroma and alcohol. The flavor packs a solid bitter hit (as expected with a 70 IBU brew) along with associated deep and thick tropical fruit and resiny dank hop characters that coat the palate. The lightly sweet base malt backbone tends to be overwhelmed by the massive hop expression. Interestingly, while the overall flavor thins out a bit in the middle, it comes back for a second assault in the finish, delivering a slightly salty, dank and bitter character. The brew has a solid medium body and comes off as being moderately dry, which is surprising considering the alcohol content.

Overall, this is a good, simple DIPA that makes sure you are well aware of the Mosaic hop character demonstrated throughout the drink. It is a satisfying brew, but is somewhat one-dimensional compared to some other offerings in the marketplace. Still a very fine effort and a solid example of the style.