Moving on to a Double IPA for my next review. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Chillwave Double IPA. This is an annual March release for the Cleveland, Ohio brewery and is definitely a little different of a beer for the brewery most known for their porters, stouts and lagers. It showcases Mosaic, Nugget and Cascade hops and comes in at 9.4% ABV and 80 IBU.
Appearance: This beer is a really deep copper, almost an amber color which is definitely a darker color than I normally like to see for my double IPAs. It had an okay sized head which produced some decent lacing down the glass.
Nose: This beer definitely has a very strong nose but not the normal dank really strong fresh hop nose you get from most other doubles these days. You get a lot of tropical fruit right up front in a big way, almost like a tropical mixed drink smell. You can get some cranberry juice, maybe even some orange juice out of the nose as well. Sugary sweetness and malt are definitely present as well.
Taste/Mouth: It has a syrupy, thick mouth with a good bite from the carbonation. The tropical fruit and fruit juices from the nose definitely carry over to the taste. The taste is far too sweet in my opinion for a double IPA with not nearly enough hop bitterness to balance it out. The fruit flavors are nice but combined with the malt sweetness this beer becomes far too sweet.
Availability/Price Point: Great Lakes is a very accessible brewery and available pretty much everywhere on the east coast. The price wasn’t terrible either for a 9.4% beer, it comes in a 4 pack and I got mine for $9.99 at Bottle King I am pretty sure.
Overall: I like my Double IPAs to be far more bitter than this one was. The sweetness greatly overpowers what are some of my favorite hops for an IPA or Double, Mosaic and Nugget. This might be an enjoyable Double for some people I guess it depends on your pallet and what other Double IPAs you have to compare this one too. Fortunately I have had a lot of Double IPAs and a lot of ones better than this. Glad I got to give this one a go but doubt I will ever purchase it again.