Monday, April 12, 2021

372. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH) - Chillwave

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

Um. Okay. It is nicely balanced, though the high alcohol (9%) is apparent. I don’t get a real specific flavor profile, but there is something rich and sweet going on that makes me think of papaya. It sort of takes me back to Honduras two years ago, where we had the chance to eat fresh papaya that we literally picked off of the trees. It’s far too big, though—if this were a regular IPA, it would be excellent. I think. It’s sweet enough that if it were smaller, it might be cloying.

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