Full Review

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Hop Madness Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Hop Madness Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
Clear deep amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fresh made caramel nut fudge, tropical fruit custard pie, and buttery caramel corn with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, long finish displaying nuances of peppered bitter greens, baking chocolate, and rye pastry finish. A brawny, creamy Imperial IPA with surprising sessionability.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty & Hoppy
Aroma Aroma: fresh made caramel nut fudge, tropical fruit custard pie, and buttery caramel corn
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of peppered bitter greens, baking chocolate, and rye pastry
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tacos, Ribs, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A brawny, creamy Imperial IPA with surprising sessionability.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

Imperial IPA

Beer Glass Snifter Amber.jpg
Serve in a Snifter
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.