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

Their Portfolio

92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Chillwave Double IPA 9% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Hop by Numbers IPA 7.2% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oats Macdonald Pale Ale 5.7% (USA)
89 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Gose 4.4% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lightkeeper Blonde Ale 6.6% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest 6.5% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Tripel Dog Dare Ale 9.5% (USA)
85 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper Flavored Porter 7.5% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Blackout Imperial Stout 10.5% (USA)
89 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Imperial Smoked Porter 9% (USA)
92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale 7.5% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2016 Barrel Aged Christmas Ale 7.5% (USA)
95 Great Lakes Brewing Co. 2017 Barrel Aged Barleywine 7.5% (USA)
90 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Blackout Imperial Stout 9% (USA)
90 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Turntable Pils 5.4% (USA)
88 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Conway’s Irish Ale 6.3% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Hop Madness Double IPA 9% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale 6% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Holy Moses White Ale 5.4% (USA)
92 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cloud Cutter Ale 5.1% (USA)
87 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter 6.0% (USA)
86 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout 5.4% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA 6.5% (USA)
93 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Great Lakes IPA 6.5% (USA)
94 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Commodore Perry IPA 7.7% (USA)
94 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold Lager 5.8% (USA)
91 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Eliot Ness Amber Lager 6.1% (USA)

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.