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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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BA SCORE
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2,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,391
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 251
Gots: 215 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,391 | Reviews: 366 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes(mid March 2013)

12 oz brown bottle with Great Lakes style label. Excellent warm weather spring like color scheme of surfer catching a wave. Not big into surfing, but it's a neat briefing behind the inspiration of naming this brew. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - bright copper color that's nearly orange. Bright and nearly crystal clear. Thin head that settles to a small ring of white lace. Does provide some good stick to the glass. A very refreshing appearance and a good color to it.

S - Citrusy aroma. Oranges, Tangerine, and sweet pineapple. Fresh tropical fruit. Big mango with most of the hop presence being dominately citric. A touch of honey provides the aroma with a soft sweetness and comes off as sugary.

T - More citrus in the flavor with small bites of grapefuit then the orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple take total control making for some real deal sweetness. Nothing overly bitter with some light bread like malt and honey creeping from below.

M - pretty easy going Double IPA. The hops are definitely there, but keep their sweet citrusy character throughout. Body is a touch thin compared to some IPAs of this size. The somewhat thin body texture may actually do this one some good as it is very laid back and refreshing. Very kind in the mouth while still pumping out solid flavor.

O - Good to see an DIPA of this style coming out of GLBC. They will always have some of our favorites, but its good to see some a little more unique coming from This great brewery. It's not a wreck your palate like its Lake Erie Monster relative as its just a brilliantly crafted Double IPA letting you look forward to warmer weather. I'd like to see this stick around in the GLBC bottle release calander. It's definitely something anyone could enjoy and if you like fruit flavors then you can't pass it up. 2 thumbs up to Great Lakes for releasing an ale of this style. This is somewhat uncharted territory for GLbC and they knocked it out of the park considering this being their first release in bottles of this kind of ipa(to my knowledge anyway).

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic with a godd rich amber tinged deep golden,a one finger bone white head atop.Aromas of grapefruit rind,sweet alcohol,and a bit more grassy hoppiness.Sharp and in your face grapefruit flavors along with some grassy/herbal hops over top of sweet sugary alcohol,it's sweet but the hops win out here.Alot if not most of the beer of this style are too sugary sweet,this is pretty sweet but it has intense hops to combat that sweetness,a great beer from what I consider a top 3 in the midwest brewery.

Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle Poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: Copper with a small amount of carbonation. Virtually no head at all.

Smell: Very tropical and hoppy with pine notes. Smells... serious. Like it's not hiding anything at all.

Taste: Big, bold IPA flavors abound here, with a bit more sweetness than what you'd find in your typical double IPA. It's different, and here, different is good!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clear. No alcohol burn to report. Slight stickiness, strangely enough.

Overall: I'm glad I got a 4 pack of this before the liquor store ran out...!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can never turn down a new brew from Great Lakes. Especially a DIPA. Alchemy Hour pours out seemingly thick and quiet into the glass - amber in color with light, copper edges and decent clarity. A thick, foamy head emerges slowly; light beige, leaving very nice lacing on its way down.

The aroma is quite nice; tropical and fruity with noticeable mango, pineapple, and guava. Right alongside the tropical madness is a spicy counterpart, made up of light white pepper and a mildly abrasive hop profile; ashy, herbal, leafy. Caramel malts are plentiful enough to be picked out on the nose, but it's not fooling anybody. This beer is all about the hops, and the aroma will clearly signify that.

Mild sweetness in the form of honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot - just a few of the things I notice upon taking my first sip. Immediately after, however, I'm quickly hit with a growing bitterness and the vegetal hops come alive before you get a chance to appreciate the citrus. Earthy, herbal, and a bit of spice, most likely white pepper. Some light alcohol is present in the taste and provides a strong, warming feeling. Malts give off a solid and surprisingly well-balanced attack of light buttered bread and caramel. There's a nice, lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a dying ashy hop flavor - very mild citrus.

So being the slow drinker I am, I actually enjoyed this over the course of close to 45 minutes. And by the end, as the temperature of the beer got much closer to room, the flavor profile changed quite a bit. The bitterness was much more tame, there was a big-time honey flavor in the aftertaste, and the fruits just exploded - such juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot - again, all sealed with a sweet honey coating. It almost felt like I was drinking two different beers - both of which were delicious. The ashy and bitter DIPA mixed with the fruity and sweet DIPA. Quite impressive. A bit sticky on the mouth, full bodied and slick.

Great Lakes basically never lets me down. Alchemy Hour is no exception. This is a fantastic, readily available (in the Midwest) DIPA with a great flavor profile, and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles that were barely two weeks old. I'll definitely be getting more.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply the best thing Great Lakes has done. And they don't miss often. Good hop up front but mellows quite nicely. The ABV is sneaky on this one. A couple pints of this will surely wash away the rigors of the day. If HopSlam was to your liking, then you have just found a fine substitute.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,391 ratings.