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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1806
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%


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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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TEKNISHE

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-29-2013 20:56:32 | More by TEKNISHE
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Sleepy_Conscience

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Cleveland for four years in my 20s and probably have more experience with Great Lakes than any other brewery. I've tried all of their regular beers and many of their seasonal beers. I've also been to the brewery twice. This is by far my favorite beer of their's. Usually I find Great Lakes beers too hoppy and bitter. This one is just right though, which is funny considering it's a double IPA. I love the way it looks in the glass. It's just gorgeous. A sort of orangey yellow haze that makes me excited just looking at it. The taste is almost fruity. Tropical fruit. In a good way though. I don't know what else to say. Just try it. I buy it whenever they have it at the grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 20:37:44 | More by Sleepy_Conscience
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Guinnesswasmyfirstlove

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-20-2014 17:41:29 | More by Guinnesswasmyfirstlove
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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-20-2014 15:56:30 | More by johnyb
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udubdawg

Kansas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-20-2014 15:05:12 | More by udubdawg
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BeerGut4Life

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-20-2014 02:50:48 | More by BeerGut4Life
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-20-2014 01:57:58 | More by rydev24
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.1%

04-20-2014 01:55:01 | More by KJ2013
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Rilesmiles

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-20-2014 01:05:11 | More by Rilesmiles
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nhirsch04

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-20-2014 00:47:38 | More by nhirsch04
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-19-2014 22:44:16 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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Rado

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-19-2014 22:07:34 | More by Rado
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dnb128

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-19-2014 19:08:25 | More by dnb128
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-19-2014 17:30:32 | More by Ultimate
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neurobot01

California

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before 5/11/14.

Look: beautiful orange. Pretty minimal head, but ample bubble action.

Smell: really not getting much. Very muted citrusy notes. Or maybe soap. Mostly dominated by what I can only describe as a kind of off note.

Taste: holy crap—oversized flavors on a couple fronts. First: sweet. Really, really, really sweet. Second: tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple. I've never been to Jamba Juice, but I would believe that this was some sort of spinoff product of theirs. Tasty, but "IPA" is pretty low on the list of things I'd guess I'm drinking when I taste this. Did I mention that this is really, really, really sweet?

Feel: pretty pleasant. In a really, really sweet kind of way.

Overall: I wish I could rate this higher, but I've had honey that was less sweet. I won't rule out the possibility that this lost some character in transit, or that my palate is fatigued, but this just doesn't do it for me as a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:24:34 | More by neurobot01
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-19-2014 02:27:52 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Porter

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-19-2014 02:26:57 | More by Porter
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:11:59 | More by philbe311
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kniles38

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-19-2014 00:30:53 | More by kniles38
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clay23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-19-2014 00:22:05 | More by clay23
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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-18-2014 21:08:58 | More by Yellolab2010
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BrentLinkin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-18-2014 19:45:33 | More by BrentLinkin
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trevor_s

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-18-2014 19:42:06 | More by trevor_s
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Kendo

New York

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.

M: Full in body; slighlty slick.

O: This is good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 19:24:24 | More by Kendo
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kenzilka007

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-18-2014 18:21:50 | More by kenzilka007
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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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