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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

1,819 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1819
Reviews: 338
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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jampics2

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 17:08:44 | More by jampics2
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
05/15/14
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a super creamy and foamy, one-finger tall, off-white crown. A sheet of drippy lacing coated that glass. The head eventually dropped to a bubbly mass.

The aroma was hoppy and super fruity. Fairly sweet for the style. Candied orange peel dominated. Peach notes also came through strong. Good amount of juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. All in all, punchy yet quite balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Amazingly fruity and juicy. Loads of candied orange peel. Good dose of brown sugar. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone that provided almost a bit too much sweetness. Strong peach and apricot notes. Touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit-like pithiness carried into the finish. Some pinesap came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, soft and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow carbonation that made the beer feel slick on the palate.

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA may not be groundbreaking for the style, but it is a really solid and flavorful rendition nevertheless. Fans of more balanced, hoppy beers should definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 12:41:54 | More by Damian
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satellite86

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-23-2014 09:51:42 | More by satellite86
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

04-22-2014 22:53:22 | More by IrishColonial
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 03:49:05 | More by FosterJM
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Kansas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.1%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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 1,819 ratings.