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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
95
world-class

2,315 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 195 | FT: 11
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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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded silver pressure cap and appealing label art acquired in a trade with the very generous Surlytheduff and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Double India Pale Ale." Best before 05/21/13. 9.4% ABV confirmed.

"Best served at 45 degrees F." Served right around there - straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, fair froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a bright vibrant tangerine/pale orange. Semitransparent. Translucent. Love the colour and the head. This appearance stands out in comparison to other imperial IPAs. Lacing is thin and uneven. Quite appealing for the style; I'm impressed. It's hard to differentiate appearances; this isn't quite unique but it's certainly special. Head is soft and froty with a milky white complexion on its top. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Citrusy fruity estery hop character is magnificent here; mango, grapefruit, even a bit of orange. Nice nectary hop character as well. Juicy. Pineapple. Tangerine. Grapeskin. Light hop oils. Passion fruit. Grassy and pale malts form the body, with a dash of caramel. Zesty and appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. I'm really intrigued; the hop character is not at all what I'm used to, but it really works.

T: Hm. Lots of fruit action here; mango, tangerine, orange, a bit of pineapple, maybe kiwi, and really tame grapefruit. Lovely floral hops complement the pale and grassy malt body very well. A touch of oily and nectary hop character, but no pine or anything like that. Zesty lemon pops in the finish. Incredibly well balanced. A dash of milky caramel is present; I'm not too fond of that - it's too redolent of a barleywine and takes me out of the beer for a moment. Nectary honey adds a special touch. This is a very well built brew; no hop bitterness comes through at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Really impressed with this one, but that said it could use a bit more complexity and subtlety. Still, the balance alone sets it apart. The sweetness is a touch too high here - something I only notice as I drink more and more.

Mf: On the softer end. Smooth and wet. Not too oily. Good thickness. Full body. Near ideal carbonation. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: A powerfully fruity imperial IPA with a magnificent balance. Hides its alcohol very well. I'd definitely get this one again; this is a solid effort from Great Lakes. Very drinkable and enjoyable stuff. I could happily drink a few of these in the same evening.

High B

kojevergas, Apr 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

oberon, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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...!

don1481, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

aszatk01, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DanGeo, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Smokesnotes, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 02, 2013
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Max3, May 17, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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  rDev -6.5%

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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