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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

2,296 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 189 | 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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macher0

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle to drinking glass - alls I had.

A. Dark copper color with a finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Some laces.

S. Nose has strong malt backbone. Hops are prevelant. Minor notes of cat piss, grass, grain, and pine.

T. Strong malt backbone. A noticeable sweetness. The hops come through as sweet pine. Notes of grass, grain, resin, honey, and multi-grain bread.

M. Not very smooth. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Full body.

O. I was a little disappointed. I felt the sweetness actually lended to the lack of smoothness. This ale was overshadowed by other top shelf DIPAs that came out this season. With that said this is a good beer and worth the 10.99 per 4 pack price. I recommend this but I won't keep it around.

03-14-2014 20:42:26 | More by macher0
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

04-01-2013 22:20:56 | More by oberon
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%

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...!

03-22-2014 22:05:25 | More by don1481
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-05-2013 21:27:29 | More by aszatk01
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-12-2013 03:22:16 | More by DanGeo
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Smokesnotes

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-14-2014 02:39:43 | More by Smokesnotes
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

03-02-2013 23:38:11 | More by tectactoe
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Max3

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-17-2014 18:26:07 | More by Max3
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DingleHouse

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

02-22-2013 02:48:04 | More by DingleHouse
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2014 17:30:57 | More by jono0101
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

08-19-2014 01:04:15 | More by GameOfBeers
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SanFranJake

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-29-2013 03:56:20 | More by SanFranJake
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delaced21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-30-2014 15:29:53 | More by delaced21
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RebeccaMB

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.9%

04-24-2014 04:11:16 | More by RebeccaMB
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AshlandNacho

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-30-2014 02:12:28 | More by AshlandNacho
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-07-2014 01:46:34 | More by sabitu
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-22-2014 01:01:22 | More by supa0525
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markmo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-18-2014 05:56:41 | More by markmo
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-02-2014 22:57:55 | More by danthehopslamman
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2014 03:05:12 | More by DaftPatrick
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-29-2014 12:36:27 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-05-2013 20:00:06 | More by warnerry
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Jpinoniemi

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-10-2014 21:38:36 | More by Jpinoniemi
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-28-2013 04:48:59 | More by Shagator
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-13-2013 15:51:17 | More by generallee
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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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