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

441 Reviews
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Reviews: 441
Hads: 3,003
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 299
Gots: 503 | FT: 13
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.
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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose followed by pine resin and flowery notes. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange on the tongue. The pine resin and earthy hops are not as apparent, but they balance out what is almost a too sweet beer from the malt profile. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is almost perfect DIPA, only the too-sweet finish keep it from the pinnacle! (504 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear, caramel color, with huge bubbles in the off-white head.

Aroma: Spicy, citrus aroma, with a sweet, clean fruit smell I’d liken to gummi candy. Citrus character is juicy, like tangerine.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Texture is a bit flat, with very little carbonation. Flavor on the tongue is that of light tangerine and strong, resiny hops, which is quickly balanced by a sweet, smoky malt flavor in the finish.

Final Word: A fantastically balanced Double IPA! While the description of the flavors might have seemed fairly straightforward or basic, it’s how rich and balanced those flavors are that makes this beer special. The hop forward nature of the brew allows the flavors and aromas of the hops to be fully expressed and experienced, while still giving the balancing malts their time to shine in the finish. Hop heads will love the strong flavors of their favorite ingredient, while those of us looking for drinkability still have a beer that finishes smoothly and easily! This beer is a must try for any beer lover, and is a great IPA to keep on hand. Drinkers unaccustomed to strong hop profiles might still be overwhelmed by the hop flavors here, but anyone with a few IPAs under their belts will find this beer very satisfying! (1,253 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/1/15, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves quickly to thin lace.

S - Awesome. First and second inhale, mangoes and tropical fruit, thereafter it is more balanced with sea salt and touch of onion.

T - Where to start? Hops in the forefront following the nose, but balanced by some honey sweetness. Some back end heat (expected at near 10%), some biscuit like notes, and a salty hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, but enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky sweet.

O - This, admitedly, is my favorite style, and I found this to be a worthy contender for the upper echelon of the category. The fact that it is available and decently priced here is a plus. (746 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a DC Brau tulip because I have it and you don't.

A: Poured a red, amber, gold color, slightly chill-hazed, and with a massive slightly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Holy fruit bomb! Sorta like Alpha King's fruit profile, along with a bit of fresh pine sap thrown in for safe measure. Inviting and then some.

T: Such a fantastic flavor. Fresh citrus (mango [first], passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange), followed by the intense pine. Awesome!

M: Spirals left around the glass is always a good sign with this style, along with disciplined sweetness. the booze warming was most excellent.

O: The hell with "Lake Eerie Monster" [which I don't like]. This is the new Great Lakes awesome hop bomb. (725 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowey reddish orange color with a bright ivory head. Some pachy sticky lace.

S: Mouth watering super light citrus with piles of bright, dank tropical fruit. Cotton candy? The maltiness is easy going with toast, leaves, and bread dough. Enjoyable to smell.

T: Taste is loaded with juicy hops and chewy malt. Passionfruit (like in a Greek yogurt I had recently minus the yogurt), citrus, peach, pear, cantaloupe, and a good amount of doughy backdrop, or maybe instead, doughy hop medium. Pine frosted fruit.... This beer is pretty awesome.

M: Sticky, dense, and full of substance. Some grainy-resinous texture mixed into the well carbonated slightly syrupy body. Tingly through the finish.

O: Oversll this beer is great. It's very enjoyable and easily likeable. By no means a session beer but I expect I'll be returning to this one often when in a fun DIPA mood. (870 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head that dissipates to almost nothing but a ring. Very nice amber red hue with perfect clarity.

S: Ripe fruit cantaloupe and mango and a like gummy bear candy smell

T: A lot like the nose mango fresh cantaloupe and some pineapple some residual bitterness on the end and surprisingly sweet

M: Fairly light to medium finishes fairly clean without clinging too much

O: This beer is drinking a lot better than I remember it from last year. It has some interesting bitterness on the end and it's a touch overly sweet but it's got a lot of fruit flavors that pop. I had this when it was alchemy hour and thought it was mind bending last year as Chill a Wave not so much. It is tasting pretty damn good now. (753 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

A: Clear bronze color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of orange. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and slightly floral.

T: Up front there's sweet, juicy tropical fruit, namely mango and pineapple. Some malt in there to balance. Then bitter pine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, floral, and very slight pepper.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A slick feel that goes down well.

O: I had this when it was known as 'Alchemy Hour' and remember being underwhelmed. It must have been past fresh because this is an outstanding DIPA that's just bursting with tropical hop flavor. Highly recommend! (645 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA was an absolute delight. I was knocked over by the huge nose of tropical fruits and floral characteristics. The taste was a rush of: peaches, mangoes, orange peel, sweet lemon, & starfruit. It has been a while since i've had quite a tasty DIPA. One where the taste is just as incredible as the nose. This also had a nice refreshing and not too dry mouthfeel. This was almost like drinking a carbonated citrus and tropical drink.

I think Great Lakes should make this all year round if possible. This was quite the beer. (529 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this case from Breski beverage in Harrisburg enjoyed bottle chilled from a teku.

The color is dark amber bordering on copper with thick creamy head of ecru with fine bead and visibly carbonated. The lace clings well. The smell is mostly citrus fruit with a tropical accent of mango and light dank herbal hop aroma with very light malt sweetness in the nose. The feel is great, very nicely carbonated with medium bitterness that is gentle and ramps up toward the finish with moderatly low alcohol influence, sweetness is present but not excessive.

The taste is great - lots of hop flavor with more of an orange type flavor with mild mango and grapefruit accents. The malt sweetness appears in the taste more toward the end of the glass but really just supports the hops which have a lot more flavor than bitterness and the alcohol is practically non-existant in the taste, there herbal and light pineapple flavors inthe peripheral make this a pretty decent Imperial Ipa to sample in multiples. Overall I would say based on having this side by side with Victory and Goose Island Imperial IPA's as well as DFH it is pretty impressive -very flavorful and not harsh in any way. (1,188 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 5/13. Clear copper clarity with a dense one inch white head and lacing starts immediately. I love pouring this hard and enjoy watching the cascading rush of carbonation as the flavor molecules are forced open.

Aroma in the nose is amazing. Juicy fruitti--like a Hi-C fruit punch. Rich, I say, candied dried papaya and guava paste. Floral fragrance and pine cone. Whafts of sweet malt.

All hop forward, like chewing on a grapefruit rind. A plant-like hoppiness and herbal pine. Malt sweetness. Leafy hop lingers on the palate and in the nose.

Subtle dryness makes the next sip as enjoyable as the first. Very smooth-easy drinker. Sticky lacing throughout.

Good job of the West coast style. Mosaic and nugget hops meld well with the honey malt. Simply put, this is a great beer. (790 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the moment, hoppy beers abound in the cellar.
Had 1st Pliny the Elder last week, Nugget Nectar is stocked, and I just found the last remaining Hopslam in this region. All great beers.

This is a great DIPA, and I agree with Jason's Alstrom's review wholeheartedly

Great beer. not Pliny, but certainly a superb rendering of the style. Luscious tropical fruits, beautiful hops, nice malt presence. recommended (413 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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... (1,604 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional DIPA. I happen to prefer a more hop-centric and floral nose in IPAs / DIPAs and that is the only detractor (if you could call it such) in my review. I am glad to have a couple more bottles to enjoy! (223 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber color with a 1 finger bubbly white head. Nice lacing remains after the head dissipates.

S: Powerful hop and floral scent. Very pleasant - strong but not overpowering

T: Taste follows the nose - great hop flavor and floral taste.

M: Really crisp clean mouth feel. Slightly dry at the end - but in a good way.

O: This goes down pretty easily for such a high ABV. There is no boozy taste and it would be easy to drink 2-3 (437 characters)

Photo of Zonk
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored but not much of a head. It had a good bit of citrus on the nose with pine behind it. Not particularly bitter for the style with resiny malt flavor to back it up. (178 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was quite nice although not too IPA like. It was very strong of a candied sugar aroma with some citrus and sugared fruit aromas. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a bready nature as well as the lightest bit of pine and earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with the sweetness being, just as the nose discerns, with a strong candy taste with notes of fruitiness of pear, apple, and some citrus. As the flavors advance tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and some mango and papaya hit the tongue. The candied and fruit flavors remain throughout, although they lessen as the flavor advances. While the candied flavors dwindle the hop flavors get stronger in the middle and the end. A blend of grapefruit and pine hop start making their presence more known. In the end they get much more potent where they are joined by a peppery spice leaving an interesting taste blend of a resinous and bitter yet semi sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather low. The creaminess was quite nice for blending the sugary and hoppy flavors together in harmony while the carbonation made for a nice sipping beer.

Overall – For a 9% abv brew the alcohol was very well concealed by the sweeter and hoppier flavors of the brew. While the alcohol was well hidden, it was still a nice slow drinking brew due to its resinous aftertaste and creamier body. It was a nice drinking double and one I would recommend for a try. (1,732 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 05/03/13.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a one finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing

S: First thing that hits me is a nice grapefruit hop aroma. This one is certainly on the fruitier side. Does have a good earthy and floral aroma as well. Diggin these mosaic hops. A bit of malt sweetness as it warms.

T: One heck of a tasty IPA. Very floral and again that grapefruit comes through. Has a great bitterness but isnt too much. Alcohol is well hidden in the hops. Sweet malts compliment the bitter hops. Aftertaste is a real earthy.

M: Medium to thick body with a good nectar like quality. Fairly low carbonation. A little sticky but understandable with the amount of hop.

Overall I'm more excited for this beer after trying it. Only got a single but will certainly go back for a 4-pack. Great Lakes continues a solid lineup of beers. (916 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Bottled dated fresh til 5/1/13. Appears a nice dark orange, with as light amber hint. Good off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

Nose is full of hops, tons of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Some underlying sweetness, but it doesn't jump out at you. The taste doesn't completely align with the nose, as the malts are much more present. Lots of resinous pine, as well as the nice honey malts. Very complex, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with not a lot of carbonation. Works pretty well with everything else going on. Overall this is a great brew, nice and complex, and pretty drinkable for the style. Definitely glad I grabbed this one. (696 characters)

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange/brown, looks almost exactly like honey. Smell is great! Mango, pineapples, grapefruit, smells like a tropical fruit salad. Taste is similar to the scent, grapefruit up front, some pineapple sweetness, finishes bitter with a touch of booze. Drinks very smooth for the ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Great mouthfeel. Great Lakes has really done a great job here. People should seek this out, I would say this is easily on the same league as Hopslam. (465 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"enjoy by 4/30/13"

A - Crystal clear amber body with ample offwhite head. That's the way it ought to be

S - This is the most mango-smelling thing I've ever encountered (including mangoes). Luckily, it also involves a pungent and bitter hop component in addition to the "holy-fuck-this-is-full-of-tropical-fruit-aromas-specifically-mango" thing.

T - The nose is a tough act to follow, and the taste does a reasonably good job. It's got a lot of the fruity components, but the bitterness is a bit earthier than i like in this style. Still nice, but not world-class here.

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - great smell, good taste. A great addition to GL's seasonal portfolio. (679 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice gorgeous copper to bronze beer color, a little opaque just a tad, but a real large billowing off white head three fingers deep and thick. I settles easily to a one finger puck and hangs with lots of slow rising carbonation. Very nice looking.

Hop front but also a real nice balanced mix of sweet malts. Mild earth with a hint of tropical pineapple a bit. Clean smelling and fairly dry. Even a hint of briny character.

A very juicy palate, complimenting the hops but with a bigger density. There is that classic toasty baked bread Great Lakes finish. I get this on almost every beer they brew and love it, classic toasty bread malts, then a mixing pine rush. Mid palate fills with light bodied tropical fruit and a good mix of orange citrus hop bent. Good caramel mixing sweetness on this.

One easy drinking DIPA. I don't care for Erie monster at all (Probably the only GL brew I've had I don't like), but they got this one right. (999 characters)

Photo of JayCheG
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color, little head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Very little to no lacing.
S: Citrusy hops, hint of pine and lots of sweet smells.
T: Lots of grapefruit blended in with the sweet honey.
M: Very smooth with a bit of carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.
O: Its a good beer. Fruity and sweet IPA. Will happily finish the rest of this 4 pack! (371 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice extra from enelson in a recent trade. I've seen this around here, but never picked any up. Thanks, Ed!

Pours a brilliant garnet orange with a small white head on top. Moderate retention, light lace. Great nose of freshly squeezed citrus like grapefruit, orange. Light ethanol notes. A nice sweet smelling beer.

Moderate depth - holds up the ABV well. Slightly syrupy on the finish. Bittering hops right off, but they are short-lived, which keeps me sipping. This profile is quite juicy and flavorful. Semi-sweet citrus, candy like finish. A bit dry on the back end.

I really enjoyed this beer. A fresh, flavorful beer that cures my hop fix, but doesn't wear on me. Recommend. (685 characters)

Photo of ConradSomm
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never would have guessed this was 9.5 ABV. Mosaic hops really shine through and balance the high alcohol nicely. Need to get some more of this before it is gone. (163 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.