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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

443 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 443
Hads: 3,031
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 302
Gots: 512 | 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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Beautiful brilliant copper amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Melon, biscuit, tropical fruit, citrus.
T: Big fruit flavors seasoned with light caramel, melon, tropical fruit, leading to an assertive bitter finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and carbonation. The alcohol is soft and not harsh.
O: A big fruity DIPA with a good balance between hop, malt and alcohol flavors. (440 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper. Ever so slightly pale for a DIPA, but the head is one of the fullest on longest lasting for the style.

The aroma isn't aggressive hops, but it definitely has a hefty amount. There's a definitive fruity sweetness to the nose, and malt is kept to a minimal.

The taste is expertly balanced. This is probably quite appealing for most, but it's a bit too balanced for me. I love when the hops dominate. It has a very nice clean flavor, and it doesn't blur like many DIPAs. The malt and hops have their own independent flavors without impeding each other. The fruit also gets its own unique place.

The body is full, and medium to light in weight. The finish is considerably dry. Carbonation keeps it smooth while not being prickly.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I was quite impressed with it even with my preference for a one-sided DIPA. This would be a definite recommendation to anybody who is looking for a more inviting DIPA with less harshness, that at the same time holds true to the style. (1,019 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My son just told me about this one yesterday but he had not tried it. Today at Save On they were raving about a Columbus Brewing triple IPA which I tried, but they also had this on tap. I had a sample and just had to have more so I bought a half growler.

This is a very finely crafted brew. The color is a little dark for an IPA. The head won't quit. It's huge. The aroma is mostly a very tangy hoppy, but it also has a sweetness to it.

Taste is another story. Or the same story. Perfect balance of very hoppy with sweetness, dark, and unique. It is a huge beer that just feels right and unlike any other. The aftertaste is pretty tangy too. It is sitting big on my palate. I will drink another glass with my pizza in a bit. I know it is going to be perfect.

This may be my favorite Great Lakes ever. (803 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Tons of citrus and floral hops dominate the smell. Alcohol is barely noticeable as well.

T: Very hoppy and slightly bitter with a touch of sweet malts. Alcohol is a little more prominent, but still well hidden for the ABV.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth.

O: Wow!! I'm very impressed with this beer. It's very smooth, exceptionally drinkable, and quite tasty. Well done Great Lakes!! (524 characters)

Photo of choicegrinds
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Awesome beer...
pours a nice amber with a finger and a half off white head. Amazing smell, like canned peaches. Fresh fruit flavors follow in the taste with a nice bitterness. This beer is just about perfect imo and hangs with two of my other faves, dirtwolf and lagunitas sucks. Buy this! (294 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into mini chalice.

A: slightly hazed, super orange. head is bright white and frothy. retention isn't great, but is there. tons of spotted lacing. a bit darker than most DIPA, but not necessarily a negative.

S: smells like oranges and cactus and sticky herb and everything delicious. super inviting. impossible to smell and not sip.

T: tastes like delicious American hops. everything floral. big citrus flavors. a resinous piney linger. bitterness that is totally manageable. mingles more on the end of orange rind. sweet more than bitter. tasty shit.

M: creamy and smooth. full bodied.

D: absolutely delicious. really one of the finest DIPA I can think of in my hazed memory. just super drinkable and tasty. the best part of all is I feel like this isn't even the freshest offering of this particular brew. thumbs up. (840 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best before 5/3/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden color with a white head which fades pretty quickly. The aromas are amazing. Lots of sweet mango and fresh pineapple. Grapefruit rind is in the mix as well as some "onion/garlic" notes as well in the nose. This smells absolutely wonderful. The flavors are extremely tasty. Malt takes a backseat, but it's still slightly noticeable. There's a great balance between the bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the honey malt. It's a great battle. Tropical flavors, but there's still a subtle earthiness. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It feels light for such a big beer. It's extremely smooth and the carbonation makes this beer dangerously drinkable. There's a kiss of heat, but it's basically non-existent. Alcohol goes basically unnoticed although it'll give you a slap every once in awhile. This is an extremely easy drinking beer.

Bravo! Great Lakes hit a homerun with this one. I'm not being a homer. Hopheads should rejoice! (1,010 characters)

Photo of ABOWMan
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear honey color with fluffy straw colored head. Aroma is of grapefruit, clove, lemongrass and fresh pine resin. The flavor is reminiscent of ripe ruby red grapefruit, with bready/malty sweetness. Some alcohol in the nose but it Mary's nicely with the hop and malt balance. Mouthfeel is rich and full and the drink ability would be wonderful if the Abu wasn't 9.4% great job GLB. (388 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz. growler filled today poured into a NB snifter.

A - The beer pours a light golden / yellow. A two-finger head of egg-cream white foam that's loose and fluffy, made from lots of large bubbles, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a decently wide ring of lace around the glass and a surface divided between very tiny, fine bubbles and a shoreline of large bubbles and lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunset orange and a bit opaque. A little stream of carbonation rises from the bottom middle of the glass.

S - Big hop notes of ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange, like a citrus fruit bowl for breakfast. Light caramels and dark honey mead start to appear as it warms in the glass. Hints of ripe flowers bursting with pollen. A touch of resin/pine. A wonderful nose to enjoy. In fact, the more it warms, the more the malts move forward, and it almost starts to take on aspects of a big Scotch ale.

T - Just like the nose to start, the hops are nicely complimented by light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Reminds me of light toast with orange marmalade and side of peaches and apricots. Hints of honey and lemongrass in the background. Phenomenally well-balanced, hops and malts complement each other extremely well. A woody herbal hop presence sneaks in on the finish. ABV is completely hidden - not a trace of booziness at all.

M - A bit fizzy, but rather crisp. Carbonation is just right. Medium-light body presents a nice structure. Components are very-well integrated. Finish is clean and rather dry, with hop echos laid over the malt taking their time to fade.

O - I'm not a hop-head, preferring malt-forward styles such as Scotch ales and Marzens. This beer, however, might be the one to pull me over to the dark side. It's absolutely delicious. While it features the hops, it's extremely well-balanced rather than being a hop bombing raid, so the malts, which are excellent partners, are clearly present, too. I almost got in the car and made the round-trip to get a full growler after my 'sneak-preview' tasting when I got home. I had tasted this at Peaches St. Paddy's Day weekend and liked it, but had forgotten how good it is. I want more. If you get the chance, be sure to have a generous taste - it's an absolutely delicious hop nectar. Another fine demonstration that the folks at Great Lakes really know what they're doing. (2,385 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep Orange. Strong dank hop aroma. A mix of pine and citrus. Well balanced with a full malt body with some lingering sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Glad I found this randomly in the cooler section. It's about four months old, can't wait to try this fresh next year. (280 characters)

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge. Citrusy. Fresh. Just loads of orange peel, mango, passion fruit, fruit punch. Incredible mouthfeel. Reminds me of a bigger and much better nugget nectar. (159 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: An orange, copper color and is crystal clear. The beer pours to an off white/light tan head, nice and foamy, and settles down to a white collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: A hop bomb! Loads of tropical fruit up front (mangos and papayas) with notes of citrus (oranges and grapefruit).

T: Again, it is very hop forward and the initial taste sings of fruit juice (mangos, tangerines) but is balanced with a nice amount of bittering hops as well. At 9.4% ABV, there is a big malt backbone which supports all of the complex hop notes but does not overpower them. The taste is long and clean.

M: Big, round, smooth, creamy

O: An incredibly balanced beer, Big, juicy hops in the nose and taste supported by a creamy malt character and balanced out by the perfect amount of bittering hops. The finish is long, complex and ultimately clean. (886 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet orange citrus hop. In the taste, sweet to dry orange citrus, and presence of dry alcohol in the end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite a sleeper, small alcohol notes, but big orange citrus hops. (346 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle into a tulip glass. Bright syrupy amber, with a head of tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly.

The aroma is killing me. Clementine and honey, altered by some umami scent (mixed butter and jam?) Caramel. Yum. Wait, I've got it: it's popcorn!

Intriguing anonymous super-fruit flavor, like a peach/navel orange/banana hybrid. Sweet middle. Bitter finish is straight-up pith of lemon.

Medium-bodied, smooth, sticky, and sweet. Sure, the hops rule, but they're nearly shown up by the sweet, bready malt. Finishes medium-dry.

A masterpiece of balance.
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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Uh, oh. This bottle from my cellar was not great. I should've been testing these bi-monthly. This beer is about 11 - 12 mos. old, and that amount of aging has not treated it well. It tastes like this would've been ideal at 8 months, or so. It's lost its edge in a number of ways: carbonation took a big hit, as did the fruit bitterness.

Unlike with Lupulin Maximus, whose oxidation at 11 months is wholly becoming of that beer, and thus is more forgiving of the cellar, I missed the bubble on Chillwave.

Sad. It's certainly not a drain pour. It's still pretty good--say, about 3.90. Oh, well. Gonna have to drink all these in short order! (1,243 characters)

Photo of kuranes
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours thick and covers the spectrum from golden to amber. Lingering, balanced head that sticks around and to the glass.

S: Extremely floral hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, mango, and other tropical fruits.

T: This is what IPAs are supposed to taste like. Strong notes of honey, pine, orange, caramel. Very well-balanced with sweetness and bitterness both present in strength.

M: Damned good for the ABV. Not sticky.

Great Lakes has really outdone themselves with this beer. It is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had and joins the Blackout Stout and Christmas ale as one of GLBC's best offerings. (609 characters)

Photo of J10Jordan
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- a beautiful orangish apple cider looking color

smell- lemon-orange fruitiness and a final kick of a light pine

taste- a smooth hop taste that melts into a flavorful mouthful just enough bitterness at the finish

mouthfeel- feels very smooth for a 9.4 beer.. These things could have similar results to the "black out stout"

Overall- This is probably my favorite beer from Great Lakes a long with Burning River and Christmas Ale. It's a great drinking beer for a 9.4. Not the final kick that hopslam has but I enjoy that subtle kick for a high abv. First had up at GLBC before distribution. Tastes just as good from the 4-pack. I'm glad I'm from NEO to say the least.

my first review!

JJ (702 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here's a beer that lived up to the hype in a big way. 12 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Nice looking beer, off white head about two fingers tall, good retention, lots of bubbly lacing on the glass, and a deep clear copper color to it.
Smell (4.5/5): The aroma is very interesting. Sweetness from the honey malt, some serious tropical fruit, especially ripe mango, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, and tangy passion fruit, and dank resinous pine lurk within. Excellent, excellent aroma and different than most of the West Coast-style IPAs out there.
Taste (4.75/5): Holy moly, that's some intense flavor. Loads of pineapple and mango right at the front warm up your tongue with some sweetness before it's ravaged by the resinous, dank piney flavors of this hop bomb. Very bitter in the finish–grapefruit rind. Slight bit of honey malt shining through, but it stays in the background, playing a supporting role nicely. Touch of grain in the finish lends some heartiness. Little bit of warming after swallowing, as to be expected with such a big IPA (9.4% ABV)
Mouthfeel (4.75/5): Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Carbonation level is spot on. Slightly puckering from the hop astringency, noticeably oily and slick. This one has serious body, as well. Excellent feel, just about perfect for the style.
Overall (4.75/5): I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Great Lakes. Probably my favorite from them. One of the nicest things about this beer is that it is a very different take on the big DIPA style that stands apart from the West Coast examples and East Coast stuff like DFH 90 Minute as well. It's truly it's own beer. Absolutely standout stuff. (1,667 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light amber, slightly golden, out of the tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY. 1 inch head sticks around while, lace sticks to the glass throughout the session.

Smells incredible, tropical fruit, pine trees, no alcohol.

Tastes even better- orange, pineapple, honey, pine, lemon, slightly catty, herbal, dank, marijuana like notes. Such a full flavor here.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, but mostly dry and pretty refreshing. Well carbonated.

The best hoppy offering from Great Lakes. The new name, Chillwave, is pretty dumb compared to Alchemy Hour, but don't let that dissuade you here. (601 characters)

Photo of meanmutt
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a FFF Teku.

A: Semi-aggressive pour yields about 1.5" of off-white head. The beer is a golden amber color.

S: Smell is apricots, Juicy Fruit, and oranges.

T: Much like the smell, oranges, apricot, and Juicy Fruit comes thru even more in the taste. The hop bite comes through in the finish.

M: If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be the mouthfeel. I would like just a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite DIPA's. Truly a great beer. Admittedly, I am a huge Great Lakes Brewing Company fan, but this beer is even better than I hoped for. Awesome. (608 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects. (604 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another (534 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dark orange with a pure white head.

S: Oh my goodness. did not expect that! Huge tropical scents! Pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange, apricot, lemon zest and papaya. There is a sweet toffee coming through too. Mouthwatering!! one of my favorite smelling DIPAs

T: And the taste backs up the smell! Big on the juicy tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, tangerine. A toffee orange characteristic with lemon zest, grapefruit and pine bringing up the end. A great finish. Nice and bitter but not a palate destroyer. Pretty balanced actually. Wow what a great flavor!!

M: The sticky, juicy mouthfeel hides the ABV very well. Decent carbonation too.

O: This is one of my staple DIPAs. What great stuff. Its balanced but it has enough hops to satisfy everyone. Its big on flavor and aroma and leaves you wanting more! /96 (833 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark hazy bronze color. 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S- This is where this beer really stands out to me. An explosion of fruity hoppiness. Detect some faint malt, but the fruity hops dominate.

T- Taste like a bitter fruit smoothy. Juicy hops up front. Pineapple, tangerine, mangos. So good. There is a light malt presence but the hops take front stage here. Alcohol comes through slightly in the after taste. There is also a pleasant bitterness that lingers between drinks.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The hops tingle the roof of the mouth.

O- This is one awesome DIPA. My goodness its so easy to drink even with the slight alcohol coming through in the finish. Enjoying this one after work. Going straight to the dome. Could definitely drink another, but then I may not wake up for class.

**I'm still kind of new to IPAs and craft beer in general. I'm finally starting to taste the difference between different IPAs. This one and dirt wolf are both awesome. Just picked up a bomber of the collab black double IPA by 3 Floyds, Surly, and Real ale brewing. Going to share with a friend and review soon.** (1,107 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip
From: Plum Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $11 a four pack

Appearance: a deep orange color with a good hint of red. pretty good clarity. Two finger off white head that leaves behind a lacing.

Smell: citrus and pine hops. a bit of toasty malts. stronger on the hop end

Taste: opens up with a strong kick of citrus, followed by slight pine that mixes with toasty malts. some bitterness but the sweetness of the malts keep this to a minimum

Mouthfeel: slight bitterness. slight warmth. good carbonation

Overall: I have just been all about the Great Lakes recently and for good reason. They make a lot of killer beers and at a competitive price. This one does not disappoint. wonderfully complex and tasty. Not overly bitter and good balance. Almost a perfect DIPA for me. Can't wait to try another Great Lakes brew (843 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured Chillwave Double IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a finger of eggshell white head.

S - Tropical paradise, with mango, grapefruit, pineapple, a little coconut.

T - Wow, the brew is exactly like the aroma. Again, tropical paradise with mango, some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pineapple. The hops comes through mid palate with some bitterness and pine. On the aftertaste getting more grapefruit with sweet melon flavors. Too good to be true.

M - Just about perfect. Medium carbonation, with medium leaning towards a heavy on the mouthfeel.

O - This is now my favorite DIPA. I love Stone's IPA's; however, Great Lakes does a fabulous job on this brew. Highly Recommended ! Cheers! (716 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.