Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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 JohnnyMc
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal Double IPA!!

Pours out a deep orange with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is packed with hops! Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, some sweet orange and a touch of pine. Smells slightly sweet as well with hints of bready malt notes.

The taste is also very hop forward. It has a lot of the same tropical fruits like mango, apricot and grapefruit followed by sweet orange and some pine. There is a decent amount of a honey character that helps balance the beer out between sweet and bitter and some bready notes to finish it all off. Finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the body is on the lighter side of medium. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste, but there is a very slight warming as it goes down. Extremely easy to drink!

A great new offering from Great Lakes and a hopheads dream! (925 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed this beer a few times already but with my last bottle from my six pack, its due for a proper review.

This brew pours right in line with the style with an amber hued body. Head is just about an inch with an average pour. The nose is bright and lush and full of bursting aroma. Citrus rind juicy fruit and resin come through nicely. The smell is sharp and prickly goodness. The juicy feel of this beer continues through to the taste. It is absolutely gushing with mango, grapefruit, and lush citrus. The bitter tones play nicely but mostly as a balancing act to the wonderful flavor scheme. This drinks like the perfect summer IPA. I really wish I would have bought a lot more of this gem as this one sold out fast and has really flown under the radar. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry and just rite. A truely wonderful IPA that I will seek out again. (857 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Bright golden hue with medium to small head, somewhat hazy

S-A readily apparent citrus hop aroma, orange, grapefruit, citrus.

T-A wonderfully balanced yet powerful citrus character and you get earthy and piney flavors. Provides a clean finish.

M-Moderate carbonation and malt presence.

O-A Double IPA that smooth and doesn't produce a pucker. It ranks as one of my favorite IPAs. (389 characters)

Photo of amasow
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. That's the best five words I can come up with. Delicious! Balanced with malty flavor and good hop character. A highly professional brew. These guys obviously know what they're doing. I hope they're at the Beer Fest in Boston this weekend! (265 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this our of a tulip
Look - copper color and you can see right through it. Good head that lasted for less than 30 sec
Smell - best smelling dipa I can think of. The hop and citrus aroma is incredible.
Taste - just like the smell but slightly hopier. Has a great grapefruit mango citrus taste. More mango than anything else and it sits in your mouth for a while.
Mouthfell - slight carbonation thick for how clear it is but fairly smooth.
Overall - one of the best Great Lake beers if not my favorite. I hope to find this in tap somewhere! (543 characters)

Photo of Vbloise
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great double IPA! Orange in color, beautiful citrus nose, great hop bite. Alcohol very nicely disguised. I would highly recommend this DIPA to true hop heads; it hits the perfect balance of bitter hops and citrus nose. One of the best DIPAs I've had in a while. (268 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful golden copper. Nice off-white that keeps for awhile. Nice lacing

S: Strong Mosaic hop aroma, really pungent almost a like a pleasant skunk to it. love it. Strong tangerine and hints tropical fruits in full force. Some grass. Alcohol is well hidden nicely.

T: Like the aroma good amount of tangerine with hints of pineapple and mango. Light bready and sweet caramel. Bitterness is soft, not even close to being harsh. Alcohol is still hidden.

M: Lightly sweet not not alot. Light to medium body that goes down smoothly. Really nice.

O: I really really love the mosaic hop, aromas and flavors are amazing. This beer is amazing, really easy to drink beer. An easy decision to be a new go to beer, hope to see this around more. (741 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up a Roof bros in Paducah, KY...BBD od 05/08/13

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Piddly lacing & above average head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, pine & orange slices

T: Follows the nose, alos pine needles & lemon grass up front, plus orange & lime peels. Pineyness, grapefruit, slight breadyness, & tangerine, plus more lemongrass. Finiishes with a crisp piney & citrussy flourish, with a bit of dryness & a kiss of leafy & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation& near perfect balance

ABV is completely masked with giant drinkabilty, easily one of the best DIPAs I've come across since Myrcenary. Another great brew from Great Lakes (685 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into tulip

A-pours clear orange with a white single finger head, decent lacing as you drink
S- west coast hops, sappy pine, tropical fruits, lemon, some cinninmon, amazingly juicy
T/M- sweet citrus, passionfruit, pine, buttery biscuit, lots of west coast flavors, no bite at all just smooth juicy hops. Pleasantly thinner texture than expected and very smooth for the abv
O- I'm used to Great Lakes beers being top notch, but never though they would nail a west coast style beer with such success. This rivals the best double IPAs, it's slightly sweet, earthy, citrusy, and did i say juicy?I had high expectations for this one and it surpassed them, thanks GLBC for adding this to the line up! (707 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a frothy, somewhat dense texture. Head retention and texture is good, but eventually the cap fades to a residual three-quarters finger.

S: Insane hop notes here: tropical, dank, candied, fruity, and citric. I'm not sure what Mosaic hops smell like, but it must be big on tropical fruit and funky resin. Big pineapple and passionfruit notes, with lesser tangerine, peach, and fruit cocktail notes. There's a touch of light caramel (almost honeylike) in the nose, along with some lurking alcohol.

T: This is a big, hoppy DIPA, but it's not unbalanced. Some bready, lightly sweet caramel/honey malt notes are present up front. Hop bitterness is strong, but builds gently without becoming acerbic. Hop flavors run the gamut of tropical (pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine), stone fruit (peach and apricot), and herbal funk. There is a faint tartness here (yeast esters?). Alcohol does show up with a smooth warming bite in the finish, but it doesn't drink like 9.4% abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is fairly light. There's a light stickiness that quickly fades to an oily, resiny, drying hope finish. Alcohol lingers with a moderate warmness.

D: I like this one a lot. It's big, with a unique hop profile and a balanced malt bill. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt, it speaks softly and carries a big stick. Great Lakes beers generally show more polish than innovation for innovation's sake, but this manages to do both. (1,514 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange. Wisps, tiny wisps, of foam cover small patches of the surface after the half-inch head falls down. There is not a whole lot of lacing, but a few very small spots cling to the glass throughout.

SMELL: Yummy. This beer is FRESH. Very piney. Some grass and citrus notes sneak in behind the pine to round it out. The smell really whets the palate for this one.

TASTE: Wow. The taste is just as good as the smell. A wonderfully bitter (and quite grassy) backbone is the base for a wide array of hop and malt flavors to dance around on. The hops contribute pine, a touch of lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit, in addition to that nice grassiness. The honey and malt sweeten it to the point of almost making it a dessert beer. There is a lot going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, but balanced. The body is medium to full and it has a very pleasant stickiness to it, reminiscent of Oskar Blues Gordon/G'Knight.

OVERALL: I LOVE Hopslam. This is on par with Hopslam. (995 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter from bottle.

A- Bright orange, amber color. Tall and frothy, white head. Looks like sunshine in a glass.

S- Juicy oranges, mangoes, apricots and other tropical/citrus fruits up front from the hops. Undertones of bread, flowers and a little pine. This is a hop-forward beer, just how I like them. The malts can be smelled in the background.

T- This a hoppy dream. I enjoy hops that work this way instead of companies that have to add their own fruit and/or artificial flavors. Chillwave is done right. Lots of citrus and fruit with little to no malt or caramel tastes like other darker or thicker IIPAs. Not much bite and extremely smooth and balanced with not much aftertaste.

M- Light to medium bodied. Cool and crisp off the ice.

O- Just wow. I wish this was available year-round. Im glad its readily available when it is released, as this is a job well done by Great Lakes. I like my IIPAs juicy and hop-forward and that's exactly what this is. One of my go-to ales when its out. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Crundy
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden honey color, with a delicate carbonation and a fluffy white head.
S: This beer smells amazing! Lots of citrus fruitiness and a sweet malt backbone with a subtle hop aroma at the end.
T: Delicious! The flavors mingle very well. First of all I taste sweet caramel malt, followed by the mild bitterness of the hops. There is a subtle fruitiness that kind of meanders its way through the taste experience.
MF: Very smooth, and leaves a dryness on the finish. It has a medium mouth feel, not to light and not to heavy. The hops bolster the flavor but do not overpower.
O: This is a great beer! Probably one of my favorites now from Great Lakes. this is also a dangerous beer because the ABV is 9.4 and it just tastes so good. (743 characters)

Photo of DingleHouse
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of nerdylumberhopster
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really bold foray for Great Lakes, who has always made great brews, but this one is a standout. As a double IPA it is everything you would want and then some.

Pours with about 1/4" of foamy head and minimal lacing, that disappears in about one minute leaving a beautiful golden clarity that lives up to name. Very forward citrusy aroma with a hint of honey. Hopheads will love the ample Mosaic and nugget hops dosage which dominates the flavor, as it should, but is still balanced by a solid malt base and trails into some honey notes again as well. Drinkable as hell and the 9.4% makes for an enjoyable time as well. (621 characters)

Photo of Beergelden
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze

Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing

Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end

Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves. (1,526 characters)

Photo of Chillwave
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not going into much detail for this one. I have had a good amount of craft already and this one is by far my favorite or atleast Top 3.

Has a nice syrupy sweet mouth feel and the only way i could describe the taste is Juicy. On my second 4 pack already.

Smell of the bat is grapefruit and tropical fruits. (307 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours crystal clear brilliant orange. A two finger of a foamy, frothy head.

S- A good bit of pine in the hops. A nice bright citrus, mango and peach. A clean, sharp and crisp malt backbone.

T- A relatively low bitterness to start off with. The first thing I notice is the lightly flavored malt, A somewhat breaddy and sugary malt backbone. Then I notice a slight bitterness and a sticky, oily moutfeel, it really coats the mouth and delivers the hop flavors. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is a slight lemon lime flavor, a touch of mango and grapefruit. A really well balanced and delicious DIPA.

M- Big, but just to the point where the alcohol isnt noticeable. A surprisingly low bitterness considering the hop flavor. An oily and sticky mouthfeel and quite full bodied.

O- Great Lakes killed it on this beer. This is my new favorite brew by them. It is superbly balanced and very delicious. It was quite different on tap but very good never the less. Definetly, check this one out if you can get it. (1,056 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy light amber with a quarter finger of head that left right away.

Smell is a lot of tropical notes from the mosaic, sweet honey, maybe some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pine, some minor berry notes, caramel malt

taste is bitter up front, heavy tropical notes of mango, papaya, orange, pineapple, some grapefruit and pine kicks in towards the end, a definite sweet malt base here with notes of caramel, honey, bread and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky with medium light carbonation, dry an sweet on the finish.

Well this is a damn good beer, I really enjoyed this on, I will probably go through a few 4 packs of this while it is around! (664 characters)

Photo of pinyin
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at 37F in a gold rimmed goblet.

Top tier DIPA here.

The best DIPA that I can find in a retail store on a regular basis. Stone Enjoy By seems to be a little more hoppy and refined, but this is right there with it. Victory Dirtwolf is pretty close too, but Chillwave is my favorite at the moment.

Chillwave is not your usual DIPA either. It has much more of a pilsner malt backbone with a very earthy and piney hop resin that meshes well with this omnipresent malt character.

It doesn't taste anything like a 9.7 % abv ale. You really have to be careful because you can't taste much alcohol with this one. These go down very easily.

Color is the typical copper dark orange that most DIPA's carry.

Nose is malty, vegetal and piney.

Lacing and head is small, but give it jiggle and it carbonates quickly to your desired foam level.

Taste, as I mentioned before is very unique and absolutely delicious. Malty, bready, hoppy, piney and earthy all balanced in a perfect taste package. (997 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year. (599 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange with a skein of off white foam and curtains of lace. Powerful pineapple, mango, star fruit and alcohol are noticeable in the nose. Taste does not disappoint. Bouquets of mango, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, substantial malt presence tames, overall bitterness is moderate. Lightly sweet and juicy, chewy well crafted body, perfectly carbonated. Dry medium bitter finish with lingering tropical elements. Very good. (433 characters)

Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side-by with juju. Deeper orange color. Incredible hop aroma. Full citrus. Juju thicker and sweeter and smoother. Tie. Ohio rocking the IPAs. I was almost going to skip buying Chillwave in bottles. So glad I didn't. One of Great Lake's best. (249 characters)

Photo of evad310
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Downright one of my favorite beers. If you're not a fan of hops, well, you may still enjoy this year. The color is outstanding, a nice golden orange. Pour is really nice too, with limit head, and just gives off an aroma of hops as it falls in the glass. The taste, for me, is out of this world. It is very hoppy, but is smooth until the last drop, with a great citrus finish to it. Highly recommend this brew. (409 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lakes Chillwave

Surfers on Lake Erie ?

Poured into tulip glass

A: Good lookin' brew here. Dull copper color with that subtle glow I like to see from dipa's.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and mosaic hops burst forth the moment I popped the top on this beer. Caramel too maybe ?

T: Delicious ! Hard to not want to drink this one fast because it is just as smooth as it gets. The way the mosaic hops and malts play off eachother in this brew is unlike anyother beer I can think of at the moment.

M: Sticky and a bit prickly. But again, very smooth dipa. Has that silky smooth feel that Hopslam and Hopranch have.

O: Great Lakes has really hit a homerun with Chillwave. One of the best dipa's out there and Ohio continues to turn out excellent ipa's. (754 characters)

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