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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 515 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of controlfate
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally found a few 4-packs, and I'm glad I did. Served chilled into an IPA glass.
A: No head, lacing, or retention on this beer. It's a brilliant golden honey color.
S: The aroma is hop forward, with a slight citrus and fruity scent.
T: Sweet, citrusy, and fruity with notes of orange, passion fruit and grapefruit.
M: An effervescent, medium bodied beer that is slightly astringent.
O: One of my new favorite IIPA's, it's like an Imperial Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes. The Mosaic hops and sweet malt profile make this beer extremely drinkable.

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Photo of guityler83
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger head in the snifter. Bright white with mixed soap like bubbles. As it slowly receded a cotton looking lacing was left in its place. The beer is a medium dark copper color with small amount of haze and a constant stream of bubbles climbing to the top.

S: Wow. Large citrus hop aroma. Pineapple is the dominant scent followed by grapefruit and mango. A light graininess from the malt and no detectable ethenol or off characteristics.

T: Great big juicy citrus hop flavor on par with the aroma, pineapple and grapefruit dominate. There is also some pine and berry notes. The bitterness is firm but round and not harsh at all (lots of late hopping I'm guessing). The malt backbone is nice and subtle coming in with a toasty grainy character. Balance is hugely on the hop side. Clean fermentation character, no esters to speak of.

M: A juicy oily sensation left on the tongue like most late hopped IPAs. The carbonation is on the medium to moderate side maybe a tad high coming of a bit bitting. The body is meduim with the hops giving the impression of much more then it probably is.

O: The bottle I had was very fresh and very delish. I've had a lot of GL over the years and they have been solid, but this one blew me away. Big juicy aromatic and a great combination of hop flavors. I would compare it to Head Hunter or even Dirt Wolf with less dank.

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Photo of Icedogs
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, rich, balanced, and just one of the best of its kind.

I'm not usually loving the fruit-forward thing going on the beer world these days. But this one's is not overdone. And the way the flavors grow in complexity over the course of 45 mintues or so is really a special experience. To each his own, of course. The main thing is this one is balanced, rich, creamy, complex, and definitely worth trying.

Try this if you like:
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Ninkasi Tricerahops
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lake Erie Monster
Stone Ruination

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a bottle with drink before date of 5/8. I've got six days to drink four beers, better get started with a rare Thursday pour. Into a tulip--a beautiful, golden to amber with some chill haze and a foamy, tan head. Head vanishes instantly, leaving a ring around the glass and some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Smell is more subtle and malt forward than what I've come to love in a DIPA. Then, apricot, Pine, grass, and alcohol with biscuity malt sweetness. Smells like a very well balanced beer. Time to take a tug.

Taste is outstanding--again, so balanced. Hop bitterness to sweet, honey like malt, and then another hit of grapefruit at the finish to remind you of the style. Such a complex beer. I would say this blows the 2013 model of Hopslam out of the water. I'd love to do a side-by-side.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fizzy at first but mellows quickly. I'm savoring the last quarter-inch in the glass and it is warm, smooth, and delicious. I don't want this to end.

Overall an exceptional beer. Great job, Great Lakes. Love the label and theme, too. Surfing in the Midwest--right on.

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Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 06/05/15 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger, mildly frothy light beige head with average retention and copious lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Major hop complexity in the nose with pine, tropical fruit like mango and passionfruit, pink grapefruit and orange citrus, light pine, and floral melon aromas. Malt is a little bit of very light caramel but much is overwhelmed by hops. No yeast or alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor is very good, not quite as complex as the aroma, but delicious combination of hefty 2-row pale malt with very light grainy edge and low L crystal malt with a layered hop bomb presence. Hops flavor is dominated by grapefruit and pine with floral melon and light berry flavors and dank edge in the background. No yeast character. Alcohol provides a bitter edge to the flavor, and the overall bitterness is medium. A very wide palate of flavors and one I would like to match up side by side with Victory Dirt Wolf of Stone Enjoy By for comparing intensity.

M: Nice dry finish with light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Chillwave DIPA from GLBC is an amazing DIPA with a top-tier aroma and unique, new-school hop presence with berry-melon accent on a more traditional citrus-pine base with stellar feel -- an exceptional DIPA with IIPA ABV. Wonderful brew!

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Photo of raznug
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color and is topped with just ¼” of white head.
Smell: This beer smells of pine hops and that tasty smelling resin aroma that just sticks to your nose hairs Mmmmm.
Taste: Wow this is all hops through and through, pine grass and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Thick sticky and tasty is the best way to describe this beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle drink by 5/18/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a bright, clear, orange color, with small off-white head and some strong lace.

S-The aroma is clean and hoppy, fresh mango, pine/resin, and some grapefruit.

T-The flavor is clean hops, medium sweet and medium bitter, balanced and flavorful

M-The mouthfeel is medium, it has nice carbonation, and a clean, mid-dry finish

O-This is a really nice DIPA. It has fresh and clean flavors, and a well-balanced taste overall. It isn’t the most bitter example of the style out there, but just a really tasty and nicely made example. Really enjoyed this way to go Founders I need to find some more.

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Photo of msquared36
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I fondly remember Alchemy Hour as one of the best beers I have ever tried, and was eagerly awaiting the release of Chillwave. This year's batch is as great as I remember.

It has a Carmel malt backbone with a light citrus kick and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost foamy, smooth yet airy.

Have tried it side by side with a few other highly rated DIPAs and IPAs, and this is superior. Has a complexity and drinkability that most others can't compare with.

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Photo of Wavymitch
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Arguably the most under rated best IPAS ever. This rare IPA is great. Border line dangerous because how tasty it is. This double is a must try. Used to go by alchemy hour I believe but re packaged as chill wave. Great flavor retention and hard to believe there's any alcohol in it. Very refreshing. But not surprised these guys are great.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Best by 5/3/15, so I assume bottled 2/3/15. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep orange amber with just over a finger of beige head. The foam shrinks to a thin layer, depositing dense sheets of lace on the way down.

A bright blend of citrus and grass brings a pleasing aroma that I keep coming back to enjoy. Rind, pulp, juice, floral and a little herbal with some malty sweetness in the background.

That nose was not misleading. This delivers the juicy, delicious and hoppy flavors of oranges, faint melon, grass, flower petals, honey, a little bread and just a hint of alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink, I could easily go through two or three of these.

Medium full, semi oily feel with moderate carbonation. The resinous hop oils cling to the tongue for a bitter finish of citrus peel, sappy branches and mild honey.

I'm quite glad that I got this chance to try Great Lakes' Chillwave. Were this available in Georgia this juicy, delicious explosion of hops would find regular refuge in my refrigerator. Certainly worth a try for any hophead.

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Photo of Bone53
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap

Appearance: Dark amber color with a thin off white head

Smell: Very citrus, pineapple, mango forward. I smell the 9.4% as well

Taste: Huge citrus and pineapple as with the nose. as well as pine notes to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, even for a double; Syrupy. I can also pick up some of the abv as expected

Overall: A wonderful DIPA. Full in favor and body. For a true hop head, which i happen to be, you can't ask for much better. I will be reaching for this more often

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into spiegelau tulip. Bottle courtesy of fritts211.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with half-inch head.

Smell: Mostly aromas of citrus - specifically heavy orange/tangerine smell.

Taste: Follows the smell with almost no bitterness from the hops. Malts balance the hops perfectly. Almost no hint of the 9.4% abv.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel but could be improved by a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic imperial IPA that is not just for hopheads. I am fairly new to IPAs but this is definitely one I would seek out again.

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Photo of UncleT62
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clean Double IPA that leaves you wanting more. Nice Hops blend. If you have had the Rock Bottom Double IPA, this hands down beats that brew.

Higher alcohol content so drink with caution.

I had it with meatballs and it was very good.

Probaby good with Steak, cheese plates, or deserts.

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Photo of JWU
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- A gorgeous, perfectly clear amber-orange. A thing off-white head dissipates quickly.

S- HUGE tropical notes. Tangerine, apricots, mango, passionfruit, pineapple abound. Aroma just jumps from the glass.

T- Sweet hops. Follows the nose, but there's a bit more grapefruit than there is on the nose. A little bit of everything from the realm of hops, mainly tropical, some grapefruit, a hint of earthy notes and pine.

M- A nice medium body, which dries just a bit on the finish.

O- Like Heady Topper and don't have access to it? This will at least scratch the itch for Heady a bit.

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Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-amber with moderate off-white head and minor lacing.

Smell: Holy tropical goodness! Lots of peach, mango and grapefruit. Aroma is both sweet and dry.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, from both the malts and the hops. Layers of tropical fruits, with peach, mango and grapefruit most prominent. Finish is not so sweet, with some spiciness and bitterness. There is also a light berry taste, that I also noticed on New Belgium Rampant I had previous to this. I have heard that Mosaic hops can have a berry-like finish.

Feel: Both full and light bodied at the same time, which I sometimes get from higher alcohol beers with honey. Very smooth. Finish is nicely dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: This is an extremely good DIPA that I think is much better than the more boozy tasting and borderline cloying Lake Erie Monster. Actually, this is about the closest beer to Hopslam that I have had, albeit with different hops. Fantastic job, Great Lakes!

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Photo of BEEER
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark transparent orange color with small off-white head and nice thick rings of lacing. Aroma is strong and perfumey with dominating citrus and tropical fruits. Flavor has nice balance of bitter hops and sweet candy citrus notes, with much resin and pine. Medium mouthfeel with slight oiliness. Very good overall.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a thin layer of off-white and bubbly foam.

Juicy tropical fruit, namely mango, pineapple, and some citrus, resin, and some earthy pine notes.

The tropical sweetness in the aroma is slightly overpowered by the resinous, piney, and earthy hop bitterness, but the tropical flavors are not overshadowed, pineapple and mango come out to play with some slight caramel notes.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy, tropical tartness, and a fair amount of resinous hop bitterness.

Overall, this will sit in my top 10 favorite DIPAs for some time. This leans heavy on the bitter spectrum, but the tropical tart and sweet flavors shine just enough.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper hue with a nice sticky finger and half tall white head. Lots of papaya and mango on the nose along with other tropical fruits, smells great. Incredibly incredibly smooth. Sweet tropical fruits , a bit of pine and grassiness, some sweet caramel and and sweet breads beneath it all, well blended flavors , balanced but overall sweet with bitterness just keeping things in check with a touch of alcohol heat. Really really nice.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04/30/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Golden orange; translucent. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Peach, tangerine, mango and passion fruit hop bouquet. Some sweet honey provides a good balance. The bitterness does not appear to be overly assertive for the style.

T - Well balanced. Moderate bitterness for the style accompanies peach, tangerine, mango, passion fruit, peach and pineapple flavours. A fairly prominent honey malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky hop oils.

O - This was an excellent beer. Would love to try this more fresh but this was great nonetheless. The mosaic hops add a great flavour profile to this.

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Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting patiently like a monk for this offering. LOVE the GL seasonals, absolute standouts. Medium amber with a hint of head into the tulip (my BA bro Jens4212 supplying the fresh bottle, and sampling side by side). Grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits (he mentioned papaya, I haven't had it), some bitterness also standing out in the aromas. Huge mango explosion on the front of the tongue for me, some warming alcohol, and just the juiciest, tropical IPA you could want. Finishes crisp and clean, with a hint of the tropical note. Excellent inspiration for what can be done with those HOPS! The circle of fantastic GL seasonals has been completed. I'd recommend trying them all.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

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Photo of da_beers
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Acquired as an extra in a trade. This was close to its "best by" date when I got it, so I let it settle in the fridge for a few days to combat the shipping trauma, then enjoyed.

A - Pours a darkish, copper orange, with a beautiful chunky white head about two-fingers. Good lacing. Absolutely beautiful appearance really.

S - Hops come on strong, with citrusy freshness coming on too. Sweetness of the malts is apparent, along with some earthy quality to it.

T - Nice resiny hop taste to it, also some definite orange in there with some other citrus. Sweetness from malts balances it all out nicely.

M - Medium bodied, great resiny aftertaste. Fairly smooth, but also has a bit of a bite.

O - Great DIPA, overall superb. Would love to get some freshies and re-review.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a short-but-sturdy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Aromatic boquet of wildflower honey and bold juicy hops. Close your eyes and winter disappears for a brief, fragrant moment.
Taste-Honeyed, toasted malt, brown- sugared tangerine, with juicy, tropical hops providing a snaking, underlying bitterness that weaves nicely between all the flavors. Very smooth for the high ABV. A hophead's tasty treat. Excellent.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.