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

442 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 3,007
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 299
Gots: 504 | 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 Ilafan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very good. It looks like caramel when poured, and it has good, long-lasting lacing. Additionally, the white, though short, is pronounced for a double IPA. As is almost always the case, the smell is citrus-dominated. One thing that surprised me was the strength of the fruity taste. Apricot.

Overall, this 9+% beer is a nice treat. (344 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big Edmund Fitgerald fan and a hophead so grabbed one when I first saw it. This is very well made, smooth hoppy, high ABV beer that hits the mouth smoothly and goes down easily. Surprisingly a little sweet on the tongue. Wow, 9.5 barely noticeable. Very, very hoppy with little secondary flavor like citrussy or floral. I'm repeating...very smooth, high ABV not noticeable, but I guess I was hoping for something really exceptional from Great Lakes in a double, some kind of unique flavor touch. But you won't be disaapointed either way. (540 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber/copper. Light pencil think head that dissipates very quickly, tiny amount of carbonation rising. Honestly, not a lot going on. a bit unimpressive.

S - WOW, lots of hops. Deep citrus flavors specifically grapefruit and some spices i cannot specifically identify. small scent of lemon.

T - Hops hit like a hammer. Piney, carmel, grapefruit and lemon in the middle. Real acidic as it goes down. Certain grapefruit taste.

M - Grapefruit lingers like like you just ate the entire fruit. Getting a maybe a semi froth feel.

O - wish it was thicker, viscosity is low. missing carbonation and frothiness some excellent IIPAs have. I personally love grapefruit so I like this. But, I wish the sweetness and bitterness could have been more mellowed together. I felt it was sweet in front and a very bitter lingerer. (827 characters)

Photo of EastAtLeast
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 12oz bottle in a mixed six pack. I always try to get this beer whenever I see it as usually it's the first Great Lakes beer to run out from what I've noticed, and for a good reason: This is a SOLID double IPA.

Poured a beautiful, clear, copper/orange type color with 1 finger width head.

Picked up loads of grapefruit and citrus on the nose right away as I have before with this beer, but something was different this time as it wasn't as pungent as before.

The taste is almost just as you would expect after smelling this beer. I'm not blown away by the bitterness as I love IPA's, but it allows me to notice the nice malt characters that follow a forward hop bomb. Each sip wanted me coming back for more sweet, grapefruity goodness. You can tell it's not a session IPA for sure, but the 9.4% ABV is pleasantly masked.

Towards the end is where I saw the beer lacking as opposed to other times I have had this. The carbonation was virtually gone. Had to finish off about 5 ounces of flat beer. I know this was a fluke, and I'm glad I only bought one bottle of this. Must not have been fresh or just not handled properly. Didn't bother to look at the date I was just glad to see one on the shelf! Can't wait to get my hands on a fresh one next time! (1,276 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear and bronze with a 2 finger head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Aromas of ripe pineapple and passion fruit. Honey covered bread gives it a big sweet scent.

T - The hops are big, juicy, and tropical. Ripe pineapple, passion fruit, with a touch of bitterness. Fresh baked biscuit drenched in honey makes it delicious. I think of it as a sweet, tropical Hopslam.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A slick feel on my tongue.

O - This is a very nice IIPA that is more sweet than hoppy, but don't take that as a negative. The juicy tropical flavors come from the Mosaic hop that is complimented by a sweet honey flavor. Easy to drink considering the ABV. (758 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

finally, another great DIPA. actually pretty similar to hop ranch, but no weird off notes. big grain and citrus note, earthy and fresh, juicy and dank. all the typical adjectives and more. clean, fresh, tasty. not even that pricey compared to the other 4 pack dipa's. (267 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark gold with a nice creamy head

S-nice blend citrusy cream and hoppy grains. Smells tasty. Good strength

T-comes in with a fairly bitter taste of citrus and grains, not really focusing on either one. There's a bit of booze to this as well. The after-taste is mostly of the grains. The bitterness seems to last a bit.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice semi-dry finish

O-this is a nice double IPA. Great flavors, good blend of hops and bitterness. It has an outstanding drinkability and the flavors last log too. Every sip is enjoyable. (548 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant medium copper with a solid one inch frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Citrus fruit, pine, and resin jump from the bottle before the beer is poured. Pine and catty hops dominate the aroma, with strong grapefruit and pineapple accompanying fresh cut grass and toasted malt. Lime and dank hops emerge. It's truly a hop explosion.

Citrus undertones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime offer relief from a fairly dominant oniony flavor that hits early and lingers into a bready malt and slightly sweet caramel backbone. Bitterness is fairly restrained, but counters the sweetness to dry out the finish. There's a resiny and catty character throughout.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Great hop character. The aroma is awesome. Flavor is great, but a little too oniony for my palate. I'm sensitive to simcoe, though. Fairly hot, but not terribly offputting. On the sweet side. (977 characters)

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a deep amber with a finger of off white head that quickly fades leaving a thin rim of foam with visible lacing.

S-Smells of tropical citrus, mangoes, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. Light on hops with a background of sweet malt and floral bouqet.

T-Sweet citrus and hops dominate the palate with a bit of sweet caramel malt roast. Slight alcohol taste.

M-Medium body with moderate to mild carbonation. It has an almost slick oil feel that coats the tongue.

O-Really good DIPA that strikes a unique balance of citrus tang, sweet malt and bitter hops. Worth a try, but if you're looking for really dank hoppy bitterness go elsewhere. (673 characters)

Photo of 33nickadams
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Transparent amber-orange coloring with a nice froth around the circumference of the tulip.

Smells tropical, citrusy, sweet, alcoholy, some caramel and breadiness.

Citrusy taste, raisiny, and a little sweet on the back end. Some bitterness followed by alcohol. Pleasant and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is relatively light for a DIPA. Maybe the most enjoyable aspect of the beer for me.

This one is a nice sipper. On the lighter side for DIPA's, which a lot seem to be heavy. I also like the nod to Great Lakes surfers. Surfing one of the Great Lakes is on my bucket list now. (580 characters)

Photo of marcpb
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK....like ya'll, I'm not a 'beeradvocate' snob just yet... This beer is fricken good, hold me back, whoa, i'm gonna rate it a 6... Oops, clicked the 'review', not quite 250 characters yet...c'mon, hesitations (....) don't count?... I like the beer! alright? Sit it next to the double wide and I like the Alchemy better, sit it next to the abrasive and I like the Alchemy better, I drink it and I like it better than a lot of different IPA's... (444 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper/amber, my smooth pour is rewarded by barely half a finger of white bubbles and barely any retention. Somehow it manages to leave lots of soapy lacing on the glass.

Deep honey malts, caramel and toffee with a some red fruity esters. Hops are varied and moderate in strength. Canned peaches, slight guava and kiwi sit solidly atop a pine/ orange citrus nectary hop profile.

A full loaf of honey bread sets in with some molasses sweetness, a no doubt balancing step for the hops. Candied citrus, juicy grapefruit and oranges with apricot and dried mango nuances. The flavor evolves late into the drink to a more pungent and earthy garlic. hemp and pine. Bitterness curls inward on the palate intensifying leaving citric and piney residue.

Medium to high body, rather sluggish with a more creamy, tight bubbled carbonation. Moderate alcohol and high malt complement the nectary hop profile. Drinkable, flavorful but sluggish.

Chillwave is a free swinger, a bigger beer with nectary, pungent hops. And it adds another dimension to the Mosaic hop enigma this time bringing kiwi and copious amounts of stone fruit into the fold. (1,145 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a delightful clear amber color with a small white head. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere.

S - Sweet citrus and predominately grapefruit smell. This is combined with moderately a sour smell and hits of hops.

T - A dominating sour citrus taste with a strong grapefruit presence. The IPA bitterness is present, but not overbearing. There is also a very pleasant sweetness to the taste.

M - Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. The thickness seems medium to light. The alcohol burn is very mild.

O - Probably my favorite IPA, but I do not have much experience with Double IPAs. It is sweet and refreshing and not overly bitter, especially for an IPA. I could see enjoying this beer on a warm spring day, on a beach, or in a tropical location. Although, it is still enjoyable during in this winter that will never end. (823 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception. (843 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright golden hue with a relatively thin head that leaves quickly.

Smell is bright and hoppy but not very much citrus. Some yeast.

Bitter forward flavor at first with some maltiness. Hops, light citrus, and honey come through halfway through the glass. Not a bright citrus flavor like many DIPA. More muted and resiny hop character. Smoothes throughout the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny and viscous, could use a bit more carbonation for me.

Overall, it's worth trying if you're a DIPA fan. I credit Great Lakes for not brewing something highly citrus forward that would get lost in the shuffle. It wouldn't be in my top 5 DIPA, but it's certainly an enjoyable beer. (734 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes(mid March 2013)

12 oz brown bottle with Great Lakes style label. Excellent warm weather spring like color scheme of surfer catching a wave. Not big into surfing, but it's a neat briefing behind the inspiration of naming this brew. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - bright copper color that's nearly orange. Bright and nearly crystal clear. Thin head that settles to a small ring of white lace. Does provide some good stick to the glass. A very refreshing appearance and a good color to it.

S - Citrusy aroma. Oranges, Tangerine, and sweet pineapple. Fresh tropical fruit. Big mango with most of the hop presence being dominately citric. A touch of honey provides the aroma with a soft sweetness and comes off as sugary.

T - More citrus in the flavor with small bites of grapefuit then the orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple take total control making for some real deal sweetness. Nothing overly bitter with some light bread like malt and honey creeping from below.

M - pretty easy going Double IPA. The hops are definitely there, but keep their sweet citrusy character throughout. Body is a touch thin compared to some IPAs of this size. The somewhat thin body texture may actually do this one some good as it is very laid back and refreshing. Very kind in the mouth while still pumping out solid flavor.

O - Good to see an DIPA of this style coming out of GLBC. They will always have some of our favorites, but its good to see some a little more unique coming from This great brewery. It's not a wreck your palate like its Lake Erie Monster relative as its just a brilliantly crafted Double IPA letting you look forward to warmer weather. I'd like to see this stick around in the GLBC bottle release calander. It's definitely something anyone could enjoy and if you like fruit flavors then you can't pass it up. 2 thumbs up to Great Lakes for releasing an ale of this style. This is somewhat uncharted territory for GLbC and they knocked it out of the park considering this being their first release in bottles of this kind of ipa(to my knowledge anyway). (2,098 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**

A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.

S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.

T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.

M: Big medium. Good texture (697 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC! (1,093 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure copper, 2 fingers of foamy head

S - aroma is definitely hoppy with loads of citrus, but well balanced with a good amount of malt in the backbone

T - very well balanced, hops certainly are prominent - lots of grapefruit and piney hops, but a full bready untertone evens it out

M - full, thick, smooth. Well-hidden alcohol, good amount of carbonation

O - Not the hop-bomb like Lake Erie Monster is (not that it's a bad thing....) very well-balanced, clean taste, very drinkable. (530 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was so excited when my beer guy got this in at the store. Having not tried alchemy hour I was thrilled to sample chillwave. THIS ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a thick white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. There are a lot of fresh hops here, supported by just enough malt to some what balance this beer. The mouth is medium bodied and coats the palate gloriously. As far as flavor, this one has it going on. It is a total hop bomb with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There are significant notes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. This is way beyond what I expected from a nob west coast ipa. Beautifully bitter and hoppy and so fresh one can almost taste the tap. This is a brewery that I had long ago lost faith in but if they can produce s west coast style ipa like this than maybe I should rethink my opinion. (916 characters)

Photo of stevedog
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nice clarity.

Smell - Interesting aroma of passion fruit and mangos. Some malt sweetness follows which helps balance out the fruity aroma hops. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Same fruity hoppiness carries over from the aroma. Malt sweetness follows the dominate hops, but the bitterness keeps the balance on the hop side. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly noticble on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, but not as dry as lot of other DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation starts off strong, but dissipates fairly quickly. Medium body. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall - Chillwave is a very nice variation to a "traditional" double IPA. The mango-like hops make for a very drinkable 9%er. The only flaw I can think of is the lack of lingering carbonation, which would only add to the complexity of this beer. I would definitely drink this again. (979 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it. (1,689 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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...! (552 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated reddish orange color, fine haze of suspended micro sediment visible in the center. Lasting foam with an intricate collar of splashy lacing around the edges.

Tropical notes of mango and citrusy tangerine, underscored by some bubblegum yeast esters. Edgy with some hop forward dankness, a little pale malt bleeding through underneath.

Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine peel flavors, moderate yet balanced hop bitterness, smooth with a supporting pale malt backbone, dry bitter citrus aftertaste. Sweetness builds but gets balanced by the bitterness soon after. Overall it's pretty drinkable, though I haven't had more than one in a sitting. (658 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try a new beer from Great Lakes, one of my favorite breweries. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Really nice looking pour. Beautiful clear rusty gold color with a touch of haze. Nice fluffy off-white head. The nose is really nice. I get lots of over-ripe tropical fruit and hibiscus flowers. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a good, astringent, piny-sappy smell.

Medium body, firm oily feel, and loads of fruity bitter goodness. Nice biscuity flavors up front, then flavors of orange marmalade, peach preserves, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest barge in and brighten the flavor. The beer is super fruity and resiny, but doesn't seem all that bitter. It is well-balanced and very fresh tasting and yet never seems to punish your palate. It has a faint flash of a syrupy sweet note on the finish that is very reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

What a terrific new beer from Great Lakes. An entry that stands its own with Hopslam and other top shelf seasonal IIPAs. This is definitely one I'll seek out every year. I only bought one 4-pack and I should have bought more. The 4 cases my local store got sold out in only 3 days. Nicely done Great Lakes! (1,213 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.