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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

2,209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,209
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 173 | 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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-01-2014 03:44:22 | More by CoolEthan
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jrdaniel859

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-16-2014 22:22:12 | More by jrdaniel859
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gotek

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-07-2014 01:17:29 | More by gotek
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-05-2014 14:05:51 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-10-2013 17:04:58 | More by jrallen34
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Wamba

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-27-2013 21:27:29 | More by Wamba
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Bobthehuman


3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-10-2014 01:30:24 | More by Bobthehuman
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-08-2013 03:36:33 | More by tommyguz
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smithj2154

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-29-2014 15:36:03 | More by smithj2154
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-26-2013 19:54:57 | More by squirreljr
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rxeight

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-13-2013 17:11:36 | More by rxeight
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-19-2014 20:27:15 | More by vinny21bal
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BlakeAM

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-23-2013 04:41:39 | More by BlakeAM
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-28-2013 18:36:22 | More by Giantspace
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GatorLCA

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-29-2014 19:35:13 | More by GatorLCA
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unclejazz

New York

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from recent batch nice fluffy white head solid good lacing and well carbonated. Nose is sweet malt, mango, alcohol and a touch of resin. Taste is vegetal, bready and boozy. The strength of the beer overshadows the hop profile which is a shame. Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA with great bubbly medium-high mouth coating. On the whole I am continuously let down by this one. I had it when it was released under another name and a few bottles of this year's and think the flavor is just a disappointment. I would not grab this on tap even if it was same day fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:23:31 | More by unclejazz
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 16:10:10 | More by MDDMD
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Brunt orange color

S-Citrus...oranges...some tropical fruits as well...sweet fruitiness

T-Citrus again with the oranges...some lighter tropical notes...good spalsh of spicy alcohol....backed by a biscuity maltiness with that trademark GL yeastiness evident

M-You can tell this has some ABV to it...a little hot....good sturdy body....

O-To be honest I was hoping for more than this. Solid but flavors are bit muddled...a bit too much sharp alcohol notes....citrus not as bright as expected...Not in the Abrasive/Surly Sucks/Hop Slam tier in my opinion but solid enough. I bought 12 of them without trying it first so I will certainly still be enjoying this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:10:39 | More by ZAP
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nod to the hectic freshwater surfers of the great lakes, this imperial ipa would warm any winter warrior after just a bottle. thanks to thebrewo again for hooking this up in a wonderful trade. the pour is a honey color with an amber hue, thick looking, and very clear, with less than an inch of off white fizz that settles to a thin film relatively quickly. the nose is oily resinous hops of course, and sweeter residual sugar notes, caramel malt, and plenty of sturdy alcohol. the booze is really quite intense. the flavor starts out with a lush fresh cut cactus sort of vegetative and refreshingly cooling hop profile, very unique before the fruity esters creep in. more malt body than expected, also on the sweeter side, sort of stopping the refreshment in its tracks. bitterness is not huge in this beer until well after the swallow, where it sort of crawls out of the throat and back onto the tongue, drying me out a little. cool complexion of flavors here, but the booze stands out too much. its just too strong, even for the style. it makes it more like a beer with a shot of middle of the line vodka dumped in, not quite offensive, but bordering on it in my opinion. I think it detracts rather than adds. mouthfeel is fine, and the lively carbonation cuts through some of its massive almost gelatinous body. I would rate this higher, but the alcohol intensity is a drawback for me, it takes away from an otherwise extremely impressive offering from great lakes.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:51:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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jampics2

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 17:08:44 | More by jampics2
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear, deep, orange-amber with a clean, white head that settles slowly. Some evident booziness comes out in the aroma, alongside strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and some faint, crackery malt. Lots of hop-bitterness are delivered by a medium-full body that washes over the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine seem to overpower any evident malt. Though a good example of the style; given a choice, I'd take a Lake Erie Monster over Alchemy Hour.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 19:35:51 | More by endincolorado
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 5/11/14,
L - pours copper, topped with an off-white head that fades holds decent retention leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S - absolutely huge tropical nose full of tangerine, mandarin, pineapple, and fresh mango. Very sweet smelling with honey, caramel, and biscuit for malt
T - all tropical flavors here: mango, pineapple, mandarin, loads of sweet honey, some bitterness kicks in but it's short lived, as the ale finishes fairly clean. Booze is noticeable and warming but not too hot
F - creamy, smooth, low-to-ample carbonation
O - I like this and it is good, but I wanted to like it more; I like my DIPA's more bitter, more bready, more grapefruity, and more piny. This is really cloyingly sweet and overly tropical. Other than its awesome aroma, it's a disappointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:45:11 | More by barnzy78
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ehammond1


3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

Bright and clear orange with a very small ring of small near-white bubbles. Leaves the glass spotted and lined irregularly on the way down.

Bright, clean citrus notes. Lots of orange flesh and zest in the aroma, along with a bit of a candied sugar sweetness. Very juice-like, especially as this beer comes to near room temperature.

The flavor doesn't translate quite as nicely as the aroma. There is still good amounts of citrus pushing through, fairly low bitterness for the given style, a bit of cookie sweetness, and just a bit of a floral note. Really quite nice.

Near medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation, surprisingly.

Very good. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:29:54 | More by ehammond1
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Diane_Brew

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber. Very orange-y. Uuummm. Not very pretty. Like, one of those (what's that birth stone that's that color? Amber? Is it amber?), I dunno that ugly birthstone that is amber color.

S: Grapefruity with some snot.

T: Plain to grapefruit taste. ALL IN ONE SIP! You can really feel it on the outside of your tongue; like a big dong on a Friday night. Like a good once a night beer.

M: Luscious and thick like an Italian man.

O: It won't give you a headache.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:30:20 | More by Diane_Brew
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 11:09:52 | More by papat444
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,209 ratings.