Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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442 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 442 | Hads: 3,007
Photo of msquared36
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Used to be a fruit bomb but has gotten somewhat cloying and sweet over the years. Was once my favorite DIPA. Had this enormous tropical fruit nose and taste. Now it's a pretty solid beer with fruit notes that get pulled back by a malty sweetness. (246 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 becktone
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal review/tasting with Stone RuinTen IPA

Eye: In comparison to the RuinTen, this one lacks. Hazy orange, but hey, who needs a crystal clear ale anyway? I'm just saying that if Stone can do it without taking away from the aroma then why not GLBC? I know for a fact that this one only gets centrifuged, no plate and frame filtration here, that is why it is hazy. Head is poor comparatively speaking. Very little lacing and it really only holds at a thin blanket that looks poor when sitting next tot the Stone.

Nose: Hoppy upfront with grainy notes behind it supporting. Big malt backbone supports this one. I feel like it could use some more hops upfront, soapy type of aroma. Raw grain aroma. Overall-ok. I know this beer has been dry hopped (used to work in the cellar at GLBC) but it really doesn't smell like it.

Tongue: Spicy hop character, and almost malt forward. Its a nice beer, but could use more hops...I remember tasting the first batch of this at work, quite different...It doesn't hold up well-all the hops fade. It has that GLBC taste, the grain, the yeast, the house flavor. I would like to see this beer hold up better. Fresh, it is super hoppy and full of IPA flavor, a little bit of age on it-and I'm not talking all that long-and it loses everything that makes it great. Really, just some spicy notes and some bitterness, nothing all that great. Shelf life is poor.

Drinkability: I'd not buy this beer unless I knew that it was super fresh(when I worked there it was brewed in January/February). I wouldn't buy it more than a couple months after that. Too bad, its a nice beer from what I've tasted at the brewery but the shelf life just sucks. (1,687 characters)

Photo of BlueWinged35
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing. On more seasonal IPA to look forward too. A nice clean taste and smooth. Light in color and I think better than their Commodore Perry IPA and Lake Erie Monster (and I love both of those beer a lot). Great Lakes Brewing fills a big hole that other brewers don't touch and they always do a great job. (343 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 cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is darker amber with a tight billowy light tan head. Nose is very aromatic, light biscuit and dough with a huge hop punch, tons of grapefruit juice and light herbal notes. The taste is a bit more bready and doughy, hops are still huge behind, grapefruit ad strong tropical fruit flavors with a faint herbal touch and virtually no bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. (405 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

A: Clear bronze color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of orange. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and slightly floral.

T: Up front there's sweet, juicy tropical fruit, namely mango and pineapple. Some malt in there to balance. Then bitter pine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, floral, and very slight pepper.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A slick feel that goes down well.

O: I had this when it was known as 'Alchemy Hour' and remember being underwhelmed. It must have been past fresh because this is an outstanding DIPA that's just bursting with tropical hop flavor. Highly recommend! (645 characters)

Photo of Ptomaine
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very good beer. Deep golden color, moderate lacing. Smell is fruity , with a hint of onion. Taste is initially pineapple, citrusy then slight oniony in aftertaste. Really enjoy this a lot when I can get a hold of it. Hides alcohol content well. Definitely a very affordable great double IPA. (301 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 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 ktblue22
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohhhh what a delicious and beautiful IPA!! Hiked our nearby Wantastiquet and enjoyed this beer out of the bottle at the top with my partner. Clean yet complex - refreshing and drinkable even at near 10%! Lots of citrus laced with dank resiny-grassiness. Really pleasant - makes me wish I lived somewhere I could get this everyday. We had the second bottle the other night with some homemade beef chili - a great beer to pair with spicy food, especially anything with Sriracha. (476 characters)

Photo of CK16801
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Alchemy Hour from Great Lakes is hands-down the best DIPA I had so far ... this is an awesome, fruit-filled DIPA that hides its 9.4% ABV ... the combination of mosaic, cascade, and nugget hops is amazingly well blended with the sweetness of the malt (253 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant amber, slight haze and a creamy head that fell off pretty fast but left some nice lacing behind. The color is remarkable like the blush on a ripe peach. Nose is tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, apricot. The nose is like sweet perfume with floral hops and a fat malt character that yields up honey, caramel and cracker. Taste is extraordinary with plump, juicy ripe fruits and herbal hops light and earthy. It’s got a a sour zing and is resiny and dry. There’s a touch of alcohol on the palate but it’s inviting and warming. The malt is steady and sweet with some crusty bread mid palate and the hops splash up bitter with some light pine at the end for a dry finish. This is a fantastic DIPA that’s abundant with fruit, loaded with malt and exhilarating with bitter hops. Stupendous! (809 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the ale poured a dark copper color producing a white head with a few large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass was modest at best. The nose on this one is huge. One detects citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. In the initial taste, one detects a peppery citrus sensation immediately. Accompanying notes include sour grapefruit on the sides of the tongue, orange, grass, and a biscuity malt backbone. The peppery grassy sensation takes over in the aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Alcohol becomes a little more prominent in the aftertaste. The one disappointment I have is that the mouthfeel runs a little too thin for a DIPA. I want this one to last a little longer. This is a good one. (738 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 chefhatt
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, it has a full light amber colored body with a 1" tan sticky head to it. The aroma has citrus almost lemon aroma coming through with of course the hop aroma also. The taste is awesome some fruity sweetness up front then the hop kicks your tongue, then after the swallow the malt lingers.
The mouth feel is great, leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue, not to heavy, but just a very good drinking DIPA. (441 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green apple tart with bitter lemons
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A: Fairly dark red-orange slightly hazy body with a somewhat persistent off white head.

S: Powerful but light lemony, zesty hops, perfume oils, and sweet, buttery caramel malt

T: Sweet, spiced, caramel dipped tart green apple quickly turns to bitter floral and lemon hops. Really sticks in the tongue.

M: Light and effervescent at first, turning sticky and drying. (408 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maui/Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano snifter.

Appearance- Robust orange color, not too bright, but strong. Like an overripe orange in the bowl. Lots of bubbly head leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell- straightforward double IPA- big, pungent, bitter and acidic. Tingly on the nose with lots of pineapple, guava, fig newtons, alpha acids. Smells like its gonna be yummy.

Taste- big passion fruit creamy tang up front. Robust bitter hop attack comes next and hangs out past the swallow. Mingles nicely with a malty backdrop, but keeps the bitter long and strong. Very tasty stuff. A great DIPA for warm weather.

Mouthfeel- slightly fizzy, but dense and smooth. Leaves the mouth coated for lingering taste.

Overall- one of Great Lakes' best offerings in my opinion. Bummer that it is a limited seasonal. They should keep this on a bit longer into the summer months. And if Widmer actually sued over the name, it will be a bummer that this will be gone- hopefully the recipe stays and the only the name changes. Can't wait until the next release of this one (1,062 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess. (1,398 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 Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured poured a nearly clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricot and grapefruit, with a little honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like floral and apricot hops, with some sweet honey and bitter grapefruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of light body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA. It had a great scent and taste, but the body was weak. The alcohol was really well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Maybe not in the top tier, but I will really enjoy this six pack. (583 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Alchemy Hour pours a dark caramel ruby color, mostly transparent with a huge off-white head. The foam gradually recedes to a film over the beer but retains well and leaves a nice web of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is clean, with distinct malt and hop notes both present. The nose is balanced with a slight lean toward the malt. Honey and caramel sweetness with bready notes in the background. Floral, slightly citrusy, and some earthy bitter hop aromas. A little alcohol wafts into the nose as it warms.

A bit of honey flavor starts the sip off on a sweet note, with a bit of caramel malt coming through. The honey continues to grow into the hop flavors, with pineapple, tangerine, mango, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Each sip has a clean finish with no aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very clean. The flavors are allowed to come through separately and transition from malt to hops nicely. The carbonation is creamy, smooth, and fairly full. There is no residue or hop oil left at the end of the sip.

Overall I think this is a bit too sweet for what I am looking for in a DIPA. It has a good burst of hoppiness, but the honey malt is simply too strong for it to be among my top tier of the category. Still, it is strong offering from a quality brewery. (1,319 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label in the traditional GLBC style with great colors and eye-catching graphics. Neck label has GLBC logo and gives a small description of the beer. Main label has ABV info, small description of the beer, Enjoy by Date(4/20/13), brewery info, web info, serve by temp recommendation. 25th Anniversary Cap.

Appearance: Allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a slightly hazy copper amber color with a 1½ finger golden white foam head of a lighter airy density. Head retention was a solid 2min 13sec before fading to a thin foam coating and thick ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of sweet orange citrus with hints of pineapple. Also has an earthy piney hop scent with a spicy bite. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is floral and piney on the front end turning to a citrus fruity hoppiness with hints of tropical fruits. The mid point turns spicy with a bit of bite. Finishes with a honey and caramel taste with a definite breadyness. Has a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is undetectable.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent offering by GLBC. The flavor profile on this beer is extraordinary and the aroma compliments if very well making it dangerously drinkable!. Consumed 3/19/13. Classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA at 9.4% ABV. (1,454 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber color with smaller white dense foam head. Lacing is full and blanketed.

Apricot, mango, pine... Lots of B-wine characteristics.

Sticky, sweet, balanced, relaxed, crisp, milky, lots of tropical fruit, orange, mango, apricot, lime, apple, buttery, nice even-smooth-light-bright bitterness with mellow carbonation.

Highly recommended! Should be considered a "must-try". Kick ass brew! Thanks (404 characters)

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