Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
3,148
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
23.82%
 
 
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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

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Reviews: 470 | Ratings: 3,148
Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Glad I got to finally try this, but I don't think it really lived up to the hype for me. Very okay and would probably have again, but won't actively seek this out.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Deep clear copper, solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus , orange hops

Taste of malts and citrus hops

Nice bite

Very good beer, repeatable

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Photo of Ejonespitt
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into ipa glass.

L- copper color, small head fading to none. Minimal lacing.

S- sweet citrus and malt.

T- well balanced between hops and malt. Citrus flavors from hops balanced by maltiness.

F- good mouthfeel, not very carbonated

O- great double IPA, well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a reddish amber with a moderate head. Lacing as you enjoy it... Citrus scent is evident. Smooth with a light bite of hops. Yum!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great citrus flavors w/ a nice minimal bitter aftertaste. This beer definitely has a nice to chill to it with a nice orange scent to it. My favorite Great Lakes beer for sure. DIPA that I always look forward to coming out during its season release.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden-orange with a medium off-white head that slowly dissipates. Very clear.

Smell: Big citrus smell. Orange jumps out. Some pine and floral hop smell as well.

Taste: Very smooth. Hop bitterness is present, but very pleasant. Malt flavor seems to be a breadiness. Slight alcohol flavor. Starts bitter ends sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

A very enjoyable DIPA. The balance between the bittering and flavor/aroma hops are outstanding.

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Photo of Obake21
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L = Big white head with a clean light amber/light brown look.
S = Smell sweet, tropical fruit and malt.
T = Hops are not overwhelming. Nice balance between the malt and hops giving it a sweet/hoppy flavor
F = Good carbonation, might have liked a little more, but it is refreshing.
O = Overall this if very nice. The label says ABV: 9%, which doesn't seem terribly high, but I do feel it after it a few minutes. Not at all a bad thing though. Malt and Hops are nicely balanced.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malty backbone with tropical fruits, citrus, and pine bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a nice balance of bitterness and malt, very good

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Clear amber-orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Fruity aroma with a noticeable caramel finish. Big beer with big sweet malt but balance with the hops. Tropical but also earthy, piney, and dank. Finishes clean with a warming from the ABV.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a medium amber color with a foamy, two-finger, ecru-colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The smell features tropical fruit: pineapple and mango, as well as grapefruit. There is also the smell of malt and floral hops and spices that remind me of mustard. The taste is quite complex: I'm getting a lot of malt up front with the tropical fruit adding a subtle sweetness. Then the hops hit hard and dank. The finish is dry and quite bitter (it seems more than 80 IBU). This is a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation. While there is no real burn, you notice the 9% ABV. Overall, this is a very well crafted DIPA. It is solidly in the tier below the superstars. It would pare well with a hearty meal but is also appropriate for casual drinking, provided that the alcohol will catch up to you.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 release
~1 month since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a golden orange color, fairly transparent. Pillowy and frothy finger thick head, ever so slightly off white in color. Moderate lacing on glass.

Aroma- Juicy tropical fruit notes, pineapple, mango, melon. Subtle blueberry and strawberry. Mild citrus and grassy, earthy aromas. Honey accentuates sweet fruit flavors. Malty, bready sweetness.

Taste- Sweet honey intermingles with juicy tropical fruit notes. Lots of pineapple and mango. Blueberry with some dank earthiness. Mild citrus notes wrapped in a real malty sweetness.

Feel- Medium body, good amount of sticky sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- They really do a great job of balancing the honey sweetness with the mosaic hops. Its more tropical fruit forward than i get in most mosaic hop beers and i think it might be because the honey really draws out the juiciness. Very good beer.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours a dark, clear orange, with a finger or so of slight off white head. There's carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell: the first thing I picked up was some maltiness, and citrus. After a few swirls I picked up a scent I thought only legend said mosaic bore: berries.

Taste: similar to the nose: malts start it out for me, and then the citrus and berry note hit. I really didn't enjoy this initially, but as it warms, the blueberry is popping. I get some tangerine as well.

Feel: slight alcohol burn, so it is noticeable (slightly) and a medium to medium full body. There's some bitterness, as well as a dry finish.

Overall: my first impressions left this beer pretty low; however, after the first few sips, warming, and picking up other notes, I'm pretty pleased with this beer.

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Photo of RJIV
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper. Smells of some fruitiness (orange mostly), but a heavy honey sweetness. The beer is thick, but not chewy. The taste starts with some mild orange peel, but is quickly washed away in sweetness (honey sweet rather than sugar sweet) with an underlying bitterness. Finish is alcohol heavy and unpleasant.

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Photo of droomyster
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On fraught. A hop-heavy DIPA that crackles on the tongue like a live wire. Honey colored body with a generous bunch of foam with good retention. Smells like a citrus stand in the middle of a pine forest. Fresh leafiness and orange peel on the front palate before a super spicy tongue prickling the middle like a young pineapple. Grapefruity finish lingers long. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy beige head on top a clear, orange-ish beer. Lacing is a decent fizzy drape after the head receded to a fizzy top layer.

Nose is immediately musky with a bit of grapefruit in amongst the big bitter bill.

Taste begins big bitter but gives way to mango and a candy like sweetness. Finishes a tad hot but not monstrously so.

Very good beer, glad I grabbed two four packs!

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two in a custom 6 pack at Casa Di vino in Wheeling, WV. Pours an orange copper color into a tulip glass. No head until the pour is complete, then gently foams to a one finger cap that diminishes quickly. Nose with lots of tropical aromas that are very distinct. Mango, pineapple, papaya, with grapefruit and lemongrass. The smells go directly to the same tropical island flavors that transitions to a slightly sweet carmel malt then to just the right amount of bitterness. Unbelievably well balanced and the 9 plus ABV is well hidden, but this is still a sipping beer. Quickly became one of my top 3 2X IPA'S.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp copper color with no head to speak of. Noticeable carbonation when poured.

Smell is of mangoes, peaches, pineapple and fruits with some honey coming through.

Taste is initially fruity, you get the mango and pineapple coming through but it moves to a honey malt flavor overlaid with the hoppy bitterness. there is a nice balance to the malts and hops here - you get the malt, but its not overpowering the fruity flavors brought out by the hops.

Pretty heavy carbonation makes the beer crisp, but I wonder if it diminishes the flavors a bit. Hides the booze well, its easy to forget this is a 9.4% ABV! as you are drinking it.

Overall a very pleasant, tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of blackcutlass
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was my gateway IPA due to the honey malt. It's a nice transition into the hop backbone. Definitely a sipping beer. It's so rich and so well balanced. The smell is incredible.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack as I saw the high ratings, what a disappointment. Mostly sweet malty with mild aroma. There is nothing of interest in this beer. Maybe this bottle was off, 3 more left. If something changes, I'll update this review, can't believe I'm -19.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives clear and amber off the tap, with a nice head that leaves some decent lacing hanging around

Smell: Mango, grapefruit and pineapple, with undertones of caramel and honey

Taste: Caramel and honey forward, with pineapple, mango and grapefruit; builds in sweetness through the middle, though the bitterness is also present through the finish; quite boozy, with the sweetness lingering

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium-full bodied; warmth in the gullet

Overall: There was a time that I would have liked this better but I now view this as a powerhouse DIPA from a different time; the sweet malt and readily apparent booziness are turn-offs now

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Photo of Sabtos
2.38/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dark amber with a minimal head, leaving a thin collar.

Sweet light caramel notes on the nose, some honey, with an oddly big void left where hops should be for the style.

Grahamy caramel flavors again, with not much if any bittering. Honey, and maybe a touch of mango from the hops.

To be honest this is closer to an an amber ale.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Hazy golden orange pour. One finger head.

Extremely fruity, tropical nose.

A lot of mango on the front end with a long bitter finish. A little bit of the booze on the back end, but at 9.4% it's very drinkable.

An extremely solid, affordable, and available (when in season) choice for an IPA.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinary DIPA.

A – A finger of off-white dense foam lasts, caps, collars, and laces abundantly. Stiff and firm head, over a distinctly orange, hazed papaya-red body with plenty of visible bubbles. Rare, almost sunset.

S – Want more of the zesty Mosaic hops in the nose, as they become awash in the sip. With tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Oddly passion fruit, papaya, almost oily and a bit of grass.

T – The taste follows but gets much bigger with tropical fruits - papaya, pineapple, guava, and mango. I find the backdrop too sweet and caramel for me, but intense. Balanced by the bitterness of a long finish mostly of papaya, grass, pepper, and oils. Alcohol is well hidden.

F – Pleasant, zesty. Welcoming, smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Warming and liquor like, but not as crisp and clean as I like in the long run.

D – Top hoppy beers from Great Lakes (I compare with Rye of the Tiger, which I rate higher). Must try. If you like papaya-fruit DIPAs that pack a punch, and on the sweet side, this is your brew, but I trend toward the more bitter. Deserves to be enjoyed at cask temp so I'm savoring mine until it warms as it certainly then gets better given all the fruit inside.

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Photo of Zonk
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored but not much of a head. It had a good bit of citrus on the nose with pine behind it. Not particularly bitter for the style with resiny malt flavor to back it up.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Look - Slightly hazed copper/amber color with a small amount of head. Possibly has lost a little luster due to this bottle being past the best by date of June 7th.

Smell - Citrus and more citrus along with some piney and grapefruit smell

Taste - Citrusy with a nice hop flavor and not overly bitter. Very smooth which could get you into trouble with the 9.4% ABV.

Feel - Moderate carbonation and very smooth

Overall - One of my favorite DIPA's and another solid brew by the Great Lakes crew! Wish I could get this year round!

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94 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.