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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

2,642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,642
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 269
Gots: 345 | 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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Ratings: 2,642 | Reviews: 430
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know that winter is just starting to shed its bracing cold weather, but the Great Lakes offering this beer to the craft community gives us summer-lovin' folks the glimmer of hope that we can survive these last few weeks. From its label art that projects a surfer in summer's water to the taste of refreshing tropical and citrus fruit, the beer does much more than offering up a simple session- it reinvigorates the spirit.

Somewhere between golden and amber is where the beer's color lies. It is near brilliant, though a oh-so modest haze. Streams of carbonation release a creamy white head which caps the beer, retains exceptional, and laces spottedly with broken lace.

Juicy aromas of both citrus and tropical fruits abound with the beer's opening aromas. But after its fruity nose subsides, other malty aromas arise- thin caramel and honey gives the fruit a ripper, more plump character. Soon after, the beer goes through a plethora of scents: fresh-cut grass, chive, cannabis-like botanicals, and floral hops release their perfumy aromas and ring in the first taste with zeal and pungency.

It's refreshing taste of candied citrus fruits bring about honey-baked grapefruit, oranges, and lemon peels. Complementary fruit sweetness, seemingly of pineapple, mango, and apricot offer a richer candied taste bridge nicely into the beer's more herbal taste. Lightly earthy with garlic, onion, and catty notes, the beer carries an inherent pungency that reminds the senses of citrusy cannabis leaf. All of this is wrapped in a soft honey malt cocoon that keeps the taste contained and balanced.

Sweet, fruity and bitter, the beer feels light and sweet at the same time. Early creaminess keeps the beer pillowy and malty. But the sweetness lifts slowly just as the carbonation retreats- this leaves the beer's hops and warm dryness to close the beer with resinous grassy dryness and firm alcohol warmth.

What this beer really does is that it quenches the winter's thirst for hoppy beers until the height of summer when Erie Monster returns. But does it really buy us time, or does it shift the framework of time in such that we now love these hoppy ales as much during the winter as we do summer?

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hoppy notes with light citrus notes as well with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by fruity ester with fruity hops notes and some citrus undertones with some light residual sugar notes. Malt backbone is solid and provides a nice smooth aftertaste. Body is quite full with good carbonation, Solid rendition of the style with good effort to limit the amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention is thin with a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a big malt balance to it. The taste of the beer is hoppy with a boozy malt flavor, slightly fruity and floral tasting. The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, it's worth trying.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.81/5  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.

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4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic with a godd rich amber tinged deep golden,a one finger bone white head atop.Aromas of grapefruit rind,sweet alcohol,and a bit more grassy hoppiness.Sharp and in your face grapefruit flavors along with some grassy/herbal hops over top of sweet sugary alcohol,it's sweet but the hops win out here.Alot if not most of the beer of this style are too sugary sweet,this is pretty sweet but it has intense hops to combat that sweetness,a great beer from what I consider a top 3 in the midwest brewery.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I learn more about surfing from beer than anywhere else... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, deep grape, light toffee, grass, mixed greens, and a decent amount of chlorinated hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chlorine is thankfully diminished (nearly gone entirely) and there's significantly more citrus rind to be found. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but one that exhibits occasional characters than just don't endear it to me.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Slightly hazed brassy orange hue, great showing of lace on the glass. Smells of freshly macerated oranges, birch, peppercorns, fresh cut grass, pineapple skin, guava and alcohol. Smooth, chewy medium body, spicy hop bitterness, very juicy with flavors of dragon fruit, passion fruit, floral, tobacco, faint caramel and underlying breadiness. Noticeable alcohol, agressive bitterness. Bitter semi-sweet finish

A very enjoyable DIPA, this is what I expect from brews that want to tackle this style.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I get almost nothing off the nose of this one. Flavor is even. Earthy tones are definitely there with a fair portion of pine. Boozy aftertaste. This is a good iipa. Seems others think much more highly of it than I, although I do think it's good. The burn from booze and one dimensional (somewhat) character keep it from a higher rating.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,642 ratings.