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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

2,216 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,216
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 174 | 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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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 04:20:04 | More by Gatordaddy
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-12-2014 21:13:11 | More by threedaggers
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wedge

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:20:36 | More by wedge
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-18-2014 00:50:16 | More by millerbuffoon
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-21-2013 04:07:54 | More by seeswo
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-29-2014 03:48:02 | More by duff247
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-10-2014 02:51:07 | More by twenty5
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

04-22-2014 22:53:22 | More by IrishColonial
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: Bright, clear golden color; served with a thick, off-white head.

s: Tropical fruit hopiness; pineapple and zesty citrus. Plenty of sugary caramel and some great as well.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. Relatively low bitterness with lots of fresh tasting tropical fruit goodness. A tad sweeter than I prefer with some well incorporated booze.

m: Medium body and creamy.

o: Dangerously drinkable and almost, but not quite, top tier. Really liked this one though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-04-2014 02:59:26 | More by DIM
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-27-2013 14:51:47 | More by thewimperoo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange amber color. Medium-sized rocky white head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a big pine hop bouquet. Huge bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a complex hop bill. I detect notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit and chewy, resiny bitterness. The 9.4% alcohol is easily lost in this complex menagerie of malt and hop flavor. Despite the huge flavors here, there is a sense of balance that allows for a wonderful warming and spicy bitter finish. Nice clinging lace stays through to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:42:11 | More by jbaker67
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Oh baby. Super dank grass and citrus rind notes ooze from the glass. Pungent with a slight booze fume.

T- Flavor stands up to the aroma decently with more citrus than earth though. Notes of juicy fruit, grapefruit and even a touch of guava spiciness. Malt works as a good balancer but doesn't have a large presence. Alcohol is insanely well hidden.

M- Tingly, prickly and sharp but at that great middle ground where things aren't too intense. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I love it when a beer lives up to its hype. Just about every bit as good as I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 23:42:22 | More by Immortale25
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-23-2014 18:32:37 | More by thatoneguymike
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-25-2014 13:23:27 | More by JamLand
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-13-2013 23:23:54 | More by DonFrap
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-13-2013 00:45:47 | More by bigfnjoe
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-21-2013 03:50:03 | More by nrbw23
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-26-2013 12:33:28 | More by egrace84
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-15-2013 11:52:10 | More by Brew33
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-28-2014 22:54:58 | More by Falcone
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange body, finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: floral, passionfruit, mild lemon peel, sugar candy
biscuit malt, strong grassy

T: similar to nose, big sweet malt, long grassy
bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: Interesting GL beer. Would recommend, but
wish was little bit heavier in the body.

VERY GOOD; TRY SOME!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:09:25 | More by BeerLover99
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:51:59 | More by StoutHunter
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 02:38:30 | More by Morey
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-06-2013 02:01:03 | More by 2dogbrew
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-11-2013 17:36:09 | More by DaPan
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,216 ratings.