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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

442 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 3,030
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.29%
Wants: 302
Gots: 512 | 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: 3,030
Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark gold with a nice creamy head

S-nice blend citrusy cream and hoppy grains. Smells tasty. Good strength

T-comes in with a fairly bitter taste of citrus and grains, not really focusing on either one. There's a bit of booze to this as well. The after-taste is mostly of the grains. The bitterness seems to last a bit.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice semi-dry finish

O-this is a nice double IPA. Great flavors, good blend of hops and bitterness. It has an outstanding drinkability and the flavors last log too. Every sip is enjoyable. (548 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another solid offering from great lakes, just picked up a four pack and I'm glad I did.

The look is good, a solid orange and amber color that is actual pretty clear and bubbly for a double. Decent lacing from a bubbly white head.

The smell is pretty nice, and has some citrus, banana, exotic fruit, and grassy notes, and also a kind of warm vanilla malt note too that I havent gotten in many ipas or dipas, in some ways it is almost like an exotic fruit cocktail. Some more spicy notes to the hops too, which a hint of alcohol complexity as well.

The taste has a nice cereal malt base with some nice hops at the start, some surprising booze as it warms up. Nice spices, grass/weed like hop flavors and huge hop esters, honey, banana (interesting), tropical pineapple, and a bit of earthiness. It is a really nice complex DIPA flavor that also drinks pretty easy for me.

The feel is carbonated pretty heavily, definitely can feel some alcohol as well. The feel leaves some nice bitterness on the tongue and actually has a nice body in contrast to the sort of heavy carbonation.

overall, I like this beer a lot and would buy more. Their price point is very good, especially compared to other beers in DC that are available. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/11/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma is very pleasant citrus
Head average (4.5 cm), off-white, creamy with large rocks, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm layer with lumps
Lacing spotty – clots here and there
Body bright orange, clear
Flavor begins with some hops citrus, but not a lot. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends with some pink/red grapefruit sourness, very short lived.
Palate medium, somewhat oily, carbonation lively.

A very nice DIPA – no flavor of alcohol – just a slow burn after it hits the stomach. The appearance and aroma are very pleasing although I like a little more lacing. The flavor seems muted to me, with the citrus being more pronounced in aroma, and just the grapefruit bitterness showing up a minute or two after swallowing. Overall, another good beer from Great Lakes in Cleveland. (844 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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd beer from Ohio after Juju. This Chillwave is best before 5/03/2015 which tells me this is over 2-3 months old if I'm not mistaken as today is 3/28.

Tropical fruit, sticky dank Pineapple & Mango. Honey maybe? Holy schitt if this were two weeks old in the bottle and malt a bit less present, this may just have got near a perfect 5.

Carbonation is spot on and no booze to speak of for the 9.4% ABV. Fantastic beer.

I'd love to re-review this one uber fresh. So far, this Californian is more impressed with Ohio than Vermont. (535 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best before 5/3/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden color with a white head which fades pretty quickly. The aromas are amazing. Lots of sweet mango and fresh pineapple. Grapefruit rind is in the mix as well as some "onion/garlic" notes as well in the nose. This smells absolutely wonderful. The flavors are extremely tasty. Malt takes a backseat, but it's still slightly noticeable. There's a great balance between the bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the honey malt. It's a great battle. Tropical flavors, but there's still a subtle earthiness. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It feels light for such a big beer. It's extremely smooth and the carbonation makes this beer dangerously drinkable. There's a kiss of heat, but it's basically non-existent. Alcohol goes basically unnoticed although it'll give you a slap every once in awhile. This is an extremely easy drinking beer.

Bravo! Great Lakes hit a homerun with this one. I'm not being a homer. Hopheads should rejoice! (1,010 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this our of a tulip
Look - copper color and you can see right through it. Good head that lasted for less than 30 sec
Smell - best smelling dipa I can think of. The hop and citrus aroma is incredible.
Taste - just like the smell but slightly hopier. Has a great grapefruit mango citrus taste. More mango than anything else and it sits in your mouth for a while.
Mouthfell - slight carbonation thick for how clear it is but fairly smooth.
Overall - one of the best Great Lake beers if not my favorite. I hope to find this in tap somewhere! (543 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip
Enjoy By Date of 05/06/13
Batch number 11214FM
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Less than half of a finger of off-white head is created after a swift pour. Short retention fades to an uneven collar and a small island of bubbles. The body is coppery orange with a touch of haze. Modest lacing.

[S] Fresh hop character featuring a blend of damp earth, sappy wood, orange marmalade and dried flowers. Some sharp alcohol pokes through as well.

[T] Pretty direct translation from the nose. Fresh hops, lightly toasted malt plus a smack of caramel. Lots of bitterness. Moderate alcohol inclusion.

[M] The body is pretty light for a 9.4% beer. Some biting carbonation on the tongue with long lingering bitterness and a semi sweet finish. Just a touch of heat.

[O] Nice beer and a nice departure from the standard double IPA these days. Overall though, I'm not a huge fan. But I like what the Mosaic hops bring to the party...I'd just like to see them layered with a little more juicy, tropical fruit flavor. And maybe bittered to a lesser degree. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with little to no head. Aroma isn't crushing me, but reminds me of fresh tropical fruit. Big grapefruit notes. Flavor is more vegital than I expected. It's clean, but so clearly different than any IPA I have tried recently. Some tangerine maybe, but once again, vegita to a degree. Hints of caramel malts. Not a huge amount of bitterness. Has the making of an American BW, but refuses to go there. At time I flat out love it and at time I flat out hate it. This is one of the single most interesting beers I have tried.

Overall, this is certainly a seek and find beer. Maybe the hardest beer I've had to rate (637 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)

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 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 mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC! (1,093 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear and bronze with a 2 finger head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Aromas of ripe pineapple and passion fruit. Honey covered bread gives it a big sweet scent.

T - The hops are big, juicy, and tropical. Ripe pineapple, passion fruit, with a touch of bitterness. Fresh baked biscuit drenched in honey makes it delicious. I think of it as a sweet, tropical Hopslam.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A slick feel on my tongue.

O - This is a very nice IIPA that is more sweet than hoppy, but don't take that as a negative. The juicy tropical flavors come from the Mosaic hop that is complimented by a sweet honey flavor. Easy to drink considering the ABV. (758 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chillwave. 12oz bottle poured into tulip. Slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head that settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is orange juice, pineapple, mango, caramel, grass, and bread. Taste is strongly sweet for the style with tropical fruit juice and caramel notes followed by spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Alcohol wafts through on the swallow. Medium body, thick resiny texture, shy of moderate carbonation, grassy bitterness on the finish with some residual sugar. (478 characters)

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

A: Glowey reddish orange color with a bright ivory head. Some pachy sticky lace.

S: Mouth watering super light citrus with piles of bright, dank tropical fruit. Cotton candy? The maltiness is easy going with toast, leaves, and bread dough. Enjoyable to smell.

T: Taste is loaded with juicy hops and chewy malt. Passionfruit (like in a Greek yogurt I had recently minus the yogurt), citrus, peach, pear, cantaloupe, and a good amount of doughy backdrop, or maybe instead, doughy hop medium. Pine frosted fruit.... This beer is pretty awesome.

M: Sticky, dense, and full of substance. Some grainy-resinous texture mixed into the well carbonated slightly syrupy body. Tingly through the finish.

O: Oversll this beer is great. It's very enjoyable and easily likeable. By no means a session beer but I expect I'll be returning to this one often when in a fun DIPA mood. (870 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle drink by 5/18/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a bright, clear, orange color, with small off-white head and some strong lace.

S-The aroma is clean and hoppy, fresh mango, pine/resin, and some grapefruit.

T-The flavor is clean hops, medium sweet and medium bitter, balanced and flavorful

M-The mouthfeel is medium, it has nice carbonation, and a clean, mid-dry finish

O-This is a really nice DIPA. It has fresh and clean flavors, and a well-balanced taste overall. It isn’t the most bitter example of the style out there, but just a really tasty and nicely made example. Really enjoyed this way to go Founders I need to find some more. (663 characters)

Photo of meanmutt
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a FFF Teku.

A: Semi-aggressive pour yields about 1.5" of off-white head. The beer is a golden amber color.

S: Smell is apricots, Juicy Fruit, and oranges.

T: Much like the smell, oranges, apricot, and Juicy Fruit comes thru even more in the taste. The hop bite comes through in the finish.

M: If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be the mouthfeel. I would like just a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite DIPA's. Truly a great beer. Admittedly, I am a huge Great Lakes Brewing Company fan, but this beer is even better than I hoped for. Awesome. (608 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013. (1,105 characters)

Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Bottled dated fresh til 5/1/13. Appears a nice dark orange, with as light amber hint. Good off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

Nose is full of hops, tons of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Some underlying sweetness, but it doesn't jump out at you. The taste doesn't completely align with the nose, as the malts are much more present. Lots of resinous pine, as well as the nice honey malts. Very complex, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with not a lot of carbonation. Works pretty well with everything else going on. Overall this is a great brew, nice and complex, and pretty drinkable for the style. Definitely glad I grabbed this one. (696 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours crystal clear brilliant orange. A two finger of a foamy, frothy head.

S- A good bit of pine in the hops. A nice bright citrus, mango and peach. A clean, sharp and crisp malt backbone.

T- A relatively low bitterness to start off with. The first thing I notice is the lightly flavored malt, A somewhat breaddy and sugary malt backbone. Then I notice a slight bitterness and a sticky, oily moutfeel, it really coats the mouth and delivers the hop flavors. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is a slight lemon lime flavor, a touch of mango and grapefruit. A really well balanced and delicious DIPA.

M- Big, but just to the point where the alcohol isnt noticeable. A surprisingly low bitterness considering the hop flavor. An oily and sticky mouthfeel and quite full bodied.

O- Great Lakes killed it on this beer. This is my new favorite brew by them. It is superbly balanced and very delicious. It was quite different on tap but very good never the less. Definetly, check this one out if you can get it. (1,056 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it.

Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness.

Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isn't. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I don't usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. There's a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isn't too intense.

As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though it's hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style. (1,352 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium amber/copper color with some steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a nice, frothy looking head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch thick about 5 minutes are first being poured. Excellent lacing too. Aromas of molasses, caramel malt sweetness followed by a sappy, resinous piney smell with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot and also a slight smoky spiced note. Has a molasses, caramel malt sweetness upfront flavorwise that gives way to a resinous hint of honey and piney and citrusy hop notes with fruity hints of mango, pineapple, and apricot. The taste rounds out with a slightly smoky spice note that really lingers. An excellent and complex flavor profile. Has a crisp, somewhat frothy and slightly creamy, slightly oily and resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is superb! I can't believe it took me this long to sit down and really enjoy this beer to this degree. Another damn fine beer here from Great Lakes!

Eric (1,207 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great lakes Chillwave

Surfers on Lake Erie ?

Poured into tulip glass

A: Good lookin' brew here. Dull copper color with that subtle glow I like to see from dipa's.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and mosaic hops burst forth the moment I popped the top on this beer. Caramel too maybe ?

T: Delicious ! Hard to not want to drink this one fast because it is just as smooth as it gets. The way the mosaic hops and malts play off eachother in this brew is unlike anyother beer I can think of at the moment.

M: Sticky and a bit prickly. But again, very smooth dipa. Has that silky smooth feel that Hopslam and Hopranch have.

O: Great Lakes has really hit a homerun with Chillwave. One of the best dipa's out there and Ohio continues to turn out excellent ipa's. (754 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip
From: Plum Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $11 a four pack

Appearance: a deep orange color with a good hint of red. pretty good clarity. Two finger off white head that leaves behind a lacing.

Smell: citrus and pine hops. a bit of toasty malts. stronger on the hop end

Taste: opens up with a strong kick of citrus, followed by slight pine that mixes with toasty malts. some bitterness but the sweetness of the malts keep this to a minimum

Mouthfeel: slight bitterness. slight warmth. good carbonation

Overall: I have just been all about the Great Lakes recently and for good reason. They make a lot of killer beers and at a competitive price. This one does not disappoint. wonderfully complex and tasty. Not overly bitter and good balance. Almost a perfect DIPA for me. Can't wait to try another Great Lakes brew (843 characters)

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