Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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