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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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94
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484 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
3,218
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: 484 | Ratings: 3,218
Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by the middle o' may

clearish amber look, smells of rubbing alcohol and numbing hops. taste is sweet and husky, tons of crushing hops and burning alcohol; it's syrupy and sticky. tangerine.

a hopslam imitator/competitor? naw, just a solid ~10% IPA, give it a try.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the ale poured a dark copper color producing a white head with a few large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass was modest at best. The nose on this one is huge. One detects citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. In the initial taste, one detects a peppery citrus sensation immediately. Accompanying notes include sour grapefruit on the sides of the tongue, orange, grass, and a biscuity malt backbone. The peppery grassy sensation takes over in the aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Alcohol becomes a little more prominent in the aftertaste. The one disappointment I have is that the mouthfeel runs a little too thin for a DIPA. I want this one to last a little longer. This is a good one.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange with a skein of off white foam and curtains of lace. Powerful pineapple, mango, star fruit and alcohol are noticeable in the nose. Taste does not disappoint. Bouquets of mango, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, substantial malt presence tames, overall bitterness is moderate. Lightly sweet and juicy, chewy well crafted body, perfectly carbonated. Dry medium bitter finish with lingering tropical elements. Very good.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle into a tulip glass. Bright syrupy amber, with a head of tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly.

The aroma is killing me. Clementine and honey, altered by some umami scent (mixed butter and jam?) Caramel. Yum. Wait, I've got it: it's popcorn!

Intriguing anonymous super-fruit flavor, like a peach/navel orange/banana hybrid. Sweet middle. Bitter finish is straight-up pith of lemon.

Medium-bodied, smooth, sticky, and sweet. Sure, the hops rule, but they're nearly shown up by the sweet, bready malt. Finishes medium-dry.

A masterpiece of balance.
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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Uh, oh. This bottle from my cellar was not great. I should've been testing these bi-monthly. This beer is about 11 - 12 mos. old, and that amount of aging has not treated it well. It tastes like this would've been ideal at 8 months, or so. It's lost its edge in a number of ways: carbonation took a big hit, as did the fruit bitterness.

Unlike with Lupulin Maximus, whose oxidation at 11 months is wholly becoming of that beer, and thus is more forgiving of the cellar, I missed the bubble on Chillwave.

Sad. It's certainly not a drain pour. It's still pretty good--say, about 3.90. Oh, well. Gonna have to drink all these in short order!

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal Double IPA!!

Pours out a deep orange with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is packed with hops! Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, some sweet orange and a touch of pine. Smells slightly sweet as well with hints of bready malt notes.

The taste is also very hop forward. It has a lot of the same tropical fruits like mango, apricot and grapefruit followed by sweet orange and some pine. There is a decent amount of a honey character that helps balance the beer out between sweet and bitter and some bready notes to finish it all off. Finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the body is on the lighter side of medium. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste, but there is a very slight warming as it goes down. Extremely easy to drink!

A great new offering from Great Lakes and a hopheads dream!

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Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-14-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Thanks to HopFace for this trade extra!

Pours with a finger's height of off-white head on a clear and bright amber beer. Lacing and head retention are good making for an attractive beer.

Lots of hops are in the smell with floral and citrus notes, such as grapefruit. Some bready malts are in there as well for sweetness.

Taste is hop-forward but the malt bill gives it a balance. The main flavors I get are citrus hops, tropical fruit and some sweet honey malt. Packs some alcohol weight with the 9.4 ABV.

The feel is medium-bodied, with rich flavors carrying into the aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry with both hoppy bitterness and some malt/fruit notes for balance.

Overall a really well-crafted Double IPA I'm glad to have tried

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a thin white head

S - Pineapple with some light pine

T - Tropical fruit balanced with bitter hop finish

M - Medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol linger.

O - Very good drinkable IIPA. Will be looking forward to this again next year.

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

Pours clear amber/orange with a finger of white head and spotty lacing.

Big citrus aromas upfront, rich pineapple, ripe grapefruit, juicy citrus, honey, just a whisper of booze as it warms.

Smacky citrus, grass, more balanced compared to aroma but just enough honey malt, a bit sweet, alcohol is well contained, mild bitter finish.

On par but I'd like to have the finish linger a bit more.

I've always been impressed with GL and this beer doesn't fall short.

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a dense white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma was a well balanced blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple with pine notes at the end. Medium bodied with slightly oily feel beneath pleasantly robust, rich carbonation. A maltier, fuller bodied feel than expected for a higher octane DIPA. Grapefruit and ripe pineapple hop flavors over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Minty hop flavor near the end with a musty, citrus hop aftertaste. Booziness is there but is superbly masked by the aromas and flavors. 

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pain the butt. I should have to write reviews if I dont feel like I want to. I believe that we are all responsible adults on this site and the drop downs are more than enough and if we want to write a review we can

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

Best by 6/8/15.

A: Lovely copper pour with a long lasting eggshell head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Tropical fruits fill the nostrils with a hint of some dank hop presence that is most delightful.

T: Big upfront taste of fruity mangoes and grapefruit. Sweet malt finish that is pleasing to the taste buds.

M: Smooth, medium to full bodied. Carbonation was nice. Alcohol presence was nonexistent.

O: A real gem. Up there with the other juggernauts of the style.

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Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber/copper. Light pencil think head that dissipates very quickly, tiny amount of carbonation rising. Honestly, not a lot going on. a bit unimpressive.

S - WOW, lots of hops. Deep citrus flavors specifically grapefruit and some spices i cannot specifically identify. small scent of lemon.

T - Hops hit like a hammer. Piney, carmel, grapefruit and lemon in the middle. Real acidic as it goes down. Certain grapefruit taste.

M - Grapefruit lingers like like you just ate the entire fruit. Getting a maybe a semi froth feel.

O - wish it was thicker, viscosity is low. missing carbonation and frothiness some excellent IIPAs have. I personally love grapefruit so I like this. But, I wish the sweetness and bitterness could have been more mellowed together. I felt it was sweet in front and a very bitter lingerer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head that dissipates to almost nothing but a ring. Very nice amber red hue with perfect clarity.

S: Ripe fruit cantaloupe and mango and a like gummy bear candy smell

T: A lot like the nose mango fresh cantaloupe and some pineapple some residual bitterness on the end and surprisingly sweet

M: Fairly light to medium finishes fairly clean without clinging too much

O: This beer is drinking a lot better than I remember it from last year. It has some interesting bitterness on the end and it's a touch overly sweet but it's got a lot of fruit flavors that pop. I had this when it was alchemy hour and thought it was mind bending last year as Chill a Wave not so much. It is tasting pretty damn good now.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: An orange, copper color and is crystal clear. The beer pours to an off white/light tan head, nice and foamy, and settles down to a white collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: A hop bomb! Loads of tropical fruit up front (mangos and papayas) with notes of citrus (oranges and grapefruit).

T: Again, it is very hop forward and the initial taste sings of fruit juice (mangos, tangerines) but is balanced with a nice amount of bittering hops as well. At 9.4% ABV, there is a big malt backbone which supports all of the complex hop notes but does not overpower them. The taste is long and clean.

M: Big, round, smooth, creamy

O: An incredibly balanced beer, Big, juicy hops in the nose and taste supported by a creamy malt character and balanced out by the perfect amount of bittering hops. The finish is long, complex and ultimately clean.

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

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper color with a big white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass. Legs fall quickly.

S - Orangey citrus, grapefruit, a touch of dankness, and a hint of malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and orange up front. A small touch of dankness. Really enjoyable.

M - Prickly on the tongue. Finishes dry. Very light bitterness. No trace of alcohol.

O - A very good citrus-forward west coast style IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an above-average head, with a clear and calm looking golden body.

Smells of piney malts, resins, malt, and various fruits.

Taste is essentially the smell squared. The hop bitterness definitely comes through, and the mouthfeel is relatively light.

Solid beer.

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Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a nice copper gold with a half finger of off-white carbonation that produces a good bit of lacing and beading beneath... beading in the body itself is minimal. Looks nice.

Plenty of tropical aromas coming from this one... grapefruit and mango, some soft citrus, like clementine. It's not terribly pungent but it offers that lush, juicy hop cleanliness that only is found in well built American IPA's.

On the palate it isn't quite as tame. There's a raw sense of bitterness coming from the hop profile. Mango, grapefruit... those characteristics translate on the palate but there's an abrasive addition. That said, it doesn't seem to detract from the overall experience. It's a tongue buckler and that's something that I've learned to love from time to time. There's also a slight suggestion of alcohol on the final finish.

This is far from sessionable but it's satisfying my hop fix for sure.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 05/03/13.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a one finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing

S: First thing that hits me is a nice grapefruit hop aroma. This one is certainly on the fruitier side. Does have a good earthy and floral aroma as well. Diggin these mosaic hops. A bit of malt sweetness as it warms.

T: One heck of a tasty IPA. Very floral and again that grapefruit comes through. Has a great bitterness but isnt too much. Alcohol is well hidden in the hops. Sweet malts compliment the bitter hops. Aftertaste is a real earthy.

M: Medium to thick body with a good nectar like quality. Fairly low carbonation. A little sticky but understandable with the amount of hop.

Overall I'm more excited for this beer after trying it. Only got a single but will certainly go back for a 4-pack. Great Lakes continues a solid lineup of beers.

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Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from recent batch nice fluffy white head solid good lacing and well carbonated. Nose is sweet malt, mango, alcohol and a touch of resin. Taste is vegetal, bready and boozy. The strength of the beer overshadows the hop profile which is a shame. Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA with great bubbly medium-high mouth coating. On the whole I am continuously let down by this one. I had it when it was released under another name and a few bottles of this year's and think the flavor is just a disappointment. I would not grab this on tap even if it was same day fresh.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA was disappointing. This is meant to be a DIPA. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange colour and a head that fades to nothing fast. 3

S: Grainy and not especially hoppy. 3

T: Grainy and malty with some subtle citrus hoppiness. Disappointing lack of hops. 3

M: A little flat. 3

O:2.5

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into spiegelau tulip. Bottle courtesy of fritts211.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with half-inch head.

Smell: Mostly aromas of citrus - specifically heavy orange/tangerine smell.

Taste: Follows the smell with almost no bitterness from the hops. Malts balance the hops perfectly. Almost no hint of the 9.4% abv.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel but could be improved by a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic imperial IPA that is not just for hopheads. I am fairly new to IPAs but this is definitely one I would seek out again.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.