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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,383 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 243
Gots: 210 | FT: 9
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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Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Brew33
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of buschbeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vaguely hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Both the retention and creaminess is pretty good. A small ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nicely tropical. There are some piny notes from the hops, but it primarily brings notes of mango, pineapple, lychee, blueberry, and papaya. In addition, there's a nice honey note coming from the malts. Sweet, but the excellent fruitiness compensates very well.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose: the general sweetness is high, but so is the definition of fresh tropical fruit flavors. Right from the onset, an impressive amount of mango, pineapple, blueberry (not tropical, but who cares), and papaya hits the palate; minor flavors of sweet onion and pine also exist. Sweetness gradually builds from the start to the finish, bringing a honey-laden aftertaste. Twinges of alcohol are noticeable, but hardly detract as its presence is so subtle. There's almost no bitterness here - there are times when I'm wishing it was just a hair more bitter. Seemingly, it's using the savory onion notes (which come out more when it warms up) to balance the sweetness. And it honestly works.

M: This is a sweet finishing beer - but thanks to the honey presence, it dries out very nicely to inspire easy drinking. The lingering sweetness seems more creamy than slick, too. Carbonation is really soft - even if it isn't THAT drinkable, it feels really nice in the mouth.

O: Oh yeah, this rocks. The sweetness of this beer is pulled off nicely, coexisting beautifully with both the savory and tropical notes. Great Lakes pulls another winner out of its hat: I really wish these guys distributed to my state.

Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/6/13 poured into a FFF teku today 4/30/13, received as an extra from powz87

Aroma: Smells like tropical fruit and citrus but mostly the tropical fruits like mango accompanied by grapefruit and oranges. So it kind of smells like tropical fruit juice, like spiked Snapple. It also has a resinous, sticky hint to the nose. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a white collar. Lacing comes in spots, nothing particularly awesome but at the same time, the dark amber body gives it a nectar-ish quality. Not a bad looking beer, certainly more interesting than the average DIPA, but not awesome either. (4)

Flavour: Pretty smooth and tasty. I basically get sweet maltiness up front- toffee and honey are the primary contributors. Then there's a nice bitter juicy component that kicks in- mostly bitter mango and oranges. Pretty interesting balance. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium, feels rather resinous but doesn't dry out my palate. Just OK carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly honey maltiness and a little bit of pineapple bitterness. (4)

Overall: Pretty tasty DIPA, not the best I've had but it's pretty good. I think I need a fresher bottle- although I agree its still a pretty damn good beer. I'll take a few other DIPAs over this but this is a pretty good one on its own. (4)

Re-review: So this year, this beer is known as Chillwave. Not as cool as Alchemy Hour, but still this is a pretty fresh bottle. Enjoy by 5/11/2014. So I'm guessing it was brewed 2/11/2014. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 2/28/2014.

Appearance is the same; dark copper body, more or less clear with a nice two finger white head with good retention, not a ton of lacing. Smells like passion fruit and pineapple, very intense and pungent. Flavour is nicely balanced, with passion fruit, citrus and pineapple vying against the bread and caramel malts. Really well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. Mouthfeel is as good as it needs to be, with just the right bit of carbonation, actually not very bitter for a DIPA, nice and dry with a passion fruity finish. Overall, this is a really nicely done DIPA that needs to be drank fresh. I loved it and for $9.99 a 4-pack, I would buy this any time over a $8.99 bomber of Toppling Goliath Sosus, which is another Mosaic DIPA that hit Madison at the same time I picked this up. Don't get me wrong, that is clearly a superior beer, but until Toppling Goliath starts bottling 4/6 packs, I'm going to choose this one 7 times out of 10.

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3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a long lasting beige head of medium size. It sits atop a beer with an orange amber color and has as lightly hazy clarity.

The aroma has a good amount of wet juicy hops with some fruity tropical tones.

Taste is very good and refreshing. I can taste plenty of citrus and tropical hops along with sweet fruits. It's malty too with a fair amount of honey malts. I guess thats what gives the beer the sweetness. The finish is pine resin bitter but its's a smooth, soft bitterness.
Very drinkable beer here that I could easily quzzle.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of philbe311
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.