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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

2,320 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 226
Gots: 198 | FT: 11
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

oglmcdgl, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

buschbeer, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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+.

jampics2, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

CuriousMonk, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of philbe311
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

philbe311, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Tucquan, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jegross2, May 02, 2013
Photo of Durandal_777
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another

MacQ32, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

micromaniac129, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Bierguy5, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -6.5%

jak, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

mklisz, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

GrindFatherBob, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

MDDMD, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**

A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.

S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.

T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.

M: Big medium. Good texture

inlimbo77, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.

M: Full in body; slighlty slick.

O: This is good, but not great.

Kendo, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JRod1969, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

baybum, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

MattyG85, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Lukass, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

SpdKilz, Mar 25, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.