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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Ratings: 2,635
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 269
Gots: 343 | 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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Ratings: 2,635 | Reviews: 429
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I heard about Mosaic hops and then this beer was released last year, and then I heard about Mosaic hops from just about everyone a very tropical fruit softer flavored DIPA that goes down so smooth it's hard to explain to those who've never imbibed on this God send of a beer from the armpit of Ohio where some say there's nothing good except for Great Lakes. I disagree a lot more good food and music places then Pittsburgh would know what to do with but I love both cities therefore I digress. Aromatics contain tropical fruit a bit of mango/papaya/citrus notes if that, nothing is harsh just smoothie tropical fruit notes. Flavor wise it hits with some vinous herbal hop bitterness and a bit of citrus pith that lingers to create a rolling bitterness between sips. There's more bright citrus/passionfruit/mango juice on the palate with waves of bitterness grasping the taste buds between sips. Nice textures, hop oils are slick but not resinous, even carbonation medium bodied way too easy to consume in number considering the ABV weighs in at 9.4%. The expiration date on this is dead on very fresh just released in Ohio the best by date is 5/11/14. I saw an episode of No Reservations: Cleveland where Anthony Bourdain visits these chillwave riders while drinking Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this case from Breski beverage in Harrisburg enjoyed bottle chilled from a teku.

The color is dark amber bordering on copper with thick creamy head of ecru with fine bead and visibly carbonated. The lace clings well. The smell is mostly citrus fruit with a tropical accent of mango and light dank herbal hop aroma with very light malt sweetness in the nose. The feel is great, very nicely carbonated with medium bitterness that is gentle and ramps up toward the finish with moderatly low alcohol influence, sweetness is present but not excessive.

The taste is great - lots of hop flavor with more of an orange type flavor with mild mango and grapefruit accents. The malt sweetness appears in the taste more toward the end of the glass but really just supports the hops which have a lot more flavor than bitterness and the alcohol is practically non-existant in the taste, there herbal and light pineapple flavors inthe peripheral make this a pretty decent Imperial Ipa to sample in multiples. Overall I would say based on having this side by side with Victory and Goose Island Imperial IPA's as well as DFH it is pretty impressive -very flavorful and not harsh in any way.

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up a Roof bros in Paducah, KY...BBD od 05/08/13

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Piddly lacing & above average head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, pine & orange slices

T: Follows the nose, alos pine needles & lemon grass up front, plus orange & lime peels. Pineyness, grapefruit, slight breadyness, & tangerine, plus more lemongrass. Finiishes with a crisp piney & citrussy flourish, with a bit of dryness & a kiss of leafy & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation& near perfect balance

ABV is completely masked with giant drinkabilty, easily one of the best DIPAs I've come across since Myrcenary. Another great brew from Great Lakes

Photo of Rifugium
2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber color, with a thin cap of white bubbles for a head, a few strands of lacing on the glass. Aroma was decent, citrus, pine, but there was an underlying soapiness in there that was quite unpleasant, and that I hoped was not going to translate into the taste. Well...it did. Pine/herbal hop notes, orange oil, with a major soapy element going on, and a rather sweet malt base; higher alcohol is not hidden. This really did nothing for me. Too sweet, too soapy. Slick mouthfeel, medium body, unpleasant aftertaste. Not at all exemplary of the style. Will not be revisiting this one.

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Darkness tulip. Best before 5/2/2013. Purchased at Walegreens.

A – A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed bronze-red body with plenty of visible bubbles.

S – Loads of zesty Mosaic hops, with tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, yet balanced by brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit of grass and herb in the periphery. Alcohol is well concealed, but comes out a bit more as the brew warms.

T – The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits a la pineapple, guava, and mango. Perhaps a bit more bready and toasty in the malt bill. Bitterness is moderate, but never reaches excessive levels. Again, the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M – Pleasant, but zesty, carbonation. Fairly smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Some mild warmth that grows over the course of 12oz.

D – Well it’s one of the more ‘conservative’ takes on the Mosaic hop (along with New Belgium’s Rampant), it’s still quite enjoyable and one of the best hoppy beers I’ve had from Great Lakes (along with Rye of the Tiger). Glad that this comes in 12oz bottles, as it packs a punch.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

named for the brave, unconventional surfers of Lake Erie, and something that has to do with surfing called "alchemy hour." It will no longer be named that after this batch, as Widmer Brothers is holding tight to the word "alchemy" and won't let anyone else play with it.

9.4% ABV.

Brilliant, clear, crimson coloring, Large and lasting head, leaving lace, looking good.

Aroma: ah, right on the money. Citrus zest meets pine forest. Wide awake and fully flowering fruit notes matches the bitter hop blast. Particularly pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and smooth, with never ending hoppitude. Malt meets the hops well, stand up and rides it out with it. Keeps perfect time, while never letting the hop character go astray. Fruity, but ending dryly. Plenty of fruit association joust with the mind and memory, ...apricot, mango, pineapple, guava...backed up with a candy sugar sweetness, again, ending on a dry note.

Alcohol presence stays sly at first, but inevitably roars and gains dominance on the palate, among the senses, in the cavern of the brain case.

All in all, it's smooth, hoppy, and drinkable, despite the high ABV. A real hophead's treat, one that doesn't tear anything loose from your critical components, merely releases pleasurable flavors. And isn't that what we're looking for? I could drink one, and drink one, and drink one, and never tire of it, until that decision is made for me. Tonight, though, one is plenty, and off to sleep....

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded silver pressure cap and appealing label art acquired in a trade with the very generous Surlytheduff and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Double India Pale Ale." Best before 05/21/13. 9.4% ABV confirmed.

"Best served at 45 degrees F." Served right around there - straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, fair froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a bright vibrant tangerine/pale orange. Semitransparent. Translucent. Love the colour and the head. This appearance stands out in comparison to other imperial IPAs. Lacing is thin and uneven. Quite appealing for the style; I'm impressed. It's hard to differentiate appearances; this isn't quite unique but it's certainly special. Head is soft and froty with a milky white complexion on its top. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Citrusy fruity estery hop character is magnificent here; mango, grapefruit, even a bit of orange. Nice nectary hop character as well. Juicy. Pineapple. Tangerine. Grapeskin. Light hop oils. Passion fruit. Grassy and pale malts form the body, with a dash of caramel. Zesty and appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. I'm really intrigued; the hop character is not at all what I'm used to, but it really works.

T: Hm. Lots of fruit action here; mango, tangerine, orange, a bit of pineapple, maybe kiwi, and really tame grapefruit. Lovely floral hops complement the pale and grassy malt body very well. A touch of oily and nectary hop character, but no pine or anything like that. Zesty lemon pops in the finish. Incredibly well balanced. A dash of milky caramel is present; I'm not too fond of that - it's too redolent of a barleywine and takes me out of the beer for a moment. Nectary honey adds a special touch. This is a very well built brew; no hop bitterness comes through at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Really impressed with this one, but that said it could use a bit more complexity and subtlety. Still, the balance alone sets it apart. The sweetness is a touch too high here - something I only notice as I drink more and more.

Mf: On the softer end. Smooth and wet. Not too oily. Good thickness. Full body. Near ideal carbonation. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: A powerfully fruity imperial IPA with a magnificent balance. Hides its alcohol very well. I'd definitely get this one again; this is a solid effort from Great Lakes. Very drinkable and enjoyable stuff. I could happily drink a few of these in the same evening.

High B

Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshness date of 05/7/15:

Pours bright copper with a lasting fluffy head. A good deal of lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, citrus - grapefruit and mandarin orange and a touch of booze-soaked honey. Robust.

The taste is piney/floral, slightly woody with some wet tobacco and juicy grapefruit. Caramel with a touch of honey gives a sweet touch to the bitter, lingering finish. Alcohol is certainly perceptible, but is well-integrated by adding black pepper and a comfortable warmth.

It is chewy and full-bodied with soft to medium carbonation.

This is a great DIPA! I love the hop and malt profiles and how well they blend together!

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/1/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and malt notes. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, floral, caramel, honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a near perfect bitterness/sweetness balance; and absolutely zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Dangerously easy to drink. Overall this is an outstanding double IPA! Great malt and hop complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. An incredibly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brilliant orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time before receding. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: fruity, floral, and earthy tones are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, big earthy bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a well balanced DIPA that is nicely refreshing and enjoyable. One of my favorites from GLB.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film in the center of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate caramel malts with some sweetness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch more sweetness than I expected but still in a positive way. Following the malts, there is a moderate to strong flavor of hops with tropical/pineapple/mango leading the way then citrus/grapefruit a little later. Light amounts of spiciness, almost like a white pepper and coriander. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in such an enjoyable fashion.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront and kind of sticky towards the finish. Light hints of alcohol warmth and dryness in the finish.

O: As a fan of DIPAs, I was pleased with this selection when visiting Great Lakes Brewing and enjoyed this beer quite a lot. The smell of this beer hit on a lot of the characteristics that I find pleasing in a DIPA. I enjoyed this one somewhat slowly and was glad that I did - I might have to grab another one of these before I leave the Cleveland area.

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes taken 2+ months ago. Growler shared by Kegatron - thank you Heath. Pours a clear copper with orange clarity around the edges. An off-white cap rests atop and slowly fades.

The aroma includes notes of pine and juicy fruity hops. A very well blended nose has hints of maltiness and fruity alcohol esters but the primary focus is the hops which are fresh and inviting.

Surprisingly, for the aroma being primarily focused on hops, the taste opens up with caramel and candy-like malt sweetness. Hops come into place secondary wity a resinous pine bite, some herbs and fruity/floral aspects towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty solid stuff here most noteable due to freshness. I believe this is the most hoppy offering I have had by Great Lakes and while it was good, it seemed a little malt heavy.

Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best by May 5, 2013.

Pours a dark, clear copper amber with a cream, off white dense head with excellent retention and streaks of lace. Nose is filled with resiny and leafy NZ hops, green and raw with little malt detected. Flavor unfortunately takes a dive with a strong sweet bready malt base, citrus juice and a tame hop profile with minimal bitterness in the finish. Resiny and chewy medium thick body, well carbonated, but just... ick. The sweet malty and green tasting body without much bitterness is a turn off.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright (golden) orange color with a small off-white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height. The cap is rather tight and sticks around for a while leaving some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit upfront on the aroma, some orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with a surprising amount of malt coming through as caramel and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, maybe a bit of papaya. Again, also has a good bit of malt going on as caramel and brown sugar, a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, definite hop resin oil on this one.

O: Quite liked this beer, a nice, assertive DIPA from Great Lakes.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is orange with a half inch of off white head. The aroma brings citrus, pepper, bready malts, alcohol heat. Interesting flavor. Malt and pepper balanced with hops. Isopropyl alcohol in both the scent and flavor. A bit odd. While this beer presents some nice flavors, it's a bit off overall.

Photo of corby112
3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Copper colored brew, with a soapy white head and plenty of lace.

SMELL: Hoppy, with notes of tangerine and pine. A little catty, grassy, and strongly resinous.

TASTE: Bright citrus hops, like unripe clementine oranges. Rind, pine and grapefruit juice. Bitterness is strong. Little alcohol comes through.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes dry with a hop bite.

OVERALL: A serviceable double IpA from Great Lakes. Lots of flavor and packs a punch. Good stuff.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,635 ratings.