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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

2,163 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,163
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 205
Gots: 165 | FT: 12
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 17:32:08 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-16-2013 02:10:19 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2013 05:22:16 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nod to the hectic freshwater surfers of the great lakes, this imperial ipa would warm any winter warrior after just a bottle. thanks to thebrewo again for hooking this up in a wonderful trade. the pour is a honey color with an amber hue, thick looking, and very clear, with less than an inch of off white fizz that settles to a thin film relatively quickly. the nose is oily resinous hops of course, and sweeter residual sugar notes, caramel malt, and plenty of sturdy alcohol. the booze is really quite intense. the flavor starts out with a lush fresh cut cactus sort of vegetative and refreshingly cooling hop profile, very unique before the fruity esters creep in. more malt body than expected, also on the sweeter side, sort of stopping the refreshment in its tracks. bitterness is not huge in this beer until well after the swallow, where it sort of crawls out of the throat and back onto the tongue, drying me out a little. cool complexion of flavors here, but the booze stands out too much. its just too strong, even for the style. it makes it more like a beer with a shot of middle of the line vodka dumped in, not quite offensive, but bordering on it in my opinion. I think it detracts rather than adds. mouthfeel is fine, and the lively carbonation cuts through some of its massive almost gelatinous body. I would rate this higher, but the alcohol intensity is a drawback for me, it takes away from an otherwise extremely impressive offering from great lakes.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:51:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:08:42 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-10-2013 17:05:46 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:35:39 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 05:02:13 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:22:26 | More by yourefragile
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a light beige cream. The haze looks like a snow globe of tiny jetsam.

S- The papery green citrus hops are full and bright.

T- The dry juicy citrus hops is bigger than the aroma and has a nice pity depth to it with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens. There is a clean finish with some more pungent hops flavor returning in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that compliments the hops as does the soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hops flavor with a good citrus profile and some nice depth to it. The aftertaste has a really nice pungency without much bitterness making easy to drink but warming aswell.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 14:48:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-08-2014 02:09:42 | More by XmnwildX12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2014 14:40:48 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-20-2013 14:34:34 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-26-2014 01:32:42 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 12:28:24 | More by dbrauneis
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-09-2013 21:03:50 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-01-2013 00:43:14 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:00:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-23-2013 16:31:48 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2014 22:23:00 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:02:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown.

Not terrible, but very much a "mehhh..." DIPA. At least for me, this beer is a bit too sweet and isn't nearly hoppy enough. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would prefer as well. Can't see myself ordering this one again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:16:48 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-21-2013 03:47:33 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-03-2014 02:37:27 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:54:17 | More by superspak
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,163 ratings.