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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

2,331 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 227
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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 BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.4% ABV, Enjoy by 05/20/14

A - Bright amber sunrise shines through the clear beer below the cap of frothy white foam that laps ring after ring of sudsy lace on the snifter.

S - Fresh Turkish apricots lend an immediately pleasing fruity aroma to the nose that's graciously followed by pineapple juice concentrate and the fresh smell of springtime cut lawn lingering in the air.

T - Warmed caramel dipping sauce shrouds the tongue in sweetness before being washed away by apricot and pineapple fruitiness, which both transition into an earthy, slightly grassy bitterness on the finish.

M - Chillwave doesn't drink like an ordinary double IPA because it's a little bit thinner; while smooth on the tongue, this brew finishes dry with a snap of quick bitterness.

O - I've found it hard to disagree with a single beer Great Lakes brews and Chillwave is no exception. There are a lot of great fruity and earthy hop complexities to this beer; enough to hold it's own again some of the top dogs of the style. Great beer, bro!

BeerFMAndy, May 06, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 20, 2014. Opened June 29th, 2014.

A- Low head and lace. Rich golden body with apple juice highlights.

S - Ouh, interestingly sweet and fruity nose. Raspberry jam, tangerine, soft herbal bitters, and bread crust.

T - Sweet and fruity, similar to the nose but with a stronger hop bitterness. Raspberry jam, orange marmalade, toasted bread, honey. Herbal cilantro and woody bitters show up in the center and hang around through the finish.

M - Great mouthfeel. Full for the style with a nice bright carbonation.

O - A great fruit forward DIPA: probably the best example I've had yet in that range of the style.

vfgccp, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception.

Axnjxn, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

DrDemento456, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, label stamp says enjoy by 05/09/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that faded away quickly, but has a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (mango, pineapple, orange), along with some floral hops, honey and caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy hops (orange peel, mango, apricots, grapefruit), floral hops, honey, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, Great Lakes has done a fine job with this one! $9.99 a 4-pack.

bluejacket74, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet orange citrus hop. In the taste, sweet to dry orange citrus, and presence of dry alcohol in the end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite a sleeper, small alcohol notes, but big orange citrus hops.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Lare453, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pine, grassy, grapefruit, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with grassy/hay notes. It ends with a malty/earthy/grassy aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, not what I was expecting at all. It tastes like some kind of Oktoberfest version of a DIPA. It's also missing way too much carbonation. Not my type of DIPA.

spinrsx, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Duff27, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Brunt orange color

S-Citrus...oranges...some tropical fruits as well...sweet fruitiness

T-Citrus again with the oranges...some lighter tropical notes...good spalsh of spicy alcohol....backed by a biscuity maltiness with that trademark GL yeastiness evident

M-You can tell this has some ABV to it...a little hot....good sturdy body....

O-To be honest I was hoping for more than this. Solid but flavors are bit muddled...a bit too much sharp alcohol notes....citrus not as bright as expected...Not in the Abrasive/Surly Sucks/Hop Slam tier in my opinion but solid enough. I bought 12 of them without trying it first so I will certainly still be enjoying this in the future.

ZAP, May 01, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 5/11/14,
L - pours copper, topped with an off-white head that fades holds decent retention leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S - absolutely huge tropical nose full of tangerine, mandarin, pineapple, and fresh mango. Very sweet smelling with honey, caramel, and biscuit for malt
T - all tropical flavors here: mango, pineapple, mandarin, loads of sweet honey, some bitterness kicks in but it's short lived, as the ale finishes fairly clean. Booze is noticeable and warming but not too hot
F - creamy, smooth, low-to-ample carbonation
O - I like this and it is good, but I wanted to like it more; I like my DIPA's more bitter, more bready, more grapefruity, and more piny. This is really cloyingly sweet and overly tropical. Other than its awesome aroma, it's a disappointment for me.

barnzy78, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +11%

KevinGordon, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +16.8%

IPAchris, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ZEB89, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess.

Brenden, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

eawolff99, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

kscaldef, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -6.5%

aasher, May 02, 2013
Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +16.8%

pathman, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

enelson, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mrfrancis, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can never turn down a new brew from Great Lakes. Especially a DIPA. Alchemy Hour pours out seemingly thick and quiet into the glass - amber in color with light, copper edges and decent clarity. A thick, foamy head emerges slowly; light beige, leaving very nice lacing on its way down.

The aroma is quite nice; tropical and fruity with noticeable mango, pineapple, and guava. Right alongside the tropical madness is a spicy counterpart, made up of light white pepper and a mildly abrasive hop profile; ashy, herbal, leafy. Caramel malts are plentiful enough to be picked out on the nose, but it's not fooling anybody. This beer is all about the hops, and the aroma will clearly signify that.

Mild sweetness in the form of honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot - just a few of the things I notice upon taking my first sip. Immediately after, however, I'm quickly hit with a growing bitterness and the vegetal hops come alive before you get a chance to appreciate the citrus. Earthy, herbal, and a bit of spice, most likely white pepper. Some light alcohol is present in the taste and provides a strong, warming feeling. Malts give off a solid and surprisingly well-balanced attack of light buttered bread and caramel. There's a nice, lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a dying ashy hop flavor - very mild citrus.

So being the slow drinker I am, I actually enjoyed this over the course of close to 45 minutes. And by the end, as the temperature of the beer got much closer to room, the flavor profile changed quite a bit. The bitterness was much more tame, there was a big-time honey flavor in the aftertaste, and the fruits just exploded - such juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot - again, all sealed with a sweet honey coating. It almost felt like I was drinking two different beers - both of which were delicious. The ashy and bitter DIPA mixed with the fruity and sweet DIPA. Quite impressive. A bit sticky on the mouth, full bodied and slick.

Great Lakes basically never lets me down. Alchemy Hour is no exception. This is a fantastic, readily available (in the Midwest) DIPA with a great flavor profile, and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles that were barely two weeks old. I'll definitely be getting more.

tectactoe, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 19, 2014
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.