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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
480 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
3,195
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
23.82%
 
 
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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

User Reviews
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Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 3,195
Photo of hotpauko
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big Edmund Fitgerald fan and a hophead so grabbed one when I first saw it. This is very well made, smooth hoppy, high ABV beer that hits the mouth smoothly and goes down easily. Surprisingly a little sweet on the tongue. Wow, 9.5 barely noticeable. Very, very hoppy with little secondary flavor like citrussy or floral. I'm repeating...very smooth, high ABV not noticeable, but I guess I was hoping for something really exceptional from Great Lakes in a double, some kind of unique flavor touch. But you won't be disaapointed either way.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours amber with a solid head.

smell is amazing, can get the honey aroma. very sweet aroma.

the taste is very sweet, the honey is noticeable here. has a sweet malt and hop combo. not bad but certainly very sweet for a dIPA.

overall this is pretty damn good. not the best dIPA i've ever had but still pretty good. maybe a bit too sweet for me but still good.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is a good amber color mild carbonation. Smells off the hook tropical pineapple mangoes maybe passion fruit. Taste is the same huge tropical notes with a slight malty mouth. Feel is full and thick with a great aftertaste. Overall a great beer. Cheers great Lakes

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional DIPA. I happen to prefer a more hop-centric and floral nose in IPAs / DIPAs and that is the only detractor (if you could call it such) in my review. I am glad to have a couple more bottles to enjoy!

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, but very active, dark, coppery amber brew. Good size white head, fluffy, with excellent retention and leaving behind tons of thick lacing.

Fruity, sweet hoppy aroma from the moment it's poured. Mango and watermelon, with a hint of citrus and peel behind, and caramel from the malt. Almost a touch of peppery rye bread sneaking through.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of brown sugar and caramel from the malts; followed by a sweet, juicy, citrus-and-pine note from Nugget hops; and finished with a dank, flowery note from Mosaic hops. The hop profiles really come through that distinct; anyone familiar with those varietals will definitely notice them right away.

Smooth and drinkable; long, oily finish; some warming heat on the back-end, but nothing indicating the relatively high ABV (9.4%). Relatively full-bodied for the style, especially as it warms, but not at all syrupy.

This is an excellent DIPA, with a great hop profile without ignoring a great malt body. Big beer, but very drinkable.

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

Been waiting patiently like a monk for this offering. LOVE the GL seasonals, absolute standouts. Medium amber with a hint of head into the tulip (my BA bro Jens4212 supplying the fresh bottle, and sampling side by side). Grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits (he mentioned papaya, I haven't had it), some bitterness also standing out in the aromas. Huge mango explosion on the front of the tongue for me, some warming alcohol, and just the juiciest, tropical IPA you could want. Finishes crisp and clean, with a hint of the tropical note. Excellent inspiration for what can be done with those HOPS! The circle of fantastic GL seasonals has been completed. I'd recommend trying them all.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head that dissipates to almost nothing but a ring. Very nice amber red hue with perfect clarity.

S: Ripe fruit cantaloupe and mango and a like gummy bear candy smell

T: A lot like the nose mango fresh cantaloupe and some pineapple some residual bitterness on the end and surprisingly sweet

M: Fairly light to medium finishes fairly clean without clinging too much

O: This beer is drinking a lot better than I remember it from last year. It has some interesting bitterness on the end and it's a touch overly sweet but it's got a lot of fruit flavors that pop. I had this when it was alchemy hour and thought it was mind bending last year as Chill a Wave not so much. It is tasting pretty damn good now.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a side-by with juju. Deeper orange color. Incredible hop aroma. Full citrus. Juju thicker and sweeter and smoother. Tie. Ohio rocking the IPAs. I was almost going to skip buying Chillwave in bottles. So glad I didn't. One of Great Lake's best.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold.

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Photo of bacabuck
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: great color. Clear with slight lacing.
S: deep citrus on the nose. Orange blossoms
T: tart hops. Slight bitter finish.
F: perfect carbonation. As Lawrence Welk used to say " tiny bubbles"

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge. Citrusy. Fresh. Just loads of orange peel, mango, passion fruit, fruit punch. Incredible mouthfeel. Reminds me of a bigger and much better nugget nectar.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.96/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5/3/15 best buy date wow this is a great DIPA L: dark amber with huge 4 finger cream colored head S: light citrus and floral with a little mango and papaya smells
T: same as smell with a slight hop finish F:Creamy O: to bad they don't have this all the timeYUMM

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A. Pours amber in color, mostly transparent with 1 finger of white foamy head that lasts about a minute then subsides as a film over the surface leaving a spider leg lacing around the glass.

S. Some nice tropical fruits mixed with sweet malts. Grapefruit, mango, biscuit cookie, caramel, strawberry, banana. Smells very inviting for me.

T. Wow. This is superb. All the flavors on the nose agree here. But now I get a little bitterness. Some grassy aftertaste. But the flavors are so balanced. This tropical fruit with the sweet malts and bitterness all blend together so well. I always heard this is good. But this is top 3 if not #1 DIPA for me. Just awesome.

M. The body is perfect for the style I think. 4 on a 1-10 scale. Medium with a slight light/silkyness to it. The carbonation is spot on too. Slaps the tongue when it hits the mouth and continues to spike for a second after the swallow. Finishes pretty clean and makes you want more.

O. There is not much I could say bad about this beer. I was expecting it to be good but not this good. 1 of the best DIPA's i've ever had hands down. I WILL be going back for more.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chillwave. 12oz bottle poured into tulip. Slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head that settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is orange juice, pineapple, mango, caramel, grass, and bread. Taste is strongly sweet for the style with tropical fruit juice and caramel notes followed by spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Alcohol wafts through on the swallow. Medium body, thick resiny texture, shy of moderate carbonation, grassy bitterness on the finish with some residual sugar.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 88/100

Right out the gates I was expecting a big hop presence, I really didn't get waves of dank hops as expected, instead it's a rather smooth and subtle taste, not bad b any means. Just not what I was expecting, malt has more of a role than with most double IPA's. At 9.4% I was expecting a taste bud buster. That never happen... It is ridiculously smooth and drinkable for being so high gravity. It just doesn't seem to crave that dank mouth watering hop bill that I have came to love with some of the other DIPA's. Low burn and easy to drink makes it worth seeking~

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015: still by far my favorite IIPA.
Absolutely perfect nose of Mosaic happiness and just a hint of honey like sweetness. Luscious grapefruit and orange bomb that somehow defines and defies the idea of a "balanced" IPA. Amazing when fresh yet still impressive when unintentionally aged. Perfect beer in my book. 5+

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Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark golden amber with slowly fading off white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus, orange floral pine hops, nice fruity essence. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange, a bit of tangy grapefruit, earthy pine hops bitterness. Palate is a full body, smooth with good carbonation. The finish is of caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange peel notes, some tangy grapefruit, with some good earthy pine and herbal hops bitterness for balance, alcohol is well behaved. Overall a very good, smooth and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/29/14

Medium amber body. Drinking on tap. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of sweet apples at the end. Different and delicious.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque amber, with a double-finger head. Nice, fine, treeline lace.

Aroma is wonderful and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Very nice!

Taste is a wallop of thick, lavish hops. I get citrus again and plenty of tropical notes along the way. As well, a fairly large malt presence underscores the hop assault for balance. The body here is heavy, taste is heavy (yet, as before, balanced), and oh-so-easy to drink. A superlative IPA!

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Photo of Wavymitch
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Arguably the most under rated best IPAS ever. This rare IPA is great. Border line dangerous because how tasty it is. This double is a must try. Used to go by alchemy hour I believe but re packaged as chill wave. Great flavor retention and hard to believe there's any alcohol in it. Very refreshing. But not surprised these guys are great.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear, caramel color, with huge bubbles in the off-white head.

Aroma: Spicy, citrus aroma, with a sweet, clean fruit smell I’d liken to gummi candy. Citrus character is juicy, like tangerine.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Texture is a bit flat, with very little carbonation. Flavor on the tongue is that of light tangerine and strong, resiny hops, which is quickly balanced by a sweet, smoky malt flavor in the finish.

Final Word: A fantastically balanced Double IPA! While the description of the flavors might have seemed fairly straightforward or basic, it’s how rich and balanced those flavors are that makes this beer special. The hop forward nature of the brew allows the flavors and aromas of the hops to be fully expressed and experienced, while still giving the balancing malts their time to shine in the finish. Hop heads will love the strong flavors of their favorite ingredient, while those of us looking for drinkability still have a beer that finishes smoothly and easily! This beer is a must try for any beer lover, and is a great IPA to keep on hand. Drinkers unaccustomed to strong hop profiles might still be overwhelmed by the hop flavors here, but anyone with a few IPAs under their belts will find this beer very satisfying!

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I heard great things about this beer so I was excited when I found a four pack after the initial run that I missed out on. The bottles that I picked up were less than a week old when I bought them. My first impressions of this beer were very favorable but then unfortunately, later bottles didn't taste quite as good.

It seems like so many double IPAs are very sweet and malty as a big malt backbone is needed to balance out the huge hop bill. Originally I thought this beer was sweet but very hop-forward. As I cracked open more and more bottles of this, I started to think this beer was overly sweet and it masked the crisp, bitter hops I hoped to find.

Overall, this beer is very good but for whatever reason, my impressions of it got worse with the more bottles I drank.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/11/14, a nice surprise since I thought this was a winter seasonal.
Poured into tulip; dark orange-gold, clear with a minimal white head that fades but leaves tons of delicate lacing.
Smells boozy and sweet, like fruit and fermented honey.
Taste is almost overpoweringly sweet, until the hops come in and save the day at the last second. They bring piney bitterness along with juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Less Mosaic character than I would have hoped for.
Mouthfeel is oily, and it has quite a body even for a DIPA.
Overall, this is a DIPA built like a barleywine with the hops to back it up. Almost too sweet, but the hops balance it well enough. Not for the faint of heart!

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Photo of Alyosha
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing smell.. one of the best. Great mouthfeel. The taste is an explosions of orange and grapefruit, how I like them. There is a sweetness there, but it's not over the top. It's hoppy as you'd expect a DIPA to be, but not over the top and astringent like some. Honest, this is the bets DIPA in Ohio. Somet think Bodhi is amazing.. it's good.. but THIS is hands down the best DIPA for this state. I do miss the Alchemy Hour name though!

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.