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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 194 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DavidHume, Mar 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Gaddabble, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mjstacker, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Vinithing, Mar 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

imhoudinibitch, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SierraJosh, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

fthegiants, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rosethoj, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AngusOg, Mar 12, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a crystal clear, sunset orange with a nice fluffy head. The head fades, but has not disappeared 10 minutes in. This just plain looks very inviting.

The smell has the usual DIPA suspects, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a deep dank herbal funk that lingers in the shadows. I picked this up as soon as I opened the bottle.

The taste is also the typical DIPA sensations, but slightly tempered. The malt takes some of the sharp edges from the high hop profile. Again citrus, pine and herbs are upfront, malt smoothness on the backside. Not the usual bitter aftertaste of most high ABV DIPA's. Maybe a tad sweet, but I'm not complaining.

The mouthfeel is slick, not as sticky as some of the other hghly rated IPA's. The carbonation is mild and this is very drinkable for the ABV. Beware! The alcohol is well hidden to my pallet.

Great Lakes has a winner with Chillwave. It might not be the best that I've had, but it can run withthe big dogs. I'm saving room in the fridge for more.

SFNC, Mar 11, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Oh baby. Super dank grass and citrus rind notes ooze from the glass. Pungent with a slight booze fume.

T- Flavor stands up to the aroma decently with more citrus than earth though. Notes of juicy fruit, grapefruit and even a touch of guava spiciness. Malt works as a good balancer but doesn't have a large presence. Alcohol is insanely well hidden.

M- Tingly, prickly and sharp but at that great middle ground where things aren't too intense. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I love it when a beer lives up to its hype. Just about every bit as good as I expected.

Immortale25, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

RollTide7, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BarrytheBear, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

BeersAndBears, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Soneast, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Booner818, Mar 11, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -20.8%

On draught at the Lincoln Tap House in Cleveland, appearance is burnt orange with a small off - white collar that leaves thin sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy pine, moderate intensity.

Taste is resinous, oily hops with a chewy malty back-bone of 2 row. Hoppier than the nose, tempered with an orange candy note.

Moutheel is sticky, slippery, chewy, medium+ body.

Drinkability is ok. To sugary sweet for my taste in the style.

ccrida, Mar 11, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Best by 5/11/14.

A - Pours a bright amber color with thin whisps of bright-white head. Great clarity. Unimpressive retention leads to disappointing lacing.

S - Juicy grapefruit coupled with rich caramel on the forefront. Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent. Faint wet grains aroma hidden in the background. Very nice.

T - Tangy clementine on the tip of my tongue. Full flavored malts follow with caramel and brown sugar. The citrus flavor is present throughout, but doesn't overwhelm. Bitter hops on the back end with a sugary sweet linger. Tasty.

M - Medium-thick body coats the tongue. Perfectly light but bubbly carbonation. Smooth. Easy drinking.

O - This is one I have been looking to try for a while. We don't get Great Lake in Delaware, so I grabbed a 4-pack on a recent pass through New Jersey. I am glad I did. This is a fantastic double IPA with great balance. Citrus is probably the most prominent flavor, but I enjoy the caramel malts that it also offers. Reminds me most nearly to Evolution Lot6, which is among my favorite beers of all time. This is definitely one I will revisit, if given the opportunity.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

beersdmf17, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

fsck, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hopmarc, Mar 10, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Nice amber color with a 1 finger bubbly white head. Nice lacing remains after the head dissipates.

S: Powerful hop and floral scent. Very pleasant - strong but not overpowering

T: Taste follows the nose - great hop flavor and floral taste.

M: Really crisp clean mouth feel. Slightly dry at the end - but in a good way.

O: This goes down pretty easily for such a high ABV. There is no boozy taste and it would be easy to drink 2-3

fscottkey, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

ColForbinBC, Mar 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Slatetank, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Ieatlambfries, Mar 10, 2014
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.