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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
484 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
3,220
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

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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 3,220
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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Photo of EveningCordial
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter from bottle.

A- Bright orange, amber color. Tall and frothy, white head. Looks like sunshine in a glass.

S- Juicy oranges, mangoes, apricots and other tropical/citrus fruits up front from the hops. Undertones of bread, flowers and a little pine. This is a hop-forward beer, just how I like them. The malts can be smelled in the background.

T- This a hoppy dream. I enjoy hops that work this way instead of companies that have to add their own fruit and/or artificial flavors. Chillwave is done right. Lots of citrus and fruit with little to no malt or caramel tastes like other darker or thicker IIPAs. Not much bite and extremely smooth and balanced with not much aftertaste.

M- Light to medium bodied. Cool and crisp off the ice.

O- Just wow. I wish this was available year-round. Im glad its readily available when it is released, as this is a job well done by Great Lakes. I like my IIPAs juicy and hop-forward and that's exactly what this is. One of my go-to ales when its out.

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Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pungent tropical hops (loads of citrus, grapefruit, pineapples, peaches), light pine resins and sweet caramelly malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a loads of tropical notes (citrus, grapefruit, pineapple), a piney/grassy bitterness and some sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for the trade

A: Poured thick and foamy with 2 fingers of bone white head over a baltic amber clear brew.
S: Caramelized orange and sweet scent of marmalade followed with fresh cut pine tree, like pine sawdust and fresh sap and finishes clean on the end.
T: Big burst of hoppy bitter orange and grapefruit rind with notes of pine sap - while still smooth and malty. Finish is mild on the hops with smooth malts that hang thick on the tongue.
M: Thick and smooth with a syrup coating and some snappy carbonation on the front.
O: A solid offering for a double IPA that doesn't attempt to reach too far to be overly complex. But rather does a very solid offering of hops with bold malts, a clean and uncomplicated brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden orange body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that can be described as both citric hopped and touches of grapefruit sweetness as well as some caramel/sugary goodness. Medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and has both a citric hop and grape profile that is balanced with some caramel sweet malt for a beer that is both hoppy and sweet. Nothing earth shattering or new in this beer but it sticks to the "rules" and does the style justice.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clearer orange color. This beer is darker orange. Head grows like bread after the pour.

S-Smells somewhat oxidized. Perhaps this one is not as fresh as anticipated. The hops are still there in a respectable fashion, however. Mosaic and Nugget hops bring me more than enough tropical fruit and (maybe I'm reaching) eucalyptus. Malt seems to be a standard caramel variety.

T-Yeah, this seems a bit too long in the tooth. It still tastes pretty great but I can just tell it's dying off. The hoppiness still brings the candied citrus, tropics and herbs but they're weaker than they should be. The sweet, thick maltiness has grown with age as well. Lots of caramel that enhances the sweetness of the citrus flavors.

M-Softer bubbles. Body is fairly heavy. Bitterness is damp and heavy. Alcohol sneaks up slowly.

O-I enjoyed this as it was probably nearing its flavor demise. I still enjoyed it, though. I bet this fresh is pretty delicious. I must revisit, too bad they don't distribute around here.

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3/20/15

Returned with a fresher bottle to make sure I know if i initially tried this beer past its prime. Oxidization is gone. Mosaic hops are much more distinct. Mosaic onion hops, which I enjoy. Was definitely fresher this time but I leave this beer with a very similar rating to my initial experience with it. Bumped up from a 3.99.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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

great job great lakes! nice citrusy with a nice bitter balance. doesnt look like its going to taste, but surprised on the good side. there are so many good ipas out there right now, but i will grab this one again.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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

Very solid malt backbone and interesting mosaic hop profile - great beer! Taste is a bit on the sweet side but it's a high gravity beer so I'm not surprised. It's too bad this beer isn't more widely distributed because it is a nice change from the west coast ipas (which I love).

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Photo of raznug
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color and is topped with just ¼” of white head.
Smell: This beer smells of pine hops and that tasty smelling resin aroma that just sticks to your nose hairs Mmmmm.
Taste: Wow this is all hops through and through, pine grass and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Thick sticky and tasty is the best way to describe this beer.

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Photo of Chillwave
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not going into much detail for this one. I have had a good amount of craft already and this one is by far my favorite or atleast Top 3.

Has a nice syrupy sweet mouth feel and the only way i could describe the taste is Juicy. On my second 4 pack already.

Smell of the bat is grapefruit and tropical fruits.

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Photo of ACarp
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served 4/25, best by 5/11
Better than hopslam and Nugget Nectar.
Very berry like and fruity hops ala Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra. Slight alcohol detected in flavor.
Distinctly different hop profile than Pliny, much more fruity and probably the best example of a ""new wave" IPA i have had, with the cutting edge fruity hops, while Pliny stands as the classic and best crafted western IPA. Most comparable DIPA I have had was Enjoy By 4/20/14

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
05/15/14
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a super creamy and foamy, one-finger tall, off-white crown. A sheet of drippy lacing coated that glass. The head eventually dropped to a bubbly mass.

The aroma was hoppy and super fruity. Fairly sweet for the style. Candied orange peel dominated. Peach notes also came through strong. Good amount of juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. All in all, punchy yet quite balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Amazingly fruity and juicy. Loads of candied orange peel. Good dose of brown sugar. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone that provided almost a bit too much sweetness. Strong peach and apricot notes. Touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit-like pithiness carried into the finish. Some pinesap came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, soft and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow carbonation that made the beer feel slick on the palate.

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA may not be groundbreaking for the style, but it is a really solid and flavorful rendition nevertheless. Fans of more balanced, hoppy beers should definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Cleveland for four years in my 20s and probably have more experience with Great Lakes than any other brewery. I've tried all of their regular beers and many of their seasonal beers. I've also been to the brewery twice. This is by far my favorite beer of their's. Usually I find Great Lakes beers too hoppy and bitter. This one is just right though, which is funny considering it's a double IPA. I love the way it looks in the glass. It's just gorgeous. A sort of orangey yellow haze that makes me excited just looking at it. The taste is almost fruity. Tropical fruit. In a good way though. I don't know what else to say. Just try it. I buy it whenever they have it at the grocery store.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before 5/11/14.

Look: beautiful orange. Pretty minimal head, but ample bubble action.

Smell: really not getting much. Very muted citrusy notes. Or maybe soap. Mostly dominated by what I can only describe as a kind of off note.

Taste: holy crap—oversized flavors on a couple fronts. First: sweet. Really, really, really sweet. Second: tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple. I've never been to Jamba Juice, but I would believe that this was some sort of spinoff product of theirs. Tasty, but "IPA" is pretty low on the list of things I'd guess I'm drinking when I taste this. Did I mention that this is really, really, really sweet?

Feel: pretty pleasant. In a really, really sweet kind of way.

Overall: I wish I could rate this higher, but I've had honey that was less sweet. I won't rule out the possibility that this lost some character in transit, or that my palate is fatigued, but this just doesn't do it for me as a DIPA.

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Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.

M: Full in body; slighlty slick.

O: This is good, but not great.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid.

A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.

This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of Great Lakes Brewing, so I was really excited to try the Chillwave release; finally found one in Columbus and bought a 12oz bottle yesterday.

It pours a standard copper color with small head/lacing. The smell is dominant tropical fruits with a hop presence... love it. Initial taste follows the nose, but it quickly fades and ends with a very bitter finish. There is no mistaking the 9.4 ABV in this brew. Overall, it's outstanding for the style, and I'm looking forward to having this fresh on tap from the brewery.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.