Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Reviews: 442
Hads: 3,010
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 299
Gots: 506 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Reviews: 442 | Hads: 3,010
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vaguely hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Both the retention and creaminess is pretty good. A small ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nicely tropical. There are some piny notes from the hops, but it primarily brings notes of mango, pineapple, lychee, blueberry, and papaya. In addition, there's a nice honey note coming from the malts. Sweet, but the excellent fruitiness compensates very well.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose: the general sweetness is high, but so is the definition of fresh tropical fruit flavors. Right from the onset, an impressive amount of mango, pineapple, blueberry (not tropical, but who cares), and papaya hits the palate; minor flavors of sweet onion and pine also exist. Sweetness gradually builds from the start to the finish, bringing a honey-laden aftertaste. Twinges of alcohol are noticeable, but hardly detract as its presence is so subtle. There's almost no bitterness here - there are times when I'm wishing it was just a hair more bitter. Seemingly, it's using the savory onion notes (which come out more when it warms up) to balance the sweetness. And it honestly works.

M: This is a sweet finishing beer - but thanks to the honey presence, it dries out very nicely to inspire easy drinking. The lingering sweetness seems more creamy than slick, too. Carbonation is really soft - even if it isn't THAT drinkable, it feels really nice in the mouth.

O: Oh yeah, this rocks. The sweetness of this beer is pulled off nicely, coexisting beautifully with both the savory and tropical notes. Great Lakes pulls another winner out of its hat: I really wish these guys distributed to my state. (1,720 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, burnt orange; almost amber. On the nose I got a heavy dose of candied tropical fruit. Sweet mango is jumping out, along with some tartness. Taste is incredibly sweet, with lots of malty caramel. Finishes with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was fine. Just kind of a meh beer for me, and way too sweet for where my palate's at. Needs more hoppy bitterness to balance things out. (386 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper/amber, my smooth pour is rewarded by barely half a finger of white bubbles and barely any retention. Somehow it manages to leave lots of soapy lacing on the glass.

Deep honey malts, caramel and toffee with a some red fruity esters. Hops are varied and moderate in strength. Canned peaches, slight guava and kiwi sit solidly atop a pine/ orange citrus nectary hop profile.

A full loaf of honey bread sets in with some molasses sweetness, a no doubt balancing step for the hops. Candied citrus, juicy grapefruit and oranges with apricot and dried mango nuances. The flavor evolves late into the drink to a more pungent and earthy garlic. hemp and pine. Bitterness curls inward on the palate intensifying leaving citric and piney residue.

Medium to high body, rather sluggish with a more creamy, tight bubbled carbonation. Moderate alcohol and high malt complement the nectary hop profile. Drinkable, flavorful but sluggish.

Chillwave is a free swinger, a bigger beer with nectary, pungent hops. And it adds another dimension to the Mosaic hop enigma this time bringing kiwi and copious amounts of stone fruit into the fold. (1,145 characters)

Photo of GregA135
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A orange/reddish appearance

Citrus smell with a bit of grapefruit

Smooth hoppy citrus taste, not so bitter compared to other double IPA's, but still delicious!

Good carbonation and smooth

The citrus/grapefruit taste isn't overbearing and works well with the hops to give a nice Double IPA, highly recommend it! (315 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame. (479 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a two finger head. Retention is merely OK, but there's some pretty nice lacing going on. Aroma is mellow compared to some IPAs, but there's a very nice floral and fruity vibe going on. Mosaic leaves a nice mark here with a ripe, sweet mango note. Citrus notes are there but more restrained than most (D)IPAs. A little bit of earthiness and resin. This is a rare case where a more subdued aroma in an IPA wins me over, as the tropical fruit notes are readily apparent and not hidden.

Flavor is malty sweet and not all that bitter for an IPA. Despite the listed 80 IBUs, this is not a tongue-puckerer. Still, there's more than enough bitterness to stand up to the malt, which has a honeyed character. All the citrus notes you'd expect are present, taking on something like an orange/tangerine character. Alcohol is barely noticeable flavor-wise, just a faint trace on the finish.

With the caramel and honey malts and fruit-forward hop profile, this is an interesting Spring DIPA. In some aspects, that malt profile reminds me of a Maibock, but the hops clearly take it into IPA territory. Nice use of Mosaic hops. Recommended. (1,153 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spring--time for great DIPAs. Enjoyed along with a Dirtwolf

A: yellow/orange clear with two finger head that left lacing all the way down. Carbonation came to the top slowly the entire pour

S: Sweet, citrus, pungent.

T: Hops up front--tropical fruit and oranges with honey on the finish. Less so on the pine side.

M: Full bodied and great finish

O: Great DIPA and an annual treat--sweeter to me than Hopslam. (413 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.

The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.

The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.

This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.

It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor. (704 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured Chillwave Double IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a finger of eggshell white head.

S - Tropical paradise, with mango, grapefruit, pineapple, a little coconut.

T - Wow, the brew is exactly like the aroma. Again, tropical paradise with mango, some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pineapple. The hops comes through mid palate with some bitterness and pine. On the aftertaste getting more grapefruit with sweet melon flavors. Too good to be true.

M - Just about perfect. Medium carbonation, with medium leaning towards a heavy on the mouthfeel.

O - This is now my favorite DIPA. I love Stone's IPA's; however, Great Lakes does a fabulous job on this brew. Highly Recommended ! Cheers! (716 characters)

Photo of choicegrinds
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Awesome beer...
pours a nice amber with a finger and a half off white head. Amazing smell, like canned peaches. Fresh fruit flavors follow in the taste with a nice bitterness. This beer is just about perfect imo and hangs with two of my other faves, dirtwolf and lagunitas sucks. Buy this! (294 characters)

Photo of sonoffenrir
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle. Best by date 5/20/14. As Great Lakes gives this beer a 90 day shelf life, the bottles I've had were a bit over a month old.

A: Poured a beautiful orange-copper, with a slightly off-white finger and a half head that quickly dissapated to a dense white crust.

S: Overwhelmingly citrus, with a hint of honey, fruit, pine and grass. Very pleasant and complex.

T: At first, I tasted the grapefruit and slight hint of pineapple up front, but subsequent sips showed grapefruit but quickly morphed into a intense mango and pineapple note. As it warmed, I also detected mango in the aroma. Despite its 80 IBU rating, the hops were very nicely balanced with a caramel and honey note from the hops. A slighty piney and bitter finish on the tongue, but very pleasantly so.

M: Slightly syrupy, creamy and smooth. Given the IBUs, not as dry as I would have expected.

Overall, this is my first encounter with Chillwave, but it won't be my last. I'm a guy that likes some type of balance in my IPAs. This one has it all. Even after one 4-pack, I would catapult it right up there with my other favorited DIPAs: Dogfish Head 90 Minute, O'SO Lupilin Maximus, Lagunitas Maximus and Hopslam. This is the first Great Lakes offering I've sampled, but won't be my last. This is an excellent example of the style. (1,324 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a dense white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma was a well balanced blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple with pine notes at the end. Medium bodied with slightly oily feel beneath pleasantly robust, rich carbonation. A maltier, fuller bodied feel than expected for a higher octane DIPA. Grapefruit and ripe pineapple hop flavors over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Minty hop flavor near the end with a musty, citrus hop aftertaste. Booziness is there but is superbly masked by the aromas and flavors.  (594 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer. (460 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/11/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma is very pleasant citrus
Head average (4.5 cm), off-white, creamy with large rocks, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm layer with lumps
Lacing spotty – clots here and there
Body bright orange, clear
Flavor begins with some hops citrus, but not a lot. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends with some pink/red grapefruit sourness, very short lived.
Palate medium, somewhat oily, carbonation lively.

A very nice DIPA – no flavor of alcohol – just a slow burn after it hits the stomach. The appearance and aroma are very pleasing although I like a little more lacing. The flavor seems muted to me, with the citrus being more pronounced in aroma, and just the grapefruit bitterness showing up a minute or two after swallowing. Overall, another good beer from Great Lakes in Cleveland. (844 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another (534 characters)

Photo of FL_Hop_Knight_1856
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle poured into teku glass

A: Dark amber, golden color with about a finger of head.
S: Floral with citrus and notes of pine.
T: Starts with the floral citrus and into the bitter pine finish.
M: Great mouthfeel for a double IPA, juicy.
O: Very solid Double IPA, definitely not a disappointment by any means! (316 characters)

Photo of D-18V
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: nice golden color to it
S:smells pretty fruity notes of citrus, of slight pine
T: good taste, aftertaste could be less sour... though has the resemblance of grapefruit
M: for the most part, a delight. its the sourness at the finish, and but there is no taste of alcohol
O: a really solid beer, great lakes does not disappoint (328 characters)

Photo of smooth_aleing
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip.

Overall a nice double IPA. I've had it before and remember it being mud more flavorful, full or citrus and pine notes. However this bottle has too much alcohol in the nose, only slightly dissipating in the taste. Tends to overwhelm everything else. Still worth trying, though, since this brewery makes really great brews. (359 characters)

Photo of homersimpson67
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doing a taste test of this Chillwave Double Ipa vs. Victory DirtWolf Double Ipa.
date of 05/05/14 on the label using a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a nice dark burnt orange-copper color with a nice off-white two finger lacing which settles nicely into swirls of white on the top.

S- Has a really nice peach/mango/pine smell that is incredibly inviting, can't wait for the taste.

T- Not overpowering but definately very palatible, mellow bite for a 9.4 percent ipa, pleasant but not the best out there. It is damn good but I might be leaning towards the other dipa I'm trying at the same time. This one may have a little age on it compared to the Victory Dipa I am trying though.

M- Again, not terribly bright feel, more of a slow, mellow taste with a great smell that washes over really smoothly, Great Lakes knows how to make a great beer!

O- A really outstanding Dipa, not the best I've had but right up there, probably top 10, there are just so many good ones now...and so little time! (988 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper color with a big white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass. Legs fall quickly.

S - Orangey citrus, grapefruit, a touch of dankness, and a hint of malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and orange up front. A small touch of dankness. Really enjoyable.

M - Prickly on the tongue. Finishes dry. Very light bitterness. No trace of alcohol.

O - A very good citrus-forward west coast style IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit. (482 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger head in the snifter. Bright white with mixed soap like bubbles. As it slowly receded a cotton looking lacing was left in its place. The beer is a medium dark copper color with small amount of haze and a constant stream of bubbles climbing to the top.

S: Wow. Large citrus hop aroma. Pineapple is the dominant scent followed by grapefruit and mango. A light graininess from the malt and no detectable ethenol or off characteristics.

T: Great big juicy citrus hop flavor on par with the aroma, pineapple and grapefruit dominate. There is also some pine and berry notes. The bitterness is firm but round and not harsh at all (lots of late hopping I'm guessing). The malt backbone is nice and subtle coming in with a toasty grainy character. Balance is hugely on the hop side. Clean fermentation character, no esters to speak of.

M: A juicy oily sensation left on the tongue like most late hopped IPAs. The carbonation is on the medium to moderate side maybe a tad high coming of a bit bitting. The body is meduim with the hops giving the impression of much more then it probably is.

O: The bottle I had was very fresh and very delish. I've had a lot of GL over the years and they have been solid, but this one blew me away. Big juicy aromatic and a great combination of hop flavors. I would compare it to Head Hunter or even Dirt Wolf with less dank. (1,398 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from recent batch nice fluffy white head solid good lacing and well carbonated. Nose is sweet malt, mango, alcohol and a touch of resin. Taste is vegetal, bready and boozy. The strength of the beer overshadows the hop profile which is a shame. Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA with great bubbly medium-high mouth coating. On the whole I am continuously let down by this one. I had it when it was released under another name and a few bottles of this year's and think the flavor is just a disappointment. I would not grab this on tap even if it was same day fresh. (572 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by May 8, 2014; poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice-looking deep, amber-orange color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S: Big tropical fruit hop aroma, particularly pineapple, that's fleshed out by resinous and earthy flavors.

T: Huge citrus hop flavors here, lots of grapefruit and tangerine alongside the pineapple that was so strong in the smell. Well balanced with a pleasant lingering bitter tone. Decently strong alcohol flavor, though it works with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Really dry finish.

O: Solid DIPA from Great Lakes; well worth picking up. (598 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this our of a tulip
Look - copper color and you can see right through it. Good head that lasted for less than 30 sec
Smell - best smelling dipa I can think of. The hop and citrus aroma is incredible.
Taste - just like the smell but slightly hopier. Has a great grapefruit mango citrus taste. More mango than anything else and it sits in your mouth for a while.
Mouthfell - slight carbonation thick for how clear it is but fairly smooth.
Overall - one of the best Great Lake beers if not my favorite. I hope to find this in tap somewhere! (543 characters)

Photo of xabyss
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-opaque hazy copper with a touch of fluff gracing the surface. The aroma is wonderful: juicy fruits, powerful hops, almost a buttery note lurking in the depths. Not a trace of the ABV. Taste follows the nose: bright hops, grapefruit and mango, and a wonderfully sweet yet subtle malt backbone. An excellent brew, and one I'll keep an eye out for in the future. (372 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.