Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 291
Gots: 496 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Ratings: 2,964 | Reviews: 499
Photo of Benish
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: it had a color of light brownish red. Almost the appearance of a red ale but much lighter in color. Crystal clear with no sediment. Carbonation present throughout. Minimal lacings.

Smell: a mash of tropical fruits - primarily pineapple. Plus notes of bubblegum.

Taste: Starts out with a burst tropical fruit (yet not so sweet) then the bitterness follows up and become intermingled throughout; bubblegum flavors catches up midway through and lasts until the finish. While the fruit flavors were there at the beginning, I can't help but wish the fruits were more aggressive.

Mouthfeel: hard to say, it somewhere between a light to medium body. It had that refreshing feel in the mouth.

Overall: the aroma is phenomenal, I also appreciated the bubblegum flavors from both the aroma and taste (not sure if everyone gets this; we all have different palettes). Just wish there was a little more oomph in the fruits.

Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark gold with a thin, bright white head that dissipates leaving only an outer ring

S-Grapefruit and citrus, slight hint of tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol

T-Very similar to the nose with candied grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, and alcohol dominating the flavor profile. It is very candy like in flavor and mouthfeel.

M-thick and sticky like candy

D-a sipper, but tasty and would recommend

Overall, this is a good version of the style. To me, it doesn't rank near Sucks,Hopslam, or Enjoy By. However, I would recommend it to lovers of the style and would drink it again.

Photo of KevBot89
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Partially hazy, a blend of gold and copper color. small head, somewhere between beige and tan that rapidly disappears.

Smell: tropical and citrus fruits. some alcohol on the end. Maybe some earthy or herbal scents.

Taste: stronger tropical and citrus flavors. Definitely some mango. Noticeable sweet malt flavors that complement the hops well without overpowering this fantastic dipa. Some noticeable alcohol tastes, but nothing worth fretting over. Like the aroma, there is some earthy hop taste and faint pine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation that allows the tropical/citrusy hops and sweet malts to linger on the palate long after the initial sip is finished. Only possible complaint is that it is a bit light.

Overall, this is really good. Plenty of different hop aromas and flavors happening while some sweet malt tastes lay a nice foundation for a lingering, pleasurable aftertaste.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of blankenhoney
2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of GregA135
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -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.

Photo of surfcaster
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of fitrock2112
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of choicegrinds
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of sonoffenrir
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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. 

Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of FL_Hop_Knight_1856
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of D-18V
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of smooth_aleing
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopbomb, not bad but not really my style.

Photo of homersimpson67
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.