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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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2,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 229
Gots: 198 | FT: 10
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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

elgiacomo, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

SpdKilz, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cincysig, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Cane4Beer
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Cane4Beer, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -6.5%

tobelerone, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

RWACKO, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Copper colored with a very nice 1" off white head that laces well.

S. Tropical notes of mango, pineapple and citrus. Gives off just a hint of dankness and alcohol.

T. Tropical hop notes on the nose carry to palate with a nice hit of pineapple and citrus. Pine then makes an appearance along with creamy malt. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Hides its lofty alcohol content well.

M. Body and mouthfeel are best described as "big". Well constructed.

O. Sans Eddie Fitz and Nosferatu, this is about the only other Great Lakes beer to impress me. Still, there is something about the overall flavor and aftertaste that gets a bit tiring and is keeping me from buying multiple 4-packs.

bound4er, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC!

mattcrill, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

BHansen214, Mar 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

CEDAMA, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 5/13. Clear copper clarity with a dense one inch white head and lacing starts immediately. I love pouring this hard and enjoy watching the cascading rush of carbonation as the flavor molecules are forced open.

Aroma in the nose is amazing. Juicy fruitti--like a Hi-C fruit punch. Rich, I say, candied dried papaya and guava paste. Floral fragrance and pine cone. Whafts of sweet malt.

All hop forward, like chewing on a grapefruit rind. A plant-like hoppiness and herbal pine. Malt sweetness. Leafy hop lingers on the palate and in the nose.

Subtle dryness makes the next sip as enjoyable as the first. Very smooth-easy drinker. Sticky lacing throughout.

Good job of the West coast style. Mosaic and nugget hops meld well with the honey malt. Simply put, this is a great beer.

joeseppy, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

FEUO, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Jhollamu
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Jhollamu, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

catfan2000, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

dcbdc1, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nstroup, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle. Two months out from the best by date.

Appearance: Clean bronze with minuscule white head.

Nose: Huge tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava. There's some sugar coated grapefruit in there backed up by a buttery biscuit. Some acetone like chemical tones float around as well.

Taste: Big hoppy fruits: plenty of mango and a lot of apricot. Some pear is mixed in with a nice crisp malt note. Finishes astringent with a bit of green tea.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a super clean mouthfeel. Not much stickiness, which is something I like in a big IPA.

Overall: top notch DIPA. For a very easy to find beer that comes at a very reasonable price tag, this is one of the best values out there. A very nice seasonal release from GLBC.

fdig23, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Johnnyramirez, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

oglmcdgl, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jsearley3364, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

HeyJim, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

theminutemen, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ShawneeIrish, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

plumcrazyfx, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

tastymug, Mar 23, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.