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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 221
Gots: 184 | 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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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2013 02:02:28 | More by JimGlonke
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BDeibs

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2013 01:58:46 | More by BDeibs
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-22-2013 01:14:24 | More by Lanstrum
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Hopmeplease

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2013 00:55:19 | More by Hopmeplease
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a frothy, somewhat dense texture. Head retention and texture is good, but eventually the cap fades to a residual three-quarters finger.

S: Insane hop notes here: tropical, dank, candied, fruity, and citric. I'm not sure what Mosaic hops smell like, but it must be big on tropical fruit and funky resin. Big pineapple and passionfruit notes, with lesser tangerine, peach, and fruit cocktail notes. There's a touch of light caramel (almost honeylike) in the nose, along with some lurking alcohol.

T: This is a big, hoppy DIPA, but it's not unbalanced. Some bready, lightly sweet caramel/honey malt notes are present up front. Hop bitterness is strong, but builds gently without becoming acerbic. Hop flavors run the gamut of tropical (pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine), stone fruit (peach and apricot), and herbal funk. There is a faint tartness here (yeast esters?). Alcohol does show up with a smooth warming bite in the finish, but it doesn't drink like 9.4% abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is fairly light. There's a light stickiness that quickly fades to an oily, resiny, drying hope finish. Alcohol lingers with a moderate warmness.

D: I like this one a lot. It's big, with a unique hop profile and a balanced malt bill. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt, it speaks softly and carries a big stick. Great Lakes beers generally show more polish than innovation for innovation's sake, but this manages to do both.

03-21-2013 23:59:12 | More by Clydesdale
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jcxhruby

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-21-2013 22:32:38 | More by jcxhruby
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guillemiro

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 11:57:40 | More by guillemiro
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eorwar

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-21-2013 05:37:50 | More by eorwar
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mecmd

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 04:31:31 | More by mecmd
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 04:20:04 | More by Gatordaddy
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gibby

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 03:41:42 | More by gibby
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-21-2013 03:17:14 | More by Drucifer
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SlamLord

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-21-2013 02:15:39 | More by SlamLord
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cwxc818

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-21-2013 02:10:32 | More by cwxc818
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Really nice golden orange. 1 finger head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing. Far above average.

A - Not super pungent, but what's there is very nice. Very fruity. Some citrus, sweeter tropical fruits. I'm not sure they needed the honey malt in this considering how sweet the mosaic hop strain is. It smells super fruity without any bitterness and the taste backs that up.

T - Just a fruit bomb. Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malt. This is like Hopslam but better on every level. HopSlam has a slightly different hop profile obviously, because it doesn't use mosaic, but this executes the tropical fruits to perfection and has a nice sweet malt backbone. The winner with this is even at 9.4% it barely had any noticeable alcohol. HopSlam lets you know how boozy it is.

M - High marks here for the smooth flavor with low alcohol presence. I almost wish there was a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty much spot on. As it warms I get a touch of alcohol, but for 9.4% it's really not much at all. I'm very sensitive to alcohol taste, and it doesn't bother me. Only beer I've had mask it this well is Stone Enjoy By, and that's a top 3 beer for me. Also, this doesn't ever get too syrupy like some of the sweeter DIPAs can.

O - This stuff is great. Couldn't get it in my area, but luckily I commute over an hour and it was just sitting around by the case. Got 2 4 packs, and I'll probably get more soon before it's gone. I'd definitely give this a go no matter who you are. It's low on bitterness for those of you who aren't hopheads, and for people like me it provides that awesome fruity hop flavor with low bitterness and without getting syrupy. It's dangerously drinkable and I don't think you can really go wrong with it. Highly recommended.

03-21-2013 01:59:19 | More by nrs207
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-21-2013 01:42:23 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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schillman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-20-2013 12:27:23 | More by schillman
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass

AP: dark golden straw colour, cream coloured head about 1/2"

AR: toasty bready and biscuit with grapefruit rind and green pine

T: flavours follow the nose with additional notes of caramel and honey with a hint of orange zest that lies underneath the grapefruit and pine.

M: creamy mouthfeel, finished lip smacking crisp yet juicy

OV: not a bitter/biting hopbomb as most DIPAs, but more like a well balanced and rounded blend of malts and hops that make for a damn fine tasty brew. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy and savour. Also, the alcohol is well hidden, perhaps too well.

03-20-2013 04:07:09 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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squidrobot

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-20-2013 03:07:50 | More by squidrobot
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Lionhawk

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-20-2013 01:35:31 | More by Lionhawk
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-20-2013 00:33:34 | More by Eriktheipaman
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14%

12 oz bottle. Best by May 5, 2013.

Pours a dark, clear copper amber with a cream, off white dense head with excellent retention and streaks of lace. Nose is filled with resiny and leafy NZ hops, green and raw with little malt detected. Flavor unfortunately takes a dive with a strong sweet bready malt base, citrus juice and a tame hop profile with minimal bitterness in the finish. Resiny and chewy medium thick body, well carbonated, but just... ick. The sweet malty and green tasting body without much bitterness is a turn off.

03-20-2013 00:22:26 | More by yourefragile
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours clear amber/orange with a finger of white head and spotty lacing.

Big citrus aromas upfront, rich pineapple, ripe grapefruit, juicy citrus, honey, just a whisper of booze as it warms.

Smacky citrus, grass, more balanced compared to aroma but just enough honey malt, a bit sweet, alcohol is well contained, mild bitter finish.

On par but I'd like to have the finish linger a bit more.

I've always been impressed with GL and this beer doesn't fall short.

03-20-2013 00:10:36 | More by TheMultiYeast
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-19-2013 23:43:14 | More by phishphorce
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Mtooman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-19-2013 21:38:22 | More by Mtooman
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.