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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,391
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 251
Gots: 215 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Omnium
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
*Ive had this on tap numerous times previous to this, this post reflects all notes from then till now.*

A - Pours a deep orange tinted gold, just shy of a finger head, white and foamy, decent lacing.
S - Where to begin?! First off you get a nice fresh hop aroma, pine and floral notes that are wrapped in a lush aroma of mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple, with a hint of sweet malt. Smells incredible.
T - Opens up with those juicy fruit flavors, then you get some dry piney bitterness, followed with a fresh bread malt aftertaste.
M - The fruit flavors stick with your palate and so does a little bitterness, but isnt over the top stickiness from the malt or alcohol.
O - Step down hopslam, you've been replaced. The mosaic hops in this beer pop, and its incredible, but it has a malt foundation that isnt found in some other comparable double IPA's, the 9.4 is hidden rather well too. The first time I had this, I couldnt believe what I was tasting, and each time back to it has just been a treat. Great Lakes came close with Lake Erie Monster but it fell a tad short. And this picks up where LEM left off. Great Lakes is a fantastic brewery, excellent representation of their skills.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into spiegelau tulip. Bottle courtesy of fritts211.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with half-inch head.

Smell: Mostly aromas of citrus - specifically heavy orange/tangerine smell.

Taste: Follows the smell with almost no bitterness from the hops. Malts balance the hops perfectly. Almost no hint of the 9.4% abv.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel but could be improved by a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic imperial IPA that is not just for hopheads. I am fairly new to IPAs but this is definitely one I would seek out again.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff!

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip
Enjoy By Date of 05/06/13
Batch number 11214FM
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Less than half of a finger of off-white head is created after a swift pour. Short retention fades to an uneven collar and a small island of bubbles. The body is coppery orange with a touch of haze. Modest lacing.

[S] Fresh hop character featuring a blend of damp earth, sappy wood, orange marmalade and dried flowers. Some sharp alcohol pokes through as well.

[T] Pretty direct translation from the nose. Fresh hops, lightly toasted malt plus a smack of caramel. Lots of bitterness. Moderate alcohol inclusion.

[M] The body is pretty light for a 9.4% beer. Some biting carbonation on the tongue with long lingering bitterness and a semi sweet finish. Just a touch of heat.

[O] Nice beer and a nice departure from the standard double IPA these days. Overall though, I'm not a huge fan. But I like what the Mosaic hops bring to the party...I'd just like to see them layered with a little more juicy, tropical fruit flavor. And maybe bittered to a lesser degree.

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4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up a Roof bros in Paducah, KY...BBD od 05/08/13

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Piddly lacing & above average head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, pine & orange slices

T: Follows the nose, alos pine needles & lemon grass up front, plus orange & lime peels. Pineyness, grapefruit, slight breadyness, & tangerine, plus more lemongrass. Finiishes with a crisp piney & citrussy flourish, with a bit of dryness & a kiss of leafy & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation& near perfect balance

ABV is completely masked with giant drinkabilty, easily one of the best DIPAs I've come across since Myrcenary. Another great brew from Great Lakes

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a deep amber with a finger of off white head that quickly fades leaving a thin rim of foam with visible lacing.

S-Smells of tropical citrus, mangoes, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon. Light on hops with a background of sweet malt and floral bouqet.

T-Sweet citrus and hops dominate the palate with a bit of sweet caramel malt roast. Slight alcohol taste.

M-Medium body with moderate to mild carbonation. It has an almost slick oil feel that coats the tongue.

O-Really good DIPA that strikes a unique balance of citrus tang, sweet malt and bitter hops. Worth a try, but if you're looking for really dank hoppy bitterness go elsewhere.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,391 ratings.