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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,379 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,379
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 236
Gots: 210 | 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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of prototypic
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%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
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%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Alchemy Hour Double IPA

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. This was served chilled.

A) Dark amber in color with nearly a finger of soapy head that slowly dissipated to a thin dusting, eventually just leaving a collar behind. A fair amount of lacing.

S) Ripe to over ripe pineapple. This has quite a sweet aroma. Hint of caramel. Light pine...

T) Tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, sweet, but not overly sweet... Balanced with adequate bitterness, that fades out nicely. The 9.4 ABV is noted as this warms up. Light pine and alcohol aftertaste.

M) Close to full-bodied with mild carbonation. The alcohol had a little bit more bite to it, from a mouthfeel standpoint than I was anticipating. Still went down nicely.

O) This is a nice Double IPA. Definitely worth a try, especially since it's brewed by Great Lakes, as they rarely disappoint.

Photo of Ish1
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,379 ratings.