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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,314 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 195 | 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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Photo of PieOhMy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

PieOhMy, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of tripelz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

tripelz, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of madvermin
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, glassy amber. More yellow than orange, and with a nice off-white head that caps and recedes to a thin layer that remains throughout. Lacing is quite pretty.

Smells of fresh orange with a caramel layering. Like a fine candy - not too sweet, not too bitter. Herbal aspect to it also aids in the overall aroma.

Taste follows the smell - not too sweet, not too bitter, and the beer does an exceptional job of bringing out a fresh orange taste concurrently with a just-a-bit too sweet caramel. It's much more herbal in the taste than in the smell, with more of a weediness than before.

Mouthfeel is clean and not very carbonated (which I like). Finish is very dry, and the middle isn't overly sticky. Probably the best part of the beer. Drinkability is exceptional due to the mouthfeel, and especially good considering the 9.4% abv. Alcoholic heat isn't really felt (which can be interpreted as good or bad, but I choose good in this case).

Overall a solid, very nice offering from Great Lakes. I may have been expecting a bit more, but the beer was fantastic regardless of my prior expectations.

madvermin, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

corby112, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Rons35, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of rheimbro
4/5  rDev -6.5%

rheimbro, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

djtomain, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of chefjack428
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice copper orange color. Aroma is awesome, i get tangerines, wildflower honey, pine, some mango and green onion...very hopslam like to me. The taste is where this outshines hopslam for me. Really nice citrus up front, with a nicely balance malt sweetness. Some honey and tropical fruits. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouth feel is nice, a little thinner then I expected, but is very smooth. Overall a great DIPA, one of the better ones I have had.

chefjack428, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of edunaye
4.75/5  rDev +11%

edunaye, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Vbloise
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great double IPA! Orange in color, beautiful citrus nose, great hop bite. Alcohol very nicely disguised. I would highly recommend this DIPA to true hop heads; it hits the perfect balance of bitter hops and citrus nose. One of the best DIPAs I've had in a while.

Vbloise, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

BuckTuckian, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -6.5%

jjheinrichs, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ncstateplaya, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

zestar, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of anvilx
4/5  rDev -6.5%

anvilx, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of maxcoinage
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

maxcoinage, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of weltywm
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Dogfish goblet.

Appearance: Deep amber with about 1.5 fingers of head on top. Great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Big, bitter, and citrusy.

Taste: Lots of bitter grassy hops up front, with really orangey and citrusy hops at the finish. A solid malt backbone with some toast or biscuit flavors. Nicely balanced: not too bitter, not too malty.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and easy to drink, with a long bitter finish.

Overall: A very nice offering from Great Lakes; I love almost everything they make. However, I'm not sure I like this one as much as the Lake Erie Monster. Still, I'd definitely buy again.

weltywm, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

billab914, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Leinie
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Leinie, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of jhartley
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 5/4/13) to a poco grande glass.
Beautiful white fluffy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Orange amber color body.
Immediate smells of tropical fruits, peaches and some pine.
Bitter on tip of the tongue then leads into a nice malty finish with some honey taste.
Nice juicy hop taste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Really enjoyed this beer and definitely seek this out again.

jhartley, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of ryancuth
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ryancuth, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ShanePB, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of SHerninko
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA - thx Mr. OneUnder (par)

*Appears very gold, a hint of orange, nice slight head, nice amount of carbonation.
*Smell was very citrusy (lemon, orange), smells like a warm summer day at the beach.
*Tastes are a continuation of the aroma, but as a strong DIPA it adds the piney, hop forward characteristics. Some slight maltiness (that a word?!). Very drinkable for over 9%. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.
*Mouthfeel is typical IPA ramped up a bit. Some bubbles, not too thin, coats the tongue well.
*Overall a great DIPA that you should try if you enjoy this style. I am a "malt-head", but with the right food pairing this is a very enjoyable brew.

SHerninko, Mar 14, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.