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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
95
world-class

2,297 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 190 | 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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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-15-2013 02:49:33 | More by maxcoinage
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

03-15-2013 01:07:29 | More by weltywm
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-14-2013 23:00:02 | More by billab914
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Leinie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-14-2013 22:15:18 | More by Leinie
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

03-14-2013 22:00:19 | More by jhartley
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ryancuth

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-14-2013 19:16:56 | More by ryancuth
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-14-2013 15:18:59 | More by ShanePB
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

03-14-2013 14:43:12 | More by SHerninko
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Roger85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-14-2013 03:46:39 | More by Roger85
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Dirt

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-14-2013 01:01:21 | More by Dirt
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to.

03-14-2013 00:14:06 | More by bobhits
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2013 23:40:30 | More by Segelstrom
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

This poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention is thin with a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a big malt balance to it. The taste of the beer is hoppy with a boozy malt flavor, slightly fruity and floral tasting. The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, it's worth trying.

03-13-2013 23:37:46 | More by Knapp85
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-13-2013 23:23:54 | More by DonFrap
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz bottle (best before 05/03/13) poured into a Milkshake Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Initially hazy copper-orange-amber beer with bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Off-white head about 1/4" thick upon poured died back to a persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent strands of lacing noted. Some of the haze goes away as the beer warms up and the beer gets a bit brighter in appearance.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and some other tropical fruit under it all. Not papaya, not mango...I've smelled it but I can't place it. Ripe and inviting tropical fruit smell.

Taste: Well blended flavors here. Smooth hoppiness of front - quick burst of citrus and tropical fruit, then moves smoothly into a malty middle which serves as a counterbalance to the start and finish of this beer. After that, another quick but smooth transition into a longer hoppy piney finish. The flavors are distinct and move quickly one after another, but it's not abrupt. You get the flavor, then it goes away quickly as another one steps in to let you know it's there, and then it goes away again to make for another flavor. Only the finish lingers, but even that finish is not overpowering or dominating on the palate - you'll get the whole combination again with every sip. Or at least I did. Well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, just south of creamy in regards to thickness. Surprisingly not too sticky on the teeth and not a lot of hop oil all over the place despite how hoppy this beer is. Nicely done.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall a finely crafted DIPA - a good version of the style. Drinkability is quite good as well. Many DIPAs I usually need to stop at one due to the high ABV or the fact that the hops thrashed my palate and I need to stop, this one though, I want another, but I have to work tonight so I'll stop at one. My palate is not worn out by this beer either. The beer went well with food (burger and baked beans) and I'm glad I got a 4 pack. Time to save the rest over a few upcoming evenings. Quite a good DIPA.

03-13-2013 23:01:32 | More by damndirtyape
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ryanpj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2013 22:37:12 | More by ryanpj
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2013 22:18:24 | More by williamjbauer
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2013 20:40:35 | More by wmobley
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ESeab

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2013 20:19:12 | More by ESeab
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litheum94

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-13-2013 14:11:23 | More by litheum94
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2013 07:53:53 | More by mnphish
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Danno

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-13-2013 04:58:34 | More by Danno
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Spider889

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2013 03:18:54 | More by Spider889
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Abbbp

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +11.9%

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

03-13-2013 02:30:11 | More by Abbbp
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2013 01:29:45 | More by Hopstout
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.