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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

2,399 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,399
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 258
Gots: 216 | 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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle today (3/22/13), no birth date but best drink by 5/20/13, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/22/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4 - dark amber-brown color, solid clarity (probably filtered), minimal vertical bubbles and legs, one finger frothy white head that resolves into subtle glass lacing; unfortunately, the least impressive aspect of this solid beer

S: 4.5 - atypical smell for an imperial IPA - subtle peach, tangerine, even white grape/wine bouquet that doesn't overpower the nostrils; I don't have much experience with Mosaic but this reminds me a lot of Nelson Sauvin or other South Pacific instead of PW hops

T: 4.5 - minimal, subtle bitterness with predominant honey sweetness and slight booziness; this is exactly what I'd expect from a Midwest ("third coast") imperial IPA, nice lingering sweetness in the mouth

M: 4.25 - mild booziness but definitely don't taste the 9+%, a little thin but solid carbonation and lingering flavors

O: 4.5 - I watched the review of this beer on BeerGeekNation and, after Chris' stellar review, felt like I needed to try it; like I said, this is exactly what I expect and want from a Midwestern DIPA with a nice balance of sweetness and hop flavor; however, I prefer the huge hop (dank, piney, resiny) aroma of typical PW DIPAs like Maharaja or Pliny the Elder to this this, but it's certainly well-crafted and balanced; suffice it to say though, it blows the 2013 Hopslam out of the water

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a sticky white head - good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit, pine, and mango backed by a nice floral bouquet.

A nice sharp citrus bite - bitter orange and grapefruit giving way to sweet ruby red grapefruit and mango notes. A slick somewhat substantial malt backbone is there to hang the other flavors on. A very good DIPA. Definitely a tasty brew.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper with some haze to it. Nice fluffy off white head with great retention. Very nice, sticky lacing, leaving big rings.

S: Mainly tropical with sweet grapefruit and oranges. A honey/flowery smell to it to. A bit of resinous and very slight pine lurking in the background with some toffee malt.

T: Nice and juicy tropical fruits. Floral. Honey like sweetness from the honey malt I would assume? Big dose of carmel and toffee malts for a really nice malty backbone. It could use a bit more resinous piney hops, but those might have faded off a bit by now. Other than that, its pretty damn amazing.

M: Medium to fuller body for the style. Average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel.

O: Pretty good drinkability for the ABV. The tropical/sweeter style of this Double IPA is right in my wheelhouse. A bit like Abrasive, but not as much intense, in your face hops and maybe a bit sweeter. Overall, one of my new favorite double IPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Tulip
From: Plum Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $11 a four pack

Appearance: a deep orange color with a good hint of red. pretty good clarity. Two finger off white head that leaves behind a lacing.

Smell: citrus and pine hops. a bit of toasty malts. stronger on the hop end

Taste: opens up with a strong kick of citrus, followed by slight pine that mixes with toasty malts. some bitterness but the sweetness of the malts keep this to a minimum

Mouthfeel: slight bitterness. slight warmth. good carbonation

Overall: I have just been all about the Great Lakes recently and for good reason. They make a lot of killer beers and at a competitive price. This one does not disappoint. wonderfully complex and tasty. Not overly bitter and good balance. Almost a perfect DIPA for me. Can't wait to try another Great Lakes brew

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,399 ratings.