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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,212 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 173 | FT: 12
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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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2013 02:52:45 | More by hollywood_15063
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tstigz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2013 01:37:56 | More by tstigz
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2013 01:25:38 | More by Hugonaut13
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purppy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 01:18:05 | More by purppy
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CloudStrife

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 05/03/13.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a one finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing

S: First thing that hits me is a nice grapefruit hop aroma. This one is certainly on the fruitier side. Does have a good earthy and floral aroma as well. Diggin these mosaic hops. A bit of malt sweetness as it warms.

T: One heck of a tasty IPA. Very floral and again that grapefruit comes through. Has a great bitterness but isnt too much. Alcohol is well hidden in the hops. Sweet malts compliment the bitter hops. Aftertaste is a real earthy.

M: Medium to thick body with a good nectar like quality. Fairly low carbonation. A little sticky but understandable with the amount of hop.

Overall I'm more excited for this beer after trying it. Only got a single but will certainly go back for a 4-pack. Great Lakes continues a solid lineup of beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 00:22:34 | More by CloudStrife
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2013 00:10:08 | More by jplopez21
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My son just told me about this one yesterday but he had not tried it. Today at Save On they were raving about a Columbus Brewing triple IPA which I tried, but they also had this on tap. I had a sample and just had to have more so I bought a half growler.

This is a very finely crafted brew. The color is a little dark for an IPA. The head won't quit. It's huge. The aroma is mostly a very tangy hoppy, but it also has a sweetness to it.

Taste is another story. Or the same story. Perfect balance of very hoppy with sweetness, dark, and unique. It is a huge beer that just feels right and unlike any other. The aftertaste is pretty tangy too. It is sitting big on my palate. I will drink another glass with my pizza in a bit. I know it is going to be perfect.

This may be my favorite Great Lakes ever.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2013 00:08:00 | More by schoolboy
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mebalien

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2013 21:49:09 | More by mebalien
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2013 21:27:03 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 20:56:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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Dirtinabottle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-01-2013 19:31:38 | More by Dirtinabottle
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-01-2013 17:39:09 | More by jminch
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many 12 oz bottles, this one poured into my snifter. Damn, Great Lakes' seasonal releases are killer and affordable!

A - delicious looking beer, pours deep orange off the bottle and settles the same. "Liquid gold," boasted on the label, is an apt description. Average head recedes quickly on the forced pour, not much leftover. NN is very similar.

S - dear god, I've been drinking some good IPAs lately: regular Union Jack, Flower Power, Sculpin; but Alchemy Hour is up there with them. A nice blend of citrus and sweetness. You can smell the honey, much like Hopslam.

T - very balanced. There's a point in the middle of the quaff where you think you're going to be hit with a blast of bitter malt, but it leaves as quickly as it comes, leaving you with the honey to round out the taste.

M - very good as well, though there's an unpleasant bitterness on the top of the mouth that hits around the middle of the taste. A bit too much carbonation brings points down, but mega points for hiding such a sizable alcohol content.

O - I really think that Alchemy Hour is up there with the best of them. I look forward to drinking this one for as long as it remains in season, although it's difficult to choose between IPAs now!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 16:08:08 | More by JamesShoemaker
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dwoolley1

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-01-2013 15:17:52 | More by dwoolley1
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jgagne

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 05:10:48 | More by jgagne
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-01-2013 02:29:42 | More by greg4579
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fmccormi

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stemmed glass; freshness date of May 5, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right hand corner of the label, below the Great Lakes mailing address (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 05/01/13 11157CE”). I believe these are three-month or 90 day freshness periods, so that would make this beer just about four weeks old. I think.

Appearance (3.5): Now this is a proper pour: three and a half fingers of custard-colored head, crackling audibly over a really pretty, reddish-gold body with a rich, glowing character. Retention is moderate, but the lacing is honestly a bit disappointing—just some scattered suds here and there, fat splotches and a few legs of alcohol are apparent.

Smell (4.25): Nice nose on this, a bit unique—dank and slightly garlicky, with juicy citrus underneath. Apricots, honeydew, and tangerine make up the fruitiness, and they complement a honey sweetness in the malt body well—but there’s that green, mild dank scent underneath, too.

Taste (4.0): Really great balance between smooth, sweet honey malt, which mellows out the body substantially, and a bitter, biting hops character which still has a noticeable presence even in the midst of that very mellow, rounded (but not overly strong or rich, either) malt—that honey malt. Damn. Really interesting dynamic. The bitterness is very restrained in the finish, leaving a vegetal-herbal bitterness that clings for a long time, but lightly. The strength of this beer, though, is in the way the honey malt and the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of the hops blend together smoothly. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very smooth with a soft, velvety carbonation and a slightly fuller than medium body, which has a viscous feel. The finish is dry but smooth, and leaves a slightly vaporous feel from the booze (which is really only evident in the feel).

Overall (4.0): This has a really nice smell and an interesting flavor profile, which I like quite a bit, but it also doesn’t quite have the kind of aggressive hops character I was hoping for—not like Lake Erie Monster does, which I love. Still, this is very good, just like a honey-smooth ale loaded with late-boil hops. Glad to have tried, but for my money, give me more Erie Monster.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:28:20 | More by fmccormi
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours crystal clear brilliant orange. A two finger of a foamy, frothy head.

S- A good bit of pine in the hops. A nice bright citrus, mango and peach. A clean, sharp and crisp malt backbone.

T- A relatively low bitterness to start off with. The first thing I notice is the lightly flavored malt, A somewhat breaddy and sugary malt backbone. Then I notice a slight bitterness and a sticky, oily moutfeel, it really coats the mouth and delivers the hop flavors. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is a slight lemon lime flavor, a touch of mango and grapefruit. A really well balanced and delicious DIPA.

M- Big, but just to the point where the alcohol isnt noticeable. A surprisingly low bitterness considering the hop flavor. An oily and sticky mouthfeel and quite full bodied.

O- Great Lakes killed it on this beer. This is my new favorite brew by them. It is superbly balanced and very delicious. It was quite different on tap but very good never the less. Definetly, check this one out if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:19:57 | More by TwelveOunces
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Cfrank

Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle: Beautiful label! I learned that you can actually surf on Lake Erie on occasion!

A: A deep orange hue with a nice off white head that lingers.

S: Delicious sweet smelling nectar.

T: It is delightfully tasteful with favors of honey and citrus and orange and has a little grapefruit finish. One can barely notice the alcohol.

M: Very smooth...nicely carbonated!

O: Fucking fantastic! This is one of the best DIPAs on the market! Great Lakes had outdone themselves. This is my favorite DIPA and will drink this all season!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:12:13 | More by Cfrank
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Lukass

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 02:00:46 | More by Lukass
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HarryHood

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 01:57:48 | More by HarryHood
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2013 01:51:42 | More by rcjennings
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 01:01:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Nfrey

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 00:55:38 | More by Nfrey
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ecut11

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-01-2013 00:26:44 | More by ecut11
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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