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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

2,406 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,406
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 262
Gots: 221 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ESeab
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mnphish
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Danno
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowey reddish orange color with a bright ivory head. Some pachy sticky lace.

S: Mouth watering super light citrus with piles of bright, dank tropical fruit. Cotton candy? The maltiness is easy going with toast, leaves, and bread dough. Enjoyable to smell.

T: Taste is loaded with juicy hops and chewy malt. Passionfruit (like in a Greek yogurt I had recently minus the yogurt), citrus, peach, pear, cantaloupe, and a good amount of doughy backdrop, or maybe instead, doughy hop medium. Pine frosted fruit.... This beer is pretty awesome.

M: Sticky, dense, and full of substance. Some grainy-resinous texture mixed into the well carbonated slightly syrupy body. Tingly through the finish.

O: Oversll this beer is great. It's very enjoyable and easily likeable. By no means a session beer but I expect I'll be returning to this one often when in a fun DIPA mood.

Photo of Buttermilk
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Daktah
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to try this given the other reviews, and it did not disappoint. Poured bright orange, just a touch hazy. Foamy and light head that dissipated fairly quickly, with noticeable lacing left behind. Smell was great - tropical and citrus fruit, a little spiciness, breadiness, a touch of pine and a presence of alcohol. Taste was similar - tropical fruit up front with solid bitterness and the fresh dough taste I've found in most Great Lakes beers. Alcohol is there, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the medium/medium-light side for a DIPA, but makes for an easy drinking 9.4%.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm happy to have found. Given recent revisits to some other DIPAs that I thought were amazing at the time, Alchemy Hour does very well in comparison.

Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by the middle o' may

clearish amber look, smells of rubbing alcohol and numbing hops. taste is sweet and husky, tons of crushing hops and burning alcohol; it's syrupy and sticky. tangerine.

a hopslam imitator/competitor? naw, just a solid ~10% IPA, give it a try.

Photo of ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure copper, 2 fingers of foamy head

S - aroma is definitely hoppy with loads of citrus, but well balanced with a good amount of malt in the backbone

T - very well balanced, hops certainly are prominent - lots of grapefruit and piney hops, but a full bready untertone evens it out

M - full, thick, smooth. Well-hidden alcohol, good amount of carbonation

O - Not the hop-bomb like Lake Erie Monster is (not that it's a bad thing....) very well-balanced, clean taste, very drinkable.

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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another solid offering from great lakes, just picked up a four pack and I'm glad I did.

The look is good, a solid orange and amber color that is actual pretty clear and bubbly for a double. Decent lacing from a bubbly white head.

The smell is pretty nice, and has some citrus, banana, exotic fruit, and grassy notes, and also a kind of warm vanilla malt note too that I havent gotten in many ipas or dipas, in some ways it is almost like an exotic fruit cocktail. Some more spicy notes to the hops too, which a hint of alcohol complexity as well.

The taste has a nice cereal malt base with some nice hops at the start, some surprising booze as it warms up. Nice spices, grass/weed like hop flavors and huge hop esters, honey, banana (interesting), tropical pineapple, and a bit of earthiness. It is a really nice complex DIPA flavor that also drinks pretty easy for me.

The feel is carbonated pretty heavily, definitely can feel some alcohol as well. The feel leaves some nice bitterness on the tongue and actually has a nice body in contrast to the sort of heavy carbonation.

overall, I like this beer a lot and would buy more. Their price point is very good, especially compared to other beers in DC that are available.

Photo of lunarbrew
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber with about 2 fingers of khaki head that dies fast. Rests with a fine lacing surfacing the entire beer. Beer smells sweet, and fresh. I pick up floral hops and clovers. A little bit of a bright berry flavor hides in the background. The beer has a pretty special flavor. Sweet, a little grainy, and a burst of very crisp hops. I get the clover flavor again which is more pronounced in the taste. The aftertaste is wonderful. A very bitter and peppery flavor lingers on my palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a higher than average carbonation. The beer is not too creamy--instead has a crisper character. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resin-soaked head that has great persistence and laces slightly along the edge of the glass. Massive aroma of pine and citrus rind. Brilliant, clear dark honey color. Starts off MASSIVELY with pine and slightly citric hop bitterness. Builds into a high bitterness (with a brief flash of metallic [which isn't bad here]) as the malt cuts through to add a pleasant sweetness of bread. The finish is a lingering piney hop resin that has notes reminiscent of citrus fruit and flowers. It is not a cumulative bitterness, though, which is wonderful. If you let it sit long enough, the sweet malt comes back from the finish.

Overall, I like this one. I'm not CRAZY about the hop profile (heavy pine, and a somewhat-persistent bitterness), but it's easily in the better half in regards to IIPA's. Great mouthfeel and a lovely look. If you see it, definitely grab it!

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,406 ratings.