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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

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 228
Gots: 199 | FT: 10
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 enelson
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

enelson, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoah, Great Lakes doing a DIPA???!? Consider me officially stoked...

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. Alchemy Hour pours a pleasant, mostly clear, rich, vibrant, honey gold color. A careful pour yields about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head. Lacing is sticky and persistent, leaving moderate streaks along my glass. Head retention is good, with a quick swirl causing it to come roaring back.

S. Wow, Great Lakes has nailed the nose here. Extremely tropical and sweet, with a lot of pineapple, mango, tangerine. The sweetness presents mainly as a honey-like quality. At the back of the bouquet sits a slap of dankness. The herbal and resin bite on the back-end is a nice compliment to the citrus notes that precede. A very well rounded, balanced nose...loaded with complexity but with no one note dominating.

T. Exactly as the nose would suggest, Alchemy Hour is a big, tropical, resinous bomb of a DIPA. It's all sticky honey and mango up front, before pineapple joins the party. Pineapple fades to mango and then grapefruit emerges before a pine blast finishes things up. The finish is equal parts of everything that went before, with just a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious DIPA.

M. There's just a touch of booze at the end that detracts slightly. Otherwise, it's incredibly well balanced considering how prominent the flavors are in this beer. Make no mistake...this is a sweet, more malted DIPA, but that is exactly what they say they are going for. The convergence of the West and East Coast styles.

O. I have to say I am surprised. Lake Erie Monster (Great Lakes' other DIPA) has never been very enjoyable for me, so when Great Lakes said they were chasing a West Coast styled DIPA, I didn't have the highest hopes. It's not their fault, they just seem to specialize in balanced, middle of the road, high quality lagers and ales. Well color me impressed. Alchemy Hour DIPA is easily one of the best beers I have had in recent memory, and is a top notch DIPA in every regard. This reminds me a great deal of Hopslam in its balance and sweetness. A spectacular, must-try achievement from a brewery that doesn't miss often. I love you Great Lakes!

siege06nd, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-amber with moderate off-white head and minor lacing.

Smell: Holy tropical goodness! Lots of peach, mango and grapefruit. Aroma is both sweet and dry.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, from both the malts and the hops. Layers of tropical fruits, with peach, mango and grapefruit most prominent. Finish is not so sweet, with some spiciness and bitterness. There is also a light berry taste, that I also noticed on New Belgium Rampant I had previous to this. I have heard that Mosaic hops can have a berry-like finish.

Feel: Both full and light bodied at the same time, which I sometimes get from higher alcohol beers with honey. Very smooth. Finish is nicely dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: This is an extremely good DIPA that I think is much better than the more boozy tasting and borderline cloying Lake Erie Monster. Actually, this is about the closest beer to Hopslam that I have had, albeit with different hops. Fantastic job, Great Lakes!

bsp77, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of mojo525
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

mojo525, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

SaxmanRick, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

brn9000, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

elec, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Gtg642, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

bpfrush, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was quite nice although not too IPA like. It was very strong of a candied sugar aroma with some citrus and sugared fruit aromas. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a bready nature as well as the lightest bit of pine and earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with the sweetness being, just as the nose discerns, with a strong candy taste with notes of fruitiness of pear, apple, and some citrus. As the flavors advance tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and some mango and papaya hit the tongue. The candied and fruit flavors remain throughout, although they lessen as the flavor advances. While the candied flavors dwindle the hop flavors get stronger in the middle and the end. A blend of grapefruit and pine hop start making their presence more known. In the end they get much more potent where they are joined by a peppery spice leaving an interesting taste blend of a resinous and bitter yet semi sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather low. The creaminess was quite nice for blending the sugary and hoppy flavors together in harmony while the carbonation made for a nice sipping beer.

Overall – For a 9% abv brew the alcohol was very well concealed by the sweeter and hoppier flavors of the brew. While the alcohol was well hidden, it was still a nice slow drinking brew due to its resinous aftertaste and creamier body. It was a nice drinking double and one I would recommend for a try.

Darkmagus82, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of wedge
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

wedge, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of durwood64
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

durwood64, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of wembly13
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

wembly13, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is orange with a half inch of off white head. The aroma brings citrus, pepper, bready malts, alcohol heat. Interesting flavor. Malt and pepper balanced with hops. Isopropyl alcohol in both the scent and flavor. A bit odd. While this beer presents some nice flavors, it's a bit off overall.

Huhzubendah, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

gatornation, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My pour yielded a finger of active, fizzy head which was a light sandy color. This dissolves in about a minute, leaving a frothy ring on top of a coppery yellow-orange body. A steady stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top, and a light haze is revealed to be quite a lot of fine particles suspended in the beer.

The smell on this bad boy is strong grapefruit with pine, and a subtle hint of caramel.

Initial flavor is grapefruit and a caramel note. This transitions with a hint of juiciness into bitter pine and a deep crackery/bready malt. Light alcohol ending.

This is a good medium bodied beer. It rolls enjoyably and easily around over the tongue.

I was not a huge fan of this beer when I first drank it. After drinking a few, I realized that it is a good representative of the style. While I do prefer beer to push the envelope a little more, I have to give kudos to Great Lakes for a solid beer.

CFHMagnet, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Lurkerson
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Lurkerson, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of funcooker78
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

funcooker78, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tjdemon
4/5  rDev -6.8%

tjdemon, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

nmann08, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - amber with an orangish hue; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - huge citrusy aromas, grapefruit, some sweet sugary notes, a hint of alcohol, faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, faint toast, huge grapefruit notes, piny, big bitter finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty good DIPA. The alcohol is prevalent but it's not overpowering. It is a bit heavy at times. The malts tend to out shine the hops at first, but the bold hop character takes over as the beer warms. It has a nice, intensely bitter finish. For such a big beer it has good drinkability which is helped by it's balance. In the end, this is good beer that I would definitely have again.

tdm168, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Buckeye982
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Buckeye982, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes pub. Served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a finger of off-white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit, mango, citrus, some earthy hop aromas and caramel malt sweetness.

T- Similar to the aroma, very powerful fruity hops, heavy on the tropical and citrus, which is very fresh and vibrant. A bit of earthy hops and garlic. The caramel malt holds everything together nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- The best IPA I've had from Great Lakes, one of my favorites from them overall, this is a really delicious beer that takes a great take on the West-Coast hop profile. I'll definitely be having this again next time it's available.

WillCarrera, Mar 07, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.