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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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2,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 231
Gots: 204 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BigTrubble, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jaxray8
5/5  rDev +16.6%

jaxray8, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of LSMroz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

LSMroz, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can never turn down a new brew from Great Lakes. Especially a DIPA. Alchemy Hour pours out seemingly thick and quiet into the glass - amber in color with light, copper edges and decent clarity. A thick, foamy head emerges slowly; light beige, leaving very nice lacing on its way down.

The aroma is quite nice; tropical and fruity with noticeable mango, pineapple, and guava. Right alongside the tropical madness is a spicy counterpart, made up of light white pepper and a mildly abrasive hop profile; ashy, herbal, leafy. Caramel malts are plentiful enough to be picked out on the nose, but it's not fooling anybody. This beer is all about the hops, and the aroma will clearly signify that.

Mild sweetness in the form of honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot - just a few of the things I notice upon taking my first sip. Immediately after, however, I'm quickly hit with a growing bitterness and the vegetal hops come alive before you get a chance to appreciate the citrus. Earthy, herbal, and a bit of spice, most likely white pepper. Some light alcohol is present in the taste and provides a strong, warming feeling. Malts give off a solid and surprisingly well-balanced attack of light buttered bread and caramel. There's a nice, lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a dying ashy hop flavor - very mild citrus.

So being the slow drinker I am, I actually enjoyed this over the course of close to 45 minutes. And by the end, as the temperature of the beer got much closer to room, the flavor profile changed quite a bit. The bitterness was much more tame, there was a big-time honey flavor in the aftertaste, and the fruits just exploded - such juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot - again, all sealed with a sweet honey coating. It almost felt like I was drinking two different beers - both of which were delicious. The ashy and bitter DIPA mixed with the fruity and sweet DIPA. Quite impressive. A bit sticky on the mouth, full bodied and slick.

Great Lakes basically never lets me down. Alchemy Hour is no exception. This is a fantastic, readily available (in the Midwest) DIPA with a great flavor profile, and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles that were barely two weeks old. I'll definitely be getting more.

tectactoe, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TonyY, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pat316, Mar 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

troegaarden, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

reitzbrewing, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of joliok
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

joliok, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Ctruskey, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Nicolas_James, Mar 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

twbeecher, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice gorgeous copper to bronze beer color, a little opaque just a tad, but a real large billowing off white head three fingers deep and thick. I settles easily to a one finger puck and hangs with lots of slow rising carbonation. Very nice looking.

Hop front but also a real nice balanced mix of sweet malts. Mild earth with a hint of tropical pineapple a bit. Clean smelling and fairly dry. Even a hint of briny character.

A very juicy palate, complimenting the hops but with a bigger density. There is that classic toasty baked bread Great Lakes finish. I get this on almost every beer they brew and love it, classic toasty bread malts, then a mixing pine rush. Mid palate fills with light bodied tropical fruit and a good mix of orange citrus hop bent. Good caramel mixing sweetness on this.

One easy drinking DIPA. I don't care for Erie monster at all (Probably the only GL brew I've had I don't like), but they got this one right.

smakawhat, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

msigona85, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Blueribbon666, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

rjl910953, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jpd026, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

teamwiggum, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HippieHops, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"enjoy by 4/30/13"

A - Crystal clear amber body with ample offwhite head. That's the way it ought to be

S - This is the most mango-smelling thing I've ever encountered (including mangoes). Luckily, it also involves a pungent and bitter hop component in addition to the "holy-fuck-this-is-full-of-tropical-fruit-aromas-specifically-mango" thing.

T - The nose is a tough act to follow, and the taste does a reasonably good job. It's got a lot of the fruity components, but the bitterness is a bit earthier than i like in this style. Still nice, but not world-class here.

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - great smell, good taste. A great addition to GL's seasonal portfolio.

ColdPoncho, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

NoProblem, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ystazi, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of suspect
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a UMASS shaped pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop forward. Nice malt profile.

T: Brings a perfectly balanced flavor but the hops really shine. Most excellent.

M: Medium bodied, nice smooth finish.

O: Solid, good, DIPA. DIdn't blow me away and at this price point, it's good, but not great.

suspect, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

hollywood_15063, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

tstigz, Mar 02, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.