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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,348 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 229
Gots: 204 | 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 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
Photo of msigona85
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

msigona85, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Blueribbon666, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of rjl910953
4/5  rDev -6.8%

rjl910953, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

teamwiggum, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of HippieHops
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
Photo of NoProblem
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

NoProblem, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ystazi
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
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

tstigz, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Hugonaut13, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of purppy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

purppy, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

CloudStrife, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jplopez21, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

schoolboy, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mebalien
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mebalien, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Rhettroactive, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dirtinabottle, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev -6.8%

jminch, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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!

JamesShoemaker, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

dwoolley1, Mar 01, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.