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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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2,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 229
Gots: 198 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

shep8821, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of whiterabbit
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured from bottle, nice golden to light copper color, great lacing, short head that dissipates, but light foam remains. Smells awesome, inviting light and sweet. Taste is mango, apricot, light grapefruit, followed but crisp, but not biting piney, Mellow. Not bitter.

Simple put blew me away. I expected good, got great. an absolute must try. Great Lakes puts out some amazing beers, spot on, but this may very well be their finest work to date, and that is saying a lot!. As good as if not better than any DIPA out there, get it, you will be very pleased. Others may have more love and notoriety, but this will stand up against any of them.

Way to go Ohio, you nailed this one!!!

whiterabbit, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BeerBucks, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

laxer8811, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Pensfan0782, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

beergorrilla, Feb 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

hemorhoidzz, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

nrombes, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Holmes698, Feb 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

KevinGordon, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mscudder, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

tdmccarthy, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mjtiernan, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

brewcrew76, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

denimdemon, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

johnnydicfore, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bmoney, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JDizzle, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it.

thecheapies, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zaphog, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception.

Axnjxn, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. snifter

Pours orange-amber with a one and half finger off white head. Above average retention and remnants of lacing on the glass. Big tropical notes accented by floral notes and fresh cut grass and clean alcohol on the nose. Blood orange, passionfruit, pineapple and papaya. Light caramel accents midpalate. Finishes with fairly intense citrus rind upfront that tapers off quite quickly with floral notes and very evident alcohol. Full body that feigns lighter at times, slick and smooth. A solid DIPA that will please those that appreciate a bit of heat with their hops.

chanokokoro, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of HotHands
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark amber, frothy bubbly head.

S - Like a fruit salad -- guava, orange, other citrus and tropical fruits.

T - The taste follows through well and a bit of sweetness complements the fruit flavors. Reminds me of breadfruit. Some caramel comes through. Bitterness is fine, could have used some more wet hops for my liking, but they did a great job with the dry hopping.

M - fine although on the thinner side for the style. Carbonation is a bit low.

Overall - a fine DIPA with some unique flavors. I do enjoy the tropical notes.

HotHands, Feb 26, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.