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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,313 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 195 | 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:
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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

tripledbrew, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Cheezus
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Cheezus, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of BryanK
4/5  rDev -6.5%

BryanK, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MDIMOS, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dbert21, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Danielr26, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I learn more about surfing from beer than anywhere else... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, deep grape, light toffee, grass, mixed greens, and a decent amount of chlorinated hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chlorine is thankfully diminished (nearly gone entirely) and there's significantly more citrus rind to be found. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but one that exhibits occasional characters than just don't endear it to me.

TMoney2591, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

SaintJonah, Feb 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

BeerDunson, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a clear golden coloratin. Active carbonation noted. The head is biege about a finger and a half high. Nice head retention even inspite of the mustache. Thick lacing noted on the glass marking this beers very rapid passage.

S- The cool kids would say this beer was dank. The aroma of the beer is very pungent. The hops bring a major load of mango, citrus, grapefruit, pine oily resin, very floral aromas.

T- Major hop explosion in my mouth. Very pungent and bitter mango, citrus, grapefruit and yes pine oilyness. Nicely bitter finish this beer is very nearly without mercy in terms of hops.

M- The body is medium and oily with hops. The bitterness is long lasting but very pleasing. Not a hint of the alchol in the mouth.

O- This beer is delicious and dam near everything I hope for in a DIPA.

nlmartin, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%

Sampled the other day at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown.

Not terrible, but very much a "mehhh..." DIPA. At least for me, this beer is a bit too sweet and isn't nearly hoppy enough. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would prefer as well. Can't see myself ordering this one again any time soon.

John_M, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Shatter, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brav23, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jgreenward, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

metalgdog, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

mzeld, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Pours a amber/copper. Light pencil think head that dissipates very quickly, tiny amount of carbonation rising. Honestly, not a lot going on. a bit unimpressive.

S - WOW, lots of hops. Deep citrus flavors specifically grapefruit and some spices i cannot specifically identify. small scent of lemon.

T - Hops hit like a hammer. Piney, carmel, grapefruit and lemon in the middle. Real acidic as it goes down. Certain grapefruit taste.

M - Grapefruit lingers like like you just ate the entire fruit. Getting a maybe a semi froth feel.

O - wish it was thicker, viscosity is low. missing carbonation and frothiness some excellent IIPAs have. I personally love grapefruit so I like this. But, I wish the sweetness and bitterness could have been more mellowed together. I felt it was sweet in front and a very bitter lingerer.

weonfire, Feb 25, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,313 ratings.