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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
96
world-class

2,377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 236
Gots: 209 | 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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Photo of MDIMOS
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dbert21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SaintJonah
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of nlmartin
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Shatter
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of brav23
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ZRT
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

Photo of kuranes
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours thick and covers the spectrum from golden to amber. Lingering, balanced head that sticks around and to the glass.

S: Extremely floral hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, mango, and other tropical fruits.

T: This is what IPAs are supposed to taste like. Strong notes of honey, pine, orange, caramel. Very well-balanced with sweetness and bitterness both present in strength.

M: Damned good for the ABV. Not sticky.

Great Lakes has really outdone themselves with this beer. It is one of the best DIPAs I've ever had and joins the Blackout Stout and Christmas ale as one of GLBC's best offerings.

Photo of boot11222
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of meanmutt
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a FFF Teku.

A: Semi-aggressive pour yields about 1.5" of off-white head. The beer is a golden amber color.

S: Smell is apricots, Juicy Fruit, and oranges.

T: Much like the smell, oranges, apricot, and Juicy Fruit comes thru even more in the taste. The hop bite comes through in the finish.

M: If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be the mouthfeel. I would like just a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite DIPA's. Truly a great beer. Admittedly, I am a huge Great Lakes Brewing Company fan, but this beer is even better than I hoped for. Awesome.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal Double IPA!!

Pours out a deep orange with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is packed with hops! Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, some sweet orange and a touch of pine. Smells slightly sweet as well with hints of bready malt notes.

The taste is also very hop forward. It has a lot of the same tropical fruits like mango, apricot and grapefruit followed by sweet orange and some pine. There is a decent amount of a honey character that helps balance the beer out between sweet and bitter and some bready notes to finish it all off. Finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the body is on the lighter side of medium. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste, but there is a very slight warming as it goes down. Extremely easy to drink!

A great new offering from Great Lakes and a hopheads dream!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nerdylumberhopster
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really bold foray for Great Lakes, who has always made great brews, but this one is a standout. As a double IPA it is everything you would want and then some.

Pours with about 1/4" of foamy head and minimal lacing, that disappears in about one minute leaving a beautiful golden clarity that lives up to name. Very forward citrusy aroma with a hint of honey. Hopheads will love the ample Mosaic and nugget hops dosage which dominates the flavor, as it should, but is still balanced by a solid malt base and trails into some honey notes again as well. Drinkable as hell and the 9.4% makes for an enjoyable time as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.