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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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2,314 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,314
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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

callmeoz, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of alex021224
4.75/5  rDev +11%

alex021224, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Gomeza
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Gomeza, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a golden amber color with puffy, 1.5 finger white head.

S - Fruity, mango and grapefruit, orange peel. Earthy undertones, good malt bill.

T - Packs a punch, very aggressive on piney hops up front, transforms into a lot of puckery sweetness before fading back into floral, bitter hops. Very good.

M - A tad dry, puckering. Robust.

Overall - An outstanding, outstanding brew by Great Lakes here. Excellent brew.

BeerBuckeye, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of zimm421
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Bottled dated fresh til 5/1/13. Appears a nice dark orange, with as light amber hint. Good off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

Nose is full of hops, tons of pine, citrus, and floral notes. Some underlying sweetness, but it doesn't jump out at you. The taste doesn't completely align with the nose, as the malts are much more present. Lots of resinous pine, as well as the nice honey malts. Very complex, and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with not a lot of carbonation. Works pretty well with everything else going on. Overall this is a great brew, nice and complex, and pretty drinkable for the style. Definitely glad I grabbed this one.

zimm421, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of FievelGoesWest
4/5  rDev -6.5%

FievelGoesWest, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of homebruontap
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

homebruontap, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of MarkFy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MarkFy, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of HopsandVines
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%

Finally Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio has a beer that can compete with the big dogs. There are a few others that are great beers, but the Alchemy Hour is one of the best double IPA's I'd had.

Great color and the nose is a bouquet of fresh flowering hops. You would think it's super bitter for being a double IPA but it's not. There is smooth finish and you can't tel that there is nearly 10% ABV.

A true winner. Thanks Great Lakes

HopsandVines, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of fluidmotion
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

fluidmotion, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of ABOWMan
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a clear honey color with fluffy straw colored head. Aroma is of grapefruit, clove, lemongrass and fresh pine resin. The flavor is reminiscent of ripe ruby red grapefruit, with bready/malty sweetness. Some alcohol in the nose but it Mary's nicely with the hop and malt balance. Mouthfeel is rich and full and the drink ability would be wonderful if the Abu wasn't 9.4% great job GLB.

ABOWMan, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

jampics2, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

buschbeer, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Bonis
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Bonis, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of DogfishJoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DogfishJoe, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of sbricker
4.75/5  rDev +11%

sbricker, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

seeswo, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brandoman63, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
5/5  rDev +16.8%

mjw1200, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of brandonati
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

brandonati, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of HopCraverDave
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: A crisp copper-orange. Nice head retention. Lacing proved to be nice throughout.

S: A bit tropical (grapefruit, pineapple, orange) with a nice aroma, but not overpowering.

T: Tropical aromas translate to taste, but also strikes a nice balance between hoppy bitterness and sweet honey malt. Ends on a slightly bitter note that I find enjoyable.

F: Carbonation level seems on point. Good mouthfeel.

O: Been waiting to try Alchemy Hour since I heard about it a few months ago. A tad sweeter than my normal goto DIPAs/IIPAs , but very tasty. One of the smoothest drinking 9.0+ abv beers I've had.

HopCraverDave, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of thebends1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

thebends1, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4.45/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle best by 5/2/13 poured into Great Lakes snifter:

Pours a brilliant deep clear orange with an off white head that quickly dissipates to a slight ring on the glass. Aroma is of big tropical fruit notes, peach, mango, orange peel, muted pine, booze, honey sweetness. Upfront there is a big pop of tropical fruits followed by a honey sweetness in the middle of the mouth. At the back of the palate the sweetness transitions to a dry finish with grapefruit puckering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light. Deceptively smooth and light, the alcohol is perceptible but well hidden. What alcohol does come through helps cut the sweetness and keep the beer well balanced. A well crafted and enjoyable west coast DIPA by Great Lakes with a midwest uniqueness.

spark3148857, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DStoked, Feb 20, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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