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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 515 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright golden hue with a relatively thin head that leaves quickly.

Smell is bright and hoppy but not very much citrus. Some yeast.

Bitter forward flavor at first with some maltiness. Hops, light citrus, and honey come through halfway through the glass. Not a bright citrus flavor like many DIPA. More muted and resiny hop character. Smoothes throughout the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny and viscous, could use a bit more carbonation for me.

Overall, it's worth trying if you're a DIPA fan. I credit Great Lakes for not brewing something highly citrus forward that would get lost in the shuffle. It wouldn't be in my top 5 DIPA, but it's certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass 5/25 enjoy by date

A- pours a deep burnt orange, with a 1/4 head, that thins to a lace with some visible carbonation

S- Oranges, mangos, pineapples, grapefruit , tons of citrus, loads of heavy floral scents packed mid sniff, a touch of pine and grapefruit skin on the end

T- Pungent orange and grapefruit right up front, again very floral mid sip, heat from the alcohol can be found also but not overly aggressive, finishes very very bitter.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, soft and juicy in the mouth, leaves the tounge dry and wanting more and the palate destroyed from bitterness

O- Really good DIPA from GLBC, this beer took me by suprise, huge citrus notes, huge floral notes, just all around classic DIPA every thing fits just right.

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Photo of DrewV
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, about a full finger or so of white head on top of a golden amber liquid body. Smell is the typical unique Great Lakes malt aroma, backed up by some floral and fruity hops. Taste is more of the same, following the typical Great Lakes recipe for IPAs. Similar to Lake Erie Monster, but less hoppy and more fruity, although I wouldn't really classify the taste as "fruity". It's more floral and citrus if anything, but either way it's less aggressive than The Monster. Mouthfeel is decent, once again similar to the other Great Lakes offerings. They don't deviate much from their base recipe, and this brew is no exception. However, at 9.4% ABV, it's a high-gravity option that has good flavor and low alcohol presence. All in all, a winner and a solid B+/A- rating.

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Photo of Beejis60
3.14/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- About average.
S- Good nose; kinda sweet, citrus with a touch of alcohol
T- Not that great. VERY boozy, a bit too sweet for an IPA. A bit too floral and too little citrus for what I like in a DIPA. Lake Erie Monster is MUCH better.
M- A bit thin and flat.
O- Meh. Would rather have Lake Erie Monster... or the new Rye of the Tiger when it comes out.

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark apricot, with small white head, carbonation from the bottom, some lacing. 4

Aroma-Grapefruit, orange, piney, lots of citrus, honey, fresh floral arrangement. 4.25

Taste-same as smell, grapefruit is right up front, maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple, orange peel, dried apricot. 4.5

Feel-medium bodied, not watery, perfect ratio of bitterness, coats palate and stays, this is what a double should feel like. 4.75

Overall-More, that's how my mouth feels after a drink. Really solid stuff coming out of Great Lakes these days. High ABV that can hardly be tasted. Priced right, available everywhere in my area, even saw it at a gas station. As good as hopslam, if not better in some ways. 4.5

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Photo of DingleHouse
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite simply the best thing Great Lakes has done. And they don't miss often. Good hop up front but mellows quite nicely. The ABV is sneaky on this one. A couple pints of this will surely wash away the rigors of the day. If HopSlam was to your liking, then you have just found a fine substitute.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of zimm421
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of HopsandVines
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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+.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HopCraverDave
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange/brown, looks almost exactly like honey. Smell is great! Mango, pineapples, grapefruit, smells like a tropical fruit salad. Taste is similar to the scent, grapefruit up front, some pineapple sweetness, finishes bitter with a touch of booze. Drinks very smooth for the ABV. Carbonation is spot on. Great mouthfeel. Great Lakes has really done a great job here. People should seek this out, I would say this is easily on the same league as Hopslam.

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Photo of sdface
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tropical beer to warm your soul and welcome higher temperatures! Pours a dark orange with a lasting head. Grapefruit and citrus with a pineapple sweetness and a slight sharp aftertaste. A nice balance between sweet and bitter. Nicely carbonated and resonates in the mouth. Great Lakes has created one nice DIPA, just sip slowly...this one is very good and very strong! Can't wait to see the new label for this one!

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Slightly hazed brassy orange hue, great showing of lace on the glass. Smells of freshly macerated oranges, birch, peppercorns, fresh cut grass, pineapple skin, guava and alcohol. Smooth, chewy medium body, spicy hop bitterness, very juicy with flavors of dragon fruit, passion fruit, floral, tobacco, faint caramel and underlying breadiness. Noticeable alcohol, agressive bitterness. Bitter semi-sweet finish

A very enjoyable DIPA, this is what I expect from brews that want to tackle this style.

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Photo of BB1313
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Best before 5/3/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden color with a white head which fades pretty quickly. The aromas are amazing. Lots of sweet mango and fresh pineapple. Grapefruit rind is in the mix as well as some "onion/garlic" notes as well in the nose. This smells absolutely wonderful. The flavors are extremely tasty. Malt takes a backseat, but it's still slightly noticeable. There's a great balance between the bitterness from the hops and sweetness from the honey malt. It's a great battle. Tropical flavors, but there's still a subtle earthiness. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It feels light for such a big beer. It's extremely smooth and the carbonation makes this beer dangerously drinkable. There's a kiss of heat, but it's basically non-existent. Alcohol goes basically unnoticed although it'll give you a slap every once in awhile. This is an extremely easy drinking beer.

Bravo! Great Lakes hit a homerun with this one. I'm not being a homer. Hopheads should rejoice!

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New brew from GLBC. Has Mosiac hops which seem all the rage (bred from Simcoe and Nugget).

On tap at the brewery, 10oz pour will run you $6.

Honey-orange elixir served in a snifter. One-finger head lingers then settles to a 3mm rim of white foam. Moderate amount of lacing coats the glass.

Huge tropical notes of mango, pineapple, oranges. Subtle grapefruit and pine.

The tropical notes hit first then nice subdued piney bitterness. Nice.

Nicely carbonated, a bit sticky aftertaste but oh so smooth for a >9%er.

Danger! This is one smooth DIPA. Could easily forget it packs a huge ABV. At $10 for a 4-pack, competes nicely with Ohio's other hop forward brews: Head Hunter and White Rajah.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.