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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 thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper-honey-orange colored, with a moderate-sized white head and some lacing. A strong aroma of big, hoppy goodness with grapefruit, pine and resin most prominent, the same notes also carrying over into the flavor. Medium bodied with nice hop bitterness on the backend, but not at all as bracing as West Coast examples. I prefer just a tad more malt backbone (there's a hint of honey sweetness and some tropical fruits), but still fairly well balanced. Better than many of the current crowd favorites that are all hop aroma and flavor with no malt and no bitterness at all. This is a great beer.

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Photo of NavyGoat
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a bottle of Chillwave Double IPA from a friend. What a very good IPA. Very hoppy but not too much. Great tasting IPA that I would drink again. The look, the feel; all rolls up into a beer that I would recommend!

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Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day.

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Photo of Big_V
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Great Lakes brew. Aroma is superb. Tangerines, mango, apricots. Hoppy juicy mouthful followed by piney resin finish. A little alcohol on the finish. Went and got another 4 pack.

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

Perfect beer for hop heads who want that great, bitter flavor. The aroma on this brew is what really sets it apart and makes it unique. As an Ohioan who loves Great Lakes and Ohio brews, this is one of my favorites!

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottled on March 5, 2015
A- copper-orange hue with small white head. Small bubbles that left a good lace down the glass.
S- straight mango and tropical fruit with some apricot and citrus notes as well.
T- follows the nose with mango, honey, sweet malt balance.
M- medium, avg carbonation, hides the big abv well.
O- really good DIPA. Up there in the upper echelon.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby color, solid head. Smells fruity maybe a little cherry blossom and honeydew. Taste follows the nose but is more boozy. Reminds me of hopslam

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Photo of pmsmith440
4.96/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best double IPA's I have ever tasted. Incredibly balanced, nice hop vs. fruit hit, great drinkability. Not nearly as bitter as you would expect for 9+ ABV (will sneak up on you quickly if having more than one). Terrific IPA!!

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

A - 4.25 - A beautiful orange Amber
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit and rind but balanced with some sweet malt
T - 4.5
MF - 4.5 - Medium heavy
O - 4.5 - My kind of DIPA.

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Photo of ThomasJ25
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had my first one last night and I have to say it's a really solid DIPA. Still not up there with Heady, Pliny, Dinner, but it belongs with that crowd as it is extremely drinkable and has an amazing aroma.

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Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 5/7/15.

A- A clear orange color with a rather small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Wow, I smelled this beer immediately when I popped the cap. Tons of mango and citrus on the nose. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Notes of mango and citrus give way to a some sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, bittter, yet refreshing.

Great DIPA.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/1/15, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves quickly to thin lace.

S - Awesome. First and second inhale, mangoes and tropical fruit, thereafter it is more balanced with sea salt and touch of onion.

T - Where to start? Hops in the forefront following the nose, but balanced by some honey sweetness. Some back end heat (expected at near 10%), some biscuit like notes, and a salty hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, but enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky sweet.

O - This, admitedly, is my favorite style, and I found this to be a worthy contender for the upper echelon of the category. The fact that it is available and decently priced here is a plus.

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Photo of ConradSomm
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never would have guessed this was 9.5 ABV. Mosaic hops really shine through and balance the high alcohol nicely. Need to get some more of this before it is gone.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice amber in color, slight orange tint in it, nice 1 finger of off white head at the top and left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Great nose on this brew, some nice tropical fruit throughout, hints of biscuit, grapefruit, strawberrys and some light note of caramel on the tail end.

T: Super fantastic in flavor, the notes from the nose are prominent on the tongue some grassy notes on the tail end. Great flavors.

M: Medium bodied, mid carbonation, good bitterness.

O: Really glad I was able to get my hands on a 4 pack of this, great flavors and super well balanced. Great Lakes Brewing is putting out some really good brews, super happy with them. This might be my favorite from them.

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Photo of Terp96
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well done. A little darker amber, looking more on the English style. Aroma is nice and floral, not overly citrusy or piney but balance. Taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. There is a nice honey sweetness that balances the beer nicely. Very smooth and finishes clean. Very well done.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with an off white head, which sticks around. Aroma offers some honey, florals, peach,toast and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity; honey, peach and orange with light pine in the finish and some toasted caramel(?) malt underneath. Very mild alcohol, felt more than its tasted. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, glad I gave this a second chance because I like it a lot more this time around. Not my favorite of the style, probably a touch sweeter than I needed, but I am definitely a fan. Would drink again happily.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big Edmund Fitgerald fan and a hophead so grabbed one when I first saw it. This is very well made, smooth hoppy, high ABV beer that hits the mouth smoothly and goes down easily. Surprisingly a little sweet on the tongue. Wow, 9.5 barely noticeable. Very, very hoppy with little secondary flavor like citrussy or floral. I'm repeating...very smooth, high ABV not noticeable, but I guess I was hoping for something really exceptional from Great Lakes in a double, some kind of unique flavor touch. But you won't be disaapointed either way.

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Photo of frozen-1984
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is a good amber color mild carbonation. Smells off the hook tropical pineapple mangoes maybe passion fruit. Taste is the same huge tropical notes with a slight malty mouth. Feel is full and thick with a great aftertaste. Overall a great beer. Cheers great Lakes

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional DIPA. I happen to prefer a more hop-centric and floral nose in IPAs / DIPAs and that is the only detractor (if you could call it such) in my review. I am glad to have a couple more bottles to enjoy!

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, but very active, dark, coppery amber brew. Good size white head, fluffy, with excellent retention and leaving behind tons of thick lacing.

Fruity, sweet hoppy aroma from the moment it's poured. Mango and watermelon, with a hint of citrus and peel behind, and caramel from the malt. Almost a touch of peppery rye bread sneaking through.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of brown sugar and caramel from the malts; followed by a sweet, juicy, citrus-and-pine note from Nugget hops; and finished with a dank, flowery note from Mosaic hops. The hop profiles really come through that distinct; anyone familiar with those varietals will definitely notice them right away.

Smooth and drinkable; long, oily finish; some warming heat on the back-end, but nothing indicating the relatively high ABV (9.4%). Relatively full-bodied for the style, especially as it warms, but not at all syrupy.

This is an excellent DIPA, with a great hop profile without ignoring a great malt body. Big beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting patiently like a monk for this offering. LOVE the GL seasonals, absolute standouts. Medium amber with a hint of head into the tulip (my BA bro Jens4212 supplying the fresh bottle, and sampling side by side). Grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits (he mentioned papaya, I haven't had it), some bitterness also standing out in the aromas. Huge mango explosion on the front of the tongue for me, some warming alcohol, and just the juiciest, tropical IPA you could want. Finishes crisp and clean, with a hint of the tropical note. Excellent inspiration for what can be done with those HOPS! The circle of fantastic GL seasonals has been completed. I'd recommend trying them all.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head that dissipates to almost nothing but a ring. Very nice amber red hue with perfect clarity.

S: Ripe fruit cantaloupe and mango and a like gummy bear candy smell

T: A lot like the nose mango fresh cantaloupe and some pineapple some residual bitterness on the end and surprisingly sweet

M: Fairly light to medium finishes fairly clean without clinging too much

O: This beer is drinking a lot better than I remember it from last year. It has some interesting bitterness on the end and it's a touch overly sweet but it's got a lot of fruit flavors that pop. I had this when it was alchemy hour and thought it was mind bending last year as Chill a Wave not so much. It is tasting pretty damn good now.

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

Doing a side-by with juju. Deeper orange color. Incredible hop aroma. Full citrus. Juju thicker and sweeter and smoother. Tie. Ohio rocking the IPAs. I was almost going to skip buying Chillwave in bottles. So glad I didn't. One of Great Lake's best.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold.

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Photo of bacabuck
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: great color. Clear with slight lacing.
S: deep citrus on the nose. Orange blossoms
T: tart hops. Slight bitter finish.
F: perfect carbonation. As Lawrence Welk used to say " tiny bubbles"

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