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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
95
world-class

2,316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 197 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

kmos27, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Slemendous
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance
Copper, clear, 2 cm head when poured, consistent carbonation throughout.

Smell
Sweet, floral and piney/honey

Taste
Hits more towards back of the tongue and roof of mouth, a bit sweeter than balanced.

Mouthfeel
Light, pops a bit I guess…

Overall
Solid beer, not great enough that it would be at the top of my list for a pick when sitting down for a strong double IPA.

Slemendous, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ZEB89, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Diane_Brew
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber. Very orange-y. Uuummm. Not very pretty. Like, one of those (what's that birth stone that's that color? Amber? Is it amber?), I dunno that ugly birthstone that is amber color.

S: Grapefruity with some snot.

T: Plain to grapefruit taste. ALL IN ONE SIP! You can really feel it on the outside of your tongue; like a big dong on a Friday night. Like a good once a night beer.

M: Luscious and thick like an Italian man.

O: It won't give you a headache.

Diane_Brew, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of macher0
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to drinking glass - alls I had.

A. Dark copper color with a finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Some laces.

S. Nose has strong malt backbone. Hops are prevelant. Minor notes of cat piss, grass, grain, and pine.

T. Strong malt backbone. A noticeable sweetness. The hops come through as sweet pine. Notes of grass, grain, resin, honey, and multi-grain bread.

M. Not very smooth. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Full body.

O. I was a little disappointed. I felt the sweetness actually lended to the lack of smoothness. This ale was overshadowed by other top shelf DIPAs that came out this season. With that said this is a good beer and worth the 10.99 per 4 pack price. I recommend this but I won't keep it around.

macher0, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of nodder
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nodder, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of koutkid41
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful golden copper. Nice off-white that keeps for awhile. Nice lacing

S: Strong Mosaic hop aroma, really pungent almost a like a pleasant skunk to it. love it. Strong tangerine and hints tropical fruits in full force. Some grass. Alcohol is well hidden nicely.

T: Like the aroma good amount of tangerine with hints of pineapple and mango. Light bready and sweet caramel. Bitterness is soft, not even close to being harsh. Alcohol is still hidden.

M: Lightly sweet not not alot. Light to medium body that goes down smoothly. Really nice.

O: I really really love the mosaic hop, aromas and flavors are amazing. This beer is amazing, really easy to drink beer. An easy decision to be a new go to beer, hope to see this around more.

koutkid41, Mar 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

acehart1, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Maillard, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of StoneTSR
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange. Wisps, tiny wisps, of foam cover small patches of the surface after the half-inch head falls down. There is not a whole lot of lacing, but a few very small spots cling to the glass throughout.

SMELL: Yummy. This beer is FRESH. Very piney. Some grass and citrus notes sneak in behind the pine to round it out. The smell really whets the palate for this one.

TASTE: Wow. The taste is just as good as the smell. A wonderfully bitter (and quite grassy) backbone is the base for a wide array of hop and malt flavors to dance around on. The hops contribute pine, a touch of lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit, in addition to that nice grassiness. The honey and malt sweeten it to the point of almost making it a dessert beer. There is a lot going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, but balanced. The body is medium to full and it has a very pleasant stickiness to it, reminiscent of Oskar Blues Gordon/G'Knight.

OVERALL: I LOVE Hopslam. This is on par with Hopslam.

StoneTSR, Mar 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Aknight90, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

azdback, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

themanilow, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

MaximumYuks, Mar 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Axic10, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Soloveitchik, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

elevatedgreens, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

MPPHISH, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Doublicious, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

skubas86, Mar 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

dbkdev, Mar 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

NewGlarusFan, Mar 13, 2014
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.