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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

2,175 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 206
Gots: 167 | 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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Gibhops

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-03-2014 04:36:13 | More by Gibhops
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Steve_Trick

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-03-2014 00:13:59 | More by Steve_Trick
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2014 23:21:22 | More by Blaze5445
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2014 22:23:00 | More by BillRoth
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange amber color. Medium-sized rocky white head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a big pine hop bouquet. Huge bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a complex hop bill. I detect notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit and chewy, resiny bitterness. The 9.4% alcohol is easily lost in this complex menagerie of malt and hop flavor. Despite the huge flavors here, there is a sense of balance that allows for a wonderful warming and spicy bitter finish. Nice clinging lace stays through to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:42:11 | More by jbaker67
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-02-2014 19:36:07 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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indybearsfan

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2014 19:09:05 | More by indybearsfan
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Sweffin

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2014 17:36:20 | More by Sweffin
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Drs3

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2014 17:35:55 | More by Drs3
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fellowrs

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2014 16:09:04 | More by fellowrs
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle into a tulip glass. Bright syrupy amber, with a head of tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly.

The aroma is killing me. Clementine and honey, altered by some umami scent (mixed butter and jam?) Caramel. Yum. Wait, I've got it: it's popcorn!

Intriguing anonymous super-fruit flavor, like a peach/navel orange/banana hybrid. Sweet middle. Bitter finish is straight-up pith of lemon.

Medium-bodied, smooth, sticky, and sweet. Sure, the hops rule, but they're nearly shown up by the sweet, bready malt. Finishes medium-dry.

A masterpiece of balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:16:26 | More by martyl1000
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BrandonSeal

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2014 04:04:52 | More by BrandonSeal
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jschott75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2014 03:33:44 | More by jschott75
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BerBen

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2014 00:46:08 | More by BerBen
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-02-2014 00:44:48 | More by dataylor21
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beinerso

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-02-2014 00:35:10 | More by beinerso
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2014 00:02:21 | More by smartassboiler
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DeFaz

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how many people actually surf in Lake Erie as the picture on the bottle and label suggests, but I do believe that this is a very well done DIPA (and my expectations for DIPAs are high).

It pours with very nice lacing and a sizeable head with good retention. The smell is all about tropical fruit and with a touch of alcohol. The taste is bitter but with a touch of sweet malt for balance, and there's lemon and melon in there. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, with perfect thickness and carbonation but also some burn from the alcohol and overall astringency.

Overall, this is a very worthy DIPA. I'm not familiar with Mosaic hops, but this is a bold beer, even for a DIPA. It has the bitterness DIPA drinkers look for and enough flavor to appease any beer drinker, along with some sweetness from some good tasting malt that provides a touch of balance just to say that it tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:13:54 | More by DeFaz
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Vondiggity

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-01-2014 19:36:42 | More by Vondiggity
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jsf14

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2014 16:17:13 | More by jsf14
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bcgeiman

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-01-2014 13:05:06 | More by bcgeiman
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JakeEsterly

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2014 05:23:37 | More by JakeEsterly
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/6/13 poured into a FFF teku today 4/30/13, received as an extra from powz87

Aroma: Smells like tropical fruit and citrus but mostly the tropical fruits like mango accompanied by grapefruit and oranges. So it kind of smells like tropical fruit juice, like spiked Snapple. It also has a resinous, sticky hint to the nose. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a white collar. Lacing comes in spots, nothing particularly awesome but at the same time, the dark amber body gives it a nectar-ish quality. Not a bad looking beer, certainly more interesting than the average DIPA, but not awesome either. (4)

Flavour: Pretty smooth and tasty. I basically get sweet maltiness up front- toffee and honey are the primary contributors. Then there's a nice bitter juicy component that kicks in- mostly bitter mango and oranges. Pretty interesting balance. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium, feels rather resinous but doesn't dry out my palate. Just OK carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly honey maltiness and a little bit of pineapple bitterness. (4)

Overall: Pretty tasty DIPA, not the best I've had but it's pretty good. I think I need a fresher bottle- although I agree its still a pretty damn good beer. I'll take a few other DIPAs over this but this is a pretty good one on its own. (4)

Re-review: So this year, this beer is known as Chillwave. Not as cool as Alchemy Hour, but still this is a pretty fresh bottle. Enjoy by 5/11/2014. So I'm guessing it was brewed 2/11/2014. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 2/28/2014.

Appearance is the same; dark copper body, more or less clear with a nice two finger white head with good retention, not a ton of lacing. Smells like passion fruit and pineapple, very intense and pungent. Flavour is nicely balanced, with passion fruit, citrus and pineapple vying against the bread and caramel malts. Really well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. Mouthfeel is as good as it needs to be, with just the right bit of carbonation, actually not very bitter for a DIPA, nice and dry with a passion fruity finish. Overall, this is a really nicely done DIPA that needs to be drank fresh. I loved it and for $9.99 a 4-pack, I would buy this any time over a $8.99 bomber of Toppling Goliath Sosus, which is another Mosaic DIPA that hit Madison at the same time I picked this up. Don't get me wrong, that is clearly a superior beer, but until Toppling Goliath starts bottling 4/6 packs, I'm going to choose this one 7 times out of 10.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 05:18:13 | More by Stevedore
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-01-2014 03:30:12 | More by coz
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2014 03:16:30 | More by dedbeer
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.