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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,331 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 229
Gots: 198 | FT: 10
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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Photo of CK16801
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Alchemy Hour from Great Lakes is hands-down the best DIPA I had so far ... this is an awesome, fruit-filled DIPA that hides its 9.4% ABV ... the combination of mosaic, cascade, and nugget hops is amazingly well blended with the sweetness of the malt

CK16801, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of HopsandVines
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
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

HopsandVines, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Cfrank
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle: Beautiful label! I learned that you can actually surf on Lake Erie on occasion!

A: A deep orange hue with a nice off white head that lingers.

S: Delicious sweet smelling nectar.

T: It is delightfully tasteful with favors of honey and citrus and orange and has a little grapefruit finish. One can barely notice the alcohol.

M: Very smooth...nicely carbonated!

O: Fucking fantastic! This is one of the best DIPAs on the market! Great Lakes had outdone themselves. This is my favorite DIPA and will drink this all season!

Cfrank, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle poured into DFH/SN IPA glass.

A: Luscious golden coloration, creamy off white head. Significant carbonation constantly bubbling to the surface.

S: Well that's interesting. Orange peel, passionfruit, hints of banana, lemondrops. Triple sec with hints of alcohol. The smell is tropical and sweet.

T: Wow. Again, orange, tropical fruits, honey. Sweet. Barely any hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, carbonated, refreshing. This is 9.8%??

Overall: If you look at my profile, and my previous reviews, you will see I love big stouts, barleywines, and the like. I like sweeter beers with high ABV. I've had Heady, Pliny, Sucks, Hopslam, and I've always maintained my preference for maltier, less hoppy beers. Maybe that's why I like this so much. This is the best IPA I've ever had. I will buy much more of this and drink it all summer.

nihiloexnihil, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ACarp
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

served 4/25, best by 5/11
Better than hopslam and Nugget Nectar.
Very berry like and fruity hops ala Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra. Slight alcohol detected in flavor.
Distinctly different hop profile than Pliny, much more fruity and probably the best example of a ""new wave" IPA i have had, with the cutting edge fruity hops, while Pliny stands as the classic and best crafted western IPA. Most comparable DIPA I have had was Enjoy By 4/20/14

ACarp, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of aleszu
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle bought from Whole Foods in Cleveland, OH. Served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking double IPA with good head retention, very nice lacing, deep orange color, mostly clear with a bit of cloudiness.

Smell: Pungent mango, guava and peach aromas. Exceptionally rich smells here.

Taste: Red licorice and sweetness on front that covers up the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not cloying, very nice on the back end with a little bit of stickiness. Very pleasant, sweet and rich double IPA.

Overall: Well executed double IPA with lofty tropical aromas. A pleasure to drink.

aleszu, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour

Appearance: Alchemy Hour pours a simply gorgeous deep, rich amber with a finger or so of cream-colored head that has decent staying power and settles into a great-looking crust. The lacing is phenomenal, as it almost invariably is in every beer from Great Lakes. The carbonation is evident and relatively active. There are slight alcohol legs and the beer is nearly crystal clear. Great Lakes is excellent at crafting aesthetically pleasing beers, and this IIPA is no exception. 5/5

Aroma: Dank, citrusy notes in the form of pineapple, tangerine, orange, mild grapefruit, slight strawberry jam, and massive, heavy mangoes hit the nose hard. It cannot be understated how huge the mango presence is in this beer, and it is fantastic. These fruity notes are supported by a more than capable malt backbone that lends a sugary, caramel sweetness. The malts and hops really play nicely with one another, and they are joined by just a touch of alcohol. The strong hop notes are surprisingly unaccompanied by much, if any, bitterness. This is a fruity hop assault packed with a great malt backbone and it showcases the Mosaic and Nugget hops extremely well. One just fears that the aroma precedes what may be an all-too-sweet IIPA. 4.5/5

Taste: Thankfully, this is not the sugar bomb that the nose would have the drinker believe. The assertive mangoes and supporting cast of tropical fruits (plus the strawberry oddity) are there in the capacity that the nose promised, but in the taste the hops bring the bitterness, which is there in the exact amount so as to both cut and complement the sugary, malty sweetness. Still, the malts are still undoubtedly there, just balanced out perfectly. Great Lakes’ penchant for balance rings true yet again. Superb. 5/5

Mouthfeel: This one goes down exceedingly, dangerously smooth for its 9.4% ABV. There is no alcohol burn or warming whatsoever. The hops bring a nice astringency, but there is also a wonderful smooth, wet, slightly sticky quality to each sip, making it both refreshing and full. The only gripe to be had here is that the carbonation may be too much, and it really amplifies the astringency giving it an extremely dry, champagne-like aftertaste. Still, the beer is unfairly easy to drink. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is so very underrated. Many people seem to view Great Lakes as a fairly safe, somewhat boring brewery (a view I most definitely do not share), but this proves that they can hang in the recently IPA-crazed beer landscape. If this beer had come from Three Floyds, Russian River, Cigar City, or any other “elite” brewery, people would be raving about it left and right and lining up to get a case. Great Lakes has quietly made one of the best IIPAs around. I wish this had a permanent spot in their roster, because it would secure a permanent place in my constantly rotating refrigerator. 19/20

THANAT0PSIS, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of laynethiele
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well, being a lover of big, bold beers, this was awesome. Everything a hophead could want. Grapefruity, piney goodness. A real tongue-scraper.
Pours an orange-yellow color, with a finger width of white foam. The smell is, as stated above, fruity, piney goodness. The taste falls in line with a bit of a burn at the end. The 9.4% is well-hidden until then. Got a 4-pack for about $11. Worth every penny and I will buy another 4-pack when I drink the last one later on this afternoon. Enjoy!

laynethiele, Mar 19, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

wpwilson, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Abbbp
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

Abbbp, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Iwassobombed
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always have been a fan of Great Lakes but sometime felt they were lacking a real nice hoppy beer, well this has changed that! Pours a beautiful orangish copper color with thick head and lacings that completely cover the glass throughout the process. I think the Mosaic hops create an experience much like no other hops can touch. Slightly bitter but the tropical flavor provides sweetness that would otherwise be needed by a malt backbone. I wouldnt say it is fully balanced but again I dont mind the Mosaic hops shining through in this beer. Aroma's are fantastic, mango, pineapple sweetness. I always try not to judge this as a WC IPA since I think some breweries in the midwest are redefining and creating their own with what they have available and this is a great example. Amazing Brew!

Iwassobombed, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
*Ive had this on tap numerous times previous to this, this post reflects all notes from then till now.*

A - Pours a deep orange tinted gold, just shy of a finger head, white and foamy, decent lacing.
S - Where to begin?! First off you get a nice fresh hop aroma, pine and floral notes that are wrapped in a lush aroma of mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple, with a hint of sweet malt. Smells incredible.
T - Opens up with those juicy fruit flavors, then you get some dry piney bitterness, followed with a fresh bread malt aftertaste.
M - The fruit flavors stick with your palate and so does a little bitterness, but isnt over the top stickiness from the malt or alcohol.
O - Step down hopslam, you've been replaced. The mosaic hops in this beer pop, and its incredible, but it has a malt foundation that isnt found in some other comparable double IPA's, the 9.4 is hidden rather well too. The first time I had this, I couldnt believe what I was tasting, and each time back to it has just been a treat. Great Lakes came close with Lake Erie Monster but it fell a tad short. And this picks up where LEM left off. Great Lakes is a fantastic brewery, excellent representation of their skills.

Omnium, Mar 31, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-opaque hazy copper with a touch of fluff gracing the surface. The aroma is wonderful: juicy fruits, powerful hops, almost a buttery note lurking in the depths. Not a trace of the ABV. Taste follows the nose: bright hops, grapefruit and mango, and a wonderfully sweet yet subtle malt backbone. An excellent brew, and one I'll keep an eye out for in the future.

xabyss, Mar 24, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +11.2%

MattymattG, Saturday at 06:05 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Smokesnotes, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

SanFranJake, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

markmo, May 18, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz. growler filled today poured into a NB snifter.

A - The beer pours a light golden / yellow. A two-finger head of egg-cream white foam that's loose and fluffy, made from lots of large bubbles, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a decently wide ring of lace around the glass and a surface divided between very tiny, fine bubbles and a shoreline of large bubbles and lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunset orange and a bit opaque. A little stream of carbonation rises from the bottom middle of the glass.

S - Big hop notes of ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange, like a citrus fruit bowl for breakfast. Light caramels and dark honey mead start to appear as it warms in the glass. Hints of ripe flowers bursting with pollen. A touch of resin/pine. A wonderful nose to enjoy. In fact, the more it warms, the more the malts move forward, and it almost starts to take on aspects of a big Scotch ale.

T - Just like the nose to start, the hops are nicely complimented by light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Reminds me of light toast with orange marmalade and side of peaches and apricots. Hints of honey and lemongrass in the background. Phenomenally well-balanced, hops and malts complement each other extremely well. A woody herbal hop presence sneaks in on the finish. ABV is completely hidden - not a trace of booziness at all.

M - A bit fizzy, but rather crisp. Carbonation is just right. Medium-light body presents a nice structure. Components are very-well integrated. Finish is clean and rather dry, with hop echos laid over the malt taking their time to fade.

O - I'm not a hop-head, preferring malt-forward styles such as Scotch ales and Marzens. This beer, however, might be the one to pull me over to the dark side. It's absolutely delicious. While it features the hops, it's extremely well-balanced rather than being a hop bombing raid, so the malts, which are excellent partners, are clearly present, too. I almost got in the car and made the round-trip to get a full growler after my 'sneak-preview' tasting when I got home. I had tasted this at Peaches St. Paddy's Day weekend and liked it, but had forgotten how good it is. I want more. If you get the chance, be sure to have a generous taste - it's an absolutely delicious hop nectar. Another fine demonstration that the folks at Great Lakes really know what they're doing.

BuckeyeSlim, Mar 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.