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

2,964 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 291
Gots: 496 | FT: 13
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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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4-10-15. Best By 5-7-15. Threshold glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some suspended particulate matter, but mostly clear. FEw bubbles, little carbonation, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Intensely fruity. Light, tropical, citrusy. Sweet. Mango. Peaches. Apricot.

Taste: Sweet arrival, fruity, tart, sweet; bitter mid-palate; very bitter finish. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Little carb (less than the last bottle).

Overall: Surprised by how seemingly light and easy-drinking this is for a DIPA. Had 2 other bottles of this, and this one is far less carbonated than the other two. I am just not able to drink these "big" beers anymore. 7.5% is where I call it quits. That said, this is delicious. When in the mood for Hoppy Goodness, this is great. I think I let this one get too warm.

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark orange hue with a dash of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy light-tan foam; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: richly aromatic with floral, piney, herby, earthy hops atop a rather sweet malt base. Quite enticing.

Taste: sweet and rich with earthy, floral and ever so slightly fruity hops. Bitterness is somewhat low for the style but it's smooth and enjoyable. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rich carbonation and a great creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: not bad at all. I'm not always a DIPA guy, but this is quite a tasty treat.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Common Ground Co-Op, Urbana, IL
Date: Best by 05/06/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alchemy hour has a wonderful aroma. I've found, though, that as the beer warms, it becomes less fruity, with more focus on caramel malt and ethanol.

Pours a modest 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam, which has average retention of roughly a minute before it has completely faded to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, a few spots and lines ringing the inside of the glass. Body is a warm, rich sunset orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues through the hazy (60% opaque) body. Carbonation is visible through the fog, streaming up from the center of the glass with some strong activity.

Aroma is of substantial fruitiness (passion fruit, mango) with lesser caramel malts and citrus (orange/orange peel). An excellent aroma, perhaps the most passion fruit-like beer I have encountered.

Overall flavors are of lighter (Lovibond) caramel malts and a touch of honey (for sweetness) with passion fruit, and more moderate mango, orange peel, hop bitterness, and slight herbal/woodsy hop characters. Front of palate is sweet and grainy, with toffee, honey, and cereal grains dominating the light esters that lurk in the background here. Mid-palate finds a quick transition, featuring prominent, slightly dank hops, with substantial passion fruit, orange peel, and mango, less prominent malt sweetness, and slight pepper from ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Back of palate finds strong orange peel and bitterness, with modest herbal/woodsy flavors (though such hops weren't used in the beer) and sweet, lightly caramelized malts, all with noticeably peppery, mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of fairly strong hop bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, and reduced orange peel.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with a medium to medium-low level of carbonation. This results in a beer that is never fizzy on the palate, but lightly and gently foams as it moves across. Closes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils and on the back of the throat, leading to a dry finish with plenty of lingering stickiness hanging on the palate.

Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Few weeks young

A: Vibrant blood orange, crystal clear. The head is minimal - looks like a huge triple/BA beer.

S: Very interesting and unique, must be the mosaic hops. Very ripe light-colored tropical fruits and honey. Fruit-concentrate astringency. Orange, mango, honeydew melon. Very floral and herbal, lavender-like spices, and lemon grass. Though interesting, not incredible.

T: Very unique, like the aroma, but seems to work better. Ripe tropical fruits, honey, floral and herbal - the nuances are more difficult to identify. Not very bitter, honey sweetness - dry.

P: Medium, pretty standard DIPA feel and carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, but not one I would buy again. Really well brewed and balanced, but not my cup of tea. Really glad I tried it

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer.

Photo of mchegash
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass.
Enjoy by date of 5/3/15, but that's only 6 days ago, so I'm sure the taste is still fine.

Appearance - 4.5/5
Bright orange, moderately clear. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. Several fingers of off-white head. This looks like a good brew and I am excited to try it. A good layer of head stays around for the entirety of the brew.

Smell - 3.75/5
Strong pine hops, with resinous aspects and a little earthy spiciness as well.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet delicious malts with nice pine, citrus, and resin aspects. Not that bitter, rather it's very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium full body. More smooth than crisp. A medium-light amount of slightly higher than medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew, and I would expect nothing less from Great Lakes. I'm glad to see they are expanding their lineup with more quality brews like this one. This is a pretty darn good IPA and I would definitely recommend it. And I very likely will pick up a 6-pack for myself some time soon.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hoppy notes with light citrus notes as well with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by fruity ester with fruity hops notes and some citrus undertones with some light residual sugar notes. Malt backbone is solid and provides a nice smooth aftertaste. Body is quite full with good carbonation, Solid rendition of the style with good effort to limit the amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of FosterJM
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

Photo of D-18V
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: nice golden color to it
S:smells pretty fruity notes of citrus, of slight pine
T: good taste, aftertaste could be less sour... though has the resemblance of grapefruit
M: for the most part, a delight. its the sourness at the finish, and but there is no taste of alcohol
O: a really solid beer, great lakes does not disappoint

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that reduces to not more than a ring around the edge a thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic and inviting. Some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruit. Light sweetness.

T: Taste starts off very sweet. (Much too sweet for my personal preference) Mild caramel malts and, again, lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is moderately alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly slick. Surprisingly mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. I like the hops in this one. Very juicy and tropical, but the sweetness is too much to make this one a "go-to."

Photo of Big_V
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of jtingue
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated enjoy by 05/03/13. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Relatively clear yellow/amber in color. 2 fingers of head recedes rather quickly to an almost non-existant layer on top of the beer. Some lacing.

Smell. Very hop forward here, with just a hint of honey in the bakground. The hops are slightly piney and very citrusy, which I would liken to an over-ripe grapefruit.

Taste. A little bit different balance on the taste, as opposed to the smell. The hop presence is essentially what one would expect from the smell, over ripe grapefruit and a subtly piney bitterness. The malt presence, however is much more upstaged in the taste, with a very honey-like presence. It somehow finds a barleywine like malt complexity without the overwhemingly thick body (at least for the style). On the down side, this malt complexity gives the illusion of sweetness, especially when it combines with the plentiful hop flavor. Adding to this is a relatively low bitterness level. This one is really never what it seems.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard for a DIPA: body is thicker than a standard IPA but thinner than a barleywine.

I cant really make up my mind on this one, honestly. At times, I am totally on board with the interplay of the malts and hops, and at other times it just seems too sweet and convoluted. For shear complexity alone, though, I would give it my vote.

Photo of RyBrew54
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey amber with pillowy white head. Nose is a sweet hop profile, zesty, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is a nice hop front with plenty of citrusy and juicy elements, touch of honey, and nice caramel malt backbone to balance out flavors. A sweeter finish than expected with mild bitterness. Medium body with crisp finish. This is an excellent double IPA that I would seek out again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clearer orange color. This beer is darker orange. Head grows like bread after the pour.

S-Smells somewhat oxidized. Perhaps this one is not as fresh as anticipated. The hops are still there in a respectable fashion, however. Mosaic and Nugget hops bring me more than enough tropical fruit and (maybe I'm reaching) eucalyptus. Malt seems to be a standard caramel variety.

T-Yeah, this seems a bit too long in the tooth. It still tastes pretty great but I can just tell it's dying off. The hoppiness still brings the candied citrus, tropics and herbs but they're weaker than they should be. The sweet, thick maltiness has grown with age as well. Lots of caramel that enhances the sweetness of the citrus flavors.

M-Softer bubbles. Body is fairly heavy. Bitterness is damp and heavy. Alcohol sneaks up slowly.

O-I enjoyed this as it was probably nearing its flavor demise. I still enjoyed it, though. I bet this fresh is pretty delicious. I must revisit, too bad they don't distribute around here.

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3/20/15

Returned with a fresher bottle to make sure I know if i initially tried this beer past its prime. Oxidization is gone. Mosaic hops are much more distinct. Mosaic onion hops, which I enjoy. Was definitely fresher this time but I leave this beer with a very similar rating to my initial experience with it. Bumped up from a 3.99.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

Photo of roundthewaygirls
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass

A: crystal clear. golden orange. quickly dispersing white head. bubbly. lacing eez gud.

S: malts come through in a big way. honey sweetness. tropical fruit, mango, peach. hops are a little piney.

T: the HONAY. mild bite from the hops. sweet. mango. citrus notes in addition to the tropical fruit. grapefruit. Perfectly balanced.

M: fizzy. medium bodied. sweet but not syrupy.

O: excellent dipa. excellent balance. sweet but crisp.

Photo of Kraj30
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good IIPA from Gl.. nice to get to try it..

Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Alchemy Hour pours a dark caramel ruby color, mostly transparent with a huge off-white head. The foam gradually recedes to a film over the beer but retains well and leaves a nice web of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is clean, with distinct malt and hop notes both present. The nose is balanced with a slight lean toward the malt. Honey and caramel sweetness with bready notes in the background. Floral, slightly citrusy, and some earthy bitter hop aromas. A little alcohol wafts into the nose as it warms.

A bit of honey flavor starts the sip off on a sweet note, with a bit of caramel malt coming through. The honey continues to grow into the hop flavors, with pineapple, tangerine, mango, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Each sip has a clean finish with no aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very clean. The flavors are allowed to come through separately and transition from malt to hops nicely. The carbonation is creamy, smooth, and fairly full. There is no residue or hop oil left at the end of the sip.

Overall I think this is a bit too sweet for what I am looking for in a DIPA. It has a good burst of hoppiness, but the honey malt is simply too strong for it to be among my top tier of the category. Still, it is strong offering from a quality brewery.

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA 9.4% abv

Pours a honey orange with a one finger bright off-white head that doesn’t stick around for long but leaves nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - tangerines and lemon. A little peach.Very fruity. dried/candied mango.

Taste is, again, very fruity. Tangerines. Candied/dried mango. Now I’m getting apricots and persimmons. Peaches. The lemon from the nose is gone. Not very bitter, more tart than bitter. Nice and sweet.

Medium carbonation, medium body. Very smooth. Very slightly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden.

Very nice. I’m a fan. I don’t think I could drink more than one of these given the sweetness. Scratch that, I could definitely have another. The fruits are nice and full with plenty of well rounded out flavors. The honey malt is definitely coming into play. I can’t say much about this beer; I’m not saying its one dimensional, but it is definitely big on sweet fruit flavors. Do try.

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resin-soaked head that has great persistence and laces slightly along the edge of the glass. Massive aroma of pine and citrus rind. Brilliant, clear dark honey color. Starts off MASSIVELY with pine and slightly citric hop bitterness. Builds into a high bitterness (with a brief flash of metallic [which isn't bad here]) as the malt cuts through to add a pleasant sweetness of bread. The finish is a lingering piney hop resin that has notes reminiscent of citrus fruit and flowers. It is not a cumulative bitterness, though, which is wonderful. If you let it sit long enough, the sweet malt comes back from the finish.

Overall, I like this one. I'm not CRAZY about the hop profile (heavy pine, and a somewhat-persistent bitterness), but it's easily in the better half in regards to IIPA's. Great mouthfeel and a lovely look. If you see it, definitely grab it!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Autumn orange, good clarity, mixture of micro-macro effervesce with a medium tension. Light beige capping, average retention, bready texture topping lapsing to a skim covering. Small eye lash lacing.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice/orange juice of good level. Hints of dry, sweet grains, fresh pine finishing with a semi-dry citrus hopping. Average length of duration.

T: Flavor had a high level of lemon-citrus bittering, flowery orange and toasty grain sweetness. Wet, lip quenching citrus upfront , some dry pine and warming hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Malty depth, smooth texture, small carbonation factor, chewy, toasty, bready. Spicy, dry warmth of hops afterglow.

O: Spicy warmth, toasty malt, very good flavor that is smooth, hoppy, feeling every bit its 9.4% abv. Six pack worthy, good drink-ability, gentle fade off the tongue of spicy citrus begs for more with an overall outstanding quality. six pack worthy, repeat factor.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.