1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,236 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 218
Gots: 176 | 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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chillwave Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,236 | Reviews: 357 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NooseJustice
NooseJustice

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-27-2014 13:59:55 | More by NooseJustice
Photo of oglmcdgl
oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-24-2013 03:14:11 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Westuh
Westuh

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-16-2013 18:40:48 | More by Westuh
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pine, grassy, grapefruit, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with grassy/hay notes. It ends with a malty/earthy/grassy aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, not what I was expecting at all. It tastes like some kind of Oktoberfest version of a DIPA. It's also missing way too much carbonation. Not my type of DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:52:52 | More by spinrsx
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I learn more about surfing from beer than anywhere else... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, deep grape, light toffee, grass, mixed greens, and a decent amount of chlorinated hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chlorine is thankfully diminished (nearly gone entirely) and there's significantly more citrus rind to be found. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but one that exhibits occasional characters than just don't endear it to me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 22:32:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of John_M
John_M

Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown.

Not terrible, but very much a "mehhh..." DIPA. At least for me, this beer is a bit too sweet and isn't nearly hoppy enough. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would prefer as well. Can't see myself ordering this one again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:16:48 | More by John_M
Photo of neurobot01
neurobot01

California

3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before 5/11/14.

Look: beautiful orange. Pretty minimal head, but ample bubble action.

Smell: really not getting much. Very muted citrusy notes. Or maybe soap. Mostly dominated by what I can only describe as a kind of off note.

Taste: holy crap—oversized flavors on a couple fronts. First: sweet. Really, really, really sweet. Second: tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple. I've never been to Jamba Juice, but I would believe that this was some sort of spinoff product of theirs. Tasty, but "IPA" is pretty low on the list of things I'd guess I'm drinking when I taste this. Did I mention that this is really, really, really sweet?

Feel: pretty pleasant. In a really, really sweet kind of way.

Overall: I wish I could rate this higher, but I've had honey that was less sweet. I won't rule out the possibility that this lost some character in transit, or that my palate is fatigued, but this just doesn't do it for me as a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:24:34 | More by neurobot01
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best by May 5, 2013.

Pours a dark, clear copper amber with a cream, off white dense head with excellent retention and streaks of lace. Nose is filled with resiny and leafy NZ hops, green and raw with little malt detected. Flavor unfortunately takes a dive with a strong sweet bready malt base, citrus juice and a tame hop profile with minimal bitterness in the finish. Resiny and chewy medium thick body, well carbonated, but just... ick. The sweet malty and green tasting body without much bitterness is a turn off.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:22:26 | More by yourefragile
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.29.13
Best by: 05/08/13

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Dank, dark orange, hoppy pine, a touch of carmel malt.

T - Sweet biscuty malt, ripe orange.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a touch of bitterness.

O - Balanced and not overly hoppy. Sweet bready and orange.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:13:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Etan
Etan

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz.

A: Pours a pretty mandarin color with a small white head.

S: Orange candy, grapefruit, apricot jam, light grass and toffee.

T: Leafy bitterness, juicy and resinous citrus pith, vanilla, dry cracker malt, bitter in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A good DIPA for when you're in the mood for something resinous and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:16:59 | More by Etan
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded silver pressure cap and appealing label art acquired in a trade with the very generous Surlytheduff and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Double India Pale Ale." Best before 05/21/13. 9.4% ABV confirmed.

"Best served at 45 degrees F." Served right around there - straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige/light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, fair froth, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a bright vibrant tangerine/pale orange. Semitransparent. Translucent. Love the colour and the head. This appearance stands out in comparison to other imperial IPAs. Lacing is thin and uneven. Quite appealing for the style; I'm impressed. It's hard to differentiate appearances; this isn't quite unique but it's certainly special. Head is soft and froty with a milky white complexion on its top. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Citrusy fruity estery hop character is magnificent here; mango, grapefruit, even a bit of orange. Nice nectary hop character as well. Juicy. Pineapple. Tangerine. Grapeskin. Light hop oils. Passion fruit. Grassy and pale malts form the body, with a dash of caramel. Zesty and appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. I'm really intrigued; the hop character is not at all what I'm used to, but it really works.

T: Hm. Lots of fruit action here; mango, tangerine, orange, a bit of pineapple, maybe kiwi, and really tame grapefruit. Lovely floral hops complement the pale and grassy malt body very well. A touch of oily and nectary hop character, but no pine or anything like that. Zesty lemon pops in the finish. Incredibly well balanced. A dash of milky caramel is present; I'm not too fond of that - it's too redolent of a barleywine and takes me out of the beer for a moment. Nectary honey adds a special touch. This is a very well built brew; no hop bitterness comes through at all. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Really impressed with this one, but that said it could use a bit more complexity and subtlety. Still, the balance alone sets it apart. The sweetness is a touch too high here - something I only notice as I drink more and more.

Mf: On the softer end. Smooth and wet. Not too oily. Good thickness. Full body. Near ideal carbonation. Complements the flavour profile quite well.

Dr: A powerfully fruity imperial IPA with a magnificent balance. Hides its alcohol very well. I'd definitely get this one again; this is a solid effort from Great Lakes. Very drinkable and enjoyable stuff. I could happily drink a few of these in the same evening.

High B

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:35:39 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Naters333
Naters333

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my tulip from a 12 oz bottle that has a best by date of 5/ /13.

A-Poured a nice deep golden color with great slightly off white head. Has some nice lacing as I drink. Retains a nice quarter inch head.Kind of hazy look. Hard to see through my tulip. Might even have a few floaties in there.

S-Nice hops, strong bitter smell. Almost a strong gasoline smell, but in a good way, if that makes sense. Not the best smell for a DIPA.

T-Bitter, sweet, grapefruit, dry, orange. Slight malt taste on the finish.

M-Has a very good feel for this style. One of the best things about this beer. Very full bodied, and easy drinking, although I find myself sipping this beer more than drinking it.

O-Not a bad beer at all. Very interesting. Very bitter and dry, but sweet. Fairly smooth, acts as more of a sipper DIPA. Pretty balanced with the sweet, but has a nice malty finish. I actually enjoy this beer more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 07:43:53 | More by Naters333
Photo of Callmecoon
Callmecoon

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-23-2013 02:22:42 | More by Callmecoon
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-09-2014 01:35:42 | More by alienlifeforcecube
Photo of Beerontwowheels
Beerontwowheels

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-24-2013 17:21:58 | More by Beerontwowheels
Photo of 09robejo
09robejo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-19-2014 06:53:11 | More by 09robejo
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-03-2013 23:03:11 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of markcp
markcp

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-26-2014 20:44:00 | More by markcp
Photo of menacho1
menacho1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-29-2013 03:31:42 | More by menacho1
Photo of jdaddy
jdaddy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-25-2014 16:11:53 | More by jdaddy
Photo of mzeld
mzeld

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-25-2013 01:27:52 | More by mzeld
Photo of gr8zehaman
gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-19-2013 04:10:57 | More by gr8zehaman
Photo of falconxman
falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-27-2013 12:51:52 | More by falconxman
Photo of mdillon86
mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-22-2013 03:50:08 | More by mdillon86
Photo of BrewStew58
BrewStew58

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-29-2013 17:29:34 | More by BrewStew58
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.