Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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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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Ratings: 2,964 | Reviews: 499
Photo of silverblaze540
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a delightful clear amber color with a small white head. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere.

S - Sweet citrus and predominately grapefruit smell. This is combined with moderately a sour smell and hits of hops.

T - A dominating sour citrus taste with a strong grapefruit presence. The IPA bitterness is present, but not overbearing. There is also a very pleasant sweetness to the taste.

M - Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. The thickness seems medium to light. The alcohol burn is very mild.

O - Probably my favorite IPA, but I do not have much experience with Double IPAs. It is sweet and refreshing and not overly bitter, especially for an IPA. I could see enjoying this beer on a warm spring day, on a beach, or in a tropical location. Although, it is still enjoyable during in this winter that will never end.

Photo of jmattes
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA! Good combo of hops and a touch malty, but a super drinkable beer.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright golden hue with a relatively thin head that leaves quickly.

Smell is bright and hoppy but not very much citrus. Some yeast.

Bitter forward flavor at first with some maltiness. Hops, light citrus, and honey come through halfway through the glass. Not a bright citrus flavor like many DIPA. More muted and resiny hop character. Smoothes throughout the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny and viscous, could use a bit more carbonation for me.

Overall, it's worth trying if you're a DIPA fan. I credit Great Lakes for not brewing something highly citrus forward that would get lost in the shuffle. It wouldn't be in my top 5 DIPA, but it's certainly an enjoyable beer.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes(mid March 2013)

12 oz brown bottle with Great Lakes style label. Excellent warm weather spring like color scheme of surfer catching a wave. Not big into surfing, but it's a neat briefing behind the inspiration of naming this brew. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - bright copper color that's nearly orange. Bright and nearly crystal clear. Thin head that settles to a small ring of white lace. Does provide some good stick to the glass. A very refreshing appearance and a good color to it.

S - Citrusy aroma. Oranges, Tangerine, and sweet pineapple. Fresh tropical fruit. Big mango with most of the hop presence being dominately citric. A touch of honey provides the aroma with a soft sweetness and comes off as sugary.

T - More citrus in the flavor with small bites of grapefuit then the orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple take total control making for some real deal sweetness. Nothing overly bitter with some light bread like malt and honey creeping from below.

M - pretty easy going Double IPA. The hops are definitely there, but keep their sweet citrusy character throughout. Body is a touch thin compared to some IPAs of this size. The somewhat thin body texture may actually do this one some good as it is very laid back and refreshing. Very kind in the mouth while still pumping out solid flavor.

O - Good to see an DIPA of this style coming out of GLBC. They will always have some of our favorites, but its good to see some a little more unique coming from This great brewery. It's not a wreck your palate like its Lake Erie Monster relative as its just a brilliantly crafted Double IPA letting you look forward to warmer weather. I'd like to see this stick around in the GLBC bottle release calander. It's definitely something anyone could enjoy and if you like fruit flavors then you can't pass it up. 2 thumbs up to Great Lakes for releasing an ale of this style. This is somewhat uncharted territory for GLbC and they knocked it out of the park considering this being their first release in bottles of this kind of ipa(to my knowledge anyway).

Photo of ZachDow7
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great brew, for very little hype if any this DIPA blew me away

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**

A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.

S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.

T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.

M: Big medium. Good texture

Photo of mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC!

Photo of ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure copper, 2 fingers of foamy head

S - aroma is definitely hoppy with loads of citrus, but well balanced with a good amount of malt in the backbone

T - very well balanced, hops certainly are prominent - lots of grapefruit and piney hops, but a full bready untertone evens it out

M - full, thick, smooth. Well-hidden alcohol, good amount of carbonation

O - Not the hop-bomb like Lake Erie Monster is (not that it's a bad thing....) very well-balanced, clean taste, very drinkable.

Photo of lochef81
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was so excited when my beer guy got this in at the store. Having not tried alchemy hour I was thrilled to sample chillwave. THIS ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a thick white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. There are a lot of fresh hops here, supported by just enough malt to some what balance this beer. The mouth is medium bodied and coats the palate gloriously. As far as flavor, this one has it going on. It is a total hop bomb with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There are significant notes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. This is way beyond what I expected from a nob west coast ipa. Beautifully bitter and hoppy and so fresh one can almost taste the tap. This is a brewery that I had long ago lost faith in but if they can produce s west coast style ipa like this than maybe I should rethink my opinion.

Photo of stevedog
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner glass.

Appearance - Golden amber color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nice clarity.

Smell - Interesting aroma of passion fruit and mangos. Some malt sweetness follows which helps balance out the fruity aroma hops. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste - Same fruity hoppiness carries over from the aroma. Malt sweetness follows the dominate hops, but the bitterness keeps the balance on the hop side. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly noticble on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, but not as dry as lot of other DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation starts off strong, but dissipates fairly quickly. Medium body. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall - Chillwave is a very nice variation to a "traditional" double IPA. The mango-like hops make for a very drinkable 9%er. The only flaw I can think of is the lack of lingering carbonation, which would only add to the complexity of this beer. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it.

Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle Poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: Copper with a small amount of carbonation. Virtually no head at all.

Smell: Very tropical and hoppy with pine notes. Smells... serious. Like it's not hiding anything at all.

Taste: Big, bold IPA flavors abound here, with a bit more sweetness than what you'd find in your typical double IPA. It's different, and here, different is good!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clear. No alcohol burn to report. Slight stickiness, strangely enough.

Overall: I'm glad I got a 4 pack of this before the liquor store ran out...!

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated reddish orange color, fine haze of suspended micro sediment visible in the center. Lasting foam with an intricate collar of splashy lacing around the edges.

Tropical notes of mango and citrusy tangerine, underscored by some bubblegum yeast esters. Edgy with some hop forward dankness, a little pale malt bleeding through underneath.

Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine peel flavors, moderate yet balanced hop bitterness, smooth with a supporting pale malt backbone, dry bitter citrus aftertaste. Sweetness builds but gets balanced by the bitterness soon after. Overall it's pretty drinkable, though I haven't had more than one in a sitting.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try a new beer from Great Lakes, one of my favorite breweries. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Really nice looking pour. Beautiful clear rusty gold color with a touch of haze. Nice fluffy off-white head. The nose is really nice. I get lots of over-ripe tropical fruit and hibiscus flowers. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a good, astringent, piny-sappy smell.

Medium body, firm oily feel, and loads of fruity bitter goodness. Nice biscuity flavors up front, then flavors of orange marmalade, peach preserves, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest barge in and brighten the flavor. The beer is super fruity and resiny, but doesn't seem all that bitter. It is well-balanced and very fresh tasting and yet never seems to punish your palate. It has a faint flash of a syrupy sweet note on the finish that is very reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

What a terrific new beer from Great Lakes. An entry that stands its own with Hopslam and other top shelf seasonal IIPAs. This is definitely one I'll seek out every year. I only bought one 4-pack and I should have bought more. The 4 cases my local store got sold out in only 3 days. Nicely done Great Lakes!

Photo of SteveB24
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of fruit upfront with a sweet, biscuity malt background. Very satisfying DIPA

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/11/14, a nice surprise since I thought this was a winter seasonal.
Poured into tulip; dark orange-gold, clear with a minimal white head that fades but leaves tons of delicate lacing.
Smells boozy and sweet, like fruit and fermented honey.
Taste is almost overpoweringly sweet, until the hops come in and save the day at the last second. They bring piney bitterness along with juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Less Mosaic character than I would have hoped for.
Mouthfeel is oily, and it has quite a body even for a DIPA.
Overall, this is a DIPA built like a barleywine with the hops to back it up. Almost too sweet, but the hops balance it well enough. Not for the faint of heart!

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - amber with an orangish hue; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - huge citrusy aromas, grapefruit, some sweet sugary notes, a hint of alcohol, faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, faint toast, huge grapefruit notes, piny, big bitter finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty good DIPA. The alcohol is prevalent but it's not overpowering. It is a bit heavy at times. The malts tend to out shine the hops at first, but the bold hop character takes over as the beer warms. It has a nice, intensely bitter finish. For such a big beer it has good drinkability which is helped by it's balance. In the end, this is good beer that I would definitely have again.

Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some bright orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thin film in the center of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate caramel malts with some sweetness.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch more sweetness than I expected but still in a positive way. Following the malts, there is a moderate to strong flavor of hops with tropical/pineapple/mango leading the way then citrus/grapefruit a little later. Light amounts of spiciness, almost like a white pepper and coriander. Moderate amounts of bitterness which linger in such an enjoyable fashion.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick upfront and kind of sticky towards the finish. Light hints of alcohol warmth and dryness in the finish.

O: As a fan of DIPAs, I was pleased with this selection when visiting Great Lakes Brewing and enjoyed this beer quite a lot. The smell of this beer hit on a lot of the characteristics that I find pleasing in a DIPA. I enjoyed this one somewhat slowly and was glad that I did - I might have to grab another one of these before I leave the Cleveland area.

Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle for $3.75, best by 5/20/13, poured into a Half Acre snifter

A: Pours a deep amber orange clear body with 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Not great retention but some lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic but definitely some nice cirtus tones are present with some malty sweetness.

T: Well-balanced! Great hop taste with a strong malt body, good bitterness present. Citrus hop flavors are good.

M: Crisp with good carbonation, full body, not the smoothest or creamiest but easily drinkable. sticky finish, moderately dry.

O: A good change of pace from the hop-head crazy DIPAs. While I do love a ton of bitterness and hops, this is a beer I could have a few of without a ton of palate fatigue. Nicely balanced, easily drinkable, worth picking up a few if you get the chance.

Photo of SHerninko
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA - thx Mr. OneUnder (par)

*Appears very gold, a hint of orange, nice slight head, nice amount of carbonation.
*Smell was very citrusy (lemon, orange), smells like a warm summer day at the beach.
*Tastes are a continuation of the aroma, but as a strong DIPA it adds the piney, hop forward characteristics. Some slight maltiness (that a word?!). Very drinkable for over 9%. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.
*Mouthfeel is typical IPA ramped up a bit. Some bubbles, not too thin, coats the tongue well.
*Overall a great DIPA that you should try if you enjoy this style. I am a "malt-head", but with the right food pairing this is a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of smalenberg
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Large white head on the pour, lace clings to the glass. Excellent clarity with a nice amber body.

S - lovely range of hop aromas - tropical fruit first, but with floral and resiny pine as well. Some of the malt sweetness comes through faintly and perhaps a hint of yeast ester.

T - Complex sweet malt balances nicely with tropical fruit (pineapple), followed very quickly by resinous piney bitterness. The sweetness is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian candy sugar like you'd find in a trippel.

M - Tingling carbonation with a full body. Not as dry on the finish as some DIPA.

O - I'm a sucker for these DIPA where you get so much more than grapefruit in the character. A very enjoyable quaff that will sneak up on you.

Photo of TerrapinX
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I hate to say but this is the second Dipa this year that disapointed me again last years offering was better but this is still very good I only have 1thing to say is where did all the sweet grapefruit go that this had last year for me a bit disappointing

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