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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of BlakeAM
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

BlakeAM, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Giantspace, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of GatorLCA
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

GatorLCA, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of unclejazz
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from recent batch nice fluffy white head solid good lacing and well carbonated. Nose is sweet malt, mango, alcohol and a touch of resin. Taste is vegetal, bready and boozy. The strength of the beer overshadows the hop profile which is a shame. Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA with great bubbly medium-high mouth coating. On the whole I am continuously let down by this one. I had it when it was released under another name and a few bottles of this year's and think the flavor is just a disappointment. I would not grab this on tap even if it was same day fresh.

unclejazz, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of MDDMD
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

MDDMD, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Brunt orange color

S-Citrus...oranges...some tropical fruits as well...sweet fruitiness

T-Citrus again with the oranges...some lighter tropical notes...good spalsh of spicy alcohol....backed by a biscuity maltiness with that trademark GL yeastiness evident

M-You can tell this has some ABV to it...a little hot....good sturdy body....

O-To be honest I was hoping for more than this. Solid but flavors are bit muddled...a bit too much sharp alcohol notes....citrus not as bright as expected...Not in the Abrasive/Surly Sucks/Hop Slam tier in my opinion but solid enough. I bought 12 of them without trying it first so I will certainly still be enjoying this in the future.

ZAP, May 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nod to the hectic freshwater surfers of the great lakes, this imperial ipa would warm any winter warrior after just a bottle. thanks to thebrewo again for hooking this up in a wonderful trade. the pour is a honey color with an amber hue, thick looking, and very clear, with less than an inch of off white fizz that settles to a thin film relatively quickly. the nose is oily resinous hops of course, and sweeter residual sugar notes, caramel malt, and plenty of sturdy alcohol. the booze is really quite intense. the flavor starts out with a lush fresh cut cactus sort of vegetative and refreshingly cooling hop profile, very unique before the fruity esters creep in. more malt body than expected, also on the sweeter side, sort of stopping the refreshment in its tracks. bitterness is not huge in this beer until well after the swallow, where it sort of crawls out of the throat and back onto the tongue, drying me out a little. cool complexion of flavors here, but the booze stands out too much. its just too strong, even for the style. it makes it more like a beer with a shot of middle of the line vodka dumped in, not quite offensive, but bordering on it in my opinion. I think it detracts rather than adds. mouthfeel is fine, and the lively carbonation cuts through some of its massive almost gelatinous body. I would rate this higher, but the alcohol intensity is a drawback for me, it takes away from an otherwise extremely impressive offering from great lakes.

StonedTrippin, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of jampics2
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

jampics2, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of endincolorado
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear, deep, orange-amber with a clean, white head that settles slowly. Some evident booziness comes out in the aroma, alongside strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and some faint, crackery malt. Lots of hop-bitterness are delivered by a medium-full body that washes over the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine seem to overpower any evident malt. Though a good example of the style; given a choice, I'd take a Lake Erie Monster over Alchemy Hour.

endincolorado, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 5/11/14,
L - pours copper, topped with an off-white head that fades holds decent retention leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S - absolutely huge tropical nose full of tangerine, mandarin, pineapple, and fresh mango. Very sweet smelling with honey, caramel, and biscuit for malt
T - all tropical flavors here: mango, pineapple, mandarin, loads of sweet honey, some bitterness kicks in but it's short lived, as the ale finishes fairly clean. Booze is noticeable and warming but not too hot
F - creamy, smooth, low-to-ample carbonation
O - I like this and it is good, but I wanted to like it more; I like my DIPA's more bitter, more bready, more grapefruity, and more piny. This is really cloyingly sweet and overly tropical. Other than its awesome aroma, it's a disappointment for me.

barnzy78, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

Bright and clear orange with a very small ring of small near-white bubbles. Leaves the glass spotted and lined irregularly on the way down.

Bright, clean citrus notes. Lots of orange flesh and zest in the aroma, along with a bit of a candied sugar sweetness. Very juice-like, especially as this beer comes to near room temperature.

The flavor doesn't translate quite as nicely as the aroma. There is still good amounts of citrus pushing through, fairly low bitterness for the given style, a bit of cookie sweetness, and just a bit of a floral note. Really quite nice.

Near medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation, surprisingly.

Very good. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was.

ehammond1, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Diane_Brew
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber. Very orange-y. Uuummm. Not very pretty. Like, one of those (what's that birth stone that's that color? Amber? Is it amber?), I dunno that ugly birthstone that is amber color.

S: Grapefruity with some snot.

T: Plain to grapefruit taste. ALL IN ONE SIP! You can really feel it on the outside of your tongue; like a big dong on a Friday night. Like a good once a night beer.

M: Luscious and thick like an Italian man.

O: It won't give you a headache.

Diane_Brew, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame.

papat444, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of macher0
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to drinking glass - alls I had.

A. Dark copper color with a finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Some laces.

S. Nose has strong malt backbone. Hops are prevelant. Minor notes of cat piss, grass, grain, and pine.

T. Strong malt backbone. A noticeable sweetness. The hops come through as sweet pine. Notes of grass, grain, resin, honey, and multi-grain bread.

M. Not very smooth. Thick. Moderate carbonation. Full body.

O. I was a little disappointed. I felt the sweetness actually lended to the lack of smoothness. This ale was overshadowed by other top shelf DIPAs that came out this season. With that said this is a good beer and worth the 10.99 per 4 pack price. I recommend this but I won't keep it around.

macher0, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of CMUbrew
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Reddish amber in color with a half inch white head upon pouring. After a minute or two, the head vanishes into a thin bubble film.

S: All kinds of hop aromas here. Pine, citrus, grass, earthy, lightly fruity. Also a fair amount of hot alcohol.

T: The first thing on the palate is a big raw bitter punch. This is followed by big pine hoppiness, dirty earthy and grassy hops, light citrus rind, apricots, white pepper, spicy notes, and a decent amount of booziness. Unfortunately, none of these elements are really working together right now. Everything is clashing and making this kind of a mess, particularly with the raw, unbalanced bitterness (and I usually don't find anything very bitter). I will say that this beer is quite a bit better fresh, but it shouldn't have went this far down hill already.

M: Not your standard big beer feel. It feels like it's closer to a single IPA vs a double. I don't take issue with that.

O: Drink this beer fresh. I boosted the overall score to help it out, because I know I enjoyed the first bottle of the four pack a lot more than this last one.

CMUbrew, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/11/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma is very pleasant citrus
Head average (4.5 cm), off-white, creamy with large rocks, rapidly diminishing to a 1 mm layer with lumps
Lacing spotty – clots here and there
Body bright orange, clear
Flavor begins with some hops citrus, but not a lot. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends with some pink/red grapefruit sourness, very short lived.
Palate medium, somewhat oily, carbonation lively.

A very nice DIPA – no flavor of alcohol – just a slow burn after it hits the stomach. The appearance and aroma are very pleasing although I like a little more lacing. The flavor seems muted to me, with the citrus being more pronounced in aroma, and just the grapefruit bitterness showing up a minute or two after swallowing. Overall, another good beer from Great Lakes in Cleveland.

Ozzylizard, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind. The nose is a fine blend of hops and citrus. The malt backbone on this offering is solid – in fact, this is quite a well-balanced DIPA. The finish has bitterness along with a hint of sweet, but it’s not super-hoppy. The biggest drawback is that the alcohol gets just a bit too much at the very end.

57md, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Kendo
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes' beers just arrived in Albany this week (hooray!). I got a single of this at Olivers on 4/15/14. "Drink by" date on the bottle is 5/20/14; consumed on 4/17/14.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear coppery amber with small khaki-colored head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Sweet malt surprisingly dominates at first - think caramel malt & brown sugar. Hops are more noted after a little while: faint apricot and tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose, with a sweet malt foundation - caramel malt, toffee - then tropiclal fruit (pineapple) hoppiness. Finishes with sweetness doing battle with the hops. Sweetness prevails, which is disappointing to me, as I like my DIPAs to have a strong hop bitterness.

M: Full in body; slighlty slick.

O: This is good, but not great.

Kendo, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a Californian sunset copper with a two-finger, slightly off-white head. Left decent lacing.

S - Pineapple and papaya dominate, followed by a good amount of grapefruit and pine.

T - Starts off with a moderate green pepper-like flavor, which transitions to mango and grapefruit. The beer is almost spicy in nature like a weak hot sauce. No more flavors come through.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The body is a bit creamy as well.

O - Overall, It's a good IPA, but nothing astounding. I didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.

SometimesIfart, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes taken 2+ months ago. Growler shared by Kegatron - thank you Heath. Pours a clear copper with orange clarity around the edges. An off-white cap rests atop and slowly fades.

The aroma includes notes of pine and juicy fruity hops. A very well blended nose has hints of maltiness and fruity alcohol esters but the primary focus is the hops which are fresh and inviting.

Surprisingly, for the aroma being primarily focused on hops, the taste opens up with caramel and candy-like malt sweetness. Hops come into place secondary wity a resinous pine bite, some herbs and fruity/floral aspects towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty solid stuff here most noteable due to freshness. I believe this is the most hoppy offering I have had by Great Lakes and while it was good, it seemed a little malt heavy.

stakem, May 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass

The beer pours a nice light amber color, hues of copper and orange, clear complexion with a nice finger and a half of thick, soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is quite fruit forward, tropical mango and guava, tart grapefruit and sweet tangerine that brings out some honey character and rich caramel malt with some faint alcohol. The flavors are sweeter and more caramel malt forward but still boast some lovely tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops with some nice floral tones that aren't as apparent on the nose. The body is nice and juicy, nice, lively carbonation that isn't too overzealous that has a nice full finish that is fairly dry.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Great Lakes, it's quite sweet at times for me but the fruit flavors are very well done and enjoyable. I definitely prefer Lake Erie Monster to this beer but I wouldn't complain if I had to have another.

kevanb, Mar 19, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip.

Overall a nice double IPA. I've had it before and remember it being mud more flavorful, full or citrus and pine notes. However this bottle has too much alcohol in the nose, only slightly dissipating in the taste. Tends to overwhelm everything else. Still worth trying, though, since this brewery makes really great brews.

smooth_aleing, Mar 27, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper colored body. Not much of a head. Some wisps and a thin collar.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit. Some sweet malts. A little booze

Taste - Quite hoppy, mostly of the grapefruit variety. Resiny pine hop too. Lots of sugar. A little bit if bitterness and booze.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet, as is the pitfall of many double IPAs. Medium carbonation. Hot.

Overall - Good hop flavor and it isn't overbearing with the sugars. Just a bit too sweet and too hot.

Alieniloquium, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Givemebeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, 1/2 inch head about with lively carbonation.

S: Mango, grapefruit

T: Juicy, citrusy, and some tropical flavors. Some grapefruit and mango as in the nose but also soft kiwi in the mix as well.

M: Medium bodied for an ipa

O: A very nice DIPA and glad I tried it. Burst of hop juice and pretty complex. A comfortable and enjoyable amount of bitterness.

Givemebeer, Mar 23, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. snifter

Pours orange-amber with a one and half finger off white head. Above average retention and remnants of lacing on the glass. Big tropical notes accented by floral notes and fresh cut grass and clean alcohol on the nose. Blood orange, passionfruit, pineapple and papaya. Light caramel accents midpalate. Finishes with fairly intense citrus rind upfront that tapers off quite quickly with floral notes and very evident alcohol. Full body that feigns lighter at times, slick and smooth. A solid DIPA that will please those that appreciate a bit of heat with their hops.

chanokokoro, Feb 26, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.