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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

2,294 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,294
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 223
Gots: 189 | 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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ccrida

Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -20.8%

On draught at the Lincoln Tap House in Cleveland, appearance is burnt orange with a small off - white collar that leaves thin sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy pine, moderate intensity.

Taste is resinous, oily hops with a chewy malty back-bone of 2 row. Hoppier than the nose, tempered with an orange candy note.

Moutheel is sticky, slippery, chewy, medium+ body.

Drinkability is ok. To sugary sweet for my taste in the style.

03-11-2014 02:21:54 | More by ccrida
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beagle75

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and effusive sheets of variously-sized bubbles rise or drift in the column.

S: Big mixed citrus qualities are immediately evident, while lesser herbaceous spice and baker's yeast round out the smell. Intensity is assertive and appropriate for the style. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with mixed fruit that is surprisingly affected by yeast metabolites. Citrus fruit is fairly dark, at least as much orange as grapefruit, while pear is stretched to the point of becoming banana-like. Malt is refined into the middle where hop aromatics become a bit deconstructed and chemical. Bitterness is moderate during the finish, with other flavor drying out slightly and seeming of rye-like grain. Alcohol expands on the palate late, promoting this beer in terms of its perceived size.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Recognizable as the older sibling to Great Lakes' Commodore Perry IPA, this beer achieves balance while striking a fairly traditional posture. It lacks the obvious mark of fine craftsmanship that the standard IPA exudes, with a smattering of questionable sensory qualities but still outnumbered by appropriate features.

04-05-2013 01:02:34 | More by beagle75
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

The nose is right in line with what anyone would expect for a double IPA. I was very happy with the nose on this one.

The nose doesnt spill over into the taste like you see in a lot of double IPAs. The taste fades away fast and really emties out in the mouth. There is a little bit of warmth, which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but there is nothing else to support it. Not much bitterness on the back that would have complimented.

Read lots of great reviews and I was pretty underwhelmed.

03-06-2013 19:41:21 | More by Gotti311
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becktone

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

Done in a Horizontal review/tasting with Stone RuinTen IPA

Eye: In comparison to the RuinTen, this one lacks. Hazy orange, but hey, who needs a crystal clear ale anyway? I'm just saying that if Stone can do it without taking away from the aroma then why not GLBC? I know for a fact that this one only gets centrifuged, no plate and frame filtration here, that is why it is hazy. Head is poor comparatively speaking. Very little lacing and it really only holds at a thin blanket that looks poor when sitting next tot the Stone.

Nose: Hoppy upfront with grainy notes behind it supporting. Big malt backbone supports this one. I feel like it could use some more hops upfront, soapy type of aroma. Raw grain aroma. Overall-ok. I know this beer has been dry hopped (used to work in the cellar at GLBC) but it really doesn't smell like it.

Tongue: Spicy hop character, and almost malt forward. Its a nice beer, but could use more hops...I remember tasting the first batch of this at work, quite different...It doesn't hold up well-all the hops fade. It has that GLBC taste, the grain, the yeast, the house flavor. I would like to see this beer hold up better. Fresh, it is super hoppy and full of IPA flavor, a little bit of age on it-and I'm not talking all that long-and it loses everything that makes it great. Really, just some spicy notes and some bitterness, nothing all that great. Shelf life is poor.

Drinkability: I'd not buy this beer unless I knew that it was super fresh(when I worked there it was brewed in January/February). I wouldn't buy it more than a couple months after that. Too bad, its a nice beer from what I've tasted at the brewery but the shelf life just sucks.

07-24-2013 18:13:29 | More by becktone
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -20.6%

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

03-25-2013 02:13:24 | More by elgiacomo
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -20.3%

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is orange with a half inch of off white head. The aroma brings citrus, pepper, bready malts, alcohol heat. Interesting flavor. Malt and pepper balanced with hops. Isopropyl alcohol in both the scent and flavor. A bit odd. While this beer presents some nice flavors, it's a bit off overall.

03-08-2013 23:02:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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n2185

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%

A: Pours a clear honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas up front followed by some odd steamed vegetable-like DMS aromas.

T: Thankfully the DMS is less present in the flavor, with bright citrus flavors up front followed by grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is lightly bitter with a little alcohol warmth, though has a slight DMS aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a lively feel to it, making it drinkable despite its abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer at first, but as it warmed, the DMS aromas and flavor came out more. It's not bad by any means, but without the DMS it could be great. I'm not for sure where the DMS is coming from since it was poured at a bar that regularly rotates and cleans its taps.

03-21-2014 16:44:42 | More by n2185
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured into a tulip
Enjoy By Date of 05/06/13
Batch number 11214FM
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Less than half of a finger of off-white head is created after a swift pour. Short retention fades to an uneven collar and a small island of bubbles. The body is coppery orange with a touch of haze. Modest lacing.

[S] Fresh hop character featuring a blend of damp earth, sappy wood, orange marmalade and dried flowers. Some sharp alcohol pokes through as well.

[T] Pretty direct translation from the nose. Fresh hops, lightly toasted malt plus a smack of caramel. Lots of bitterness. Moderate alcohol inclusion.

[M] The body is pretty light for a 9.4% beer. Some biting carbonation on the tongue with long lingering bitterness and a semi sweet finish. Just a touch of heat.

[O] Nice beer and a nice departure from the standard double IPA these days. Overall though, I'm not a huge fan. But I like what the Mosaic hops bring to the party...I'd just like to see them layered with a little more juicy, tropical fruit flavor. And maybe bittered to a lesser degree.

03-30-2013 15:14:21 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -18.5%

Appearance: What one would expect from a DIPA, copper/burnt orange color with a moderate to above average amount of carbonation throughout. Finger-finger and a half of carbonation on the pour.

Smell: My favorite part of this brew. Pine, lemon zest, limes, faint pineapple, bitter hops, and a honey/malt sweetness. Very bright and floral, the bite of the pine and hops really stand out. The honey undertones really remind me of Hopslam.

Taste: Hmmm..., sweetness on the front which quickly gets swamped by a strong pine bitterness. The citrus zest from the bitter hops comes on just too strong for me. Many of the nice undertones get buried. A sweet aftertaste is mixed with with a light alcohol sting. Interesting but overall not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: You can definitely feel the honey sweetness but a lot of tart hop dryness. Not a palette destroyer though.

Overall: I've loved most of the products I've had from Great Lakes Brewery, but this one is not a favorite. Neither Commodore Perry or this were anything to get too excited about. There are a ton of DIPA's out there these days and I would recommend a few others.

03-19-2013 19:33:29 | More by KFBR392
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ChaseBacon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-16-2014 19:44:02 | More by ChaseBacon
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-07-2013 19:31:03 | More by acurtis
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-26-2014 00:06:59 | More by ArtZan
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ambiguousfigures

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-20-2014 19:43:58 | More by ambiguousfigures
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mojo525

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-09-2013 14:43:21 | More by mojo525
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Enochase04

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-13-2014 01:30:37 | More by Enochase04
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dads_basement

Yukon (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

06-29-2014 15:33:51 | More by dads_basement
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-05-2013 01:41:49 | More by fehrminator
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-21-2013 14:41:21 | More by mwbrady12
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-08-2014 03:32:42 | More by Kurmaraja
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NW2285

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-26-2013 00:21:21 | More by NW2285
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

06-19-2013 03:40:17 | More by TheBigBoy
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-05-2014 15:17:12 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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SaintJonah

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-25-2013 21:22:59 | More by SaintJonah
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BlueAndBrew

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-29-2014 00:39:52 | More by BlueAndBrew
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Japers

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-16-2013 22:02:56 | More by Japers
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,294 ratings.