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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 515 | 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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of CMUbrew
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy orange. Not copper, not amber, orange. This beer looks like pumpkin juice. Barely any head whatsoever. Not much carbonation. Nice aroma - I get mango, pineapple, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a blend of other sweet fruity notes. I'm not detecting any pine of hops on the nose. It smells like fruit punch. Light/medium weight, nice and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet fruit up front with notes of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Just about on par with the smell. Sweet and juicy all the way through with some malt on the back end. Still lingering sweetness on the aftertaste.

This beer is good, but kinda overrated, in my opinion. It's very fruit forward, to the point where it almost tastes like my daughter's fruit drinks. Way too sweet, not much hop presence at all. What's there is good enough, but I feel like it's missing a critical part of what I love about IIPAs.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a long lasting beige head of medium size. It sits atop a beer with an orange amber color and has as lightly hazy clarity.

The aroma has a good amount of wet juicy hops with some fruity tropical tones.

Taste is very good and refreshing. I can taste plenty of citrus and tropical hops along with sweet fruits. It's malty too with a fair amount of honey malts. I guess thats what gives the beer the sweetness. The finish is pine resin bitter but its's a smooth, soft bitterness.
Very drinkable beer here that I could easily quzzle.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a tan head, nice lacing

S: nice citrus notes, pine and bread from the malts

T: Slightly sweet red grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel and a hint of spice

M: nice body, resinous with a dry finish

O: Another winner in the overall dipa market. will drink again

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange cloudy color with nice fluffy head and very sticky lace.. A/T bready, toasty, alcohol sweetness, pineapple, orange, slight tartness, slight alcohol warmth.. Smooth slick body.. Good, a lot more sweetness then expected.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. "Enjoy by" date is 06/08/15.

Pours clear copper amber with a medium, sustained head and a fair amount of very fine carbonation. Aroma is strong. Citrus and pine.Alcohol.

Taste is bitter -- pine, a little citrus, very bitter. A slight tartness maybe like grapefruit. As you become accustomed to the bitterness, a slight caramelly sweetness comes out, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, thick. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for the trade

A: Poured thick and foamy with 2 fingers of bone white head over a baltic amber clear brew.
S: Caramelized orange and sweet scent of marmalade followed with fresh cut pine tree, like pine sawdust and fresh sap and finishes clean on the end.
T: Big burst of hoppy bitter orange and grapefruit rind with notes of pine sap - while still smooth and malty. Finish is mild on the hops with smooth malts that hang thick on the tongue.
M: Thick and smooth with a syrup coating and some snappy carbonation on the front.
O: A solid offering for a double IPA that doesn't attempt to reach too far to be overly complex. But rather does a very solid offering of hops with bold malts, a clean and uncomplicated brew.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by the middle o' may

clearish amber look, smells of rubbing alcohol and numbing hops. taste is sweet and husky, tons of crushing hops and burning alcohol; it's syrupy and sticky. tangerine.

a hopslam imitator/competitor? naw, just a solid ~10% IPA, give it a try.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a good surprise. picked up a four pack mainly b/c it was a double ipa and the 9.4 abv. much better than their loch ness monster.light orangish color with two fingers worth of head that left a nice lacing down the glass. smells pretty sweet with a lot of tropical flavors. tasted much like the smell with loads of tropical flavors like mango, over ripe oranges and stone fruit. also some sweet bready caramel maltyness. mouthfeel was medium with an oily resinous mouth coating. a very good dipa that surprised me

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Photo of DrewV
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, about a full finger or so of white head on top of a golden amber liquid body. Smell is the typical unique Great Lakes malt aroma, backed up by some floral and fruity hops. Taste is more of the same, following the typical Great Lakes recipe for IPAs. Similar to Lake Erie Monster, but less hoppy and more fruity, although I wouldn't really classify the taste as "fruity". It's more floral and citrus if anything, but either way it's less aggressive than The Monster. Mouthfeel is decent, once again similar to the other Great Lakes offerings. They don't deviate much from their base recipe, and this brew is no exception. However, at 9.4% ABV, it's a high-gravity option that has good flavor and low alcohol presence. All in all, a winner and a solid B+/A- rating.

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: deep coppery orange, not much head. Some lacing but nothing appreciable.

S: Grapefruit rind dominates with some boozy alcohol on the back end

T: A smoother blend than I'd expected. The alcohol actually seems to moderate the aggressiveness of the hops. For the most part, the bitterness is reserved for the aftertaste on the back of the tongue

M: Smooth with a bit of a lingering tingle.

O: I think I'd like this better with a little less alcohol. One of the few DIPAs that I liked less as it warmed. The booze hits hard and fast, obscuring pretty much everything else this beer has to offer. I won't hesitate the finish the 4 I bought and I'll enjoy them when I know I won't need to drive, but it's not like I'm going to mark my calendar so I don't miss this one next spring. All in all, I like their Commodore Perry better. By no means a bad beer, but there are DIPA's a prefer to spend my money on.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Copper colored brew, with a soapy white head and plenty of lace.

SMELL: Hoppy, with notes of tangerine and pine. A little catty, grassy, and strongly resinous.

TASTE: Bright citrus hops, like unripe clementine oranges. Rind, pine and grapefruit juice. Bitterness is strong. Little alcohol comes through.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes dry with a hop bite.

OVERALL: A serviceable double IpA from Great Lakes. Lots of flavor and packs a punch. Good stuff.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is somewhat hazy and dark for style with a velvety head and lots of lacing. Nose is somewhat nondescript with mellow fruity hop character with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, and peach. Taste pops much more than the nose lets on. Juicy hops dominate the palate with mellow bitterness and decent balance, mild malt presence. Carbonation is high with medium body. Overall, very taty dipa. Only complain is that it is lacking in aromatics.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good frothy finger high head, mixed bubble sizes makes for uneven surface, light tan color, excellent retention, the lacing is very thick and covers wide swaths of the glass side. The liquid is as close to red as orange, very deep and glowing, at first you could miss seeing the tiny bubbles meandering within, very pretty to look at. Thick, clingy nose of molasses, pine sap, pink grapefruit pulp, it’s more spicy and smoky than herbaceous, pineapple, mango, nectarine, apricot fruit scents, more chocolate and malt appears as it warms, ends with even more smokiness like meat fat on a grill. Full-bodied, beef jerky, iron and slightly soapy, sticky in a dry residue fashion. Plenty of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, here you get a bit more herbal stiffening but not enough to inch into “refreshing” territory. Cocoa, caramel, molasses sweeten the finish. The carbonation seems to be at an average plus level but the beer is so dense you need even more. Cherry, pineapple, nectarine, peach, mango fruit, in keeping with the whole more heavy than juicy and flowing. It’s a good enough brew but not sure I’d want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a small head that lingers for minimal lacing. Smells and flavors of tropical fruits, citrus and hint of pine. Malt is well balanced and there is a noticeable bite from the alcohol. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I heard great things about this beer so I was excited when I found a four pack after the initial run that I missed out on. The bottles that I picked up were less than a week old when I bought them. My first impressions of this beer were very favorable but then unfortunately, later bottles didn't taste quite as good.

It seems like so many double IPAs are very sweet and malty as a big malt backbone is needed to balance out the huge hop bill. Originally I thought this beer was sweet but very hop-forward. As I cracked open more and more bottles of this, I started to think this beer was overly sweet and it masked the crisp, bitter hops I hoped to find.

Overall, this beer is very good but for whatever reason, my impressions of it got worse with the more bottles I drank.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I get almost nothing off the nose of this one. Flavor is even. Earthy tones are definitely there with a fair portion of pine. Boozy aftertaste. This is a good iipa. Seems others think much more highly of it than I, although I do think it's good. The burn from booze and one dimensional (somewhat) character keep it from a higher rating.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.