Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.24
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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

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Reviews: 469 | Ratings: 3,145
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Mateer
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion, this is similar to Great Lakes Commodore Perry and Lake Erie Monster. They really didn't come up with anything new just tweaked their current brews. Becuase of this, I am disappointed with this beer from Great Lakes. Overall, it probably is better than the rating I gave it, but they can do so much better.

The big kicker was that the malt backbone covers up the alcohol AND hop taste. Yes, it is awesome that this is 9.4%, but I don't mind a little alcohol taste and I want to have those hops upfront and personal with a double IPA. Too much malt.

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-04-18
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 -6.8%
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 -6.8%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -6.4%
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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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.