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

2,962 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 290
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: 2,962 | Reviews: 498
Photo of DrewV
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of MortarPestle
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of mkh012
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- fairly dark orange-brown
Smell- the high-point of this beer for me. Melon and hops.
Taste- unfortunately not as solid as the nose in my opinion. impressive for 9.4% alcohol but the 80 IBU is a bit much for me. I get melon and citrus sweetness but the hop bitterness reigned supreme.
Feel- medium. fairly carbonated

Overall, a pretty good beer I'm not sure I'd seek out again. I'm admittedly not an IPA guy, so if I'm gunna drink one, I prefer the hops to be a little more subtle. This one's both hop-forward and has a predominantly hoppy aftertaste.

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a light beige cream. The haze looks like a snow globe of tiny jetsam.

S- The papery green citrus hops are full and bright.

T- The dry juicy citrus hops is bigger than the aroma and has a nice pity depth to it with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens. There is a clean finish with some more pungent hops flavor returning in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that compliments the hops as does the soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hops flavor with a good citrus profile and some nice depth to it. The aftertaste has a really nice pungency without much bitterness making easy to drink but warming aswell.

Photo of BlueWinged35
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing. On more seasonal IPA to look forward too. A nice clean taste and smooth. Light in color and I think better than their Commodore Perry IPA and Lake Erie Monster (and I love both of those beer a lot). Great Lakes Brewing fills a big hole that other brewers don't touch and they always do a great job.

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

Very solid malt backbone and interesting mosaic hop profile - great beer! Taste is a bit on the sweet side but it's a high gravity beer so I'm not surprised. It's too bad this beer isn't more widely distributed because it is a nice change from the west coast ipas (which I love).

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with an off white head, which sticks around. Aroma offers some honey, florals, peach,toast and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity; honey, peach and orange with light pine in the finish and some toasted caramel(?) malt underneath. Very mild alcohol, felt more than its tasted. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, glad I gave this a second chance because I like it a lot more this time around. Not my favorite of the style, probably a touch sweeter than I needed, but I am definitely a fan. Would drink again happily.

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/29/14

Medium amber body. Drinking on tap. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of sweet apples at the end. Different and delicious.

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two months old as I drink this, hopefully it's still fresh enough.

Pours a dark amber, pretty clear body, half inch head that's fairly resilient.

Smells of bright juicy orange and grapefruit, fairly bitter, really a great pure citrus juice aroma. Not much hint of pine or grass or other hop flavors, just that pure fruit juice.

Flavor has lots and lots of bitter juicy fruit again, really fantastic fruit character, hard to believe there's not actual fruit in this. A bit of honey like malt character to balance it out, excellent.

Carbonation is pretty light, body is pretty thick, slight booziness, pleasant but drinkability is only okay.

Really good IIPA and it was probably even better a month or two ago.

8.2/10

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with just over one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Juicy aroma of citrus. I pick out grapefruit and oranges. Pretty much one sided as the hops dominate not letting any malt through. No sign of the hefty ABV either.

Maybe not as powerful citrusy as some other notable DIPAs, but I enjoy the hop choice. Although bitter, it is not overwhelming so. Dry malt base that does not add much more than a vehicle for the hops. No hint of alcohol which is shocking.

Medium body but feels a little undercarbonated. Prefer a little more life in a beer like this.

Another one of the better DIPAs that are hitting the market now. Not too bitter but good hop flavor.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dirty orange body, finger off-white head, nice lacing

S: floral, passionfruit, mild lemon peel, sugar candy
biscuit malt, strong grassy

T: similar to nose, big sweet malt, long grassy
bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: Interesting GL beer. Would recommend, but
wish was little bit heavier in the body.

VERY GOOD; TRY SOME!

Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured poured a nearly clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricot and grapefruit, with a little honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like floral and apricot hops, with some sweet honey and bitter grapefruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of light body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA. It had a great scent and taste, but the body was weak. The alcohol was really well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Maybe not in the top tier, but I will really enjoy this six pack.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Slightly hazed brassy orange hue, great showing of lace on the glass. Smells of freshly macerated oranges, birch, peppercorns, fresh cut grass, pineapple skin, guava and alcohol. Smooth, chewy medium body, spicy hop bitterness, very juicy with flavors of dragon fruit, passion fruit, floral, tobacco, faint caramel and underlying breadiness. Noticeable alcohol, agressive bitterness. Bitter semi-sweet finish

A very enjoyable DIPA, this is what I expect from brews that want to tackle this style.

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stemmed glass; freshness date of May 5, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right hand corner of the label, below the Great Lakes mailing address (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 05/01/13 11157CE”). I believe these are three-month or 90 day freshness periods, so that would make this beer just about four weeks old. I think.

Appearance (3.5): Now this is a proper pour: three and a half fingers of custard-colored head, crackling audibly over a really pretty, reddish-gold body with a rich, glowing character. Retention is moderate, but the lacing is honestly a bit disappointing—just some scattered suds here and there, fat splotches and a few legs of alcohol are apparent.

Smell (4.25): Nice nose on this, a bit unique—dank and slightly garlicky, with juicy citrus underneath. Apricots, honeydew, and tangerine make up the fruitiness, and they complement a honey sweetness in the malt body well—but there’s that green, mild dank scent underneath, too.

Taste (4.0): Really great balance between smooth, sweet honey malt, which mellows out the body substantially, and a bitter, biting hops character which still has a noticeable presence even in the midst of that very mellow, rounded (but not overly strong or rich, either) malt—that honey malt. Damn. Really interesting dynamic. The bitterness is very restrained in the finish, leaving a vegetal-herbal bitterness that clings for a long time, but lightly. The strength of this beer, though, is in the way the honey malt and the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of the hops blend together smoothly. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very smooth with a soft, velvety carbonation and a slightly fuller than medium body, which has a viscous feel. The finish is dry but smooth, and leaves a slightly vaporous feel from the booze (which is really only evident in the feel).

Overall (4.0): This has a really nice smell and an interesting flavor profile, which I like quite a bit, but it also doesn’t quite have the kind of aggressive hops character I was hoping for—not like Lake Erie Monster does, which I love. Still, this is very good, just like a honey-smooth ale loaded with late-boil hops. Glad to have tried, but for my money, give me more Erie Monster.

Photo of HotHands
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark amber, frothy bubbly head.

S - Like a fruit salad -- guava, orange, other citrus and tropical fruits.

T - The taste follows through well and a bit of sweetness complements the fruit flavors. Reminds me of breadfruit. Some caramel comes through. Bitterness is fine, could have used some more wet hops for my liking, but they did a great job with the dry hopping.

M - fine although on the thinner side for the style. Carbonation is a bit low.

Overall - a fine DIPA with some unique flavors. I do enjoy the tropical notes.

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber with a finger or so of bubbly off-white foam.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, biscuity malts, honey, unripe banana. Clean, vibrant, and zesty. Really awesome aroma. Unfortunately, as the beer warms the fruity characteristics seem to be replaced by a less appealing malty smell.

Taste: Pine, honey, grapefruit, and caramel with a little bit of spice in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent at first but becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA from Great Lakes, a brewery that consistently churns out highly drinkable beers. I initially loved this one but as the beer warmed it lost a lot of it's best characteristics. The aroma is fantastic for the first 5 minutes or so and the taste is nicely complex and fairly balanced for a beer that is over 9%. If this one wouldn't have petered out so quickly in the aroma and taste department I'd be giving it a higher rating. As it stands it's still a pretty darn good beer and if you haven't tried it, I definitely recommend it.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden orange body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that can be described as both citric hopped and touches of grapefruit sweetness as well as some caramel/sugary goodness. Medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and has both a citric hop and grape profile that is balanced with some caramel sweet malt for a beer that is both hoppy and sweet. Nothing earth shattering or new in this beer but it sticks to the "rules" and does the style justice.

Photo of bound4er
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Copper colored with a very nice 1" off white head that laces well.

S. Tropical notes of mango, pineapple and citrus. Gives off just a hint of dankness and alcohol.

T. Tropical hop notes on the nose carry to palate with a nice hit of pineapple and citrus. Pine then makes an appearance along with creamy malt. Finishes with lingering bitterness. Hides its lofty alcohol content well.

M. Body and mouthfeel are best described as "big". Well constructed.

O. Sans Eddie Fitz and Nosferatu, this is about the only other Great Lakes beer to impress me. Still, there is something about the overall flavor and aftertaste that gets a bit tiring and is keeping me from buying multiple 4-packs.

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,962 ratings.