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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

2,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,647
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 269
Gots: 345 | 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: 2,647 | Reviews: 432
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.

The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.

The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.

This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.

It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that reduces to not more than a ring around the edge a thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic and inviting. Some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruit. Light sweetness.

T: Taste starts off very sweet. (Much too sweet for my personal preference) Mild caramel malts and, again, lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is moderately alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly slick. Surprisingly mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. I like the hops in this one. Very juicy and tropical, but the sweetness is too much to make this one a "go-to."

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange with sediment stirring about. Beautiful coating of lace left all over the glass.

The nose is exotic smelling. Loads of tropical fruit, star fruit, mango, peach, apricot. Has a unique spicy hop scent also. Very different probably due to the mosaic hops which I've never had before.

Here again are all kinds of tropical fruit with a hoppy spice component. Orange, tangerine, mango, pine. Plenty of malt backbone with some warm alcohol.

Mostly full, resiny, slick finish. Very soft carbonation.

Unique hop profile here, very solid DIPA. Probably along the lines of the new wave of DIPA's with these new hop varieties. This one is an absolute winner!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,647 ratings.