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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

2,320 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 226
Gots: 199 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Morey, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

duff247, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

JamLand, May 25, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant medium copper with a solid one inch frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Citrus fruit, pine, and resin jump from the bottle before the beer is poured. Pine and catty hops dominate the aroma, with strong grapefruit and pineapple accompanying fresh cut grass and toasted malt. Lime and dank hops emerge. It's truly a hop explosion.

Citrus undertones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime offer relief from a fairly dominant oniony flavor that hits early and lingers into a bready malt and slightly sweet caramel backbone. Bitterness is fairly restrained, but counters the sweetness to dry out the finish. There's a resiny and catty character throughout.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Great hop character. The aroma is awesome. Flavor is great, but a little too oniony for my palate. I'm sensitive to simcoe, though. Fairly hot, but not terribly offputting. On the sweet side.

barczar, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mrebeka, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

twenty5, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

whatname, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 25, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again.

StoutHunter, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

markgugs, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jsh420, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

vermilcj, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Brew33, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stinger80OH, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

beergorrilla, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

nrbw23, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

hoppymcgee, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

vonnegut21, May 09, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
4.01/5  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!

BeerLover99, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

fredmugs, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

dar482, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

atone315, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DonFrap, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bigfnjoe, Apr 13, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.