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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

2,218 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 174 | 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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-30-2013 02:12:51 | More by hilgart1
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-29-2014 02:10:30 | More by TX-Badger
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 13:58:32 | More by CuriousMonk
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:14:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-02-2013 03:47:16 | More by jegross2
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jsh420

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-29-2014 02:09:20 | More by jsh420
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-25-2013 03:54:38 | More by hoppymcgee
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-10-2013 03:01:51 | More by Bierguy5
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of lush creamy off-white colored froth comprised of a series of large chunky bubbles... There is an audible fizz about this... Retention is so so and leaves a full veil of rich lacing... A unique blend of colors - copper, lively amber and gold with a distinct ruby red hue about it... A modest bit of slightly sluggish small bubbled carbonation rises throughout... A good bit of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - A big nose, but not necessarily a hop forward one... Apricots... Sweet syrupy fruit juice... Some faint cranberry notes as well... Hints of caramel and toffee... Some sweet bready malts as well.. There is also a slightly surprising bubble gum sweetness... Very pleasant with lots of subtle complexities... Very familiar, but also quite unique... Excellent...

T - The tropical fruit presence is at the forefront of the palate... There are some faint brown sugar notes... The finish has an ever so slightly medicinal quality about it...

M - Medium bodied... Ridiculously smooth... A bit sticky... Sleek... A limited bit of brisk carbonation... The finish has an ever so slight touch of dryness about it... Goes down very easily sip after sip...

D - It's a bit surprising, but rather refreshing that in a craft beer world with an over abundance of American Double IPAs, there can still be very pleasant surprises like this that are completely unique... This is world class for the style and I couldn't provide the slightest constructive criticism as this one hits on all cylinders... Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:11:59 | More by philbe311
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-24-2013 03:14:11 | More by oglmcdgl
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 15:51:18 | More by buschbeer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light amber, slightly golden, out of the tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY. 1 inch head sticks around while, lace sticks to the glass throughout the session.

Smells incredible, tropical fruit, pine trees, no alcohol.

Tastes even better- orange, pineapple, honey, pine, lemon, slightly catty, herbal, dank, marijuana like notes. Such a full flavor here.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, but mostly dry and pretty refreshing. Well carbonated.

The best hoppy offering from Great Lakes. The new name, Chillwave, is pretty dumb compared to Alchemy Hour, but don't let that dissuade you here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 22:18:09 | More by GreesyFizeek
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-02-2013 10:14:53 | More by GrindFatherBob
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2013 02:52:45 | More by hollywood_15063
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-09-2014 21:49:27 | More by SadMachine
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-01-2014 03:01:21 | More by lupercmda
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-27-2014 21:46:03 | More by Durandal_777
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-09-2013 22:37:45 | More by atone315
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-04-2013 01:29:52 | More by Stinger80OH
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jampics2

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to weigh-in on this beer since everyone is flipping their gaddam lids over it and I want to set the record straight.

The beer pours a light honey color with some amber in the mix. It looks really nice in the glass and has a great clarity and nice head retention.

The smell is, well, interesting. The Mosaic hops lend some nice melon and mango notes, along with some stone fruit. There's a major flaw here, though, as some cooked veggie notes lurk behind the hops. Yes, this beer has mild DMS.

The taste makes up for the flaw in the nose and has real promise and punch. There's some bright hop notes, citrus and no wild cattiness. However, compared to beers like Fat Heads IBUsive IPA, which also feature Mosaic, the utilization of the hop seems one-dimensional. There's very little breadth of flavor, almost like there was more of a big addition as compared to a hop-burst in the brewing process. The malt base is decent too, practically invisible - anyone saying this is "bready" must be drinking a different beer than I had. There's the signature Great Lakes yeast in the finish that totally KILLS the possibility of this being "world class" and, instead, puts this squarely in the "well, at least it isn't Lake Erie Monster" camp.

The mouthfeel is a bit slick and there's a huge alcohol note in the finish.

Overall, this is a good beer but people here are acting like Great Lakes redefined the IPA. I love West Coast style IPA's and this can't hold a candle to the real-deal WC IPA's out there - Bad Boy would kick this beer's pansy ass. Poor Man's makes this look downright indigent. Again, I'm glad to see Great Lakes taking their portfolio in more of a new school direction, but this is just a good beer, not a game changer and certainly not a 4+.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 17:08:44 | More by jampics2
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-28-2014 02:57:16 | More by whatname
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**

A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.

S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.

T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.

M: Big medium. Good texture

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 14:33:07 | More by inlimbo77
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-09-2014 20:27:54 | More by vonnegut21
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Kendo

New York

3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 19:24:24 | More by Kendo
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-24-2013 17:03:12 | More by mrebeka
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,218 ratings.