Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 291
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle drink by 5/18/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a bright, clear, orange color, with small off-white head and some strong lace.

S-The aroma is clean and hoppy, fresh mango, pine/resin, and some grapefruit.

T-The flavor is clean hops, medium sweet and medium bitter, balanced and flavorful

M-The mouthfeel is medium, it has nice carbonation, and a clean, mid-dry finish

O-This is a really nice DIPA. It has fresh and clean flavors, and a well-balanced taste overall. It isn’t the most bitter example of the style out there, but just a really tasty and nicely made example. Really enjoyed this way to go Founders I need to find some more.

Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.39/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try a new beer from Great Lakes, one of my favorite breweries. Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Really nice looking pour. Beautiful clear rusty gold color with a touch of haze. Nice fluffy off-white head. The nose is really nice. I get lots of over-ripe tropical fruit and hibiscus flowers. Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a good, astringent, piny-sappy smell.

Medium body, firm oily feel, and loads of fruity bitter goodness. Nice biscuity flavors up front, then flavors of orange marmalade, peach preserves, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest barge in and brighten the flavor. The beer is super fruity and resiny, but doesn't seem all that bitter. It is well-balanced and very fresh tasting and yet never seems to punish your palate. It has a faint flash of a syrupy sweet note on the finish that is very reminiscent of Bell's Hopslam. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

What a terrific new beer from Great Lakes. An entry that stands its own with Hopslam and other top shelf seasonal IIPAs. This is definitely one I'll seek out every year. I only bought one 4-pack and I should have bought more. The 4 cases my local store got sold out in only 3 days. Nicely done Great Lakes!

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

Tasted On: 04-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-14-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Thanks to HopFace for this trade extra!

Pours with a finger's height of off-white head on a clear and bright amber beer. Lacing and head retention are good making for an attractive beer.

Lots of hops are in the smell with floral and citrus notes, such as grapefruit. Some bready malts are in there as well for sweetness.

Taste is hop-forward but the malt bill gives it a balance. The main flavors I get are citrus hops, tropical fruit and some sweet honey malt. Packs some alcohol weight with the 9.4 ABV.

The feel is medium-bodied, with rich flavors carrying into the aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry with both hoppy bitterness and some malt/fruit notes for balance.

Overall a really well-crafted Double IPA I'm glad to have tried

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a thin layer of off-white and bubbly foam.

Juicy tropical fruit, namely mango, pineapple, and some citrus, resin, and some earthy pine notes.

The tropical sweetness in the aroma is slightly overpowered by the resinous, piney, and earthy hop bitterness, but the tropical flavors are not overshadowed, pineapple and mango come out to play with some slight caramel notes.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy, tropical tartness, and a fair amount of resinous hop bitterness.

Overall, this will sit in my top 10 favorite DIPAs for some time. This leans heavy on the bitter spectrum, but the tropical tart and sweet flavors shine just enough.

Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer.

Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maui/Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano snifter.

Appearance- Robust orange color, not too bright, but strong. Like an overripe orange in the bowl. Lots of bubbly head leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell- straightforward double IPA- big, pungent, bitter and acidic. Tingly on the nose with lots of pineapple, guava, fig newtons, alpha acids. Smells like its gonna be yummy.

Taste- big passion fruit creamy tang up front. Robust bitter hop attack comes next and hangs out past the swallow. Mingles nicely with a malty backdrop, but keeps the bitter long and strong. Very tasty stuff. A great DIPA for warm weather.

Mouthfeel- slightly fizzy, but dense and smooth. Leaves the mouth coated for lingering taste.

Overall- one of Great Lakes' best offerings in my opinion. Bummer that it is a limited seasonal. They should keep this on a bit longer into the summer months. And if Widmer actually sued over the name, it will be a bummer that this will be gone- hopefully the recipe stays and the only the name changes. Can't wait until the next release of this one

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber/orange with a finger of white head and spotty lacing.

Big citrus aromas upfront, rich pineapple, ripe grapefruit, juicy citrus, honey, just a whisper of booze as it warms.

Smacky citrus, grass, more balanced compared to aroma but just enough honey malt, a bit sweet, alcohol is well contained, mild bitter finish.

On par but I'd like to have the finish linger a bit more.

I've always been impressed with GL and this beer doesn't fall short.

Photo of JackieTH
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange with a skein of off white foam and curtains of lace. Powerful pineapple, mango, star fruit and alcohol are noticeable in the nose. Taste does not disappoint. Bouquets of mango, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, substantial malt presence tames, overall bitterness is moderate. Lightly sweet and juicy, chewy well crafted body, perfectly carbonated. Dry medium bitter finish with lingering tropical elements. Very good.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chillwave. 12oz bottle poured into tulip. Slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head that settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is orange juice, pineapple, mango, caramel, grass, and bread. Taste is strongly sweet for the style with tropical fruit juice and caramel notes followed by spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Alcohol wafts through on the swallow. Medium body, thick resiny texture, shy of moderate carbonation, grassy bitterness on the finish with some residual sugar.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Alchemy Hour Double IPA

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. This was served chilled.

A) Dark amber in color with nearly a finger of soapy head that slowly dissipated to a thin dusting, eventually just leaving a collar behind. A fair amount of lacing.

S) Ripe to over ripe pineapple. This has quite a sweet aroma. Hint of caramel. Light pine...

T) Tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, sweet, but not overly sweet... Balanced with adequate bitterness, that fades out nicely. The 9.4 ABV is noted as this warms up. Light pine and alcohol aftertaste.

M) Close to full-bodied with mild carbonation. The alcohol had a little bit more bite to it, from a mouthfeel standpoint than I was anticipating. Still went down nicely.

O) This is a nice Double IPA. Definitely worth a try, especially since it's brewed by Great Lakes, as they rarely disappoint.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best before 05/03/13) poured into a Milkshake Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Initially hazy copper-orange-amber beer with bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Off-white head about 1/4" thick upon poured died back to a persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent strands of lacing noted. Some of the haze goes away as the beer warms up and the beer gets a bit brighter in appearance.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and some other tropical fruit under it all. Not papaya, not mango...I've smelled it but I can't place it. Ripe and inviting tropical fruit smell.

Taste: Well blended flavors here. Smooth hoppiness of front - quick burst of citrus and tropical fruit, then moves smoothly into a malty middle which serves as a counterbalance to the start and finish of this beer. After that, another quick but smooth transition into a longer hoppy piney finish. The flavors are distinct and move quickly one after another, but it's not abrupt. You get the flavor, then it goes away quickly as another one steps in to let you know it's there, and then it goes away again to make for another flavor. Only the finish lingers, but even that finish is not overpowering or dominating on the palate - you'll get the whole combination again with every sip. Or at least I did. Well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, just south of creamy in regards to thickness. Surprisingly not too sticky on the teeth and not a lot of hop oil all over the place despite how hoppy this beer is. Nicely done.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall a finely crafted DIPA - a good version of the style. Drinkability is quite good as well. Many DIPAs I usually need to stop at one due to the high ABV or the fact that the hops thrashed my palate and I need to stop, this one though, I want another, but I have to work tonight so I'll stop at one. My palate is not worn out by this beer either. The beer went well with food (burger and baked beans) and I'm glad I got a 4 pack. Time to save the rest over a few upcoming evenings. Quite a good DIPA.

Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle into a tulip glass. Bright syrupy amber, with a head of tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly.

The aroma is killing me. Clementine and honey, altered by some umami scent (mixed butter and jam?) Caramel. Yum. Wait, I've got it: it's popcorn!

Intriguing anonymous super-fruit flavor, like a peach/navel orange/banana hybrid. Sweet middle. Bitter finish is straight-up pith of lemon.

Medium-bodied, smooth, sticky, and sweet. Sure, the hops rule, but they're nearly shown up by the sweet, bready malt. Finishes medium-dry.

A masterpiece of balance.
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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Uh, oh. This bottle from my cellar was not great. I should've been testing these bi-monthly. This beer is about 11 - 12 mos. old, and that amount of aging has not treated it well. It tastes like this would've been ideal at 8 months, or so. It's lost its edge in a number of ways: carbonation took a big hit, as did the fruit bitterness.

Unlike with Lupulin Maximus, whose oxidation at 11 months is wholly becoming of that beer, and thus is more forgiving of the cellar, I missed the bubble on Chillwave.

Sad. It's certainly not a drain pour. It's still pretty good--say, about 3.90. Oh, well. Gonna have to drink all these in short order!

Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber/copper. Light pencil think head that dissipates very quickly, tiny amount of carbonation rising. Honestly, not a lot going on. a bit unimpressive.

S - WOW, lots of hops. Deep citrus flavors specifically grapefruit and some spices i cannot specifically identify. small scent of lemon.

T - Hops hit like a hammer. Piney, carmel, grapefruit and lemon in the middle. Real acidic as it goes down. Certain grapefruit taste.

M - Grapefruit lingers like like you just ate the entire fruit. Getting a maybe a semi froth feel.

O - wish it was thicker, viscosity is low. missing carbonation and frothiness some excellent IIPAs have. I personally love grapefruit so I like this. But, I wish the sweetness and bitterness could have been more mellowed together. I felt it was sweet in front and a very bitter lingerer.

Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a nice copper gold with a half finger of off-white carbonation that produces a good bit of lacing and beading beneath... beading in the body itself is minimal. Looks nice.

Plenty of tropical aromas coming from this one... grapefruit and mango, some soft citrus, like clementine. It's not terribly pungent but it offers that lush, juicy hop cleanliness that only is found in well built American IPA's.

On the palate it isn't quite as tame. There's a raw sense of bitterness coming from the hop profile. Mango, grapefruit... those characteristics translate on the palate but there's an abrasive addition. That said, it doesn't seem to detract from the overall experience. It's a tongue buckler and that's something that I've learned to love from time to time. There's also a slight suggestion of alcohol on the final finish.

This is far from sessionable but it's satisfying my hop fix for sure.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 05/03/13.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a one finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing

S: First thing that hits me is a nice grapefruit hop aroma. This one is certainly on the fruitier side. Does have a good earthy and floral aroma as well. Diggin these mosaic hops. A bit of malt sweetness as it warms.

T: One heck of a tasty IPA. Very floral and again that grapefruit comes through. Has a great bitterness but isnt too much. Alcohol is well hidden in the hops. Sweet malts compliment the bitter hops. Aftertaste is a real earthy.

M: Medium to thick body with a good nectar like quality. Fairly low carbonation. A little sticky but understandable with the amount of hop.

Overall I'm more excited for this beer after trying it. Only got a single but will certainly go back for a 4-pack. Great Lakes continues a solid lineup of beers.

Photo of lochef81
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was so excited when my beer guy got this in at the store. Having not tried alchemy hour I was thrilled to sample chillwave. THIS ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a thick white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. There are a lot of fresh hops here, supported by just enough malt to some what balance this beer. The mouth is medium bodied and coats the palate gloriously. As far as flavor, this one has it going on. It is a total hop bomb with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There are significant notes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. This is way beyond what I expected from a nob west coast ipa. Beautifully bitter and hoppy and so fresh one can almost taste the tap. This is a brewery that I had long ago lost faith in but if they can produce s west coast style ipa like this than maybe I should rethink my opinion.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal Double IPA!!

Pours out a deep orange with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is packed with hops! Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, some sweet orange and a touch of pine. Smells slightly sweet as well with hints of bready malt notes.

The taste is also very hop forward. It has a lot of the same tropical fruits like mango, apricot and grapefruit followed by sweet orange and some pine. There is a decent amount of a honey character that helps balance the beer out between sweet and bitter and some bready notes to finish it all off. Finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the body is on the lighter side of medium. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste, but there is a very slight warming as it goes down. Extremely easy to drink!

A great new offering from Great Lakes and a hopheads dream!

Photo of vandemonian
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA was disappointing. This is meant to be a DIPA. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange colour and a head that fades to nothing fast. 3

S: Grainy and not especially hoppy. 3

T: Grainy and malty with some subtle citrus hoppiness. Disappointing lack of hops. 3

M: A little flat. 3

O:2.5

Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal review/tasting with Stone RuinTen IPA

Eye: In comparison to the RuinTen, this one lacks. Hazy orange, but hey, who needs a crystal clear ale anyway? I'm just saying that if Stone can do it without taking away from the aroma then why not GLBC? I know for a fact that this one only gets centrifuged, no plate and frame filtration here, that is why it is hazy. Head is poor comparatively speaking. Very little lacing and it really only holds at a thin blanket that looks poor when sitting next tot the Stone.

Nose: Hoppy upfront with grainy notes behind it supporting. Big malt backbone supports this one. I feel like it could use some more hops upfront, soapy type of aroma. Raw grain aroma. Overall-ok. I know this beer has been dry hopped (used to work in the cellar at GLBC) but it really doesn't smell like it.

Tongue: Spicy hop character, and almost malt forward. Its a nice beer, but could use more hops...I remember tasting the first batch of this at work, quite different...It doesn't hold up well-all the hops fade. It has that GLBC taste, the grain, the yeast, the house flavor. I would like to see this beer hold up better. Fresh, it is super hoppy and full of IPA flavor, a little bit of age on it-and I'm not talking all that long-and it loses everything that makes it great. Really, just some spicy notes and some bitterness, nothing all that great. Shelf life is poor.

Drinkability: I'd not buy this beer unless I knew that it was super fresh(when I worked there it was brewed in January/February). I wouldn't buy it more than a couple months after that. Too bad, its a nice beer from what I've tasted at the brewery but the shelf life just sucks.

Photo of brewskis
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker orange color with a minimal head that dissipates right away and leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smells of tons of peaches, light juicy orange, mango, maybe some papaya or guava, stonefruit, along with some carmel from the malt, and light honey. Somewhat dry aroma. Taste starts with lots of sweet, juicy fruits. Peach, mango, papaya, and some grapefruit. Sweetness from the honey shows through already. The middle brings more honey sweetness as well as some carmel malts that really balance the fruity hops. Starting to get the resinous bitterness from the nugget hops. The finish a wonderful combination of fruity hops, sweetness, and slight bitterness. Lots of juicy peach, mango, some tangerine, papaya, stonefruit, little grapefruit peel, honey, and carmel. Slightly dry and bitter, but the sweetness cuts the dryness and bitterness wonderfully. Full body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The mosaic hop never disappoints, and the nugget hops provide a nice resinous bitterness to contrast the fruity qualities of the mosaic hops. Hoppy, yet very balanced and the flavors the hops bring are pretty complex. One of the best showcases of mosaic hops I've had. Excellent double ipa.

Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a dense white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma was a well balanced blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple with pine notes at the end. Medium bodied with slightly oily feel beneath pleasantly robust, rich carbonation. A maltier, fuller bodied feel than expected for a higher octane DIPA. Grapefruit and ripe pineapple hop flavors over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Minty hop flavor near the end with a musty, citrus hop aftertaste. Booziness is there but is superbly masked by the aromas and flavors. 

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.