Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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Reviews: 441
Hads: 3,006
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 299
Gots: 504 | 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 Clydesdale
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a frothy, somewhat dense texture. Head retention and texture is good, but eventually the cap fades to a residual three-quarters finger.

S: Insane hop notes here: tropical, dank, candied, fruity, and citric. I'm not sure what Mosaic hops smell like, but it must be big on tropical fruit and funky resin. Big pineapple and passionfruit notes, with lesser tangerine, peach, and fruit cocktail notes. There's a touch of light caramel (almost honeylike) in the nose, along with some lurking alcohol.

T: This is a big, hoppy DIPA, but it's not unbalanced. Some bready, lightly sweet caramel/honey malt notes are present up front. Hop bitterness is strong, but builds gently without becoming acerbic. Hop flavors run the gamut of tropical (pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine), stone fruit (peach and apricot), and herbal funk. There is a faint tartness here (yeast esters?). Alcohol does show up with a smooth warming bite in the finish, but it doesn't drink like 9.4% abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is fairly light. There's a light stickiness that quickly fades to an oily, resiny, drying hope finish. Alcohol lingers with a moderate warmness.

D: I like this one a lot. It's big, with a unique hop profile and a balanced malt bill. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt, it speaks softly and carries a big stick. Great Lakes beers generally show more polish than innovation for innovation's sake, but this manages to do both. (1,514 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color. Just a bit of head.

Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine and lemongrass in the nose. Just a touch of alcohol.

Very smooth initially followed by a huge bitterness. Very dry finish with pine lingering. Still hidden alcohol. Delicious. There is a sweetness and yet there is a dryness. Maybe a touch of caramel but nothing that takes away from the hop presence.

This is a very nice DIPA. Plenty of beautiful hop characters throughout. Another solid Great Lakes brew. (480 characters)

Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to. (972 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the ale poured a dark copper color producing a white head with a few large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass was modest at best. The nose on this one is huge. One detects citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. In the initial taste, one detects a peppery citrus sensation immediately. Accompanying notes include sour grapefruit on the sides of the tongue, orange, grass, and a biscuity malt backbone. The peppery grassy sensation takes over in the aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Alcohol becomes a little more prominent in the aftertaste. The one disappointment I have is that the mouthfeel runs a little too thin for a DIPA. I want this one to last a little longer. This is a good one. (738 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"enjoy by 4/30/13"

A - Crystal clear amber body with ample offwhite head. That's the way it ought to be

S - This is the most mango-smelling thing I've ever encountered (including mangoes). Luckily, it also involves a pungent and bitter hop component in addition to the "holy-fuck-this-is-full-of-tropical-fruit-aromas-specifically-mango" thing.

T - The nose is a tough act to follow, and the taste does a reasonably good job. It's got a lot of the fruity components, but the bitterness is a bit earthier than i like in this style. Still nice, but not world-class here.

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - great smell, good taste. A great addition to GL's seasonal portfolio. (679 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: a medium amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Tiny spot glass lacing remains.

S: Wow, smells like fruit cocktail with alcohol! Pineapple and lots of it, grapefruit, candied citrus and sweet caramel malt. Such a distinctive smell.

T: Much as the same as the nose, only a bit of a letdown compared to the smell. Huge candied fruit with lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and tangerine. Sweetness comes rushing in with caramel, candy sugar and lots of alcohol. Finish stays sweet, no bitterness at all.

M: Sweet, lasting, alcohol, almost cloying but not quite

O: A really good beer, but as with Lake Erie, it's really sweet. If sweet DIPAs are your bag, this one is for you because the fruit is amazing....maybe the most distinctive tropical fruit I have ever smelled on a beer.

Overall a really good beer where the taste can't quite live up to the smell. Fantastic, fantastic smell, maybe top 5, but the flavor does not quite live up to the smell. Still, try it if you can, it's good. (1,048 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle. Two months out from the best by date.

Appearance: Clean bronze with minuscule white head.

Nose: Huge tropical fruits: mango, papaya, guava. There's some sugar coated grapefruit in there backed up by a buttery biscuit. Some acetone like chemical tones float around as well.

Taste: Big hoppy fruits: plenty of mango and a lot of apricot. Some pear is mixed in with a nice crisp malt note. Finishes astringent with a bit of green tea.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a super clean mouthfeel. Not much stickiness, which is something I like in a big IPA.

Overall: top notch DIPA. For a very easy to find beer that comes at a very reasonable price tag, this is one of the best values out there. A very nice seasonal release from GLBC. (752 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting patiently like a monk for this offering. LOVE the GL seasonals, absolute standouts. Medium amber with a hint of head into the tulip (my BA bro Jens4212 supplying the fresh bottle, and sampling side by side). Grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits (he mentioned papaya, I haven't had it), some bitterness also standing out in the aromas. Huge mango explosion on the front of the tongue for me, some warming alcohol, and just the juiciest, tropical IPA you could want. Finishes crisp and clean, with a hint of the tropical note. Excellent inspiration for what can be done with those HOPS! The circle of fantastic GL seasonals has been completed. I'd recommend trying them all. (691 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/11/14, a nice surprise since I thought this was a winter seasonal.
Poured into tulip; dark orange-gold, clear with a minimal white head that fades but leaves tons of delicate lacing.
Smells boozy and sweet, like fruit and fermented honey.
Taste is almost overpoweringly sweet, until the hops come in and save the day at the last second. They bring piney bitterness along with juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Less Mosaic character than I would have hoped for.
Mouthfeel is oily, and it has quite a body even for a DIPA.
Overall, this is a DIPA built like a barleywine with the hops to back it up. Almost too sweet, but the hops balance it well enough. Not for the faint of heart! (695 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (2,303 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: What one would expect from a DIPA, copper/burnt orange color with a moderate to above average amount of carbonation throughout. Finger-finger and a half of carbonation on the pour.

Smell: My favorite part of this brew. Pine, lemon zest, limes, faint pineapple, bitter hops, and a honey/malt sweetness. Very bright and floral, the bite of the pine and hops really stand out. The honey undertones really remind me of Hopslam.

Taste: Hmmm..., sweetness on the front which quickly gets swamped by a strong pine bitterness. The citrus zest from the bitter hops comes on just too strong for me. Many of the nice undertones get buried. A sweet aftertaste is mixed with with a light alcohol sting. Interesting but overall not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: You can definitely feel the honey sweetness but a lot of tart hop dryness. Not a palette destroyer though.

Overall: I've loved most of the products I've had from Great Lakes Brewery, but this one is not a favorite. Neither Commodore Perry or this were anything to get too excited about. There are a ton of DIPA's out there these days and I would recommend a few others. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper with slight reflective body that looks like a copper still. Nice white foam head

S - Citrus sweet nose with pineapple and mango. Slight strawberry as well

T - Sweet pineapple with mango and strawberry. Sweet citrus hops are gushing forth. Light hop bitterness near the finish. Overall a sweet hop bomb

M - Medium body with low carbonation and slight stickiness to it. Leaves a slight astringent twinge from the bitterness.

O - Good and fruity IIPA from Great Lakes that is gushing with citrus and mango flavors. Love the addition to the lineup. (559 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark golden amber with slowly fading off white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus, orange floral pine hops, nice fruity essence. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange, a bit of tangy grapefruit, earthy pine hops bitterness. Palate is a full body, smooth with good carbonation. The finish is of caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange peel notes, some tangy grapefruit, with some good earthy pine and herbal hops bitterness for balance, alcohol is well behaved. Overall a very good, smooth and enjoyable brew. (533 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 5/4/13) to a poco grande glass.
Beautiful white fluffy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Orange amber color body.
Immediate smells of tropical fruits, peaches and some pine.
Bitter on tip of the tongue then leads into a nice malty finish with some honey taste.
Nice juicy hop taste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Really enjoyed this beer and definitely seek this out again. (414 characters)

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into spiegelau tulip. Bottle courtesy of fritts211.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with half-inch head.

Smell: Mostly aromas of citrus - specifically heavy orange/tangerine smell.

Taste: Follows the smell with almost no bitterness from the hops. Malts balance the hops perfectly. Almost no hint of the 9.4% abv.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel but could be improved by a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic imperial IPA that is not just for hopheads. I am fairly new to IPAs but this is definitely one I would seek out again. (585 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a one-finger head that faded to a thin film, but left some nice lacing. Smell was big tropical and citrus fruit, with some slight piney aromas. The taste was of pineapple, mango and grapefruit, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very complex, but all the flavors were distinct, yet well blended. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a nice crisp finish. Overall, this is one outstanding beer. Well done, Great Lakes! (439 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: An orange, copper color and is crystal clear. The beer pours to an off white/light tan head, nice and foamy, and settles down to a white collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: A hop bomb! Loads of tropical fruit up front (mangos and papayas) with notes of citrus (oranges and grapefruit).

T: Again, it is very hop forward and the initial taste sings of fruit juice (mangos, tangerines) but is balanced with a nice amount of bittering hops as well. At 9.4% ABV, there is a big malt backbone which supports all of the complex hop notes but does not overpower them. The taste is long and clean.

M: Big, round, smooth, creamy

O: An incredibly balanced beer, Big, juicy hops in the nose and taste supported by a creamy malt character and balanced out by the perfect amount of bittering hops. The finish is long, complex and ultimately clean. (886 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Powerful copper, essentially transparent, with a light head that starts moderately and fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S - Lovely hop hits of fruits, mostly mango and pineapple, with pine and resin, grass and a slight dank finish that works nicely with the whole.

T - Delivers on the smell with a peppery fruit and hop resin core, with a nice cracker malt element offering some balance, but closing with a hard turn toward the bitter, but not unpleasantly so. This is a double IPA that delivers without smacking you in the face.

M - A bit more chewy than I'd like, but moderate carbonation imparts some relief from the dryness of close.

O - I was quite pleased to pick this up from the Jungle Jim's growler fill service when I was in Ohio yesterday. It was something I hoped to try, and to get it fresh is a particular treat. A wonderful rendition of a popular style, Chillwave is one I'd pick up again in a heartbeat. (933 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a thin white head

S - Pineapple with some light pine

T - Tropical fruit balanced with bitter hop finish

M - Medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol linger.

O - Very good drinkable IIPA. Will be looking forward to this again next year. (283 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 05/06/14

A- Pours a deep copper with a high degree of clarity. Has a small very slightly off-white head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S- Getting a lot of stone fruits like a juicy ripe peach, smells a lot like another recent beer I had Hi-Res. Tropical notes of passion fruit and some of that honey malt coming through. The alcohol is coming through slightly but pretty well masked, Mosaic is fragrant enough to overpower the alcohol.

T- Similar to aroma, passion fruit, peach, apricot, slight floral notes, nice smooth bitterness. Lovely sweet malts, papaya. Alcohol is hidden well, better than in the aroma.

M- Nice on the heavier side of medium for a dipa which is right where I like it.

O- I'm really impressed by this beer. After having a few of the recent popular Mosaic beers and not really liking the sort of medicinal aspect of this hop I was surprised to not get any of that in this beer, just the wide variety of fruits that I like out of Mosaic. Only got one bottle of this to test the waters and will definitely be going back for a full 4-pack. (1,123 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for the trade

A: Poured thick and foamy with 2 fingers of bone white head over a baltic amber clear brew.
S: Caramelized orange and sweet scent of marmalade followed with fresh cut pine tree, like pine sawdust and fresh sap and finishes clean on the end.
T: Big burst of hoppy bitter orange and grapefruit rind with notes of pine sap - while still smooth and malty. Finish is mild on the hops with smooth malts that hang thick on the tongue.
M: Thick and smooth with a syrup coating and some snappy carbonation on the front.
O: A solid offering for a double IPA that doesn't attempt to reach too far to be overly complex. But rather does a very solid offering of hops with bold malts, a clean and uncomplicated brew. (739 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day. (1,180 characters)

Photo of jburd19
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a white foamy head
Nice fruity aroma.
Big tropical fruit flavor, mango bomb with grapefruit aftertaste. Very sweet finish with mild hop bitterness. Medium body.
ABV completely hidden, very easy drinking
Very tasty DIPA, just a bit too sweet (259 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/8/15.

A: Lovely copper pour with a long lasting eggshell head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Tropical fruits fill the nostrils with a hint of some dank hop presence that is most delightful.

T: Big upfront taste of fruity mangoes and grapefruit. Sweet malt finish that is pleasing to the taste buds.

M: Smooth, medium to full bodied. Carbonation was nice. Alcohol presence was nonexistent.

O: A real gem. Up there with the other juggernauts of the style. (469 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.