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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,235 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 217
Gots: 177 | 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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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:38:57 | More by brewcrew76
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ajzy

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -76.6%

05-26-2013 01:05:32 | More by ajzy
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a clear golden coloratin. Active carbonation noted. The head is biege about a finger and a half high. Nice head retention even inspite of the mustache. Thick lacing noted on the glass marking this beers very rapid passage.

S- The cool kids would say this beer was dank. The aroma of the beer is very pungent. The hops bring a major load of mango, citrus, grapefruit, pine oily resin, very floral aromas.

T- Major hop explosion in my mouth. Very pungent and bitter mango, citrus, grapefruit and yes pine oilyness. Nicely bitter finish this beer is very nearly without mercy in terms of hops.

M- The body is medium and oily with hops. The bitterness is long lasting but very pleasing. Not a hint of the alchol in the mouth.

O- This beer is delicious and dam near everything I hope for in a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 19:09:27 | More by nlmartin
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-08-2013 14:52:58 | More by baybum
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2014 00:21:29 | More by mpayne5
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vaguely hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Both the retention and creaminess is pretty good. A small ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nicely tropical. There are some piny notes from the hops, but it primarily brings notes of mango, pineapple, lychee, blueberry, and papaya. In addition, there's a nice honey note coming from the malts. Sweet, but the excellent fruitiness compensates very well.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose: the general sweetness is high, but so is the definition of fresh tropical fruit flavors. Right from the onset, an impressive amount of mango, pineapple, blueberry (not tropical, but who cares), and papaya hits the palate; minor flavors of sweet onion and pine also exist. Sweetness gradually builds from the start to the finish, bringing a honey-laden aftertaste. Twinges of alcohol are noticeable, but hardly detract as its presence is so subtle. There's almost no bitterness here - there are times when I'm wishing it was just a hair more bitter. Seemingly, it's using the savory onion notes (which come out more when it warms up) to balance the sweetness. And it honestly works.

M: This is a sweet finishing beer - but thanks to the honey presence, it dries out very nicely to inspire easy drinking. The lingering sweetness seems more creamy than slick, too. Carbonation is really soft - even if it isn't THAT drinkable, it feels really nice in the mouth.

O: Oh yeah, this rocks. The sweetness of this beer is pulled off nicely, coexisting beautifully with both the savory and tropical notes. Great Lakes pulls another winner out of its hat: I really wish these guys distributed to my state.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:16:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-08-2014 03:32:42 | More by Kurmaraja
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-13-2014 03:19:53 | More by markgugs
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2013 19:58:25 | More by bigbeers84
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a one finger white head, which has good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and grassy hops.

Tastes both sweet and bitter with grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, grassy hops, herbs, bread and caramel malt. This is a nice twist on the taste of an Imperial IPA.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has both a bitter and sticky sweet aftertaste, with a dry finish. The alcohol is well disguised for 9.40 % abv. A very nice beer from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:09:27 | More by hardy008
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-15-2013 14:00:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-30-2013 01:15:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2013 22:19:28 | More by JeffTheJuice
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-09-2013 22:04:30 | More by buzzy
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-21-2013 06:00:16 | More by Rollzroyce21
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-13-2014 20:00:40 | More by muskiesman
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-06-2013 10:43:02 | More by nh2032
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 01:01:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
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dogfishandi

New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 05/02/13

Purs out a fairly clear deep sunset bright orange color, skim off white head retains the whole way, decent lacing.

Pungent tropical fruity hops. A bit of candied citrus, pineapple, dank, some malt weightiness is noticeable for sure.

Smooth pungent tropical fruit hops, apricot, candied citrus, some dank some caramel malt almost stands up to the hops,

Smooth and really easy drinking considering the ABV. Carbonation is a bit light which kind of compliments the feel.

A really good IPA, this super fresh is probably really amazing, very good now however. I'll buy this again

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:36:10 | More by dogfishandi
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation and leaves good lacing. Pours with a white fluffly head. MUCH more toward red in color than I expected.

Aroma: Really nice. Some tropical citrus flavors. Orange, pineapple. Big sweet, caramelly malt presence. Great hop nose, but much more malt than I anticipate from a DIPA

Taste: I'm going to sound like a broken record here. Great hop flavor moves in waves across the palette. Nice anchoring bitterness. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus again. Mosaic has to be the best new hop I've had in awhile. In the playing field with the Citras and Galaxys of the world. The hops have a spicy component. Very malty. Lots of sweet, bready, caramel flavors. More malt than I typically prefer, but similar to Hopslam, the hop flavor and malt interact quite well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation keeps this sweet beer from becoming cloying, though it is still on the syrupy side with a medium body overall. Finishes dry, which I really enjoy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of line for 9.4%

Overall: A very nice beer making great use of a new school hop. A seasonal staple in the fridge for any hophead. Really looking forward to the Rye of the Tiger release.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 16:36:37 | More by jacewg
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-23-2013 10:22:20 | More by JohnnieNepal
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2013 01:00:26 | More by ssimpson89
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 11:09:52 | More by papat444
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Orangish-amber with moderate off-white head and minor lacing.

Smell: Holy tropical goodness! Lots of peach, mango and grapefruit. Aroma is both sweet and dry.

Taste: Fairly sweet upfront, from both the malts and the hops. Layers of tropical fruits, with peach, mango and grapefruit most prominent. Finish is not so sweet, with some spiciness and bitterness. There is also a light berry taste, that I also noticed on New Belgium Rampant I had previous to this. I have heard that Mosaic hops can have a berry-like finish.

Feel: Both full and light bodied at the same time, which I sometimes get from higher alcohol beers with honey. Very smooth. Finish is nicely dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: This is an extremely good DIPA that I think is much better than the more boozy tasting and borderline cloying Lake Erie Monster. Actually, this is about the closest beer to Hopslam that I have had, albeit with different hops. Fantastic job, Great Lakes!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 16:36:42 | More by bsp77
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Chill-hazed apricot in color, with a short-but-sturdy cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Aromatic boquet of wildflower honey and bold juicy hops. Close your eyes and winter disappears for a brief, fragrant moment.
Taste-Honeyed, toasted malt, brown- sugared tangerine, with juicy, tropical hops providing a snaking, underlying bitterness that weaves nicely between all the flavors. Very smooth for the high ABV. A hophead's tasty treat. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:34:26 | More by hosehead83
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,235 ratings.