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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

442 Reviews
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Reviews: 442
Hads: 3,030
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 302
Gots: 512 | 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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Reviews: 442 | Hads: 3,030
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 WolfsbaneBloom
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber with a finger or so of bubbly off-white foam.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, biscuity malts, honey, unripe banana. Clean, vibrant, and zesty. Really awesome aroma. Unfortunately, as the beer warms the fruity characteristics seem to be replaced by a less appealing malty smell.

Taste: Pine, honey, grapefruit, and caramel with a little bit of spice in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent at first but becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA from Great Lakes, a brewery that consistently churns out highly drinkable beers. I initially loved this one but as the beer warmed it lost a lot of it's best characteristics. The aroma is fantastic for the first 5 minutes or so and the taste is nicely complex and fairly balanced for a beer that is over 9%. If this one wouldn't have petered out so quickly in the aroma and taste department I'd be giving it a higher rating. As it stands it's still a pretty darn good beer and if you haven't tried it, I definitely recommend it. (1,097 characters)

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

Solid.

A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.

This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick. (385 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark orange-amber color with a big white head that leaves wide sticky rings of lacing as it goes. Clean and clear, carbonated.

S- Hoppy; citrus, floral, pine, and tropical. Some earthiness, too. Hang in there, the aromas reveal themselves sip by sip.

T- Some bready caramel malts and a spot of honey, no doubt The malts do not back down to all the hoppiness, balanced flavor.

M- Full chewy body, after all, it's @9.4% abv. It's dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is not overpowering...I think. Resinous.

O- The idea of a DIPA/American Amber Ale hybrid came to mind on this one. It works and I like it. (652 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle for $3.75, best by 5/20/13, poured into a Half Acre snifter

A: Pours a deep amber orange clear body with 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Not great retention but some lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic but definitely some nice cirtus tones are present with some malty sweetness.

T: Well-balanced! Great hop taste with a strong malt body, good bitterness present. Citrus hop flavors are good.

M: Crisp with good carbonation, full body, not the smoothest or creamiest but easily drinkable. sticky finish, moderately dry.

O: A good change of pace from the hop-head crazy DIPAs. While I do love a ton of bitterness and hops, this is a beer I could have a few of without a ton of palate fatigue. Nicely balanced, easily drinkable, worth picking up a few if you get the chance. (786 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into tulip

A-pours clear orange with a white single finger head, decent lacing as you drink
S- west coast hops, sappy pine, tropical fruits, lemon, some cinninmon, amazingly juicy
T/M- sweet citrus, passionfruit, pine, buttery biscuit, lots of west coast flavors, no bite at all just smooth juicy hops. Pleasantly thinner texture than expected and very smooth for the abv
O- I'm used to Great Lakes beers being top notch, but never though they would nail a west coast style beer with such success. This rivals the best double IPAs, it's slightly sweet, earthy, citrusy, and did i say juicy?I had high expectations for this one and it surpassed them, thanks GLBC for adding this to the line up! (707 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

A: Clear bronze color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of orange. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and slightly floral.

T: Up front there's sweet, juicy tropical fruit, namely mango and pineapple. Some malt in there to balance. Then bitter pine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, floral, and very slight pepper.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A slick feel that goes down well.

O: I had this when it was known as 'Alchemy Hour' and remember being underwhelmed. It must have been past fresh because this is an outstanding DIPA that's just bursting with tropical hop flavor. Highly recommend! (645 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange body with off white head

Smell - mango, pineapple, orange, honey

Taste - mango, nectarine, pineapple, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back end

Overall - very good IPA (255 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a Californian sunset copper with a two-finger, slightly off-white head. Left decent lacing.

S - Pineapple and papaya dominate, followed by a good amount of grapefruit and pine.

T - Starts off with a moderate green pepper-like flavor, which transitions to mango and grapefruit. The beer is almost spicy in nature like a weak hot sauce. No more flavors come through.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The body is a bit creamy as well.

O - Overall, It's a good IPA, but nothing astounding. I didn't like it as much as I hoped I would. (554 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how many people actually surf in Lake Erie as the picture on the bottle and label suggests, but I do believe that this is a very well done DIPA (and my expectations for DIPAs are high).

It pours with very nice lacing and a sizeable head with good retention. The smell is all about tropical fruit and with a touch of alcohol. The taste is bitter but with a touch of sweet malt for balance, and there's lemon and melon in there. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, with perfect thickness and carbonation but also some burn from the alcohol and overall astringency.

Overall, this is a very worthy DIPA. I'm not familiar with Mosaic hops, but this is a bold beer, even for a DIPA. It has the bitterness DIPA drinkers look for and enough flavor to appease any beer drinker, along with some sweetness from some good tasting malt that provides a touch of balance just to say that it tried. (900 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange. Wisps, tiny wisps, of foam cover small patches of the surface after the half-inch head falls down. There is not a whole lot of lacing, but a few very small spots cling to the glass throughout.

SMELL: Yummy. This beer is FRESH. Very piney. Some grass and citrus notes sneak in behind the pine to round it out. The smell really whets the palate for this one.

TASTE: Wow. The taste is just as good as the smell. A wonderfully bitter (and quite grassy) backbone is the base for a wide array of hop and malt flavors to dance around on. The hops contribute pine, a touch of lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit, in addition to that nice grassiness. The honey and malt sweeten it to the point of almost making it a dessert beer. There is a lot going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, but balanced. The body is medium to full and it has a very pleasant stickiness to it, reminiscent of Oskar Blues Gordon/G'Knight.

OVERALL: I LOVE Hopslam. This is on par with Hopslam. (995 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes. (854 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/3/13

a: medium dark copper. translucent white head which fades quickly

s: what an aroma. Citrus fruitiness explosion. some caramel. piney hops in there too. This even smells juicy

t: caramel malt followed by piney hop bitterness. then a wave a fruitiness comes in through the finish

m: Juicy! medium body. well carbonated.

o: Very impressed with this offering from GLBC. Very drinkable but just the same the ABV sneaks up on you. Yeah it's a bit pricy but I heartily recommend this for IPA fans. This will be a yearly purchase. (547 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pain the butt. I should have to write reviews if I dont feel like I want to. I believe that we are all responsible adults on this site and the drop downs are more than enough and if we want to write a review we can (225 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours pours an orange copper/soft amber color with a foamy off white head with excellent retention
S-pine,orange, lemon peel, tons of citrus, pineapple
T-very malty with a caramel flavor with citrus bitterness continuing in the flavor, bit of biscuit in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-Very well balanced DIPA, not cloying or overly sweet (337 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle today (3/22/13), no birth date but best drink by 5/20/13, poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/22/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4 - dark amber-brown color, solid clarity (probably filtered), minimal vertical bubbles and legs, one finger frothy white head that resolves into subtle glass lacing; unfortunately, the least impressive aspect of this solid beer

S: 4.5 - atypical smell for an imperial IPA - subtle peach, tangerine, even white grape/wine bouquet that doesn't overpower the nostrils; I don't have much experience with Mosaic but this reminds me a lot of Nelson Sauvin or other South Pacific instead of PW hops

T: 4.5 - minimal, subtle bitterness with predominant honey sweetness and slight booziness; this is exactly what I'd expect from a Midwest ("third coast") imperial IPA, nice lingering sweetness in the mouth

M: 4.25 - mild booziness but definitely don't taste the 9+%, a little thin but solid carbonation and lingering flavors

O: 4.5 - I watched the review of this beer on BeerGeekNation and, after Chris' stellar review, felt like I needed to try it; like I said, this is exactly what I expect and want from a Midwestern DIPA with a nice balance of sweetness and hop flavor; however, I prefer the huge hop (dank, piney, resiny) aroma of typical PW DIPAs like Maharaja or Pliny the Elder to this this, but it's certainly well-crafted and balanced; suffice it to say though, it blows the 2013 Hopslam out of the water (1,526 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange with good clarity and a thin puff of white head that quickly subsides to a swirly layer that surrounds the glass.

S - Extremely floral, hop zest, tropical fruit, citrus, perfume, resinous.

T - Hop bomb from the very start - citrus and fruity and nicely balanced with a sweet malt backing. Medium to full bodied - this brew warms you as it comes to room temp.

O - Really solid DIPA that is aggressively hopped and yet balanced nicely. (454 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice amber in color, slight orange tint in it, nice 1 finger of off white head at the top and left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Great nose on this brew, some nice tropical fruit throughout, hints of biscuit, grapefruit, strawberrys and some light note of caramel on the tail end.

T: Super fantastic in flavor, the notes from the nose are prominent on the tongue some grassy notes on the tail end. Great flavors.

M: Medium bodied, mid carbonation, good bitterness.

O: Really glad I was able to get my hands on a 4 pack of this, great flavors and super well balanced. Great Lakes Brewing is putting out some really good brews, super happy with them. This might be my favorite from them. (727 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by May 8, 2014; poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice-looking deep, amber-orange color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S: Big tropical fruit hop aroma, particularly pineapple, that's fleshed out by resinous and earthy flavors.

T: Huge citrus hop flavors here, lots of grapefruit and tangerine alongside the pineapple that was so strong in the smell. Well balanced with a pleasant lingering bitter tone. Decently strong alcohol flavor, though it works with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Really dry finish.

O: Solid DIPA from Great Lakes; well worth picking up. (598 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resin-soaked head that has great persistence and laces slightly along the edge of the glass. Massive aroma of pine and citrus rind. Brilliant, clear dark honey color. Starts off MASSIVELY with pine and slightly citric hop bitterness. Builds into a high bitterness (with a brief flash of metallic [which isn't bad here]) as the malt cuts through to add a pleasant sweetness of bread. The finish is a lingering piney hop resin that has notes reminiscent of citrus fruit and flowers. It is not a cumulative bitterness, though, which is wonderful. If you let it sit long enough, the sweet malt comes back from the finish.

Overall, I like this one. I'm not CRAZY about the hop profile (heavy pine, and a somewhat-persistent bitterness), but it's easily in the better half in regards to IIPA's. Great mouthfeel and a lovely look. If you see it, definitely grab it! (880 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a freshness date into a Great Lakes Brewing Co. snifter

Pours orange-amber with a one and half finger off white head. Above average retention and remnants of lacing on the glass. Big tropical notes accented by floral notes and fresh cut grass and clean alcohol on the nose. Blood orange, passionfruit, pineapple and papaya. Light caramel accents midpalate. Finishes with fairly intense citrus rind upfront that tapers off quite quickly with floral notes and very evident alcohol. Full body that feigns lighter at times, slick and smooth. A solid DIPA that will please those that appreciate a bit of heat with their hops. (654 characters)

Photo of mobius387
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into deschutes snifter. enjoy by date 5/08/13

appearance: pours clear, a gold/amber/red sunset-esk mix of colors. perfect sized white foam head with some residue on the sides of the glass. sediment is suspended in the beer. about as perfect as a pale ale gets.

aroma: soft notes of grapefruit and honey dominate the nose. even more subtly baked sweet smells there. its very nice, just not quite as powerful as some of the other top dipas ive had which is something i look for in a dipa

palate: this beer is more sweet than bitter, so it drinks amazingly smooth, and for an almost 10% beer its alcohol is very well hidden. carbonation doesn't announce itself rudely. overall very very drinkable.

taste: resinous honey and citrusy sweet flavors mix well in this beer. the bitterness from the hops are toned down, so for serious hop heads this doesn't quite scratch the itch like an abrasive ale, heady topper, abner, etc will. but its a great tasting dipa nonetheless

overall: a very nice beer from a fantastic MW brewery. doesnt quite reach the levels of some of the most sought after dipas in the country like HT, pliney, ZD, and the HF ipas, but theres not many as good that is as easy to find. (1,208 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer I have drank more of this year than any single beer in years..

A-pours a golden amber color with a two finger white head with lots of lacing

S-lots of mango and pineapple with a little floral shop aroma to it

T-lots of grapefruit and bitter hops with a tangy kick. a little pepper and sugar as well.

M- perfect carbonation and super slick. not too bitter but strong enough you can feel hops

O-one of my favorite beers of lately. incredibly drinkable and very cheap, I love that this is on tap everywhere. super drinkable but the alcohol does hit you eventually. (577 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a sticky white head - good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit, pine, and mango backed by a nice floral bouquet.

A nice sharp citrus bite - bitter orange and grapefruit giving way to sweet ruby red grapefruit and mango notes. A slick somewhat substantial malt backbone is there to hang the other flavors on. A very good DIPA. Definitely a tasty brew. (402 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper color with a big white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass. Legs fall quickly.

S - Orangey citrus, grapefruit, a touch of dankness, and a hint of malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and orange up front. A small touch of dankness. Really enjoyable.

M - Prickly on the tongue. Finishes dry. Very light bitterness. No trace of alcohol.

O - A very good citrus-forward west coast style IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit. (482 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.