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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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484 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
3,222
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
23.82%
 
 
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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 3,222
Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-orange with a medium sized head. The aroma offers of the classic mosaic cocktail fo guava, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit peel. with a touch of caramel and candy smell, like orange sherbet. The flavor leads with pineapple and guava, then comes the hint of grapefruit, and the creamy cnady orange flavor and caramel come through at the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full and sticky. Overall this si a nice double IPA, but a touch to sweet for my taste. Mosaic is still my favorite hop, but with any tropical hop too much sweetness can make things a bit cloying. I still enjoyed this one, but with that small reservation.

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Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful orange amber color with a one finger loose off white head. Retention is minimal and there are thin webs of lacing everywhere. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, slight dankness and a touch of sweetness. Taste is the same, but more balanced than the smell leads you to believe. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall a great beer. And very drinkable for the high abv.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Clear amber-orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Fruity aroma with a noticeable caramel finish. Big beer with big sweet malt but balance with the hops. Tropical but also earthy, piney, and dank. Finishes clean with a warming from the ABV.

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Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent double ipa. No fancy flavors added so it goes down smooth and clean. I don't get much with smell but it is ok just no floral hops to add nose appeal making this it's weakest point. Otherwise overall I just love drinking it start to finish and I don't get a tired pallet.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of fdig23
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Deep clear copper, solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus , orange hops

Taste of malts and citrus hops

Nice bite

Very good beer, repeatable

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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.