1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,285 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 223
Gots: 186 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chillwave Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,285 | Reviews: 358 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of justintcoons


4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden-amber with a short head that dissipates immediately. Low carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya, candy coated oranges, mango, caramel and something that resembles lactose?

Mango, papaya and notes of pineapple. Rich caramel and candied citrus. Touches of toffee. There does seems to be this strange (yet welcome) lactose component. Starfruit and honey. Finishes with resinous pine and florals.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and dry.

Complex and nicely balanced. The 9.4% abv isn't noticeable. Pretty much everything you'd want in a DIPA, but there is this milky flavor that sets it apart.

03-07-2013 01:13:29 | More by justintcoons
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-20-2013 15:34:32 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.19/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-01-2014 22:16:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Zachtheporter


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-07-2014 21:17:47 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%

A: Pours a clear honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas up front followed by some odd steamed vegetable-like DMS aromas.

T: Thankfully the DMS is less present in the flavor, with bright citrus flavors up front followed by grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is lightly bitter with a little alcohol warmth, though has a slight DMS aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a lively feel to it, making it drinkable despite its abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer at first, but as it warmed, the DMS aromas and flavor came out more. It's not bad by any means, but without the DMS it could be great. I'm not for sure where the DMS is coming from since it was poured at a bar that regularly rotates and cleans its taps.

03-21-2014 16:44:42 | More by n2185
Photo of ajzy


1/5  rDev -76.6%

05-26-2013 01:05:32 | More by ajzy
Photo of CoolEthan


3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-01-2014 03:44:22 | More by CoolEthan
Photo of bigbeers84


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2013 19:58:25 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-19-2014 23:48:53 | More by mklisz
Photo of adamette


4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle which was one from the 4 pack that I bought from Giant Eagle in Painesville the other day for $9.99. "Please enjoy by 05/20/13" stamped on the label so it is nicely fresh! Poured into a clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass.

A Moderate copper translucent body under a minimal very light brown but thick head. Good look. 4.0

S Floral hops dominate the smell. I may pick up some of the honey malt mentioned on the label but it is well in the background behind the hops! 4.0

T Hops in front but a very welcome last one third of the taste since there is a nice malt, honey sweetness there. The gritty, grainy burlap hops are exceedingly common in Great Lakes beers (notice I am not complaining, only remarking!) but the sweet honey malt is a welcome addition here. Very good taste indeed. 4.5

M Feel is strong for sure. That burlap, grainy hops bitterness really fills out the feel. The sweet honey touch in the last one third lightens the feel somewhat. This is a "big" beer. That not only suits the style but it is what I expected from GLBC. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that high with the high ABV and the "bigness" of the beer. Overall this is a very fine beer. 4.5

04-05-2013 01:55:16 | More by adamette
Photo of brewcrew76


4.11/5  rDev -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.

02-27-2013 02:38:57 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of mpayne5


4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2014 00:21:29 | More by mpayne5
Photo of nlmartin


4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

02-25-2013 19:09:27 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-30-2013 01:15:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of buzzy


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-09-2013 22:04:30 | More by buzzy
Photo of hardy008


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

04-20-2013 23:09:27 | More by hardy008
Photo of JeffTheJuice


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-22-2013 22:19:28 | More by JeffTheJuice
Photo of mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-25-2014 20:19:32 | More by mikeincharleston
Photo of Rollzroyce21


3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-21-2013 06:00:16 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

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

04-05-2013 22:36:10 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 01:01:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of jplopez21


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2013 00:10:08 | More by jplopez21
Photo of JohnnieNepal


4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-23-2013 10:22:20 | More by JohnnieNepal
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-16-2013 22:21:55 | More by Mantooth
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,285 ratings.