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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,320 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 227
Gots: 199 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

gatornation, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/10/13

Enjoy by 05/01/13

Dark orange and honey hues; honey depth, too. One finger head dissipates quickly to a layer of tiny bubbles and thicker collar retention. Droopy lace.

Slick hop oil and light booze aromas. Lots of grapefruit, some tangerine and lemon. Hints of pine and a slight herbal nip. Soapy orange. Biscuit and cracker malts.

The taste is more of an herbal/pine combo with too much booze in the middle. Bitterness is moderately high and would be pretty much spot on if it weren't for all the booziness. Oily citrus tones move in after a spell; grapefruit and orange.

Medium full, slick feel. Carbonation is moderate and well proportioned. Still, it's too boozy.

Finally, Great Lakes takes a shake at a decent DIPA; too bad it's upper mid-tier at best.

Ryan011235, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice extra from enelson in a recent trade. I've seen this around here, but never picked any up. Thanks, Ed!

Pours a brilliant garnet orange with a small white head on top. Moderate retention, light lace. Great nose of freshly squeezed citrus like grapefruit, orange. Light ethanol notes. A nice sweet smelling beer.

Moderate depth - holds up the ABV well. Slightly syrupy on the finish. Bittering hops right off, but they are short-lived, which keeps me sipping. This profile is quite juicy and flavorful. Semi-sweet citrus, candy like finish. A bit dry on the back end.

I really enjoyed this beer. A fresh, flavorful beer that cures my hop fix, but doesn't wear on me. Recommend.

Onenote81, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and dry.

Overall
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.

justintcoons, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

david131, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

n2185, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mikeincharleston, May 25, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bigbeers84, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ajzy
1/5  rDev -76.6%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mpayne5, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zachtheporter, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

NJBeer265, May 19, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/6/13 poured into a FFF teku today 4/30/13, received as an extra from powz87

Aroma: Smells like tropical fruit and citrus but mostly the tropical fruits like mango accompanied by grapefruit and oranges. So it kind of smells like tropical fruit juice, like spiked Snapple. It also has a resinous, sticky hint to the nose. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a white collar. Lacing comes in spots, nothing particularly awesome but at the same time, the dark amber body gives it a nectar-ish quality. Not a bad looking beer, certainly more interesting than the average DIPA, but not awesome either. (4)

Flavour: Pretty smooth and tasty. I basically get sweet maltiness up front- toffee and honey are the primary contributors. Then there's a nice bitter juicy component that kicks in- mostly bitter mango and oranges. Pretty interesting balance. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium, feels rather resinous but doesn't dry out my palate. Just OK carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly honey maltiness and a little bit of pineapple bitterness. (4)

Overall: Pretty tasty DIPA, not the best I've had but it's pretty good. I think I need a fresher bottle- although I agree its still a pretty damn good beer. I'll take a few other DIPAs over this but this is a pretty good one on its own. (4)

Re-review: So this year, this beer is known as Chillwave. Not as cool as Alchemy Hour, but still this is a pretty fresh bottle. Enjoy by 5/11/2014. So I'm guessing it was brewed 2/11/2014. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 2/28/2014.

Appearance is the same; dark copper body, more or less clear with a nice two finger white head with good retention, not a ton of lacing. Smells like passion fruit and pineapple, very intense and pungent. Flavour is nicely balanced, with passion fruit, citrus and pineapple vying against the bread and caramel malts. Really well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. Mouthfeel is as good as it needs to be, with just the right bit of carbonation, actually not very bitter for a DIPA, nice and dry with a passion fruity finish. Overall, this is a really nicely done DIPA that needs to be drank fresh. I loved it and for $9.99 a 4-pack, I would buy this any time over a $8.99 bomber of Toppling Goliath Sosus, which is another Mosaic DIPA that hit Madison at the same time I picked this up. Don't get me wrong, that is clearly a superior beer, but until Toppling Goliath starts bottling 4/6 packs, I'm going to choose this one 7 times out of 10.

Stevedore, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

buzzy, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

CoolEthan, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

JohnnieNepal, Mar 23, 2013
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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.

brewcrew76, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

adamette, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jplopez21, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Mantooth, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JeffTheJuice, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mychalg9, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of hardy008
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.

hardy008, Apr 21, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.