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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

2,296 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 189 | 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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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

03-01-2014 05:18:13 | More by Stevedore
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-19-2014 20:32:21 | More by NJBeer265
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-11-2013 15:26:56 | More by DerekMorgan
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-07-2013 16:36:37 | More by jacewg
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

03-09-2013 16:36:42 | More by bsp77
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Spider889

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-13-2013 03:18:54 | More by Spider889
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-20-2013 04:45:11 | More by mychalg9
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

California

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

A: A deep golden orange/yellow body with a one finger off white head that lasts for the length of the beer.

S: Dank hops are on the front of this nose. There is an awesome bitter bite followed by a sweet caramel finish.

T: There is a lot of malt and hops that come together nicely but not perfectly. The hops have a dank simcoe flavor with a citrus bite. The malt is caramel and toffee with harsh edges that clash slightly with the rest of the flavors.

M: Nice heavy body with a near perfect carbontation.

O: Great IPA. Worth getting if you can get your hands on it.

03-26-2013 00:09:22 | More by jvillefan
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-01-2013 21:27:03 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-01-2014 01:21:47 | More by DRBiser
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

03-10-2013 16:34:26 | More by hosehead83
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-02-2013 03:37:21 | More by ystazi
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-08-2013 00:00:27 | More by cadaugherty
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-08-2014 17:35:07 | More by josephwa
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-18-2014 05:19:52 | More by BAsbill
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-22-2013 22:36:00 | More by randylangford
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-17-2014 14:02:55 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-10-2013 21:50:50 | More by mikeburd1128
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BeerBucks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-28-2013 03:43:43 | More by BeerBucks
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-11-2013 20:45:14 | More by waddellc2
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-09-2014 02:13:23 | More by bubseymour
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-13-2013 15:51:17 | More by generallee
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,296 ratings.