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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,362 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 231
Gots: 205 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 2,362 | Reviews: 364 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bigbeers84, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Mantooth, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JimmyFlatRock, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.75/5  rDev +11%

thinwhiteduke, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

KYGunner, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

waddellc2, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ystazi, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JeffTheJuice, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -6.5%

BAsbill, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

papat444, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

DRBiser, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

josephwa, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Damian74Shensky, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jplopez21, Mar 02, 2013
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Dave_Treat, Apr 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

bubseymour, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zachtheporter, May 07, 2014
Photo of jacewg
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

jacewg, Mar 07, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

jvillefan, Mar 26, 2013
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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.
96 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.