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

2,964 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 291
Gots: 496 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Photo of mobius387
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into deschutes snifter. enjoy by date 5/08/13

appearance: pours clear, a gold/amber/red sunset-esk mix of colors. perfect sized white foam head with some residue on the sides of the glass. sediment is suspended in the beer. about as perfect as a pale ale gets.

aroma: soft notes of grapefruit and honey dominate the nose. even more subtly baked sweet smells there. its very nice, just not quite as powerful as some of the other top dipas ive had which is something i look for in a dipa

palate: this beer is more sweet than bitter, so it drinks amazingly smooth, and for an almost 10% beer its alcohol is very well hidden. carbonation doesn't announce itself rudely. overall very very drinkable.

taste: resinous honey and citrusy sweet flavors mix well in this beer. the bitterness from the hops are toned down, so for serious hop heads this doesn't quite scratch the itch like an abrasive ale, heady topper, abner, etc will. but its a great tasting dipa nonetheless

overall: a very nice beer from a fantastic MW brewery. doesnt quite reach the levels of some of the most sought after dipas in the country like HT, pliney, ZD, and the HF ipas, but theres not many as good that is as easy to find.

Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange with good clarity and a thin puff of white head that quickly subsides to a swirly layer that surrounds the glass.

S - Extremely floral, hop zest, tropical fruit, citrus, perfume, resinous.

T - Hop bomb from the very start - citrus and fruity and nicely balanced with a sweet malt backing. Medium to full bodied - this brew warms you as it comes to room temp.

O - Really solid DIPA that is aggressively hopped and yet balanced nicely.

Photo of JayCheG
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a copper color, little head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Very little to no lacing.
S: Citrusy hops, hint of pine and lots of sweet smells.
T: Lots of grapefruit blended in with the sweet honey.
M: Very smooth with a bit of carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.
O: Its a good beer. Fruity and sweet IPA. Will happily finish the rest of this 4 pack!

Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a two finger head. Retention is merely OK, but there's some pretty nice lacing going on. Aroma is mellow compared to some IPAs, but there's a very nice floral and fruity vibe going on. Mosaic leaves a nice mark here with a ripe, sweet mango note. Citrus notes are there but more restrained than most (D)IPAs. A little bit of earthiness and resin. This is a rare case where a more subdued aroma in an IPA wins me over, as the tropical fruit notes are readily apparent and not hidden.

Flavor is malty sweet and not all that bitter for an IPA. Despite the listed 80 IBUs, this is not a tongue-puckerer. Still, there's more than enough bitterness to stand up to the malt, which has a honeyed character. All the citrus notes you'd expect are present, taking on something like an orange/tangerine character. Alcohol is barely noticeable flavor-wise, just a faint trace on the finish.

With the caramel and honey malts and fruit-forward hop profile, this is an interesting Spring DIPA. In some aspects, that malt profile reminds me of a Maibock, but the hops clearly take it into IPA territory. Nice use of Mosaic hops. Recommended.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark gold with a thin, bright white head that dissipates leaving only an outer ring

S-Grapefruit and citrus, slight hint of tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol

T-Very similar to the nose with candied grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, and alcohol dominating the flavor profile. It is very candy like in flavor and mouthfeel.

M-thick and sticky like candy

D-a sipper, but tasty and would recommend

Overall, this is a good version of the style. To me, it doesn't rank near Sucks,Hopslam, or Enjoy By. However, I would recommend it to lovers of the style and would drink it again.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden, 1/2 inch head about with lively carbonation.

S: Mango, grapefruit

T: Juicy, citrusy, and some tropical flavors. Some grapefruit and mango as in the nose but also soft kiwi in the mix as well.

M: Medium bodied for an ipa

O: A very nice DIPA and glad I tried it. Burst of hop juice and pretty complex. A comfortable and enjoyable amount of bitterness.

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect blend of sweet malt and piney/citrusy hop favors. Great DIPA.

Photo of gabedivision
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass 5/25 enjoy by date

A- pours a deep burnt orange, with a 1/4 head, that thins to a lace with some visible carbonation

S- Oranges, mangos, pineapples, grapefruit , tons of citrus, loads of heavy floral scents packed mid sniff, a touch of pine and grapefruit skin on the end

T- Pungent orange and grapefruit right up front, again very floral mid sip, heat from the alcohol can be found also but not overly aggressive, finishes very very bitter.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, soft and juicy in the mouth, leaves the tounge dry and wanting more and the palate destroyed from bitterness

O- Really good DIPA from GLBC, this beer took me by suprise, huge citrus notes, huge floral notes, just all around classic DIPA every thing fits just right.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden copper with a sticky white head - good retention and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit, pine, and mango backed by a nice floral bouquet.

A nice sharp citrus bite - bitter orange and grapefruit giving way to sweet ruby red grapefruit and mango notes. A slick somewhat substantial malt backbone is there to hang the other flavors on. A very good DIPA. Definitely a tasty brew.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My pour yielded a finger of active, fizzy head which was a light sandy color. This dissolves in about a minute, leaving a frothy ring on top of a coppery yellow-orange body. A steady stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top, and a light haze is revealed to be quite a lot of fine particles suspended in the beer.

The smell on this bad boy is strong grapefruit with pine, and a subtle hint of caramel.

Initial flavor is grapefruit and a caramel note. This transitions with a hint of juiciness into bitter pine and a deep crackery/bready malt. Light alcohol ending.

This is a good medium bodied beer. It rolls enjoyably and easily around over the tongue.

I was not a huge fan of this beer when I first drank it. After drinking a few, I realized that it is a good representative of the style. While I do prefer beer to push the envelope a little more, I have to give kudos to Great Lakes for a solid beer.

Photo of BBP
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper. Ever so slightly pale for a DIPA, but the head is one of the fullest on longest lasting for the style.

The aroma isn't aggressive hops, but it definitely has a hefty amount. There's a definitive fruity sweetness to the nose, and malt is kept to a minimal.

The taste is expertly balanced. This is probably quite appealing for most, but it's a bit too balanced for me. I love when the hops dominate. It has a very nice clean flavor, and it doesn't blur like many DIPAs. The malt and hops have their own independent flavors without impeding each other. The fruit also gets its own unique place.

The body is full, and medium to light in weight. The finish is considerably dry. Carbonation keeps it smooth while not being prickly.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I was quite impressed with it even with my preference for a one-sided DIPA. This would be a definite recommendation to anybody who is looking for a more inviting DIPA with less harshness, that at the same time holds true to the style.

Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of suspect
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a UMASS shaped pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop forward. Nice malt profile.

T: Brings a perfectly balanced flavor but the hops really shine. Most excellent.

M: Medium bodied, nice smooth finish.

O: Solid, good, DIPA. DIdn't blow me away and at this price point, it's good, but not great.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many 12 oz bottles, this one poured into my snifter. Damn, Great Lakes' seasonal releases are killer and affordable!

A - delicious looking beer, pours deep orange off the bottle and settles the same. "Liquid gold," boasted on the label, is an apt description. Average head recedes quickly on the forced pour, not much leftover. NN is very similar.

S - dear god, I've been drinking some good IPAs lately: regular Union Jack, Flower Power, Sculpin; but Alchemy Hour is up there with them. A nice blend of citrus and sweetness. You can smell the honey, much like Hopslam.

T - very balanced. There's a point in the middle of the quaff where you think you're going to be hit with a blast of bitter malt, but it leaves as quickly as it comes, leaving you with the honey to round out the taste.

M - very good as well, though there's an unpleasant bitterness on the top of the mouth that hits around the middle of the taste. A bit too much carbonation brings points down, but mega points for hiding such a sizable alcohol content.

O - I really think that Alchemy Hour is up there with the best of them. I look forward to drinking this one for as long as it remains in season, although it's difficult to choose between IPAs now!

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden amber color with puffy, 1.5 finger white head.

S - Fruity, mango and grapefruit, orange peel. Earthy undertones, good malt bill.

T - Packs a punch, very aggressive on piney hops up front, transforms into a lot of puckery sweetness before fading back into floral, bitter hops. Very good.

M - A tad dry, puckering. Robust.

Overall - An outstanding, outstanding brew by Great Lakes here. Excellent brew.

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a tan head, nice lacing

S: nice citrus notes, pine and bread from the malts

T: Slightly sweet red grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel and a hint of spice

M: nice body, resinous with a dry finish

O: Another winner in the overall dipa market. will drink again

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz. growler filled today poured into a NB snifter.

A - The beer pours a light golden / yellow. A two-finger head of egg-cream white foam that's loose and fluffy, made from lots of large bubbles, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a decently wide ring of lace around the glass and a surface divided between very tiny, fine bubbles and a shoreline of large bubbles and lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunset orange and a bit opaque. A little stream of carbonation rises from the bottom middle of the glass.

S - Big hop notes of ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange, like a citrus fruit bowl for breakfast. Light caramels and dark honey mead start to appear as it warms in the glass. Hints of ripe flowers bursting with pollen. A touch of resin/pine. A wonderful nose to enjoy. In fact, the more it warms, the more the malts move forward, and it almost starts to take on aspects of a big Scotch ale.

T - Just like the nose to start, the hops are nicely complimented by light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Reminds me of light toast with orange marmalade and side of peaches and apricots. Hints of honey and lemongrass in the background. Phenomenally well-balanced, hops and malts complement each other extremely well. A woody herbal hop presence sneaks in on the finish. ABV is completely hidden - not a trace of booziness at all.

M - A bit fizzy, but rather crisp. Carbonation is just right. Medium-light body presents a nice structure. Components are very-well integrated. Finish is clean and rather dry, with hop echos laid over the malt taking their time to fade.

O - I'm not a hop-head, preferring malt-forward styles such as Scotch ales and Marzens. This beer, however, might be the one to pull me over to the dark side. It's absolutely delicious. While it features the hops, it's extremely well-balanced rather than being a hop bombing raid, so the malts, which are excellent partners, are clearly present, too. I almost got in the car and made the round-trip to get a full growler after my 'sneak-preview' tasting when I got home. I had tasted this at Peaches St. Paddy's Day weekend and liked it, but had forgotten how good it is. I want more. If you get the chance, be sure to have a generous taste - it's an absolutely delicious hop nectar. Another fine demonstration that the folks at Great Lakes really know what they're doing.

Photo of patpbr
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The good reviews for this one are right on. Nothing new that i could say.

Photo of joeseppy
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 5/13. Clear copper clarity with a dense one inch white head and lacing starts immediately. I love pouring this hard and enjoy watching the cascading rush of carbonation as the flavor molecules are forced open.

Aroma in the nose is amazing. Juicy fruitti--like a Hi-C fruit punch. Rich, I say, candied dried papaya and guava paste. Floral fragrance and pine cone. Whafts of sweet malt.

All hop forward, like chewing on a grapefruit rind. A plant-like hoppiness and herbal pine. Malt sweetness. Leafy hop lingers on the palate and in the nose.

Subtle dryness makes the next sip as enjoyable as the first. Very smooth-easy drinker. Sticky lacing throughout.

Good job of the West coast style. Mosaic and nugget hops meld well with the honey malt. Simply put, this is a great beer.

Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Decent lacing. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose followed by pine resin and flowery notes. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange on the tongue. The pine resin and earthy hops are not as apparent, but they balance out what is almost a too sweet beer from the malt profile. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is almost perfect DIPA, only the too-sweet finish keep it from the pinnacle!

Photo of Benish
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: it had a color of light brownish red. Almost the appearance of a red ale but much lighter in color. Crystal clear with no sediment. Carbonation present throughout. Minimal lacings.

Smell: a mash of tropical fruits - primarily pineapple. Plus notes of bubblegum.

Taste: Starts out with a burst tropical fruit (yet not so sweet) then the bitterness follows up and become intermingled throughout; bubblegum flavors catches up midway through and lasts until the finish. While the fruit flavors were there at the beginning, I can't help but wish the fruits were more aggressive.

Mouthfeel: hard to say, it somewhere between a light to medium body. It had that refreshing feel in the mouth.

Overall: the aroma is phenomenal, I also appreciated the bubblegum flavors from both the aroma and taste (not sure if everyone gets this; we all have different palettes). Just wish there was a little more oomph in the fruits.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 5/06/13
Poured into tulip

Pour: Looks semi-transparent honey orange in color with a good 2 finger white head. Head stuck around for a limited time yielding a great amount of lacing. Leaves a collar of ultra tight white bubbles around edge of glass. Tiny bubbles continually rise to surface in a mesmerizing dance.

Smell: This one is a tropical fruit bomb with a smack of pineapple, tangerine orange, mango, some grapefruit and peach. There is a large honey sweetness popping through this tropical onslaught creating one hell of a sweet smelling DIPA. Then at the very end is a dank hop note with some floral.

Taste: Well again it is all tropical at the front with the pineapple and bitter orange rind taking over. As noted in the smell the sweetness (honey) is huge in this one. It is very sweet and not at all bitter until the very end. Way at the back end the bitter bite says hello with a pine whack but creates an overall genuinely interesting and evolving taste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat syrup like and medium bodied. Rather creamy and I think the decent amount of carbonation prevents this from being too sweet and sticky on the palate. Some of the sticky feel still does stick around on the back of the tongue for a while but not too long. Alcohol is barely noticeable to me.

Overall: In all honesty I have not been overly pleased with some of Great Lakes offerings but this one meets expectations. I heard so much positive about this that I had to give it a go and I can say I'm glad I did. Have I had better? Yes but in the same breath this is a pleasant surprise.

Photo of glass_house
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a deep translucent amber with 2 fingers of off-white head, leaving a thin cap and some lacing. Smells fantastic. Big juicy grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, raw honey, fresh cut grass, and bitter pine.

Quite a bit going on in the flavor. Citrus rind and a variety of sweet tropical fruits make an immediate impression, but faint bready caramel malt lends a helping hand and some impressive balance. Bitter pine resin has the last word. I do find myself wishing that the citrus was as bold as advertised in the nose. Feels light-medium-bodied with smooth crisp carbonation. Could be a little heavier and stickier for my taste.

Overall a very good offering from Great Lakes. Not in the top tier of DIPAs, but rock solid and nothing to complain about. High quality brews like this at a great value make me very glad that I have easy access to everything they make.

Photo of wspscott
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by 5/2/13

A: Crystal clear dark gold color with a slightly off-white head that leaves a surprising amount of lace.
S: Tropical fruits with an underlying malt sweetness
T: A distinct malt sweetness combined with a mix of tropical fruits and a little bit of pine, as it warms I get a hint of orange or tangerine. There is a distinct hops sharpness at the end, but it is well mixed with the malts. A honey-like flavor that I assume is from the honey malt mentioned on the label.
M: Very crisp, slightly round and creamy with the hops leaving a residual dryness on the tongue.
O: Holy crap this is a great beer. This may rival Hopslam for the DIPA crown! An excellent combination of hops and malt, so much more than "hoppy" like the average DIPA. I just looked at the GLBC website and it appears this beer will be back next year.

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.