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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

2,209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,209
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 214
Gots: 173 | FT: 12
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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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:48:23 | More by MacQ32
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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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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-25-2014 20:19:32 | More by mikeincharleston
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-23-2014 22:29:32 | More by dfhhead25
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We crack the caps and pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Harviestoun Ola Dubh tulips. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of big, creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving fluffy peaks of patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is explosive, with sticky grapefruit hops, orangey citric fruitiness, pale and lightly caramel malts, and a heavy, floral, nectary fruitiness of pear, pineapple, and papaya. With warmth comes stinging booziness, bubblegum ester sweetness, milky creaminess, and a mildly soured, funky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more earthy, deep, and bitter, with much less fruitiness than the nose would suggest. As we sip, largely bittering grapefruit hops, pale malts, spicy plastics, fusel booze, under ripe banana esters, and aromatic pear fruitiness mix for the start. The peak shows raw hop cone earthiness with big herbal pucker, zesty citric bitterness, mud, mineral, stone, spicy alcohol, wet yeast, and crisp metallics. The finishing wash continues the bittering blend of citric, earthy, and herbal hops. To cut is mashed strawberry sweetness, white sugar, sweet booze, mango fruitiness, heavy creamer, and coiny pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of coin, yeast, pale malts, bubblegum esters, honey sweetness, and of course, those earthy, herbal hops. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is high and frothy. There is coating foam and creaminess throughout the mouth, with satiation, and mild dryness from the booze at the end. The sip is otherwise nice, with sticky smack, froth, and pop. The abv is big, and will catch up with you, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the fresh and fruity aroma. The hops are extraordinarily fragrant throughout the entire tasting, striking the perfect blend of tart, tangy, sweet, fruity, and zing. The flavor follows nicely, but with much more bitterness from earth and herb than from the fruity sweetness and citrus in the nose. This is not a negative, but just a bit of a surprise, as we were expecting a much sweeter, more malt-balanced beer. The flavors actually tended to muddle a bit with warmth, so enjoy this experience closer to fridge temperature than cellar temperature. All in all this is a great beer, but it is the aromatics that really stand out for us.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:01:25 | More by TheBrewo
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2013 14:12:48 | More by DaveHack
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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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Common Ground Co-Op, Urbana, IL
Date: Best by 05/06/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alchemy hour has a wonderful aroma. I've found, though, that as the beer warms, it becomes less fruity, with more focus on caramel malt and ethanol.

Pours a modest 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam, which has average retention of roughly a minute before it has completely faded to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, a few spots and lines ringing the inside of the glass. Body is a warm, rich sunset orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues through the hazy (60% opaque) body. Carbonation is visible through the fog, streaming up from the center of the glass with some strong activity.

Aroma is of substantial fruitiness (passion fruit, mango) with lesser caramel malts and citrus (orange/orange peel). An excellent aroma, perhaps the most passion fruit-like beer I have encountered.

Overall flavors are of lighter (Lovibond) caramel malts and a touch of honey (for sweetness) with passion fruit, and more moderate mango, orange peel, hop bitterness, and slight herbal/woodsy hop characters. Front of palate is sweet and grainy, with toffee, honey, and cereal grains dominating the light esters that lurk in the background here. Mid-palate finds a quick transition, featuring prominent, slightly dank hops, with substantial passion fruit, orange peel, and mango, less prominent malt sweetness, and slight pepper from ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Back of palate finds strong orange peel and bitterness, with modest herbal/woodsy flavors (though such hops weren't used in the beer) and sweet, lightly caramelized malts, all with noticeably peppery, mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of fairly strong hop bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, and reduced orange peel.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with a medium to medium-low level of carbonation. This results in a beer that is never fizzy on the palate, but lightly and gently foams as it moves across. Closes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils and on the back of the throat, leading to a dry finish with plenty of lingering stickiness hanging on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 05:55:14 | More by falloutsnow
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-13-2014 03:33:24 | More by LJWalker
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-13-2013 15:51:17 | More by generallee
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish burnt orange with a 1 inch creamy head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric tropical fruits, orange, pineapple, grpaes, mellon, grapefruit. Some caramel malts, a little alcohol warmth and added sugars.

Taste - Much like the nose, nice upfront blast of hops, very fruity and sweet. All the tropical fruits mix in well with the malts to add a nice, impressive beer. Added sugars along with spices really make this a flavor bomb. Alcohol comes out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - The tounge gets nailed with the sweet hops, malts and sugars. Palate gets even more hops and a nice roasty malt flavor. The aftertaste is fruity, malty and a little warm.

Overall - This is awesome. A west coast style ipa full of hops and flavor. Sweet fruits but not overly done, the malt backbone really balances and ties everything together. This is a dangerous beer at 9.4%, drinks like a 6%'er. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:06:00 | More by wvsabbath
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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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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-23-2013 02:00:51 | More by savagepm
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neckbracesub

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-23-2014 02:06:03 | More by neckbracesub
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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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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes pub. Served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a finger of off-white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit, mango, citrus, some earthy hop aromas and caramel malt sweetness.

T- Similar to the aroma, very powerful fruity hops, heavy on the tropical and citrus, which is very fresh and vibrant. A bit of earthy hops and garlic. The caramel malt holds everything together nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- The best IPA I've had from Great Lakes, one of my favorites from them overall, this is a really delicious beer that takes a great take on the West-Coast hop profile. I'll definitely be having this again next time it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 23:11:29 | More by WillCarrera
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 22:41:02 | More by Kunstman
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque amber, with a double-finger head. Nice, fine, treeline lace.

Aroma is wonderful and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Very nice!

Taste is a wallop of thick, lavish hops. I get citrus again and plenty of tropical notes along the way. As well, a fairly large malt presence underscores the hop assault for balance. The body here is heavy, taste is heavy (yet, as before, balanced), and oh-so-easy to drink. A superlative IPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 13:48:29 | More by secondtooth
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,209 ratings.