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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

2,316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 225
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

GeoffreyM, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and effusive sheets of variously-sized bubbles rise or drift in the column.

S: Big mixed citrus qualities are immediately evident, while lesser herbaceous spice and baker's yeast round out the smell. Intensity is assertive and appropriate for the style. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with mixed fruit that is surprisingly affected by yeast metabolites. Citrus fruit is fairly dark, at least as much orange as grapefruit, while pear is stretched to the point of becoming banana-like. Malt is refined into the middle where hop aromatics become a bit deconstructed and chemical. Bitterness is moderate during the finish, with other flavor drying out slightly and seeming of rye-like grain. Alcohol expands on the palate late, promoting this beer in terms of its perceived size.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Recognizable as the older sibling to Great Lakes' Commodore Perry IPA, this beer achieves balance while striking a fairly traditional posture. It lacks the obvious mark of fine craftsmanship that the standard IPA exudes, with a smattering of questionable sensory qualities but still outnumbered by appropriate features.

beagle75, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a moderately hazy dark rust orange with a somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head. No head retention at all save for a thin ring around the top of the beer. Not too suprising given the abv but still a little disappointing.

Huge tropical fruit punch on the aroma with tons of mango and grapefruit. A little touch of alcohol along with some light caramel.

More tropical fruit upon the initial taste along with lighter notes of pine resin and honey. Alcohol comes through stronger here but remains restrained. The malt is mostly buried under the hops but a little light bread and caramel is detectable. Mouthfeel is full and oily finishing on the sweet and sticky side but not cloying. Strong but smooth bitterness.

Overall, an excellent IIPA that in my opinion is on par with Hopslam with being one of the best options on the market. You really need to let this beer warm up a little to get the full experience but an amazing offering from Great Lakes.

rangerred, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jaymo18
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

deonreds, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ryanpj, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a VERY generous BA for this as an extra. Best before: 05/07/13. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very tropical with tropical fruit notes and a bit of honey. There is some piney-ness, but not as much as what we're used to here on the west coast. However, I love the way the hops outnumber the small malt profile on this one. Bravo, Great Lakes. Come to think of it, this may be my first Great Lakes beer I've ever tasted. More tropical fruit aroma with a bit of grass and citrus. Taste is just as the nose leads you to. Awesome tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya, guava)...also with a hint of kiwi. The malt backbone definitely comes through in the taste, which was what I was hoping WOULDN'T happen, however... it works with this beer. Lost a couple points...but not too much. Tropical hops with a hint of citrus and some honey and caramel malt flavors. The sweetness of this beer mellows out the bitterness that should be here. A little or bitter with a little less sweet would do this one good. Mouthfeel is PERFECT for a DIPA. Pretty much spot-on. Not too thin, not too sticky, not under-carbed. Drinkability is scary high for the ABV on this one. No alcohol warmth detected. Overall, this beer is a pretty solid DIPA. The nose is great, but the taste is still a bit too malty. I know us west-coastians think differently when it comes to our IPA/DIPAs. Very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase on the regular if it were distributed to California.

DovaliHops, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of facesnorth
4/5  rDev -6.5%

facesnorth, May 08, 2014
Photo of Brams17
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Brams17, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BigTrubble, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

apasternak, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mportnoy, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

Bouleboubier, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

PA-Michigander, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark gold with a nice creamy head

S-nice blend citrusy cream and hoppy grains. Smells tasty. Good strength

T-comes in with a fairly bitter taste of citrus and grains, not really focusing on either one. There's a bit of booze to this as well. The after-taste is mostly of the grains. The bitterness seems to last a bit.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice semi-dry finish

O-this is a nice double IPA. Great flavors, good blend of hops and bitterness. It has an outstanding drinkability and the flavors last log too. Every sip is enjoyable.

AdamBear, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Mdog
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber, good head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, apricots.

Taste: Nice sweet fruit, pink grapefruit, moderate bitterness. Balanced taste (for a DIPA).

Mouthfeel: Moderate feel, syrupy.

Overall: Very nice double IPA here from Great Lakes. I enjoy the Lake Erie Monster, but I think I like this one even more, as it has a sweeter and fruitier taste than the Monster. Really good stuff!

Mdog, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of nrs207
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice golden orange. 1 finger head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing. Far above average.

A - Not super pungent, but what's there is very nice. Very fruity. Some citrus, sweeter tropical fruits. I'm not sure they needed the honey malt in this considering how sweet the mosaic hop strain is. It smells super fruity without any bitterness and the taste backs that up.

T - Just a fruit bomb. Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malt. This is like Hopslam but better on every level. HopSlam has a slightly different hop profile obviously, because it doesn't use mosaic, but this executes the tropical fruits to perfection and has a nice sweet malt backbone. The winner with this is even at 9.4% it barely had any noticeable alcohol. HopSlam lets you know how boozy it is.

M - High marks here for the smooth flavor with low alcohol presence. I almost wish there was a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty much spot on. As it warms I get a touch of alcohol, but for 9.4% it's really not much at all. I'm very sensitive to alcohol taste, and it doesn't bother me. Only beer I've had mask it this well is Stone Enjoy By, and that's a top 3 beer for me. Also, this doesn't ever get too syrupy like some of the sweeter DIPAs can.

O - This stuff is great. Couldn't get it in my area, but luckily I commute over an hour and it was just sitting around by the case. Got 2 4 packs, and I'll probably get more soon before it's gone. I'd definitely give this a go no matter who you are. It's low on bitterness for those of you who aren't hopheads, and for people like me it provides that awesome fruity hop flavor with low bitterness and without getting syrupy. It's dangerously drinkable and I don't think you can really go wrong with it. Highly recommended.

nrs207, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

mc4z, May 31, 2014
Photo of Hugonaut13
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Hugonaut13, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sirsteve42, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of pisano
3/5  rDev -29.9%

pisano, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz.

A: Pours a pretty mandarin color with a small white head.

S: Orange candy, grapefruit, apricot jam, light grass and toffee.

T: Leafy bitterness, juicy and resinous citrus pith, vanilla, dry cracker malt, bitter in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A good DIPA for when you're in the mood for something resinous and bitter.

Etan, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of masterofsparks
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

masterofsparks, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Omnium
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
*Ive had this on tap numerous times previous to this, this post reflects all notes from then till now.*

A - Pours a deep orange tinted gold, just shy of a finger head, white and foamy, decent lacing.
S - Where to begin?! First off you get a nice fresh hop aroma, pine and floral notes that are wrapped in a lush aroma of mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple, with a hint of sweet malt. Smells incredible.
T - Opens up with those juicy fruit flavors, then you get some dry piney bitterness, followed with a fresh bread malt aftertaste.
M - The fruit flavors stick with your palate and so does a little bitterness, but isnt over the top stickiness from the malt or alcohol.
O - Step down hopslam, you've been replaced. The mosaic hops in this beer pop, and its incredible, but it has a malt foundation that isnt found in some other comparable double IPA's, the 9.4 is hidden rather well too. The first time I had this, I couldnt believe what I was tasting, and each time back to it has just been a treat. Great Lakes came close with Lake Erie Monster but it fell a tad short. And this picks up where LEM left off. Great Lakes is a fantastic brewery, excellent representation of their skills.

Omnium, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into mini chalice.

A: slightly hazed, super orange. head is bright white and frothy. retention isn't great, but is there. tons of spotted lacing. a bit darker than most DIPA, but not necessarily a negative.

S: smells like oranges and cactus and sticky herb and everything delicious. super inviting. impossible to smell and not sip.

T: tastes like delicious American hops. everything floral. big citrus flavors. a resinous piney linger. bitterness that is totally manageable. mingles more on the end of orange rind. sweet more than bitter. tasty shit.

M: creamy and smooth. full bodied.

D: absolutely delicious. really one of the finest DIPA I can think of in my hazed memory. just super drinkable and tasty. the best part of all is I feel like this isn't even the freshest offering of this particular brew. thumbs up.

Jimmys, May 20, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,316 ratings.