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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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ryanpj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-13-2013 22:37:12 | More by ryanpj
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

04-03-2013 01:15:28 | More by AdamBear
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

03-21-2013 01:59:19 | More by nrs207
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-03-2013 01:46:09 | More by BigTrubble
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

04-28-2013 22:14:45 | More by Mdog
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2014 04:34:14 | More by mc4z
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3%

(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

04-12-2014 22:07:00 | More by Bouleboubier
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Whoah, Great Lakes doing a DIPA???!? Consider me officially stoked...

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. Alchemy Hour pours a pleasant, mostly clear, rich, vibrant, honey gold color. A careful pour yields about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head. Lacing is sticky and persistent, leaving moderate streaks along my glass. Head retention is good, with a quick swirl causing it to come roaring back.

S. Wow, Great Lakes has nailed the nose here. Extremely tropical and sweet, with a lot of pineapple, mango, tangerine. The sweetness presents mainly as a honey-like quality. At the back of the bouquet sits a slap of dankness. The herbal and resin bite on the back-end is a nice compliment to the citrus notes that precede. A very well rounded, balanced nose...loaded with complexity but with no one note dominating.

T. Exactly as the nose would suggest, Alchemy Hour is a big, tropical, resinous bomb of a DIPA. It's all sticky honey and mango up front, before pineapple joins the party. Pineapple fades to mango and then grapefruit emerges before a pine blast finishes things up. The finish is equal parts of everything that went before, with just a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious DIPA.

M. There's just a touch of booze at the end that detracts slightly. Otherwise, it's incredibly well balanced considering how prominent the flavors are in this beer. Make no mistake...this is a sweet, more malted DIPA, but that is exactly what they say they are going for. The convergence of the West and East Coast styles.

O. I have to say I am surprised. Lake Erie Monster (Great Lakes' other DIPA) has never been very enjoyable for me, so when Great Lakes said they were chasing a West Coast styled DIPA, I didn't have the highest hopes. It's not their fault, they just seem to specialize in balanced, middle of the road, high quality lagers and ales. Well color me impressed. Alchemy Hour DIPA is easily one of the best beers I have had in recent memory, and is a top notch DIPA in every regard. This reminds me a great deal of Hopslam in its balance and sweetness. A spectacular, must-try achievement from a brewery that doesn't miss often. I love you Great Lakes!

03-09-2013 18:35:43 | More by siege06nd
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

03-11-2013 04:16:59 | More by Etan
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-27-2013 03:41:07 | More by sirsteve42
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

05-20-2013 01:49:03 | More by Jimmys
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-28-2014 23:34:28 | More by Tilley4
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deonreds

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-09-2013 21:43:29 | More by deonreds
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-15-2014 03:51:10 | More by JohnParadee
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-12-2013 00:39:09 | More by thebouch01
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

03-31-2013 21:37:44 | More by Omnium
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apasternak

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2014 02:13:55 | More by apasternak
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-24-2013 19:36:04 | More by CEDAMA
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2013 22:13:26 | More by Jas45678
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pisano

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.9%

08-22-2013 14:22:49 | More by pisano
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-09-2013 22:03:10 | More by TasteTester
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-21-2013 03:17:14 | More by Drucifer
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-19-2014 02:27:52 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-13-2013 07:50:07 | More by mportnoy
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-20-2013 00:33:34 | More by Eriktheipaman
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,296 ratings.