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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

2,335 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 228
Gots: 200 | FT: 10
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: 2,335 | Reviews: 362 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

FUwolfpacker, May 06, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

mportnoy, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

deonreds, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of masterofsparks
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

masterofsparks, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sirsteve42, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

GeoffreyM, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of SkinniePost
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

SkinniePost, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My son just told me about this one yesterday but he had not tried it. Today at Save On they were raving about a Columbus Brewing triple IPA which I tried, but they also had this on tap. I had a sample and just had to have more so I bought a half growler.

This is a very finely crafted brew. The color is a little dark for an IPA. The head won't quit. It's huge. The aroma is mostly a very tangy hoppy, but it also has a sweetness to it.

Taste is another story. Or the same story. Perfect balance of very hoppy with sweetness, dark, and unique. It is a huge beer that just feels right and unlike any other. The aftertaste is pretty tangy too. It is sitting big on my palate. I will drink another glass with my pizza in a bit. I know it is going to be perfect.

This may be my favorite Great Lakes ever.

schoolboy, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of oldvines
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

oldvines, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
05/15/14
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a super creamy and foamy, one-finger tall, off-white crown. A sheet of drippy lacing coated that glass. The head eventually dropped to a bubbly mass.

The aroma was hoppy and super fruity. Fairly sweet for the style. Candied orange peel dominated. Peach notes also came through strong. Good amount of juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. All in all, punchy yet quite balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Amazingly fruity and juicy. Loads of candied orange peel. Good dose of brown sugar. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone that provided almost a bit too much sweetness. Strong peach and apricot notes. Touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit-like pithiness carried into the finish. Some pinesap came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, soft and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow carbonation that made the beer feel slick on the palate.

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA may not be groundbreaking for the style, but it is a really solid and flavorful rendition nevertheless. Fans of more balanced, hoppy beers should definitely seek this one out.

Damian, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

TheFightfan1, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Brams17
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Brams17, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ryanpj, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Wowcoolman, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
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 Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

pisano, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MattXT, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BigTrubble, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

djtomain, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The nose is right in line with what anyone would expect for a double IPA. I was very happy with the nose on this one.

The nose doesnt spill over into the taste like you see in a lot of double IPAs. The taste fades away fast and really emties out in the mouth. There is a little bit of warmth, which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but there is nothing else to support it. Not much bitterness on the back that would have complimented.

Read lots of great reviews and I was pretty underwhelmed.

Gotti311, Mar 06, 2013
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.