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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,379 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,379
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 236
Gots: 210 | FT: 9
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of herman77
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper with some haze to it. Nice fluffy off white head with great retention. Very nice, sticky lacing, leaving big rings.

S: Mainly tropical with sweet grapefruit and oranges. A honey/flowery smell to it to. A bit of resinous and very slight pine lurking in the background with some toffee malt.

T: Nice and juicy tropical fruits. Floral. Honey like sweetness from the honey malt I would assume? Big dose of carmel and toffee malts for a really nice malty backbone. It could use a bit more resinous piney hops, but those might have faded off a bit by now. Other than that, its pretty damn amazing.

M: Medium to fuller body for the style. Average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel.

O: Pretty good drinkability for the ABV. The tropical/sweeter style of this Double IPA is right in my wheelhouse. A bit like Abrasive, but not as much intense, in your face hops and maybe a bit sweeter. Overall, one of my new favorite double IPAs.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold, half inch off-white head is fine and retains well.

Smells of papery malts and piney hops.

Rich honey malt flavor with piney bitter hops to balance it out. Some citrus elements and bready malt base.

Medium to full body with tingles of carbonation across the tongue.

A fantastic IPA, great flavor, good body, hides its immense strength very well, a must-try.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nrs207
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 2,379 ratings.