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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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94
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485 Reviews
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
3,224
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
23.82%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
626
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 485 | Ratings: 3,224
Photo of guityler83
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An aggressive pour resulted in a two finger head in the snifter. Bright white with mixed soap like bubbles. As it slowly receded a cotton looking lacing was left in its place. The beer is a medium dark copper color with small amount of haze and a constant stream of bubbles climbing to the top.

S: Wow. Large citrus hop aroma. Pineapple is the dominant scent followed by grapefruit and mango. A light graininess from the malt and no detectable ethenol or off characteristics.

T: Great big juicy citrus hop flavor on par with the aroma, pineapple and grapefruit dominate. There is also some pine and berry notes. The bitterness is firm but round and not harsh at all (lots of late hopping I'm guessing). The malt backbone is nice and subtle coming in with a toasty grainy character. Balance is hugely on the hop side. Clean fermentation character, no esters to speak of.

M: A juicy oily sensation left on the tongue like most late hopped IPAs. The carbonation is on the medium to moderate side maybe a tad high coming of a bit bitting. The body is meduim with the hops giving the impression of much more then it probably is.

O: The bottle I had was very fresh and very delish. I've had a lot of GL over the years and they have been solid, but this one blew me away. Big juicy aromatic and a great combination of hop flavors. I would compare it to Head Hunter or even Dirt Wolf with less dank.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy light amber with a quarter finger of head that left right away.

Smell is a lot of tropical notes from the mosaic, sweet honey, maybe some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pine, some minor berry notes, caramel malt

taste is bitter up front, heavy tropical notes of mango, papaya, orange, pineapple, some grapefruit and pine kicks in towards the end, a definite sweet malt base here with notes of caramel, honey, bread and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky with medium light carbonation, dry an sweet on the finish.

Well this is a damn good beer, I really enjoyed this on, I will probably go through a few 4 packs of this while it is around!

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp copper color with no head to speak of. Noticeable carbonation when poured.

Smell is of mangoes, peaches, pineapple and fruits with some honey coming through.

Taste is initially fruity, you get the mango and pineapple coming through but it moves to a honey malt flavor overlaid with the hoppy bitterness. there is a nice balance to the malts and hops here - you get the malt, but its not overpowering the fruity flavors brought out by the hops.

Pretty heavy carbonation makes the beer crisp, but I wonder if it diminishes the flavors a bit. Hides the booze well, its easy to forget this is a 9.4% ABV! as you are drinking it.

Overall a very pleasant, tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Daktah
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to try this given the other reviews, and it did not disappoint. Poured bright orange, just a touch hazy. Foamy and light head that dissipated fairly quickly, with noticeable lacing left behind. Smell was great - tropical and citrus fruit, a little spiciness, breadiness, a touch of pine and a presence of alcohol. Taste was similar - tropical fruit up front with solid bitterness and the fresh dough taste I've found in most Great Lakes beers. Alcohol is there, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the medium/medium-light side for a DIPA, but makes for an easy drinking 9.4%.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm happy to have found. Given recent revisits to some other DIPAs that I thought were amazing at the time, Alchemy Hour does very well in comparison.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear, deep, orange-amber with a clean, white head that settles slowly. Some evident booziness comes out in the aroma, alongside strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and some faint, crackery malt. Lots of hop-bitterness are delivered by a medium-full body that washes over the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine seem to overpower any evident malt. Though a good example of the style; given a choice, I'd take a Lake Erie Monster over Alchemy Hour.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite DIPA I've had so far. Well balanced, medium mouthfeel, I love my ABV's and they're well hidden. Beautiful clear amber color, Mosaic & honey well present, and that's my personal preference as they complement each other very well. Knocked Hopslam off #1 for me. Just sayin.

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Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 5/7/15.

A- A clear orange color with a rather small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Wow, I smelled this beer immediately when I popped the cap. Tons of mango and citrus on the nose. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Notes of mango and citrus give way to a some sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, bittter, yet refreshing.

Great DIPA.

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Photo of Beergelden
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze

Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing

Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end

Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Enjoy by 05/7/15. I think it’s 3 or 4 weeks bottled now, a little older then I’d like.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear deep orange color with 1.5 fingers of thick and frothy off white head. Good retention and lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.75 Mosaic hops dominate; juicy, tropical fruits, mango, citrus notes. Great aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Follows the nose here, hop forward with big tropical fruit notes with moderate to significant bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with some fizz on the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.0 Tasty and smooth, solid drinkability for a DIPA.
Overall = 4.3875 A terrific double IPA. Hop forward and bursting at the seams with mosaic tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of veinless
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, glassy amber. More yellow than orange, and with a nice off-white head that caps and recedes to a thin layer that remains throughout. Lacing is quite pretty.

Smells of fresh orange with a caramel layering. Like a fine candy - not too sweet, not too bitter. Herbal aspect to it also aids in the overall aroma.

Taste follows the smell - not too sweet, not too bitter, and the beer does an exceptional job of bringing out a fresh orange taste concurrently with a just-a-bit too sweet caramel. It's much more herbal in the taste than in the smell, with more of a weediness than before.

Mouthfeel is clean and not very carbonated (which I like). Finish is very dry, and the middle isn't overly sticky. Probably the best part of the beer. Drinkability is exceptional due to the mouthfeel, and especially good considering the 9.4% abv. Alcoholic heat isn't really felt (which can be interpreted as good or bad, but I choose good in this case).

Overall a solid, very nice offering from Great Lakes. I may have been expecting a bit more, but the beer was fantastic regardless of my prior expectations.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4-10-15. Best By 5-7-15. Threshold glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some suspended particulate matter, but mostly clear. FEw bubbles, little carbonation, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Intensely fruity. Light, tropical, citrusy. Sweet. Mango. Peaches. Apricot.

Taste: Sweet arrival, fruity, tart, sweet; bitter mid-palate; very bitter finish. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Little carb (less than the last bottle).

Overall: Surprised by how seemingly light and easy-drinking this is for a DIPA. Had 2 other bottles of this, and this one is far less carbonated than the other two. I am just not able to drink these "big" beers anymore. 7.5% is where I call it quits. That said, this is delicious. When in the mood for Hoppy Goodness, this is great. I think I let this one get too warm.

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Photo of hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep Orange. Strong dank hop aroma. A mix of pine and citrus. Well balanced with a full malt body with some lingering sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Glad I found this randomly in the cooler section. It's about four months old, can't wait to try this fresh next year.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Quick review. Tried & tried to like this DIPA but it's just not gonna happen. The nose is great, tons of grapefruit & citrus to spare. The issue I have is with the lingering & potent malt-sweet quality that just dominates the palate, moreso than any other DIPA that I've tried. I mean, objectively it is a well crafted & dense take on the style, just not for me.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The extra hops are evident early in the aroma with overflowing grapefruit and sweet citrus. The citrus hops hit first, but the pine comes in at the end. Sweet malt and citrus balance with bitter hops brilliantly. With a combination of Mosaic, Nugget, and Cascade hops, I’ve never had a beer quite like this. At 80 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, this is quite a hefty beer, but it should be.

Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes

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Photo of screamking
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark apricot, with small white head, carbonation from the bottom, some lacing. 4

Aroma-Grapefruit, orange, piney, lots of citrus, honey, fresh floral arrangement. 4.25

Taste-same as smell, grapefruit is right up front, maple syrup, brown sugar, pineapple, orange peel, dried apricot. 4.5

Feel-medium bodied, not watery, perfect ratio of bitterness, coats palate and stays, this is what a double should feel like. 4.75

Overall-More, that's how my mouth feels after a drink. Really solid stuff coming out of Great Lakes these days. High ABV that can hardly be tasted. Priced right, available everywhere in my area, even saw it at a gas station. As good as hopslam, if not better in some ways. 4.5

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Photo of hagbergl
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here's a beer that lived up to the hype in a big way. 12 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Nice looking beer, off white head about two fingers tall, good retention, lots of bubbly lacing on the glass, and a deep clear copper color to it.
Smell (4.5/5): The aroma is very interesting. Sweetness from the honey malt, some serious tropical fruit, especially ripe mango, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, and tangy passion fruit, and dank resinous pine lurk within. Excellent, excellent aroma and different than most of the West Coast-style IPAs out there.
Taste (4.75/5): Holy moly, that's some intense flavor. Loads of pineapple and mango right at the front warm up your tongue with some sweetness before it's ravaged by the resinous, dank piney flavors of this hop bomb. Very bitter in the finish–grapefruit rind. Slight bit of honey malt shining through, but it stays in the background, playing a supporting role nicely. Touch of grain in the finish lends some heartiness. Little bit of warming after swallowing, as to be expected with such a big IPA (9.4% ABV)
Mouthfeel (4.75/5): Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Carbonation level is spot on. Slightly puckering from the hop astringency, noticeably oily and slick. This one has serious body, as well. Excellent feel, just about perfect for the style.
Overall (4.75/5): I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Great Lakes. Probably my favorite from them. One of the nicest things about this beer is that it is a very different take on the big DIPA style that stands apart from the West Coast examples and East Coast stuff like DFH 90 Minute as well. It's truly it's own beer. Absolutely standout stuff.

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Photo of emyers
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-hued orange color with a half-inch white head.

Smell: Impressive. Bursting with citrus and tropical hops - tangerine, mango, papaya. No alcohol in the nose. Love it.

Taste: Very similar to the smell - big on the tangerine and tropical fruit hops along with some grapefruit. A tiny bit of caramel malt sneaks in to give some balance on the finish, but this is all about the hops. No real alcohol heat and a nice bittering hop presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and pretty dry, although the tropical fruit hop flavors do give a mild perceived sweetness. Medium-high carbonation. Bittering hops dry out the palate on the finish.

Overall: Great Lakes normally kills it and this is one of their best in my opinion. Phenomenal DIPA.

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Photo of da_beers
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Acquired as an extra in a trade. This was close to its "best by" date when I got it, so I let it settle in the fridge for a few days to combat the shipping trauma, then enjoyed.

A - Pours a darkish, copper orange, with a beautiful chunky white head about two-fingers. Good lacing. Absolutely beautiful appearance really.

S - Hops come on strong, with citrusy freshness coming on too. Sweetness of the malts is apparent, along with some earthy quality to it.

T - Nice resiny hop taste to it, also some definite orange in there with some other citrus. Sweetness from malts balances it all out nicely.

M - Medium bodied, great resiny aftertaste. Fairly smooth, but also has a bit of a bite.

O - Great DIPA, overall superb. Would love to get some freshies and re-review.

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Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Few weeks young

A: Vibrant blood orange, crystal clear. The head is minimal - looks like a huge triple/BA beer.

S: Very interesting and unique, must be the mosaic hops. Very ripe light-colored tropical fruits and honey. Fruit-concentrate astringency. Orange, mango, honeydew melon. Very floral and herbal, lavender-like spices, and lemon grass. Though interesting, not incredible.

T: Very unique, like the aroma, but seems to work better. Ripe tropical fruits, honey, floral and herbal - the nuances are more difficult to identify. Not very bitter, honey sweetness - dry.

P: Medium, pretty standard DIPA feel and carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, but not one I would buy again. Really well brewed and balanced, but not my cup of tea. Really glad I tried it

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 2016 . Picked a up a four pack of this. The great thing about this beer I must mention is the price value here. Similar Beer I have seen sold for 6 to 7 dollars more a four pack and not as good as this. The label changed as with all the glbc beers. I prefer the old art work better. Poured from a 12 oz bottle , nothing special opening , no big hiss or smoke. when Poured a deep copperish amber pours out that looks super clean and vibrant. Has a syrupy type gurgle going into pint glass. No head that what she said. Looks clean , foam dissipates from small to almost nonexistent. The smell on these pops from far away , no need to even hold up to my snout.Fruits tropical, I get a faint smell of cotton candy from the mix of hops and malt, When I smell this in any Double IPA I know most of the time its going to be a great beer. Taste is full and rich on the palate. Carbonation makes all these flavors rush around the palate evenly. as it warms it changes slightly. Very Good Overall. Not a super hop Bomb Double but yet it completes the job at the end of the day.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey and floral. Excellent bitter. Incredible. When this brewery is on, they are on. There are few brews that they have that I consider just so so. And this one is incredible.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark hazy bronze color. 1/2 inch of creamy white head.

S- This is where this beer really stands out to me. An explosion of fruity hoppiness. Detect some faint malt, but the fruity hops dominate.

T- Taste like a bitter fruit smoothy. Juicy hops up front. Pineapple, tangerine, mangos. So good. There is a light malt presence but the hops take front stage here. Alcohol comes through slightly in the after taste. There is also a pleasant bitterness that lingers between drinks.

M- Medium mouthfeel. The hops tingle the roof of the mouth.

O- This is one awesome DIPA. My goodness its so easy to drink even with the slight alcohol coming through in the finish. Enjoying this one after work. Going straight to the dome. Could definitely drink another, but then I may not wake up for class.

**I'm still kind of new to IPAs and craft beer in general. I'm finally starting to taste the difference between different IPAs. This one and dirt wolf are both awesome. Just picked up a bomber of the collab black double IPA by 3 Floyds, Surly, and Real ale brewing. Going to share with a friend and review soon.**

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Proof that beer ratings don't always sway the palate, I went into this one super excited only to leave disappointed. While not a bad beer by any stretch, it isn't a 95 in TheIPAHunter's® book. Picked up two 4-packs prior to my fantasy baseball draft and left 6 of them in Pennsylvania to be shared by others who may enjoy the flavor profile more than me. You get hints of Mosaic hops in the nose and the taste, but the malt addition is a bit too much for my taste. I believe this was done to drown out the ABV and, while it works, it's to the detriment of the wonderful citrus notes that Mosaic hops can provide. Glad to have tried, but won't be seeking this one again in the near future.

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Photo of msquared36
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I fondly remember Alchemy Hour as one of the best beers I have ever tried, and was eagerly awaiting the release of Chillwave. This year's batch is as great as I remember.

It has a Carmel malt backbone with a light citrus kick and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost foamy, smooth yet airy.

Have tried it side by side with a few other highly rated DIPAs and IPAs, and this is superior. Has a complexity and drinkability that most others can't compare with.

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Photo of controlfate
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally found a few 4-packs, and I'm glad I did. Served chilled into an IPA glass.
A: No head, lacing, or retention on this beer. It's a brilliant golden honey color.
S: The aroma is hop forward, with a slight citrus and fruity scent.
T: Sweet, citrusy, and fruity with notes of orange, passion fruit and grapefruit.
M: An effervescent, medium bodied beer that is slightly astringent.
O: One of my new favorite IIPA's, it's like an Imperial Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes. The Mosaic hops and sweet malt profile make this beer extremely drinkable.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.