Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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95
world-class

2,962 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 290
Gots: 496 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.
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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.**

Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey and floral. Excellent bitter. Incredible.

Photo of schwemjw
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dark orange with a pure white head.

S: Oh my goodness. did not expect that! Huge tropical scents! Pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange, apricot, lemon zest and papaya. There is a sweet toffee coming through too. Mouthwatering!! one of my favorite smelling DIPAs

T: And the taste backs up the smell! Big on the juicy tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, tangerine. A toffee orange characteristic with lemon zest, grapefruit and pine bringing up the end. A great finish. Nice and bitter but not a palate destroyer. Pretty balanced actually. Wow what a great flavor!!

M: The sticky, juicy mouthfeel hides the ABV very well. Decent carbonation too.

O: This is one of my staple DIPAs. What great stuff. Its balanced but it has enough hops to satisfy everyone. Its big on flavor and aroma and leaves you wanting more! /96

Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of HopBomb515
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep orange, rusty, amber color with a light khaki head that builds and stays lacing great down the glass. Subdued aromas of honey, citrus, pithy and floral. Bitterness stings up front, slight citrus, sweet honey like backing all the way through. Sharper and dryer than I'm used to for this style. Bite of carbonation all the way through. Put this one on the, I don't quite get it list. Nothing really stands out in this beer. It's good, nothing more.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5/3/15 best buy date wow this is a great DIPA L: dark amber with huge 4 finger cream colored head S: light citrus and floral with a little mango and papaya smells
T: same as smell with a slight hop finish F:Creamy O: to bad they don't have this all the timeYUMM

Photo of hops202
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into dogfish spiegelau glass.

Pours a dark amber with orange and light brown coloring. Smells delicious - lots of sweet citrus, mango and maybe even pineapple. Taste is just as good - tastes like delicious mangos and clementine. Tastes unbelievably fresh.

Photo of KevBot89
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Partially hazy, a blend of gold and copper color. small head, somewhere between beige and tan that rapidly disappears.

Smell: tropical and citrus fruits. some alcohol on the end. Maybe some earthy or herbal scents.

Taste: stronger tropical and citrus flavors. Definitely some mango. Noticeable sweet malt flavors that complement the hops well without overpowering this fantastic dipa. Some noticeable alcohol tastes, but nothing worth fretting over. Like the aroma, there is some earthy hop taste and faint pine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation that allows the tropical/citrusy hops and sweet malts to linger on the palate long after the initial sip is finished. Only possible complaint is that it is a bit light.

Overall, this is really good. Plenty of different hop aromas and flavors happening while some sweet malt tastes lay a nice foundation for a lingering, pleasurable aftertaste.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Awesome label in the traditional GLBC style with great colors and eye-catching graphics. Neck label has GLBC logo and gives a small description of the beer. Main label has ABV info, small description of the beer, Enjoy by Date(4/20/13), brewery info, web info, serve by temp recommendation. 25th Anniversary Cap.

Appearance: Allowed this to warm for 10min before pouring from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a slightly hazy copper amber color with a 1½ finger golden white foam head of a lighter airy density. Head retention was a solid 2min 13sec before fading to a thin foam coating and thick ring. Excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of sweet orange citrus with hints of pineapple. Also has an earthy piney hop scent with a spicy bite. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is floral and piney on the front end turning to a citrus fruity hoppiness with hints of tropical fruits. The mid point turns spicy with a bit of bite. Finishes with a honey and caramel taste with a definite breadyness. Has a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is undetectable.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent offering by GLBC. The flavor profile on this beer is extraordinary and the aroma compliments if very well making it dangerously drinkable!. Consumed 3/19/13. Classified as an American Double/Imperial IPA at 9.4% ABV.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great Double IPA. A lot of mango and citrus qualities. Glad I bought the last 4 pack. Want this on tap.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle in a glass. Definitely a beer for hop heads. Color is about 10 SRM, nicely laced. Taste is full bodied, rich, with floral hops throughout. Not really any soapy or overly bitter hop tastes, just pleasant with a malty backbone. Does not taste like a 9.4% beer - be careful.

Photo of emyers
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure copper, 2 fingers of foamy head

S - aroma is definitely hoppy with loads of citrus, but well balanced with a good amount of malt in the backbone

T - very well balanced, hops certainly are prominent - lots of grapefruit and piney hops, but a full bready untertone evens it out

M - full, thick, smooth. Well-hidden alcohol, good amount of carbonation

O - Not the hop-bomb like Lake Erie Monster is (not that it's a bad thing....) very well-balanced, clean taste, very drinkable.

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If the alcohol taste wasn't so ever-present it would be phenomenal.

Photo of controlfate
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of claminat420
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured from a sealed growler I got a week ago into a imperial tulip glass I have. transparent amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- spicy citrus hops. some slight alcohol detected.

T- definitely the citrusy spicy notes from the hops. get some sweetness from the malt. bitterness is there but not overpowering anything. the citrus taste to me like heavy oranges, light grapefruit, and also a slight tropical fruit detected. not really getting any alcohol from the abv. also detect some very slight esters from the yeast.

M- a lighter heavy bodied beer or maybe a medium/ heavy bodied if you want. carbonation is good from being sealed for a week and kept cold.

DRINKABILITY- glad I got a growler of this!

Overall- I've had this in four packs and even before the name change but like all beer (to me) it's better from the tap. I remember the hops being not so pungent from the bottle. I will say I do appreciate a imperial ipa or even a standard ipa that isn't blasted with bitterness that it mutes the hop flavor.

Photo of D-18V
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: nice golden color to it
S:smells pretty fruity notes of citrus, of slight pine
T: good taste, aftertaste could be less sour... though has the resemblance of grapefruit
M: for the most part, a delight. its the sourness at the finish, and but there is no taste of alcohol
O: a really solid beer, great lakes does not disappoint

Photo of smooth_aleing
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip.

Overall a nice double IPA. I've had it before and remember it being mud more flavorful, full or citrus and pine notes. However this bottle has too much alcohol in the nose, only slightly dissipating in the taste. Tends to overwhelm everything else. Still worth trying, though, since this brewery makes really great brews.

Photo of Star80
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/02/13

A - Pours out a deep reddish copper color with a sticky head. Looks the way a good DIPA should look.

S - Smells like tropical fruits, and lots of grapefruit. Also smelling some candy and some sweet malt. A slight whiff of alcohol in the nose.

T - Tastes like more fruits, some pine and tons of grapefuit in the finish. Nice alcohol warming, but fortunately no alcohol taste to be found despite the high ABV, a touch of sweet clover honey.

M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

O - Overall a great DIPA that can hang with any of them any day of the week. Could use a bit more floral hops in the nose and could slightly detect some alcohol too. Nonetheless a great, unhyped DIPA.

Photo of dmfrench
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green apple tart with bitter lemons
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A: Fairly dark red-orange slightly hazy body with a somewhat persistent off white head.

S: Powerful but light lemony, zesty hops, perfume oils, and sweet, buttery caramel malt

T: Sweet, spiced, caramel dipped tart green apple quickly turns to bitter floral and lemon hops. Really sticks in the tongue.

M: Light and effervescent at first, turning sticky and drying.

Photo of jtingue
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated enjoy by 05/03/13. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Relatively clear yellow/amber in color. 2 fingers of head recedes rather quickly to an almost non-existant layer on top of the beer. Some lacing.

Smell. Very hop forward here, with just a hint of honey in the bakground. The hops are slightly piney and very citrusy, which I would liken to an over-ripe grapefruit.

Taste. A little bit different balance on the taste, as opposed to the smell. The hop presence is essentially what one would expect from the smell, over ripe grapefruit and a subtly piney bitterness. The malt presence, however is much more upstaged in the taste, with a very honey-like presence. It somehow finds a barleywine like malt complexity without the overwhemingly thick body (at least for the style). On the down side, this malt complexity gives the illusion of sweetness, especially when it combines with the plentiful hop flavor. Adding to this is a relatively low bitterness level. This one is really never what it seems.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard for a DIPA: body is thicker than a standard IPA but thinner than a barleywine.

I cant really make up my mind on this one, honestly. At times, I am totally on board with the interplay of the malts and hops, and at other times it just seems too sweet and convoluted. For shear complexity alone, though, I would give it my vote.

Photo of smalenberg
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Large white head on the pour, lace clings to the glass. Excellent clarity with a nice amber body.

S - lovely range of hop aromas - tropical fruit first, but with floral and resiny pine as well. Some of the malt sweetness comes through faintly and perhaps a hint of yeast ester.

T - Complex sweet malt balances nicely with tropical fruit (pineapple), followed very quickly by resinous piney bitterness. The sweetness is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian candy sugar like you'd find in a trippel.

M - Tingling carbonation with a full body. Not as dry on the finish as some DIPA.

O - I'm a sucker for these DIPA where you get so much more than grapefruit in the character. A very enjoyable quaff that will sneak up on you.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A. Pours amber in color, mostly transparent with 1 finger of white foamy head that lasts about a minute then subsides as a film over the surface leaving a spider leg lacing around the glass.

S. Some nice tropical fruits mixed with sweet malts. Grapefruit, mango, biscuit cookie, caramel, strawberry, banana. Smells very inviting for me.

T. Wow. This is superb. All the flavors on the nose agree here. But now I get a little bitterness. Some grassy aftertaste. But the flavors are so balanced. This tropical fruit with the sweet malts and bitterness all blend together so well. I always heard this is good. But this is top 3 if not #1 DIPA for me. Just awesome.

M. The body is perfect for the style I think. 4 on a 1-10 scale. Medium with a slight light/silkyness to it. The carbonation is spot on too. Slaps the tongue when it hits the mouth and continues to spike for a second after the swallow. Finishes pretty clean and makes you want more.

O. There is not much I could say bad about this beer. I was expecting it to be good but not this good. 1 of the best DIPA's i've ever had hands down. I WILL be going back for more.

Photo of nUgZ
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Tons of citrus and floral hops dominate the smell. Alcohol is barely noticeable as well.

T: Very hoppy and slightly bitter with a touch of sweet malts. Alcohol is a little more prominent, but still well hidden for the ABV.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth.

O: Wow!! I'm very impressed with this beer. It's very smooth, exceptionally drinkable, and quite tasty. Well done Great Lakes!!

Photo of barhoc11
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great IIPA, goes down way too smooth!

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,962 ratings.