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Chillwave Double IPA - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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444 Reviews

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 3,046
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 309
Gots: 515 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 444 | Hads: 3,046
Photo of hops202
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of controlfate
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ncketchum
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of D-18V
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of claminat420
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/2/15

Pours honey golden/copper. Little to no head and disappears except for faint ring around the glass.

Smell is very citrus with grapefruit, orange, and lemon.

Taste follows with a lot of citrus juice, mostly grapefruit. Sugary sweetness mixed in but doesn't balance out the dominant tropical happiness. A touch of bitterness and tang. Citrus backs off some and more bitterness becomes prevalent

Medium body and medium carbonation. Long finish and bitterness hangs around a little bit.

A really juicy hop forward DIPA with tons of citrus. Not a whole lot of malt balance but it does carry some sweetness to keep it from getting out of hand. The citrus does hit hard up front but backs off a bit. Something I'll defintely pick up again.

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Photo of smooth_aleing
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Star80
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet DIPA. Almost syrupy. I see the very high reviews for this and wonder if I got an off batch, but I'm not in love. I get very little hop presence. Nothing offensive, but not a beer I would get again.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green apple tart with bitter lemons

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.

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Photo of jtingue
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of smalenberg
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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!!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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 hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Terp96
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well done. A little darker amber, looking more on the English style. Aroma is nice and floral, not overly citrusy or piney but balance. Taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. There is a nice honey sweetness that balances the beer nicely. Very smooth and finishes clean. Very well done.

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Photo of don1481
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle Poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: Copper with a small amount of carbonation. Virtually no head at all.

Smell: Very tropical and hoppy with pine notes. Smells... serious. Like it's not hiding anything at all.

Taste: Big, bold IPA flavors abound here, with a bit more sweetness than what you'd find in your typical double IPA. It's different, and here, different is good!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clear. No alcohol burn to report. Slight stickiness, strangely enough.

Overall: I'm glad I got a 4 pack of this before the liquor store ran out...!

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Photo of koutkid41
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful golden copper. Nice off-white that keeps for awhile. Nice lacing

S: Strong Mosaic hop aroma, really pungent almost a like a pleasant skunk to it. love it. Strong tangerine and hints tropical fruits in full force. Some grass. Alcohol is well hidden nicely.

T: Like the aroma good amount of tangerine with hints of pineapple and mango. Light bready and sweet caramel. Bitterness is soft, not even close to being harsh. Alcohol is still hidden.

M: Lightly sweet not not alot. Light to medium body that goes down smoothly. Really nice.

O: I really really love the mosaic hop, aromas and flavors are amazing. This beer is amazing, really easy to drink beer. An easy decision to be a new go to beer, hope to see this around more.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An orange amber beauty poured into a Solemn Oath tulip

A wave of citrus washes thru with lightly fruity yeast note and fruity hop is very intense.

Sweet malt like sugar cookie then fruit and intense, but smooth bitterness. The taste is amazing.

The carbonation is spot on with a slick mouth-coating hop flavor sensation.

Overall this is the best DIPA I have tried in some time. I imagine this is the Midwest's version of Heady Topper. Seek it out!!!

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured Chillwave Double IPA into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a finger of eggshell white head.

S - Tropical paradise, with mango, grapefruit, pineapple, a little coconut.

T - Wow, the brew is exactly like the aroma. Again, tropical paradise with mango, some honeydew melon, grapefruit, pineapple. The hops comes through mid palate with some bitterness and pine. On the aftertaste getting more grapefruit with sweet melon flavors. Too good to be true.

M - Just about perfect. Medium carbonation, with medium leaning towards a heavy on the mouthfeel.

O - This is now my favorite DIPA. I love Stone's IPA's; however, Great Lakes does a fabulous job on this brew. Highly Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle - best before may 21 2013

A - Pours out a clear orange copper with an one finger white head that dies down relativeley fast. Looks well carbonate and clean.

S - Oh my what an outstanding smelling brew. This is one fruity smelling beer, with mango, kiwi, citrus, also provides a slight dank hop aroma. Smells sweet with a nice caramel backbone to balance these hops out. I could sniff this all night.

T - This beer definitely hopped forward and bitter with sweet orange, mango, lemon meyer which ends really fast leaving a zesty lemon bitterness. The taste does not last long and it makes you want to drink more right after you just had some. Bitterness builds on palate. Malts are there in the beginning but you have to pay attention to get them out of this hop bomb.

M - Medium to light bodied soft beer which is on the dry side. Clean and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops have a bite on your palate, so watch out!

O - This hop bomb is something all hop heads should seek out. A new east coast Double IPA monster! Smell on this beer is second to none for a Double IPA. Love the taste besides the lemony aftertaste. A true sipping Double with enough great qualities to put this in a category of its own. Look out for this one, Cheers!

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.