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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

443 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 3,031
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 302
Gots: 512 | 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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Reviews: 443 | Hads: 3,031
Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is darker amber with a tight billowy light tan head. Nose is very aromatic, light biscuit and dough with a huge hop punch, tons of grapefruit juice and light herbal notes. The taste is a bit more bready and doughy, hops are still huge behind, grapefruit ad strong tropical fruit flavors with a faint herbal touch and virtually no bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. (405 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant medium copper with a solid one inch frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Citrus fruit, pine, and resin jump from the bottle before the beer is poured. Pine and catty hops dominate the aroma, with strong grapefruit and pineapple accompanying fresh cut grass and toasted malt. Lime and dank hops emerge. It's truly a hop explosion.

Citrus undertones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime offer relief from a fairly dominant oniony flavor that hits early and lingers into a bready malt and slightly sweet caramel backbone. Bitterness is fairly restrained, but counters the sweetness to dry out the finish. There's a resiny and catty character throughout.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Great hop character. The aroma is awesome. Flavor is great, but a little too oniony for my palate. I'm sensitive to simcoe, though. Fairly hot, but not terribly offputting. On the sweet side. (977 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Brunt orange color

S-Citrus...oranges...some tropical fruits as well...sweet fruitiness

T-Citrus again with the oranges...some lighter tropical notes...good spalsh of spicy alcohol....backed by a biscuity maltiness with that trademark GL yeastiness evident

M-You can tell this has some ABV to it...a little hot....good sturdy body....

O-To be honest I was hoping for more than this. Solid but flavors are bit muddled...a bit too much sharp alcohol notes....citrus not as bright as expected...Not in the Abrasive/Surly Sucks/Hop Slam tier in my opinion but solid enough. I bought 12 of them without trying it first so I will certainly still be enjoying this in the future. (677 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess. (1,398 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet orange citrus hop. In the taste, sweet to dry orange citrus, and presence of dry alcohol in the end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry alcohol and orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite a sleeper, small alcohol notes, but big orange citrus hops. (346 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light amber, slightly golden, out of the tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY. 1 inch head sticks around while, lace sticks to the glass throughout the session.

Smells incredible, tropical fruit, pine trees, no alcohol.

Tastes even better- orange, pineapple, honey, pine, lemon, slightly catty, herbal, dank, marijuana like notes. Such a full flavor here.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, but mostly dry and pretty refreshing. Well carbonated.

The best hoppy offering from Great Lakes. The new name, Chillwave, is pretty dumb compared to Alchemy Hour, but don't let that dissuade you here. (601 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was quite nice although not too IPA like. It was very strong of a candied sugar aroma with some citrus and sugared fruit aromas. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a bready nature as well as the lightest bit of pine and earthy hop.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with the sweetness being, just as the nose discerns, with a strong candy taste with notes of fruitiness of pear, apple, and some citrus. As the flavors advance tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and some mango and papaya hit the tongue. The candied and fruit flavors remain throughout, although they lessen as the flavor advances. While the candied flavors dwindle the hop flavors get stronger in the middle and the end. A blend of grapefruit and pine hop start making their presence more known. In the end they get much more potent where they are joined by a peppery spice leaving an interesting taste blend of a resinous and bitter yet semi sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather low. The creaminess was quite nice for blending the sugary and hoppy flavors together in harmony while the carbonation made for a nice sipping beer.

Overall – For a 9% abv brew the alcohol was very well concealed by the sweeter and hoppier flavors of the brew. While the alcohol was well hidden, it was still a nice slow drinking brew due to its resinous aftertaste and creamier body. It was a nice drinking double and one I would recommend for a try. (1,732 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Oh baby. Super dank grass and citrus rind notes ooze from the glass. Pungent with a slight booze fume.

T- Flavor stands up to the aroma decently with more citrus than earth though. Notes of juicy fruit, grapefruit and even a touch of guava spiciness. Malt works as a good balancer but doesn't have a large presence. Alcohol is insanely well hidden.

M- Tingly, prickly and sharp but at that great middle ground where things aren't too intense. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I love it when a beer lives up to its hype. Just about every bit as good as I expected. (918 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to thrashd for the sick extra from the math trade, enjoyed from a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Dated best by 5/28/14

a - poured an amber yellow orange that settled into the glass as a ruby orange. Nice frothy finger plus of IPA foamy head. Creamy. Lacing was a solid sheath and it all hung out for chips and dip.

s - nose is lush ripe fruit. Super solid. Crisp citric a hint of melon.

t - pine cone hop. Dank with a subtle bitterness over sweetness. The fruit in the nose is washed over with a chewy piny hop.

m - boozy tingle. Chewy. Medium to full bodied.

o - overall, really nice. Worth checking out if you can get your hands on it. (648 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a tulip the beer was a nice amber color with a small white head.
Lots of citrus in the aroma, some sweetness in the background.
Grapefruit and orange taste. Some tropical fruit. Still pretty sweet and sugary.
Not a hop bomb.
Nice beer. (238 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.

The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.

The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.

This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.

It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor. (704 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured poured a nearly clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricot and grapefruit, with a little honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like floral and apricot hops, with some sweet honey and bitter grapefruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of light body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA. It had a great scent and taste, but the body was weak. The alcohol was really well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Maybe not in the top tier, but I will really enjoy this six pack. (583 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange with sediment stirring about. Beautiful coating of lace left all over the glass.

The nose is exotic smelling. Loads of tropical fruit, star fruit, mango, peach, apricot. Has a unique spicy hop scent also. Very different probably due to the mosaic hops which I've never had before.

Here again are all kinds of tropical fruit with a hoppy spice component. Orange, tangerine, mango, pine. Plenty of malt backbone with some warm alcohol.

Mostly full, resiny, slick finish. Very soft carbonation.

Unique hop profile here, very solid DIPA. Probably along the lines of the new wave of DIPA's with these new hop varieties. This one is an absolute winner! (667 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery. (1,134 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with just over one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Juicy aroma of citrus. I pick out grapefruit and oranges. Pretty much one sided as the hops dominate not letting any malt through. No sign of the hefty ABV either.

Maybe not as powerful citrusy as some other notable DIPAs, but I enjoy the hop choice. Although bitter, it is not overwhelming so. Dry malt base that does not add much more than a vehicle for the hops. No hint of alcohol which is shocking.

Medium body but feels a little undercarbonated. Prefer a little more life in a beer like this.

Another one of the better DIPAs that are hitting the market now. Not too bitter but good hop flavor. (751 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/6/13 poured into a FFF teku today 4/30/13, received as an extra from powz87

Aroma: Smells like tropical fruit and citrus but mostly the tropical fruits like mango accompanied by grapefruit and oranges. So it kind of smells like tropical fruit juice, like spiked Snapple. It also has a resinous, sticky hint to the nose. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a white collar. Lacing comes in spots, nothing particularly awesome but at the same time, the dark amber body gives it a nectar-ish quality. Not a bad looking beer, certainly more interesting than the average DIPA, but not awesome either. (4)

Flavour: Pretty smooth and tasty. I basically get sweet maltiness up front- toffee and honey are the primary contributors. Then there's a nice bitter juicy component that kicks in- mostly bitter mango and oranges. Pretty interesting balance. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium, feels rather resinous but doesn't dry out my palate. Just OK carbonation. Aftertaste is mostly honey maltiness and a little bit of pineapple bitterness. (4)

Overall: Pretty tasty DIPA, not the best I've had but it's pretty good. I think I need a fresher bottle- although I agree its still a pretty damn good beer. I'll take a few other DIPAs over this but this is a pretty good one on its own. (4)

Re-review: So this year, this beer is known as Chillwave. Not as cool as Alchemy Hour, but still this is a pretty fresh bottle. Enjoy by 5/11/2014. So I'm guessing it was brewed 2/11/2014. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 2/28/2014.

Appearance is the same; dark copper body, more or less clear with a nice two finger white head with good retention, not a ton of lacing. Smells like passion fruit and pineapple, very intense and pungent. Flavour is nicely balanced, with passion fruit, citrus and pineapple vying against the bread and caramel malts. Really well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. Mouthfeel is as good as it needs to be, with just the right bit of carbonation, actually not very bitter for a DIPA, nice and dry with a passion fruity finish. Overall, this is a really nicely done DIPA that needs to be drank fresh. I loved it and for $9.99 a 4-pack, I would buy this any time over a $8.99 bomber of Toppling Goliath Sosus, which is another Mosaic DIPA that hit Madison at the same time I picked this up. Don't get me wrong, that is clearly a superior beer, but until Toppling Goliath starts bottling 4/6 packs, I'm going to choose this one 7 times out of 10. (2,554 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame. (479 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle

A: Drank straight from the bottle, so no real ability to judge

S: Citrusy (grapefruit); Piny

T: Nice citrus flavor with some good hoppy bitterness; fairly boozy. You can taste that 9.4%; I even thought it was higher from the taste

M: Moderate carbonation; not too bitter

O: Not too shabby; I don't think it lives up to the hype, but I would definitely drink another. Good stuff. Wish it wasn't so boozy though (426 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again. (3,817 characters)

Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 06/05/15 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger, mildly frothy light beige head with average retention and copious lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Major hop complexity in the nose with pine, tropical fruit like mango and passionfruit, pink grapefruit and orange citrus, light pine, and floral melon aromas. Malt is a little bit of very light caramel but much is overwhelmed by hops. No yeast or alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor is very good, not quite as complex as the aroma, but delicious combination of hefty 2-row pale malt with very light grainy edge and low L crystal malt with a layered hop bomb presence. Hops flavor is dominated by grapefruit and pine with floral melon and light berry flavors and dank edge in the background. No yeast character. Alcohol provides a bitter edge to the flavor, and the overall bitterness is medium. A very wide palate of flavors and one I would like to match up side by side with Victory Dirt Wolf of Stone Enjoy By for comparing intensity.

M: Nice dry finish with light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Chillwave DIPA from GLBC is an amazing DIPA with a top-tier aroma and unique, new-school hop presence with berry-melon accent on a more traditional citrus-pine base with stellar feel -- an exceptional DIPA with IIPA ABV. Wonderful brew! (1,446 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that reduces to not more than a ring around the edge a thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic and inviting. Some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruit. Light sweetness.

T: Taste starts off very sweet. (Much too sweet for my personal preference) Mild caramel malts and, again, lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is moderately alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly slick. Surprisingly mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. I like the hops in this one. Very juicy and tropical, but the sweetness is too much to make this one a "go-to." (669 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff! (1,975 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vaguely hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Both the retention and creaminess is pretty good. A small ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nicely tropical. There are some piny notes from the hops, but it primarily brings notes of mango, pineapple, lychee, blueberry, and papaya. In addition, there's a nice honey note coming from the malts. Sweet, but the excellent fruitiness compensates very well.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose: the general sweetness is high, but so is the definition of fresh tropical fruit flavors. Right from the onset, an impressive amount of mango, pineapple, blueberry (not tropical, but who cares), and papaya hits the palate; minor flavors of sweet onion and pine also exist. Sweetness gradually builds from the start to the finish, bringing a honey-laden aftertaste. Twinges of alcohol are noticeable, but hardly detract as its presence is so subtle. There's almost no bitterness here - there are times when I'm wishing it was just a hair more bitter. Seemingly, it's using the savory onion notes (which come out more when it warms up) to balance the sweetness. And it honestly works.

M: This is a sweet finishing beer - but thanks to the honey presence, it dries out very nicely to inspire easy drinking. The lingering sweetness seems more creamy than slick, too. Carbonation is really soft - even if it isn't THAT drinkable, it feels really nice in the mouth.

O: Oh yeah, this rocks. The sweetness of this beer is pulled off nicely, coexisting beautifully with both the savory and tropical notes. Great Lakes pulls another winner out of its hat: I really wish these guys distributed to my state. (1,720 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. (501 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

Bright and clear orange with a very small ring of small near-white bubbles. Leaves the glass spotted and lined irregularly on the way down.

Bright, clean citrus notes. Lots of orange flesh and zest in the aroma, along with a bit of a candied sugar sweetness. Very juice-like, especially as this beer comes to near room temperature.

The flavor doesn't translate quite as nicely as the aroma. There is still good amounts of citrus pushing through, fairly low bitterness for the given style, a bit of cookie sweetness, and just a bit of a floral note. Really quite nice.

Near medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation, surprisingly.

Very good. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. (750 characters)

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.