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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

2,166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,166
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 207
Gots: 165 | 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:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

(Beer added by: CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013)
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright (golden) orange color with a small off-white head on top, about 1/2 finger in height. The cap is rather tight and sticks around for a while leaving some thin lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit upfront on the aroma, some orange, grapefruit, and tangerine with a surprising amount of malt coming through as caramel and a bit of brown sugar.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, maybe a bit of papaya. Again, also has a good bit of malt going on as caramel and brown sugar, a bit of toasted bread.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, definite hop resin oil on this one.

O: Quite liked this beer, a nice, assertive DIPA from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 21:16:15 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-03-2013 23:03:11 | More by Gonzoillini
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice gorgeous copper to bronze beer color, a little opaque just a tad, but a real large billowing off white head three fingers deep and thick. I settles easily to a one finger puck and hangs with lots of slow rising carbonation. Very nice looking.

Hop front but also a real nice balanced mix of sweet malts. Mild earth with a hint of tropical pineapple a bit. Clean smelling and fairly dry. Even a hint of briny character.

A very juicy palate, complimenting the hops but with a bigger density. There is that classic toasty baked bread Great Lakes finish. I get this on almost every beer they brew and love it, classic toasty bread malts, then a mixing pine rush. Mid palate fills with light bodied tropical fruit and a good mix of orange citrus hop bent. Good caramel mixing sweetness on this.

One easy drinking DIPA. I don't care for Erie monster at all (Probably the only GL brew I've had I don't like), but they got this one right.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 16:44:36 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - amber with an orangish hue; soft, thin, white head that quickly fades

S - huge citrusy aromas, grapefruit, some sweet sugary notes, a hint of alcohol, faint caramel

T - bread, caramel, faint toast, huge grapefruit notes, piny, big bitter finish, warming alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a pretty good DIPA. The alcohol is prevalent but it's not overpowering. It is a bit heavy at times. The malts tend to out shine the hops at first, but the bold hop character takes over as the beer warms. It has a nice, intensely bitter finish. For such a big beer it has good drinkability which is helped by it's balance. In the end, this is good beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:06:51 | More by tdm168
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-12-2013 19:25:27 | More by THECPJ
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-15-2013 08:53:19 | More by zestar
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-20-2013 02:06:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-14-2013 23:00:02 | More by billab914
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-14-2013 12:19:40 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-29-2013 00:07:36 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2013 18:57:20 | More by drummermattie02
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ccrida

Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draught at the Lincoln Tap House in Cleveland, appearance is burnt orange with a small off - white collar that leaves thin sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy pine, moderate intensity.

Taste is resinous, oily hops with a chewy malty back-bone of 2 row. Hoppier than the nose, tempered with an orange candy note.

Moutheel is sticky, slippery, chewy, medium+ body.

Drinkability is ok. To sugary sweet for my taste in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 02:21:54 | More by ccrida
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-26-2013 21:23:27 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.4% ABV, Enjoy by 05/20/14

A - Bright amber sunrise shines through the clear beer below the cap of frothy white foam that laps ring after ring of sudsy lace on the snifter.

S - Fresh Turkish apricots lend an immediately pleasing fruity aroma to the nose that's graciously followed by pineapple juice concentrate and the fresh smell of springtime cut lawn lingering in the air.

T - Warmed caramel dipping sauce shrouds the tongue in sweetness before being washed away by apricot and pineapple fruitiness, which both transition into an earthy, slightly grassy bitterness on the finish.

M - Chillwave doesn't drink like an ordinary double IPA because it's a little bit thinner; while smooth on the tongue, this brew finishes dry with a snap of quick bitterness.

O - I've found it hard to disagree with a single beer Great Lakes brews and Chillwave is no exception. There are a lot of great fruity and earthy hop complexities to this beer; enough to hold it's own again some of the top dogs of the style. Great beer, bro!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 23:11:54 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-24-2013 23:23:53 | More by tobelerone
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-10-2013 17:04:58 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.29.13
Best by: 05/08/13

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Dank, dark orange, hoppy pine, a touch of carmel malt.

T - Sweet biscuty malt, ripe orange.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a touch of bitterness.

O - Balanced and not overly hoppy. Sweet bready and orange.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:13:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-01-2013 20:56:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper colored body. Not much of a head. Some wisps and a thin collar.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit. Some sweet malts. A little booze

Taste - Quite hoppy, mostly of the grapefruit variety. Resiny pine hop too. Lots of sugar. A little bit if bitterness and booze.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet, as is the pitfall of many double IPAs. Medium carbonation. Hot.

Overall - Good hop flavor and it isn't overbearing with the sugars. Just a bit too sweet and too hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:15:45 | More by Alieniloquium
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:47:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-14-2013 15:18:59 | More by ShanePB
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:05:49 | More by DrDemento456
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04/30/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Golden orange; translucent. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Peach, tangerine, mango and passion fruit hop bouquet. Some sweet honey provides a good balance. The bitterness does not appear to be overly assertive for the style.

T - Well balanced. Moderate bitterness for the style accompanies peach, tangerine, mango, passion fruit, peach and pineapple flavours. A fairly prominent honey malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky hop oils.

O - This was an excellent beer. Would love to try this more fresh but this was great nonetheless. The mosaic hops add a great flavour profile to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:11:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, label stamp says enjoy by 05/09/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that faded away quickly, but has a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (mango, pineapple, orange), along with some floral hops, honey and caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy hops (orange peel, mango, apricots, grapefruit), floral hops, honey, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, Great Lakes has done a fine job with this one! $9.99 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 22:16:25 | More by bluejacket74
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-04-2013 21:08:37 | More by WOLFGANG
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,166 ratings.