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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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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 15:22:21 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:10:39 | More by ZAP
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-12-2013 23:34:39 | More by chippo33
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vfgccp

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 20, 2014. Opened June 29th, 2014.

A- Low head and lace. Rich golden body with apple juice highlights.

S - Ouh, interestingly sweet and fruity nose. Raspberry jam, tangerine, soft herbal bitters, and bread crust.

T - Sweet and fruity, similar to the nose but with a stronger hop bitterness. Raspberry jam, orange marmalade, toasted bread, honey. Herbal cilantro and woody bitters show up in the center and hang around through the finish.

M - Great mouthfeel. Full for the style with a nice bright carbonation.

O - A great fruit forward DIPA: probably the best example I've had yet in that range of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 18:50:29 | More by vfgccp
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-21-2013 16:12:38 | More by iL0VEbeer
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was really happy my neighbor found this brew...always like trying the new beers of GL. This beer pours a hazy brilliant orange with slight copper hue. The 1/2 finger thick slightly offwhite head was nice and frothy. The smell reminded me of Ports Wipe Out IPA. There is more floral notes than pine or citrus...Iwould have guessed columbus hops, but bottle says Mosaic. The taste is a very well balanced brew between floral, malt and ABV. The beer is a touch on the sweeter side, which must be from the honey malt used. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a very good beer, but at 9.4% ABV...it would be tough to session.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:49:34 | More by WoodBrew
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pine, grassy, grapefruit, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with grassy/hay notes. It ends with a malty/earthy/grassy aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, not what I was expecting at all. It tastes like some kind of Oktoberfest version of a DIPA. It's also missing way too much carbonation. Not my type of DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:52:52 | More by spinrsx
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-29-2013 11:18:22 | More by Cynic-ale
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 5/11/14,
L - pours copper, topped with an off-white head that fades holds decent retention leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S - absolutely huge tropical nose full of tangerine, mandarin, pineapple, and fresh mango. Very sweet smelling with honey, caramel, and biscuit for malt
T - all tropical flavors here: mango, pineapple, mandarin, loads of sweet honey, some bitterness kicks in but it's short lived, as the ale finishes fairly clean. Booze is noticeable and warming but not too hot
F - creamy, smooth, low-to-ample carbonation
O - I like this and it is good, but I wanted to like it more; I like my DIPA's more bitter, more bready, more grapefruity, and more piny. This is really cloyingly sweet and overly tropical. Other than its awesome aroma, it's a disappointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:45:11 | More by barnzy78
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

03-03-2013 02:12:37 | More by Duff27
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-30-2014 15:01:09 | More by mrfrancis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 23:55:00 | More by Brenden
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-02-2013 00:51:53 | More by aasher
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 03:49:05 | More by FosterJM
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pathman

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-07-2013 01:34:42 | More by pathman
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden orange body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that can be described as both citric hopped and touches of grapefruit sweetness as well as some caramel/sugary goodness. Medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and has both a citric hop and grape profile that is balanced with some caramel sweet malt for a beer that is both hoppy and sweet. Nothing earth shattering or new in this beer but it sticks to the "rules" and does the style justice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2014 13:53:13 | More by clayrock81
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-11-2014 03:07:49 | More by Lare453
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-27-2014 16:53:13 | More by rfgetz
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-25-2013 05:20:35 | More by mhaugo
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-09-2013 20:15:42 | More by enelson
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-14-2014 16:24:14 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:26:52 | More by Pencible
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 21:05:31 | More by Axnjxn
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-19-2014 18:52:42 | More by BGsWo22
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2014 14:05:28 | More by ColForbinBC
Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,166 ratings.