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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA.

Added by CaptCleveland on 02-17-2013

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Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 3,249
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015: still by far my favorite IIPA.
Absolutely perfect nose of Mosaic happiness and just a hint of honey like sweetness. Luscious grapefruit and orange bomb that somehow defines and defies the idea of a "balanced" IPA. Amazing when fresh yet still impressive when unintentionally aged. Perfect beer in my book. 5+

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd beer from Ohio after Juju. This Chillwave is best before 5/03/2015 which tells me this is over 2-3 months old if I'm not mistaken as today is 3/28.

Tropical fruit, sticky dank Pineapple & Mango. Honey maybe? Holy schitt if this were two weeks old in the bottle and malt a bit less present, this may just have got near a perfect 5.

Carbonation is spot on and no booze to speak of for the 9.4% ABV. Fantastic beer.

I'd love to re-review this one uber fresh. So far, this Californian is more impressed with Ohio than Vermont.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 7/10/16. Pours a very attractive orange red with a two inch off white sticky head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, cannabis, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows big flavor, everything from the nose, with a big piney grapefruit finish that holds on long after you set the glass down.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, moderate life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability for its heft.

Overall this is a very good DIPA, once again @jzeilinger hits it out of the park.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Beautiful brilliant copper amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Melon, biscuit, tropical fruit, citrus.
T: Big fruit flavors seasoned with light caramel, melon, tropical fruit, leading to an assertive bitter finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and carbonation. The alcohol is soft and not harsh.
O: A big fruity DIPA with a good balance between hop, malt and alcohol flavors.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottled on March 5, 2015
A- copper-orange hue with small white head. Small bubbles that left a good lace down the glass.
S- straight mango and tropical fruit with some apricot and citrus notes as well.
T- follows the nose with mango, honey, sweet malt balance.
M- medium, avg carbonation, hides the big abv well.
O- really good DIPA. Up there in the upper echelon.

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Photo of tkolterman
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great citrusy taste and a good alcohol buzz. Good stuff, my top 5

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Photo of Jjski
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the moment, hoppy beers abound in the cellar.
Had 1st Pliny the Elder last week, Nugget Nectar is stocked, and I just found the last remaining Hopslam in this region. All great beers.

This is a great DIPA, and I agree with Jason's Alstrom's review wholeheartedly

Great beer. not Pliny, but certainly a superb rendering of the style. Luscious tropical fruits, beautiful hops, nice malt presence. recommended

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Photo of MikeDL
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best Double IPA i have had so far. The taste is phenomenal and goes down smoothly, very easy to drink

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Photo of pinyin
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at 37F in a gold rimmed goblet.

Top tier DIPA here.

The best DIPA that I can find in a retail store on a regular basis. Stone Enjoy By seems to be a little more hoppy and refined, but this is right there with it. Victory Dirtwolf is pretty close too, but Chillwave is my favorite at the moment.

Chillwave is not your usual DIPA either. It has much more of a pilsner malt backbone with a very earthy and piney hop resin that meshes well with this omnipresent malt character.

It doesn't taste anything like a 9.7 % abv ale. You really have to be careful because you can't taste much alcohol with this one. These go down very easily.

Color is the typical copper dark orange that most DIPA's carry.

Nose is malty, vegetal and piney.

Lacing and head is small, but give it jiggle and it carbonates quickly to your desired foam level.

Taste, as I mentioned before is very unique and absolutely delicious. Malty, bready, hoppy, piney and earthy all balanced in a perfect taste package.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Best by 5/3/15, so I assume bottled 2/3/15. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep orange amber with just over a finger of beige head. The foam shrinks to a thin layer, depositing dense sheets of lace on the way down.

A bright blend of citrus and grass brings a pleasing aroma that I keep coming back to enjoy. Rind, pulp, juice, floral and a little herbal with some malty sweetness in the background.

That nose was not misleading. This delivers the juicy, delicious and hoppy flavors of oranges, faint melon, grass, flower petals, honey, a little bread and just a hint of alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink, I could easily go through two or three of these.

Medium full, semi oily feel with moderate carbonation. The resinous hop oils cling to the tongue for a bitter finish of citrus peel, sappy branches and mild honey.

I'm quite glad that I got this chance to try Great Lakes' Chillwave. Were this available in Georgia this juicy, delicious explosion of hops would find regular refuge in my refrigerator. Certainly worth a try for any hophead.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby color, solid head. Smells fruity maybe a little cherry blossom and honeydew. Taste follows the nose but is more boozy. Good tropical ipa with the malt backbone well balanced though

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a small film. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on a copper brown color. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing

The beer smell is extremely tropical and hoppy. The hop smell comes into stages. The stronger notes come off as tropical and fruity such as pineapple and mango. The weaker notes are a bit more pine resin scented but re not very strong.

The beer taste itself has a a strong resemblance to the taste but with a stronger nugget hop presence. The taste is primarily hoppy with a really nice sweetness at the beginning. The hop notes at the start are tropical fruits such as pineapple with a bit of mango. The tropical notes are mixed with a more bitter pine resin note that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but very smooth. The beer has some carbonation and gives it a little bit of texture and bite. The overall feel is pretty smooth and goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and one I highly recommend. The beer has a whole bunch of notes that makes it taste like a tropical paradise, and definitely a welcome sight during the cold.

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

Pours hazy copper color with a thick 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, apricot, fresh juicy citrus hops and some nice piney hop resins, which then give way to caramel, toffee, brown sugar, gunny bear candy, graham cracker and biscuit. No real sign of spices as the hoppy sweetness overtakes most of the nose, letting the malty backbone come through as well.

Tastes of tropical fruit like pineapple, guava, clementine, pear, lemon and passion fruit mixed with piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, a buttered biscuit, French toast bread crust and then a zesty citrus finish. ABV is pretty well hidden and the bitterness is mid-level and likely tamed by the nice malty balance. The second bottle I had confirmed that it was maltier than the first few sips, and while it doesn't finish like a hop-bomb it's still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and velvety as it slides across the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body that leans towards the chewy side and a nice bitter finish which has a citrus pucker mixed with doughy bread crust and a sweetness which reminds me of maple syrup or brown sugar. Overall a very good DIPA that goes down easier than a 9% ABV brew should which is likely due to the well balanced flavor.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium amber/copper color with some steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a nice, frothy looking head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch thick about 5 minutes are first being poured. Excellent lacing too. Aromas of molasses, caramel malt sweetness followed by a sappy, resinous piney smell with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot and also a slight smoky spiced note. Has a molasses, caramel malt sweetness upfront flavorwise that gives way to a resinous hint of honey and piney and citrusy hop notes with fruity hints of mango, pineapple, and apricot. The taste rounds out with a slightly smoky spice note that really lingers. An excellent and complex flavor profile. Has a crisp, somewhat frothy and slightly creamy, slightly oily and resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is superb! I can't believe it took me this long to sit down and really enjoy this beer to this degree. Another damn fine beer here from Great Lakes!


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Photo of dleigh
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus nose, really well balanced taste. Definitely a winner, especially since I'm drinking a bottle that probably over a month old.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique dipa....honey malts add an awesome sweet caramel taste countered by a good hop bitterness and noticeable mosaic hop grapefruit taste... man I wish this was more readily available...definitely drink these bad boys fresh

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Photo of trygelski1
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

Look - Slightly hazed copper/amber color with a small amount of head. Possibly has lost a little luster due to this bottle being past the best by date of June 7th.

Smell - Citrus and more citrus along with some piney and grapefruit smell

Taste - Citrusy with a nice hop flavor and not overly bitter. Very smooth which could get you into trouble with the 9.4% ABV.

Feel - Moderate carbonation and very smooth

Overall - One of my favorite DIPA's and another solid brew by the Great Lakes crew! Wish I could get this year round!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, less talked about than deserved. I'd give it a review but it's technically 2 weeks past its best by date so maybe next year I can get another.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, inviting flavour, pulls you in right away. Mosaic is very prominent, lots of stone fruit (melon) and tropical flavours. Malt is fairly strong, a big caramel flavour, but does not steal the show from the hood. Mildly bitter. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Zonk
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored but not much of a head. It had a good bit of citrus on the nose with pine behind it. Not particularly bitter for the style with resiny malt flavor to back it up.

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Photo of mik3szn
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my personal favorite IPAs. Smooth with a nice finish... enjoy out a snifter instead of the bottle -- very important (at least to me).

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Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

part of a flight on draft at Champs sports bar in Altoona, pa

looks really nice in the 5oz glass. hazy orange yellowi body with a good off white head. leaves excellent thick lacing.

getting some of the hops bitterness on the nose with a decent fruity smell

taste confirms the nose, good non citrus fruit wash with a sharp bite to it. 9.0 abv is well hidden.

feel is a little above medium, with a sharp finish.

overall, a good solid double ipa from a brewery that knows it's beer.

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Photo of Jeff3918
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from Great Lakes

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Photo of amasow
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. That's the best five words I can come up with. Delicious! Balanced with malty flavor and good hop character. A highly professional brew. These guys obviously know what they're doing. I hope they're at the Beer Fest in Boston this weekend!

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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