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: 498 | Ratings: 3,284
Photo of Alyosha
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing smell.. one of the best. Great mouthfeel. The taste is an explosions of orange and grapefruit, how I like them. There is a sweetness there, but it's not over the top. It's hoppy as you'd expect a DIPA to be, but not over the top and astringent like some. Honest, this is the bets DIPA in Ohio. Somet think Bodhi is amazing.. it's good.. but THIS is hands down the best DIPA for this state. I do miss the Alchemy Hour name though!

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Photo of Gerg1
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being in GA it is only when I travel that I can get my hands on Great Lakes brews. I find their products to be consistent with style and always clean front and back. I stumbled on Chillwave in a craft shop in NC. I have not been able to acquire Heady Topper or Pseudo Sue, but I can't imagine anything better than this CW stuff. Bronze color, floral and citric aroma with a malty wildflower honey background, and a taste that follows perfectly. CLEAN crisp and absolutely delicious. The best 2xipa I have found to date. I am going to have to find a recipe clone for this. Highly recommend!

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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 tom91281
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that has ruined all other beer for me. I know I'll never find a beer better than this. The beer upon which all others will be judged. Citrusy, tropical fruit to start with nice hop finish.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite DIPA I've had so far. Well balanced, medium mouthfeel, I love my ABV's and they're well hidden. Beautiful clear amber color, Mosaic & honey well present, and that's my personal preference as they complement each other very well. Knocked Hopslam off #1 for me. Just sayin.

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Photo of CK16801
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Alchemy Hour from Great Lakes is hands-down the best DIPA I had so far ... this is an awesome, fruit-filled DIPA that hides its 9.4% ABV ... the combination of mosaic, cascade, and nugget hops is amazingly well blended with the sweetness of the malt

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Photo of bacabuck
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: great color. Clear with slight lacing.
S: deep citrus on the nose. Orange blossoms
T: tart hops. Slight bitter finish.
F: perfect carbonation. As Lawrence Welk used to say " tiny bubbles"

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5/3/15 best buy date wow this is a great DIPA L: dark amber with huge 4 finger cream colored head S: light citrus and floral with a little mango and papaya smells
T: same as smell with a slight hop finish F:Creamy O: to bad they don't have this all the timeYUMM

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Photo of pmsmith440
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best double IPA's I have ever tasted. Incredibly balanced, nice hop vs. fruit hit, great drinkability. Not nearly as bitter as you would expect for 9+ ABV (will sneak up on you quickly if having more than one). Terrific IPA!!

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Photo of HopsandVines
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio has a beer that can compete with the big dogs. There are a few others that are great beers, but the Alchemy Hour is one of the best double IPA's I'd had.

Great color and the nose is a bouquet of fresh flowering hops. You would think it's super bitter for being a double IPA but it's not. There is smooth finish and you can't tel that there is nearly 10% ABV.

A true winner. Thanks Great Lakes

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

This was my gateway IPA due to the honey malt. It's a nice transition into the hop backbone. Definitely a sipping beer. It's so rich and so well balanced. The smell is incredible.

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

Bottle: Beautiful label! I learned that you can actually surf on Lake Erie on occasion!

A: A deep orange hue with a nice off white head that lingers.

S: Delicious sweet smelling nectar.

T: It is delightfully tasteful with favors of honey and citrus and orange and has a little grapefruit finish. One can barely notice the alcohol.

M: Very smooth...nicely carbonated!

O: Fucking fantastic! This is one of the best DIPAs on the market! Great Lakes had outdone themselves. This is my favorite DIPA and will drink this all season!

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

served 4/25, best by 5/11
Better than hopslam and Nugget Nectar.
Very berry like and fruity hops ala Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra. Slight alcohol detected in flavor.
Distinctly different hop profile than Pliny, much more fruity and probably the best example of a ""new wave" IPA i have had, with the cutting edge fruity hops, while Pliny stands as the classic and best crafted western IPA. Most comparable DIPA I have had was Enjoy By 4/20/14

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

2013 bottle poured into DFH/SN IPA glass.

A: Luscious golden coloration, creamy off white head. Significant carbonation constantly bubbling to the surface.

S: Well that's interesting. Orange peel, passionfruit, hints of banana, lemondrops. Triple sec with hints of alcohol. The smell is tropical and sweet.

T: Wow. Again, orange, tropical fruits, honey. Sweet. Barely any hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, carbonated, refreshing. This is 9.8%??

Overall: If you look at my profile, and my previous reviews, you will see I love big stouts, barleywines, and the like. I like sweeter beers with high ABV. I've had Heady, Pliny, Sucks, Hopslam, and I've always maintained my preference for maltier, less hoppy beers. Maybe that's why I like this so much. This is the best IPA I've ever had. I will buy much more of this and drink it all summer.

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Photo of aleszu
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle bought from Whole Foods in Cleveland, OH. Served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Great looking double IPA with good head retention, very nice lacing, deep orange color, mostly clear with a bit of cloudiness.

Smell: Pungent mango, guava and peach aromas. Exceptionally rich smells here.

Taste: Red licorice and sweetness on front that covers up the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Not cloying, very nice on the back end with a little bit of stickiness. Very pleasant, sweet and rich double IPA.

Overall: Well executed double IPA with lofty tropical aromas. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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 laynethiele
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well, being a lover of big, bold beers, this was awesome. Everything a hophead could want. Grapefruity, piney goodness. A real tongue-scraper.
Pours an orange-yellow color, with a finger width of white foam. The smell is, as stated above, fruity, piney goodness. The taste falls in line with a bit of a burn at the end. The 9.4% is well-hidden until then. Got a 4-pack for about $11. Worth every penny and I will buy another 4-pack when I drink the last one later on this afternoon. Enjoy!

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

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

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

Always have been a fan of Great Lakes but sometime felt they were lacking a real nice hoppy beer, well this has changed that! Pours a beautiful orangish copper color with thick head and lacings that completely cover the glass throughout the process. I think the Mosaic hops create an experience much like no other hops can touch. Slightly bitter but the tropical flavor provides sweetness that would otherwise be needed by a malt backbone. I wouldnt say it is fully balanced but again I dont mind the Mosaic hops shining through in this beer. Aroma's are fantastic, mango, pineapple sweetness. I always try not to judge this as a WC IPA since I think some breweries in the midwest are redefining and creating their own with what they have available and this is a great example. Amazing Brew!

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

Bottle > Pint Glass
*Ive had this on tap numerous times previous to this, this post reflects all notes from then till now.*

A - Pours a deep orange tinted gold, just shy of a finger head, white and foamy, decent lacing.
S - Where to begin?! First off you get a nice fresh hop aroma, pine and floral notes that are wrapped in a lush aroma of mango, peach, papaya, and pineapple, with a hint of sweet malt. Smells incredible.
T - Opens up with those juicy fruit flavors, then you get some dry piney bitterness, followed with a fresh bread malt aftertaste.
M - The fruit flavors stick with your palate and so does a little bitterness, but isnt over the top stickiness from the malt or alcohol.
O - Step down hopslam, you've been replaced. The mosaic hops in this beer pop, and its incredible, but it has a malt foundation that isnt found in some other comparable double IPA's, the 9.4 is hidden rather well too. The first time I had this, I couldnt believe what I was tasting, and each time back to it has just been a treat. Great Lakes came close with Lake Erie Monster but it fell a tad short. And this picks up where LEM left off. Great Lakes is a fantastic brewery, excellent representation of their skills.

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

Pours a semi-opaque hazy copper with a touch of fluff gracing the surface. The aroma is wonderful: juicy fruits, powerful hops, almost a buttery note lurking in the depths. Not a trace of the ABV. Taste follows the nose: bright hops, grapefruit and mango, and a wonderfully sweet yet subtle malt backbone. An excellent brew, and one I'll keep an eye out for in the future.

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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour

Appearance: Alchemy Hour pours a simply gorgeous deep, rich amber with a finger or so of cream-colored head that has decent staying power and settles into a great-looking crust. The lacing is phenomenal, as it almost invariably is in every beer from Great Lakes. The carbonation is evident and relatively active. There are slight alcohol legs and the beer is nearly crystal clear. Great Lakes is excellent at crafting aesthetically pleasing beers, and this IIPA is no exception. 5/5

Aroma: Dank, citrusy notes in the form of pineapple, tangerine, orange, mild grapefruit, slight strawberry jam, and massive, heavy mangoes hit the nose hard. It cannot be understated how huge the mango presence is in this beer, and it is fantastic. These fruity notes are supported by a more than capable malt backbone that lends a sugary, caramel sweetness. The malts and hops really play nicely with one another, and they are joined by just a touch of alcohol. The strong hop notes are surprisingly unaccompanied by much, if any, bitterness. This is a fruity hop assault packed with a great malt backbone and it showcases the Mosaic and Nugget hops extremely well. One just fears that the aroma precedes what may be an all-too-sweet IIPA. 4.5/5

Taste: Thankfully, this is not the sugar bomb that the nose would have the drinker believe. The assertive mangoes and supporting cast of tropical fruits (plus the strawberry oddity) are there in the capacity that the nose promised, but in the taste the hops bring the bitterness, which is there in the exact amount so as to both cut and complement the sugary, malty sweetness. Still, the malts are still undoubtedly there, just balanced out perfectly. Great Lakes’ penchant for balance rings true yet again. Superb. 5/5

Mouthfeel: This one goes down exceedingly, dangerously smooth for its 9.4% ABV. There is no alcohol burn or warming whatsoever. The hops bring a nice astringency, but there is also a wonderful smooth, wet, slightly sticky quality to each sip, making it both refreshing and full. The only gripe to be had here is that the carbonation may be too much, and it really amplifies the astringency giving it an extremely dry, champagne-like aftertaste. Still, the beer is unfairly easy to drink. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is so very underrated. Many people seem to view Great Lakes as a fairly safe, somewhat boring brewery (a view I most definitely do not share), but this proves that they can hang in the recently IPA-crazed beer landscape. If this beer had come from Three Floyds, Russian River, Cigar City, or any other “elite” brewery, people would be raving about it left and right and lining up to get a case. Great Lakes has quietly made one of the best IIPAs around. I wish this had a permanent spot in their roster, because it would secure a permanent place in my constantly rotating refrigerator. 19/20

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Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 5/7/15.

A- A clear orange color with a rather small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Wow, I smelled this beer immediately when I popped the cap. Tons of mango and citrus on the nose. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Notes of mango and citrus give way to a some sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, bittter, yet refreshing.

Great DIPA.

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Photo of sdface
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A tropical beer to warm your soul and welcome higher temperatures! Pours a dark orange with a lasting head. Grapefruit and citrus with a pineapple sweetness and a slight sharp aftertaste. A nice balance between sweet and bitter. Nicely carbonated and resonates in the mouth. Great Lakes has created one nice DIPA, just sip slowly...this one is very good and very strong! Can't wait to see the new label for this one!

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