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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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Photo of difrancm
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of laynethiele
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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 melza
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GlennWB
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent DIPA

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Photo of Wolfhead
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everything about this DIPA is just fantastic, one of the best out there

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Photo of trygelski1
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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 stafford2
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Omnium
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of xabyss
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of Mxchino
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benjamincarter
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RJB66
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Jrwil12
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Tdestefano
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dedbeer
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WallstreetB
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smroeb01
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjat09
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mtoogs
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 3,322 ratings
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