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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

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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Avg:
4.23
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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another solid offering from great lakes, just picked up a four pack and I'm glad I did.

The look is good, a solid orange and amber color that is actual pretty clear and bubbly for a double. Decent lacing from a bubbly white head.

The smell is pretty nice, and has some citrus, banana, exotic fruit, and grassy notes, and also a kind of warm vanilla malt note too that I havent gotten in many ipas or dipas, in some ways it is almost like an exotic fruit cocktail. Some more spicy notes to the hops too, which a hint of alcohol complexity as well.

The taste has a nice cereal malt base with some nice hops at the start, some surprising booze as it warms up. Nice spices, grass/weed like hop flavors and huge hop esters, honey, banana (interesting), tropical pineapple, and a bit of earthiness. It is a really nice complex DIPA flavor that also drinks pretty easy for me.

The feel is carbonated pretty heavily, definitely can feel some alcohol as well. The feel leaves some nice bitterness on the tongue and actually has a nice body in contrast to the sort of heavy carbonation.

overall, I like this beer a lot and would buy more. Their price point is very good, especially compared to other beers in DC that are available.

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Photo of Ptomaine
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very good beer. Deep golden color, moderate lacing. Smell is fruity , with a hint of onion. Taste is initially pineapple, citrusy then slight oniony in aftertaste. Really enjoy this a lot when I can get a hold of it. Hides alcohol content well. Definitely a very affordable great double IPA.

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

Can never turn down a new brew from Great Lakes. Especially a DIPA. Alchemy Hour pours out seemingly thick and quiet into the glass - amber in color with light, copper edges and decent clarity. A thick, foamy head emerges slowly; light beige, leaving very nice lacing on its way down.

The aroma is quite nice; tropical and fruity with noticeable mango, pineapple, and guava. Right alongside the tropical madness is a spicy counterpart, made up of light white pepper and a mildly abrasive hop profile; ashy, herbal, leafy. Caramel malts are plentiful enough to be picked out on the nose, but it's not fooling anybody. This beer is all about the hops, and the aroma will clearly signify that.

Mild sweetness in the form of honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot - just a few of the things I notice upon taking my first sip. Immediately after, however, I'm quickly hit with a growing bitterness and the vegetal hops come alive before you get a chance to appreciate the citrus. Earthy, herbal, and a bit of spice, most likely white pepper. Some light alcohol is present in the taste and provides a strong, warming feeling. Malts give off a solid and surprisingly well-balanced attack of light buttered bread and caramel. There's a nice, lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a dying ashy hop flavor - very mild citrus.

So being the slow drinker I am, I actually enjoyed this over the course of close to 45 minutes. And by the end, as the temperature of the beer got much closer to room, the flavor profile changed quite a bit. The bitterness was much more tame, there was a big-time honey flavor in the aftertaste, and the fruits just exploded - such juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot - again, all sealed with a sweet honey coating. It almost felt like I was drinking two different beers - both of which were delicious. The ashy and bitter DIPA mixed with the fruity and sweet DIPA. Quite impressive. A bit sticky on the mouth, full bodied and slick.

Great Lakes basically never lets me down. Alchemy Hour is no exception. This is a fantastic, readily available (in the Midwest) DIPA with a great flavor profile, and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles that were barely two weeks old. I'll definitely be getting more.

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

I heard about Mosaic hops and then this beer was released last year, and then I heard about Mosaic hops from just about everyone a very tropical fruit softer flavored DIPA that goes down so smooth it's hard to explain to those who've never imbibed on this God send of a beer from the armpit of Ohio where some say there's nothing good except for Great Lakes. I disagree a lot more good food and music places then Pittsburgh would know what to do with but I love both cities therefore I digress. Aromatics contain tropical fruit a bit of mango/papaya/citrus notes if that, nothing is harsh just smoothie tropical fruit notes. Flavor wise it hits with some vinous herbal hop bitterness and a bit of citrus pith that lingers to create a rolling bitterness between sips. There's more bright citrus/passionfruit/mango juice on the palate with waves of bitterness grasping the taste buds between sips. Nice textures, hop oils are slick but not resinous, even carbonation medium bodied way too easy to consume in number considering the ABV weighs in at 9.4%. The expiration date on this is dead on very fresh just released in Ohio the best by date is 5/11/14. I saw an episode of No Reservations: Cleveland where Anthony Bourdain visits these chillwave riders while drinking Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.

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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 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 WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doing a taste test of this Chillwave Double Ipa vs. Victory DirtWolf Double Ipa.
date of 05/05/14 on the label using a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a nice dark burnt orange-copper color with a nice off-white two finger lacing which settles nicely into swirls of white on the top.

S- Has a really nice peach/mango/pine smell that is incredibly inviting, can't wait for the taste.

T- Not overpowering but definately very palatible, mellow bite for a 9.4 percent ipa, pleasant but not the best out there. It is damn good but I might be leaning towards the other dipa I'm trying at the same time. This one may have a little age on it compared to the Victory Dipa I am trying though.

M- Again, not terribly bright feel, more of a slow, mellow taste with a great smell that washes over really smoothly, Great Lakes knows how to make a great beer!

O- A really outstanding Dipa, not the best I've had but right up there, probably top 10, there are just so many good ones now...and so little time!

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Photo of DeFaz
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how many people actually surf in Lake Erie as the picture on the bottle and label suggests, but I do believe that this is a very well done DIPA (and my expectations for DIPAs are high).

It pours with very nice lacing and a sizeable head with good retention. The smell is all about tropical fruit and with a touch of alcohol. The taste is bitter but with a touch of sweet malt for balance, and there's lemon and melon in there. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, with perfect thickness and carbonation but also some burn from the alcohol and overall astringency.

Overall, this is a very worthy DIPA. I'm not familiar with Mosaic hops, but this is a bold beer, even for a DIPA. It has the bitterness DIPA drinkers look for and enough flavor to appease any beer drinker, along with some sweetness from some good tasting malt that provides a touch of balance just to say that it tried.

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with mps
05/15/14
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a super creamy and foamy, one-finger tall, off-white crown. A sheet of drippy lacing coated that glass. The head eventually dropped to a bubbly mass.

The aroma was hoppy and super fruity. Fairly sweet for the style. Candied orange peel dominated. Peach notes also came through strong. Good amount of juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. All in all, punchy yet quite balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Amazingly fruity and juicy. Loads of candied orange peel. Good dose of brown sugar. The beer was anchored by a stiff, caramel malt backbone that provided almost a bit too much sweetness. Strong peach and apricot notes. Touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit-like pithiness carried into the finish. Some pinesap came through as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. Creamy, soft and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, mellow carbonation that made the beer feel slick on the palate.

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA may not be groundbreaking for the style, but it is a really solid and flavorful rendition nevertheless. Fans of more balanced, hoppy beers should definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of jhartley
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 5/4/13) to a poco grande glass.
Beautiful white fluffy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Orange amber color body.
Immediate smells of tropical fruits, peaches and some pine.
Bitter on tip of the tongue then leads into a nice malty finish with some honey taste.
Nice juicy hop taste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Really enjoyed this beer and definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a dense white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma was a well balanced blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple with pine notes at the end. Medium bodied with slightly oily feel beneath pleasantly robust, rich carbonation. A maltier, fuller bodied feel than expected for a higher octane DIPA. Grapefruit and ripe pineapple hop flavors over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Minty hop flavor near the end with a musty, citrus hop aftertaste. Booziness is there but is superbly masked by the aromas and flavors. 

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New brew from GLBC. Has Mosiac hops which seem all the rage (bred from Simcoe and Nugget).

On tap at the brewery, 10oz pour will run you $6.

Honey-orange elixir served in a snifter. One-finger head lingers then settles to a 3mm rim of white foam. Moderate amount of lacing coats the glass.

Huge tropical notes of mango, pineapple, oranges. Subtle grapefruit and pine.

The tropical notes hit first then nice subdued piney bitterness. Nice.

Nicely carbonated, a bit sticky aftertaste but oh so smooth for a >9%er.

Danger! This is one smooth DIPA. Could easily forget it packs a huge ABV. At $10 for a 4-pack, competes nicely with Ohio's other hop forward brews: Head Hunter and White Rajah.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of prototypic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff!

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Photo of NavyGoat
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a bottle of Chillwave Double IPA from a friend. What a very good IPA. Very hoppy but not too much. Great tasting IPA that I would drink again. The look, the feel; all rolls up into a beer that I would recommend!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again.

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Photo of Daktah
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to try this given the other reviews, and it did not disappoint. Poured bright orange, just a touch hazy. Foamy and light head that dissipated fairly quickly, with noticeable lacing left behind. Smell was great - tropical and citrus fruit, a little spiciness, breadiness, a touch of pine and a presence of alcohol. Taste was similar - tropical fruit up front with solid bitterness and the fresh dough taste I've found in most Great Lakes beers. Alcohol is there, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the medium/medium-light side for a DIPA, but makes for an easy drinking 9.4%.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm happy to have found. Given recent revisits to some other DIPAs that I thought were amazing at the time, Alchemy Hour does very well in comparison.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle - best before may 21 2013

A - Pours out a clear orange copper with an one finger white head that dies down relativeley fast. Looks well carbonate and clean.

S - Oh my what an outstanding smelling brew. This is one fruity smelling beer, with mango, kiwi, citrus, also provides a slight dank hop aroma. Smells sweet with a nice caramel backbone to balance these hops out. I could sniff this all night.

T - This beer definitely hopped forward and bitter with sweet orange, mango, lemon meyer which ends really fast leaving a zesty lemon bitterness. The taste does not last long and it makes you want to drink more right after you just had some. Bitterness builds on palate. Malts are there in the beginning but you have to pay attention to get them out of this hop bomb.

M - Medium to light bodied soft beer which is on the dry side. Clean and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops have a bite on your palate, so watch out!

O - This hop bomb is something all hop heads should seek out. A new east coast Double IPA monster! Smell on this beer is second to none for a Double IPA. Love the taste besides the lemony aftertaste. A true sipping Double with enough great qualities to put this in a category of its own. Look out for this one, Cheers!

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Photo of jacewg
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation and leaves good lacing. Pours with a white fluffly head. MUCH more toward red in color than I expected.

Aroma: Really nice. Some tropical citrus flavors. Orange, pineapple. Big sweet, caramelly malt presence. Great hop nose, but much more malt than I anticipate from a DIPA

Taste: I'm going to sound like a broken record here. Great hop flavor moves in waves across the palette. Nice anchoring bitterness. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus again. Mosaic has to be the best new hop I've had in awhile. In the playing field with the Citras and Galaxys of the world. The hops have a spicy component. Very malty. Lots of sweet, bready, caramel flavors. More malt than I typically prefer, but similar to Hopslam, the hop flavor and malt interact quite well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation keeps this sweet beer from becoming cloying, though it is still on the syrupy side with a medium body overall. Finishes dry, which I really enjoy. Alcohol is noticeable, but not out of line for 9.4%

Overall: A very nice beer making great use of a new school hop. A seasonal staple in the fridge for any hophead. Really looking forward to the Rye of the Tiger release.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color. Just a bit of head.

Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine and lemongrass in the nose. Just a touch of alcohol.

Very smooth initially followed by a huge bitterness. Very dry finish with pine lingering. Still hidden alcohol. Delicious. There is a sweetness and yet there is a dryness. Maybe a touch of caramel but nothing that takes away from the hop presence.

This is a very nice DIPA. Plenty of beautiful hop characters throughout. Another solid Great Lakes brew.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid.

A - Burgandy - SRM 17. I wouldn't kick her out of bed
S - Sweet with hints of something I like. Malty. Not too hoppy.
T - Not bad. I'm still drinking.
M - Heavy.
O - Good beer. I would drink it every now and then.

This is a strong, drinkable beer. It's a little heavy for me. Not the alcohol content, but the overall beer itself. I would enjoy a little bit more of a hop kick.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

named for the brave, unconventional surfers of Lake Erie, and something that has to do with surfing called "alchemy hour." It will no longer be named that after this batch, as Widmer Brothers is holding tight to the word "alchemy" and won't let anyone else play with it.

9.4% ABV.

Brilliant, clear, crimson coloring, Large and lasting head, leaving lace, looking good.

Aroma: ah, right on the money. Citrus zest meets pine forest. Wide awake and fully flowering fruit notes matches the bitter hop blast. Particularly pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and smooth, with never ending hoppitude. Malt meets the hops well, stand up and rides it out with it. Keeps perfect time, while never letting the hop character go astray. Fruity, but ending dryly. Plenty of fruit association joust with the mind and memory, ...apricot, mango, pineapple, guava...backed up with a candy sugar sweetness, again, ending on a dry note.

Alcohol presence stays sly at first, but inevitably roars and gains dominance on the palate, among the senses, in the cavern of the brain case.

All in all, it's smooth, hoppy, and drinkable, despite the high ABV. A real hophead's treat, one that doesn't tear anything loose from your critical components, merely releases pleasurable flavors. And isn't that what we're looking for? I could drink one, and drink one, and drink one, and never tire of it, until that decision is made for me. Tonight, though, one is plenty, and off to sleep....

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque amber, with a double-finger head. Nice, fine, treeline lace.

Aroma is wonderful and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. Very nice!

Taste is a wallop of thick, lavish hops. I get citrus again and plenty of tropical notes along the way. As well, a fairly large malt presence underscores the hop assault for balance. The body here is heavy, taste is heavy (yet, as before, balanced), and oh-so-easy to drink. A superlative IPA!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know that winter is just starting to shed its bracing cold weather, but the Great Lakes offering this beer to the craft community gives us summer-lovin' folks the glimmer of hope that we can survive these last few weeks. From its label art that projects a surfer in summer's water to the taste of refreshing tropical and citrus fruit, the beer does much more than offering up a simple session- it reinvigorates the spirit.

Somewhere between golden and amber is where the beer's color lies. It is near brilliant, though a oh-so modest haze. Streams of carbonation release a creamy white head which caps the beer, retains exceptional, and laces spottedly with broken lace.

Juicy aromas of both citrus and tropical fruits abound with the beer's opening aromas. But after its fruity nose subsides, other malty aromas arise- thin caramel and honey gives the fruit a ripper, more plump character. Soon after, the beer goes through a plethora of scents: fresh-cut grass, chive, cannabis-like botanicals, and floral hops release their perfumy aromas and ring in the first taste with zeal and pungency.

It's refreshing taste of candied citrus fruits bring about honey-baked grapefruit, oranges, and lemon peels. Complementary fruit sweetness, seemingly of pineapple, mango, and apricot offer a richer candied taste bridge nicely into the beer's more herbal taste. Lightly earthy with garlic, onion, and catty notes, the beer carries an inherent pungency that reminds the senses of citrusy cannabis leaf. All of this is wrapped in a soft honey malt cocoon that keeps the taste contained and balanced.

Sweet, fruity and bitter, the beer feels light and sweet at the same time. Early creaminess keeps the beer pillowy and malty. But the sweetness lifts slowly just as the carbonation retreats- this leaves the beer's hops and warm dryness to close the beer with resinous grassy dryness and firm alcohol warmth.

What this beer really does is that it quenches the winter's thirst for hoppy beers until the height of summer when Erie Monster returns. But does it really buy us time, or does it shift the framework of time in such that we now love these hoppy ales as much during the winter as we do summer?

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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