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
greatlakesbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,320
Reviews:
509
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
677
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 3,320 |  Reviews: 509
Photo of OldManMetal
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chillwave is a nice-looking imperial IPA: a clear, sparkling pale amber beer capped by a pebbly, medium ivory-colored head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing and doesn't vanish at the first opportunity. The nose is big: fermented pineapple backed by peppery florals and light caramel notes. Up front, the palate is modestly-bitter juicy pineapple offset by sweet/spicy florals and a bit of sweetish malt; mid-palate the malt becomes dominant, sweetening a bit more as the caramel character deepens and is joined by a subtle bittersweet nuttiness and significant alcohol undertones. The finish is fairly clean, just a bit of nuttiness, and is fairly boozy; the linger is a style-moderate grassy/pine bitterness that stays around for awhile. Mouthfeel is commersurate with the medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is a bit slick and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. While this beer lands a good ways into "malty" territory as far as balance is concerned, the sweetness is mostly kept in check by the alcohol and the residual bitterness. (12 oz bottle, 30 days before best-by)

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 07/03/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange amber in color with a sanstone colored, near finger width head. Fair retention, dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Not much for lacing save a few lines left around the top and a spot or two.

Smell - Fruity aroma, with notes of mango, stone fruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits first on some mild mango and, then fresh citrus quickly cuts in to deliver lively notes of juicy orange and bitter grapefruit character. Light spice. Malts are fairly hidden, but add a hint of caramel and bready sweetness. Stone fruit comes through near toward the back end, with a finish that's bitter orange or grapefruit pith with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Very good DIPA. Lots of flavor to work through, but quite drinkable all the same. I'll hope to try this again some day.

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

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 ledouge
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Oakley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LaGuarns
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nose is a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, and hops. Orange, blood orange, jackfruit - a pungent, full-bodied, well balanced nose. Pours a clear orange-amber with a half finger head that gradually recedes to leave respectable lacing. The palate follows the nose. Bitter hops are cut with a sweet, savory undertone. Prominent citrus fruits, including the same orange, blood orange, and jackfruit of the nose, with a hit of kumquat (sans the tangy aftertaste). The prominent malt body lends an excellent depth to the beer, and provides an appropriately sweet counterpoint to the strong hop presence. Mouthfeel is thicker than many IPAs, which lends this beer a unique quality among its style that works brilliantly. Overall, a world-class beer, and arguably the best offering from Great Lakes (blackout stout held that place previously in my book, but it's been dethroned).

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Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Had at Chow, May 2016

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Photo of jahbless
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AndreRus
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manny1909
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbom
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rrafnad
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Boca-X
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,320 ratings.
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