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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
Photo of Sabtos
2.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dark amber with a minimal head, leaving a thin collar.

Sweet light caramel notes on the nose, some honey, with an oddly big void left where hops should be for the style.

Grahamy caramel flavors again, with not much if any bittering. Honey, and maybe a touch of mango from the hops.

To be honest this is closer to an an amber ale.

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Photo of RichB1
2.61/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer just continues to underwhelm. Keep trying to like it based on other reviews, and each time, I end up trying to decide what the hype is. This beer just doesn't do it for my taste

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Photo of vandemonian
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA was disappointing. This is meant to be a DIPA. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange colour and a head that fades to nothing fast. 3

S: Grainy and not especially hoppy. 3

T: Grainy and malty with some subtle citrus hoppiness. Disappointing lack of hops. 3

M: A little flat. 3


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Photo of blankenhoney
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, burnt orange; almost amber. On the nose I got a heavy dose of candied tropical fruit. Sweet mango is jumping out, along with some tartness. Taste is incredibly sweet, with lots of malty caramel. Finishes with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was fine. Just kind of a meh beer for me, and way too sweet for where my palate's at. Needs more hoppy bitterness to balance things out.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber color, with a thin cap of white bubbles for a head, a few strands of lacing on the glass. Aroma was decent, citrus, pine, but there was an underlying soapiness in there that was quite unpleasant, and that I hoped was not going to translate into the taste. Well...it did. Pine/herbal hop notes, orange oil, with a major soapy element going on, and a rather sweet malt base; higher alcohol is not hidden. This really did nothing for me. Too sweet, too soapy. Slick mouthfeel, medium body, unpleasant aftertaste. Not at all exemplary of the style. Will not be revisiting this one.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wanted to love this based on reviews but just don't get it. Pours syrupy, dark golden and looks great. Leaves one hell of a lacing but has a strange aroma. taste was overly bitter on the mid palate and finished with an indescribable off taste, maybe oxidation? Ended up pouring this one out.

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Photo of Beejis60
3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- About average.
S- Good nose; kinda sweet, citrus with a touch of alcohol
T- Not that great. VERY boozy, a bit too sweet for an IPA. A bit too floral and too little citrus for what I like in a DIPA. Lake Erie Monster is MUCH better.
M- A bit thin and flat.
O- Meh. Would rather have Lake Erie Monster... or the new Rye of the Tiger when it comes out.

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Photo of corby112
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, dark gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is lemon, biscuit, and deep grapefruity hops. Super hoppy and bitter. Not my favorite IPA, but worth a try.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Quick review. Tried & tried to like this DIPA but it's just not gonna happen. The nose is great, tons of grapefruit & citrus to spare. The issue I have is with the lingering & potent malt-sweet quality that just dominates the palate, moreso than any other DIPA that I've tried. I mean, objectively it is a well crafted & dense take on the style, just not for me.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/10/13

Enjoy by 05/01/13

Dark orange and honey hues; honey depth, too. One finger head dissipates quickly to a layer of tiny bubbles and thicker collar retention. Droopy lace.

Slick hop oil and light booze aromas. Lots of grapefruit, some tangerine and lemon. Hints of pine and a slight herbal nip. Soapy orange. Biscuit and cracker malts.

The taste is more of an herbal/pine combo with too much booze in the middle. Bitterness is moderately high and would be pretty much spot on if it weren't for all the booziness. Oily citrus tones move in after a spell; grapefruit and orange.

Medium full, slick feel. Carbonation is moderate and well proportioned. Still, it's too boozy.

Finally, Great Lakes takes a shake at a decent DIPA; too bad it's upper mid-tier at best.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pain the butt. I should have to write reviews if I dont feel like I want to. I believe that we are all responsible adults on this site and the drop downs are more than enough and if we want to write a review we can

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Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draught at the Lincoln Tap House in Cleveland, appearance is burnt orange with a small off - white collar that leaves thin sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is hoppy pine, moderate intensity.

Taste is resinous, oily hops with a chewy malty back-bone of 2 row. Hoppier than the nose, tempered with an orange candy note.

Moutheel is sticky, slippery, chewy, medium+ body.

Drinkability is ok. To sugary sweet for my taste in the style.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack as I saw the high ratings, what a disappointment. Mostly sweet malty with mild aroma. There is nothing of interest in this beer. Maybe this bottle was off, 3 more left. If something changes, I'll update this review, can't believe I'm -19.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 14MAY13

Nice copper colored ale with a light creamy sheet. Smells like BO, apricot, peaches, resin, some pine and sweet malts. Nice nose. Flavor is malt, some cracker, some tea and peach. Overall the taste is more malty than I enjoy in a DIPA, but has a herbal character that seems appealing. medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Overall the beer isn't bad, but nothing special. In fact, I'd recommend this for somebody that really loves DFH beers, seems to fall in line with their style.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas up front followed by some odd steamed vegetable-like DMS aromas.

T: Thankfully the DMS is less present in the flavor, with bright citrus flavors up front followed by grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is lightly bitter with a little alcohol warmth, though has a slight DMS aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a lively feel to it, making it drinkable despite its abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer at first, but as it warmed, the DMS aromas and flavor came out more. It's not bad by any means, but without the DMS it could be great. I'm not for sure where the DMS is coming from since it was poured at a bar that regularly rotates and cleans its taps.

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Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal review/tasting with Stone RuinTen IPA

Eye: In comparison to the RuinTen, this one lacks. Hazy orange, but hey, who needs a crystal clear ale anyway? I'm just saying that if Stone can do it without taking away from the aroma then why not GLBC? I know for a fact that this one only gets centrifuged, no plate and frame filtration here, that is why it is hazy. Head is poor comparatively speaking. Very little lacing and it really only holds at a thin blanket that looks poor when sitting next tot the Stone.

Nose: Hoppy upfront with grainy notes behind it supporting. Big malt backbone supports this one. I feel like it could use some more hops upfront, soapy type of aroma. Raw grain aroma. Overall-ok. I know this beer has been dry hopped (used to work in the cellar at GLBC) but it really doesn't smell like it.

Tongue: Spicy hop character, and almost malt forward. Its a nice beer, but could use more hops...I remember tasting the first batch of this at work, quite different...It doesn't hold up well-all the hops fade. It has that GLBC taste, the grain, the yeast, the house flavor. I would like to see this beer hold up better. Fresh, it is super hoppy and full of IPA flavor, a little bit of age on it-and I'm not talking all that long-and it loses everything that makes it great. Really, just some spicy notes and some bitterness, nothing all that great. Shelf life is poor.

Drinkability: I'd not buy this beer unless I knew that it was super fresh(when I worked there it was brewed in January/February). I wouldn't buy it more than a couple months after that. Too bad, its a nice beer from what I've tasted at the brewery but the shelf life just sucks.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper color w/ a beautiful off-white 3 finger head. The nose is citrus, citrus and more citrus. Wonderful smelling. The taste up front is sweet/citrusy with a piney dank finish. The 9.4% ABV is well hidden (which can get you in trouble). Very easy drinking DIPA. An A beer all the way!

Re-Review 2016 Batch (previously rated a 4.62)

Not sure if my palate has changed considerably or if this years batch fell off tremendously but I was extremely disappointed in the four pack I bought yesterday. Not much from the nose and overly boozy and sweet on the palate. This was a release I was very much looking forward to....such a bummer!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is orange with a half inch of off white head. The aroma brings citrus, pepper, bready malts, alcohol heat. Interesting flavor. Malt and pepper balanced with hops. Isopropyl alcohol in both the scent and flavor. A bit odd. While this beer presents some nice flavors, it's a bit off overall.

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Photo of beagle75
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and effusive sheets of variously-sized bubbles rise or drift in the column.

S: Big mixed citrus qualities are immediately evident, while lesser herbaceous spice and baker's yeast round out the smell. Intensity is assertive and appropriate for the style. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with mixed fruit that is surprisingly affected by yeast metabolites. Citrus fruit is fairly dark, at least as much orange as grapefruit, while pear is stretched to the point of becoming banana-like. Malt is refined into the middle where hop aromatics become a bit deconstructed and chemical. Bitterness is moderate during the finish, with other flavor drying out slightly and seeming of rye-like grain. Alcohol expands on the palate late, promoting this beer in terms of its perceived size.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Recognizable as the older sibling to Great Lakes' Commodore Perry IPA, this beer achieves balance while striking a fairly traditional posture. It lacks the obvious mark of fine craftsmanship that the standard IPA exudes, with a smattering of questionable sensory qualities but still outnumbered by appropriate features.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The nose is right in line with what anyone would expect for a double IPA. I was very happy with the nose on this one.

The nose doesnt spill over into the taste like you see in a lot of double IPAs. The taste fades away fast and really emties out in the mouth. There is a little bit of warmth, which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but there is nothing else to support it. Not much bitterness on the back that would have complimented.

Read lots of great reviews and I was pretty underwhelmed.

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3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip
Enjoy By Date of 05/06/13
Batch number 11214FM
Sampled 10MAR13

[A] Less than half of a finger of off-white head is created after a swift pour. Short retention fades to an uneven collar and a small island of bubbles. The body is coppery orange with a touch of haze. Modest lacing.

[S] Fresh hop character featuring a blend of damp earth, sappy wood, orange marmalade and dried flowers. Some sharp alcohol pokes through as well.

[T] Pretty direct translation from the nose. Fresh hops, lightly toasted malt plus a smack of caramel. Lots of bitterness. Moderate alcohol inclusion.

[M] The body is pretty light for a 9.4% beer. Some biting carbonation on the tongue with long lingering bitterness and a semi sweet finish. Just a touch of heat.

[O] Nice beer and a nice departure from the standard double IPA these days. Overall though, I'm not a huge fan. But I like what the Mosaic hops bring to the party...I'd just like to see them layered with a little more juicy, tropical fruit flavor. And maybe bittered to a lesser degree.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I learn more about surfing from beer than anywhere else... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, deep grape, light toffee, grass, mixed greens, and a decent amount of chlorinated hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chlorine is thankfully diminished (nearly gone entirely) and there's significantly more citrus rind to be found. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, but one that exhibits occasional characters than just don't endear it to me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pine, grassy, grapefruit, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with grassy/hay notes. It ends with a malty/earthy/grassy aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, not what I was expecting at all. It tastes like some kind of Oktoberfest version of a DIPA. It's also missing way too much carbonation. Not my type of DIPA.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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