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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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491 Reviews
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
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
3,253
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
636
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 491 | Ratings: 3,253
Photo of RyBrew54
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey amber with pillowy white head. Nose is a sweet hop profile, zesty, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is a nice hop front with plenty of citrusy and juicy elements, touch of honey, and nice caramel malt backbone to balance out flavors. A sweeter finish than expected with mild bitterness. Medium body with crisp finish. This is an excellent double IPA that I would seek out again.

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Photo of EastAtLeast
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 12oz bottle in a mixed six pack. I always try to get this beer whenever I see it as usually it's the first Great Lakes beer to run out from what I've noticed, and for a good reason: This is a SOLID double IPA.

Poured a beautiful, clear, copper/orange type color with 1 finger width head.

Picked up loads of grapefruit and citrus on the nose right away as I have before with this beer, but something was different this time as it wasn't as pungent as before.

The taste is almost just as you would expect after smelling this beer. I'm not blown away by the bitterness as I love IPA's, but it allows me to notice the nice malt characters that follow a forward hop bomb. Each sip wanted me coming back for more sweet, grapefruity goodness. You can tell it's not a session IPA for sure, but the 9.4% ABV is pleasantly masked.

Towards the end is where I saw the beer lacking as opposed to other times I have had this. The carbonation was virtually gone. Had to finish off about 5 ounces of flat beer. I know this was a fluke, and I'm glad I only bought one bottle of this. Must not have been fresh or just not handled properly. Didn't bother to look at the date I was just glad to see one on the shelf! Can't wait to get my hands on a fresh one next time!

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent double ipa. No fancy flavors added so it goes down smooth and clean. I don't get much with smell but it is ok just no floral hops to add nose appeal making this it's weakest point. Otherwise overall I just love drinking it start to finish and I don't get a tired pallet.

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Photo of amasow
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. That's the best five words I can come up with. Delicious! Balanced with malty flavor and good hop character. A highly professional brew. These guys obviously know what they're doing. I hope they're at the Beer Fest in Boston this weekend!

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

Honey and floral. Excellent bitter. Incredible. When this brewery is on, they are on. There are few brews that they have that I consider just so so. And this one is incredible.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Autumn orange, good clarity, mixture of micro-macro effervesce with a medium tension. Light beige capping, average retention, bready texture topping lapsing to a skim covering. Small eye lash lacing.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice/orange juice of good level. Hints of dry, sweet grains, fresh pine finishing with a semi-dry citrus hopping. Average length of duration.

T: Flavor had a high level of lemon-citrus bittering, flowery orange and toasty grain sweetness. Wet, lip quenching citrus upfront , some dry pine and warming hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Malty depth, smooth texture, small carbonation factor, chewy, toasty, bready. Spicy, dry warmth of hops afterglow.

O: Spicy warmth, toasty malt, very good flavor that is smooth, hoppy, feeling every bit its 9.4% abv. Six pack worthy, good drink-ability, gentle fade off the tongue of spicy citrus begs for more with an overall outstanding quality. six pack worthy, repeat factor.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a small head that lingers for minimal lacing. Smells and flavors of tropical fruits, citrus and hint of pine. Malt is well balanced and there is a noticeable bite from the alcohol. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of mchegash
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass.
Enjoy by date of 5/3/15, but that's only 6 days ago, so I'm sure the taste is still fine.

Appearance - 4.5/5
Bright orange, moderately clear. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. Several fingers of off-white head. This looks like a good brew and I am excited to try it. A good layer of head stays around for the entirety of the brew.

Smell - 3.75/5
Strong pine hops, with resinous aspects and a little earthy spiciness as well.

Taste - 4/5
Sweet delicious malts with nice pine, citrus, and resin aspects. Not that bitter, rather it's very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium full body. More smooth than crisp. A medium-light amount of slightly higher than medium-light intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was a great brew, and I would expect nothing less from Great Lakes. I'm glad to see they are expanding their lineup with more quality brews like this one. This is a pretty darn good IPA and I would definitely recommend it. And I very likely will pick up a 6-pack for myself some time soon.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange cloudy color with nice fluffy head and very sticky lace.. A/T bready, toasty, alcohol sweetness, pineapple, orange, slight tartness, slight alcohol warmth.. Smooth slick body.. Good, a lot more sweetness then expected.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Beautiful brilliant copper amber under a 2” cream colored foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Melon, biscuit, tropical fruit, citrus.
T: Big fruit flavors seasoned with light caramel, melon, tropical fruit, leading to an assertive bitter finish.
F: Very creamy texture with a medium body and carbonation. The alcohol is soft and not harsh.
O: A big fruity DIPA with a good balance between hop, malt and alcohol flavors.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy orange. Not copper, not amber, orange. This beer looks like pumpkin juice. Barely any head whatsoever. Not much carbonation. Nice aroma - I get mango, pineapple, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a blend of other sweet fruity notes. I'm not detecting any pine of hops on the nose. It smells like fruit punch. Light/medium weight, nice and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet fruit up front with notes of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Just about on par with the smell. Sweet and juicy all the way through with some malt on the back end. Still lingering sweetness on the aftertaste.

This beer is good, but kinda overrated, in my opinion. It's very fruit forward, to the point where it almost tastes like my daughter's fruit drinks. Way too sweet, not much hop presence at all. What's there is good enough, but I feel like it's missing a critical part of what I love about IIPAs.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with little to no head. Aroma isn't crushing me, but reminds me of fresh tropical fruit. Big grapefruit notes. Flavor is more vegital than I expected. It's clean, but so clearly different than any IPA I have tried recently. Some tangerine maybe, but once again, vegita to a degree. Hints of caramel malts. Not a huge amount of bitterness. Has the making of an American BW, but refuses to go there. At time I flat out love it and at time I flat out hate it. This is one of the single most interesting beers I have tried.

Overall, this is certainly a seek and find beer. Maybe the hardest beer I've had to rate

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Photo of keithmurray
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange body with off white head

Smell - mango, pineapple, orange, honey

Taste - mango, nectarine, pineapple, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back end

Overall - very good IPA

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Photo of hardysf
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep Orange. Strong dank hop aroma. A mix of pine and citrus. Well balanced with a full malt body with some lingering sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Glad I found this randomly in the cooler section. It's about four months old, can't wait to try this fresh next year.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique dipa....honey malts add an awesome sweet caramel taste countered by a good hop bitterness and noticeable mosaic hop grapefruit taste... man I wish this was more readily available...definitely drink these bad boys fresh

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015-04-18
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. "Enjoy by" date is 06/08/15.

Pours clear copper amber with a medium, sustained head and a fair amount of very fine carbonation. Aroma is strong. Citrus and pine.Alcohol.

Taste is bitter -- pine, a little citrus, very bitter. A slight tartness maybe like grapefruit. As you become accustomed to the bitterness, a slight caramelly sweetness comes out, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, thick. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of pinyin
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served at 37F in a gold rimmed goblet.

Top tier DIPA here.

The best DIPA that I can find in a retail store on a regular basis. Stone Enjoy By seems to be a little more hoppy and refined, but this is right there with it. Victory Dirtwolf is pretty close too, but Chillwave is my favorite at the moment.

Chillwave is not your usual DIPA either. It has much more of a pilsner malt backbone with a very earthy and piney hop resin that meshes well with this omnipresent malt character.

It doesn't taste anything like a 9.7 % abv ale. You really have to be careful because you can't taste much alcohol with this one. These go down very easily.

Color is the typical copper dark orange that most DIPA's carry.

Nose is malty, vegetal and piney.

Lacing and head is small, but give it jiggle and it carbonates quickly to your desired foam level.

Taste, as I mentioned before is very unique and absolutely delicious. Malty, bready, hoppy, piney and earthy all balanced in a perfect taste package.

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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 neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mainly clear, light to medium amber/copper color with some steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a nice, frothy looking head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/3 to 1/4 of an inch thick about 5 minutes are first being poured. Excellent lacing too. Aromas of molasses, caramel malt sweetness followed by a sappy, resinous piney smell with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot and also a slight smoky spiced note. Has a molasses, caramel malt sweetness upfront flavorwise that gives way to a resinous hint of honey and piney and citrusy hop notes with fruity hints of mango, pineapple, and apricot. The taste rounds out with a slightly smoky spice note that really lingers. An excellent and complex flavor profile. Has a crisp, somewhat frothy and slightly creamy, slightly oily and resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Drinkability is superb! I can't believe it took me this long to sit down and really enjoy this beer to this degree. Another damn fine beer here from Great Lakes!

Eric

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

Lovely clear Amber color with a white head. Smells mildly citrusy. Good mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body. Taste is bitter, just the right amount of malty. Wish the taste was more floral or citrusy.

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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 ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Best by 5/3/15, so I assume bottled 2/3/15. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a deep orange amber with just over a finger of beige head. The foam shrinks to a thin layer, depositing dense sheets of lace on the way down.

A bright blend of citrus and grass brings a pleasing aroma that I keep coming back to enjoy. Rind, pulp, juice, floral and a little herbal with some malty sweetness in the background.

That nose was not misleading. This delivers the juicy, delicious and hoppy flavors of oranges, faint melon, grass, flower petals, honey, a little bread and just a hint of alcohol. Dangerously easy to drink, I could easily go through two or three of these.

Medium full, semi oily feel with moderate carbonation. The resinous hop oils cling to the tongue for a bitter finish of citrus peel, sappy branches and mild honey.

I'm quite glad that I got this chance to try Great Lakes' Chillwave. Were this available in Georgia this juicy, delicious explosion of hops would find regular refuge in my refrigerator. Certainly worth a try for any hophead.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good frothy finger high head, mixed bubble sizes makes for uneven surface, light tan color, excellent retention, the lacing is very thick and covers wide swaths of the glass side. The liquid is as close to red as orange, very deep and glowing, at first you could miss seeing the tiny bubbles meandering within, very pretty to look at. Thick, clingy nose of molasses, pine sap, pink grapefruit pulp, it’s more spicy and smoky than herbaceous, pineapple, mango, nectarine, apricot fruit scents, more chocolate and malt appears as it warms, ends with even more smokiness like meat fat on a grill. Full-bodied, beef jerky, iron and slightly soapy, sticky in a dry residue fashion. Plenty of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, here you get a bit more herbal stiffening but not enough to inch into “refreshing” territory. Cocoa, caramel, molasses sweeten the finish. The carbonation seems to be at an average plus level but the beer is so dense you need even more. Cherry, pineapple, nectarine, peach, mango fruit, in keeping with the whole more heavy than juicy and flowing. It’s a good enough brew but not sure I’d want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful orange amber color with a one finger loose off white head. Retention is minimal and there are thin webs of lacing everywhere. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, slight dankness and a touch of sweetness. Taste is the same, but more balanced than the smell leads you to believe. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall a great beer. And very drinkable for the high abv.

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Photo of claminat420
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured from a sealed growler I got a week ago into a imperial tulip glass I have. transparent amber color with a nice frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- spicy citrus hops. some slight alcohol detected.

T- definitely the citrusy spicy notes from the hops. get some sweetness from the malt. bitterness is there but not overpowering anything. the citrus taste to me like heavy oranges, light grapefruit, and also a slight tropical fruit detected. not really getting any alcohol from the abv. also detect some very slight esters from the yeast.

M- a lighter heavy bodied beer or maybe a medium/ heavy bodied if you want. carbonation is good from being sealed for a week and kept cold.

DRINKABILITY- glad I got a growler of this!

Overall- I've had this in four packs and even before the name change but like all beer (to me) it's better from the tap. I remember the hops being not so pungent from the bottle. I will say I do appreciate a imperial ipa or even a standard ipa that isn't blasted with bitterness that it mutes the hop flavor.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,253 ratings.
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