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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
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 TheIPAHunter
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Proof that beer ratings don't always sway the palate, I went into this one super excited only to leave disappointed. While not a bad beer by any stretch, it isn't a 95 in TheIPAHunter's® book. Picked up two 4-packs prior to my fantasy baseball draft and left 6 of them in Pennsylvania to be shared by others who may enjoy the flavor profile more than me. You get hints of Mosaic hops in the nose and the taste, but the malt addition is a bit too much for my taste. I believe this was done to drown out the ABV and, while it works, it's to the detriment of the wonderful citrus notes that Mosaic hops can provide. Glad to have tried, but won't be seeking this one again in the near future.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a tulip the beer was a nice amber color with a small white head.
Lots of citrus in the aroma, some sweetness in the background.
Grapefruit and orange taste. Some tropical fruit. Still pretty sweet and sugary.
Not a hop bomb.
Nice beer.

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Photo of Jjski
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the moment, hoppy beers abound in the cellar.
Had 1st Pliny the Elder last week, Nugget Nectar is stocked, and I just found the last remaining Hopslam in this region. All great beers.

This is a great DIPA, and I agree with Jason's Alstrom's review wholeheartedly

Great beer. not Pliny, but certainly a superb rendering of the style. Luscious tropical fruits, beautiful hops, nice malt presence. recommended

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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 Mateer
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion, this is similar to Great Lakes Commodore Perry and Lake Erie Monster. They really didn't come up with anything new just tweaked their current brews. Becuase of this, I am disappointed with this beer from Great Lakes. Overall, it probably is better than the rating I gave it, but they can do so much better.

The big kicker was that the malt backbone covers up the alcohol AND hop taste. Yes, it is awesome that this is 9.4%, but I don't mind a little alcohol taste and I want to have those hops upfront and personal with a double IPA. Too much malt.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Enjoy by 05/7/15. I think it’s 3 or 4 weeks bottled now, a little older then I’d like.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear deep orange color with 1.5 fingers of thick and frothy off white head. Good retention and lace. Nice color.
Aroma = 4.75 Mosaic hops dominate; juicy, tropical fruits, mango, citrus notes. Great aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Follows the nose here, hop forward with big tropical fruit notes with moderate to significant bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to high carbonation with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with some fizz on the tongue.
Drinkability = 4.0 Tasty and smooth, solid drinkability for a DIPA.
Overall = 4.3875 A terrific double IPA. Hop forward and bursting at the seams with mosaic tropical fruit notes.

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

Best by 6/2/15

Pours honey golden/copper. Little to no head and disappears except for faint ring around the glass.

Smell is very citrus with grapefruit, orange, and lemon.

Taste follows with a lot of citrus juice, mostly grapefruit. Sugary sweetness mixed in but doesn't balance out the dominant tropical happiness. A touch of bitterness and tang. Citrus backs off some and more bitterness becomes prevalent

Medium body and medium carbonation. Long finish and bitterness hangs around a little bit.

A really juicy hop forward DIPA with tons of citrus. Not a whole lot of malt balance but it does carry some sweetness to keep it from getting out of hand. The citrus does hit hard up front but backs off a bit. Something I'll defintely pick up again.

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Photo of argock
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 06/05/15 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger, mildly frothy light beige head with average retention and copious lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Major hop complexity in the nose with pine, tropical fruit like mango and passionfruit, pink grapefruit and orange citrus, light pine, and floral melon aromas. Malt is a little bit of very light caramel but much is overwhelmed by hops. No yeast or alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor is very good, not quite as complex as the aroma, but delicious combination of hefty 2-row pale malt with very light grainy edge and low L crystal malt with a layered hop bomb presence. Hops flavor is dominated by grapefruit and pine with floral melon and light berry flavors and dank edge in the background. No yeast character. Alcohol provides a bitter edge to the flavor, and the overall bitterness is medium. A very wide palate of flavors and one I would like to match up side by side with Victory Dirt Wolf of Stone Enjoy By for comparing intensity.

M: Nice dry finish with light-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Chillwave DIPA from GLBC is an amazing DIPA with a top-tier aroma and unique, new-school hop presence with berry-melon accent on a more traditional citrus-pine base with stellar feel -- an exceptional DIPA with IIPA ABV. Wonderful brew!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear, dark amber/copper color with a thin, sticky white lacing ring, gentle carbonation.

S - Sticky, dank, tropical fruit: papaya, guava, orange balanced with some sweet malt.

T - Balanced between the sweet malt and tropical fruit. The hop sweetness is very oily and tastes like fresh squeezed hop oil ... oranges, red grapefruit, papaya, with a bittersweet spicy finish with some lingering alcohol effervescence.

M - Very thick, viscous, oily, sticky.

O - This is a very good Double IPA.

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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 BrewLancer40k
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine mix of sugar, clover and malt from what I perceived. Very tasty, the mouth feel can be mistaken as slightly syrupy although it seems that there is a subtle note of orange and orange peel.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet DIPA. Almost syrupy. I see the very high reviews for this and wonder if I got an off batch, but I'm not in love. I get very little hop presence. Nothing offensive, but not a beer I would get again.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of Gerg1
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being in GA it is only when I travel that I can get my hands on Great Lakes brews. I find their products to be consistent with style and always clean front and back. I stumbled on Chillwave in a craft shop in NC. I have not been able to acquire Heady Topper or Pseudo Sue, but I can't imagine anything better than this CW stuff. Bronze color, floral and citric aroma with a malty wildflower honey background, and a taste that follows perfectly. CLEAN crisp and absolutely delicious. The best 2xipa I have found to date. I am going to have to find a recipe clone for this. Highly recommend!

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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a one-finger head that faded to a thin film, but left some nice lacing. Smell was big tropical and citrus fruit, with some slight piney aromas. The taste was of pineapple, mango and grapefruit, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very complex, but all the flavors were distinct, yet well blended. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a nice crisp finish. Overall, this is one outstanding beer. Well done, Great Lakes!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

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Photo of Greasy
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 6/8/15.

A: Lovely copper pour with a long lasting eggshell head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Tropical fruits fill the nostrils with a hint of some dank hop presence that is most delightful.

T: Big upfront taste of fruity mangoes and grapefruit. Sweet malt finish that is pleasing to the taste buds.

M: Smooth, medium to full bodied. Carbonation was nice. Alcohol presence was nonexistent.

O: A real gem. Up there with the other juggernauts of the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshness date of 05/7/15:

Pours bright copper with a lasting fluffy head. A good deal of lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, citrus - grapefruit and mandarin orange and a touch of booze-soaked honey. Robust.

The taste is piney/floral, slightly woody with some wet tobacco and juicy grapefruit. Caramel with a touch of honey gives a sweet touch to the bitter, lingering finish. Alcohol is certainly perceptible, but is well-integrated by adding black pepper and a comfortable warmth.

It is chewy and full-bodied with soft to medium carbonation.

This is a great DIPA! I love the hop and malt profiles and how well they blend together!

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Photo of thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper-honey-orange colored, with a moderate-sized white head and some lacing. A strong aroma of big, hoppy goodness with grapefruit, pine and resin most prominent, the same notes also carrying over into the flavor. Medium bodied with nice hop bitterness on the backend, but not at all as bracing as West Coast examples. I prefer just a tad more malt backbone (there's a hint of honey sweetness and some tropical fruits), but still fairly well balanced. Better than many of the current crowd favorites that are all hop aroma and flavor with no malt and no bitterness at all. This is a great beer.

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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 JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day.

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Photo of Big_V
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Great Lakes brew. Aroma is superb. Tangerines, mango, apricots. Hoppy juicy mouthful followed by piney resin finish. A little alcohol on the finish. Went and got another 4 pack.

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Photo of klein_ni
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for hop heads who want that great, bitter flavor. The aroma on this brew is what really sets it apart and makes it unique. As an Ohioan who loves Great Lakes and Ohio brews, this is one of my favorites!

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