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

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Reviews:
506
Ratings:
3,301
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear and bronze with a 2 finger head on an aggressive pour. Nice retention and splotches of lacing around the glass.

S - Aromas of ripe pineapple and passion fruit. Honey covered bread gives it a big sweet scent.

T - The hops are big, juicy, and tropical. Ripe pineapple, passion fruit, with a touch of bitterness. Fresh baked biscuit drenched in honey makes it delicious. I think of it as a sweet, tropical Hopslam.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. A slick feel on my tongue.

O - This is a very nice IIPA that is more sweet than hoppy, but don't take that as a negative. The juicy tropical flavors come from the Mosaic hop that is complimented by a sweet honey flavor. Easy to drink considering the ABV.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
BBD 5/2/13
HF wine glass
**Also had this out of growler a couple weeks ago, bottle was better.**

A: Clear orange light amber color. About a half finger of slightly off white head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits as it recedes. Layer of bubbles.

S: Lots of juicy fruity characters. But also some sweet malts. Apricot and mango and sweet papaya. There is pine there as well.

T: Bitterness in tip of the tongue from the fruity hops. Really juicy. Getting lots of tropical fruit still even two months later. The malts are there. Add some body and creamy texture mid palate. That honey definitely adds to sweetness there. And I assume that's the Mosaic hops.

M: Big medium. Good texture

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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 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 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 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 Mdog
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber, good head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, apricots.

Taste: Nice sweet fruit, pink grapefruit, moderate bitterness. Balanced taste (for a DIPA).

Mouthfeel: Moderate feel, syrupy.

Overall: Very nice double IPA here from Great Lakes. I enjoy the Lake Erie Monster, but I think I like this one even more, as it has a sweeter and fruitier taste than the Monster. Really good stuff!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large wine goblet: color is gold/copper, transparent, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles that present about 1/2 inch thick and then dissipate to a ring on the side, some bubbly lacing.

Smell is heavy fruit, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, well blended; back end sweeter malt noticeable - not caramel but something sweet there.

Taste is similarly fruity - with grapefruit, mango, pineapple; malt is sweet but i dont pinpoint caramel - maybe more of a sweet lingering note from the fermentation. Hops are big, struggling to overtake the sweetness at first but then as it warms they begin to dry out the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel is softer than many DIPAs, but also a bit on the sweet side at first then reduces to a dryness.

Overall a good DIPA, but a touch much on the lean towards sweetness in the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy beige head on top a clear, orange-ish beer. Lacing is a decent fizzy drape after the head receded to a fizzy top layer.

Nose is immediately musky with a bit of grapefruit in amongst the big bitter bill.

Taste begins big bitter but gives way to mango and a candy like sweetness. Finishes a tad hot but not monstrously so.

Very good beer, glad I grabbed two four packs!

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange with minimal/visible carbonation. A small off white head sat atop but quickly dissipated. The aroma is earthiness, pine and resin with some citrus fruit undertones. The earthiness and pine/resin comes through first and the citrus fruit aftertaste lingers for a bit. It is a medium body brew with strong bitterness from the hops. Overall, it is a flavorful DIPA.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a clear golden coloratin. Active carbonation noted. The head is biege about a finger and a half high. Nice head retention even inspite of the mustache. Thick lacing noted on the glass marking this beers very rapid passage.

S- The cool kids would say this beer was dank. The aroma of the beer is very pungent. The hops bring a major load of mango, citrus, grapefruit, pine oily resin, very floral aromas.

T- Major hop explosion in my mouth. Very pungent and bitter mango, citrus, grapefruit and yes pine oilyness. Nicely bitter finish this beer is very nearly without mercy in terms of hops.

M- The body is medium and oily with hops. The bitterness is long lasting but very pleasing. Not a hint of the alchol in the mouth.

O- This beer is delicious and dam near everything I hope for in a DIPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a thin layer of off-white and bubbly foam.

Juicy tropical fruit, namely mango, pineapple, and some citrus, resin, and some earthy pine notes.

The tropical sweetness in the aroma is slightly overpowered by the resinous, piney, and earthy hop bitterness, but the tropical flavors are not overshadowed, pineapple and mango come out to play with some slight caramel notes.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy, tropical tartness, and a fair amount of resinous hop bitterness.

Overall, this will sit in my top 10 favorite DIPAs for some time. This leans heavy on the bitter spectrum, but the tropical tart and sweet flavors shine just enough.

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Photo of delta490
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a gorgeous deep clear amber with a nice big creamy white head. The head has moderate retention but a nice collar, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus hops (grapefruit ntoes) and a subtle hint of caramel malts. The flavor is good but a little one-dimensional when compared to the aroma, with the hops dominating and little depth from the malt. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a DIPA, but all in all, this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant amber, slight haze and a creamy head that fell off pretty fast but left some nice lacing behind. The color is remarkable like the blush on a ripe peach. Nose is tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, apricot. The nose is like sweet perfume with floral hops and a fat malt character that yields up honey, caramel and cracker. Taste is extraordinary with plump, juicy ripe fruits and herbal hops light and earthy. It’s got a a sour zing and is resiny and dry. There’s a touch of alcohol on the palate but it’s inviting and warming. The malt is steady and sweet with some crusty bread mid palate and the hops splash up bitter with some light pine at the end for a dry finish. This is a fantastic DIPA that’s abundant with fruit, loaded with malt and exhilarating with bitter hops. Stupendous!

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Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 05/02/13

Purs out a fairly clear deep sunset bright orange color, skim off white head retains the whole way, decent lacing.

Pungent tropical fruity hops. A bit of candied citrus, pineapple, dank, some malt weightiness is noticeable for sure.

Smooth pungent tropical fruit hops, apricot, candied citrus, some dank some caramel malt almost stands up to the hops,

Smooth and really easy drinking considering the ABV. Carbonation is a bit light which kind of compliments the feel.

A really good IPA, this super fresh is probably really amazing, very good now however. I'll buy this again

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

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle which was one from the 4 pack that I bought from Giant Eagle in Painesville the other day for $9.99. "Please enjoy by 05/20/13" stamped on the label so it is nicely fresh! Poured into a clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass.

A Moderate copper translucent body under a minimal very light brown but thick head. Good look. 4.0

S Floral hops dominate the smell. I may pick up some of the honey malt mentioned on the label but it is well in the background behind the hops! 4.0

T Hops in front but a very welcome last one third of the taste since there is a nice malt, honey sweetness there. The gritty, grainy burlap hops are exceedingly common in Great Lakes beers (notice I am not complaining, only remarking!) but the sweet honey malt is a welcome addition here. Very good taste indeed. 4.5

M Feel is strong for sure. That burlap, grainy hops bitterness really fills out the feel. The sweet honey touch in the last one third lightens the feel somewhat. This is a "big" beer. That not only suits the style but it is what I expected from GLBC. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that high with the high ABV and the "bigness" of the beer. Overall this is a very fine beer. 4.5

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: light head that dissipates to almost nothing but a ring. Very nice amber red hue with perfect clarity.

S: Ripe fruit cantaloupe and mango and a like gummy bear candy smell

T: A lot like the nose mango fresh cantaloupe and some pineapple some residual bitterness on the end and surprisingly sweet

M: Fairly light to medium finishes fairly clean without clinging too much

O: This beer is drinking a lot better than I remember it from last year. It has some interesting bitterness on the end and it's a touch overly sweet but it's got a lot of fruit flavors that pop. I had this when it was alchemy hour and thought it was mind bending last year as Chill a Wave not so much. It is tasting pretty damn good now.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Great Lakes pub. Served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber color, topped with a finger of off-white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of tropical fruit, mango, citrus, some earthy hop aromas and caramel malt sweetness.

T- Similar to the aroma, very powerful fruity hops, heavy on the tropical and citrus, which is very fresh and vibrant. A bit of earthy hops and garlic. The caramel malt holds everything together nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- The best IPA I've had from Great Lakes, one of my favorites from them overall, this is a really delicious beer that takes a great take on the West-Coast hop profile. I'll definitely be having this again next time it's available.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a FFF Teku.

A: Semi-aggressive pour yields about 1.5" of off-white head. The beer is a golden amber color.

S: Smell is apricots, Juicy Fruit, and oranges.

T: Much like the smell, oranges, apricot, and Juicy Fruit comes thru even more in the taste. The hop bite comes through in the finish.

M: If I had to pick something to complain about, it would be the mouthfeel. I would like just a bit more body.

O: This is one of my favorite DIPA's. Truly a great beer. Admittedly, I am a huge Great Lakes Brewing Company fan, but this beer is even better than I hoped for. Awesome.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this our of a tulip
Look - copper color and you can see right through it. Good head that lasted for less than 30 sec
Smell - best smelling dipa I can think of. The hop and citrus aroma is incredible.
Taste - just like the smell but slightly hopier. Has a great grapefruit mango citrus taste. More mango than anything else and it sits in your mouth for a while.
Mouthfell - slight carbonation thick for how clear it is but fairly smooth.
Overall - one of the best Great Lake beers if not my favorite. I hope to find this in tap somewhere!

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

Great lakes Chillwave

Surfers on Lake Erie ?

Poured into tulip glass

A: Good lookin' brew here. Dull copper color with that subtle glow I like to see from dipa's.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and mosaic hops burst forth the moment I popped the top on this beer. Caramel too maybe ?

T: Delicious ! Hard to not want to drink this one fast because it is just as smooth as it gets. The way the mosaic hops and malts play off eachother in this brew is unlike anyother beer I can think of at the moment.

M: Sticky and a bit prickly. But again, very smooth dipa. Has that silky smooth feel that Hopslam and Hopranch have.

O: Great Lakes has really hit a homerun with Chillwave. One of the best dipa's out there and Ohio continues to turn out excellent ipa's.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Powerful copper, essentially transparent, with a light head that starts moderately and fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S - Lovely hop hits of fruits, mostly mango and pineapple, with pine and resin, grass and a slight dank finish that works nicely with the whole.

T - Delivers on the smell with a peppery fruit and hop resin core, with a nice cracker malt element offering some balance, but closing with a hard turn toward the bitter, but not unpleasantly so. This is a double IPA that delivers without smacking you in the face.

M - A bit more chewy than I'd like, but moderate carbonation imparts some relief from the dryness of close.

O - I was quite pleased to pick this up from the Jungle Jim's growler fill service when I was in Ohio yesterday. It was something I hoped to try, and to get it fresh is a particular treat. A wonderful rendition of a popular style, Chillwave is one I'd pick up again in a heartbeat.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,301 ratings.
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