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
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
3,297
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional DIPA. I happen to prefer a more hop-centric and floral nose in IPAs / DIPAs and that is the only detractor (if you could call it such) in my review. I am glad to have a couple more bottles to enjoy!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a reddish amber with a moderate head. Lacing as you enjoy it... Citrus scent is evident. Smooth with a light bite of hops. Yum!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it.

Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness.

Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isn't. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I don't usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. There's a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isn't too intense.

As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though it's hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, it has a full light amber colored body with a 1" tan sticky head to it. The aroma has citrus almost lemon aroma coming through with of course the hop aroma also. The taste is awesome some fruity sweetness up front then the hop kicks your tongue, then after the swallow the malt lingers.
The mouth feel is great, leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue, not to heavy, but just a very good drinking DIPA.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malty backbone with tropical fruits, citrus, and pine bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a nice balance of bitterness and malt, very good

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinary DIPA.

A – A finger of off-white dense foam lasts, caps, collars, and laces abundantly. Stiff and firm head, over a distinctly orange, hazed papaya-red body with plenty of visible bubbles. Rare, almost sunset.

S – Want more of the zesty Mosaic hops in the nose, as they become awash in the sip. With tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Oddly passion fruit, papaya, almost oily and a bit of grass.

T – The taste follows but gets much bigger with tropical fruits - papaya, pineapple, guava, and mango. I find the backdrop too sweet and caramel for me, but intense. Balanced by the bitterness of a long finish mostly of papaya, grass, pepper, and oils. Alcohol is well hidden.

F – Pleasant, zesty. Welcoming, smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Warming and liquor like, but not as crisp and clean as I like in the long run.

D – Top hoppy beers from Great Lakes (I compare with Rye of the Tiger, which I rate higher). Must try. If you like papaya-fruit DIPAs that pack a punch, and on the sweet side, this is your brew, but I trend toward the more bitter. Deserves to be enjoyed at cask temp so I'm savoring mine until it warms as it certainly then gets better given all the fruit inside.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into mini chalice.

A: slightly hazed, super orange. head is bright white and frothy. retention isn't great, but is there. tons of spotted lacing. a bit darker than most DIPA, but not necessarily a negative.

S: smells like oranges and cactus and sticky herb and everything delicious. super inviting. impossible to smell and not sip.

T: tastes like delicious American hops. everything floral. big citrus flavors. a resinous piney linger. bitterness that is totally manageable. mingles more on the end of orange rind. sweet more than bitter. tasty shit.

M: creamy and smooth. full bodied.

D: absolutely delicious. really one of the finest DIPA I can think of in my hazed memory. just super drinkable and tasty. the best part of all is I feel like this isn't even the freshest offering of this particular brew. thumbs up.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber with about 2 fingers of khaki head that dies fast. Rests with a fine lacing surfacing the entire beer. Beer smells sweet, and fresh. I pick up floral hops and clovers. A little bit of a bright berry flavor hides in the background. The beer has a pretty special flavor. Sweet, a little grainy, and a burst of very crisp hops. I get the clover flavor again which is more pronounced in the taste. The aftertaste is wonderful. A very bitter and peppery flavor lingers on my palate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a higher than average carbonation. The beer is not too creamy--instead has a crisper character. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
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 nrs207
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice golden orange. 1 finger head. Leaves a pretty nice lacing. Far above average.

A - Not super pungent, but what's there is very nice. Very fruity. Some citrus, sweeter tropical fruits. I'm not sure they needed the honey malt in this considering how sweet the mosaic hop strain is. It smells super fruity without any bitterness and the taste backs that up.

T - Just a fruit bomb. Citrus, tropical fruits, sweet malt. This is like Hopslam but better on every level. HopSlam has a slightly different hop profile obviously, because it doesn't use mosaic, but this executes the tropical fruits to perfection and has a nice sweet malt backbone. The winner with this is even at 9.4% it barely had any noticeable alcohol. HopSlam lets you know how boozy it is.

M - High marks here for the smooth flavor with low alcohol presence. I almost wish there was a touch more carbonation, but it's pretty much spot on. As it warms I get a touch of alcohol, but for 9.4% it's really not much at all. I'm very sensitive to alcohol taste, and it doesn't bother me. Only beer I've had mask it this well is Stone Enjoy By, and that's a top 3 beer for me. Also, this doesn't ever get too syrupy like some of the sweeter DIPAs can.

O - This stuff is great. Couldn't get it in my area, but luckily I commute over an hour and it was just sitting around by the case. Got 2 4 packs, and I'll probably get more soon before it's gone. I'd definitely give this a go no matter who you are. It's low on bitterness for those of you who aren't hopheads, and for people like me it provides that awesome fruity hop flavor with low bitterness and without getting syrupy. It's dangerously drinkable and I don't think you can really go wrong with it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Common Ground Co-Op, Urbana, IL
Date: Best by 05/06/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Alchemy hour has a wonderful aroma. I've found, though, that as the beer warms, it becomes less fruity, with more focus on caramel malt and ethanol.

Pours a modest 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam, which has average retention of roughly a minute before it has completely faded to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is modest, but present, a few spots and lines ringing the inside of the glass. Body is a warm, rich sunset orange color, with light bringing out copper orange hues through the hazy (60% opaque) body. Carbonation is visible through the fog, streaming up from the center of the glass with some strong activity.

Aroma is of substantial fruitiness (passion fruit, mango) with lesser caramel malts and citrus (orange/orange peel). An excellent aroma, perhaps the most passion fruit-like beer I have encountered.

Overall flavors are of lighter (Lovibond) caramel malts and a touch of honey (for sweetness) with passion fruit, and more moderate mango, orange peel, hop bitterness, and slight herbal/woodsy hop characters. Front of palate is sweet and grainy, with toffee, honey, and cereal grains dominating the light esters that lurk in the background here. Mid-palate finds a quick transition, featuring prominent, slightly dank hops, with substantial passion fruit, orange peel, and mango, less prominent malt sweetness, and slight pepper from ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Back of palate finds strong orange peel and bitterness, with modest herbal/woodsy flavors (though such hops weren't used in the beer) and sweet, lightly caramelized malts, all with noticeably peppery, mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of fairly strong hop bitterness, light caramel malt sweetness, and reduced orange peel.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with a medium to medium-low level of carbonation. This results in a beer that is never fizzy on the palate, but lightly and gently foams as it moves across. Closes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils and on the back of the throat, leading to a dry finish with plenty of lingering stickiness hanging on the palate.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Wer34truh
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an above-average head, with a clear and calm looking golden body.

Smells of piney malts, resins, malt, and various fruits.

Taste is essentially the smell squared. The hop bitterness definitely comes through, and the mouthfeel is relatively light.

Solid beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass

The beer pours a nice light amber color, hues of copper and orange, clear complexion with a nice finger and a half of thick, soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is quite fruit forward, tropical mango and guava, tart grapefruit and sweet tangerine that brings out some honey character and rich caramel malt with some faint alcohol. The flavors are sweeter and more caramel malt forward but still boast some lovely tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops with some nice floral tones that aren't as apparent on the nose. The body is nice and juicy, nice, lively carbonation that isn't too overzealous that has a nice full finish that is fairly dry.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Great Lakes, it's quite sweet at times for me but the fruit flavors are very well done and enjoyable. I definitely prefer Lake Erie Monster to this beer but I wouldn't complain if I had to have another.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Clear amber-orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Fruity aroma with a noticeable caramel finish. Big beer with big sweet malt but balance with the hops. Tropical but also earthy, piney, and dank. Finishes clean with a warming from the ABV.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a VERY generous BA for this as an extra. Best before: 05/07/13. Pours an almost-clear amber color with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very tropical with tropical fruit notes and a bit of honey. There is some piney-ness, but not as much as what we're used to here on the west coast. However, I love the way the hops outnumber the small malt profile on this one. Bravo, Great Lakes. Come to think of it, this may be my first Great Lakes beer I've ever tasted. More tropical fruit aroma with a bit of grass and citrus. Taste is just as the nose leads you to. Awesome tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, mango, papaya, guava)...also with a hint of kiwi. The malt backbone definitely comes through in the taste, which was what I was hoping WOULDN'T happen, however... it works with this beer. Lost a couple points...but not too much. Tropical hops with a hint of citrus and some honey and caramel malt flavors. The sweetness of this beer mellows out the bitterness that should be here. A little or bitter with a little less sweet would do this one good. Mouthfeel is PERFECT for a DIPA. Pretty much spot-on. Not too thin, not too sticky, not under-carbed. Drinkability is scary high for the ABV on this one. No alcohol warmth detected. Overall, this beer is a pretty solid DIPA. The nose is great, but the taste is still a bit too malty. I know us west-coastians think differently when it comes to our IPA/DIPAs. Very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase on the regular if it were distributed to California.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

part of a flight on draft at Champs sports bar in Altoona, pa

looks really nice in the 5oz glass. hazy orange yellow body with a good off white head. leaves excellent thick lacing.

getting some of the hops bitterness on the nose with a decent fruity smell

taste confirms the nose, good non citrus fruit wash with a sharp bite to it. 9.0 abv is well hidden.

feel is a little above medium, with a sharp finish.

overall, a good solid double ipa from a brewery that knows it's beer.

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Photo of lochef81
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was so excited when my beer guy got this in at the store. Having not tried alchemy hour I was thrilled to sample chillwave. THIS ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a thick white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very fresh blend of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. There are a lot of fresh hops here, supported by just enough malt to some what balance this beer. The mouth is medium bodied and coats the palate gloriously. As far as flavor, this one has it going on. It is a total hop bomb with tons of citrus, pine, and grass. There are significant notes of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. This is way beyond what I expected from a nob west coast ipa. Beautifully bitter and hoppy and so fresh one can almost taste the tap. This is a brewery that I had long ago lost faith in but if they can produce s west coast style ipa like this than maybe I should rethink my opinion.

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Photo of beagle75
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Etan
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz.

A: Pours a pretty mandarin color with a small white head.

S: Orange candy, grapefruit, apricot jam, light grass and toffee.

T: Leafy bitterness, juicy and resinous citrus pith, vanilla, dry cracker malt, bitter in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A good DIPA for when you're in the mood for something resinous and bitter.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a thin white head

S - Pineapple with some light pine

T - Tropical fruit balanced with bitter hop finish

M - Medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol linger.

O - Very good drinkable IIPA. Will be looking forward to this again next year.

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Photo of jhartley
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 5/4/13) to a poco grande glass.
Beautiful white fluffy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Orange amber color body.
Immediate smells of tropical fruits, peaches and some pine.
Bitter on tip of the tongue then leads into a nice malty finish with some honey taste.
Nice juicy hop taste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Really enjoyed this beer and definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-orange with a medium sized head. The aroma offers of the classic mosaic cocktail fo guava, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit peel. with a touch of caramel and candy smell, like orange sherbet. The flavor leads with pineapple and guava, then comes the hint of grapefruit, and the creamy cnady orange flavor and caramel come through at the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full and sticky. Overall this si a nice double IPA, but a touch to sweet for my taste. Mosaic is still my favorite hop, but with any tropical hop too much sweetness can make things a bit cloying. I still enjoyed this one, but with that small reservation.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark gold with a nice creamy head

S-nice blend citrusy cream and hoppy grains. Smells tasty. Good strength

T-comes in with a fairly bitter taste of citrus and grains, not really focusing on either one. There's a bit of booze to this as well. The after-taste is mostly of the grains. The bitterness seems to last a bit.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice semi-dry finish

O-this is a nice double IPA. Great flavors, good blend of hops and bitterness. It has an outstanding drinkability and the flavors last log too. Every sip is enjoyable.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 3,297 ratings.
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