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
Ratings:
3,316
Reviews:
506
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
673
For Trade:
12
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Photo of StoutHunter
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Alchemy Hour Double IPA last week for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. I think Great lakes is a pretty pretty solid brewery, so I decided to check out their newly released DIPA, so lets see how it goes. Best before 5/3/13. Pouted from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice on this beer, I like the picture and name, surfing is one of the things that the Great Lakes is least known for, but they're still capable of producing ride able waves and there's a few people crazy enough to surf them, I like that this label pays homage to that. It poured a very slightly hazy dark gold color that took on some nice amber hues when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of thick off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color and the head were pretty good and the cool label was an added bonus.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a really slight honey like aroma followed by loads of hops that impart a huge tropical fruit aroma, no one fruit sticks out, they are all blended together and make for a tropical fruit juice aroma that is a little similar to HI-C Punch, there also seems to be some berry and slight peach like aromas blended in. After that I get a slight biscuit and sweet malt like aromas. This beer had a great aroma, it was full of tropical fruit and it was different from other tropical fruit heavy DIPA's, I really enjoyed the aroma and I kept going back and smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it's just not as juicy or intense. It starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that took on a real slight honey like flavor and it's followed by a good amount of hops that impart a citrus and tropical fruit flavor, it seems like the grapefruit seems to stick out the most and some of the tropical fruits show up in the background. After that comes a light amount of biscuit and sweet malt flavors followed by fairly high amount of bitterness with some some citrus and tropical fruit hop falvors on the finish with a real light peach flavor showing up. I thought this was a good tasting DIPA, everything tasted good and was true to style.

M- Smooth, medium dry, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and very true to style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a DIPA, it was very true to style while having a nice tropical fruit element that really shined through in the aroma. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol showed up only a little, it wasn't overly bitter, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention. I might be up for drinking two of these but I think that I would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was very good and I couldn't get enough of great tropical fruit aromas it had. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but if the flavor was a little more tropical and intense like the aroma was this would be one awesome beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good DIPA, I might even get a four pack of it, I would recommend this to anyone who loves DIPA's especially the ones that are heavy on the citrus and tropical fruits. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought every aspect of it was good, but I don't think it's a top tier DIPA, it's just a little short of being up their with some of the best of the style. Good job Great lakes, I always expect solid beers from you guys and this one turned out to be pretty good and I enjoyed it. I would take this over Lake Erie Monster any day, I hope they brew this again.

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Photo of madelf66
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.4% ABV, Enjoy by 05/20/14

A - Bright amber sunrise shines through the clear beer below the cap of frothy white foam that laps ring after ring of sudsy lace on the snifter.

S - Fresh Turkish apricots lend an immediately pleasing fruity aroma to the nose that's graciously followed by pineapple juice concentrate and the fresh smell of springtime cut lawn lingering in the air.

T - Warmed caramel dipping sauce shrouds the tongue in sweetness before being washed away by apricot and pineapple fruitiness, which both transition into an earthy, slightly grassy bitterness on the finish.

M - Chillwave doesn't drink like an ordinary double IPA because it's a little bit thinner; while smooth on the tongue, this brew finishes dry with a snap of quick bitterness.

O - I've found it hard to disagree with a single beer Great Lakes brews and Chillwave is no exception. There are a lot of great fruity and earthy hop complexities to this beer; enough to hold it's own again some of the top dogs of the style. Great beer, bro!

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured poured a nearly clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricot and grapefruit, with a little honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like floral and apricot hops, with some sweet honey and bitter grapefruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Kind of light body.
D: This was a very nice double IPA. It had a great scent and taste, but the body was weak. The alcohol was really well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Maybe not in the top tier, but I will really enjoy this six pack.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WCW for getting me a couple of bottles of these.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before 05/11/14.

Pours a clear honey-gold body with thick foam staying around 3 fingers thick; tight lacing all around. Wonderful sticky hops in the aroma. Flavor is more mellow; crisp caramel malt mixed with hop juice but very balanced, maybe a bit too much? Bitterness is not strong and ends in a real sweet tooth. Very drinkable but disappoints a little as i found it a bit too tame.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is darker amber with a tight billowy light tan head. Nose is very aromatic, light biscuit and dough with a huge hop punch, tons of grapefruit juice and light herbal notes. The taste is a bit more bready and doughy, hops are still huge behind, grapefruit ad strong tropical fruit flavors with a faint herbal touch and virtually no bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can never turn down a new brew from Great Lakes. Especially a DIPA. Alchemy Hour pours out seemingly thick and quiet into the glass - amber in color with light, copper edges and decent clarity. A thick, foamy head emerges slowly; light beige, leaving very nice lacing on its way down.

The aroma is quite nice; tropical and fruity with noticeable mango, pineapple, and guava. Right alongside the tropical madness is a spicy counterpart, made up of light white pepper and a mildly abrasive hop profile; ashy, herbal, leafy. Caramel malts are plentiful enough to be picked out on the nose, but it's not fooling anybody. This beer is all about the hops, and the aroma will clearly signify that.

Mild sweetness in the form of honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot - just a few of the things I notice upon taking my first sip. Immediately after, however, I'm quickly hit with a growing bitterness and the vegetal hops come alive before you get a chance to appreciate the citrus. Earthy, herbal, and a bit of spice, most likely white pepper. Some light alcohol is present in the taste and provides a strong, warming feeling. Malts give off a solid and surprisingly well-balanced attack of light buttered bread and caramel. There's a nice, lasting bitterness in the aftertaste with a dying ashy hop flavor - very mild citrus.

So being the slow drinker I am, I actually enjoyed this over the course of close to 45 minutes. And by the end, as the temperature of the beer got much closer to room, the flavor profile changed quite a bit. The bitterness was much more tame, there was a big-time honey flavor in the aftertaste, and the fruits just exploded - such juicy grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot - again, all sealed with a sweet honey coating. It almost felt like I was drinking two different beers - both of which were delicious. The ashy and bitter DIPA mixed with the fruity and sweet DIPA. Quite impressive. A bit sticky on the mouth, full bodied and slick.

Great Lakes basically never lets me down. Alchemy Hour is no exception. This is a fantastic, readily available (in the Midwest) DIPA with a great flavor profile, and I was lucky enough to have a few bottles that were barely two weeks old. I'll definitely be getting more.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,316 ratings.
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