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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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94
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489 Reviews
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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:
489
Ratings:
3,238
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 3,238
Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two months old as I drink this, hopefully it's still fresh enough.

Pours a dark amber, pretty clear body, half inch head that's fairly resilient.

Smells of bright juicy orange and grapefruit, fairly bitter, really a great pure citrus juice aroma. Not much hint of pine or grass or other hop flavors, just that pure fruit juice.

Flavor has lots and lots of bitter juicy fruit again, really fantastic fruit character, hard to believe there's not actual fruit in this. A bit of honey like malt character to balance it out, excellent.

Carbonation is pretty light, body is pretty thick, slight booziness, pleasant but drinkability is only okay.

Really good IIPA and it was probably even better a month or two ago.

8.2/10

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice gorgeous copper to bronze beer color, a little opaque just a tad, but a real large billowing off white head three fingers deep and thick. I settles easily to a one finger puck and hangs with lots of slow rising carbonation. Very nice looking.

Hop front but also a real nice balanced mix of sweet malts. Mild earth with a hint of tropical pineapple a bit. Clean smelling and fairly dry. Even a hint of briny character.

A very juicy palate, complimenting the hops but with a bigger density. There is that classic toasty baked bread Great Lakes finish. I get this on almost every beer they brew and love it, classic toasty bread malts, then a mixing pine rush. Mid palate fills with light bodied tropical fruit and a good mix of orange citrus hop bent. Good caramel mixing sweetness on this.

One easy drinking DIPA. I don't care for Erie monster at all (Probably the only GL brew I've had I don't like), but they got this one right.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I was really happy my neighbor found this brew...always like trying the new beers of GL. This beer pours a hazy brilliant orange with slight copper hue. The 1/2 finger thick slightly offwhite head was nice and frothy. The smell reminded me of Ports Wipe Out IPA. There is more floral notes than pine or citrus...Iwould have guessed columbus hops, but bottle says Mosaic. The taste is a very well balanced brew between floral, malt and ABV. The beer is a touch on the sweeter side, which must be from the honey malt used. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a very good beer, but at 9.4% ABV...it would be tough to session.

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

Best by May 20, 2014. Opened June 29th, 2014.

A- Low head and lace. Rich golden body with apple juice highlights.

S - Ouh, interestingly sweet and fruity nose. Raspberry jam, tangerine, soft herbal bitters, and bread crust.

T - Sweet and fruity, similar to the nose but with a stronger hop bitterness. Raspberry jam, orange marmalade, toasted bread, honey. Herbal cilantro and woody bitters show up in the center and hang around through the finish.

M - Great mouthfeel. Full for the style with a nice bright carbonation.

O - A great fruit forward DIPA: probably the best example I've had yet in that range of the style.

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

Best before 04/30/13. Poured in to tulip.

A - Golden orange; translucent. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Peach, tangerine, mango and passion fruit hop bouquet. Some sweet honey provides a good balance. The bitterness does not appear to be overly assertive for the style.

T - Well balanced. Moderate bitterness for the style accompanies peach, tangerine, mango, passion fruit, peach and pineapple flavours. A fairly prominent honey malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky hop oils.

O - This was an excellent beer. Would love to try this more fresh but this was great nonetheless. The mosaic hops add a great flavour profile to this.

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

Appearance: pours a brilliant orange color with a 1" head that lasts a long time before receding. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: fruity, floral, and earthy tones are all detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, big earthy bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late. Long lasting aftertaste,

Overall: a well balanced DIPA that is nicely refreshing and enjoyable. One of my favorites from GLB.

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

LOOK: Copper colored brew, with a soapy white head and plenty of lace.

SMELL: Hoppy, with notes of tangerine and pine. A little catty, grassy, and strongly resinous.

TASTE: Bright citrus hops, like unripe clementine oranges. Rind, pine and grapefruit juice. Bitterness is strong. Little alcohol comes through.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes dry with a hop bite.

OVERALL: A serviceable double IpA from Great Lakes. Lots of flavor and packs a punch. Good stuff.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best by May 5, 2013.

Pours a dark, clear copper amber with a cream, off white dense head with excellent retention and streaks of lace. Nose is filled with resiny and leafy NZ hops, green and raw with little malt detected. Flavor unfortunately takes a dive with a strong sweet bready malt base, citrus juice and a tame hop profile with minimal bitterness in the finish. Resiny and chewy medium thick body, well carbonated, but just... ick. The sweet malty and green tasting body without much bitterness is a turn off.

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Photo of John_M
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown.

Not terrible, but very much a "mehhh..." DIPA. At least for me, this beer is a bit too sweet and isn't nearly hoppy enough. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would prefer as well. Can't see myself ordering this one again any time soon.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark orange hue with a dash of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy light-tan foam; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: richly aromatic with floral, piney, herby, earthy hops atop a rather sweet malt base. Quite enticing.

Taste: sweet and rich with earthy, floral and ever so slightly fruity hops. Bitterness is somewhat low for the style but it's smooth and enjoyable. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rich carbonation and a great creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: not bad at all. I'm not always a DIPA guy, but this is quite a tasty treat.

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Photo of corby112
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes.

Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle

A: Drank straight from the bottle, so no real ability to judge

S: Citrusy (grapefruit); Piny

T: Nice citrus flavor with some good hoppy bitterness; fairly boozy. You can taste that 9.4%; I even thought it was higher from the taste

M: Moderate carbonation; not too bitter

O: Not too shabby; I don't think it lives up to the hype, but I would definitely drink another. Good stuff. Wish it wasn't so boozy though

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a light beige cream. The haze looks like a snow globe of tiny jetsam.

S- The papery green citrus hops are full and bright.

T- The dry juicy citrus hops is bigger than the aroma and has a nice pity depth to it with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens. There is a clean finish with some more pungent hops flavor returning in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that compliments the hops as does the soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hops flavor with a good citrus profile and some nice depth to it. The aftertaste has a really nice pungency without much bitterness making easy to drink but warming aswell.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange amber color. Medium-sized rocky white head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a big pine hop bouquet. Huge bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a complex hop bill. I detect notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit and chewy, resiny bitterness. The 9.4% alcohol is easily lost in this complex menagerie of malt and hop flavor. Despite the huge flavors here, there is a sense of balance that allows for a wonderful warming and spicy bitter finish. Nice clinging lace stays through to the finish.

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

Served on draft at Sams in Durham. Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass.

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Nice looking pour and quite standard for an IPA. On the nose i detect nice citrusy hops and a bit of sweet fruit as well. Digging the aroma on this one. Taste holds true to the nose. Balanced citrusy hops with a nice fruity sweetness. Although its balanced nicely, this one definitely prefers the hops to the malts, whereas in lake erie monster there is no dominate one. It's very easy drinking, medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good feel.

Overall I had the bottle version of this numerous times and wasn't overly impressed, but the draft version is much better. Still, I prefer the Lake Erie Monster a bit more, but this is one solid DIPA. Great Lakes is a world class brewery and this is no exception.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden orange body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that can be described as both citric hopped and touches of grapefruit sweetness as well as some caramel/sugary goodness. Medium-bodied beer that goes down easy and has both a citric hop and grape profile that is balanced with some caramel sweet malt for a beer that is both hoppy and sweet. Nothing earth shattering or new in this beer but it sticks to the "rules" and does the style justice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light amber, slightly golden, out of the tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY. 1 inch head sticks around while, lace sticks to the glass throughout the session.

Smells incredible, tropical fruit, pine trees, no alcohol.

Tastes even better- orange, pineapple, honey, pine, lemon, slightly catty, herbal, dank, marijuana like notes. Such a full flavor here.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, but mostly dry and pretty refreshing. Well carbonated.

The best hoppy offering from Great Lakes. The new name, Chillwave, is pretty dumb compared to Alchemy Hour, but don't let that dissuade you here.

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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 dar482
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a a clear dark reddish amber color with an inch of white head.

The aroma has a honey sweetness. The hops leave a huge dank peach and tropical peach. There’s citrus with some pine on the back.

The flavor has a grapefruit, pine flavor, as well as some peach, mango. And then a honey sweetness. It’s a pretty sweet beer with a big bitterness of pine on the back.

This is fruity and sweet, almost like tropical fruit sprinkled with sugar.

It has similar to both Hopslam with its chewy mouthfeel and pine, but also Nugget Nectar for its big candy sweetness. In the end, the beer is a bit lacking on the front of fruity hop notes. The sweetness probably masks that and is a detractor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pine, grassy, grapefruit, earthy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with grassy/hay notes. It ends with a malty/earthy/grassy aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, not what I was expecting at all. It tastes like some kind of Oktoberfest version of a DIPA. It's also missing way too much carbonation. Not my type of DIPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clearer orange color. This beer is darker orange. Head grows like bread after the pour.

S-Smells somewhat oxidized. Perhaps this one is not as fresh as anticipated. The hops are still there in a respectable fashion, however. Mosaic and Nugget hops bring me more than enough tropical fruit and (maybe I'm reaching) eucalyptus. Malt seems to be a standard caramel variety.

T-Yeah, this seems a bit too long in the tooth. It still tastes pretty great but I can just tell it's dying off. The hoppiness still brings the candied citrus, tropics and herbs but they're weaker than they should be. The sweet, thick maltiness has grown with age as well. Lots of caramel that enhances the sweetness of the citrus flavors.

M-Softer bubbles. Body is fairly heavy. Bitterness is damp and heavy. Alcohol sneaks up slowly.

O-I enjoyed this as it was probably nearing its flavor demise. I still enjoyed it, though. I bet this fresh is pretty delicious. I must revisit, too bad they don't distribute around here.

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3/20/15

Returned with a fresher bottle to make sure I know if i initially tried this beer past its prime. Oxidization is gone. Mosaic hops are much more distinct. Mosaic onion hops, which I enjoy. Was definitely fresher this time but I leave this beer with a very similar rating to my initial experience with it. Bumped up from a 3.99.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, label stamp says enjoy by 05/09/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that faded away quickly, but has a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (mango, pineapple, orange), along with some floral hops, honey and caramel malt. It tastes like citrusy hops (orange peel, mango, apricots, grapefruit), floral hops, honey, and caramel and bready malt. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, Great Lakes has done a fine job with this one! $9.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant medium copper with a solid one inch frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Citrus fruit, pine, and resin jump from the bottle before the beer is poured. Pine and catty hops dominate the aroma, with strong grapefruit and pineapple accompanying fresh cut grass and toasted malt. Lime and dank hops emerge. It's truly a hop explosion.

Citrus undertones of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime offer relief from a fairly dominant oniony flavor that hits early and lingers into a bready malt and slightly sweet caramel backbone. Bitterness is fairly restrained, but counters the sweetness to dry out the finish. There's a resiny and catty character throughout.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Great hop character. The aroma is awesome. Flavor is great, but a little too oniony for my palate. I'm sensitive to simcoe, though. Fairly hot, but not terribly offputting. On the sweet side.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a place that had singles of this in PA. Picked it up at the Beermuda Triangle in Lower Burrel for 3 bucks.

A - So far so good it has a syrup like consistency, very clear light amber brown body, plus a full inch of sticky white head with lacing throughout.
S - Well it smells as the ABV is well hidden but hops are kind of faint. Some mild resinous pine and citrus/papaya hops highlight with a creamy cracker like malt base. Wish I had more hops in the aroma though.
T - A very mixed taste of alcohol twang, citrus almost minty hops, and some bready gram cracker crust balancing. It does somewhat stick to the palate but seems muddled.
M - Medium to heavy in body. ABV does mask once halfway through the glass.
Overall curious as to why this got such a high rating, I do have strong reason to believe my bottle was well over a month old since the best by date is etched as "4/30/12" but it really shouldn't change my experience this much as other clam this to be a hop bomb with strong resinous tones. Gonna try a ST Unearthly and see if it's my palate...

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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