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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
632
For Trade:
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Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 3,238
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Sample from the brewery.

Slightly hazed brassy orange hue, great showing of lace on the glass. Smells of freshly macerated oranges, birch, peppercorns, fresh cut grass, pineapple skin, guava and alcohol. Smooth, chewy medium body, spicy hop bitterness, very juicy with flavors of dragon fruit, passion fruit, floral, tobacco, faint caramel and underlying breadiness. Noticeable alcohol, aggressive bitterness. Bitter semi-sweet finish

A very enjoyable DIPA, this is what I expect from brewers that want to tackle this style.

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

Tastes of tropical fruit like pineapple, guava, clementine, pear, lemon and passion fruit mixed with piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, a buttered biscuit, French toast bread crust and then a zesty citrus finish. ABV is completely hidden and the bitterness is mid-level and likely tamed by the nice malty balance.

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

Big, inviting flavour, pulls you in right away. Mosaic is very prominent, lots of stone fruit (melon) and tropical flavours. Malt is fairly strong, a big caramel flavour, but does not steal the show from the hood. Mildly bitter. Nice stuff.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 2016 - served on tap in Columbus, OH. Pours a rich copper color, covered with a light white foam on top. Scented by a slight pine hop nose, floral too. Heavy hearty bitter open. Weighty mouthfeel, a beer of substance. Resins galore. Lighter blend, but the taste and feel is thick. Drinkable DIPA, but it hits you.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at The Malt Shoppe in Milwaukee. The bottling stamp asserts that this one is just about at the end of its shelf life. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep orange blossom honey, slightly cloudy, with about an inch-and-a-half of off-white head that sticks around for a good long while, falls to a thick film and ring, and leaves substantial lacing on the glass. Lots of tiny, quick visible carbonation present.

S: Lots of juicy fruit notes in this big bouquet: orange, grapefruit, melon, mango, and pineapple are all present. There's also a touch of grassy and herbal hop quality. There are underlying bready and caramel malts . Perhaps the slightest bit of clear alcohol is also present.

T: There are sweeter caramel and bready malt notes right out of the gate, and these are immediately joined by an onrush of ripe fruit flavors. Orange, melon, and mango are the most easily discernible, though I'm also getting some stone fruit and pineapple. The middle sees these fruit flavors swelling, with the addition of a bit of grassiness, herbal notes, and some warming alcohol. The malts help to keep things in balance. The back end brings on a bit of grapefruit rind bitter and some more of that warming alcohol in nice balance with the malts. Overall, this one brings a lot of big flavor without losing itself.

F: Medium-bodied and very well-carbonated. This one is smooth, creamy, and slightly bitter without feeling syrupy or overtly oily. Lively and engaging on the palate.

O: I am quite impressed with this DIPA from Great Lakes--and this is with a bottle near the end of its run. I'd really like to get my hands on a fresher bottle, but I'll probably have to wait a few months. I can't recall having a DIPA with this fresh and juicy a fruit hop profile--the nose and the taste bring some serious flavor. My only beef is that there is a bit of lingering booziness at the close of this one: I was getting some definite clear alcohol in the aftertaste of some of my sips. But, overall, this is a very tasty brew that I highly recommend giving a try.

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Photo of TripleSun
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little too caramel malt for my tastes but I see why people really enjoy it. It doesn't feel like a 9% DIPA and the fruits mix well with the hops and malt. Has a small head and about an amber color. Picked up a single since Great Lakes is a company I'm interested in knowing more about but yeah this isn't the flavor I'm particularly looking for in my IPAs.

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

Light amber with medium head. Lacing on the sides and surface. Smell obviously is big hops but is more notable for the big sweet caramel malt character. Taste has a huge light malt backbone, which is one of the main things I want from a DIPA. Big hops, obviously but the malt is more than up for the challenge of balancing it out. Not really all that bitter- even in the finish, although there is some lingering hop flavor. If anything, it's a little too malty, although I do like it. Medium to full bodied. Overall just a really solid DIPA.

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Photo of dditto2
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good light amber color, small white head. The hops are strong but the sweetness balances it and makes it citrus grapefruit juicy and balanced. Strong flavor but goes down surprisingly smooth. I've been dipping back into IPAs and this the best one I have had recently. Would drink again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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 MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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 yellowi 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 tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, dark gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is lemon, biscuit, and deep grapefruity hops. Super hoppy and bitter. Not my favorite IPA, but worth a try.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a deep orange, Amber hue. Tight white bubbled head with nice lacing around the glass. Pine sap nose with a dominate sweet caramel malt profile in the back end. Taste follows the nose well. Pine foward with that sweet malt transforming into a big hop resin bomb in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Very dry finish, with oily hop resin sticking around.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - deep orangish amber color with a decent white head with some lacing.

Smell - piney hops, citrus, sweet caramel malt.

Taste - hops are really present in the form of pine resin, but there is a solid malty backbone that levels it out nicely. It finishes with strong hop notes.

Feel - moderate carbonation and body; nothing really special.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA that balances hops with malty characteristics. I prefer a crisper flavor in a DIPA though.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 OldManMetal
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chillwave is a nice-looking imperial IPA: a clear, sparkling pale amber beer capped by a pebbly, medium ivory-colored head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing and doesn't vanish at the first opportunity. The nose is big: fermented pineapple backed by peppery florals and light caramel notes. Up front, the palate is modestly-bitter juicy pineapple offset by sweet/spicy florals and a bit of sweetish malt; mid-palate the malt becomes dominant, sweetening a bit more as the caramel character deepens and is joined by a subtle bittersweet nuttiness and significant alcohol undertones. The finish is fairly clean, just a bit of nuttiness, and is fairly boozy; the linger is a style-moderate grassy/pine bitterness that stays around for awhile. Mouthfeel is commersurate with the medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is a bit slick and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. While this beer lands a good ways into "malty" territory as far as balance is concerned, the sweetness is mostly kept in check by the alcohol and the residual bitterness. (12 oz bottle, 30 days before best-by)

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 07/03/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange amber in color with a sanstone colored, near finger width head. Fair retention, dissipating to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Not much for lacing save a few lines left around the top and a spot or two.

Smell - Fruity aroma, with notes of mango, stone fruit, citrus and a hint of pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hits first on some mild mango and, then fresh citrus quickly cuts in to deliver lively notes of juicy orange and bitter grapefruit character. Light spice. Malts are fairly hidden, but add a hint of caramel and bready sweetness. Stone fruit comes through near toward the back end, with a finish that's bitter orange or grapefruit pith with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Very good DIPA. Lots of flavor to work through, but quite drinkable all the same. I'll hope to try this again some day.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 7/10/16. Pours a very attractive orange red with a two inch off white sticky head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, cannabis, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows big flavor, everything from the nose, with a big piney grapefruit finish that holds on long after you set the glass down.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, moderate life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability for its heft.

Overall this is a very good DIPA, once again @jzeilinger hits it out of the park.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nose is a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, and hops. Orange, blood orange, jackfruit - a pungent, full-bodied, well balanced nose. Pours a clear orange-amber with a half finger head that gradually recedes to leave respectable lacing. The palate follows the nose. Bitter hops are cut with a sweet, savory undertone. Prominent citrus fruits, including the same orange, blood orange, and jackfruit of the nose, with a hit of kumquat (sans the tangy aftertaste). The prominent malt body lends an excellent depth to the beer, and provides an appropriately sweet counterpoint to the strong hop presence. Mouthfeel is thicker than many IPAs, which lends this beer a unique quality among its style that works brilliantly. Overall, a world-class beer, and arguably the best offering from Great Lakes (blackout stout held that place previously in my book, but it's been dethroned).

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Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Glad I got to finally try this, but I don't think it really lived up to the hype for me. Very okay and would probably have again, but won't actively seek this out.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Deep clear copper, solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus , orange hops

Taste of malts and citrus hops

Nice bite

Very good beer, repeatable

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into ipa glass.

L- copper color, small head fading to none. Minimal lacing.

S- sweet citrus and malt.

T- well balanced between hops and malt. Citrus flavors from hops balanced by maltiness.

F- good mouthfeel, not very carbonated

O- great double IPA, well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 DJChaseTheBase
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great citrus flavors w/ a nice minimal bitter aftertaste. This beer definitely has a nice to chill to it with a nice orange scent to it. My favorite Great Lakes beer for sure. DIPA that I always look forward to coming out during its season release.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden-orange with a medium off-white head that slowly dissipates. Very clear.

Smell: Big citrus smell. Orange jumps out. Some pine and floral hop smell as well.

Taste: Very smooth. Hop bitterness is present, but very pleasant. Malt flavor seems to be a breadiness. Slight alcohol flavor. Starts bitter ends sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

A very enjoyable DIPA. The balance between the bittering and flavor/aroma hops are outstanding.

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Photo of Obake21
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L = Big white head with a clean light amber/light brown look.
S = Smell sweet, tropical fruit and malt.
T = Hops are not overwhelming. Nice balance between the malt and hops giving it a sweet/hoppy flavor
F = Good carbonation, might have liked a little more, but it is refreshing.
O = Overall this if very nice. The label says ABV: 9%, which doesn't seem terribly high, but I do feel it after it a few minutes. Not at all a bad thing though. Malt and Hops are nicely balanced.

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