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:
506
Ratings:
3,301
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
667
For Trade:
13
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Photo of Gregaroo
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4/26/17 - On tap at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. 9% so 10 oz. pour served In a very inviting 10 oz. clear plastic cup. Clear dark brown color with carmelish colored head. Good beer, but won't become my go-to DIPA.

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Photo of flaskman
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 12 bottles from the bargain bin at .99 a bottle 2 weeks from enjoy by date. Poured refrigerator temp into a 16 ounce IPA glass. Clear amber orange in color with a decent head. Had fair lacing with some residual head throughout the entire glassful. It smelled like a DIPA should with a sweet citrus pine tone to it. The taste was slightly fruity and hoppy without over powering the malt. For a 9% ABV it was pretty enjoyable. The mouthfeel and retention was good with no over the top bitterness and it hid the 9% ABV well enough to not be considered boozy. I found it well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of aficionado224
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a very hoppy and enjoyable brew. They even put the 80 IBU on the label. It's a beautiful amber color without too much head but just enough pleasant carbonation and great mouthfeel. There is a citrus flavor that tastes like some of the best hops from Washington state. I am guessing Citra, Centennial, and Amarillo. This is one brew I enjoyed enough to buy more.

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Photo of Tone
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, earthiness, caramel malt, slight sweet malt, hint of tea, grass, piney hops, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, spicy hops, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, slight tea, hint of caramel malt, and grass. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of haines710
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap with steak dinner at the Polaris Grill in Columbus Ohio. Beautiful golden Amber color. Nice fruity pine smell and taste. I would not know this was a double IPA. Alcohol very well hidden in my opinion. Loved the taste and look of this beer.

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Photo of twage04
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper, dark gold with medium to low carbonation. Aroma is fresh fruity citrusy hops. Taste is much of the same with a little berry and pine. Booze isn't too strong but you can tell you're wading into a DIPA. Malt isn't too noticeable but there is a little bready/sweat thing going on if you look for it. Overall it's an easy drinking solid well executed DIPA. The mosaic hops really shine here and it's a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Babalu614
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Poured dark amber / rust color with a white head. Aroma of cirtus, wheat, a little grassy. Tastes of grapefruit, citrus , wheat, floral, hoppy. for 9% the alcohol was hidden well. Thick and smooth feel. Overall a really good ipa. Great Lakes rarley dissapoints!

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Photo of GLBClover85
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another excellent beer from great lakes...might just be my favorite besides edmund fitzgerald. Fruity notes and just enough hops make this an excellent tasting brew. 9.0 alcohol is well hidden..if you see this try it...you wont be disappointed

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber color with a good amount of off-white head that leaves pretty quick
S: Hops and citrus, maybe some orange and lemon in there.
T: Lots of fruit and hops combining here. Aftertaste is sweet and a little sticky.
F: Nice and thick feel here with a good amount of carbonation.
O: Really solid DIPA, just a little too much fruit flavor for my personal taste, but still a really well made beer.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite seasonal beer by Great Lakes. This is either 3 or 4 years in a row I have gotten a case Of Chill Wave. The only bad thing I can say about this beer is it is slightly heavy. Other than that , it rates as a top notch beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle "enjoy by 4/30/17" into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a coarse off-white head. Initial impression is sweetened citrus, morphing into a slightly fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little heavier than your typical DIPA. Carbonation is on the light side, which is perfect for the style. Finish is smooth, dry, and slightly sweet. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little too much fruity sweetness for my taste, but that's just me.

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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 GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by 6/16/16"; drank 5/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big off-white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Melon, pineapple, apple cider & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart pineapple & sweet apple cider flavors up front; melon notes on the finish. Almost no booze heat. A hint on the sweet side, but bold flavors here. I'd like to try this when it's extremely fresh...

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

Deep copper colored body with a thick, creamy head; sheets of foam clinging to the side of the glass. Bountiful nose packed with floral, citrus, and berry notes. Well-balanced flavors, melding light cereal grains and strong yet restrained hop bitterness; low-key alcohol presence. Smooth, warm and toasty mouthfeel; heavy body yet still easy drinking; fair amount of residual sugars yet not cloying.

A very well-rounded DIPA bringing on lots of complex and balanced flavors and mouthfeel. The aroma is particularly pleasing.

I always enjoy trips back to my home state (in north central Ohio) and finding not only Great Lakes' standard offerings, but little gems like this one. I didn't find this one on my last trip by kudos to @LongTaco15 for this beer.

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Photo of Brewsuite229
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My absolutely favorite brew. This is my first written review so go easy. I found this in the bottle at a local gastropub.

Looks - A dark gold to copper pour. Good clarity. Off white, persistent head with little lacing.

Smell - A nosefull of thick grapefruit and citrus is at the forefront, although I can almost taste an orange rind type of bitterness. Sweetened just enough by the malt to give a balanced Smooth aroma. There is a bit of a booziness though not overally aggressive.

Taste - I can taste an abundance of grapefruit. Seriously, it's as though it's freshly squeezed. The malt does a fantastic job of rounding out the hops with a sweet and thick flavor somewhere between caramel and honey. Balanced almost perfectly so that every flavor can be drawn out with each sip.

Feel - Medium to thick bodied, although very smooth. I've never felt as though I needed to "chew" this brew to get it down. It really does the work for you, if that makes sense. Light to moderate carbonation may contribute to a smooth, thick finish.

Overall, my favorite beer to date. Everything about this beer reminds me of good times. The citrus flavor brings me to the opening of baseball season and warm weather. The burst of hops almost frightens me until the caramelly malt washes away the anticipation of that stinging sensation I felt in my first few IPA's. I've gotten many people to start drinking different beer by introducing this particular brew to them. Any beer that makes people want to stray from their norm is a beer worth trying.

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

L: lovely pale color with a little hint of auburn splashed in
S: Fruity including citrus and very hoppy
T: Great grapefruit tastes with plenty of other pleasant fruity tastes. Most importantly a bold hoppiness with hints of pine
F: Not too smooth not to biting right in the sweet spot area
O: One of the best DIPAs out there. Nothing wrong with the beer though it could probably add something to really blow me away and land solidly as one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in snifter

copper orange in color, clear, white head that fades. Piney hop aroma, a bit herbal. Fairly bitter taste. Thinner bodied, sticky bodied.

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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
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color with a thick 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very, very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, apricot, fresh juicy citrus hops and some nice piney hop resins, which then give way to caramel, toffee, brown sugar, gunny bear candy, graham cracker and biscuit. No real sign of spices as the hoppy sweetness overtakes most of the nose, letting the malty backbone come through as well.

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 pretty well hidden and the bitterness is mid-level and likely tamed by the nice malty balance. The second bottle I had confirmed that it was maltier than the first few sips, and while it doesn't finish like a hop-bomb it's still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and velvety as it slides across the tongue with light carbonation, a medium body that leans towards the chewy side and a nice bitter finish which has a citrus pucker mixed with doughy bread crust and a sweetness which reminds me of maple syrup or brown sugar. Overall a very good DIPA that goes down easier than a 9% ABV brew should which is likely due to the well balanced flavor.

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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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