Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
94
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506 Reviews
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:
3,302
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
667
For Trade:
13
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Reviews: 506 | Ratings: 3,302
Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear, dark amber/copper color with a thin, sticky white lacing ring, gentle carbonation.

S - Sticky, dank, tropical fruit: papaya, guava, orange balanced with some sweet malt.

T - Balanced between the sweet malt and tropical fruit. The hop sweetness is very oily and tastes like fresh squeezed hop oil ... oranges, red grapefruit, papaya, with a bittersweet spicy finish with some lingering alcohol effervescence.

M - Very thick, viscous, oily, sticky.

O - This is a very good Double IPA.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2nd beer from Ohio after Juju. This Chillwave is best before 5/03/2015 which tells me this is over 2-3 months old if I'm not mistaken as today is 3/28.

Tropical fruit, sticky dank Pineapple & Mango. Honey maybe? Holy schitt if this were two weeks old in the bottle and malt a bit less present, this may just have got near a perfect 5.

Carbonation is spot on and no booze to speak of for the 9.4% ABV. Fantastic beer.

I'd love to re-review this one uber fresh. So far, this Californian is more impressed with Ohio than Vermont.

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Photo of BrewLancer40k
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine mix of sugar, clover and malt from what I perceived. Very tasty, the mouth feel can be mistaken as slightly syrupy although it seems that there is a subtle note of orange and orange peel.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet DIPA. Almost syrupy. I see the very high reviews for this and wonder if I got an off batch, but I'm not in love. I get very little hop presence. Nothing offensive, but not a beer I would get again.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of Gerg1
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being in GA it is only when I travel that I can get my hands on Great Lakes brews. I find their products to be consistent with style and always clean front and back. I stumbled on Chillwave in a craft shop in NC. I have not been able to acquire Heady Topper or Pseudo Sue, but I can't imagine anything better than this CW stuff. Bronze color, floral and citric aroma with a malty wildflower honey background, and a taste that follows perfectly. CLEAN crisp and absolutely delicious. The best 2xipa I have found to date. I am going to have to find a recipe clone for this. Highly recommend!

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

Clear copper color with a one-finger head that faded to a thin film, but left some nice lacing. Smell was big tropical and citrus fruit, with some slight piney aromas. The taste was of pineapple, mango and grapefruit, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very complex, but all the flavors were distinct, yet well blended. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a nice crisp finish. Overall, this is one outstanding beer. Well done, Great Lakes!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

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

Best by 6/8/15.

A: Lovely copper pour with a long lasting eggshell head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Tropical fruits fill the nostrils with a hint of some dank hop presence that is most delightful.

T: Big upfront taste of fruity mangoes and grapefruit. Sweet malt finish that is pleasing to the taste buds.

M: Smooth, medium to full bodied. Carbonation was nice. Alcohol presence was nonexistent.

O: A real gem. Up there with the other juggernauts of the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshness date of 05/7/15:

Pours bright copper with a lasting fluffy head. A good deal of lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, citrus - grapefruit and mandarin orange and a touch of booze-soaked honey. Robust.

The taste is piney/floral, slightly woody with some wet tobacco and juicy grapefruit. Caramel with a touch of honey gives a sweet touch to the bitter, lingering finish. Alcohol is certainly perceptible, but is well-integrated by adding black pepper and a comfortable warmth.

It is chewy and full-bodied with soft to medium carbonation.

This is a great DIPA! I love the hop and malt profiles and how well they blend together!

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Photo of thebeers
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper-honey-orange colored, with a moderate-sized white head and some lacing. A strong aroma of big, hoppy goodness with grapefruit, pine and resin most prominent, the same notes also carrying over into the flavor. Medium bodied with nice hop bitterness on the backend, but not at all as bracing as West Coast examples. I prefer just a tad more malt backbone (there's a hint of honey sweetness and some tropical fruits), but still fairly well balanced. Better than many of the current crowd favorites that are all hop aroma and flavor with no malt and no bitterness at all. This is a great beer.

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

Received a bottle of Chillwave Double IPA from a friend. What a very good IPA. Very hoppy but not too much. Great tasting IPA that I would drink again. The look, the feel; all rolls up into a beer that I would recommend!

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Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day.

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Photo of Big_V
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Great Lakes brew. Aroma is superb. Tangerines, mango, apricots. Hoppy juicy mouthful followed by piney resin finish. A little alcohol on the finish. Went and got another 4 pack.

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Photo of klein_ni
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for hop heads who want that great, bitter flavor. The aroma on this brew is what really sets it apart and makes it unique. As an Ohioan who loves Great Lakes and Ohio brews, this is one of my favorites!

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

Poured into snifter from 12 oz bottled on March 5, 2015
A- copper-orange hue with small white head. Small bubbles that left a good lace down the glass.
S- straight mango and tropical fruit with some apricot and citrus notes as well.
T- follows the nose with mango, honey, sweet malt balance.
M- medium, avg carbonation, hides the big abv well.
O- really good DIPA. Up there in the upper echelon.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby color, solid head. Smells fruity maybe a little cherry blossom and honeydew. Taste follows the nose but is more boozy. Good tropical ipa with the malt backbone well balanced though

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Photo of pmsmith440
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best double IPA's I have ever tasted. Incredibly balanced, nice hop vs. fruit hit, great drinkability. Not nearly as bitter as you would expect for 9+ ABV (will sneak up on you quickly if having more than one). Terrific IPA!!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - A beautiful orange Amber
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit and rind but balanced with some sweet malt
T - 4.5
MF - 4.5 - Medium heavy
O - 4.5 - My kind of DIPA.

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Photo of ThomasJ25
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had my first one last night and I have to say it's a really solid DIPA. Still not up there with Heady, Pliny, Dinner, but it belongs with that crowd as it is extremely drinkable and has an amazing aroma.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 2016 . Picked a up a four pack of this. The great thing about this beer I must mention is the price value here. Similar Beer I have seen sold for 6 to 7 dollars more a four pack and not as good as this. The label changed as with all the glbc beers. I prefer the old art work better. Poured from a 12 oz bottle , nothing special opening , no big hiss or smoke. when Poured a deep copperish amber pours out that looks super clean and vibrant. Has a syrupy type gurgle going into pint glass. No head that what she said. Looks clean , foam dissipates from small to almost nonexistent. The smell on these pops from far away , no need to even hold up to my snout.Fruits tropical, I get a faint smell of cotton candy from the mix of hops and malt, When I smell this in any Double IPA I know most of the time its going to be a great beer. Taste is full and rich on the palate. Carbonation makes all these flavors rush around the palate evenly. as it warms it changes slightly. Very Good Overall. Not a super hop Bomb Double but yet it completes the job at the end of the day.

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Photo of vic21234
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 5/7/15.

A- A clear orange color with a rather small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Wow, I smelled this beer immediately when I popped the cap. Tons of mango and citrus on the nose. Awesome smelling beer.

T- Notes of mango and citrus give way to a some sweet malts.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy, bittter, yet refreshing.

Great DIPA.

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

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/1/15, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves quickly to thin lace.

S - Awesome. First and second inhale, mangoes and tropical fruit, thereafter it is more balanced with sea salt and touch of onion.

T - Where to start? Hops in the forefront following the nose, but balanced by some honey sweetness. Some back end heat (expected at near 10%), some biscuit like notes, and a salty hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, but enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky sweet.

O - This, admitedly, is my favorite style, and I found this to be a worthy contender for the upper echelon of the category. The fact that it is available and decently priced here is a plus.

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

Never would have guessed this was 9.5 ABV. Mosaic hops really shine through and balance the high alcohol nicely. Need to get some more of this before it is gone.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Golden honey color, very clear. Thick white head forms when poured into a pint glass. White lacing. The aroma is fruity and dank with some bready sweetness. Not a very strong smell overall. Like the smell, the taste had strong notes of fruit and dankness. Resin flavors appear more as the beer warms. There was definitely a bitter hop backbone but overall the flavor profile is still sweet. Very well balanced. Body and carbonation are both medium.

Suggested food pairing: Sushi rolls with salmon

If you like this beer then you should also try: Creeper

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Very well done and balanced. So much so that it's difficult to put this into a single category, e.g., fruity, dank, hoppy, etc. There are a lot of flavors happening all at once but everyone plays nicely together.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,302 ratings.
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