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:
498
Ratings:
3,283
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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323
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658
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Photo of KFBR392
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: What one would expect from a DIPA, copper/burnt orange color with a moderate to above average amount of carbonation throughout. Finger-finger and a half of carbonation on the pour.

Smell: My favorite part of this brew. Pine, lemon zest, limes, faint pineapple, bitter hops, and a honey/malt sweetness. Very bright and floral, the bite of the pine and hops really stand out. The honey undertones really remind me of Hopslam.

Taste: Hmmm..., sweetness on the front which quickly gets swamped by a strong pine bitterness. The citrus zest from the bitter hops comes on just too strong for me. Many of the nice undertones get buried. A sweet aftertaste is mixed with with a light alcohol sting. Interesting but overall not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: You can definitely feel the honey sweetness but a lot of tart hop dryness. Not a palette destroyer though.

Overall: I've loved most of the products I've had from Great Lakes Brewery, but this one is not a favorite. Neither Commodore Perry or this were anything to get too excited about. There are a ton of DIPA's out there these days and I would recommend a few others.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass

The beer pours a nice light amber color, hues of copper and orange, clear complexion with a nice finger and a half of thick, soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is quite fruit forward, tropical mango and guava, tart grapefruit and sweet tangerine that brings out some honey character and rich caramel malt with some faint alcohol. The flavors are sweeter and more caramel malt forward but still boast some lovely tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops with some nice floral tones that aren't as apparent on the nose. The body is nice and juicy, nice, lively carbonation that isn't too overzealous that has a nice full finish that is fairly dry.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Great Lakes, it's quite sweet at times for me but the fruit flavors are very well done and enjoyable. I definitely prefer Lake Erie Monster to this beer but I wouldn't complain if I had to have another.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We crack the caps and pour a brew of burnt sienna into our Harviestoun Ola Dubh tulips. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of big, creamy eggshell colored bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving fluffy peaks of patterned lacing down the sides of the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is explosive, with sticky grapefruit hops, orangey citric fruitiness, pale and lightly caramel malts, and a heavy, floral, nectary fruitiness of pear, pineapple, and papaya. With warmth comes stinging booziness, bubblegum ester sweetness, milky creaminess, and a mildly soured, funky grassiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more earthy, deep, and bitter, with much less fruitiness than the nose would suggest. As we sip, largely bittering grapefruit hops, pale malts, spicy plastics, fusel booze, under ripe banana esters, and aromatic pear fruitiness mix for the start. The peak shows raw hop cone earthiness with big herbal pucker, zesty citric bitterness, mud, mineral, stone, spicy alcohol, wet yeast, and crisp metallics. The finishing wash continues the bittering blend of citric, earthy, and herbal hops. To cut is mashed strawberry sweetness, white sugar, sweet booze, mango fruitiness, heavy creamer, and coiny pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of coin, yeast, pale malts, bubblegum esters, honey sweetness, and of course, those earthy, herbal hops. The body is fully medium, and the carbonation is high and frothy. There is coating foam and creaminess throughout the mouth, with satiation, and mild dryness from the booze at the end. The sip is otherwise nice, with sticky smack, froth, and pop. The abv is big, and will catch up with you, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the fresh and fruity aroma. The hops are extraordinarily fragrant throughout the entire tasting, striking the perfect blend of tart, tangy, sweet, fruity, and zing. The flavor follows nicely, but with much more bitterness from earth and herb than from the fruity sweetness and citrus in the nose. This is not a negative, but just a bit of a surprise, as we were expecting a much sweeter, more malt-balanced beer. The flavors actually tended to muddle a bit with warmth, so enjoy this experience closer to fridge temperature than cellar temperature. All in all this is a great beer, but it is the aromatics that really stand out for us.

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Photo of rangerred
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a moderately hazy dark rust orange with a somewhat fizzy 1/4 inch head. No head retention at all save for a thin ring around the top of the beer. Not too suprising given the abv but still a little disappointing.

Huge tropical fruit punch on the aroma with tons of mango and grapefruit. A little touch of alcohol along with some light caramel.

More tropical fruit upon the initial taste along with lighter notes of pine resin and honey. Alcohol comes through stronger here but remains restrained. The malt is mostly buried under the hops but a little light bread and caramel is detectable. Mouthfeel is full and oily finishing on the sweet and sticky side but not cloying. Strong but smooth bitterness.

Overall, an excellent IIPA that in my opinion is on par with Hopslam with being one of the best options on the market. You really need to let this beer warm up a little to get the full experience but an amazing offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of atr2605
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours pours an orange copper/soft amber color with a foamy off white head with excellent retention
S-pine,orange, lemon peel, tons of citrus, pineapple
T-very malty with a caramel flavor with citrus bitterness continuing in the flavor, bit of biscuit in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-Very well balanced DIPA, not cloying or overly sweet

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Photo of endincolorado
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear, deep, orange-amber with a clean, white head that settles slowly. Some evident booziness comes out in the aroma, alongside strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and some faint, crackery malt. Lots of hop-bitterness are delivered by a medium-full body that washes over the palate. Grapefruit rind and pine seem to overpower any evident malt. Though a good example of the style; given a choice, I'd take a Lake Erie Monster over Alchemy Hour.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated reddish orange color, fine haze of suspended micro sediment visible in the center. Lasting foam with an intricate collar of splashy lacing around the edges.

Tropical notes of mango and citrusy tangerine, underscored by some bubblegum yeast esters. Edgy with some hop forward dankness, a little pale malt bleeding through underneath.

Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine peel flavors, moderate yet balanced hop bitterness, smooth with a supporting pale malt backbone, dry bitter citrus aftertaste. Sweetness builds but gets balanced by the bitterness soon after. Overall it's pretty drinkable, though I haven't had more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle for $3.75, best by 5/20/13, poured into a Half Acre snifter

A: Pours a deep amber orange clear body with 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Not great retention but some lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic but definitely some nice cirtus tones are present with some malty sweetness.

T: Well-balanced! Great hop taste with a strong malt body, good bitterness present. Citrus hop flavors are good.

M: Crisp with good carbonation, full body, not the smoothest or creamiest but easily drinkable. sticky finish, moderately dry.

O: A good change of pace from the hop-head crazy DIPAs. While I do love a ton of bitterness and hops, this is a beer I could have a few of without a ton of palate fatigue. Nicely balanced, easily drinkable, worth picking up a few if you get the chance.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz. growler filled today poured into a NB snifter.

A - The beer pours a light golden / yellow. A two-finger head of egg-cream white foam that's loose and fluffy, made from lots of large bubbles, dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a decently wide ring of lace around the glass and a surface divided between very tiny, fine bubbles and a shoreline of large bubbles and lace. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant sunset orange and a bit opaque. A little stream of carbonation rises from the bottom middle of the glass.

S - Big hop notes of ruby red grapefruit and mandarin orange, like a citrus fruit bowl for breakfast. Light caramels and dark honey mead start to appear as it warms in the glass. Hints of ripe flowers bursting with pollen. A touch of resin/pine. A wonderful nose to enjoy. In fact, the more it warms, the more the malts move forward, and it almost starts to take on aspects of a big Scotch ale.

T - Just like the nose to start, the hops are nicely complimented by light caramel and lightly toasted malts. Reminds me of light toast with orange marmalade and side of peaches and apricots. Hints of honey and lemongrass in the background. Phenomenally well-balanced, hops and malts complement each other extremely well. A woody herbal hop presence sneaks in on the finish. ABV is completely hidden - not a trace of booziness at all.

M - A bit fizzy, but rather crisp. Carbonation is just right. Medium-light body presents a nice structure. Components are very-well integrated. Finish is clean and rather dry, with hop echos laid over the malt taking their time to fade.

O - I'm not a hop-head, preferring malt-forward styles such as Scotch ales and Marzens. This beer, however, might be the one to pull me over to the dark side. It's absolutely delicious. While it features the hops, it's extremely well-balanced rather than being a hop bombing raid, so the malts, which are excellent partners, are clearly present, too. I almost got in the car and made the round-trip to get a full growler after my 'sneak-preview' tasting when I got home. I had tasted this at Peaches St. Paddy's Day weekend and liked it, but had forgotten how good it is. I want more. If you get the chance, be sure to have a generous taste - it's an absolutely delicious hop nectar. Another fine demonstration that the folks at Great Lakes really know what they're doing.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

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

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

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Photo of veinless
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, glassy amber. More yellow than orange, and with a nice off-white head that caps and recedes to a thin layer that remains throughout. Lacing is quite pretty.

Smells of fresh orange with a caramel layering. Like a fine candy - not too sweet, not too bitter. Herbal aspect to it also aids in the overall aroma.

Taste follows the smell - not too sweet, not too bitter, and the beer does an exceptional job of bringing out a fresh orange taste concurrently with a just-a-bit too sweet caramel. It's much more herbal in the taste than in the smell, with more of a weediness than before.

Mouthfeel is clean and not very carbonated (which I like). Finish is very dry, and the middle isn't overly sticky. Probably the best part of the beer. Drinkability is exceptional due to the mouthfeel, and especially good considering the 9.4% abv. Alcoholic heat isn't really felt (which can be interpreted as good or bad, but I choose good in this case).

Overall a solid, very nice offering from Great Lakes. I may have been expecting a bit more, but the beer was fantastic regardless of my prior expectations.

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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 chefjack428
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice copper orange color. Aroma is awesome, i get tangerines, wildflower honey, pine, some mango and green onion...very hopslam like to me. The taste is where this outshines hopslam for me. Really nice citrus up front, with a nicely balance malt sweetness. Some honey and tropical fruits. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouth feel is nice, a little thinner then I expected, but is very smooth. Overall a great DIPA, one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of Vbloise
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great double IPA! Orange in color, beautiful citrus nose, great hop bite. Alcohol very nicely disguised. I would highly recommend this DIPA to true hop heads; it hits the perfect balance of bitter hops and citrus nose. One of the best DIPAs I've had in a while.

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

Poured into my Dogfish goblet.

Appearance: Deep amber with about 1.5 fingers of head on top. Great lacing down the glass.

Smell: Big, bitter, and citrusy.

Taste: Lots of bitter grassy hops up front, with really orangey and citrusy hops at the finish. A solid malt backbone with some toast or biscuit flavors. Nicely balanced: not too bitter, not too malty.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and easy to drink, with a long bitter finish.

Overall: A very nice offering from Great Lakes; I love almost everything they make. However, I'm not sure I like this one as much as the Lake Erie Monster. Still, I'd definitely buy again.

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Photo of jhartley
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (best by 5/4/13) to a poco grande glass.
Beautiful white fluffy head, nice lacing left on the glass. Orange amber color body.
Immediate smells of tropical fruits, peaches and some pine.
Bitter on tip of the tongue then leads into a nice malty finish with some honey taste.
Nice juicy hop taste. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Really enjoyed this beer and definitely seek this out again.

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

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA - thx Mr. OneUnder (par)

*Appears very gold, a hint of orange, nice slight head, nice amount of carbonation.
*Smell was very citrusy (lemon, orange), smells like a warm summer day at the beach.
*Tastes are a continuation of the aroma, but as a strong DIPA it adds the piney, hop forward characteristics. Some slight maltiness (that a word?!). Very drinkable for over 9%. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.
*Mouthfeel is typical IPA ramped up a bit. Some bubbles, not too thin, coats the tongue well.
*Overall a great DIPA that you should try if you enjoy this style. I am a "malt-head", but with the right food pairing this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a clear orange color with a white soapy head on top. The retention is thin with a scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a big malt balance to it. The taste of the beer is hoppy with a boozy malt flavor, slightly fruity and floral tasting. The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, it's worth trying.

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

12oz bottle (best before 05/03/13) poured into a Milkshake Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Initially hazy copper-orange-amber beer with bubbles moving up slowly through the beer. Off-white head about 1/4" thick upon poured died back to a persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent strands of lacing noted. Some of the haze goes away as the beer warms up and the beer gets a bit brighter in appearance.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and some other tropical fruit under it all. Not papaya, not mango...I've smelled it but I can't place it. Ripe and inviting tropical fruit smell.

Taste: Well blended flavors here. Smooth hoppiness of front - quick burst of citrus and tropical fruit, then moves smoothly into a malty middle which serves as a counterbalance to the start and finish of this beer. After that, another quick but smooth transition into a longer hoppy piney finish. The flavors are distinct and move quickly one after another, but it's not abrupt. You get the flavor, then it goes away quickly as another one steps in to let you know it's there, and then it goes away again to make for another flavor. Only the finish lingers, but even that finish is not overpowering or dominating on the palate - you'll get the whole combination again with every sip. Or at least I did. Well crafted.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, just south of creamy in regards to thickness. Surprisingly not too sticky on the teeth and not a lot of hop oil all over the place despite how hoppy this beer is. Nicely done.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall a finely crafted DIPA - a good version of the style. Drinkability is quite good as well. Many DIPAs I usually need to stop at one due to the high ABV or the fact that the hops thrashed my palate and I need to stop, this one though, I want another, but I have to work tonight so I'll stop at one. My palate is not worn out by this beer either. The beer went well with food (burger and baked beans) and I'm glad I got a 4 pack. Time to save the rest over a few upcoming evenings. Quite a good DIPA.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to the escapades, brought this guy back from Cleveland from my weekend conference. Allegedly it's found only in the spring, and seeing how Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, I was pleased to see this on the shelves available.

Was worried that it'd get a bit off from the flight- all the shaking, but at least I was smart enough to buy it non refrigerated, & to fly Southwest, bags fly free... Let it chill and cool all Monday, and finally got to it today.

Split it with a fellow BA (RicePatchAbbot), and poured it into 2 pint glasses. Rich, dense foam, but not to much head at all. The smell was equivalent to the first steps into a forest in the fall, not overbearing at all considering its a double.

The taste was crisp, cleaning the palate as expected, but a wonderful lingering aftertaste. What really set this one apart to me was that soon after during my walk with the General, it still left a wonderful lingering reminder of greatness. Classic lacing, crisscrossing the glass

Through and through, another great brew. It'll definetly make its presence felt at IPAmageddon on 3/23/2013.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowey reddish orange color with a bright ivory head. Some pachy sticky lace.

S: Mouth watering super light citrus with piles of bright, dank tropical fruit. Cotton candy? The maltiness is easy going with toast, leaves, and bread dough. Enjoyable to smell.

T: Taste is loaded with juicy hops and chewy malt. Passionfruit (like in a Greek yogurt I had recently minus the yogurt), citrus, peach, pear, cantaloupe, and a good amount of doughy backdrop, or maybe instead, doughy hop medium. Pine frosted fruit.... This beer is pretty awesome.

M: Sticky, dense, and full of substance. Some grainy-resinous texture mixed into the well carbonated slightly syrupy body. Tingly through the finish.

O: Oversll this beer is great. It's very enjoyable and easily likeable. By no means a session beer but I expect I'll be returning to this one often when in a fun DIPA mood.

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

Very excited to try this given the other reviews, and it did not disappoint. Poured bright orange, just a touch hazy. Foamy and light head that dissipated fairly quickly, with noticeable lacing left behind. Smell was great - tropical and citrus fruit, a little spiciness, breadiness, a touch of pine and a presence of alcohol. Taste was similar - tropical fruit up front with solid bitterness and the fresh dough taste I've found in most Great Lakes beers. Alcohol is there, but is not overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the medium/medium-light side for a DIPA, but makes for an easy drinking 9.4%.

Overall an awesome beer that I'm happy to have found. Given recent revisits to some other DIPAs that I thought were amazing at the time, Alchemy Hour does very well in comparison.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,283 ratings.
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