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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA

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

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

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves last week, was released @ the brewery pub < 7days ago.

The beer pours a clear coppery amber with 3/4" of white head that settles down to a centimeter of fluffy white blanketing. There is sticky lacing and it appears generously carbonated. The nose is predominantly spicy and piney hops with a touch of grapefruit/citrus. Booze and sugar become more prominent as it warms. The taste pushes forward a big sweetness to balance out this bitter beast; it's reminiscent of granulated sugar on grapefruit, which is then followed by a lingering lemon zest bitterness. Sharp, bitter hops clash with a huge malty sweetness in the mouthfeel, leaving the nearly 10%abv as an afterthought. It's grapefruit rind bitterness is well matched by sweetness resulting in a (surprisingly) drinkable DIPA. This beer reminds me of "this one goes to 11," with some obvious differences. If you're in the mood for a fresh, syrupy, hopped up DIPA that's affordable and easy to obtain (north east region)...this is your beer.

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

poured into a pint glass

A: crystal clear. golden orange. quickly dispersing white head. bubbly. lacing eez gud.

S: malts come through in a big way. honey sweetness. tropical fruit, mango, peach. hops are a little piney.

T: the HONAY. mild bite from the hops. sweet. mango. citrus notes in addition to the tropical fruit. grapefruit. Perfectly balanced.

M: fizzy. medium bodied. sweet but not syrupy.

O: excellent dipa. excellent balance. sweet but crisp.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Hazy golden orange pour. One finger head.

Extremely fruity, tropical nose.

A lot of mango on the front end with a long bitter finish. A little bit of the booze on the back end, but at 9.4% it's very drinkable.

An extremely solid, affordable, and available (when in season) choice for an IPA.

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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 KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Alchemy Hour pours a dark caramel ruby color, mostly transparent with a huge off-white head. The foam gradually recedes to a film over the beer but retains well and leaves a nice web of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is clean, with distinct malt and hop notes both present. The nose is balanced with a slight lean toward the malt. Honey and caramel sweetness with bready notes in the background. Floral, slightly citrusy, and some earthy bitter hop aromas. A little alcohol wafts into the nose as it warms.

A bit of honey flavor starts the sip off on a sweet note, with a bit of caramel malt coming through. The honey continues to grow into the hop flavors, with pineapple, tangerine, mango, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Each sip has a clean finish with no aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very clean. The flavors are allowed to come through separately and transition from malt to hops nicely. The carbonation is creamy, smooth, and fairly full. There is no residue or hop oil left at the end of the sip.

Overall I think this is a bit too sweet for what I am looking for in a DIPA. It has a good burst of hoppiness, but the honey malt is simply too strong for it to be among my top tier of the category. Still, it is strong offering from a quality brewery.

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

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA 9.4% abv

Pours a honey orange with a one finger bright off-white head that doesn’t stick around for long but leaves nice lacing.

Smells of citrus - tangerines and lemon. A little peach.Very fruity. dried/candied mango.

Taste is, again, very fruity. Tangerines. Candied/dried mango. Now I’m getting apricots and persimmons. Peaches. The lemon from the nose is gone. Not very bitter, more tart than bitter. Nice and sweet.

Medium carbonation, medium body. Very smooth. Very slightly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden.

Very nice. I’m a fan. I don’t think I could drink more than one of these given the sweetness. Scratch that, I could definitely have another. The fruits are nice and full with plenty of well rounded out flavors. The honey malt is definitely coming into play. I can’t say much about this beer; I’m not saying its one dimensional, but it is definitely big on sweet fruit flavors. Do try.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resin-soaked head that has great persistence and laces slightly along the edge of the glass. Massive aroma of pine and citrus rind. Brilliant, clear dark honey color. Starts off MASSIVELY with pine and slightly citric hop bitterness. Builds into a high bitterness (with a brief flash of metallic [which isn't bad here]) as the malt cuts through to add a pleasant sweetness of bread. The finish is a lingering piney hop resin that has notes reminiscent of citrus fruit and flowers. It is not a cumulative bitterness, though, which is wonderful. If you let it sit long enough, the sweet malt comes back from the finish.

Overall, I like this one. I'm not CRAZY about the hop profile (heavy pine, and a somewhat-persistent bitterness), but it's easily in the better half in regards to IIPA's. Great mouthfeel and a lovely look. If you see it, definitely grab it!

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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 Buck89
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Clear amber-orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Fruity aroma with a noticeable caramel finish. Big beer with big sweet malt but balance with the hops. Tropical but also earthy, piney, and dank. Finishes clean with a warming from the ABV.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear, deep orange, light copper with a few finger white head.

S - Juicy hops, candied citrus, grapefruit pith, floral, resiny hops in a weed like aroma, honey and caramel malt.

T - Candied citrus, honey sweetness, herbal, catty, grapefruit rind, maybe a touch of garlic and a lingering weed resin.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a dry resiny finish.

D - Very interesting hop. Don't get the "Citra on steroids" description I read of the hop but very unique flavors. 9.4% abv completely hidden.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: a medium amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Tiny spot glass lacing remains.

S: Wow, smells like fruit cocktail with alcohol! Pineapple and lots of it, grapefruit, candied citrus and sweet caramel malt. Such a distinctive smell.

T: Much as the same as the nose, only a bit of a letdown compared to the smell. Huge candied fruit with lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and tangerine. Sweetness comes rushing in with caramel, candy sugar and lots of alcohol. Finish stays sweet, no bitterness at all.

M: Sweet, lasting, alcohol, almost cloying but not quite

O: A really good beer, but as with Lake Erie, it's really sweet. If sweet DIPAs are your bag, this one is for you because the fruit is amazing....maybe the most distinctive tropical fruit I have ever smelled on a beer.

Overall a really good beer where the taste can't quite live up to the smell. Fantastic, fantastic smell, maybe top 5, but the flavor does not quite live up to the smell. Still, try it if you can, it's good.

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Photo of Samp01
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark golden amber with slowly fading off white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus, orange floral pine hops, nice fruity essence. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange, a bit of tangy grapefruit, earthy pine hops bitterness. Palate is a full body, smooth with good carbonation. The finish is of caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange peel notes, some tangy grapefruit, with some good earthy pine and herbal hops bitterness for balance, alcohol is well behaved. Overall a very good, smooth and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinary DIPA.

A – A finger of off-white dense foam lasts, caps, collars, and laces abundantly. Stiff and firm head, over a distinctly orange, hazed papaya-red body with plenty of visible bubbles. Rare, almost sunset.

S – Want more of the zesty Mosaic hops in the nose, as they become awash in the sip. With tangerine and tropical fruits dominating, balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Oddly passion fruit, papaya, almost oily and a bit of grass.

T – The taste follows but gets much bigger with tropical fruits - papaya, pineapple, guava, and mango. I find the backdrop too sweet and caramel for me, but intense. Balanced by the bitterness of a long finish mostly of papaya, grass, pepper, and oils. Alcohol is well hidden.

F – Pleasant, zesty. Welcoming, smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with stickiness in the finish and lingering oily hops. Warming and liquor like, but not as crisp and clean as I like in the long run.

D – Top hoppy beers from Great Lakes (I compare with Rye of the Tiger, which I rate higher). Must try. If you like papaya-fruit DIPAs that pack a punch, and on the sweet side, this is your brew, but I trend toward the more bitter. Deserves to be enjoyed at cask temp so I'm savoring mine until it warms as it certainly then gets better given all the fruit inside.

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

P poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic with a godd rich amber tinged deep golden,a one finger bone white head atop.Aromas of grapefruit rind,sweet alcohol,and a bit more grassy hoppiness.Sharp and in your face grapefruit flavors along with some grassy/herbal hops over top of sweet sugary alcohol,it's sweet but the hops win out here.Alot if not most of the beer of this style are too sugary sweet,this is pretty sweet but it has intense hops to combat that sweetness,a great beer from what I consider a top 3 in the midwest brewery.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a deep translucent amber with 2 fingers of off-white head, leaving a thin cap and some lacing. Smells fantastic. Big juicy grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, raw honey, fresh cut grass, and bitter pine.

Quite a bit going on in the flavor. Citrus rind and a variety of sweet tropical fruits make an immediate impression, but faint bready caramel malt lends a helping hand and some impressive balance. Bitter pine resin has the last word. I do find myself wishing that the citrus was as bold as advertised in the nose. Feels light-medium-bodied with smooth crisp carbonation. Could be a little heavier and stickier for my taste.

Overall a very good offering from Great Lakes. Not in the top tier of DIPAs, but rock solid and nothing to complain about. High quality brews like this at a great value make me very glad that I have easy access to everything they make.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a UMASS shaped pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop forward. Nice malt profile.

T: Brings a perfectly balanced flavor but the hops really shine. Most excellent.

M: Medium bodied, nice smooth finish.

O: Solid, good, DIPA. DIdn't blow me away and at this price point, it's good, but not great.

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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 AwYeh
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by May 8, 2014; poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice-looking deep, amber-orange color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly.

S: Big tropical fruit hop aroma, particularly pineapple, that's fleshed out by resinous and earthy flavors.

T: Huge citrus hop flavors here, lots of grapefruit and tangerine alongside the pineapple that was so strong in the smell. Well balanced with a pleasant lingering bitter tone. Decently strong alcohol flavor, though it works with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and very creamy. Really dry finish.

O: Solid DIPA from Great Lakes; well worth picking up.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big fan of Great Lakes Brewing, so I was really excited to try the Chillwave release; finally found one in Columbus and bought a 12oz bottle yesterday.

It pours a standard copper color with small head/lacing. The smell is dominant tropical fruits with a hop presence... love it. Initial taste follows the nose, but it quickly fades and ends with a very bitter finish. There is no mistaking the 9.4 ABV in this brew. Overall, it's outstanding for the style, and I'm looking forward to having this fresh on tap from the brewery.

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Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a nice copper gold with a half finger of off-white carbonation that produces a good bit of lacing and beading beneath... beading in the body itself is minimal. Looks nice.

Plenty of tropical aromas coming from this one... grapefruit and mango, some soft citrus, like clementine. It's not terribly pungent but it offers that lush, juicy hop cleanliness that only is found in well built American IPA's.

On the palate it isn't quite as tame. There's a raw sense of bitterness coming from the hop profile. Mango, grapefruit... those characteristics translate on the palate but there's an abrasive addition. That said, it doesn't seem to detract from the overall experience. It's a tongue buckler and that's something that I've learned to love from time to time. There's also a slight suggestion of alcohol on the final finish.

This is far from sessionable but it's satisfying my hop fix for sure.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange body with off white head

Smell - mango, pineapple, orange, honey

Taste - mango, nectarine, pineapple, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back end

Overall - very good IPA

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Photo of kudsak
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely clear Amber color with a white head. Smells mildly citrusy. Good mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body. Taste is bitter, just the right amount of malty. Wish the taste was more floral or citrusy.

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Photo of mobius387
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into deschutes snifter. enjoy by date 5/08/13

appearance: pours clear, a gold/amber/red sunset-esk mix of colors. perfect sized white foam head with some residue on the sides of the glass. sediment is suspended in the beer. about as perfect as a pale ale gets.

aroma: soft notes of grapefruit and honey dominate the nose. even more subtly baked sweet smells there. its very nice, just not quite as powerful as some of the other top dipas ive had which is something i look for in a dipa

palate: this beer is more sweet than bitter, so it drinks amazingly smooth, and for an almost 10% beer its alcohol is very well hidden. carbonation doesn't announce itself rudely. overall very very drinkable.

taste: resinous honey and citrusy sweet flavors mix well in this beer. the bitterness from the hops are toned down, so for serious hop heads this doesn't quite scratch the itch like an abrasive ale, heady topper, abner, etc will. but its a great tasting dipa nonetheless

overall: a very nice beer from a fantastic MW brewery. doesnt quite reach the levels of some of the most sought after dipas in the country like HT, pliney, ZD, and the HF ipas, but theres not many as good that is as easy to find.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Rogues Gallery - served in a snifter)

A: deep reddish-orange hue, relatively clear.... tuft of sticky foam at the onset, falls down to the sides, little lace

S: toasty malts and dark, grungy, leafy, dried hop flowers.... fumes from a pool of surface booze opening up the sinuses... mild caramel, spicy orange

T: nothing unique, per se... just a big, thick, slick malt foundation - sweetish, gummy candy ... candyish orange-y hops... spicy-bitter hop fuzz in the finish, riding a wave of cordial booze... lingering tobacco-like note in the aftertaste

M: pretty damn viscous and full-bodied for an IPA... reminds me of a Belgian ruby-red holiday ale, hopped out the ass with American cones... substantial tonic alcohol warmth, however, smoothed/smothered out by the resiny/dextriny body

O: boldly-hopped but oily-smooth "IPA"... I'm not sure I'd pour this into a snifter, though I'm sure it helped better concentrate the aromas - a balloon or tulip would be more desirable - display some head, see where it goes... this is a bit of an odd hoppy beer - drinks more like a hop cordial... perhaps worth a second chance

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,250 ratings.
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