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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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:
9.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 3,238
Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber orange with good clarity and a thin puff of white head that quickly subsides to a swirly layer that surrounds the glass.

S - Extremely floral, hop zest, tropical fruit, citrus, perfume, resinous.

T - Hop bomb from the very start - citrus and fruity and nicely balanced with a sweet malt backing. Medium to full bodied - this brew warms you as it comes to room temp.

O - Really solid DIPA that is aggressively hopped and yet balanced nicely.

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Photo of FL_Hop_Knight_1856
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle poured into teku glass

A: Dark amber, golden color with about a finger of head.
S: Floral with citrus and notes of pine.
T: Starts with the floral citrus and into the bitter pine finish.
M: Great mouthfeel for a double IPA, juicy.
O: Very solid Double IPA, definitely not a disappointment by any means!

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Photo of meegs
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Brilliantly clear, deep golden to copper. Nice white head of tiny bubbles that dissipates relatively quickly to surface foam. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Danky citrus hops up front with a sweet, candy like undertone. Moderate amount of alchohol poking through. Low bready malt notes underneath.

T - Sweet candied citrus flavors with a firm bitterness. Bitter orange peel and some lemon notes. Moderate alcohol sweetness and moderate bready malt. Almost a toasted, resiny hop flavor that comes through.

M - Medium body, with moderate to moderate-low creaminess. Moderate alcohol warmth. Finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some alcohol sweetness in the aftertaste.

O - I really enjoy this beer. It has what I would describe as a toasted dank hop aroma/flavor that I'm getting in more and more new beers lately, so I suspect Mosaic might be the common denominator. For 9.4% ABV and 80 IBUs, a very well balanced Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, but very active, dark, coppery amber brew. Good size white head, fluffy, with excellent retention and leaving behind tons of thick lacing.

Fruity, sweet hoppy aroma from the moment it's poured. Mango and watermelon, with a hint of citrus and peel behind, and caramel from the malt. Almost a touch of peppery rye bread sneaking through.

Flavor follows, with a big dose of brown sugar and caramel from the malts; followed by a sweet, juicy, citrus-and-pine note from Nugget hops; and finished with a dank, flowery note from Mosaic hops. The hop profiles really come through that distinct; anyone familiar with those varietals will definitely notice them right away.

Smooth and drinkable; long, oily finish; some warming heat on the back-end, but nothing indicating the relatively high ABV (9.4%). Relatively full-bodied for the style, especially as it warms, but not at all syrupy.

This is an excellent DIPA, with a great hop profile without ignoring a great malt body. Big beer, but very drinkable.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle in a glass. Definitely a beer for hop heads. Color is about 10 SRM, nicely laced. Taste is full bodied, rich, with floral hops throughout. Not really any soapy or overly bitter hop tastes, just pleasant with a malty backbone. Does not taste like a 9.4% beer - be careful.

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Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a two finger head. Retention is merely OK, but there's some pretty nice lacing going on. Aroma is mellow compared to some IPAs, but there's a very nice floral and fruity vibe going on. Mosaic leaves a nice mark here with a ripe, sweet mango note. Citrus notes are there but more restrained than most (D)IPAs. A little bit of earthiness and resin. This is a rare case where a more subdued aroma in an IPA wins me over, as the tropical fruit notes are readily apparent and not hidden.

Flavor is malty sweet and not all that bitter for an IPA. Despite the listed 80 IBUs, this is not a tongue-puckerer. Still, there's more than enough bitterness to stand up to the malt, which has a honeyed character. All the citrus notes you'd expect are present, taking on something like an orange/tangerine character. Alcohol is barely noticeable flavor-wise, just a faint trace on the finish.

With the caramel and honey malts and fruit-forward hop profile, this is an interesting Spring DIPA. In some aspects, that malt profile reminds me of a Maibock, but the hops clearly take it into IPA territory. Nice use of Mosaic hops. Recommended.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chillwave. 12oz bottle poured into tulip. Slightly hazy copper orange with off-white head that settles to a ring and islands. Aroma is orange juice, pineapple, mango, caramel, grass, and bread. Taste is strongly sweet for the style with tropical fruit juice and caramel notes followed by spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Alcohol wafts through on the swallow. Medium body, thick resiny texture, shy of moderate carbonation, grassy bitterness on the finish with some residual sugar.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green apple tart with bitter lemons
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A: Fairly dark red-orange slightly hazy body with a somewhat persistent off white head.

S: Powerful but light lemony, zesty hops, perfume oils, and sweet, buttery caramel malt

T: Sweet, spiced, caramel dipped tart green apple quickly turns to bitter floral and lemon hops. Really sticks in the tongue.

M: Light and effervescent at first, turning sticky and drying.

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

In a tulip the beer was a nice amber color with a small white head.
Lots of citrus in the aroma, some sweetness in the background.
Grapefruit and orange taste. Some tropical fruit. Still pretty sweet and sugary.
Not a hop bomb.
Nice beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle

A: Drank straight from the bottle, so no real ability to judge

S: Citrusy (grapefruit); Piny

T: Nice citrus flavor with some good hoppy bitterness; fairly boozy. You can taste that 9.4%; I even thought it was higher from the taste

M: Moderate carbonation; not too bitter

O: Not too shabby; I don't think it lives up to the hype, but I would definitely drink another. Good stuff. Wish it wasn't so boozy though

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

GLBC

4 pack 12oz $9.99

A Copper 2 finger pour that laces well with good carbonation that stays around

S Floral citrus, light alcohol note & earthy sweet malt

T Oranges, pineapple, honey, mosaic hops with slight alcohol present

M Thick & resin laden but a very smooth DIPA throughout

O Very nice balance between honey maltiness in the middle and a nugget/simcoe hoppiness in the front and definately in the finish . I will buy this well hidden 10% abv brew from the shore of the Erie monster and great Christmas ales again before it's gone for the year. Seasonal offering not to be missed from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a clear golden coloratin. Active carbonation noted. The head is biege about a finger and a half high. Nice head retention even inspite of the mustache. Thick lacing noted on the glass marking this beers very rapid passage.

S- The cool kids would say this beer was dank. The aroma of the beer is very pungent. The hops bring a major load of mango, citrus, grapefruit, pine oily resin, very floral aromas.

T- Major hop explosion in my mouth. Very pungent and bitter mango, citrus, grapefruit and yes pine oilyness. Nicely bitter finish this beer is very nearly without mercy in terms of hops.

M- The body is medium and oily with hops. The bitterness is long lasting but very pleasing. Not a hint of the alchol in the mouth.

O- This beer is delicious and dam near everything I hope for in a DIPA.

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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 MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a medium amber color with a foamy, two-finger, ecru-colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The smell features tropical fruit: pineapple and mango, as well as grapefruit. There is also the smell of malt and floral hops and spices that remind me of mustard. The taste is quite complex: I'm getting a lot of malt up front with the tropical fruit adding a subtle sweetness. Then the hops hit hard and dank. The finish is dry and quite bitter (it seems more than 80 IBU). This is a medium-bodied ale with moderate carbonation. While there is no real burn, you notice the 9% ABV. Overall, this is a very well crafted DIPA. It is solidly in the tier below the superstars. It would pare well with a hearty meal but is also appropriate for casual drinking, provided that the alcohol will catch up to you.

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Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a one finger white head, which has good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and grassy hops.

Tastes both sweet and bitter with grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, grassy hops, herbs, bread and caramel malt. This is a nice twist on the taste of an Imperial IPA.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has both a bitter and sticky sweet aftertaste, with a dry finish. The alcohol is well disguised for 9.40 % abv. A very nice beer from Great Lakes.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Orange/amber beer, fairly clear, spotty head.
Nose orange candy (El Dorado-ish), minty greenness.

Nice mandarin orange sweetness, then rind, then grapefruit, all with a caramel sweetness behind it. In the end, pine/mint flavors take over, leaving a very green-leaf dryness on tongue.

Enjoyed more on re-review than initial thought of it being an under 4 beer (but maybe not 3.75 low). Warmth helps a tad, but not too warm on this one.

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Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy beige head on top a clear, orange-ish beer. Lacing is a decent fizzy drape after the head receded to a fizzy top layer.

Nose is immediately musky with a bit of grapefruit in amongst the big bitter bill.

Taste begins big bitter but gives way to mango and a candy like sweetness. Finishes a tad hot but not monstrously so.

Very good beer, glad I grabbed two four packs!

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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 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 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 Terp96
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well done. A little darker amber, looking more on the English style. Aroma is nice and floral, not overly citrusy or piney but balance. Taste is very hoppy but not overly bitter. There is a nice honey sweetness that balances the beer nicely. Very smooth and finishes clean. Very well done.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark gold with a thin, bright white head that dissipates leaving only an outer ring

S-Grapefruit and citrus, slight hint of tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol

T-Very similar to the nose with candied grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, and alcohol dominating the flavor profile. It is very candy like in flavor and mouthfeel.

M-thick and sticky like candy

D-a sipper, but tasty and would recommend

Overall, this is a good version of the style. To me, it doesn't rank near Sucks,Hopslam, or Enjoy By. However, I would recommend it to lovers of the style and would drink it again.

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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 GregA135
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A orange/reddish appearance

Citrus smell with a bit of grapefruit

Smooth hoppy citrus taste, not so bitter compared to other double IPA's, but still delicious!

Good carbonation and smooth

The citrus/grapefruit taste isn't overbearing and works well with the hops to give a nice Double IPA, highly recommend it!

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Photo of Star80
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/02/13

A - Pours out a deep reddish copper color with a sticky head. Looks the way a good DIPA should look.

S - Smells like tropical fruits, and lots of grapefruit. Also smelling some candy and some sweet malt. A slight whiff of alcohol in the nose.

T - Tastes like more fruits, some pine and tons of grapefuit in the finish. Nice alcohol warming, but fortunately no alcohol taste to be found despite the high ABV, a touch of sweet clover honey.

M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth.

O - Overall a great DIPA that can hang with any of them any day of the week. Could use a bit more floral hops in the nose and could slightly detect some alcohol too. Nonetheless a great, unhyped DIPA.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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