Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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500 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:
500
Ratings:
3,288
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
660
For Trade:
13
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Reviews: 500 | Ratings: 3,288
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 MMOSNN
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - deep orangish amber color with a decent white head with some lacing.

Smell - piney hops, citrus, sweet caramel malt.

Taste - hops are really present in the form of pine resin, but there is a solid malty backbone that levels it out nicely. It finishes with strong hop notes.

Feel - moderate carbonation and body; nothing really special.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA that balances hops with malty characteristics. I prefer a crisper flavor in a DIPA though.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for the trade

A: Poured thick and foamy with 2 fingers of bone white head over a baltic amber clear brew.
S: Caramelized orange and sweet scent of marmalade followed with fresh cut pine tree, like pine sawdust and fresh sap and finishes clean on the end.
T: Big burst of hoppy bitter orange and grapefruit rind with notes of pine sap - while still smooth and malty. Finish is mild on the hops with smooth malts that hang thick on the tongue.
M: Thick and smooth with a syrup coating and some snappy carbonation on the front.
O: A solid offering for a double IPA that doesn't attempt to reach too far to be overly complex. But rather does a very solid offering of hops with bold malts, a clean and uncomplicated brew.

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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 jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by the middle o' may

clearish amber look, smells of rubbing alcohol and numbing hops. taste is sweet and husky, tons of crushing hops and burning alcohol; it's syrupy and sticky. tangerine.

a hopslam imitator/competitor? naw, just a solid ~10% IPA, give it a try.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a good surprise. picked up a four pack mainly b/c it was a double ipa and the 9.4 abv. much better than their loch ness monster.light orangish color with two fingers worth of head that left a nice lacing down the glass. smells pretty sweet with a lot of tropical flavors. tasted much like the smell with loads of tropical flavors like mango, over ripe oranges and stone fruit. also some sweet bready caramel maltyness. mouthfeel was medium with an oily resinous mouth coating. a very good dipa that surprised me

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Photo of DrewV
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, about a full finger or so of white head on top of a golden amber liquid body. Smell is the typical unique Great Lakes malt aroma, backed up by some floral and fruity hops. Taste is more of the same, following the typical Great Lakes recipe for IPAs. Similar to Lake Erie Monster, but less hoppy and more fruity, although I wouldn't really classify the taste as "fruity". It's more floral and citrus if anything, but either way it's less aggressive than The Monster. Mouthfeel is decent, once again similar to the other Great Lakes offerings. They don't deviate much from their base recipe, and this brew is no exception. However, at 9.4% ABV, it's a high-gravity option that has good flavor and low alcohol presence. All in all, a winner and a solid B+/A- rating.

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: deep coppery orange, not much head. Some lacing but nothing appreciable.

S: Grapefruit rind dominates with some boozy alcohol on the back end

T: A smoother blend than I'd expected. The alcohol actually seems to moderate the aggressiveness of the hops. For the most part, the bitterness is reserved for the aftertaste on the back of the tongue

M: Smooth with a bit of a lingering tingle.

O: I think I'd like this better with a little less alcohol. One of the few DIPAs that I liked less as it warmed. The booze hits hard and fast, obscuring pretty much everything else this beer has to offer. I won't hesitate the finish the 4 I bought and I'll enjoy them when I know I won't need to drive, but it's not like I'm going to mark my calendar so I don't miss this one next spring. All in all, I like their Commodore Perry better. By no means a bad beer, but there are DIPA's a prefer to spend my money on.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Copper colored brew, with a soapy white head and plenty of lace.

SMELL: Hoppy, with notes of tangerine and pine. A little catty, grassy, and strongly resinous.

TASTE: Bright citrus hops, like unripe clementine oranges. Rind, pine and grapefruit juice. Bitterness is strong. Little alcohol comes through.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated and finishes dry with a hop bite.

OVERALL: A serviceable double IpA from Great Lakes. Lots of flavor and packs a punch. Good stuff.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is somewhat hazy and dark for style with a velvety head and lots of lacing. Nose is somewhat nondescript with mellow fruity hop character with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, and peach. Taste pops much more than the nose lets on. Juicy hops dominate the palate with mellow bitterness and decent balance, mild malt presence. Carbonation is high with medium body. Overall, very taty dipa. Only complain is that it is lacking in aromatics.

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good frothy finger high head, mixed bubble sizes makes for uneven surface, light tan color, excellent retention, the lacing is very thick and covers wide swaths of the glass side. The liquid is as close to red as orange, very deep and glowing, at first you could miss seeing the tiny bubbles meandering within, very pretty to look at. Thick, clingy nose of molasses, pine sap, pink grapefruit pulp, it’s more spicy and smoky than herbaceous, pineapple, mango, nectarine, apricot fruit scents, more chocolate and malt appears as it warms, ends with even more smokiness like meat fat on a grill. Full-bodied, beef jerky, iron and slightly soapy, sticky in a dry residue fashion. Plenty of pine and grapefruit, tangerine citrus, here you get a bit more herbal stiffening but not enough to inch into “refreshing” territory. Cocoa, caramel, molasses sweeten the finish. The carbonation seems to be at an average plus level but the beer is so dense you need even more. Cherry, pineapple, nectarine, peach, mango fruit, in keeping with the whole more heavy than juicy and flowing. It’s a good enough brew but not sure I’d want more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MortarPestle
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a small head that lingers for minimal lacing. Smells and flavors of tropical fruits, citrus and hint of pine. Malt is well balanced and there is a noticeable bite from the alcohol. Overall a very good 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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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 mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I heard great things about this beer so I was excited when I found a four pack after the initial run that I missed out on. The bottles that I picked up were less than a week old when I bought them. My first impressions of this beer were very favorable but then unfortunately, later bottles didn't taste quite as good.

It seems like so many double IPAs are very sweet and malty as a big malt backbone is needed to balance out the huge hop bill. Originally I thought this beer was sweet but very hop-forward. As I cracked open more and more bottles of this, I started to think this beer was overly sweet and it masked the crisp, bitter hops I hoped to find.

Overall, this beer is very good but for whatever reason, my impressions of it got worse with the more bottles I drank.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep brew with clarity but still a little opaque, this beer's color is darker than gold and lighter than orange, close to amber but a hint lighter. On top rests a puffy, somewhat dense off-white head kept up by bubbling from the bottom of the glass and holding up for a good while. It shows strength in some chunky lacing as well.
The aroma is hoppy and juicy while balanced by enough malts to let the hops bring out their full effect, pretty much what I'd expect from GLBC. There's some grassiness with almost a kitchen-herb note to it. Perfumey notes from hops along with something like honey in the sweetness finish it out.
Tropical fruits bitterness makes up most of the hops flavor as well, balanced by a touch of caramel from malts. Citrus zest adds both tang and bitterness. What I get from the herbal notes is something like onion and garlic. This is a good beer, and I know lots of hard-core hop heads love it, but I can't bring myself to think of it on that level because I can't get those notes not to clash just a little. I assume it's a particular hop variety. I think it takes more away than it gives, but i will say it doesn't do too much damage to an otherwise fantastic beer.
It's hard to say whether this beer is semi-sweet or semi-dry in the feel, but I like the median it finds. It all sits on a solid medium body that's got a nice, crisp bite as well as a certain creaminess.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I get almost nothing off the nose of this one. Flavor is even. Earthy tones are definitely there with a fair portion of pine. Boozy aftertaste. This is a good iipa. Seems others think much more highly of it than I, although I do think it's good. The burn from booze and one dimensional (somewhat) character keep it from a higher rating.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a light beige cream. The haze looks like a snow globe of tiny jetsam.

S- The papery green citrus hops are full and bright.

T- The dry juicy citrus hops is bigger than the aroma and has a nice pity depth to it with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens. There is a clean finish with some more pungent hops flavor returning in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that compliments the hops as does the soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hops flavor with a good citrus profile and some nice depth to it. The aftertaste has a really nice pungency without much bitterness making easy to drink but warming aswell.

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Photo of BlueWinged35
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing. On more seasonal IPA to look forward too. A nice clean taste and smooth. Light in color and I think better than their Commodore Perry IPA and Lake Erie Monster (and I love both of those beer a lot). Great Lakes Brewing fills a big hole that other brewers don't touch and they always do a great job.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-orange with a medium sized head. The aroma offers of the classic mosaic cocktail fo guava, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit peel. with a touch of caramel and candy smell, like orange sherbet. The flavor leads with pineapple and guava, then comes the hint of grapefruit, and the creamy cnady orange flavor and caramel come through at the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full and sticky. Overall this si a nice double IPA, but a touch to sweet for my taste. Mosaic is still my favorite hop, but with any tropical hop too much sweetness can make things a bit cloying. I still enjoyed this one, but with that small reservation.

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Photo of SeasonsOfTheBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid malt backbone and interesting mosaic hop profile - great beer! Taste is a bit on the sweet side but it's a high gravity beer so I'm not surprised. It's too bad this beer isn't more widely distributed because it is a nice change from the west coast ipas (which I love).

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a reddish amber with a moderate head. Lacing as you enjoy it... Citrus scent is evident. Smooth with a light bite of hops. Yum!

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with an off white head, which sticks around. Aroma offers some honey, florals, peach,toast and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity; honey, peach and orange with light pine in the finish and some toasted caramel(?) malt underneath. Very mild alcohol, felt more than its tasted. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, glad I gave this a second chance because I like it a lot more this time around. Not my favorite of the style, probably a touch sweeter than I needed, but I am definitely a fan. Would drink again happily.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/29/14

Medium amber body. Drinking on tap. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of sweet apples at the end. Different and delicious.

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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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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,288 ratings.
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