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
Ratings:
3,309
Reviews:
506
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
672
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,309 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Obake21
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L = Big white head with a clean light amber/light brown look.
S = Smell sweet, tropical fruit and malt.
T = Hops are not overwhelming. Nice balance between the malt and hops giving it a sweet/hoppy flavor
F = Good carbonation, might have liked a little more, but it is refreshing.
O = Overall this if very nice. The label says ABV: 9%, which doesn't seem terribly high, but I do feel it after it a few minutes. Not at all a bad thing though. Malt and Hops are nicely balanced.

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Photo of mda080
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peteknepper
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobcatdank
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-color is a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and light pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a malty backbone with tropical fruits, citrus, and pine bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a nice balance of bitterness and malt, very good

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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 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 Buster
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 release
~1 month since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a golden orange color, fairly transparent. Pillowy and frothy finger thick head, ever so slightly off white in color. Moderate lacing on glass.

Aroma- Juicy tropical fruit notes, pineapple, mango, melon. Subtle blueberry and strawberry. Mild citrus and grassy, earthy aromas. Honey accentuates sweet fruit flavors. Malty, bready sweetness.

Taste- Sweet honey intermingles with juicy tropical fruit notes. Lots of pineapple and mango. Blueberry with some dank earthiness. Mild citrus notes wrapped in a real malty sweetness.

Feel- Medium body, good amount of sticky sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- They really do a great job of balancing the honey sweetness with the mosaic hops. Its more tropical fruit forward than i get in most mosaic hop beers and i think it might be because the honey really draws out the juiciness. Very good beer.

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Photo of k8kruk
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wilso411
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Cfred371
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours a dark, clear orange, with a finger or so of slight off white head. There's carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell: the first thing I picked up was some maltiness, and citrus. After a few swirls I picked up a scent I thought only legend said mosaic bore: berries.

Taste: similar to the nose: malts start it out for me, and then the citrus and berry note hit. I really didn't enjoy this initially, but as it warms, the blueberry is popping. I get some tangerine as well.

Feel: slight alcohol burn, so it is noticeable (slightly) and a medium to medium full body. There's some bitterness, as well as a dry finish.

Overall: my first impressions left this beer pretty low; however, after the first few sips, warming, and picking up other notes, I'm pretty pleased with this beer.

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

Photo of msscott1973
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Laulau
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RJIV
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper. Smells of some fruitiness (orange mostly), but a heavy honey sweetness. The beer is thick, but not chewy. The taste starts with some mild orange peel, but is quickly washed away in sweetness (honey sweet rather than sugar sweet) with an underlying bitterness. Finish is alcohol heavy and unpleasant.

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Photo of M-Jez84
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

On fraught. A hop-heavy DIPA that crackles on the tongue like a live wire. Honey colored body with a generous bunch of foam with good retention. Smells like a citrus stand in the middle of a pine forest. Fresh leafiness and orange peel on the front palate before a super spicy tongue prickling the middle like a young pineapple. Grapefruity finish lingers long. Excellent DIPA.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,309 ratings.
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