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 AdmiralOzone
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear honey yellow with a subdued white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of tropical fruit mainly pineapple and oranges. Flavor follows the nose with the addition of a touch of pine. Feels a little thick and not very carbonated. Overall a very nice beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chillwave is a nice-looking imperial IPA: a clear, sparkling pale amber beer capped by a pebbly, medium ivory-colored head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing and doesn't vanish at the first opportunity. The nose is big: fermented pineapple backed by peppery florals and light caramel notes. Up front, the palate is modestly-bitter juicy pineapple offset by sweet/spicy florals and a bit of sweetish malt; mid-palate the malt becomes dominant, sweetening a bit more as the caramel character deepens and is joined by a subtle bittersweet nuttiness and significant alcohol undertones. The finish is fairly clean, just a bit of nuttiness, and is fairly boozy; the linger is a style-moderate grassy/pine bitterness that stays around for awhile. Mouthfeel is commersurate with the medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is a bit slick and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. While this beer lands a good ways into "malty" territory as far as balance is concerned, the sweetness is mostly kept in check by the alcohol and the residual bitterness. (12 oz bottle, 30 days before best-by)

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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 SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 7/10/16. Pours a very attractive orange red with a two inch off white sticky head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, cannabis, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows big flavor, everything from the nose, with a big piney grapefruit finish that holds on long after you set the glass down.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, moderate life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability for its heft.

Overall this is a very good DIPA, once again @jzeilinger hits it out of the park.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nose is a beautiful blend of citrus, malt, and hops. Orange, blood orange, jackfruit - a pungent, full-bodied, well balanced nose. Pours a clear orange-amber with a half finger head that gradually recedes to leave respectable lacing. The palate follows the nose. Bitter hops are cut with a sweet, savory undertone. Prominent citrus fruits, including the same orange, blood orange, and jackfruit of the nose, with a hit of kumquat (sans the tangy aftertaste). The prominent malt body lends an excellent depth to the beer, and provides an appropriately sweet counterpoint to the strong hop presence. Mouthfeel is thicker than many IPAs, which lends this beer a unique quality among its style that works brilliantly. Overall, a world-class beer, and arguably the best offering from Great Lakes (blackout stout held that place previously in my book, but it's been dethroned).

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Photo of moysauce
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Glad I got to finally try this, but I don't think it really lived up to the hype for me. Very okay and would probably have again, but won't actively seek this out.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Deep clear copper, solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus , orange hops

Taste of malts and citrus hops

Nice bite

Very good beer, repeatable

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

Great citrus flavors w/ a nice minimal bitter aftertaste. This beer definitely has a nice to chill to it with a nice orange scent to it. My favorite Great Lakes beer for sure. DIPA that I always look forward to coming out during its season release.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden-orange with a medium off-white head that slowly dissipates. Very clear.

Smell: Big citrus smell. Orange jumps out. Some pine and floral hop smell as well.

Taste: Very smooth. Hop bitterness is present, but very pleasant. Malt flavor seems to be a breadiness. Slight alcohol flavor. Starts bitter ends sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

A very enjoyable DIPA. The balance between the bittering and flavor/aroma hops are outstanding.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 MarkLinton1
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two in a custom 6 pack at Casa Di vino in Wheeling, WV. Pours an orange copper color into a tulip glass. No head until the pour is complete, then gently foams to a one finger cap that diminishes quickly. Nose with lots of tropical aromas that are very distinct. Mango, pineapple, papaya, with grapefruit and lemongrass. The smells go directly to the same tropical island flavors that transitions to a slightly sweet carmel malt then to just the right amount of bitterness. Unbelievably well balanced and the 9 plus ABV is well hidden, but this is still a sipping beer. Quickly became one of my top 3 2X IPA'S.

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

Pours a crisp copper color with no head to speak of. Noticeable carbonation when poured.

Smell is of mangoes, peaches, pineapple and fruits with some honey coming through.

Taste is initially fruity, you get the mango and pineapple coming through but it moves to a honey malt flavor overlaid with the hoppy bitterness. there is a nice balance to the malts and hops here - you get the malt, but its not overpowering the fruity flavors brought out by the hops.

Pretty heavy carbonation makes the beer crisp, but I wonder if it diminishes the flavors a bit. Hides the booze well, its easy to forget this is a 9.4% ABV! as you are drinking it.

Overall a very pleasant, tasty, and dangerously drinkable DIPA. I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of blackcutlass
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was my gateway IPA due to the honey malt. It's a nice transition into the hop backbone. Definitely a sipping beer. It's so rich and so well balanced. The smell is incredible.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack as I saw the high ratings, what a disappointment. Mostly sweet malty with mild aroma. There is nothing of interest in this beer. Maybe this bottle was off, 3 more left. If something changes, I'll update this review, can't believe I'm -19.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives clear and amber off the tap, with a nice head that leaves some decent lacing hanging around

Smell: Mango, grapefruit and pineapple, with undertones of caramel and honey

Taste: Caramel and honey forward, with pineapple, mango and grapefruit; builds in sweetness through the middle, though the bitterness is also present through the finish; quite boozy, with the sweetness lingering

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium-full bodied; warmth in the gullet

Overall: There was a time that I would have liked this better but I now view this as a powerhouse DIPA from a different time; the sweet malt and readily apparent booziness are turn-offs now

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,287 ratings.
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