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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
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
3,253
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
636
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 491 | Ratings: 3,253
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a thin white head

S - Pineapple with some light pine

T - Tropical fruit balanced with bitter hop finish

M - Medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol linger.

O - Very good drinkable IIPA. Will be looking forward to this again next year.

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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 mattcrill
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tropical fruit notes up front. Lots of mandarin orange and papaya fill the nose. Light piney resin notes as the beer warms up. Still can't get over how much mandarin orange I'm picking up. Really unique and really cool.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper colored pour with a dense white cap. Head retention is good and appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Big grapefruit juice citrus blast on the front end. A touch of caramel sweetness that is quickly beaten back by the citrus hop notes. A touch of booziness in the background. Hop flavors favor pine and citrus notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily with some alcohol heat.

Overall impression: The alcohol is a bit much for me to call "world class" as others have done. However, the hop aroma and flavor are so unique and distinct that I find this really enjoyable. I prefer my DIPA's and IPA's dry and drinkable and this is getting into American Barleywine territory for me. Regardless, it's well crafted and a unique one to savor. Well done GLBC!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowey reddish orange color with a bright ivory head. Some pachy sticky lace.

S: Mouth watering super light citrus with piles of bright, dank tropical fruit. Cotton candy? The maltiness is easy going with toast, leaves, and bread dough. Enjoyable to smell.

T: Taste is loaded with juicy hops and chewy malt. Passionfruit (like in a Greek yogurt I had recently minus the yogurt), citrus, peach, pear, cantaloupe, and a good amount of doughy backdrop, or maybe instead, doughy hop medium. Pine frosted fruit.... This beer is pretty awesome.

M: Sticky, dense, and full of substance. Some grainy-resinous texture mixed into the well carbonated slightly syrupy body. Tingly through the finish.

O: Oversll this beer is great. It's very enjoyable and easily likeable. By no means a session beer but I expect I'll be returning to this one often when in a fun DIPA mood.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the ale poured a dark copper color producing a white head with a few large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass was modest at best. The nose on this one is huge. One detects citrus notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. In the initial taste, one detects a peppery citrus sensation immediately. Accompanying notes include sour grapefruit on the sides of the tongue, orange, grass, and a biscuity malt backbone. The peppery grassy sensation takes over in the aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Alcohol becomes a little more prominent in the aftertaste. The one disappointment I have is that the mouthfeel runs a little too thin for a DIPA. I want this one to last a little longer. This is a good one.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a Californian sunset copper with a two-finger, slightly off-white head. Left decent lacing.

S - Pineapple and papaya dominate, followed by a good amount of grapefruit and pine.

T - Starts off with a moderate green pepper-like flavor, which transitions to mango and grapefruit. The beer is almost spicy in nature like a weak hot sauce. No more flavors come through.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The body is a bit creamy as well.

O - Overall, It's a good IPA, but nothing astounding. I didn't like it as much as I hoped I would.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pain the butt. I should have to write reviews if I dont feel like I want to. I believe that we are all responsible adults on this site and the drop downs are more than enough and if we want to write a review we can

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours crystal clear brilliant orange. A two finger of a foamy, frothy head.

S- A good bit of pine in the hops. A nice bright citrus, mango and peach. A clean, sharp and crisp malt backbone.

T- A relatively low bitterness to start off with. The first thing I notice is the lightly flavored malt, A somewhat breaddy and sugary malt backbone. Then I notice a slight bitterness and a sticky, oily moutfeel, it really coats the mouth and delivers the hop flavors. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is a slight lemon lime flavor, a touch of mango and grapefruit. A really well balanced and delicious DIPA.

M- Big, but just to the point where the alcohol isnt noticeable. A surprisingly low bitterness considering the hop flavor. An oily and sticky mouthfeel and quite full bodied.

O- Great Lakes killed it on this beer. This is my new favorite brew by them. It is superbly balanced and very delicious. It was quite different on tap but very good never the less. Definetly, check this one out if you can get it.

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

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a clear copper color with a big white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass. Legs fall quickly.

S - Orangey citrus, grapefruit, a touch of dankness, and a hint of malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit and orange up front. A small touch of dankness. Really enjoyable.

M - Prickly on the tongue. Finishes dry. Very light bitterness. No trace of alcohol.

O - A very good citrus-forward west coast style IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new seasonal Double IPA!!

Pours out a deep orange with about 2 fingers of off-white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

The aroma is packed with hops! Tons of tropical fruit notes like mango, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, some sweet orange and a touch of pine. Smells slightly sweet as well with hints of bready malt notes.

The taste is also very hop forward. It has a lot of the same tropical fruits like mango, apricot and grapefruit followed by sweet orange and some pine. There is a decent amount of a honey character that helps balance the beer out between sweet and bitter and some bready notes to finish it all off. Finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the body is on the lighter side of medium. There is no hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste, but there is a very slight warming as it goes down. Extremely easy to drink!

A great new offering from Great Lakes and a hopheads dream!

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

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Alchemy Hour Double IPA

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. This was served chilled.

A) Dark amber in color with nearly a finger of soapy head that slowly dissipated to a thin dusting, eventually just leaving a collar behind. A fair amount of lacing.

S) Ripe to over ripe pineapple. This has quite a sweet aroma. Hint of caramel. Light pine...

T) Tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, sweet, but not overly sweet... Balanced with adequate bitterness, that fades out nicely. The 9.4 ABV is noted as this warms up. Light pine and alcohol aftertaste.

M) Close to full-bodied with mild carbonation. The alcohol had a little bit more bite to it, from a mouthfeel standpoint than I was anticipating. Still went down nicely.

O) This is a nice Double IPA. Definitely worth a try, especially since it's brewed by Great Lakes, as they rarely disappoint.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper hue with a nice sticky finger and half tall white head. Lots of papaya and mango on the nose along with other tropical fruits, smells great. Incredibly incredibly smooth. Sweet tropical fruits , a bit of pine and grassiness, some sweet caramel and and sweet breads beneath it all, well blended flavors , balanced but overall sweet with bitterness just keeping things in check with a touch of alcohol heat. Really really nice.

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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 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 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 martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle into a tulip glass. Bright syrupy amber, with a head of tiny bubbles that dissipate quickly.

The aroma is killing me. Clementine and honey, altered by some umami scent (mixed butter and jam?) Caramel. Yum. Wait, I've got it: it's popcorn!

Intriguing anonymous super-fruit flavor, like a peach/navel orange/banana hybrid. Sweet middle. Bitter finish is straight-up pith of lemon.

Medium-bodied, smooth, sticky, and sweet. Sure, the hops rule, but they're nearly shown up by the sweet, bready malt. Finishes medium-dry.

A masterpiece of balance.
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UPDATE: 1/9/2015
Uh, oh. This bottle from my cellar was not great. I should've been testing these bi-monthly. This beer is about 11 - 12 mos. old, and that amount of aging has not treated it well. It tastes like this would've been ideal at 8 months, or so. It's lost its edge in a number of ways: carbonation took a big hit, as did the fruit bitterness.

Unlike with Lupulin Maximus, whose oxidation at 11 months is wholly becoming of that beer, and thus is more forgiving of the cellar, I missed the bubble on Chillwave.

Sad. It's certainly not a drain pour. It's still pretty good--say, about 3.90. Oh, well. Gonna have to drink all these in short order!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange with a skein of off white foam and curtains of lace. Powerful pineapple, mango, star fruit and alcohol are noticeable in the nose. Taste does not disappoint. Bouquets of mango, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, substantial malt presence tames, overall bitterness is moderate. Lightly sweet and juicy, chewy well crafted body, perfectly carbonated. Dry medium bitter finish with lingering tropical elements. Very good.

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Photo of Hendry
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber and clear as a bell,1 finger of fine white head last dissipates quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma is pine and grapefruit pith, smells like galaxy hops, nice and juicy.

Flavor is more bold than the aroma, minimal malt, juicy start,piney bitter finish, very nice. 9.4% hidden masterfully.

Mouthfeel is medium, solid carbonation, finishes dry, slightly oily resins.

Really nicely done Imperial Pale Ale done up in a popular style, which is a tall hop bill with just enough malt to support the bitterness. Chill Wave very much reminds me of an imperial version of Long Trail Limbo IPA in many respects.

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

Best by 6/8/15.

A: Lovely copper pour with a long lasting eggshell head. Lacing all the way down.

S: Tropical fruits fill the nostrils with a hint of some dank hop presence that is most delightful.

T: Big upfront taste of fruity mangoes and grapefruit. Sweet malt finish that is pleasing to the taste buds.

M: Smooth, medium to full bodied. Carbonation was nice. Alcohol presence was nonexistent.

O: A real gem. Up there with the other juggernauts of the style.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: An orange, copper color and is crystal clear. The beer pours to an off white/light tan head, nice and foamy, and settles down to a white collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: A hop bomb! Loads of tropical fruit up front (mangos and papayas) with notes of citrus (oranges and grapefruit).

T: Again, it is very hop forward and the initial taste sings of fruit juice (mangos, tangerines) but is balanced with a nice amount of bittering hops as well. At 9.4% ABV, there is a big malt backbone which supports all of the complex hop notes but does not overpower them. The taste is long and clean.

M: Big, round, smooth, creamy

O: An incredibly balanced beer, Big, juicy hops in the nose and taste supported by a creamy malt character and balanced out by the perfect amount of bittering hops. The finish is long, complex and ultimately clean.

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Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-11-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-14-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Thanks to HopFace for this trade extra!

Pours with a finger's height of off-white head on a clear and bright amber beer. Lacing and head retention are good making for an attractive beer.

Lots of hops are in the smell with floral and citrus notes, such as grapefruit. Some bready malts are in there as well for sweetness.

Taste is hop-forward but the malt bill gives it a balance. The main flavors I get are citrus hops, tropical fruit and some sweet honey malt. Packs some alcohol weight with the 9.4 ABV.

The feel is medium-bodied, with rich flavors carrying into the aftertaste. Finishes semi-dry with both hoppy bitterness and some malt/fruit notes for balance.

Overall a really well-crafted Double IPA I'm glad to have tried

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Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful orange amber color with a one finger loose off white head. Retention is minimal and there are thin webs of lacing everywhere. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, slight dankness and a touch of sweetness. Taste is the same, but more balanced than the smell leads you to believe. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall a great beer. And very drinkable for the high abv.

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a dense white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Aroma was a well balanced blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, and ripe pineapple with pine notes at the end. Medium bodied with slightly oily feel beneath pleasantly robust, rich carbonation. A maltier, fuller bodied feel than expected for a higher octane DIPA. Grapefruit and ripe pineapple hop flavors over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Minty hop flavor near the end with a musty, citrus hop aftertaste. Booziness is there but is superbly masked by the aromas and flavors. 

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,253 ratings.
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