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:
494
Ratings:
3,267
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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326
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648
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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 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 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 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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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 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 TheMultiYeast
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber/orange with a finger of white head and spotty lacing.

Big citrus aromas upfront, rich pineapple, ripe grapefruit, juicy citrus, honey, just a whisper of booze as it warms.

Smacky citrus, grass, more balanced compared to aroma but just enough honey malt, a bit sweet, alcohol is well contained, mild bitter finish.

On par but I'd like to have the finish linger a bit more.

I've always been impressed with GL and this beer doesn't fall short.

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Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I really wish people wouldn't take offense to "Looks like an IPA" and calling it a day. maybe they would be ok with it? Anyway your typical gold/straw mixed with orange color. A slight haze but about as clear as any IPA approaching 10% could expect.

Very sharp and citrusy on the nose, almost like there's some pepper in it to give it a bite. A lot of caramel bred in the malt. Smells rather nice.

Very very citrus and there's a heck of a bite to this one. It really has an almost spiced kick with a huge knock you over the head amount of citrus hops. The malt tries to balance things but the lingering bite from this one simply over powers it at the end.

A bit hot, but it drinks well in body and mouth feel.

I've gotten somewhat used to great IPAs that were able to avoid such a harsh bite and was liking them a good bit. I have to say I like this and like the bite though I think I've come to like the almost creamy body that some of the double ipas have gone to.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour from recent batch nice fluffy white head solid good lacing and well carbonated. Nose is sweet malt, mango, alcohol and a touch of resin. Taste is vegetal, bready and boozy. The strength of the beer overshadows the hop profile which is a shame. Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA with great bubbly medium-high mouth coating. On the whole I am continuously let down by this one. I had it when it was released under another name and a few bottles of this year's and think the flavor is just a disappointment. I would not grab this on tap even if it was same day fresh.

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Photo of weonfire
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber/copper. Light pencil think head that dissipates very quickly, tiny amount of carbonation rising. Honestly, not a lot going on. a bit unimpressive.

S - WOW, lots of hops. Deep citrus flavors specifically grapefruit and some spices i cannot specifically identify. small scent of lemon.

T - Hops hit like a hammer. Piney, carmel, grapefruit and lemon in the middle. Real acidic as it goes down. Certain grapefruit taste.

M - Grapefruit lingers like like you just ate the entire fruit. Getting a maybe a semi froth feel.

O - wish it was thicker, viscosity is low. missing carbonation and frothiness some excellent IIPAs have. I personally love grapefruit so I like this. But, I wish the sweetness and bitterness could have been more mellowed together. I felt it was sweet in front and a very bitter lingerer.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stemmed glass; freshness date of May 5, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right hand corner of the label, below the Great Lakes mailing address (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 05/01/13 11157CE”). I believe these are three-month or 90 day freshness periods, so that would make this beer just about four weeks old. I think.

Appearance (3.5): Now this is a proper pour: three and a half fingers of custard-colored head, crackling audibly over a really pretty, reddish-gold body with a rich, glowing character. Retention is moderate, but the lacing is honestly a bit disappointing—just some scattered suds here and there, fat splotches and a few legs of alcohol are apparent.

Smell (4.25): Nice nose on this, a bit unique—dank and slightly garlicky, with juicy citrus underneath. Apricots, honeydew, and tangerine make up the fruitiness, and they complement a honey sweetness in the malt body well—but there’s that green, mild dank scent underneath, too.

Taste (4.0): Really great balance between smooth, sweet honey malt, which mellows out the body substantially, and a bitter, biting hops character which still has a noticeable presence even in the midst of that very mellow, rounded (but not overly strong or rich, either) malt—that honey malt. Damn. Really interesting dynamic. The bitterness is very restrained in the finish, leaving a vegetal-herbal bitterness that clings for a long time, but lightly. The strength of this beer, though, is in the way the honey malt and the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of the hops blend together smoothly. No booze to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very smooth with a soft, velvety carbonation and a slightly fuller than medium body, which has a viscous feel. The finish is dry but smooth, and leaves a slightly vaporous feel from the booze (which is really only evident in the feel).

Overall (4.0): This has a really nice smell and an interesting flavor profile, which I like quite a bit, but it also doesn’t quite have the kind of aggressive hops character I was hoping for—not like Lake Erie Monster does, which I love. Still, this is very good, just like a honey-smooth ale loaded with late-boil hops. Glad to have tried, but for my money, give me more Erie Monster.

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Photo of yamar68
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a nice copper gold with a half finger of off-white carbonation that produces a good bit of lacing and beading beneath... beading in the body itself is minimal. Looks nice.

Plenty of tropical aromas coming from this one... grapefruit and mango, some soft citrus, like clementine. It's not terribly pungent but it offers that lush, juicy hop cleanliness that only is found in well built American IPA's.

On the palate it isn't quite as tame. There's a raw sense of bitterness coming from the hop profile. Mango, grapefruit... those characteristics translate on the palate but there's an abrasive addition. That said, it doesn't seem to detract from the overall experience. It's a tongue buckler and that's something that I've learned to love from time to time. There's also a slight suggestion of alcohol on the final finish.

This is far from sessionable but it's satisfying my hop fix for sure.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 05/03/13.

A: Pours a clear amber gold with a one finger white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. No real lacing

S: First thing that hits me is a nice grapefruit hop aroma. This one is certainly on the fruitier side. Does have a good earthy and floral aroma as well. Diggin these mosaic hops. A bit of malt sweetness as it warms.

T: One heck of a tasty IPA. Very floral and again that grapefruit comes through. Has a great bitterness but isnt too much. Alcohol is well hidden in the hops. Sweet malts compliment the bitter hops. Aftertaste is a real earthy.

M: Medium to thick body with a good nectar like quality. Fairly low carbonation. A little sticky but understandable with the amount of hop.

Overall I'm more excited for this beer after trying it. Only got a single but will certainly go back for a 4-pack. Great Lakes continues a solid lineup of beers.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle poured into spiegelau tulip. Bottle courtesy of fritts211.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of orange with half-inch head.

Smell: Mostly aromas of citrus - specifically heavy orange/tangerine smell.

Taste: Follows the smell with almost no bitterness from the hops. Malts balance the hops perfectly. Almost no hint of the 9.4% abv.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel but could be improved by a bit more carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic imperial IPA that is not just for hopheads. I am fairly new to IPAs but this is definitely one I would seek out again.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA was disappointing. This is meant to be a DIPA. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange colour and a head that fades to nothing fast. 3

S: Grainy and not especially hoppy. 3

T: Grainy and malty with some subtle citrus hoppiness. Disappointing lack of hops. 3

M: A little flat. 3

O:2.5

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent double ipa. No fancy flavors added so it goes down smooth and clean. I don't get much with smell but it is ok just no floral hops to add nose appeal making this it's weakest point. Otherwise overall I just love drinking it start to finish and I don't get a tired pallet.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: a medium amber orange color with a one finger off white head. Tiny spot glass lacing remains.

S: Wow, smells like fruit cocktail with alcohol! Pineapple and lots of it, grapefruit, candied citrus and sweet caramel malt. Such a distinctive smell.

T: Much as the same as the nose, only a bit of a letdown compared to the smell. Huge candied fruit with lots of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and tangerine. Sweetness comes rushing in with caramel, candy sugar and lots of alcohol. Finish stays sweet, no bitterness at all.

M: Sweet, lasting, alcohol, almost cloying but not quite

O: A really good beer, but as with Lake Erie, it's really sweet. If sweet DIPAs are your bag, this one is for you because the fruit is amazing....maybe the most distinctive tropical fruit I have ever smelled on a beer.

Overall a really good beer where the taste can't quite live up to the smell. Fantastic, fantastic smell, maybe top 5, but the flavor does not quite live up to the smell. Still, try it if you can, it's good.

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Photo of becktone
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a Horizontal review/tasting with Stone RuinTen IPA

Eye: In comparison to the RuinTen, this one lacks. Hazy orange, but hey, who needs a crystal clear ale anyway? I'm just saying that if Stone can do it without taking away from the aroma then why not GLBC? I know for a fact that this one only gets centrifuged, no plate and frame filtration here, that is why it is hazy. Head is poor comparatively speaking. Very little lacing and it really only holds at a thin blanket that looks poor when sitting next tot the Stone.

Nose: Hoppy upfront with grainy notes behind it supporting. Big malt backbone supports this one. I feel like it could use some more hops upfront, soapy type of aroma. Raw grain aroma. Overall-ok. I know this beer has been dry hopped (used to work in the cellar at GLBC) but it really doesn't smell like it.

Tongue: Spicy hop character, and almost malt forward. Its a nice beer, but could use more hops...I remember tasting the first batch of this at work, quite different...It doesn't hold up well-all the hops fade. It has that GLBC taste, the grain, the yeast, the house flavor. I would like to see this beer hold up better. Fresh, it is super hoppy and full of IPA flavor, a little bit of age on it-and I'm not talking all that long-and it loses everything that makes it great. Really, just some spicy notes and some bitterness, nothing all that great. Shelf life is poor.

Drinkability: I'd not buy this beer unless I knew that it was super fresh(when I worked there it was brewed in January/February). I wouldn't buy it more than a couple months after that. Too bad, its a nice beer from what I've tasted at the brewery but the shelf life just sucks.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially tall, with a frothy, somewhat dense texture. Head retention and texture is good, but eventually the cap fades to a residual three-quarters finger.

S: Insane hop notes here: tropical, dank, candied, fruity, and citric. I'm not sure what Mosaic hops smell like, but it must be big on tropical fruit and funky resin. Big pineapple and passionfruit notes, with lesser tangerine, peach, and fruit cocktail notes. There's a touch of light caramel (almost honeylike) in the nose, along with some lurking alcohol.

T: This is a big, hoppy DIPA, but it's not unbalanced. Some bready, lightly sweet caramel/honey malt notes are present up front. Hop bitterness is strong, but builds gently without becoming acerbic. Hop flavors run the gamut of tropical (pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine), stone fruit (peach and apricot), and herbal funk. There is a faint tartness here (yeast esters?). Alcohol does show up with a smooth warming bite in the finish, but it doesn't drink like 9.4% abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is fairly light. There's a light stickiness that quickly fades to an oily, resiny, drying hope finish. Alcohol lingers with a moderate warmness.

D: I like this one a lot. It's big, with a unique hop profile and a balanced malt bill. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt, it speaks softly and carries a big stick. Great Lakes beers generally show more polish than innovation for innovation's sake, but this manages to do both.

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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 glass_house
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a deep translucent amber with 2 fingers of off-white head, leaving a thin cap and some lacing. Smells fantastic. Big juicy grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, raw honey, fresh cut grass, and bitter pine.

Quite a bit going on in the flavor. Citrus rind and a variety of sweet tropical fruits make an immediate impression, but faint bready caramel malt lends a helping hand and some impressive balance. Bitter pine resin has the last word. I do find myself wishing that the citrus was as bold as advertised in the nose. Feels light-medium-bodied with smooth crisp carbonation. Could be a little heavier and stickier for my taste.

Overall a very good offering from Great Lakes. Not in the top tier of DIPAs, but rock solid and nothing to complain about. High quality brews like this at a great value make me very glad that I have easy access to everything they make.

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

Been waiting patiently like a monk for this offering. LOVE the GL seasonals, absolute standouts. Medium amber with a hint of head into the tulip (my BA bro Jens4212 supplying the fresh bottle, and sampling side by side). Grapefruit, passion fruit, tropical fruits (he mentioned papaya, I haven't had it), some bitterness also standing out in the aromas. Huge mango explosion on the front of the tongue for me, some warming alcohol, and just the juiciest, tropical IPA you could want. Finishes crisp and clean, with a hint of the tropical note. Excellent inspiration for what can be done with those HOPS! The circle of fantastic GL seasonals has been completed. I'd recommend trying them all.

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Photo of stewart124
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color. Just a bit of head.

Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine and lemongrass in the nose. Just a touch of alcohol.

Very smooth initially followed by a huge bitterness. Very dry finish with pine lingering. Still hidden alcohol. Delicious. There is a sweetness and yet there is a dryness. Maybe a touch of caramel but nothing that takes away from the hop presence.

This is a very nice DIPA. Plenty of beautiful hop characters throughout. Another solid Great Lakes brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours amber with a solid head.

smell is amazing, can get the honey aroma. very sweet aroma.

the taste is very sweet, the honey is noticeable here. has a sweet malt and hop combo. not bad but certainly very sweet for a dIPA.

overall this is pretty damn good. not the best dIPA i've ever had but still pretty good. maybe a bit too sweet for me but still good.

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

Clear copper color with a one-finger head that faded to a thin film, but left some nice lacing. Smell was big tropical and citrus fruit, with some slight piney aromas. The taste was of pineapple, mango and grapefruit, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very complex, but all the flavors were distinct, yet well blended. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a nice crisp finish. Overall, this is one outstanding beer. Well done, Great Lakes!

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,267 ratings.
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