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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
489 Reviews
Chillwave Double IPAChillwave Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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:
489
Ratings:
3,238
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
23.88%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
632
For Trade:
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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into tulip

A-pours clear orange with a white single finger head, decent lacing as you drink
S- west coast hops, sappy pine, tropical fruits, lemon, some cinninmon, amazingly juicy
T/M- sweet citrus, passionfruit, pine, buttery biscuit, lots of west coast flavors, no bite at all just smooth juicy hops. Pleasantly thinner texture than expected and very smooth for the abv
O- I'm used to Great Lakes beers being top notch, but never though they would nail a west coast style beer with such success. This rivals the best double IPAs, it's slightly sweet, earthy, citrusy, and did i say juicy?I had high expectations for this one and it surpassed them, thanks GLBC for adding this to the line up!

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

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark orange-amber color with a big white head that leaves wide sticky rings of lacing as it goes. Clean and clear, carbonated.

S- Hoppy; citrus, floral, pine, and tropical. Some earthiness, too. Hang in there, the aromas reveal themselves sip by sip.

T- Some bready caramel malts and a spot of honey, no doubt The malts do not back down to all the hoppiness, balanced flavor.

M- Full chewy body, after all, it's @9.4% abv. It's dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is not overpowering...I think. Resinous.

O- The idea of a DIPA/American Amber Ale hybrid came to mind on this one. It works and I like it.

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Photo of d5001986
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

A: Clear bronze color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of orange. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and slightly floral.

T: Up front there's sweet, juicy tropical fruit, namely mango and pineapple. Some malt in there to balance. Then bitter pine, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, floral, and very slight pepper.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A slick feel that goes down well.

O: I had this when it was known as 'Alchemy Hour' and remember being underwhelmed. It must have been past fresh because this is an outstanding DIPA that's just bursting with tropical hop flavor. Highly recommend!

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Photo of JamesMN
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/15.

Appearance: Very hazy deep caramel/maroon color with a thin topping of off-white foam and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and a certain indescribable hop funk. Yum.

Taste: Classic IPA hop character of moderate bitterness paired with orange and grapefruit flavor. However it stands apart in its juiciness, a word I don't get to use often enough on good IPAs. The malt supports the flavor only by balancing with sweetness and adding a hint of alcohol burn. At 9.4% ABV that's not a big shocker. The finish is almost creamy then transitions quickly to hop bitterness through the aftertaste and a nice heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with a average carbonation for the style and average drinkability as well.

Final Thoughts: I haven't had the pleasure of drinking a truly "juicy" IPA in a while. My only regret is that I wasn't able to seek this one out sooner. My calculations put this one at about 6 weeks old and experience with scores of IPAs tells me that's about a month older than its peak flavor. That being said this was a very good DIPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully at the brewery some day.

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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 Benish
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: it had a color of light brownish red. Almost the appearance of a red ale but much lighter in color. Crystal clear with no sediment. Carbonation present throughout. Minimal lacings.

Smell: a mash of tropical fruits - primarily pineapple. Plus notes of bubblegum.

Taste: Starts out with a burst tropical fruit (yet not so sweet) then the bitterness follows up and become intermingled throughout; bubblegum flavors catches up midway through and lasts until the finish. While the fruit flavors were there at the beginning, I can't help but wish the fruits were more aggressive.

Mouthfeel: hard to say, it somewhere between a light to medium body. It had that refreshing feel in the mouth.

Overall: the aroma is phenomenal, I also appreciated the bubblegum flavors from both the aroma and taste (not sure if everyone gets this; we all have different palettes). Just wish there was a little more oomph in the fruits.

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

Appearance - orange body with off white head

Smell - mango, pineapple, orange, honey

Taste - mango, nectarine, pineapple, honey

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness in the back end

Overall - very good IPA

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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 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 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 CraigP83
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby color, solid head. Smells fruity maybe a little cherry blossom and honeydew. Taste follows the nose but is more boozy. Good tropical ipa with the malt backbone well balanced though

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

I don't know how many people actually surf in Lake Erie as the picture on the bottle and label suggests, but I do believe that this is a very well done DIPA (and my expectations for DIPAs are high).

It pours with very nice lacing and a sizeable head with good retention. The smell is all about tropical fruit and with a touch of alcohol. The taste is bitter but with a touch of sweet malt for balance, and there's lemon and melon in there. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, with perfect thickness and carbonation but also some burn from the alcohol and overall astringency.

Overall, this is a very worthy DIPA. I'm not familiar with Mosaic hops, but this is a bold beer, even for a DIPA. It has the bitterness DIPA drinkers look for and enough flavor to appease any beer drinker, along with some sweetness from some good tasting malt that provides a touch of balance just to say that it tried.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 5/3/13

a: medium dark copper. translucent white head which fades quickly

s: what an aroma. Citrus fruitiness explosion. some caramel. piney hops in there too. This even smells juicy

t: caramel malt followed by piney hop bitterness. then a wave a fruitiness comes in through the finish

m: Juicy! medium body. well carbonated.

o: Very impressed with this offering from GLBC. Very drinkable but just the same the ABV sneaks up on you. Yeah it's a bit pricy but I heartily recommend this for IPA fans. This will be a yearly purchase.

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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 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 jburd19
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a white foamy head
Nice fruity aroma.
Big tropical fruit flavor, mango bomb with grapefruit aftertaste. Very sweet finish with mild hop bitterness. Medium body.
ABV completely hidden, very easy drinking
Very tasty DIPA, just a bit too sweet

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

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber with a finger or so of bubbly off-white foam.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, biscuity malts, honey, unripe banana. Clean, vibrant, and zesty. Really awesome aroma. Unfortunately, as the beer warms the fruity characteristics seem to be replaced by a less appealing malty smell.

Taste: Pine, honey, grapefruit, and caramel with a little bit of spice in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent at first but becomes noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish. Nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA from Great Lakes, a brewery that consistently churns out highly drinkable beers. I initially loved this one but as the beer warmed it lost a lot of it's best characteristics. The aroma is fantastic for the first 5 minutes or so and the taste is nicely complex and fairly balanced for a beer that is over 9%. If this one wouldn't have petered out so quickly in the aroma and taste department I'd be giving it a higher rating. As it stands it's still a pretty darn good beer and if you haven't tried it, I definitely recommend it.

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

Light amber with medium head. Lacing on the sides and surface. Smell obviously is big hops but is more notable for the big sweet caramel malt character. Taste has a huge light malt backbone, which is one of the main things I want from a DIPA. Big hops, obviously but the malt is more than up for the challenge of balancing it out. Not really all that bitter- even in the finish, although there is some lingering hop flavor. If anything, it's a little too malty, although I do like it. Medium to full bodied. Overall just a really solid DIPA.

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

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/1/15, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a one finger head that moves quickly to thin lace.

S - Awesome. First and second inhale, mangoes and tropical fruit, thereafter it is more balanced with sea salt and touch of onion.

T - Where to start? Hops in the forefront following the nose, but balanced by some honey sweetness. Some back end heat (expected at near 10%), some biscuit like notes, and a salty hoppy finish.

M- Smooth, but enough carbonation to keep things from getting sticky sweet.

O - This, admitedly, is my favorite style, and I found this to be a worthy contender for the upper echelon of the category. The fact that it is available and decently priced here is a plus.

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Photo of atr2605
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours pours an orange copper/soft amber color with a foamy off white head with excellent retention
S-pine,orange, lemon peel, tons of citrus, pineapple
T-very malty with a caramel flavor with citrus bitterness continuing in the flavor, bit of biscuit in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-Very well balanced DIPA, not cloying or overly sweet

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

Pours a crystal clear, sunset orange with a nice fluffy head. The head fades, but has not disappeared 10 minutes in. This just plain looks very inviting.

The smell has the usual DIPA suspects, pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, mango and a deep dank herbal funk that lingers in the shadows. I picked this up as soon as I opened the bottle.

The taste is also the typical DIPA sensations, but slightly tempered. The malt takes some of the sharp edges from the high hop profile. Again citrus, pine and herbs are upfront, malt smoothness on the backside. Not the usual bitter aftertaste of most high ABV DIPA's. Maybe a tad sweet, but I'm not complaining.

The mouthfeel is slick, not as sticky as some of the other hghly rated IPA's. The carbonation is mild and this is very drinkable for the ABV. Beware! The alcohol is well hidden to my pallet.

Great Lakes has a winner with Chillwave. It might not be the best that I've had, but it can run withthe big dogs. I'm saving room in the fridge for more.

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

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange. Wisps, tiny wisps, of foam cover small patches of the surface after the half-inch head falls down. There is not a whole lot of lacing, but a few very small spots cling to the glass throughout.

SMELL: Yummy. This beer is FRESH. Very piney. Some grass and citrus notes sneak in behind the pine to round it out. The smell really whets the palate for this one.

TASTE: Wow. The taste is just as good as the smell. A wonderfully bitter (and quite grassy) backbone is the base for a wide array of hop and malt flavors to dance around on. The hops contribute pine, a touch of lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit, in addition to that nice grassiness. The honey and malt sweeten it to the point of almost making it a dessert beer. There is a lot going on here.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, but balanced. The body is medium to full and it has a very pleasant stickiness to it, reminiscent of Oskar Blues Gordon/G'Knight.

OVERALL: I LOVE Hopslam. This is on par with Hopslam.

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Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle for $3.75, best by 5/20/13, poured into a Half Acre snifter

A: Pours a deep amber orange clear body with 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Not great retention but some lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic but definitely some nice cirtus tones are present with some malty sweetness.

T: Well-balanced! Great hop taste with a strong malt body, good bitterness present. Citrus hop flavors are good.

M: Crisp with good carbonation, full body, not the smoothest or creamiest but easily drinkable. sticky finish, moderately dry.

O: A good change of pace from the hop-head crazy DIPAs. While I do love a ton of bitterness and hops, this is a beer I could have a few of without a ton of palate fatigue. Nicely balanced, easily drinkable, worth picking up a few if you get the chance.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. Best before 5/11/14.

Look: beautiful orange. Pretty minimal head, but ample bubble action.

Smell: really not getting much. Very muted citrusy notes. Or maybe soap. Mostly dominated by what I can only describe as a kind of off note.

Taste: holy crap—oversized flavors on a couple fronts. First: sweet. Really, really, really sweet. Second: tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple. I've never been to Jamba Juice, but I would believe that this was some sort of spinoff product of theirs. Tasty, but "IPA" is pretty low on the list of things I'd guess I'm drinking when I taste this. Did I mention that this is really, really, really sweet?

Feel: pretty pleasant. In a really, really sweet kind of way.

Overall: I wish I could rate this higher, but I've had honey that was less sweet. I won't rule out the possibility that this lost some character in transit, or that my palate is fatigued, but this just doesn't do it for me as a DIPA.

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Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a two finger head. Retention is merely OK, but there's some pretty nice lacing going on. Aroma is mellow compared to some IPAs, but there's a very nice floral and fruity vibe going on. Mosaic leaves a nice mark here with a ripe, sweet mango note. Citrus notes are there but more restrained than most (D)IPAs. A little bit of earthiness and resin. This is a rare case where a more subdued aroma in an IPA wins me over, as the tropical fruit notes are readily apparent and not hidden.

Flavor is malty sweet and not all that bitter for an IPA. Despite the listed 80 IBUs, this is not a tongue-puckerer. Still, there's more than enough bitterness to stand up to the malt, which has a honeyed character. All the citrus notes you'd expect are present, taking on something like an orange/tangerine character. Alcohol is barely noticeable flavor-wise, just a faint trace on the finish.

With the caramel and honey malts and fruit-forward hop profile, this is an interesting Spring DIPA. In some aspects, that malt profile reminds me of a Maibock, but the hops clearly take it into IPA territory. Nice use of Mosaic hops. Recommended.

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Chillwave Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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