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Chillwave Double IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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94
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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%
 
 
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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma with a scent of ripe citrus, grass, and sweet caramel malt. Big hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon, and melon. Also some grassy hops and herbal, floral, and piney scents. Strong sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some hints of honey and candy sugar also in the mix. A pretty good IPA aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and earthy esters with a good malt backing. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lemon, papaya, melon, and peach. Some herbal and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Solid malt taste with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, and yeast. Sweet honey notes and some candied sugar. Good West Coast style IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat oily. Fairly drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good imperial IPA. Good citrus and earthy hop flavor with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 2016 - served on tap in Columbus, OH. Pours a rich copper color, covered with a light white foam on top. Scented by a slight pine hop nose, floral too. Heavy hearty bitter open. Weighty mouthfeel, a beer of substance. Resins galore. Lighter blend, but the taste and feel is thick. Drinkable DIPA, but it hits you.

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Photo of rawfish
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper/amber, my smooth pour is rewarded by barely half a finger of white bubbles and barely any retention. Somehow it manages to leave lots of soapy lacing on the glass.

Deep honey malts, caramel and toffee with a some red fruity esters. Hops are varied and moderate in strength. Canned peaches, slight guava and kiwi sit solidly atop a pine/ orange citrus nectary hop profile.

A full loaf of honey bread sets in with some molasses sweetness, a no doubt balancing step for the hops. Candied citrus, juicy grapefruit and oranges with apricot and dried mango nuances. The flavor evolves late into the drink to a more pungent and earthy garlic. hemp and pine. Bitterness curls inward on the palate intensifying leaving citric and piney residue.

Medium to high body, rather sluggish with a more creamy, tight bubbled carbonation. Moderate alcohol and high malt complement the nectary hop profile. Drinkable, flavorful but sluggish.

Chillwave is a free swinger, a bigger beer with nectary, pungent hops. And it adds another dimension to the Mosaic hop enigma this time bringing kiwi and copious amounts of stone fruit into the fold.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-oranges, pineapple, pine, herbal and earthy, caramel malt

T-orange,sweet caramel malt, pineapple, pine, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and a little viscous

O-has some good flavors, but just too much sweetness for my liking in a DIPA

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Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Bright citrus aromas up front followed by some odd steamed vegetable-like DMS aromas.

T: Thankfully the DMS is less present in the flavor, with bright citrus flavors up front followed by grapefruit and resinous pine. The finish is lightly bitter with a little alcohol warmth, though has a slight DMS aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has a lively feel to it, making it drinkable despite its abv.

O: I really enjoyed this beer at first, but as it warmed, the DMS aromas and flavor came out more. It's not bad by any means, but without the DMS it could be great. I'm not for sure where the DMS is coming from since it was poured at a bar that regularly rotates and cleans its taps.

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

1779th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter then Speigleau Tulip
12oz

Best by: 5/11/2014

Thanks for the tick Jake & Mike

App- Right out of the bottle this is a deep dark orange with bottom living golds and yellow. Big frothy head with an off creamy white head with some tans. A little bit of spotted cling down the glass. A bit of pond layer head remains.

Smell- This to me is a smaller version of hop slam. Big creamy hops and slightly malty with a backing tropical aroma and ends with a huge amount of honey and some nose tingling phenols.

Taste- This is a big sweet DIPA. I am actually pretty glad this comes in a 12oz bottle. The flavors are a mix of sweet, savory and tropical. The beginning is a sweet honey flavor that coats the tongue. After that is a bit of savory malts and finishes with deeper tropical fruits.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium and dense creamy carbonation. The sweet of the honey lingers and the tropical fruits stick as well. Not at all what I was thinking this beer would be.

Drink- It's good, but wasn't expecting a Hopslam clone just smaller. A nice offering from a good brewery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, freshness date reading best before 05/27/2013. Split this four pack with a friend, am overly excited to try this new beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co., as they have quickly become one of my favorite breweries.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about one finger of doughy white head that goes down quickly on top of a beautiful golden orange colored body. Some bubbles streaming to the top, and some light sediment floating around the glass. Lots of thin stringy lacing clinging to the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Wow, amazing tropical fruit smells. Mangoes, pineapple, papaya, blood orange. Light biscuit malts creeping in the background. This is one of the fruitiest, most mouth-watering smelling DIPA's I've ever encountered.

T - Taste follows the nose accurately enough. Blast of tropical fruit, underlying hop bitterness, sweet bready malts, and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Otherwise, this beer masks it's intense 9.40% abv expertly well.

M - Feel is not what you would expect of a double IPA; light, smooth, clean, with just a bit of sticky hop resins, and some sweet fruit skin lingering. Very tasty.

Overall, a ridiculously drinkable DIPA from Great Lakes, especially at such a high abv. This is basically everything you could ask for in a DIPA, one of the best I have had all year so far. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on more of this stuff. Keep up the good work, Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA ---4.5/5

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

Rich golden and orange coloring sits below a a nice bubbly but stiff head.

The scent was complex enough but needed to be more robust. Citrus and floral hops coexist nicely with grapefruit and pine together. Hints of lemon mix with earthy onion tones.

The taste is beautiful, which really is what matters. Grapefruit and honey hit the front of the tongue and pine, earth, and musk follow. Sweet at times, bitter to end, this is a smooth easy drinking beer. At 9 percent there's no hint of alcohol in taste or feel making this a dangerous brew to boot.

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Photo of prototypic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour pours a darker golden color. It’s very clear. When held to light, it takes on more of a copper or orange look. A modest white head sits on top. The bubbles look soft and rise to about a finger in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing was definitely light and soft. Not bad at all.

The nose is very impressive. It starts out with a very fruity hop scent. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, mango, and orange. There are some malty notes, but they seem to take a back seat to the hops. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is present, but it smells light and subtle. I like that. It does have an earthy/floral side that’s interest. It’s certainly a product of the hops. Smells grassy, piney, and floral. It’s an interesting complement to the citric hops, but it works well. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell like nearly 10%. Smells tasty!

The flavor is just about as good as the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Ordinarily, I’m not a fan of that. But, given its subtle nature here, it works well. It’s a nice, solid base. The hops are primarily citric and are bursting with flavor. Grapefruit, mango, and orange are the primary flavors. Delicious. There is a mix of piney and floral flavors that follow. It’s a very diverse hop bill. It falls on the bitter side, but it’s not palate wrecking by any stretch. Alcohol is there, but it’s deceptively strong. Finishes fruity and piney.

Alchemy Hour has a medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It goes down super smooth and easy, especially for a big beer.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Alchemy Hour is the DIPA that we’ve been waiting for Great Lakes to brew. It’s been a long time coming. Put simply – this is a fantastic, west coast style DIPA! If you haven’t tried it yet, grab a 4-pack or two while you can. Great Lakes, please make this an annual or semi-regular release! Excellent stuff!

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

Enjoy by: 05/06/13

Hazy burnt orange with a tight, frothy head. Super juicy, pulpy citrus aroma - resin, some sharp earthy notes, and moderate alcohol. The flavor is quite hoppy: all tropical and citrus fruit. There is quite a bit of sweetness under all those juicy hops. Rindy, resinous, and floral, but it's mostly all about the fruit...the aftertaste is like ripe mango. Slick, oily, medium-full body with perhaps a bit too much heat. Pretty tasty, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is orange to amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is amazing. I smell oranges, pineapple, mango, pine, and alcohol.

T - The taste lacks the pineapple, but it does have citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The finish is warming and has the perfect amount of pine.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - I love this beer. I have bought a dozen or so four packs. Great Lakes = great beer! This is one of my favorite DIPA's. I am sad that it's time is passing for this year.

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Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange. Clear. Forms a smallish white head that reduces to not more than a ring around the edge a thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic and inviting. Some caramel malts and lots of tropical fruit. Light sweetness.

T: Taste starts off very sweet. (Much too sweet for my personal preference) Mild caramel malts and, again, lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is moderately alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly slick. Surprisingly mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. I like the hops in this one. Very juicy and tropical, but the sweetness is too much to make this one a "go-to."

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

super nice pour, dark golden amber, slightly golden head, minimal carbonation.
smells very citric, a little tropical. some orange. some pineapple. a little bit of cat urine, too, but I think my nose is traumatized from a previous beer that was pretty thick with the cat pee and is very sensitive to it now.
definite orange peel, some pine. very juicy. no alcohol being picked up, but some slight oily or resinous feel.
super easy to drink. wouldn't even know it was over 7%, although the slight breadiness I am picking up more into the bottle is a sign of alcohol. I didn't taste it at first, but it's coming through louder now and replacing the cat pee I thought I was smelling.
very excellent brew! the DIPAs on the east coast have a very distinct way to them.... I like 'em!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - A beautiful orange Amber
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit and rind but balanced with some sweet malt
T - 4.5
MF - 4.5 - Medium heavy
O - 4.5 - My kind of DIPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Orange/amber beer, fairly clear, spotty head.
Nose orange candy (El Dorado-ish), minty greenness.

Nice mandarin orange sweetness, then rind, then grapefruit, all with a caramel sweetness behind it. In the end, pine/mint flavors take over, leaving a very green-leaf dryness on tongue.

Enjoyed more on re-review than initial thought of it being an under 4 beer (but maybe not 3.75 low). Warmth helps a tad, but not too warm on this one.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Hazy golden-amber with a short head that dissipates immediately. Low carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, candy coated oranges, mango, caramel and something that resembles lactose?

Taste
Mango, papaya and notes of pineapple. Rich caramel and candied citrus. Touches of toffee. There does seems to be this strange (yet welcome) lactose component. Starfruit and honey. Finishes with resinous pine and florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and dry.

Overall
Complex and nicely balanced. The 9.4% abv isn't noticeable. Pretty much everything you'd want in a DIPA, but there is this milky flavor that sets it apart.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Pies & Pints Charleston

A- pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a small white head that reduces to just a ring, leaves a lot of lacing

S- bright citrus & pine hoppy notes, sweet bready malt with clean mint on the finish

T- bright citrusy hop noted with a bit of pine kick as well, tropical fruit notes of papaya & pineapple, transitions into a bready malt sweetness with a dry finish & citrus hop linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish, hides alcohol very well

O- Definitelt west-coast style with the bright citrus hoppy notes, well balanced and easy drinking. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a nice copper amber with a finger of senwe caramel tan colored head. Fantastic retentiom amd ideap lacing.

S - lots of sweet and citrusy mango and grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of lemon zest rindy type aromas. Tropical fruits and mouthwatering citrus. Almost a hint of onion like aroma

T - exactly as it smells with an emphasis on citrusy sweetness and a hint of caramel sweetness. More sweet than citrusy but in a tropical fruit kind of way.

M - medium or light bodied, crisp and refreshing
Each sip begs for another

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Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is somewhat hazy and dark for style with a velvety head and lots of lacing. Nose is somewhat nondescript with mellow fruity hop character with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, and peach. Taste pops much more than the nose lets on. Juicy hops dominate the palate with mellow bitterness and decent balance, mild malt presence. Carbonation is high with medium body. Overall, very taty dipa. Only complain is that it is lacking in aromatics.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

Bright and clear orange with a very small ring of small near-white bubbles. Leaves the glass spotted and lined irregularly on the way down.

Bright, clean citrus notes. Lots of orange flesh and zest in the aroma, along with a bit of a candied sugar sweetness. Very juice-like, especially as this beer comes to near room temperature.

The flavor doesn't translate quite as nicely as the aroma. There is still good amounts of citrus pushing through, fairly low bitterness for the given style, a bit of cookie sweetness, and just a bit of a floral note. Really quite nice.

Near medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation, surprisingly.

Very good. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a can glass. Citrus aroma, and the Mosaic hops are good. Very smooth for a double IPA. Incredible well balanced, but still hop forward. Outstanding beer that you can keep on drinking.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Serving it to myself in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
Best by 05/14/13 (Great Lakes website lists a 90-day shelf life).

Pours a lovely peach tea color with very good clarity. Nearly red-orange. Two fingers of an off-white head and slowly receded to a thin collar. Craggy lace perches high along the glass wall. The look of a hearty DIPA.

Clementines, seawater salinity, guava, unripe pineapple, grapefruit rind oil, and hoppy vegetation. A mild and forgiving nose with little-to-show in bitterness, but a whole lot of alpha acidity. Lightly grassy and coniferous.

Only moderately bitter, if that, and it would be such a prime Imperial IPA if it weren't for that hit of booziness on the sip. Salty oranges, guava, grapefruit rind, sweetgrass, peach, pineapple, and a peck on the cheek of pine. Very fruity without comprimising a drier quality. Malts are stable and lightly toasty. In fact, the grain bill almost marries into flavors of rooibos tea and turbinado sugar. A very floral alcohol rings of green peppercorn tingliness in the finish. Then, it's supplanted by straight stomach warmth. Really impressive stuff.

Carbonation is metered, if not restrained. Lacking bounce-to-the-step. Body fills out smoothly. Tongue is ablaze with hop piquancy; all jittery and electrified. The humulus is working. The feel is better for it.

An outstanding effort. Perhaps, more enjoyable than Lake Erie Monster; although, a different beast altogether. Leaning more toward the left coast, but not sacrificing Midwestern uniqueness in balance and malty enterprise. Not pithy and super-bitter, yet not terrifyingly smooth, neither. Just one of the new class. And, I love it.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of tropical fruit like pineapple, guava, clementine, pear, lemon and passion fruit mixed with piney hops, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, a buttered biscuit, French toast bread crust and then a zesty citrus finish. ABV is completely hidden and the bitterness is mid-level and likely tamed by the nice malty balance.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 14MAY13

Nice copper colored ale with a light creamy sheet. Smells like BO, apricot, peaches, resin, some pine and sweet malts. Nice nose. Flavor is malt, some cracker, some tea and peach. Overall the taste is more malty than I enjoy in a DIPA, but has a herbal character that seems appealing. medium on full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Overall the beer isn't bad, but nothing special. In fact, I'd recommend this for somebody that really loves DFH beers, seems to fall in line with their style.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoah, Great Lakes doing a DIPA???!? Consider me officially stoked...

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. Alchemy Hour pours a pleasant, mostly clear, rich, vibrant, honey gold color. A careful pour yields about 3/4 of a finger of off-white head. Lacing is sticky and persistent, leaving moderate streaks along my glass. Head retention is good, with a quick swirl causing it to come roaring back.

S. Wow, Great Lakes has nailed the nose here. Extremely tropical and sweet, with a lot of pineapple, mango, tangerine. The sweetness presents mainly as a honey-like quality. At the back of the bouquet sits a slap of dankness. The herbal and resin bite on the back-end is a nice compliment to the citrus notes that precede. A very well rounded, balanced nose...loaded with complexity but with no one note dominating.

T. Exactly as the nose would suggest, Alchemy Hour is a big, tropical, resinous bomb of a DIPA. It's all sticky honey and mango up front, before pineapple joins the party. Pineapple fades to mango and then grapefruit emerges before a pine blast finishes things up. The finish is equal parts of everything that went before, with just a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious DIPA.

M. There's just a touch of booze at the end that detracts slightly. Otherwise, it's incredibly well balanced considering how prominent the flavors are in this beer. Make no mistake...this is a sweet, more malted DIPA, but that is exactly what they say they are going for. The convergence of the West and East Coast styles.

O. I have to say I am surprised. Lake Erie Monster (Great Lakes' other DIPA) has never been very enjoyable for me, so when Great Lakes said they were chasing a West Coast styled DIPA, I didn't have the highest hopes. It's not their fault, they just seem to specialize in balanced, middle of the road, high quality lagers and ales. Well color me impressed. Alchemy Hour DIPA is easily one of the best beers I have had in recent memory, and is a top notch DIPA in every regard. This reminds me a great deal of Hopslam in its balance and sweetness. A spectacular, must-try achievement from a brewery that doesn't miss often. I love you Great Lakes!

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