Beergelden (4) - - MAR 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze
Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing
Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style.
Mouthfeel Ė Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end
Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesnít seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.
BoostIPA (1056) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle reads chill wave. This is in fact, a shelfie. Poured 2x 12oz boostle into my man sized mug for proper chugging. Looked like clear honey in a glass with a small white head. Huge tropical fruit aroma. Iím getting grapefruit, oranges,etc. taste is not overly bitter, but also Demi sec. Flavors of huge tropical fruit, sweet but an awesome hop expression. I really love the mosaic/nugget hop combo in this beer. Not very bitter, this is a new style IPA. The only downside is the sweetness. If you can get past that, this beer is nearly flawless.
jtclockwork (6924) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as Chillwave. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of grapefruit peel, spicy malt, caramel malt, orange peel, hop oils and touch of perfumy hops. Medium body.
CraftBeerLvr41 (43) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Beautiful golden copper. Nice off-white that keeps for awhile. Nice lacing
S: Strong Mosaic hop aroma, really pungent almost a like a pleasant skunk to it. love it. Strong tangerine and hints tropical fruits in full force. Some grass. Alcohol is well hidden nicely.
T: Like the aroma good amount of tangerine with hints of pineapple and mango. Light bready and sweet caramel. Bitterness is soft, not even close to being harsh. Alcohol is still hidden.
M: Lightly sweet not not alot. Light to medium body that goes down smoothly. Really nice.
O: I really really love the mosaic hop, aromas and flavors are amazing. This beer is amazing, really easy to drink beer. An easy decision to be a new go to beer, hope to see this around more.
Bounder (1) - Commerce Twp, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Re-named Chillwave, poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber/orange. One finger head, spotty lacing. Nose and taste have a funk thatís hard to place. Not very pleasant. No alcohol burn despite the 9.8% content. Not one Iím likely to try again after this four-pack is gone.
gendv138 (248) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft (Chillwave re-named release) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours an amber color with a nice amount of off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus, caramel, dank notes. Tasting notes of citrus, tropical fruit, light pine, citrusy hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Nice juicy mouthfeel. Just a tinge of alcohol but pretty smooth for the most part. Very nice, one of my favorite offerings from Great Lakes.
solidfunk (2797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, well-balanced IPA. Beautiful peachy and tangerine head. Pours orange with decent head and lacing. Some nice grapefruit tinges here as well. Booze present in aroma but well integrated. Bitter finish. Tap at Rustico.
ampp (153) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the bottle labeled "Chillwave Double IPA. This is the same as the Alchemy Hour. The beer poured a nice copper color with a thick lacing light beige / near white head. The aroma is pine and mint and citrus fruit. The taste is a mouth full of hops and grapefruit with a nice bittersweet finish. The alcohol gets your attention, but it is not too strong. A nicely balanced IPA..
njnut (122) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into shaker glass a orange tinted amber. Slightly off white head that lasted for me and nice lace. Aroma is pure grapefruit, one of the nicer aromas I have had in a long time. Body is in the middle of slick and oily. Taste is hoppy grapefruit. The malts and hops balance is very good. Alcohol is hidden. Citrus lingers and bitters in the finish. Another winner from Great Lakes, much enjoyed.
ccriley613 (2) - - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At first sniff thought I would hate it. Smells fruity. For me it is the perfect amount of bitterness and light enough not to fill me up.
ColovianTrader (159) - - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 Loaded with caramel. Citrus hops, orange, grains, a bit musky with hints of tropical fruit and light berry sweetness. Good balance from the hop bitterness. Smooth feel and good carbonation.