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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Name Origin: On the West Coast, surfers have a term for that perfect time of day, when the waves are breaking just right and it feels like you can ride forever. They call it Alchemy Hour. In Cleveland, our surfers have to work a little harder to find a perfect swell. Dressed in wetsuits, up at dawn, they camp out on the shores of Lake Erie in near-freezing temperatures, waiting for the ultimate wave. Crazy? Yes. Extreme? Definitely. Alchemy Hour Double IPA pays tribute to the North Coastís unlikely surf bums and the ancient quest for liquid gold, wherever it may live: on the ocean, in a lake, in a bottle.

Style Origin: Distinctively American, the Double IPA or Imperial IPA is thought to have originated in California. This fairly new style is a heartier, hoppier version of the traditional IPA with a higher alcohol content, creating a very strong and flavorful drinking experience.

Flavor: Hop-forward with a balanced blend of Mosaic and Nugget hops

MALT Harrington 2-Row Base Malt: Allows color and flavor from other specialty malts to come through; makes for very clean beer Caramel 45: Contributes to amber color; provides complexity Honey Malt: Contributes sweetness

HOPS Mosaic: New U.S. hop; provides floral, tropical, fruity, and earthy characteristics Nugget: U.S. bittering hop; provides floral, resiny aroma and flavor Cascade: U.S. hop with citrus characteristics for aroma

Pairs With: Smoked beef brisket, grilled lamb, sharp and rich cheeses, and sweet desserts

Shelf Life: 90 days

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle at a friends house in dc march 2014 pours dark orange with a small white head. Nose is tropical sweetness papaya and mangos. Decent. Flavors are very similar to the nose sweet ready malts and hops are pretty c forward. Lite bitterness of slightly woody hops and some nice tropical notes. Body is lite and easy to drink. Would like to have a bottle to myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draft. Brown colored without much of a head at all. Smell is very hoppy, and very sweet. Plenty of citrus notes but a large amount of sugar as well. Taste is pretty sweet. Kind of like 90 minute. Almost seems like a 90 minute clone. It was good but i would get others

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2966) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Growler from one stop. A bit rough around the edges. Smells nice. Lots of citrus and flowers. Mouthfeel is good. Lush. Not a fan of the taste. Should have gone for the Gemini growler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12 oz bottle of Chillwave. Pours a very nice golden color with a medium head that lasts. Aroma is of very sweet hops and a nice malt balance. Great blend of citrus, grass, and pine. Taste is smooth and well balanced. The hops are less bitter than most DIPAs and has a very sweet taste overall. Mouth feel is superbly smooth and well balanced. Some sweet fruits blend nicely with the citrus and floral notes. Very good, refreshing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Sparrow, 3/15/14, as Chillwave Double IPA

Aroma: The aroma is clean and hoppy, fresh mango, pine/resin, and some grapefruit
Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, orange color, with small off-white head and some strong lace
Flavor: The flavor is clean hops, medium sweet and medium bitter, balanced and flavorful
Palate: The body is medium, it has average carbonation, and a clean, mid-dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a really nice DIPA. It has fresh and clean flavors, and a well-balanced taste overall. It isnít the most bitter example of the style out there, but just a really tasty and nicely made example. Really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2615) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Growler of Chillwave from Save On. Why did they change the name? Clear copper with lasting head and lace. Spicy orange grapefruit bready aroma. Mild tropical fruits and peachy bready sweetness with medium orangy grapefruit bitter medium dry finish. Medium-full body lively carbo accentuates hops. I like a higher attentuated dryer DIPA but still excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1775) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 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.

RE-RATE: Nowhere near as good as last time my untrained palate had it. Downgrading BigTime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CraftBeerLvr41 (82) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bounder (1) - Commerce Twp, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
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.

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