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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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

Ingredients:
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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Amber with a creamy and rocky bone crown. Aroma is dank with grapefruit, citrus, mango, bready malt and caramel. Taste of floral and vineous hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, mild resinous hops and caramel. Decent and a bit boozy with a high bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pour on tap, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought big orange, grapefruit, nice bittering grass and pine notes, slight caramel in there with a hint of orange peel as well, smells very nice and hop forward. Taste is a mix of grass, grain hints of bread, into big orange, sweet pineapple, mango and grapefruit into some pine notes, touch of spice and yeast, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Outstanding Lacing S: Citrus, Floral, Biscuits T: Citrus, Honey, Mildly Floral M: Outstanding Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet Overall, a pretty nice DIPA where it gets lighter on the hoppy side and heavier on the sweeter side with the honey used. A different take on the DIPA and a nice change but not the best DIPA ever.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Poured an orangish color from the 12 ounce bottle with aromas of tropi al fruit, light resn and some pine. Flavors were pine and tropical fruit, light malt and resin, a very nice DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (983) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color. Medium-sized rocky white head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a big pine hop bouquet. Huge bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a complex hop bill. I detect notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit and chewy, resiny bitterness. The 9.4% alcohol is easily lost in this complex menagerie of malt and hop flavor. Despite the huge flavors here, there is a sense of balance that allows for a wonderful warming and spicy bitter finish. Nice clinging lace stays through to the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pretty sweet and sharp. Approaching the point where I think the malts might be overwhelming... but the hops nicely balance it out. Iím a fan of this brew, but not as much as some other people on this forum (even if you include the bonus pro-bono cleveland pride points!)

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gmorrow16 (5) - - OCT 13, 2013 does not count
Citrus, spruce, mocha all you can ask for in a IPA. This is up there with the Double Jack, Hercules, Big A IPA and Shipwrecked if like those you will love this!! Stay thirsty my freinds

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark amber pour with a large light tan head. Aroma of herbal hops with an alcohol (impy). light sweetness (p.4%abv), lightly bitter, average carbonation, slight bitter finish. Good double ipa, I would prefer more hops in the taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it. Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness. Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isnít. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I donít usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. Thereís a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isnít too intense. As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though itís hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkoR (683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pour a dark amber colour with a very nice tan head. Hops, hops, hops! Aroma is also herbal. Taste is hops, tropical fruits, herbal. Excellent!


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