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RATINGS: 471   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 Coast’s 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5485) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Crisp ruby and peach-tinted copper coloured body with a bright bronze glow and a nice two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, resinous hops, pine, strong malt and some light grapes. Full-bodied; Strong rich malt and sweet flavours with a good piercing resin and syrupy hop flavour that balances well. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol, some light fruit flavours, a hint of resin, a lot of caster sugar sweetness and a rich, hoppy finish that doesn’t overwhelm the palate. Overall, a very well crafted Imperial IPA that is strong, but doesn’t seem as strong as it really is - the hops worked well and the balance was in check. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 02-April-2013 for US$2.79 sampled at home in Washington on 09-July-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dal9000 (454) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Pours a deep amber with a large sticky tan foam. Mild soft hoppy taste that builds after swallowing. Earthy hoppy taste that stays minutes longer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Cloudy dark orange color. 12 oz bottle. Big malt body and sweet texture. Orange sugary candy flavors. Sticky pine finish. Resin and citrus fruits on the finish as well. Feels like the hops are a little fade and muted but this is a nice drink either way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2985) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
Thanks to ian for this. Pours a hazy dark golden with a small white ring. Taste is upfront pine and citrus hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with sweet bready malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Strong hop aroma, basic appearance, strong hop forward taste and lingering hop aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle from the Hope Valley Bottle Shop, Durham. Nice deep orange pour, looks almost viscous in places but still has a bright glow to it. Big-ass tropical facepalm in the nose, floral and inviting as hell. Hints of resin and pepper in there too, but mostly the main ingredients. Full mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors tend to be tilted a bit to the sweeter end of the spectrum, but there’s still plenty of complexity and maximum dankness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1547) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle @ RG 20. Smells dank, pithy, plus a little perfumy or peachy. Flavor follows. Finish isn’t as bitter as I generally prefer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (1000) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Pours a nice amber color. Aroma is full of hops and a bit boozy. Taste is bitter, floral, and sharp. This is a very good DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Last beer of Richmond 20th, thanks to everyone who made this a special gathering for me. 10 years on Ratebeer, makes me feel old. 3000 ratings makes me feel old (and my liver probably says this makes it feel even older). RIP in Walt, wish I had known you beyond the casual forum post. You joined right about the same time I did, and your impact on the site and those who use it has been immense. Your presence was at our tasting. Good beer to round things out with. Medium orange, clear, slight but lasting haze. Aroma is caramel, baked grapefruit, hint of pineapple hops. Flavor is rather rich caramel malts, and a great balancing hop finish of grapefruit and more pineapple. Really liked this one, good way to round things out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1167) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Poured from bottle. Aroma of hops and caramel. Good looking amber with lacing white head. Piney and citrus hops with honey, bread, yeast, caramel. One of the best balanced IPAs I have tried. Alcohol only noticed slightly in back. Outstanding.

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