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RATINGS: 373   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottled, BB 5/2/13. Poured clear, light-medium orange with a short, dense beige head. The aroma was juicy and just awesome, with fresh fruits and floral notes over fresh, mostly biscuity malts.. loved it! The flavor found tangy, bitter fruits (not just citrus) and floral notes over bread and fruity notes (plus a hint of molasses).. finished spicy and bitter, with a bouquet of fresh hops and complementary sweet malts. Medium-bodied and near-perfectly balanced on the palate.. Iím going to need a lot more of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (417) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 The clear amber pouring Alchemy Hr has a foam head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin and sticky lacing in my glass. As for the scent I noticed carmel malts, floral hops, pine, citrus fruit, spices, and alcohol. The flavor is very drinkable and for the style it is rather kind to my palate. I could taste sweet carmel malts, minor honey, lite spices, with mild flavors of apricots and oranges. The finish has sweet carmel malts and citrus that stand out with a mild hoppy bitterness. The bitterness lingers pleasantly and dissipates. Overall I really enjoyed this beverage. It is a very good Dbl IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a very nice copper color with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma has a pronounced orange, grapefruit citrus with notes of a modest amount of mango and pineapple and finishes with just a touch of pine bitterness. Flavor is very fresh with early pine and mango notes arriving first, followed by some caramel malt sweetness and finishing with some chinook-like spicy notes in combination with some grapefruit. The hops is pretty strong but doesnít overpower the beer and reminds me of fresh hopped wort. Body is modest with an oily feeling and very low carbonation. Alcohol doesnít play a part in this beers profile. Overall a pretty interesting beer. One of the first beers in a while that I tasted a pronounced tropical flair without it being the sole flavor profiled. Tropical fruitiness works well with the orange/pine notes of the beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Lots of awesome piney, resin, orange, and herbal hop profile! Taste is great and this is up there with the bet DIPA!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
12oz bottle, best by May 20, 2013. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear copper/amber with a one finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is earthy and fruity hops, some melon, a little spicy, a little belgian-y, honey, bread and caramel malt. Average strength.

Flavor is fruity hops up front with some pineapple and melon, resinous, sweet caramel malt in the middle with notes of honey, moderate bitterness, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Average Double IPA. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (461) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle pour to snifter. Slightly sour aroma. Not a hop bomb; slight sweet, malty taste; very smooth, very . . . Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2630) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2013
God bless those hardy souls. Just putting your feet in Lake Erie near Cleveland gets high makes from me. Pours amber with a small head. The aroma is very nice, full of pine and citrus with a bit of fruit. The flavor follows with a nice malt base with the hops coming through. My favorite of the Great Lakes beers to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (754) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle pours hazy amber with two-finger off-white, quickly dissipating head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, floral, honey, resin hit at different times. Light/medium body is fairly smooth with a bit of crispness. High bitterness, mild sweetness. Excellent DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampler at Central City. Pours a clear amber with a thinner off-white head that leaves behind a fair thick lace. Nose involves spicy peppery notes along with some big juicy and resinous grapefruit citrus notes. Nicely sweet with a solid bitterness, though it seemed more on the sweet side on the whole. Heavier bodied, soft carb, with a long sticky bitter finish. Impressive, and quite tasty. Big on the grapefruit, which is awesome. A little surprising that the sweetness outweighed the bitterness, but that made it perhaps more balanced and drinkable than some other DIPAs.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaips1 (69) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2013
12oz bottle. So this replaced Lake Erie monster. It started off with a goo solid pour , nice clear amber color with a very thick frothy head. Leave lot of lacing on the glass. Nice aromas of pine, citrus, and a full tropical bouquet kinda like a freshly made fruit punch. The mosaic hops are not full front and center but if you know what to look for you pick them out. The malt was a strong sweet aroma that competes with the hop aromas through most of the whiff. Thereís is a sweet yet nice bitter balance upon first sip, like a juicy bite. The malt plays such hard ball with the hops itís hard at times to see the dipa qualities. Besides just general rules , increased abv, increased hops(at least to some degree in ibus) , I would have expected Great Lakes to up the ante and produce a dipa kinda like stones drink by or founders double trouble. The body is nice and full, not too chewy but heavy enough to qualify for dipa. Overall itís kinda stock standard and slightly gimmicky with mosaic hops. Itís cheap though and that helps to pick it up as fill in.


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