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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 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

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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle@DeMolen. Cheese and fruits aroma. Yellow, off-white head, good lace. Malty backbone, grassy hops, fruity, full bodied. OK but that’s it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6364) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2013
Bottled. Clear amber color, short head. Aroma of piney and flowery hops, some tropical fruit. Quite bitter taste. Crisp and dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11938) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pale amber color. Floral, slightly perfumed hoparoma. Lychee and citrus. Floral. malty sweet, hopbitter flavor, slightly perfumed. Mango, citrus. Pineapple. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge piney citric notes. Flavour is big piney fruity hops, floral notes, faint caramel. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Aroma: Hoppy aroma--floral and pine with hints of citrus and resin Appearance: Clear bright amber with minimal head Taste: Medium sourness backed with light sweetness. Very well balanced Palate: Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, long citrus finish Overall: A bit one-dimensional, but well crafted and balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smboselli (144) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Amazing - balanced, hoppy, be careful with this one! Huge nose and tons going on (hops, citrus, floral notes). Love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7653) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 25/V/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: V/2/13 (2013-498) Thanks to BelvidereIPA for the trade!

Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, bit piny, citrus, some grapefruit, bit cheesy, smelly feet, bit English. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty bitter, citrus, cheesy hops, fruity, mango, grapefruit. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, fruity, bit cheesy, piny touch. Not bad, but clearly overhyped.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7727) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
great lakes always has solid beers, and this was on par .. . amber gold .. . sugar apple and english hops .. . railroad foam .. . hides the abv well .. . solid .. . . "They’re ok, I guess." - Depressed Tony the Tiger

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Alchemy Hour pours a dark caramel ruby color, mostly transparent with a huge off-white head. The foam gradually recedes to a film over the beer but retains well and leaves a nice web of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is clean, with distinct malt and hop notes both present. The nose is balanced with a slight lean toward the malt. Honey and caramel sweetness with bready notes in the background. Floral, slightly citrusy, and some earthy bitter hop aromas. A little alcohol wafts into the nose as it warms. A bit of honey flavor starts the sip off on a sweet note, with a bit of caramel malt coming through. The honey continues to grow into the hop flavors, with pineapple, tangerine, mango, and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Each sip has a clean finish with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very clean. The flavors are allowed to come through separately and transition from malt to hops nicely. The carbonation is creamy, smooth, and fairly full. There is no residue or hop oil left at the end of the sip. Overall I think this is a bit too sweet for what I am looking for in a DIPA. It has a good burst of hoppiness, but the honey malt is simply too strong for it to be among my top tier of the category. Still, it is strong offering from a quality brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shipped to me from Dad (Akron.) Thanks Dad! Wow...pours a beautiful hazy golden brown with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus (orange and lemons) pine resin and fresh grasses. Taste is complex with citrus (orange and lemon), pine, pine resin, floral notes and the hoppy bitterness of a double IPA. The malts balance it well though. I like the floral aftertaste and the bitterness lingers for quite sometime. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I want more!!


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