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RATINGS: 437   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2013
This brewery can do no wrong. This has to be one of my top 3 or 5 DIPAs. Reminds me a lot of Hopslam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (743) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2013
A dark, rusty orange pour. A strong fruity and floral aroma, with some grapefruit and pine that stand out. An initial strong bitter hop taste that fades fast into a more fruity hop flavor. Some lingering bitter taste that has some rum qualities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a dark orange with a white head. Smells of straight up mango puree. Incredible aroma. The taste has some up front bitterness that gives way to sweet tropical fruit. The sweet citrus hops and the malt backing are melded together perfectly here. This is a must try

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Poured dark orange hue yet see threw amber nose strong grapefruit kind hairspayish some pine back end very bitter hop forward beer very flowery peddle taste hints off honey. Also thin fizzy white head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this with me. Great Lakes has an excellent thing on their hands though by now it is probably not as sharp as it was fresh. This should come around again and when it does snap up a fine release. I’d still prefer bottles of Lake Erie Monster but it gets the job done.

Aroma / Appearance - Idle carbonation bubbles up from time to time. A delicate eggshell head collapses after just a few sips. The color of sun bleached newspaper, it smells very tropical with aspects of oranges, mangoes, and grapefruit. Peach undertones anchor a fresh smelling assault of hops. While malts may be there somewhere they do no drive the show.

Flavor / Palate - The full bodied mouthfeel is sweet like a surge of orange marmalade. Pleasant bitterness coasts into a finish that clings to the throat like dew in grass. Among the better Great Lakes releases this helps challenge the notion that Cleveland cannot produce world class IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3214) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle from a trade with UDbeernut. Pours slightly hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Big citrusy aroma. Grapefruit and orange flavors with some caramel sweetness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Thanks Art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chalicemaster (111) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
From the aroma and the taste to the flavour left on the tongue, grapefruit is what stands out. Absolutely beautiful golden appearance. For fans of IPA’s that lean towards a citrus emphasis, it doesn’t get much better than this. For a 9.4% beer, it’s very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Nearly clear amber pour with a 2 finger, creamy, off white head that has great retention. Aroma has lots of ripe tropical fruit and sweet citrus, light caramel, cereal and toasty malt, more floral and generally fuity hops come in later. Flavor starts off fruity and bitter citrus, leads to some caramel, bicuit and toasty malt, passion fruit and mango heavy tropical fruit, a little melon, sweet orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit and lightly earthy, woody and pine hops. Medium body, with a neutral, to creamy entry, light, to moderate and somewhat blanketing carbonation and creamy, oily and off dry finish. Awesome, definitely the kind of IIPA I would love to drink case after case of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
A very good hoppy beer. Hoppy aroma smooth. great bitterness. On tap at Capone’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4427) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
What a description, will not make me like it any better. On tap at the madmex. stronger sweet volatile aroma. looks like clear pale ale. Taste is alky strong, wew, even for a 9%. Does not hide the alky trying to get in yer face. Long bitter medicinal finsh, terribly on style.

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