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RATINGS: 388   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

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Draught. Darker amber color with a finger of head. Good lace. Grapefruit aromas. Smooth mildly hoppy taste compared to other IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2502) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Small off white head that fades quickly with a small bit of spotty lacing left behind.Lightly hazy copper hued brew. Mild nose of juicy grapefruit and honey, some lightly sweet malts too. Body is medium, lil oily and a soft carbonation, lil resiny and chewy. Mildly sweet caramel malts up front followed by a lot of citrusy, piney and somewhat resiny hops. Some nice earthy, woody notes as well. Lightly sweet finish could of used a tad more bittering, imho. Better than expected though! The ABV is incognito for sure.Props to coldbrewky for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Delicious beer! On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Aroma was outstanding and one of the best smelling beers Iíve come across. Strong grapefruit hippiness with an underlying pine. So strong you could smell it without putting your nose to the glass. Pour was a nice light medium gold with a two finger white head. Taste was all hops. The strong grapefruit rind and pine couldnít hold up to that great aroma, but it was close. Not much else going on than an insane amount of hop flavor. Nice carbonation and great beer. One of my highest rated beers this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1129) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a moderately hazy orange amber with an off-white head. On the aroma, lots of tropical fruit pours out, mixed with citrus and leading into pine resin and notes of grain. Flavor still has the tropical, citrus, and pine notes, but itís somewhat more low key with the grain definitely present as well. Quite good, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
12 ounce bottle in a tulip glass. This is the second time Iíve tried a mosaic hop beer, and Iím steadily becoming a big fan. The aroma is a fantastic tropical fruit blend of mango, pineapple and ripe hops. Appearance is bright orange with a touch of opaque suds floating throughout. Taste is just as good as the aroma and more of the same notes: pineapple, mango, starfruit, kiwi, sweet beginning, bitter finish, and a warm alcohol aspect thatís not distracting or off-putting. Medium bodied and big enough to hold together those flavors in a sturdy package without getting too filling. Moderately carbonated, mouth-coating layers of flavor, bitter at the end, such a big, pungent flavor presence, it seems to steam up into my nasal cavity while Iím tasting it. Overall, this one is an excellent example of an up and coming hop variety and itís well worth the $2.99 price for a 12 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7154) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Advocate_Ames (438) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1463) - 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.

   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!

   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.

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