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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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
Ataraxia (424) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Deep golden orange, dense white head. Slightly sweet aroma of mango, peach, orange, and other citrus fruits. Much stronger sweetness in the taste, followed by moderate bitterness. Smooth, medium-bodied, and a little bit of booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Aroma of sweet skunky bud, strong ruby red grapefruit, and grass with a booze undertone. Pours deep thick orange with foamy head. Tastes of citrus, tart grass, and zesty booze. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle from Canal’s. Pours an attractive, clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrus, floral hops, some caramel and light fruity notes. Taste is citrus/floral bitter hops, light orange, some lightly sweet, sticky honey, bread, lingering bitterness, but not enough for my liking. ABV well hidden; would have liked to try this fresher, as the bottle’s "drink by" date was not far in the future from when I had this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5365) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hoppy notes with light citrus notes as well with some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by fruity ester with fruity hops notes and some citrus undertones with some light residual sugar notes. Malt backbone is solid and provides a nice smooth aftertaste. Body is quite full with good carbonation, Solid rendition of the style with good effort to limit the amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle:   Amber, a little fiery, moderate to large frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Soft hop nose, a touch of citrus peel, a touch of pine.   Really subdued on the nose.   On the tongue... WOW, this is smooth and really nice.   Nice malty background with citrusy hops that aren’t all that biting.   This one is not overly bitter, and much smoother than most.   Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.   You can take a big mouthfull of this one and slowly enjoy a few gulps without thinking (unlike most IIPAs) that the bitterness will get ya before ya finish.   So smooth and clean.   What else can I say.... oh man, this is good!   Bonus point for overall cleanliness and just being utterly f**king smooth.   Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Pure, shiny amber. The head is like an angry sea of foam. The mellow aroma only hints at the relatively robust, viscous malt of this beer, like a mild furniture polish. Goes down awful smooth, with a bit of hoppy resin to top it off. (#5006, 5/5/2013)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Bouteille à boire avant le 20 mai 2013. Bière cuivrée avec une mousse beige durable. Le nez est superbe, frais avec des notes de gazon, de pamplemousse, de jus oasis au fruit de la passion, de gomme balloune. La bouche est puissante, la texture est parfaite. Il y a du pamplemousse et un gros malt en final. L’amertume est marquée au début de la dégustation mais se termine sur des notes sucrées maltées. Merci Patrick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2013
The extra hops are evident early in the aroma with overflowing grapefruit and sweet citrus. The citrus hops hit first, but the pine comes in at the end. Sweet malt and citrus balance with bitter hops brilliantly. With a combination of Mosaic, Nugget, and Cascade hops, I’ve never had a beer quite like this. At 80 IBUs and 9.4% ABV, this is quite a hefty beer, but it should be. Another outstanding offering from Great Lakes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mattmcc42 (11) - - MAY 3, 2013
One of the best I’ve had in awhile. Bottle drink by 5/14/13. Tropical fruity hop forward balanced with sweet maltyness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3099) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Clear amber pour with an off white head. Mild hoppy aromas. Crisp and clean with wonderful citrus flavored hop notes. Good balance and mouthfeel. Impressive....

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