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RATINGS: 377   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

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2673) - 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 (765) - 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 (1023) - 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 (72) - 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. There’s is a sweet yet nice bitter balance upon first sip, like a juicy bite. The malt plays such hard ball with the hops it’s 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 it’s kinda stock standard and slightly gimmicky with mosaic hops. It’s cheap though and that helps to pick it up as fill in.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (732) - Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle pours medium dark brown yellow with one finder light yellow head.. Aroma mainly floral hops with slight citrus and pine. Taste nice malt base with citrus/floral hops. Brief unassuming finish of hops. Palate a bit light for a DIPA. Overall very pleasant and drinkable. I am not a hophead but this is very appealing and flavorful.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shot (129) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours a reddish amber. Thick, creamy head. Beautiful, full aroma of floral, piney hops. Big flavor of citrus, honey, pine needles, raisin. Finish is apricot and orange peel. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a 9.4% ABV beer. This is a delicious brew. Finely crafted, wonderful hop flavor. The malt may lean a tad on the sweet side, but it’s hard to complain about this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Poured from a bottle into glass. Dark coppery amber pour with a small white head. Smells a bit fruity- citrus and melon with a pine hop backbone. Taste is relatively sweet up front, develops into a malty hoppy balance. Pretty long, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1411) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle->SA. Dark copper with faint offwhite head. Aroma: deep grapefruit, citrus peel, hint of caramel. Taste is bittersweet, with grapefruit, hops, malt, and sweat. Yes, sweat. Mouthfeel and palate are sticky and chewy. Good but not great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1658) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours clear copper with a small off white head. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, mango and a touch of caramel. Taste is bitter with some light sweetness, very solid bitterness. Medium bodied with a long bitter finish. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On draught at Yabo’s, The beer pours a cloudy dark orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, hops and roast malt. Medium to full-bodied with a moderately bitter hops character and notes of citrus and tropical fruits, toasted malt and a touch of pine. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Overall this is an enjoyable beer that has a lot of different things going on, yet work together.


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