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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1071) - - APR 23, 2015
(formerly called Alchemy Hour); amber color; great citrusy, piney hop aroma; lots of citrusy hop flavor with pine notes on a medium bodied malt base

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3547) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle thanks to trade with weihenweizen! Pours a hazy golden brown with lasting off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big citrus hop notes over sweet caramel malt. Taste follows with a clean bittersweet finish; you can tell itís boozy, but no real burn. Solid DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2015
Received in a trade with mdg164, 12oz bottle poured into an English pint glass -- very tiny tightly packed white bubbles sit atop a caramel colored clear beer. Aroma is clear and strong citrus with the resin characteristic, sticky sweet. Flavor is delicate for a DIPA, in a nice way. Well crafted, hops donít dominate but neither are they overpowered. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HoppyScallywag (195) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2015
Ehh. I mean it's a good IPA.....too sweet, but good. A lot of floral spices. BUT, it's Great Lakes so it is a quality brew. I certainly wouldn't pick up a case though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2015
Incredible double ipa. Smells is dank and marijuana esque. Tastes like grapefruit juice with an alcohol punch. Hoppy finish as well. Pours a wonderful copper color with a thin white head. Crushable for 9% alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterschreurs (113) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2015
Fresh green citrus hop aroma, full bodied golden ale with a strong fruit flavor and a malt balance. Excellent Double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (183) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2015
Citrus nose, Amber appearance. Molasses, grapefruit lingers. a little malt at the finish. Syrup mouth feel. Surprisingly good from great lakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pliny_SR (37) - California, USA - APR 13, 2015
Draft @ GLBC CLE airport. Pours a deep golden to amber in color with minimal head, but nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and malt. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Taste is nice balance of malty sweetness, hop bitterness and a subtle citrus flavor. This is a very drinkable DIPA, with the alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2015
Best by date of 05/03/15. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light stringy lacing roaming around the glass. The smell had a sweet citrus with a bitter citrus rind and an underscore of caramel malt to balance. The taste was bitter and sweet not necessarily combined but delicate in its composure to lead into the aftertaste to leave a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sessionable - slightly and the alcohol wasnít felt too much. Bittersweet harshness rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA that I could have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle, thanks Colin! Clear dark orange, bubbly white head. Strong sweet aroma with a bit boatload of citrusy hops. Taste - huge orange and citrus over a sweet medium malty body. Just a lovely orange zest like finish. Body is medium but feels like on the tongue. Alcohol is present but not dominate. Double IPA done right. Nice stuff Great Lakes.

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