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RATINGS: 394   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Waterboy (5) - Yucaipa, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
This is a phenomenal beer. It takes all the best characters of Knee Deep Simtra and mellows it out to a wonderful balance of malt, light fruitiness, and fantastic drinkability. Would definitely have this again :).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2739) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Seemingly thick amber with copper edges, decent clarity & topped with a thick, foamy, light-beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is tropical & fruity with mango, pineapple, & guava, alongside a more brash back-end with notes of white pepper, ashy hops, & herbal leaves. A little noticeable caramel sweetness from the heavy malt bill. Up front taste is like honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot. Bitterness comes in & grows quick; mild vegetal notes with heavy herbal, earthy, spicy, & white pepper-y hints. Some malty buttered bread & faint caramel sweetness. Spicy, bitter hop finish, Strangely enough, as this beer warms up a little, it gets much more tropical & fruity... Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, guava, all coated in sticky sweet honey. Crazy how the flavor profile changes like that. A delicious DIPA, either way, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Criz (149) - - JUN 29, 2014
6oz sampler on draft. Pours an amber color with thin white lasting head. Aromas of caramel, pine, wet hops. Flavors of caramel, hops, finished with a malty sweetness. Good DIPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the freshness date, abv and gives a quick description of the beer. Appearance: It body is deep and golden in color with good clarity. It also has some nice visible carbonation which helps support its small white head. The head just hangs on and makes some cool lace rings on the glass. Smell: The aroma is very inviting and full. It packs loads of big juicy citrus hops, juicy tropical and floral hops. Taste / Palate: The flavor picks up on the aroma and brings it right to the palate with all the big tasty hop notes riding on good complimentary sweet bready and biscuity malt. This beer is very well balanced and easy drinking for a big Double IPA. The hops add more aroma and flavor complexity then bitterness which is still quite firm. Well done!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
What used to be Alchemy Hour has a new name but same great taste! Glad a fella turned me onto this and told me the story, otherwise I may of never given it a try! Great beer that is very refreshing and quenches the thirst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mandylee (50) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Great caramel color. Not much aroma from the tap. Great citrus flavor with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Medium amber body. Drinking on tap. Mild hoppy aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of sweet apples at the end. Different and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFGrind (1872) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Fresh green citrus hop aroma, full bodied golden ale with a strong fruit flavor and a malt balance. Excellent Double IPA and the best new beer I’ve had in 2014 (so far).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (538) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Tap. Most memorable beet I had at a recent beer fest. Nose of floral notes and pine. Tastes of balanced hop bitterness, fresh citrus, flowers. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6508) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Draft at Barcade. Pours orange with a white head. Tropical fruity hoppy notes with rich honey-like sweetness, light caramel malts, and relatively low bitterness for the amount of hop flavor. Just a touch of booze. Pretty good and quite drinkable but a little more bitterness in the middle would really make this pop.

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