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RATINGS: 374   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (546) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a clear dark golden amber with slowly fading off white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus, orange floral pine hops, nice fruity essence. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange, a bit of tangy grapefruit, earthy pine hops bitterness. Palate is a full body, smooth with good carbonation. The finish is of caramel malt, yeast, citrus orange peel notes, some tangy grapefruit, with some good earthy pine and herbal hops bitterness for balance, alcohol is well behaved. Overall a very good, smooth and enjoyable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJack (35) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Draft pour, nice golden color with thin head, good lacing. Sweet hop aroma, well balanced with sweet malts. Some funky off flavor, but overall a solid DIPA. ---Rated whilst imbibing

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (1944) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
From a bottle. Pours almost clear copper with a fizzy beige head and some lacing. Tastes like sweet caramel, mellow hop bitterness, orange, nutty. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet sugary caramel and orange, light hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3377) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is toasted and bready malts, light caramel, orange peel, and faint floral notes. Flavor is dry toasted malt base quickly followed by smooth hop bitterness, faint sweetness, and a touch of citrus; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (363) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2014
The aroma is hops, citrus, grass and floral. Pours slightly cloudy brown/copper/orange, the head is off-white mostly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter, long. Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barnoloid (139) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
12oz bottle poured into tulip glass (which reminds me, I must invest in IPA specific glassware). This is a hop heavy DIPA, no doubt. Pours a vivid amber with a small head. There is a slightly sweet honey note which cuts some of the bitterness here. Would love to do a blind tasting with this, Hopslam and Enjoy By.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vandc01 (46) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle - best by date of 5/28/14 Aroma - sweet tropical aroma. Mango, pineapple, peach. Appearance - clear amber color, don’t see too many bubbles coming from the bottom. Head disapated very quickly. Taste - Fantastic. Very light, easy drinking for a 9.4%. Dangerously easy. Palate - Keeps the tropical mouthfeel . Overall - Fantastic DIPA. It has everything I am looking for in a DIPA. Possibly my only complaint, it only comes in a 12oz bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjames317 (66) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
12oz bottle. Amber-orange medium to full bodied w/ moderate head. Bursting at the seams with tropical fruit in the nose: guava, peach, passion fruit, kiwi, berries. Faint malt. Smells unbelievable. Ample bitterness up front with a firm malt backbone. You can detect the alcohol ever so slightly. Not getting the distinct fruit flavors that I did with the aromas. However, there is still definitely a potpourri of fruitiness going on. A little sticky with a biscuit-malt thing happening. This is definitely going in the DIPA rotation for me, a really nice beer. Would love to try super fresh to see if the fruity hop flavors are more pronounced.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 So much hops and peach on the nose and in the taste. Best DIPA I?ve had to date. Just need to try Heady Topper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sawbuck (300) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Got this from a friend visiting from Ohio.....thanks Mr. Matt! Nice fragrant aromas of piney hops, mixed with citrus, and floral notes. Rusty orange appearance, with a tan head. Sweet honey malt, with notes of citrus at first. Bitterness bleeds in, and is a nice counter to the sweet....meld together nicely. Finish is a warm alcohol feel, with a peppery bitter bite on the end. Decent Imperial...tastes accentuate as it warms up.


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