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RATINGS: 378   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vandc01 (60) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjames317 (72) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sawbuck (315) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (915) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle shared by 5k - thanks! Amber pour, clear, big bubbles.aroma more tropical - tangerine creamcicle, caramel, a little pine, bitter finish, sweeter than Zombie Dust (had just before this) by quite a bit, which cuts the bitterness a lot. Slick, full body, soft carbonation. A little syrupy. Overall: nice, with a fair bit of sweetness in this one. My rating is probably a bit low, but that’s a matter of circumustance. It sucks to be a sweet hoppy beer following a particularly good dry hoppy beer, at least in my mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (458) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. Bright shiny copper. Sweet earthy hops. A touch of honey on the finish. Candied sugar taste. Alcohol is completely hidden at 9%. Rich and sweet, very drinkable. Overall delicious. Everything I want in a double ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbouchet (4) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2014 does not count
My favorite IPA hands down. Strong start with a nice finish and a lingering hop with enough citrus to balance it all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (174) - - APR 19, 2014
A lot of double ipas feel like scraping your teeth against a rock. But this is not that. Its really sweet with a ton of hops. Good stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2014
Tap. Golden pour with a lot of white head. Smells of malt and a ton of hops. Sweet on the front with a hop bitter finish. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a reddish golden with a white head which disappears quickly. Aroma is pine and heavy citrus, grapefruit. Taste is overwhelming grapefruit, crisp for a heavy mouthfeel, no residual oiliness, sweet malt and minimal bitterness. Finishes very clean for a double. Quite impressive.

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