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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 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

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (177) - USA - MAR 30, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass a dark orange with head I admired...for such a small time. Aroma is aromatically tropical, floral & oh so resin. Flavor is exceptionally sweet but the hops still rule here. Quite complex yet so doable to drink. I look forward to this brew each year & am never disappointed. The balance of a DIPA is easily ruined by too much sweet or over the top hops/booze. A serious DIPA that is worthy of great admiration after consumption.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Wow, a great DIPA. This may be the most floral/tropical smelling and tasting beers Iíve ever had. Starts with a traditional DIPA hop smell, followed by mango and peach. Sweet and bitter! Very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1229) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: APR 9, 2014 Copper color, not a ton of carbonation. Honey colored. Flowery hop; not crazy complex. The flavor is supremely oniony, with that sugary malts, close to barleywine status. Very slick feel. This is one of the best beers that Great Lakes makes. .....UPDATE..... it should be noted that this beer is streets ahead on tap than it is in bottles. Iíve had an issue with it before (the same issue Iíve had with GLís Lake Erie Monster in the past) where the aroma and taste have a phenolic, band-aid quality. Iím not sure what does this but itís something that has to be noted.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
12oz single from Spirits Brick. Poured a great looking thicker density honey amber under a smaller sticky foamy off white head. Aroma is great. Fruity and hoppy, notes of apricot and peach to start, hop resin, some pine. Bigger body that is chewy with some heat on the end and a big bitter bite that fades nicely. Flavor is good but not as good as the aroma. Notes of rotting fruit andold honey, lemon, bad citrus, dough, touch of pine. Really good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Enjoyed as Chillwave Double IPA. Aromas of citrus, stone, and tropical fruit. Clear orange, off-white head mostly fading. Floral aromatics, juicy hop flavors, great balance between rich caramelized malts and hop bitterness. Medium bodied, a little warming, finishes with some sticky malts,and fruity hops, some floral aromatics.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (316) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle ("Chillwave") with a transparent golden color and a foamy white head. Has a strong aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is sweet tropical fruits with a moderate to high dose of hops. Has a pleasant full body feel. This is a very unique double IPA (at least in my limited experience), and one that has been pulled off excellently. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (701) - Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2014
"Chillwave" bottle into snifter glass, hazy orangy-amber color with off-white head. Aroma of heavy tropical fruity hops (tangerine, pineapple, orange) with a hint of malt sweetness. Taste is pretty much the aroma with some herbal and resin hop notes. Medium-heavy body, low carbonation, soft, slick with lingering fruity hop bitterness. Great IIPA, love this trend of fruity hoppy beers. Keep them coming!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (373) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Draft at Big Bobs Pizza - pours a medium gold with orange hue . Huge tropical fruit aromas . Taste is slightly sweet not overly bitter . Nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2720) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle thanks to Rob B. Labeled under the ďChill waveĒ name. Color is orange with a golden hue, some retention. Aroma of tropical fruit and earthy hops.

Lightly sweet, malty presence upfront with the tropical fruit hops followed by hints of resin, and a dash of sugar sweetness. Finish has light earthiness with the alcohol making itself known. Medium body with light creamy carbonation and a lightly sticky texture.

Overall, a very sweet for a DIPA that still has a balanced bitterness that doesnít overwhelm the palate. Well made

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3016) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Sample draft at JJís as Chillwave. Orange brown color with a frothy tan head. Fruity hop aroma. Big bold hoppy pungent taste but not over done. Very good. Bold but still very drinkable.


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