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RATINGS: 420   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vir4030 (552) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours a light tan with a little head. Aroma is sweet and so is flavor. Nice too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dagimp (777) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a cool orangey clear color. Lots of very sticky white head and lacing that just keeps hanging around. Citrusy dank aroma, mmmmm. Mouthfeel is moderate especially for this abv beer. Probably as light as it can be for a 9%+er but with slight stickiness. Taste is wow, just wow. NZ hops are what I taste first off. With lots of citrus, mango, papaya, all sorts of tropical fruit. A tiny tinge of alcohol flavor, but barely, and I’m sensitive to it. Mild alcohol warmth. Damn is this a good IIPA, and well needed by Great Lakes. Erie Monster is forgettable, Commodore Perry is crap... but this one is a winner I’ll buy every year!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Very strong and distinct IPA that comes across well bodied with a good aftertaste. This is a hoppier version of a normal IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (346) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a hazy orange/copper with slight head. Aroma is of citrus, sweetness. Taste of caramel, citrus - definitely some sweetness. Very smooth (alcohol hidden, not too much of a hoppy bite). Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1608) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
With Z, pours a deep rusty orange color with a small head. Nose is sweet passion fruit, aromatic and flavorful. Taste is bittersweet with deep citrus, with a predominance of passion fruit, with very small resin.... very smooth and a real palate pleaser. The alcohol very well hidden ! Finishes on bittersweet tropical notes with a moderately long finish. Quaff Score 9 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with an off white head and sweet, hoppy, citrusy aroma. Taste is bittersweet, lots of hops, citrus, caramel and complex fruity flavors leading to a strong bitter finish. Delicious DIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1098) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle at 4 months, should have gotten to this sooner. Pours copper with a slight off white head. Aroma is light grains, grapefruit, mango and pine. Flavor has some caramel sweetness, grapefruit followed by pine resin. Well done for a 9.4% IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2014
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Resiny pine and a sturdy malt backbone great the nose. Plays off one another well, though I admittedly prefer slightly more aromatic and citrusy hops in IIPAs. This is definitely a well made beer, though - balanced and tasty. Toasted malts and pine in the flavor. Solid feel. Not overdone. Thanks, heybeerman. Great Lakes is solid!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap - had this beer while on vacation. Pour was typical light copper color with small head. Has great earthy hop aroma and subtle malt sweetness. Served very cold and some of the flavors were hidden. As the beer warmed a bit more of the flavors jumped out. Had this somewhat astrigent hop bite and then soothing sweetness from the malt on the finish. Overall a pretty good DIPA

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