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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 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


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Pours a darker orange color with a minimal head that dissipates right away and leaves a thin ring of lacing. Smells of tons of peaches, light juicy orange, mango, maybe some papaya or guava, stonefruit, along with some carmel from the malt, and light honey. Somewhat dry aroma. Taste starts with lots of sweet, juicy fruits. Peach, mango, papaya, and some grapefruit. Sweetness from the honey shows through already. The middle brings more honey sweetness as well as some carmel malts that really balance the fruity hops. Starting to get the resinous bitterness from the nugget hops. The finish a wonderful combination of fruity hops, sweetness, and slight bitterness. Lots of juicy peach, mango, some tangerine, stonefruit, grapefruit peel, honey, and carmel. Slightly dry and bitter, but the sweetness cuts the bitterness wonderfully. Full body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. The mosaic hop never disappoints, and the nugget hops provide a nice resinous bitterness to contrast the fruity qualities of the mosaic hops. Hoppy, yet very balanced and the flavors the hops bring are pretty complex. Excellent double ipa.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7590) - ITALY - MAY 27, 2016
on tap ambrata leggero schiuma media decisa maltatuta un po etilica agrume marmellata resina secchezza media corposa riscaldante finale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1704) - - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a clear, deep golden with a white head. Piney, turpentine aroma. Rich, sweet, malty body with nice, tropical hops. Bitter finish but not to any extreme degree. Smooth and easygoing. 240516

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3000) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with white head. Citrus, fruity hops, tangerine aromas. Citrus, hoppy, alcohol heat flavors. Medium to high bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (1308) - CANADA - MAY 12, 2016
Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of creamy ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pithy citrus, moderately resiny and dank pine, pale malt, floral, slightly earthy. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (9/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate-high carbonation, lingering moderately bitter lightly warming finish. (4/5) Oh yeah, thatís what Iím talkiní íbout. Nice example of one of my favourite styles. Fresh enough that the hops havenít lost ground to the pale (and maybe a hint of caramel) malt, big bitter but clean in the finish. The higher ABV is nearly completely integrated, manifesting only as a slight warming in the finish. Big without being overwhelming, confident without being brash. I could drink a whole lot of these. (17/20)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2016
12 oz. bb 07/03/2016 and indicates 9.0% abv. Orange-amber body sports a thin film of creamy bubbles. Nose is earthy potato, toffee, toast and sodden wood. Tastes of resin, earthy toffee, dried grass and light citrus zest. Long finish shows some lemongrass, booze and mint. Medium-plus body has smooth low-medium carbonation and a drinkable balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (809) - Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2016
A sweet and very citrus-tasting double IPA. Beautiful looking, pours a very bright, clear amber with a lot of foam. The aroma is tangerines, cereal, honey, some alcohol. The flavor is juicy and bright. A lot of floral and candied citrus, sharp and bitter finish, and a hint of the 9+ ABV.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2182) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
Tap at big hunt. Pours orange lots of head and tons of lacing. Nose is fruity and cardboard. Flavours of cardboard, grapefruit, dank. Taste big/med bitter light sweet. Full sticky body lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1456) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
Pours a orangish yellow. Aroma of citrus syrup. Taste is grapefruit and malt. With a slightly bitter finish. Sturges speakeasy Harrisburg beer week. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turboninja (434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2016
Tap@Jolly Scholar, Cleveland, USA. Highly overaged, vinegar like aroma with honey. Deep golden color with small white head and clear liquid. Medium/strong, stale taste with honey and overaged fruits. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall, clearly overkill considering the overaged qualities.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (460) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
UPDATED: APR 24, 2016 Poured from a bottle. Pours a bright clear orange Amber with a thin white head. Light carbonation and minimal lacing. Strong aroma of pine and sweet citrus. Starts out juicy and sweet then finishes dry and leaves a moderately bitter aftertaste. OK, but not as good as I had hoped for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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