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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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


brewskis' rating

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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (136) - - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (662) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (256) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mmmkay (48) - - APR 18, 2014
This is the best DIPA I've had. I would have this over Hopslam any day. The bouget from the hops us just beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gmb5127 (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2014
A pretty simplistic beer that was very well executed. Has a nice pine earthy bitterness that is very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (225) - USA - APR 17, 2014
On tap. Cooper color with one finger head. Grapefruit aroma. Very smooth for the high alcohol. Can slightly taste it in the aftertaste. Very good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xblanchard29x (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2014
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3554) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
Aroma is pine, citrus and big hops. The flavor is grapefruit, fruit, hop resin, mild sugar/sweetness notes and a tangy/bitter/warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2348) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
On tap at MacGregor’s. Poured a orange tinted amber. Slightly off white head that lasted for me and nice lace. Aroma is pure grapefruit. Body is somewhat slick and oily. Taste is hoppy grapefruit. The malts and hops balance is very good. Alcohol is hidden. Citrus lingers and bitters in the finish. Another winner from Great Lakes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (98) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours clear amber with small off white head. Smell has huge notes of pine, resin, mango and citrus. Taste is floral hop, pine, citrus and resin. Very balanced. Medium body, light carbonation.


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