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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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

brewskis' rating

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes. Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (661) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Dark orange. Thin white head. Dull hoppy aroma. Huge body, smooth well balanced big hop flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (217) - Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Nice hoppy, floral aroma. Feels a bit slick and oily going down. Taste of grapefruit, with something like mango or peaches. Just a hint of pine and resin. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (6242) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2015
Many thanks to Chris for bringing it over. Fresh intense floral and malty-sweetish nose. Smooth, sticky floral. Intense nice bitter hops on a viscous and floral body. Easy to drink though with an alcoholic sweetness in the back. Easy to drink, fresh and floral, smooth. A nice brew but too sweetish for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2314) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
Many thanks to Chris for sharing! Pours an orangish yellow with an off-white head. The smell is caramel, tropical fruit, citrus and pine. The taste is similar to the nose with a dry fruity ending. The body is medium and oily with fine carbonation. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Deep hazy golden color. Citrus and fresh earthy hops on nose. Taste is not very bitter. Very refreshing body and flavor. Didn’t put the glass down until it was empty. Really enjoyed this. Might be my favorite dipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2769) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Pours orange golden color with a bit of hazy and a finger of white foam. Lots of soft honey notes on the nose with layers of citrus and stonefruit. Palate follows with a sticky background malt that mellows out the punchy citrus hop notes and lingering nectarine. Bitterness is mellow. Solid brew with a kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1618) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark gold, white head. Thick malty backbone on the hops. Good strong IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2015
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 5-20-15. Strong, fruity aroma features scents of mango, apricot, lemon, watermelon and dust. Reminds me of an apricot-flavored Fruit Roll-up (that’s a compliment) in aroma. Slightly barley-wine-esque maltiness in the smell. Fantastic and appealing smell. Pours a clear copper-bronze with many small bubbles. Small amount of light taupe head. The liquid looks pretty good in its tint, and I could have given the appearance a 4 were there more head. Strong, juicy aroma features a caramel malty start and a quite dry finish with a bunch of fruity hoppiness throughout that matches the aroma. Flavor of mango with a touch of cream. Also a touch of spice. A ton of flavor and complex; a lot going on. Verges on excessively sweet, and perhaps slightly sweeter than ideal, but not cloying. Medium to full body. Smooth and frothy in the palate. Acceptable but not outstanding palate effects. Overall, smells great and tastes delicious. Unlike many other of the best double IPAs, it doesn’t have a particularly great appearance or palate effects. Still, in the most important areas, aroma and flavor, this is one of the best double IPAs on the market. I’m very happy to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jared_Clifton (86) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Pours an orange amber. White head. Extremely sweet up front. Pineapple, mango, then follows with a hoppy after taste. Really great, most IPAs are not as sweet up front.

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