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RATINGS: 416   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 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

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (84) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear golden amber. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit are dominant; smells sweet. The sweetness is there in the taste, too, but that is balanced nicely with an assertive and lasting bitterness. Taste is sweet malts and juicy fruit. I like it a lot. Medium bodied, average carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (390) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Pours deep brown amber and mostly clear with an off-white head that fades fast to a rim and coating. Nice color; head ain't much. Aroma is jammy tropical papaya and pineapple. Taste is... wow! The jammy fruitiness carries right over from the aroma, with a crisp mouthfeel and some toasted malts. Finish follows with a citrus-savory bitterness. An amazingly easy-drinking and flavorful 9.5er - this is craft beer at its finest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (358) - - MAR 26, 2015
Look: pours an orange color. Very clear. White head Smell: tropical fruit: sweet orange. Hot alcohol. Grapefruit. Mango Taste: grapefruit. Alcohol. Sweet orange. Passion fruit. Pineapple. Feel: sweet on the front but dry on the back. Medium carbonation. Overall: great beer. Nice double ipa. Great flavors and aromas. First drank: home 3/22/15 Vintage: BB 6/2/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (336) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2015
BOD 3/5/15. Almost clear pour that is medium amber with a moderate ruby cast. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing. Nice, but moderately intense, nose of tropical hops (mango, passion fruit) with a touch of spicy pepper over a slight caramel. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish. The flavor profile is world class. It is reasonably intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The 9.4% alcohol is evident only in the finish. It begins with a burst of sweet fruit that separates into mango, passion fruit and orange. The middle effervesces into a mild orange rind bitterness over a fading caramel base sweetness with a touch of spicy pepper. The finish is a lingering subtle rind bitterness with alcohol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (326) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Pours clear and amber, not much head. Aroma was boozey, some citrus fruit, and mild floral. Taste was alcohol and boozey, that masked most other flavors I hoping for. It was pretty bitter as well. I was expecting more out of this based on reviews and word of mouth but was let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1297) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Sampled from a bottle, this ale had a red and burnt orange pour and it gave a one finger white and faint off-white cover that receded to a thin layer and ring, the beer had a touch of haze, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the glass, the nose had aromas of citrus orange fruit hops with a touch of grass, toasted malt, some guava and lemon fruit, a little doughy bread, malt and candy sweetness, the flavors were toasted malt and citrus hops, orange fruit and a bit of guava, malt and bread sweetness, the finish had a hop bitterness and light citrus bite that lingered a bit on the tongue with malt sweetness trailing, the mouth feel was more than medium and it had some creamy feel to it, there was average carbonation, this beer had a good balance of hops and malt, a nice IPA2 drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (486) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Tap...the first word that comes to mind upon tasting this brew is "sophisticated" By that I mean that it is very well made, balanced, yet very complex but easy drinking. All you want in a great beer is in this glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSilentSaint (54) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours good clear orange Amber. Smells hops and fruits. Tastes hops, fruits and something sweet.. Maybe honey!! A very fresh and good IPA. ++ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (213) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Poured from the 4-pack into a 32oz. cole slaw container. Nice orange looking ale, itís definitely a 100. This is like an IPA mullet, tropical fruit in the front, and bitter in the back, hops throughout. These beers go down really quick to the tune of 5 minutes a bottle. This would be very dangerous while sitting on the banks of Lake Erie waiting for a wave, Iíd wait about a half hour tops, cuz itís so strong. Cool story bro!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nothingbutIPAs (30) - Hillsborough, USA - MAR 19, 2015
bottle, pours a beautiful amber color. smell is very tame, I could tell the taste was not going to be hoppy. The taste, as expected was way, way, way too malty. IIPAs need to be hoppy; very disappointing, but everything Iíve had from this brewery has been disappointing. spend your $$ elsewhere.

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