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RATINGS: 455   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

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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15641) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle at DC local tasting. Crystal clear golden color. Nice aroma of bright mango and pine. Taste is earthy tropical fruit, grapefruit. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12310) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle shared by Ken at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours bright amber with a white head. Aroma is earthy, floral, resin. Full bodied or very near. Flavor is sweet caramel, lots of earthy and floral hop. I call hopped barley wine. It’s very, very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, mango, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some mango. Medium-full body, light resin, dangerously drinkable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11821) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft. Poured clear golden copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pale amber color. Floral, slightly perfumed hoparoma. Lychee and citrus. Floral. malty sweet, hopbitter flavor, slightly perfumed. Mango, citrus. Pineapple. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
A dark amber DIPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light floral hops, light catnip, smooth butterscotch, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of catty floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice treacle, alcohol warmth, nice and smooth. On tap at Jet Rock Terminal B PHL.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Tap at Rustico. Pours clear dark copper with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is peach, pear, and apricot esters with straw and cereal malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with light supporting malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle as Chillwave. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of grapefruit peel, spicy malt, caramel malt, orange peel, hop oils and touch of perfumy hops. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Studio B, Fayetteville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Decent head retention. Big toffee malt aroma with candied citrus, citrus, herbal and resin hops. The taste is toffee malts with some nutty notes, resin, tropical and citrus hops. Medium-full bodied. Just a little bit too drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. Floral, earthy, Mosaic hops in an aroma that also offers tropical fruits and honey. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor presents excellent juicy fruitiness and medium to heavy bitterness flanked by a hint of honey malt sweetness. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. If I enjoyed the aroma of Mosaic hops, this would have been a 4.0. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!


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