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RATINGS: 478   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 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


hopsythe's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopsythe (46) - - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle pour. Ruby red/orange with a off white head. Aroma of a fruit stand. Upfront cherries, strawberries, melon and orange. Middle is the same. Back end is dry bitterness of tropical madness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 2/16/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Appearance is a dark orange brown. Aroma is a huge citrus bomb. Initial taste seemed a little watered down but very smooth. Palate of tropical fruits with a lingering bitterness. Nice warmth of alcohol. Nice job by GLBC, might even be better than the Monster. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (484) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Strong pine aroma, but one dimensional. Also some caramelly malt. Just a little hazy with amber body and a two finger thick head. Pretty sweet taste, with some of the hop flavor and a soapy bitterness at the end. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4457) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Draught pint at O’Riley & Conway’s Irish Pub in Janesville, WI, today. Darkish amber-bronze with a fine, delicate head leaving significant sugar-crystal residue as it and the beer recede very quicky, too quickly...super-fresh, big hoppy ripe pit-fruit nose, apricots and peaches and perhaps some mangoes, this is another indicator for me that Mosaic may be my favorite current hop variety, certainly for these strong, sweet IPAs it does the trick; also a bit of cedar or sandalwood, more complex as I take more whiffs than my initial nosing...on the front of the palate, very sweet and perhaps a touch syrupy, moderately bitter and just a very faint touch tart in the middle, with bitterness slowly growing but never dominating at the end as it would in, say, Ruination...this finishes with a highly enjoyable fruit-sweet and medium-bitter lightly dry character. Overall like many sweeter IIPAs it is a bit thick and overly juicy to my tastes, especially as it warms - which made me drink it perhaps a bit too fast - but in general the balance is solid, and this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Nice amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, pine/floral hops, citrus, & some tropical fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, tropical fruit, and citrus (notably orange); Dry finish & fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Very good - enjoyed it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1778) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2016
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh (enjoy by July 3, 2016 so I just missed it by a few days). Dark orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, wet grass, and toffee. The taste certainly features a bitter hop presence but there is a sturdy malt backbone that makes this almost akin to a barley wine. Tangerine, grapefruit rind, pine, caramel, and graham cracker are the noted flavors here. Nice beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5405) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Arlington. Nice amber body with huge head. Nose is hoppy, sweet. Taste is hoppy and citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1742) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Draught at Jet Rock Bar and Grill in Terminal B of PHL. Overt citrus aroma. Sweet malt, pine and citrus taste. Lots of residual pine.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (207) - Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Very well might be my favorite IPA Nice brown head...not too much carbonation, nice lacing. ABV is high but it doesn’t overpower the delicious flavor of this brew. I will def drink this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (505) - - JUN 10, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear orange Amber color with a white head. Tropical fruit funk aroma. Pine resin up front with a grapefruit finish. Medium body. Very good west coast IPA but could a little more hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7810) - 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 (1813) - - 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


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