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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


Beergelden's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergelden (4) - - MAR 8, 2013
Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style. Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.


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 (220) - 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 (3546) - 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 (2345) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1756) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
At Tap house Des Plaines. Hides the strength well. All the hop flavors, grassy, herbal, citrus, floral, etc . .all hitting at different times. Sweet malt but it balances well. Serving: Tap

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle: (labeled as Chillwave Double India Pale Ale) Pours clear, orange-amber with a short beige head. Orange-peel, sweet fruit aroma. Taste is orange nectar, sugar, sweet , malty. Oily, boozy, creamy...sticky.... Very good....but remarkably sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle. Thanks a! Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a loose white head. Huge sweet mango and pineapple nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel with mango and pineapple mid palate. Long tangy fruit finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: The body has a mild haze with an amber hue. A creamt light tan head sits on top.
Aroma: Huge aroma here, sweet and fruity with passion fruit, peach, pinapple, and mango.
Taste: Mildly to moderately bitter with a firm malt base. Big hop flavor, mango and persimmon are noted along with a hint of bitter orange and pine towards the end. This is bold and flavorful, front loaded with huge fruit and with a touch of bitterness at the end.
Palate: Full-bodied with gentle filling carbonation.
Overall: Last year I did not like this. I don’t know if they changed it or my palate changed but this is phenomenal, definitely a top tier imperial IPA.


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