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RATINGS: 382   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

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

fidelis83's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Nearly clear amber pour with a 2 finger, creamy, off white head that has great retention. Aroma has lots of ripe tropical fruit and sweet citrus, light caramel, cereal and toasty malt, more floral and generally fuity hops come in later. Flavor starts off fruity and bitter citrus, leads to some caramel, bicuit and toasty malt, passion fruit and mango heavy tropical fruit, a little melon, sweet orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit and lightly earthy, woody and pine hops. Medium body, with a neutral, to creamy entry, light, to moderate and somewhat blanketing carbonation and creamy, oily and off dry finish. Awesome, definitely the kind of IIPA I would love to drink case after case of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (1885) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Resiny pine and a sturdy malt backbone great the nose. Plays off one another well, though I admittedly prefer slightly more aromatic and citrusy hops in IIPAs. This is definitely a well made beer, though - balanced and tasty. Toasted malts and pine in the flavor. Solid feel. Not overdone. Thanks, heybeerman. Great Lakes is solid!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHANER4 (480) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap - had this beer while on vacation. Pour was typical light copper color with small head. Has great earthy hop aroma and subtle malt sweetness. Served very cold and some of the flavors were hidden. As the beer warmed a bit more of the flavors jumped out. Had this somewhat astrigent hop bite and then soothing sweetness from the malt on the finish. Overall a pretty good DIPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11835) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 1, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-9-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – Served an amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades relatively fast leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was quite nice although not too IPA like. It was very strong of a candied sugar aroma with some citrus and sugared fruit aromas. With these aromas are some lighter notes of a bready nature as well as the lightest bit of pine and earthy hop. Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with the sweetness being, just as the nose discerns, with a strong candy taste with notes of fruitiness of pear, apple, and some citrus. As the flavors advance tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and some mango and papaya hit the tongue. The candied and fruit flavors remain throughout, although they lessen as the flavor advances. While the candied flavors dwindle the hop flavors get stronger in the middle and the end. A blend of grapefruit and pine hop start making their presence more known. In the end they get much more potent where they are joined by a peppery spice leaving an interesting taste blend of a resinous and bitter yet semi sweet flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was rather low. The creaminess was quite nice for blending the sugary and hoppy flavors together in harmony while the carbonation made for a nice sipping beer. Overall – For a 9% abv brew the alcohol was very well concealed by the sweeter and hoppier flavors of the brew. While the alcohol was well hidden, it was still a nice slow drinking brew due to its resinous aftertaste and creamier body. It was a nice drinking double and one I would recommend for a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2014
On tap. Pours a clear deep amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has pine and resin with a bit of grapefruit and sweet grains. Flavor has a sweet grain and resin with a bit of pine in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (601) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a deep orange with a half finger, cream head that sticks. Aroma is big and juicy. Pine, resin, citrus, tropical fruits, bread, mango, and stonefruit. Awesome. Taste is balanced but strong. Starts out with some sweet pine and resin then moves to more citrus and tropical fruits, and finally ends with a resiny/malty finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth but still pretty drinkable. Dry finish. Overall a great beer and well worth getting. Big flavours over just enough of a backbone to make it not cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Appearance was hazy orangish gold with creamy white diminishing 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are orange, caramel, hints of alcohol, lemon and tropical fruits. Taste are orange marmalade upfront gives way to toffee malts, then backend of lemon, spice, mango, grapefruit, honey and soft pine resin. Palate was creamy smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting balanced fruity, malty glorious finish. A wonderful DIPA, I wish could try fresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2014
On tap - Pours amber with a foamy light tan head. Nose is onion, garlic, and tropical fruit--super juicy. Sweet taste and really tropical fruity. Real sugary, with a big malty base. Slick and medium-bodied. Too sweet, but still pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Waterboy (5) - Yucaipa, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014 does not count
This is a phenomenal beer. It takes all the best characters of Knee Deep Simtra and mellows it out to a wonderful balance of malt, light fruitiness, and fantastic drinkability. Would definitely have this again :).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1863) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Seemingly thick amber with copper edges, decent clarity & topped with a thick, foamy, light-beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is tropical & fruity with mango, pineapple, & guava, alongside a more brash back-end with notes of white pepper, ashy hops, & herbal leaves. A little noticeable caramel sweetness from the heavy malt bill. Up front taste is like honey-coated tropical fruits; oranges, pineapple, apricot. Bitterness comes in & grows quick; mild vegetal notes with heavy herbal, earthy, spicy, & white pepper-y hints. Some malty buttered bread & faint caramel sweetness. Spicy, bitter hop finish, Strangely enough, as this beer warms up a little, it gets much more tropical & fruity... Grapefruit, mango, pineapple, guava, all coated in sticky sweet honey. Crazy how the flavor profile changes like that. A delicious DIPA, either way, though.

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