RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 Coasts 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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kambei70 (1010) - - MAR 23, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a light copper color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is big tropical fruits, particularly papaya, with some dankness and cat urine. Taste is a very sweet candied tropical fruit with a grassy and piney bitterness at the end. Not much malt taste to speak of. The bitterness stays on the tongue and has an unpleasant astringency. A medium, well carbonated mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (1590) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Clear yellow-red color. Decent white head/lace retention throughout. Lots of piney hop, lemon citrus malt, slight toasted complexion, earthy characteristics; pine, grass, floral. Mild bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (1112) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tap at Pizza Luce. Light amber with heavy off-white lacing. Fruity, strawberry and passion fruit, sugar and malt powder. Taste is very sweet with light resinous finish. Medium light body with a fizzy feel. Surprisingly fruity, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (6069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Red pour from draft at sheffields. Sticky white head. Tropical and crazy floral fruity taste. Cherry orange and grapefruit. Hoppy. Bursts with flavor. Applaud

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
355 mL bottle - as Chillwave. (bb 05/06/14). Copper with a thin whitish head. Lots of hops in the nose - floral and citrus (lime). There is a hint of sweetness there as well. Very appealing. Big body and flavour, with citrus and resin from the hops, some caramel, and a really interesting bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
spencerchris (2) - - MAR 22, 2014 does not count
Amber color with very fruity scent and after taste. Feels nothing like a double ipa. Very smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (317) - - MAR 22, 2014
3/22/14. Draft at Surf Club. Pours golden with two fingers of lacey head. Cascade nose of pine and citrus. Nice alcohol and hop balance in the mouth. Classic DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nejhleader (1536) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Very nice string hop pine aroma. Smooth body, nice strong pine hop taste with some orange citrus. Good crisp aftertaste. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
On draft at Isaacs. A really nice grapefruit and pine aroma. Nice full body with great bitter hop taste and sweet caramel malt. I was blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1460) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Really nice aroma but after that it is a little lacking. Still good and hoppy and very drinkable.

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