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RATINGS: 486   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (6456) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Draft (Chillwave re-named release) at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours an amber color with a nice amount of off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus, caramel, dank notes. Tasting notes of citrus, tropical fruit, light pine, citrusy hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Nice juicy mouthfeel. Just a tinge of alcohol but pretty smooth for the most part. Very nice, one of my favorite offerings from Great Lakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8063) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Nice, well-balanced IPA. Beautiful peachy and tangerine head. Pours orange with decent head and lacing. Some nice grapefruit tinges here as well. Booze present in aroma but well integrated. Bitter finish. Tap at Rustico.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2014
I had the bottle labeled "Chillwave Double IPA. This is the same as the Alchemy Hour. The beer poured a nice copper color with a thick lacing light beige / near white head. The aroma is pine and mint and citrus fruit. The taste is a mouth full of hops and grapefruit with a nice bittersweet finish. The alcohol gets your attention, but it is not too strong. A nicely balanced IPA..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (485) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Poured into shaker glass a orange tinted amber. Slightly off white head that lasted for me and nice lace. Aroma is pure grapefruit, one of the nicer aromas I have had in a long time. Body is in the middle of 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, much enjoyed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ccriley613 (2) - - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
At first sniff thought I would hate it. Smells fruity. For me it is the perfect amount of bitterness and light enough not to fill me up.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (464) - - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 Loaded with caramel. Citrus hops, orange, grains, a bit musky with hints of tropical fruit and light berry sweetness. Good balance from the hop bitterness. Smooth feel and good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at dexters, very fresh keg apparently, pours a dark clear amber with an egg shelled colored head and lots of lacing, aroma is of bright fresh tropical fruit and citrus, flavor is the same, lots of fruit and citrus with a smooth finish, really tasty, 9% is not tasted one bit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (746) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with white head. Incredible aroma. Big time citrus notes but also floral and pine. Flavor also excellent. Orange, grapefruit, pine, earthy flavors with a caramel sweet malt backbone. Complex and very well balanced for double IPA. Hides alcohol very well and goes down very smoothly. Medium bodied with a creamy and clingy mouthfeel. Excellent IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Nice Amber colored pour. Aroma is tangy citrus hops, with a hint of pine. Taste is wonderful, sweet upfront with a blast of citrus and pine hop dry finish. Great beer, very well crafted and hides the abv wonderfully.

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