RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

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merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, Thick White Head, Outstanding Lacing S: Citrus, Floral, Biscuits T: Citrus, Honey, Mildly Floral M: Outstanding Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet Overall, a pretty nice DIPA where it gets lighter on the hoppy side and heavier on the sweeter side with the honey used. A different take on the DIPA and a nice change but not the best DIPA ever.

burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Poured an orangish color from the 12 ounce bottle with aromas of tropi al fruit, light resn and some pine. Flavors were pine and tropical fruit, light malt and resin, a very nice DIPA.

gripweed57 (2452) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color. Medium-sized rocky white head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a big pine hop bouquet. Huge bittersweet toasted malt flavor has a complex hop bill. I detect notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit and chewy, resiny bitterness. The 9.4% alcohol is easily lost in this complex menagerie of malt and hop flavor. Despite the huge flavors here, there is a sense of balance that allows for a wonderful warming and spicy bitter finish. Nice clinging lace stays through to the finish.

hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pretty sweet and sharp. Approaching the point where I think the malts might be overwhelming... but the hops nicely balance it out. I’m a fan of this brew, but not as much as some other people on this forum (even if you include the bonus pro-bono cleveland pride points!)

gmorrow16 (6) - - OCT 13, 2013 does not count
Citrus, spruce, mocha all you can ask for in a IPA. This is up there with the Double Jack, Hercules, Big A IPA and Shipwrecked if like those you will love this!! Stay thirsty my freinds

nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark amber pour with a large light tan head. Aroma of herbal hops with an alcohol (impy). light sweetness (p.4%abv), lightly bitter, average carbonation, slight bitter finish. Good double ipa, I would prefer more hops in the taste.

Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
12oz bottle for $3. Drink by 5/21/13. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Appearance: A nice orange color with about a finger or two of a creamy, off-white head. Lacing is great. Active carbonation running through the glass. Alchemy Hour also has a slight hop haze to it. Smell: Interesting. On one whiff it has a lot of piney aromas with some alcohol, and on the next it smells like mangoes and pineapple... a lot of sweetness. Taste/feel: The bottle claims that this is a really sweet beer, but it really isn’t. It has a good bit of it, but the hops and alcohol detract from that a little bit. I don’t usually like the taste of alcohol in most of my beers, but it works here. There’s a slight burn on the finish, and the lingering sweet malt with the spiciness from the hops after having the fresh burst at the beginning is really, really nice. The feel of Alchemy Hour is nice as well -- pretty creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I was actually expecting a pricklier beer judging by the appearance, but it isn’t too intense. As usual, Great Lakes Brewing impresses. Alchemy Hour DIPA is probably their second best beer or so (after Edmund Fitzgerald), though it’s hard to really pick a favorite. This is an easy drinking beer, even with that slight alcohol burn on the finish. A very, very good representation of the style.

MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Pour a dark amber colour with a very nice tan head. Hops, hops, hops! Aroma is also herbal. Taste is hops, tropical fruits, herbal. Excellent!

cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle @ home, via trade with Homer321 (I think). Thanks bro! Pours a murky yellow orange appearance with a cream colored head. Floral, grapefruity, bready aroma with a bit of pine and caramel. Toasty malty, spicy, piney, grapefruity hoppy, mild caramel flavor. Decent but maybe I’ll give a bit fresher bottle a shot.

drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
7/28/13. 12oz bottle thanks to hopscotch! Lighty hazed orange pour, reminds me of dark orange Jell-O, with a 2-finger khaki head that fades to a small ring but laces plentifully. Light citrus and a burst of pine on the front of the aroma with some caramel lingering in there. Lightly sweet, malty presence in the flavor, both doughy and caramelly, with lingering citrus and pine. Finishes dry with grapefruit peel. A touch fizzy on the tongue. Not bad!

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