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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (929) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
UPDATED: APR 24, 2016 Poured from a bottle. Pours a bright clear orange Amber with a thin white head. Light carbonation and minimal lacing. Strong aroma of pine and sweet citrus. Starts out juicy and sweet then finishes dry and leaves a moderately bitter aftertaste. OK, but not as good as I had hoped for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smaynard6000 (1117) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber with a small creamy tan head. Pine and citrus aroma. Heavily bitter flavor; pine and floral notes dominate, rounded out with some citrus. Medium bodied with a long lingering bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6309) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2016
The beer clear light amber with an off white head. The aroma has lots of tropical fruit, caramel malt, grapefruit, pineapple and some some stone fruit. It has a fairly full body with soft carbonation. The taste has sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, dank funk and some spice. The finish has lots of funk and grapefruit pith. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1654) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2016
Wed Tap at Vinsettas garage. Pours deep ruby honey, small off white head. Aroma is Christmas tree pine, pineapple, resin, dank hops, some citrus, mild tropical fruits. But tons of pine. Christmas tree in a glass. Flavor is pine, lots of it, really nice bitter hops, orange, pineapple, sort of sticky sugary mouthfeel, dank hops, mango, sugar sweetness. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours an orange color with a beady off white head. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and medium weight. Notes of orange citrus, brown sugar, and flowers. Was a bit underwhelmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13659) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is dank, floral, pine, grapefruit. Medium mouth, juicy, mango, dank, lingering resin finish, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Golden amber, light tan head. A bit of alcohol, light fruit, bubblegum. Sweet, some light bitterness. Chewy, medium body, a bit oily. Longish finish. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mambossa (336) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2016
2016. Pours clear amber gold with substantial head and stucco lacing. Nose is sweet off the bat, a little bit of herbal earthiness riding quietly underneath, over-ripe pineapple and viscous apricot, an ephemeral floral quality. Flavor...resembles my iffy-ness with Hopslam and the added honey sweetness. Its very drinkable, but the beautiful complexity of Mosaic and floral cascade are inevitably dominated by sweet specialty malt. I know that a lot of Clevelanders have had a falling-out with GLBC recently, and this brew was their ultimatum. By all means its a solid and crushable brew. Just a tad heavy-handed on the sweetness for a DIPA. Im not exactly looking for a "brew to guarantee me a headache the next morning" kind of sweetness. But its worth picking up to let you decide for yourself. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting collar. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Floral hop aroma with a decent balance of earthy and sweet citrus notes countered by a sweet malt backbone. Slightly resinous with grassy pine needle notes followed by citrus peel, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit. Slight tropical presence with grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel but the malt presence is a bit strong for my liking, taking away from the floral hop bouquet and citrus/tropical fruit notes. Medium bodied with prominent earthy bitterness up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Dry and resinous with grassy pine needle and spruce tip flavors countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt backbone. The citrus/tropical fruit character from the nose is missing here but there is some caramel sweetness as well as some toffee, hazelnut and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink, but the malt flavors are a bit too prominent for me. Some nice hop flavor up front but it falls off mid-palate with too much malt sweetness for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (868) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Dark orange. Thin white head. Dull hoppy aroma. Huge body, smooth well balanced big hop flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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