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

Ingredients:
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergelden (4) - - MAR 8, 2013
Appearance - A nice Copper color with hints of amber highlights, poured to about a 1/2″white head that disapated quickly but hung on around the edge of the glass through out, minor chill haze Aroma - First hit with a big tropical fruit, peach, apricot hop aroma, some malty sweetness, very fruity and refreshing Flavor - The attack is a great fruity hop profile, just like the aroma, with sweet malty notes in the middle and a very pleasant orange and honey bitterness on the back end, the bitterness lingers for just the right amount of time and does not overwhelm the palate, for being 9.4% ABV this brew does not show its alcohol strength. The malt and hops are in a good balance for the style. Mouthfeel – Medium Carbonation, heavy malty body that coats the mouth a little bit, ever so slight alcohol warmth and a tingling bitter sensation remains on the tongue at the end Overall - An excellent Double IPA that has a big fruity hop profile that is not that common in the usual DIPA suspects. It doesn’t seem to have the big IBUs that some hop heads seem to gravitate towards, but this brew has a decent balance that could make it a little more accessible to be a crowd pleaser. The only down fall to this one that I found was the coating of the mouth by the thick heavy malt body, but to me, that is a minor problem and I could enjoy this brew on a regular basis, if only Great Lakes decides to make it year-round! Right now it is only considered a Spring Seasonal beer and may already be gone from the shelves.


4.4
Sidnne (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Had this on tap at TRT and ended up bring home a growler. Absolutely love it. Excellent craftsmanship and balance. The bitterness is balanced perfectly by the malts and hop flavors. Crisp finish. Goes down quick for such a strong beer. Can’t wait for this one to come back around again.

3.3
shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2017
12oz bottle. Bright deep orange color with light cream lacing. Aroma is sweet alcohol and citrus. Flavors are more grapefruit and still alcohol. Syrupy body.

3.5
Ronritter (731) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2017
12oz bottle light gold in color white head aromas are floral and grass taste is grass and malt with bitter finish

4.3
drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2017
Excellent IIPA. Huge amount of malt to stand up to the bold hops and yet balanced.

2.8
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2017
I normally love a double IPA but this one rubbed me the wrong way at many levels. The body was too heavy on the palate, like sugar syrup (though more bitter than sweet), the alcohol was too sharp, and the bitterness too unbalanced. Big, but I just couldn’t enjoy it. Bottle.

3.6
ffaoe (792) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2017
moderate citrus, pine, and faint malt aromas. dark gold and clear in color with nice long lasting head. taste is hop forward with notes of pine, resin, and lightly citrus. underlying rich malt notes

3.9
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 8, 2017
Rated as Alchemy Hour Double IPA. Amber to copper color with a modest sized, beige head. Tiny bubbles. Sweet, candied and caramelized grapefruit. Some tropical fruit scents as well. A little searching shows some faint scents of pale and toffee malt. Really smooth feel. Sweeter start, with some light fruit and pale malt. Middle has a hint of honey, alcohol, and floral bitterness. Finish is quite clean, with a mild malt linger. 2/13

3.6
willisread (3349) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Gregg! Lovely honey and orange marmalade nose with some earthy notes in the background. Well-balanced and has a big malt profile on the palate. Doesn’t feel overly heavy, but very drinkable. More orange marmalade character. At first a harsh bitterness, but mellows out substantially as it warms. Good stuff.

3.8
jinroh (1597) - ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2016
Pours deep orange, closing on amber maybe. Aroma is not really floral or fruit - hops are more from the earthy and slightly harsher side. For some reason reminds me Põhjala’s Põhja Konn. Body is malty, nicely fragrant - which is unusual for such a big beer - and masterfully balanced with the earthy hop profile. Glad I could try this!

4
MeisterD99 (38) - Lansing, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Beautiful double. Copper color. Thin white head. Great lacing. Nose is tropical, but flavor is more resinous. Well balanced bitterness vs malt. High ABV is well hidden. No booziness in the finish. Yeah Cleveland!


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