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Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by BB1313, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. BB1313

    BB1313 Advocate (695) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Great Lakes just released some info on the releasing of this one.
    https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/news/glbc-releases-alchemy-hour-double-ipa

    It taps tomorrow (Feb 7th) at GLBC. Their giftshop will start selling 4pks on Feb 15th and it will hit markets starting Feb 18th.

    I'm personally really excited for this one. Been excited since it was announced. It's going to be very interesting to see what Great Lakes has up their sleeve with their interpretation of a westcoast style DIPA.
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  2. awlcordell

    awlcordell Disciple (65) Ohio Jan 19, 2013

    Still disappointed they are sticking with 12oz bottles.
    I guess it's just a personal preference of mine, but i like breweries to mix it up with 12's and 22's.
    but still, very excited to try this !
  3. From their Facebook. " our brewers used a sweet honey malt for Alchemy Hour Double IPA, and the Mosaic hops provide earthy tropical fruit notes. All of this adds up to a sweet, full-bodied Double IPA with resiny Nugget hops and crisp Cascade hops for balance. " I"m sure it will be great, I've never disliked anything by GLBC.
  4. miketd

    miketd Savant (485) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I will probably swing by Friday for a pint.
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  5. chilidog

    chilidog Initiate (0) Ohio Jun 8, 2002

    Sounds good, been waiting for something new and big. I'll be seeking the 4.
  6. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (460) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    excited about this kinda hoping for a hoppy west coast style but im thinking it'll be a little different than that.
  7. awlcordell

    awlcordell Disciple (65) Ohio Jan 19, 2013

    I think the term alchemy hour is throwing people off. Thinking it might be kind of off centered a'la dogfish head.
    Really it's just about surfing on Lake Erie
  8. fakewadeboggs

    fakewadeboggs Disciple (70) Ohio Nov 6, 2011

    Over the summer they had a DIPA brewed with Honey on tap at the Brewpub...it was amazing. I brought 2 growlers home to CBUS that weekend. I really hope that this will taste close to that beer. Either way I'm excited to try it.
  9. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Going tonight. I'm glad they're bottling it.
  10. cant wait for open distro since I wont have time to make it up to clev :(
  11. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (460) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    yeh im pretty sure ive heard about people surfing erie when its real cold out. don't quote me though
  12. Correct, It has more malt presence than a West Coast DIPA, the name is just an homage to the surfers on the lake.
  13. BB1313

    BB1313 Advocate (695) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Yep, people are nuts. There's an episode of Anthony Bourdain No Reservations when he visits Cleveland and is watching the surfers in the winter while drinking some Dortmunder Gold. haha
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  14. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (460) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    Yep I knew I saw it on tv somewhere.
  15. klek

    klek Zealot (85) Ohio Mar 16, 2010

    A good video on Cleveland surfing:

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  16. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Oh yeah, there was a whole hour long program on one of the Travel channels about surfing the great lakes. The best waves are on Lake Erie and on the north short of Minnesota on Lake Superior. I have people surf in the winter in front of our house on Lake Superior monthly, depending on the ice build up and wind obviously...
  17. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Had it. Very middle of the road. Had a firkin and regular. Ok, but nothing special.
  18. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    Really? Damn. I'll definitely still try it for myself, but I've had kinda high hopes for this one. I love(d) the Doppelrock, and love Erie Monster and Nosferatu—figured that if they replaced Doppelrock with something hoppy, it must be really something special in order to justify the decrease in stylistic variety in their line of 4-packs.
  19. CaptCleveland

    CaptCleveland Savant (440) Ohio Jun 18, 2003

    Had it at the special beer school with Pat Conway. Excellent brew. Citrus (mangoes, pineapples) up front with the hop bitterness balanced by the honey. Alcohol was well hidden which amazed considering it's a 9+abv. It will be a big hit and brings GLBC up to par with the new kids--White Rajah and HeadHunter.
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  20. That's what I like to hear
  21. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Monster is the one. Alchemy reminds me of a hopslam "light". Cheers!
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  22. miketd

    miketd Savant (485) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    After trying it, Hopslam is a decent comparison. But Alchemy doesn't have the astringent finish and alcohol bite, so I enjoyed it much more. It's a notch or two below Hop Juju and Bohdi, but still pretty good.
  23. throwback

    throwback Savant (305) Ohio Dec 23, 2010

    Had it last night at the brewpub and the first sip screamed buttered popcorn. Anyone else experience this?
    Other tasting buddy noticed it too, so it wasn't the glass.
  24. BB1313

    BB1313 Advocate (695) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    You possibly picked up on some diacetyl? I still haven't tried this one yet..
  25. miketd

    miketd Savant (485) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I didn't get any, and i'm pretty sensitive to diacetyl.
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  26. Why would you want 22's over 12's? Or do you like paying more per oz?
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  27. I'd rather have them only in 12oz than only in 22oz.
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  28. awlcordell

    awlcordell Disciple (65) Ohio Jan 19, 2013

    Just a personal preference for bottle format, don't get all snoody.
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  29. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (255) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    I don't remember any 22's from GL since they did BA Blackout that way a few years back. Personally, I'd love to see them start canning.
  30. Spider889

    Spider889 Advocate (640) Ohio Mar 24, 2010

    Had a pint at the brewpub on Monday and personally, I feel it's a legit DIPA, hands down. I was quite skeptical that Great Lakes would put out a real hop monster that wasn't overly malty, but it was smooth, hoppy and bitter, and aromatic as hell. Mosaic is such a cool new hop.

    I'm definitely looking to buy some when this finally gets released into distribution.
  31. miketd

    miketd Savant (485) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    Monster was the last bomber that I can remember(other than BA Blackout). And that was 3-4 years ago.
  32. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    I don't even remember Monster. You mean Lake Erie Monster, or something else?

    Either way, I've never seen bombers of Great Lakes anything in upstate NY or northern IN.
  33. miketd

    miketd Savant (485) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    yea, Lake Erie Monster. They have done that, BA Blackout and, I think, Cleveland Brown Ale in bombers. All those were sold exclusively in the gift shop.
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  34. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    Ahh, okay. I was going to say, maybe I missed something but I feel like Great Lakes has been remarkably consistent with pricing and format in their distribution, and I've never seen bombers in stores.
  35. Spider889

    Spider889 Advocate (640) Ohio Mar 24, 2010

    They put their commemorative West Side Market anniversary beer in bombers I believe. They were pretty limited though. The beer was fantastic though, ran into it while in Chicago in December.
  36. cg123

    cg123 Aficionado (140) Ohio Feb 27, 2012

    Anybody seen this stuff in stores yet?
  37. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Savant (295) Ohio Jul 15, 2012

    You mean this one?

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    Supposed to hit the stores (at least in Dayton) on Tuesday. Went to an event tonight which had a few cases and was lucky enough to get a few samples to go. Great stuff!
  38. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Savant (460) Ohio Feb 14, 2010

    Can't find in warren Youngstown area yet
  39. beerhan

    beerhan Savant (390) Ohio Apr 28, 2010

    Bottles already hit Toledo...grabbed a 4 pack and was not that impressed but will give it another shot
  40. Ri0

    Ri0 Champion (915) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012

    Waiting for this one to show up in WI. I think I'll really enjoy it if it more of a toned down Hopslam.

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