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Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA

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

  1. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Savant (310) Ohio Jan 24, 2006

    Someone who has had both - please compare to Lake Erie Monster.
  2. jminch

    jminch Savant (480) Ohio Jul 17, 2011 Verified

    Anybody spot this in Columbus yet?
  3. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I just had this today and holy shit!!! This stuff is soo legit. Great Lakes definitely hit a homerun with this one! It's definitely an elite DIPA..
  4. cg123

    cg123 Aficionado (180) Ohio Feb 27, 2012

    I picked up a 4pk yesterday at my local Giant Eagle. I had one and thought the Hopslam light comparison seemed pretty accurate. I enjoyed it but was in no way blown away by it. Another solid, if not safe, beer from GLBC.
  5. BeerBuckeye

    BeerBuckeye Advocate (515) Ohio Oct 2, 2009 Verified

    Weiland's just tweeted they had it
    jminch likes this.
  6. cg123

    cg123 Aficionado (180) Ohio Feb 27, 2012

    Any LEM is close to a year old so probably not going to be a great comparison.
  7. c64person

    c64person Advocate (525) North Carolina Mar 20, 2010 Verified

    Can't wait til this makes it to Michigan, would be great to try something close to Hopslam since my stock is all gone now.
  8. Indybier

    Indybier Aficionado (155) Illinois Nov 15, 2011

    14 + tax for a 4 banger here in Chi. Shits gettin' pricey, boyz!!
    JulianC likes this.
  9. mcc1654

    mcc1654 Savant (380) Illinois Mar 20, 2011

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume he was asking for a comparison from memory.
    NABS, DaveLikesAle and Steimie like this.
  10. cg123

    cg123 Aficionado (180) Ohio Feb 27, 2012

    Missed the 'had' part. Read it as 'has both'
  11. bperry65

    bperry65 Zealot (95) Ohio Feb 8, 2012

    Just picked it up for $12.50 in Evanston.
  12. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (530) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    Tried this last night and it was the first beer to blow me away in a while. Probably the most exciting try for me since Sculpin came to Ohio. It was a little sweeter than I would like, but it seemed like an intense hop sweetness filled with pineapple, mango, and all those exotic flavors making their way into IPAs nowadays. Mosaic is definitely a hop I am interested in exploring as a homebrewer, if I can get my hands on some.
    BB1313 likes this.
  13. semibaked

    semibaked Champion (820) Kentucky Mar 27, 2007 Verified

    We just got it in on draft and bottles at work, had a draft today, good overall, great smelling, good flavor, but an odd bitterness at the end.
  14. Spider889

    Spider889 Advocate (720) Ohio Mar 24, 2010 Verified

    If you happen to see draft kegs around or are up in Cleveland in the near future, Fat Heads has a beer out right now called IBUsive which uses a nice kick of Mosaic as a late addition. It's a Pale or IPA so not quite comparable to a DIPA like Alchemy Hour, but it's another solid display of Mosaic.
  15. Bonis

    Bonis Advocate (530) Ohio Jul 28, 2010

    I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that if I am out and about.
  16. jampics2

    jampics2 Champion (840) Ohio Dec 19, 2008 Verified

    IBUsive is a west coast style IPA. It crushes Alchemy Hour side-by-side, it's shocking how much more flavor range it has than Alchemy.
  17. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I agree it's better, but some Fat Heads' beer is so freaking dry it feels like they are scraping the skin off my tongue... IBUsive is one of them. Minor complaint.
  18. Coirm

    Coirm Aficionado (215) Illinois Dec 12, 2012 Verified

    FYI Binny's in Schaumburg just got the Great Lakes DIPA. From best by date I am thinking about 12/14 days old. 12.99 a four pack.
    jplopez21 likes this.
  19. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,120) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    Anyone see this in Madison,WI yet?
  20. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    I need to get out more, haven't seen either around... then again, I'm out in the sticks. :(
    miketd likes this.
  21. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Advocate (660) Illinois Jan 14, 2013 Verified

    Just got some at the Binny's in Orland Park, IL.
  22. MarkFy

    MarkFy Savant (350) Illinois Dec 18, 2009 Verified

    Got a 4-pack at Binny's LP yesterday, still had a few cases on the floor. I agree with the Hopslam Lite references, it's quite good!
  23. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Aficionado (175) Ohio Feb 20, 2013

    I've gone through two growlers of Fat Heads IBUsive, it's just an incredible beer. While both Alchemy Hour and IBUsive showcase the Mosaic, I give the edge here to Fat Heads.

    That said, both beers are trying to do different things, and the Alchemy Hour is one of the smoothest drinking DIPAs I've ever had.
  24. nachos

    nachos Savant (275) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Verified

    how much are Ohioans paying for this? 9.99?
  25. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Aficionado (175) Ohio Feb 20, 2013

    That's what I paid (live outside Cleveland)
    nachos likes this.
  26. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (835) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Most places I've seen around Cleveland have it at $10.99/4pk. Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor had 4pks for $9.99 and 64oz growler fills for $9.99, so that's as good as it's gonna get around here..
    Eastside151 and nachos like this.
  27. nachos

    nachos Savant (275) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Verified

    I appreciate it gents. Just grabbed some for 9.99 at Bev Source in Newark. They had a bunch.
  28. Spider889

    Spider889 Advocate (720) Ohio Mar 24, 2010 Verified

    I think I'd agree there, though I'd like to pit them side by side. My initial comment that others have been referencing is mostly aimed at the fact that Alchemy Hour is a much bigger beer alcohol-wise and I'm guessing in IBU's, too - not that that matters when compared to the blistering dryness of Fat Heads! ;-)

    Also, the IBUsive has Simcoe or something in there too which might be making the aroma more appealing to some vs the AH.
  29. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Aficionado (175) Ohio Feb 20, 2013

    I think that description perfectly encapsulates IBUsive!
  30. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Savant (485) Ohio Jun 29, 2012 Verified

    Got to love Save On, Wally said he was getting it in for growler fills. A whole lot better and not as fake as the other beer store down the road that aims so screw their customers.
  31. Jaycase

    Jaycase Champion (960) Illinois Jan 13, 2007 Verified

    I've seen several comparisons with Hopslam. Maybe it's Hopslam fatigue, but I thought Alchemy Hour blew away Hopslam this year. Aroma, taste, everything. I wish it were 9.99 or 10.99 around these parts but even at 12.99 I'd still recommend it over Hopslam this year.
  32. michman

    michman Savant (310) Illinois Oct 14, 2005

    Grabbed a 4 pack in the loop today in Chi. $14.99 plus the gorilla math tax here put me near 17 bucks. hope it is worth it.
  33. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Advocate (665) Ohio Feb 20, 2011 Verified

    Tried my first Alchemy last night. Very enjoyable. Honey, light citrus and some spicy/piney flavors. Resin. A little thin...which I don't mind. Bitterness profile was an A+...perfect. Need to drink more this weekend to see if its in my top 10 DIPAs. Either way, great its solid.
  34. Bogforce

    Bogforce Savant (390) Ohio Sep 2, 2010

    Had a bottle of this last night. Thought it was a good solid beer but not worth the price tag.
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  35. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Champion (925) Ohio Jul 4, 2005 Verified

    I paid $9.99 here in Columbus earlier today for a 4-pack. I'll be drinking some tomorrow night so I hope it's good!
  36. screamking

    screamking Savant (395) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Verified

    9.99 in cincy...
  37. nachos

    nachos Savant (275) Minnesota Jun 4, 2012 Verified

    I feel like there is no way they can charge more than 9.99 here in Ohio with Head Hunter selling for that same price/4pk and Rajah selling for just a buck more for a sixer.
  38. northernbrews

    northernbrews Savant (410) Michigan Apr 12, 2006 Verified

    Had a few bottles tonight (paid $10.99 a 4 pack). Really digging this brew. Best DIPA i've had in quite a while...better than the citra and double jack we had at a tasting a few weeks ago (and those were great)
  39. miketd

    miketd Advocate (530) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    I'm liking this better out of the bottle, a rarity for Great lakes.
  40. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,120) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    This will hit Madison WI shelves tomorrow! I will be grabbing some.