Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA

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

  1. BB1313

    BB1313 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    Great Lakes just released some info on the releasing of this one.

    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 Jan 19, 2013 Ohio
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    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. SometimesIfart

    SometimesIfart Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    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 Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    I will probably swing by Friday for a pint.
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  5. chilidog

    chilidog Jun 8, 2002 Ohio

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

    DogfishJoe Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    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 Jan 19, 2013 Ohio
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    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 Nov 6, 2011 Ohio
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    Over the summer they had a DIPA brewed with Honey on tap at the 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 Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Going tonight. I'm glad they're bottling it.
  10. Extravadanza

    Extravadanza Aug 3, 2011 Ohio

    cant wait for open distro since I wont have time to make it up to clev :(
  11. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    yeh im pretty sure ive heard about people surfing erie when its real cold out. don't quote me though
  12. nategibbon

    nategibbon Sep 6, 2008 Illinois

    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 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    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 Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Yep I knew I saw it on tv somewhere.
  15. klek

    klek Mar 16, 2010 Ohio

    A good video on Cleveland surfing:

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  16. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    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 Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

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

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    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 Jun 18, 2003 Ohio
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    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. Extravadanza

    Extravadanza Aug 3, 2011 Ohio

    That's what I like to hear
  21. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

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

    miketd Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    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 Dec 23, 2010 Ohio
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    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 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

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

    miketd Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    I didn't get any, and i'm pretty sensitive to diacetyl.
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  26. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Why would you want 22's over 12's? Or do you like paying more per oz?
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  27. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Jan 7, 2010 North Carolina

    I'd rather have them only in 12oz than only in 22oz.
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  28. awlcordell

    awlcordell Jan 19, 2013 Ohio
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    Just a personal preference for bottle format, don't get all snoody.
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  29. DaveLikesAle

    DaveLikesAle Jan 24, 2006 Ohio

    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 Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
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    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 Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    Monster was the last bomber that I can remember(other than BA Blackout). And that was 3-4 years ago.
  32. fmccormi

    fmccormi Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    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 Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
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    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 Oct 24, 2010 Maine
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    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 Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
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    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 Feb 27, 2012 Ohio

    Anybody seen this stuff in stores yet?
  37. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    You mean this one?


    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 Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Can't find in warren Youngstown area yet
  39. beerhan

    beerhan Apr 28, 2010 Ohio
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    Bottles already hit Toledo...grabbed a 4 pack and was not that impressed but will give it another shot
  40. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    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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