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Arctic Alchemy - Bethlehem Brew Works

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BA SCORE
88
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stingrayvr6 on 03-07-2011)
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Josh1981

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2012 02:04:39 | More by Josh1981
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

10-01-2012 04:24:36 | More by shockrocker65
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have had this on tap at City Tap House in Philadelphia. Poured a clear reddish brown with a thick cream colored head. Great retention and lacing, leaves a thick ring wiht every sip. Smell of sweet and bready malts, molasses, vanilla with dry and earthy hop notes. Taste sweet and chewy up front, coats the mouth with sweetness then a dry lightly citrus hop bitterness. Good carbonation, hides the alcohol incredibly well and very drinkable for such a strong beer. If you have the opportunity, go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 04:35:49 | More by stingrayvr6
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-12-2014 15:01:29 | More by pat_usher
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-05-2014 16:23:24 | More by Luweezy
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-09-2014 23:27:08 | More by Goldndomer
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just happened upon the very last drop from the very last keg at the Allentown brew pub location, this Limited Reserve Arctic Ale is a supposed recipe from the historic Queen Victoria Commission. A deep brown mahogany color with a fair off-white head that settles to more of a ring pretty quickly and leaves a decent trail of lacing. The aroma offers a tasteful malt/grain with a delicate forestal hop. Pleasant stuff. The flavor comes on with a bit of boozy root beer/herbal hops for a near minty bitterness. Malt and dark cereal grains marry with the dark fruits and the alcohol settles into a slightly warming mouthful of oaky wintery flavor. This stuff is medium plus bodied with pleasant carbonation and a mildly syrupy feel. I also detect some mild woodsy hop bite. This is good stuff in its present condition, sort of a cross between a winter warmer and a barleywine. Big kudos for this special release to Brew Works.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 01:39:33 | More by Durge
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-29-2013 02:28:45 | More by Duff27
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-23-2012 00:47:02 | More by RoryOMoore
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-30-2011 17:18:28 | More by acurtis
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Greatbarron


4/5  rDev +1%

12-29-2012 21:55:52 | More by Greatbarron
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2013 23:49:35 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2012 02:34:42 | More by DaveHack
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podes

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-29-2013 02:21:48 | More by podes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a pretty nice looking white head on top. The retention wasn't anything great but it had some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was boozy, big time. There were some malts on and some hops in the mix as well. The taste of the beer was like a big barley wine, it doesn't feel like an English IPA at all like the description says. The mouthfeel is heavy and has a good bite to it. Overall this brew is a powerhouse, I enjoyed it too but the price tag was a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:40:07 | More by Knapp85
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

03-16-2013 19:09:48 | More by djrn2
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

06-16-2012 00:38:42 | More by Pencible
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at Stakem's Fish Fry/bottle share event, not sure who brought this, but from the corked and caged bottle into a snifter.

A deep bronze color with tan cap and tiny bead with some lace. The smell is strong sweet odors with slight vanilla and a light creamy odor w/ an almond-like accent and subtle fruity-stone fruit ester. The feel is sweet and has a mild dry slightly warming body with alcohol apparent in the finish with some drying of the palate.

The flavor is good but not as remarkable as the aroma and mouthfeel for me. There is a fairly strong dry maltiness w/ subtle medicinal edge and moderate spiced flavor w/ nutty, twiggy quality with a taste that has slightly anise accented and mild oak w/ subtle toasted element -very reminiscent of almond which I am not sure I have tasted this strongly in a beer before. I consider this a quality brew -overall I enjoyed it for what it is and there are some interesting flavors to be had in this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 16:09:41 | More by Slatetank
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark burgundy mahogany color with a minimal head and lacing which dies down within minutes to leave nothing at all.

S - Dark fruit, raisons, molasses, slightly bready, and booze.

T - Sweet dark roasted caramel and toffee, some oak, slightly medicinal and with a significant alcohol presence.

M - Thick, full bodied, and slippery viscous.

O - Alot of alcohol from start to finish with warming in the back of the throat on the way down, not a shy beer by any means. For grins, would be interesting if the ABV was dialed back and this gets aged in a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:32:33 | More by jzeilinger
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-29-2013 03:57:46 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-01-2014 20:28:03 | More by zapahoppa
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-16-2014 01:01:16 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-21-2014 15:21:14 | More by KAP1356
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BFCarr

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-26-2014 17:39:55 | More by BFCarr
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-01-2013 03:30:14 | More by lupercmda
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Arctic Alchemy from Bethlehem Brew Works
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.