Holy Cow - The Alchemist
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
16oz can from the recent Alchemist truck release. Generous extra from Joe, thanks again, I'm very happy to try this. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 4/29/2014 as I was in the mood for some hops, but not a big beer.
A- Dull amber body, two finger white head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing. Looks the part of an IPA, but the colour of the body just isn't particularly vibrant or bright.
S- Smells like Juicy Fruit, actually. Grapefruit, tangerines and honeydew melon (definitely) come together to create a wonderful fruit aroma. There is a slight bit of tangy pineapple pale malt sweetness contributing as well. Very strong and aromatic nose.
F- Grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, honeydew melon dominate the beer throughout, and there is a slight bready pale malt sweetness that somehow holds it together instead of allowing it to become an IBU bomb. The backend brings a pleasant pine bitterness. Wonderful with many distinct flavours coming through.
M- Medium bodied, well carbonated. This is somehow 5.1% ABV which is astounding for the flavour it packs. Bitter mixture of pine and citrus on the finish that lingers. This may very well deserve the IPA moniker, but eff me, I still can't believe this is a 5.1% beer. This is Edward-level amazing.
O- This is an amazingly drinkable IPA with plenty of bitterness to satisfy any hop cravings you might have but without the ABV to mess you up. This is certainly underrated on this site, in my opinion. To be fair, this is less balanced, less flavourful and certainly less complex than Hill Farmstead Edward (though I know Edward is classified as an APA) but either of them would be my go-to hoppy pale ale if I lived in Vermont. Alas, I do not and I continue to be reminded of this fact each time I drink a Vermont pale ale.
04-30-2014 04:55:08 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -11.5%
16 oz. can poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep orange body. Small white head and a medium collar. Wispy surface.
Smell - Musty hops. A little lemony. Pungent pine. Mild toasty malt.
Taste - Much more pine hops. Again a little lemony. Toasty malt. Caramel sweetness. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium heavy. Bitter, but drinkable.
Overall - Dramatically different hop profile from the other Alchemist IPAs, and not to its advantage.
05-13-2014 00:34:20 | More by Alieniloquium
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Can shared by the brewer at Roc Brewing in Rochester, NY.
Pours a very hazy murky dark orange, with 1.5 inches of head, and a little bit of lacing.
Interesting aroma, very juicy with orange and mango, with some grass and pine aromas as well.
The Huell melon hops provide some great, unique hop flavors. Quite juicy up front, with orange, mango, and grapefruit, it descends into a distinct grassiness, with an earthy flavor almost similar to tobacco. Only mildly bitter.
Medium bodied, very crisp mouthfeel and very drinkable. Medium carbonation.
Always great to try something new from The Alchemist, this had an unique hop flavor to it.
05-10-2014 22:10:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.24/5 rDev +1.2%
Tall can received in trade with iguenard - thanks as always!
Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Hops, apricots, tangerines
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and oranges/tangerines. There is also some pineapple and quite a bit of dank hop flavour.
Overall - A great session IPA at only %5 ABV. Lots of fruity sweetness and a good wallop of hops. This is something I'd drink a ton of if it was available to me locally.
07-12-2014 00:39:00 | More by spinrsx
Holy Cow from The Alchemist
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