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Holy Cow - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

109 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Holy Cow is an old favorite being revisited. When we opened our doors for business at the old pub, this was one of the initial offerings. Back then, I was testing the waters to see how people would respond to a truly hoppy IPA. Funny, right?

We soon started to refer to it as a Session IPA, as most of my other IPAs came in above 7% ABV. Through the years, Holy Cow went through countless changes before settling into a groove near the end. In that spirit, I am wiping the slate clean for this new recipe.

The malt bill is the same, but the hops are most defiantly different. Columbus and Amarillo are now joined by Huell Melon, a new and unique hop from Germany. So sit back, relax, and get into a little sesh with Holy Cow. Enjoy..

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-16-2014)
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2014 04:55:08 | More by Stevedore
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Tall can received in trade with iguenard - thanks as always!

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Holy Cow from The Alchemist
92 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.