India Pale Ale - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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Reviews by 3Vandoo:
2.65/5 rDev -22.1%
very limpid beer, with a shy golden amber in colour, very carbonated, with no head at all.
when I opened the bottle a strong cereal smell came out. smell is of shy hops with a shy caramel flavours.
taste is buttery, and the touch in mouth is watery, butterscotch flavours followed by this water take.
Either a bad bottle or it is a version of Alexander Keith's IPA
08-15-2008 04:21:05 | More by 3Vandoo
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
341 ml served in a room temp glass..
Appearance - Very attractive looking beer, the beer pours with a lot of head that is an off white/brown base colour. Head appears to have a lot of carbonation as you can hear it sizzling! The beer is a gorgeous auburn colour, however, little hard to tell the amount of carbonation happening.
Smell - The beer has a citrus base to the smell, it appears to be orange. I also smell a hint of caramel in this beer.
Taste - a very good tasting beer. the citrus comes through on the aftertaste. The caramel has a slight taste initially. There is a slight spice taste to it as well. The aftertaste is decent, lingers for a little bit of time.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation isnt strong in the mouthfeel, i would have liked to seen a bit more. The taste remains the same and i actually found the aftertaste went away a bit.
Drinkability - Very good beer and i would buy again, i was hoping or more in the overall taste, but to say the least it was good.
10-28-2010 23:47:09 | More by Swedes21
4/5 rDev +17.6%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Randomly got this at a beer store in Quebec, pleasantly surprised!
Pours a nice clear amber/red with a very creamy one finger head with some light lacing. Nose isn't too hoppy at all, has a decent malt backbone with a distinctive quebec yeast nose.
Taste is spot on for an English IPA, it's very well balanced but has a clear hop note to it. I'd say the abv is a bit low for an IPA, but it works well. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and creamy with a bit of a high amount of carbonation for an english style. real easy drinking.
01-24-2010 01:10:59 | More by kingcrowing
3.58/5 rDev +5.3%
This beer pours a clear dark copper hue, with a finger of soapy white head, that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving consistent lace around the glass. It smells of bready, biscuit malt, and herbal hops. The taste is biscuit and caramel malt, a bit of sour citrus, and weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body is medium heavy, and it finishes off-dry, some roasted caramel essence lingering. An alright English IPA.
08-01-2009 00:08:34 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
Had one yesterday and enjoyed it.
Poured into tall Heineken glass.
A- Deep reddish copper with a creamy, very light brown two finger of head. Enough frothy lacing to complete the look.
S- Caramel, nectar cola and a bit of tropical fruit hop.
T- Bitter right from the start. A bit of boiled/burnt veggie and wood in the middle and finish.
M- Smooth almost feels like it was nitro poured when you swish it around, But pour gently. I noticed mouthfeel wasn't as good on the second, rough, down the middle pour. Close to high carbonation. Dry finish.
D- Drinks great. Just that little boiled veggie taste which is a bit off-putting.
I like this.
12-01-2010 01:50:24 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.93/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a solid, creamy, light-tan head with good retention and good lacing. Nice dark-amber in colour, a bit cloudy.
Caramel, roasted malt, nutty with a touch of hops. Doesn't smell much like an IPA but it smells great.
This is an IPA? I don't know about that. Pretty weak tasting. Watery roasted malt takes up most of the flavour with just a touch of hops in the background. Watery, boring, doesn't really taste like much of anything. Bitter aftertaste.
Too watery for my taste. Light mouthfeel with light carbonation.
I think I'd rather drink a Keith's than one of these; it tastes like drinking dark, bitter water. Not even worth trying, in case you're wondering. I'm feeling pretty let down...this beer looked and smelled great.
06-30-2009 21:04:59 | More by eat
3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Well, this is a good IPA. Although I prefer more "hoppiness" in IPA. I want more hop and malt in the taste when I drink an IPA. Hops I can taste although the last 6-pack, the taste is not great at all!!
Anyway, the head was good. The mouthfeel was good also although not my last 6-pack... Maybe they are not consistent with their beer!
06-08-2008 02:14:53 | More by ZorPrime
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
Had this one tap at a great beer bar in Montreal called Vices Et Vesca. The beer itself was pretty good. Nice lacing, retention and a dark amber color.
Smells of light floral (English?) hops, sweet malt and a faint fruitiness.
Tastes of mild hop bitterness (not enough for my liking), more malt taste than anything. Not bad but there were better beers to fill my mug with.
09-11-2008 04:45:23 | More by irishkyle21
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a sturdy sweet malt and a fruity hop.
The taste consisted of sweet and mildly earthy malts and a fruity and lightly citrus hop.
The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.
Overall a tasty and seemingly authentic EIPA.
12-27-2008 03:09:55 | More by plaid75
3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a 341ml bottle.
Hard pour doesn't yield more than 1 finger of foam above a copper body, some lacing but not much. Bitterness is a bit vegetal and uses the tea-like characteristics from the hops mixed with some light minerals. Not bad overall but nothing more.
05-25-2014 01:57:56 | More by papat444
3/5 rDev -11.8%
Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/reddish colour with a fair size fizzy beige head. There appears to be an above average amount of carbonation showing. There isn't a whole lot of lacing showing and the head only stuck around for a few minutes before it was gone.
Smell - a rustiness, caramel, hops, citrus juice, malts
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount or carbonation, and the most noticeable flavours are hops, malts and a rustiness. There is also notes of lemon juice and the beer also has a yeast and fruit ester flavour. The beer finishes with a bittersweet aftertaste.
Drink - I can't put my finger on it, but something just isn't right with this beer. It is one of the better beers made by L'Alchimiste, but unfortunately that isn't say much. It surely doesn't compare to the American IPA's and I would not seek it out again.
11-04-2010 00:16:52 | More by spinrsx
3/5 rDev -11.8%
Bottle- Thanks Milos! Deep amber with an off white froth. Nose of intense C-hops and dark bread, some grapefruit too. Tastes of c-hops and leafy greens, bready malts, some toast, and then the taste fades to a grainy sort of funk which takes over. I like the beer overall, but the strange aftertaste makes it a bit weird. Grainy yeasty finish. Good overall.
11-23-2009 15:48:01 | More by mrmanning
3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
A - Clear dark red, no head and little carbonation. Fades to some small lacing.
S - Slight smell of toasty malt with a touch of hops.
T - A nice soft malty center with a hefty bitterness and some floral hop scents. A nice long aftertaste of bitterness. Becomes quite dry as it warms.
M - Very nice and suitable for the style. Very refreshing.
D - Really very good. Lots of sessionability.
04-03-2008 16:33:44 | More by Quej
4/5 rDev +17.6%
The beer is deep orange amber, an off-white rather firm head that leaves lots of lacing.
The smell is malty bread, lemon, bitter orange and some pine needles.
The taste is upfront bready, brown bread, red grape-fruit, and pine resin.
Medium carbonation, soft and pleasant body, a nice dry finish.
Not bad at all, I like the relative small sweetness and much taste for ABV 5.5%.
10-05-2010 17:16:53 | More by rarbring
4.35/5 rDev +27.9%
12 oz bottle, brought back from my recent trip to Quebec, in my Pretty Things pint glass.
A- deep reddish amber, no haze, weak head, but persistent, with lacings
S- hops , with a bit of malt
T - oily hops taste out front, nicely bitter. Good malt finish. Classic IPA flavor
M - fizz is in there. thick and sticky enough, while still very drinkable
O - I like this one a lot - best one I had from Quebec on the trip.
11-29-2011 22:57:28 | More by greenengineer
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention & lacing.
S: Citrus, peppery-spicy, toffee & cotton-candy.
T: Fairly balanced hop & malt flavour, citrus, toffee, some fruity esters, good bitterness.
M: Moderate body has some hop acidity & an off-dry finish.
D: A decent drinker.
07-03-2009 00:21:31 | More by Derek
3.23/5 rDev -5%
A-Light copper with a thin off-white head that left spotty lace.
S-Initial biscuit malt and some caramel sweetness with a touch of floral citrus and a bit of spiciness.
T-Malt forward flavour with light notes of citrus and peppery spiciness.
M-Medium-light bodied with a dry finish and mild lingering hop bitterness.
D-Not my style of IPA....this isnt poorly done but it is too malt forward for me and the hop profile doesn't work for me.
07-16-2009 12:18:29 | More by Deuane
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to chonyr for bringing this west.
A clear, amber hued, mildly carbonated ale produced a decent two finger off white head on a fairly vigorous pour. Eventually settled to a thin ring and didnt leave much for lacings.
Nice citrusy hop aroma was released from the body of this brew following the pour. It was a little harder to find once the head subsided, but aromas of orange peel, with lesser notes of earth, wood, and grass. Malty scents of toast, biscuit, and grainy malt present as well.
Decent toasty, biscuit malt backbone with a pleasing grainy character. Also some less welcome cooked corn and vegetal flavour. Mild fruity esters come through with hints of apple and pear. Then the hops show up with a bitterness level more befitting an ESB, with hints of citrus, but mostly a goldings profile of earth and wood. Some grassiness also reveals itself at the finish.
Light to medium bodied brew. Lightly hopped for the style, and the vegetal character is also out of place. Somewhat watery in feel yet dry finishing, making for a refreshing drink.
A decent ale, and quite drinkable, both in spite of and because of its faults. Would benefit from a cleaner and more bold approach, its almost more of a bitter than english styled IPA. As such this is a very approachable brew, but not of significant interest to the experienced craft beer drinker. I'd drink this again, especially in the dog days of summer, but i wont be seeking this anytime soon.
06-30-2007 14:20:00 | More by demcorhip
India Pale Ale from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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