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India Pale Ale - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dherling on 04-11-2007

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 62
Photo of greenengineer
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The bottle has a bit of froth poke up after opening--not gushing by any means. The head is thick and recedes slowly and in a rocky fashion. Deep amber color and relatively clear. Lots of chunky spots on the glass.

Strong caramel aroma. Little if any hop. Very British in style.

The hop shows up much more strongly in the tasting. The caramel base is still present (briefly). Leans bitter, but I'd still describe this as well-balanced with a definitive sweet malt base. Light carbonation and richly bodied. Again, I'd describe this as a true British IPA.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A-Very nice orange amber colour with very good bubbles and a nice light beige head.

S- Fruity hops. Some dusty carbonation at first. Caramel malt.

T- Dissappointing wateriness up front, but this fades as the beer warms and flavours start to come through. Pleasant bitter finish. Middle includes pleasant caramel and fruity flavours.

MF- Good body, but nothing special to note here.

D- I was worries this would be too hopped, but the balance was quite nice. Good mealtime flavourful ale. I had it with a home made Indian curry, with which it paired well.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle

A: A nice copper-tan color topped with dense looking white head that left thick and inviting looking lacing behind. Retention was great as well.

S: The hops are very present to the smell and give a strong grapefruit scent. Maybe a little bit of citrus too. The malts are faint but still there and caramely aromas are slightly detectable.

T: Once again grape fruits are present in the taste. But there is also a fairly dominant fresh grassy hop flavor that was not made as apparent in the aroma. Citrus highlights are also there. The aftertaste has some slight sweet caramel malts in it but hops are definitely the backbone of this beers flavor.

M: Crisp finish and fairly easy drinking.

O: This was a good beer for the style in my opinion. I've had very few IPA's and honestly never cared for the style to much but this was pretty intriguing. I might buy it again and thought it was pretty good in the end.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a darkish golden colour. Bright, with carbonation on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. One finger of creamy off white head. Good rings of lacing come out with a half finger of head retention. Nice looking.

S- Piney hops with some caramel and grapefruit. Not bad.

T - More caramel but still very hop forward. Good grapefruit and pine. Not an overly adventurous IPA but heck, it's solid. Seems like much less of an English IPA though, and more American.

M - Good carbonation with a light to medium body and a good bitter finish.

O/D - A solid IPA. Definately not English IMO. Pretty nice with the standard IPA characteristics done well. Very drinkable and woth a shot.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille de 341ml

quel beau produit! belle couleur ambrée parfaite du style, odeur de houblon américain, houblonage à sec ? goût tout aussi prononcé de houblon et de malt parfaitement fondu, piquant sur la langue, une amertume parfaite, j'aime le style et cette bière en est une digne représentante.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Quej
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chefelf
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one out of a pint glass. It was a darker amber color than I expected it with not too much head. The flavor was very light on citrus and a little more roasty tasting than I'd expected.

Overall this was pretty good even though I'm not a huge fan of IPAs in general. The bitterness was not as much as I was expecting which, for me, was a good thing but if you're an IPA fan who's looking for a tremendous amount of hop flavor you might now find it quite as good as I did.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz. bottle on 6/6/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden/amber body with one-finger off-white head and plenty of active carbonation.

S - Floral and perfumy hop aroma with a tinge of citrus fruit and sweet malt.

T - Similar to the aroma, the flavor combines a floral hop character and sweet malty notes. Pretty muted flavor profile, perhaps due to the age of the beer.

M - Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel that's a tad watery, but still pretty slick and smooth overall. Mild carbonation.

D - Decent IPA, perhaps a little too light on the hops. But at 5.5% ABV, it's quite an easy drinker.

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Photo of bobsy
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA poured a nice amber with a medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Fruity, malty aroma, with only the faintest hint of hops. There's really not much hops at all in the malt dominated flavour, which also contains caramel and fruit. Medium bodied, and easy drinking. This was a decent beer, but by no means would I have thought it was an IPA in a blind taste test.

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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GJack
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly above average English IPA. It pours copper, isn't too bitter and has a crisp taste and light mouthfeel for the style. Nose is peppery and taste is well banned but a bit bland. Not a bad beer but there are better beers out there in this style.

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Photo of kwjd
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head from the pour. Nice lacing on the glass, but the head retention isn't too great as the head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of herbal, earthy and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone. Somewhat bitter, but pretty balanced. Less bitter than I'd expect from an IPA. Low carbonation makes this pretty smooth, though I'd like a bit more carbonation. Ok IPA.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Red/amber body with a one finger-thick white frothy head. Some visible carbonation, which appears a bit strange. carbonation.

S - Not entirely feint, but not a very strong scent to it either. Some hoppiness and caramel maltness as well as hints of citrus, namely grapefruit.

T - A decent IPA taste, a decent hoppy bite and some caramel maltiness. Finishes with nice grapefruit notes.

M - Carbonation is definitely a bit high. The beer is light to medium-bodied, a little watery for my taste.

D - I was not entirely impressed, but it is not bad. The drinkability is mediocre. Overall, this beer could have more flavour...

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal. Fantastic store!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, one finger, looser looking, fizzy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear, burnt umber with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a decent wisp. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, floral hop notes and a touch of melon aromas. Light pineapple is there and some soapy notes as well. A touch too mild perhaps, though what's there is alright.

TASTE: Pale malts, light melon flavors and some floral hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold aftertaste of floral hop bitterness, a touch of caramel sweetness and a light soapy quality. The soapiness is not my style, but this is a solid effort.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, a touch oily as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a decent IPA, but nothing worth writing home about. Glad to have drunk it and would get it again if I saw it somewhere. Solid offering.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a L'Alchimiste sampler 12-pack (thanks Dad). Sampled on a sultry June evening. Pours a dark gold with decent head. Medium aroma of malts - just a hint of hops. The flavour follows similarly - more malty than hoppy. Not hoppy, even by English IPA standards. Though it's still decent stuff.

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Photo of ctgui
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass.

A: Dark amber color with an off-white head of about 2 fingers.

S: Fruity hop mostly, citrus, some biscuit malt. Enjoyable smell really.

T: Citrusy hops and fruit. Malt is present again. It follows the nose well. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body. A little dryness in the end, it fits the style nicely.

D: A good English IPA and it’s fairly easy to drink.

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India Pale Ale from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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