India Pale Ale - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
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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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 36
Photo of 3Vandoo
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty standard looking amber with a nice frothy head and chunky lacing.

The aroma is a toasted caramel malt with a subtle lemony grapefruit.

Taste is a biscuity/grainy malt with a slight pithy grapefruit bitterness and a bit of cooked corn/vegetal, which I could do without, and there's an underlying chalkiness throughout. The hops are understated and lacking for the style--really this has more of a pale ale thing going on for me. The taste of tinned pears comes out as it warms.

It's an okay beer but the vegetal aspect is strange and off putting and is enough to keep me from seeking this out again.

Photo of eat
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thirstybird for bringing this back from his honeymoon. 341ml bottle served in my Harpoon IPA glass. 0811 notched on the front label of bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a creamy, half inch, off-white head. Nose expresses light, toasted malts and a dull, earthy/citrusy hops profile. Taste is a bit earthy, some citrus peel, a faint metallic quality and a bit of caramel malt comes through. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a prickly, almost gassy, carbonation and a bit of acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, not a bad beer, but not really worth seeking out.

Photo of Deuane
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is different from the Indian Pale. Poured out an orangey brown color with a frothy off white head that sticks to the side like super lacing glue. The nose is strong hops, grapefruit pith, pine, oregano, marjoram, and slight sweet malt. The taste seems watered down, bitter, oily hops, lacking in true body or flavor. The mouthfeel has medium body and medium cabronation. The ghastly burning bitterness keeps this from any hope of being a drinkable beer.

Photo of papat444
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with off-white head and some lacing. Bready, malty aroma with a very sweet caramelized malt taste and a lingering bitter finish.

None of the west coast "c" hop flavours for which I'd hoped. Although this bottle was purchased in Quebec earlier this month, the date is not on the label and I'll give them the benefit of the doubt in assuming it may be an older bottle. Overall a decent English ale.

Photo of demcorhip
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ctgui
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Photo of GJack
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of chefelf
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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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