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India Pale Ale - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dherling on 04-11-2007)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

plaid75, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Derek, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

tbeckett, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

eawolff99, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Jwale73, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

ffejherb, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Deuane, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

bobsy, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of oldp0rt
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kwjd
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

kwjd, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jeffo, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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%.

rarbring, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11%

cfalovo97, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.3/5  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.

papat444, May 25, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

kingcrowing, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

hopsolutely, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

irishkyle21, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

NightINgale, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -11%

beerhunter13, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2008
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India Pale Ale from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.