Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

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795 Ratings
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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 23
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: csiewert on 12-27-2010

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Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 120
Photo of Brentkruger1989
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very choppy and almost Pitney. Tastes great though.

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, a slightly orange-copper color with a nice white head. The smell is a little grainy...a hint of fruit and hops. Nice bitterness in the flavor, the beer is balanced. Some sweetness and a sweet malt flavor throughout. The finish has a decent hop bitterness. Full in body. Solid.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden pour with thin white head. Great color for the name. Smells of grass and pine - pretty nice. With some piney bitterness comes a great malt flavor. This stuff is smooth as heck with a clean finish.

Photo of Foyle
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a pillowy off white head that falls slowly with some nice lacing. Color is somewhat cloudy copper with abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: citrus and floral hops dominate, with some malt sweetness in the background.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a wet finish.
Flavor: citrus is throughout the taste with some balancing malt sweetness
Overall: enjoyable but nothing outstanding

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A decent and reliable Pale Ale - pours a rich amber color that is consistent throughout with a mild head. A slight floral hoppy aroma, with a straightforward taste that balances malt and hops without being extreme in any way. Finish is a light toasty malt that lingers for a good 20 seconds.

Photo of ChiefsPaleAle
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very easy to drink beer mild bitterness with a great sweetness to balance it out. A great beer for any occasion would definitely buy again.

Photo of predikit
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper gold, a small off white head fizzled away very quickly, no lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like the main essence of beer. Yeast and barley, small hint of apple.

Taste is clean, bready, barley, hops come through with a hint of citrus at the middle and rides through to the end.

Thin-bodied, light, very drinkable.

Photo of Beacon30
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of ConnorMagee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Gorgeous beer, apricot color with a creamy sand colored head that disappears leaving gorgeous lacing.

Smell is summer, overwhelmingly floral with apricot and a little yeast.

Palate holds true to aroma, with a slightly sweet fruit taste that gives way quickly to pine and finally hops. It makes you want to take big sips.

Im drinking this on a gloomy day in December after three months of winter warmers and imperial porters and this takes me back to summer with every drink.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty straight forward APA, very hop forward. Not much malt backbone behind this one. It is not a 'wow' type of beer, but is enjoyable. I would go for the Upheaval IPA when available though.

Will not seek out, but would purchase again if available. There are other APA's I enjoy a little bit more than this one however.

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Smooth taste.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sample is dated May 12/14, so I am grading on a curve. This tastes good old, so it stands to have been much better fresh.

Pours to a creamy white head that falls to a thin film and fine lacing. Orange amber color. Aroma is light crystal malts and citrus/spicy/piney hops. Flavor is malty and balanced with a biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Overall a good pale ale that held up to a six month layover at room temperature in an Oklahoma liquor store.

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

EZC says 4.5

Photo of johnnycros
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Very smooth and balanced...not overly hoppy. Very good, very smooth, and easy to drink (and easy to drink more than one).

Photo of moundbz
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Balanced, real good and refreshing.

Photo of SurferEric
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Fairly good APA with a subtle citrus hoppiness making it an easy to drink and refreshing beer.

Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance has an burnt orange color supporting minimal head leaving nil lace. Smell has a nice sweet floral scent, smelling almost like Hawaiian punch. Taste again having a note of Hawaiian punch with a good bit of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Photo of dcmchew
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper in my plastic glass from the hotel room. Oh well. Still, half finger head has nice retention and sticky to the side of the glass, looks nice.
Smell of citrusy and floral hops, some grains, faint caramel.
Taste: biscuity malts, bread crust, a short flash of fruitiness (peach, apple, some sweet citrus) and then some bitter green hops balanced with caramel malts till the end.
Light bodied, tho a tiny bit buttery, medium carbonation.
Read some nice stuff about Alchemy Ale, true, but most of the time it gets trashed in reviews. I didn't find it to be bad, but not even close to impressive.

Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled August 20th 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch and a half slightly offwhite head which receded to dense even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; A pleasant mild fruit note over a light to moderate sweet malt base. Some hop bitterness balances the malt well.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: A very nice dinner or session ale, more fruity than sweet malty, with a mildly bitter finish. Would likely be quite refreshing in warm weather.

Photo of welldigger888
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured a nice pale copper orangish hue with a nice white head that receedes leaving descent lacing.

Very nice hop forward nose that has a hint of quality grain backing it up. Floral citrus grapefruit piney resiny goodness that never overpowers.

Again with the nice slow hop domination that never overpowers a sweet graininess that is dry on the finish with above mentioned hop flavs - floral citrus grapefruity piney resin. Nice and smooth, not over the top at all.

Crisp hoppy dry goodness.

Quality brew from a big boy who rarely disappoints.

Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good head that settles to a lasting layer of fine bubbles. Great blanketing lace. Dark gold color and clear.

Creamy grape-like aroma. Slightly sweet with a yeasty background.

Thin bodied and the flavor leans to the weak side. The malt is dry and like cardboard. The hop is light and certainly not enough to bring back the flavor. Low carbonation. Sadly, this is a miss.

Photo of Catracho5
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber pours bright, less than a finger head on the pour. Looks nice in the glass, some lacing.

Smell: Nice hop aroma for a pale ale, citrusy smell, pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Nice taste, citrus up front then a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: LIght, not too watery, resiny oily hop feeling, nice carbonation.

Overall: Good beer, it would make a great session beer, it surprised me with the aroma and taste.

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a mix of citrus and hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some herbs, and spicy aromas, but the citrus and hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, citrus, malt, and spicy flavors, that make for an interesting and complex drink. I like the balance of the hops, malt, and citrus flavors. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long, and not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is a nice Pale Ale. So far my favorite beer from Widmer Brothers.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 5.8% abv.

Appearance- Transparent orange/amber with plenty of carbonation. Massive frothy head.

Smell- Orange peel with just a hint of malt. Citrus aroma is evident but not as apparent as a hoppier beer.

Taste- A clean malty flavor quickly transforms into a surprising and bitter finish. The hops were much more apparent in the taste than the smell. A touch of pine as well with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, but not a bad thing as the style is a pale ale, which are lighter than their hoppier counterparts. The high carbonation and clean finish allow this beer to be satisfying for how thin it is.

Overall- After the smell, the taste made up for the flavor. Lots of carbonation and good lacing too. Would be good if you were in the mood for an IPA during the Summer months due to easy drinkability.

Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear light reddish amber with beautiful bubbles rising in the glass. A foamy white head.

The aroma has a strong note of graininess and toasty bready malt. Some floral and spicy hops.

The flavor has hints of orange and floral with big spicy hops but then moves onto again that yeasty breadiness and grainy notes that come from American Adjunct lagers. A good amount of drying and slightly bitterness of the finish. Woody and peppery hops on the finish, although with tinges of metallic notes.

The beer has positive notes of its breadiness, some drying and bitterness, tinges of hop flavors. However, it is paired with off putting notes from adjunct lagers. One of my first attempts at Widmer and a very poor one at that.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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