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Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

115 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 820
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 125 | 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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 820
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant gold amber 2” foam cap dissipates to a film, lacy, cap is white to a little gold tint, S: herbal hops, malt, fruit, and melon. T: The palate starts malt then blends into fruit, hints of melon and then a peppery hop finish. The finish has lingering hop flavors, a touch of fruit and bitter. F: Above average carbonation, medium to a little less on the body O: a flavorful and easy to drink American Pale Ale. (423 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing super special here. Look was sunshine orange with limited head. Smell was lacking at times, at times malty at times vinegary. Taste was very good - good, tend to rate up if it is close. Malt, tinge if pine. Not very complex. (236 characters)

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

White lacing on the glass. Redish amber color. Smells of hops and some grains. I get a bitter taste kind of like Red Hook. Not too overpowering. At 5.8% abv they are really drinkable. Cheers!! (192 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (203 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 (454 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of ConnorMagee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (480 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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. (270 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy bronzish-gold with random bubbles rising to a rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact almost all the way down the glass and leaves behind multiple decently sized splotches of lacing.

S - A bit of apple cider on a sweet malt backbone. Dies down a bit once in the glass.

T - Apples and sweet malt upfront. The body is a near perfect balance of crisp earthy hop and apple notes and sweet, slightly caramel malt with just a hint of honey. Nothing drastic as the beer passes over the back of the tongue - just a slight increase in hop flavor. Dry apple cider finish.

M - Distinctly medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a chewiness almost reminiscent of an IPA. Well done.

Alchemy Ale is one solid APA and I would get it again as an easily sessionable in the warmer months. The balance is fantastic and nails that sweet spot between just enough hop notes to make it interesting while still not being overwhelmingly sweet. Definitely, I could buy if you can find it cheap like I did. (1,083 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright brass with loose off white froth that's gone in a flash.
Deep floral nectar and honey nose with some orange hard candy underneath.
Light country biscuit and apricot with Cascade-y hit of lemon zest, light pine and maybe lychee.
Papaya sorbet finish and sweet chutney linger.
Light only thinking of medium, flinty, round and soft.

Watery, too pale, underhopped for the strength, and lacking in complexity. It is soft, and I suppose it's balanced, only because the malts are blonde and muted, too. Widmer have the know how to do better; just not the will, seemingly. Not really sure what the character of the Alchemy blend is - C-hop lite? - but I don't feel the need to revisit it.

Entry level is a compliment. (721 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy amber with a half finger off white head, with decent retention and lacing. Has citrus zest, floral hops, and bread in the aroma.

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells with citrus zest, floral hops, and bread malt. Tastes both bitter and bland at the same time.

Medium bodied and over carbonated. Has a bitter aftertaste. Not very good, and not worth trying again. I will pass on this in the future. (416 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing is a testament to a "balanced" beer. It's a good beer. Although from the price point of around 10 (ten) dollars here in Connecticut, it just seems like a little too much when you have other beers around the same price that are more interesting. There is a good amount of citrus hops from the beer and a clean finish. A nice smell where you get notes of grapefruit from the hops. As for the taste I was a little disappointed from the lack of malt it had. It's a great beer when you just want to drink a regular beer, but if you are given the opportunity to either have something nice and simple and balanced and going for something a little bit more off the beaten path, I choose the more adventurous beer every time. (757 characters)

Photo of Sprint
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll start by saying I'm not a big fan of American Pale Ales, but there have been some I liked. I like Widmer so I decided to give Alchemy a try...


I poured a little in a glass to have a look at it and drank the majority out of the bottle. Which wasn't much because I couldn't finish it.


Nice lazy straw color... soda like sudsy'ness.


Smelled citrisy to me... some esters


Taste...sadly club soda with excessive grapefruit rind...I was searching for some malt charicter and found none. It was pure bitter hoppiness with no floral aspect to that hopiness


Average mouthfeel for a pale ale.

i have to say I don't think I got a very fresh six-pack so that may have exacerbated the harshness but still will not get this beer again. I still have 5 others to try so we'll see. (798 characters)

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.