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Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

792 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 23
Gots: 106 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: csiewert on 12-27-2010

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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 120
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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear rich bronze with tightly formed half finger lacey white head atop,good clarity and a nice head.Leafy and mild citric hops over top of a biscuit malt base,the aromas don't jump out at ya but are nice.Buttery caramel flavors at the onset with just a hint of toast,leafy/herbal and mild citric hops in the finish.This isn't half bad,it's not a big hopped up assertive APA but the subtle flavors are pretty nice.

Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wish I had found the date on the bottle before I bought it! It's long gone, fairly flat, but still pretty decent. Seems unfair to rate an old bottle of ale, but it hasn't gone skunky and I can imagine it with carbonation, so I think this is an OK brew. Take my review with a grain of salt!

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pale amber hue with a slight haziness, lacing stays for the duration. Earthy, elderberries, lemon pith and peppercorn all describe the hoppiness ... some bread and yeast in the nose as well. Near perfect smoothness with a slightly creamy medium body, more about hop flavor here than bitterness though this brew is certainly balanced. Mild toasted bread and grassiness from the malt and then the hops walk in. Herbal, berries, mint, floral, peppery, leafy and mild resin from the Alchemy hops. Hint of alcohol and fruity esters, finishes hoppy and slightly dry.

Good choice on doing an APA rather than a full blown IPA, a chance to see what this hop is really about. A great departure from the usual citrus killers that we have come to love and loath at the same time. Recommended.

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours dull looking amber, near clear, darker tan head, larger bubbles that quickly fade to next to nothing. Just parts of a film, a thin collar and minor lacing.

Malt and hops about even on the nose.

The label on this one speaks of balance and I think it has been achieved here, hops/malt in harmony and yes balance.

Easy drinking and enjoyable enough. Nothing earth shattering, but this is a good option to use to expose newbies to the world of real beer and quality ale.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with an inch of white foam on top. I get some pine like hops in the aroma,but it seems subdued. The flavor is a bit mor straight forward with the hops. Definitely pine like hops and some light malt rounding out the flavor. Nice Brussels lacing on the glass. The mouth is a bit sticky with the hops.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/auburn colored liquid, impressive for its hefty appearance and slightly off white head that is almost 1" in depth. Aroma was a unique one in terms of the hop aroma. Alchemy hops you say? Never heard of 'em. Nor had. Smells like Cascades to me.

Taste reveals a grapefruit like bitterness, solid amounts of caramel. Nothing real out of the ordinary. Tastes like a substantial malt, solid cascade hopped india pale ale. Carbonation is high, abv is just right. Solid stuff. There's something else going on, like it has a lager yeast or tea in it. Can't quite pin it down. This beer was shared with me by Freddie from beverages4less. Generous of him, helped me chill out and peruse the selection.

As it warms, the mouthfeel gets a little accustomed to the hops and bitterness, and more and more of the caramel malt flavor comes out. Not much in the way of sweetness, this one is all bitter and caramel, which ends as a smoother moreso than dry finish.

Solid stuff. I imagine I'll buy a 6 pack of it when it officially launches today. Always thought Widmer is some solid mass produced stuff at a great price point.

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz May 2013 bottle served in a snifter.

Pour is a very orange amber, with a small and short-lived head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass. Crystal clear and no sediment in the glass.

Slightly earthy, moderately strong aroma of citrus, pine and herbal hops with a hint of sweet malt. The flavor too is nicely hoppy, but the hops are less piney and the malt load is more apparent, particularly in the very mild bitterness. Has the unusual dynamics of seeming more bitter mid-taste than in the fnish. Hints of grapefruit, orange and starfruit.

Medium-light body; well carbonated; semi-dry finish.

O: It's easy to like this very drinkable APA. Recommended.

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 weonfire
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown, slightly translucent, tiny head- dissipates immediately, small carbonation rising

S - light citrus, carmel, sweet hops, lemon

T - Carmel, watery hops, lemon, small citrus. finish: sweet hops (2/10), carmel

M - thin body, watery, poor coverage, low froth

O - lacks flavor & body. Real mellow. Honestly nothing to dislike- mostly because of the lack of most flavors. Yes, its easy to drink. But overall- there are many better Pale Ales out there. Do not pick this. It was not worth the $1.99 single I paid at Binnys. (yes, it was for the untappd badge. dont hate)

Photo of mudbug
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated Mar 12 13 into a standard pint glass results in a golden body with remarkable clarity topped with a decent bone white head that leaves some lacing as it recedes, small bubbles rise continuously, a very appealing beer.
Aroma is subdued, slight astringent leafy hoppiness, some grain, very clean smelling. not much going on here.
Taste is kind of lagerish with a grain note up front, slightly bitter and dry a tiny bit of malt sweetness creeps in. Nothing stands out but I guess that was what the brewer tried to achieve an incredibly balanced brew that is more on the refreshing side rather than the flavor side, almost no aftertaste.
This would be an excellent choice for a hot summer day and I think straight from the bottle would do almost no harm (GASP!)
Refreshing and easy to drink I can see having more of theses at the BBQ.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and copper in color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, leading to a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Moderate citrus notes, backed by light caramel malt aroma.

Taste - Hop character is predominant upfront and throughout, but by default, as the flavor here is really mellow and underwhelming. Mellow citrus and subtle pine. Light notes of caramel malt underneath. Traces of mint near the finish. A light citrus pith tingle in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate to lively carbonation. Smooth. Very easy to drink.

Overall - They retired Drifter for this? Hmm. Not far from it's predecessor, but inferior, IMO. Less flavor, and the Drifter was already a pretty lightly flavored pale. The hint of mint in this beer is nice, but not enough to convince me to buy this again.

Photo of alphagnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours a clean, clear copper color and is topped with a thin, tan head. Nice lacing. Carbonation galore!

Aroma:
Simple and fantastic! A surprising sweetness breaks through a light, piney character. Pineapple and a bit of coconut.

Taste:
Mostly matches the aroma, only everything is lighter than I'd of hoped for. A decent amount of pine and wheat over some lightly roasted malt. Oddly enough, no sweetness here with the exception of some faint watermelon. Decent, but boring.

Mouthfeel:
Light but rather dry. Quite creamy and plenty of carbonation.

Overall:
A decent American Pale Ale overall, but not a stand out in the genre. If it had more character to taste, this would be easier to recommend as it's really its only downfall.

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head

S - light grapefruit, rind, light breadiness, some alcohol

T - light malt, bread, grapefruit, light pine

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a nice APA showcasing a citrusy hop character and a nice malty backbone. This is definitely a smooth drinking beer that you can drink several of. I really did enjoy this one.

Photo of Roguer
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful translucent red-amber ale. Two fingers of lasting white head with scattered lacing. Significant carbonation.

S - Strong pine aroma, with some citrus hops, backed by a thick maltiness - caramel and wheat.

T - A dry, non-sweet hoppy taste, backed with noticeable but balanced caramel malts. There's a flat, piney bitterness that briefly assaults the palate, but everything else is well-balanced.

M - Fairly light feel, but it does tend to fill up your mouth. Pleasant oily clinginess, no sting, and no foaming. A little dry on the finish.

O - This is an easy-going pale ale, and it isn't bad. That said, the hop profile smells better than it tastes; it could use some more sweetness. I was hoping for an every-day ale out of this, and it meets the style, but falls a little short on the substance.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Alchemy Ale is a decent ale. The beer poured a orangish copper clear with virtually no head and nolacing. The scent was malty and slightly sweet. The taste was a good caramel malt base and some bittering hops to balance. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was a good beer and easily sessionable.

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date 03-28-13

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Leafy & floral hops

T: Pears, leafy hops, dryness & a touch of caramel up front. More pears, a touch of woody hop dryness along with some golden delicious apple

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Not, bad a touch too fruitty to session on, but worthy of a few bottles/pints. Was hoping for something hoppier to be honest

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a mixed seasonal pack poured into a pint glass. Shows a clear light copper with a half inch of off white foam. Offers moderate retention and light lace.

Aroma of citric hops/muddled light caramel along with some peppery spice. Carbonation is light. Flavor follows and again is restrained by light carbonation. Reminds me of something from thier Rotator IPA series but a bit more subdued. And more in the mouthfeel sense than the hop delivery. Minimal bitterness noted.

Feel is a bit thin though sweet and citric in nature. Lack of carbonation again keeps things in check. Warming adds a touch of character though it doesn't linger long after a good swirl. Rather flat, needs more gas to let the hops do thier thing.

Photo of nimrod979
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottle comes with a freshness date though it's kind of hard to make out what it says.

Appearance: Bright copper in color. About a 3/4" of white head. Retention had potential but faded out quickly and not really any lacing either.

Aroma: Hops are lemony, citric, herbal, and earthy. Some nice toasted and caramel malt aromas swirling around as well.

Taste: Follows suit. Citrus-y hops, lemon peel, herbal, minty, dry toasted malt, caramel, residual sweetness. Flavors fade quickly Extremely well-balanced though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carb. Dry finish with some lemony hops bitterness cleans up nice. Overall though it's an extremely well-balanced though not a ton of flavor really sticks with you or stands out. It's a solid serviceable APA.

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 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 Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours clear golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces leaving a small laying skimming the top with no lace

S- nice piney and flowery hop aromas, lightly danky with fresh grass, a touch of lemon with some toasted malt in the background, nice and hoppy overall

T- floral hop flavors with some pine-like sharpness, a hint of citrus fruit, nice toasted grainy malt backbone provides a nice balance. The finish is dry and well rounded

M- medium body with medium spritzy carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish, high drinkability

O- well balanced, white still showcasing the hops, easy to drink with enough flavor. Well made APA

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some caramel. Taste is good, balanced, not overly hoppy but enough to make a presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is smooth and a beer I could drink several of.

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 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.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.