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Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

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725 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 69 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: csiewert on 12-27-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by PA-hunter:
Photo of PA-hunter
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

PA-hunter, Mar 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

oberon, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Brick93, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of migwell
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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!

migwell, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Lazaro, Jun 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

TTripp725, Jun 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Beerswag, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

petewheeler, Yesterday at 11:28 PM
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.

Jason, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Billolick, Sep 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Andrew_Rios122, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

avitallo, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Janeinma, May 28, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Franziskaner, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

juicebox, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Balanced, real good and refreshing.

moundbz, Oct 11, 2014
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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.