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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

743 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 19
Gots: 79 | 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)
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Reviews by PA-hunter:
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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.

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.

Photo of Brick93
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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!

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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
3.58/5  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.

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Hugh37
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Balanced, real good and refreshing.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.