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Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

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549 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%

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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Photo of Deanosaurus


4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Dirt Cheap with 5 other random beers to try out this week. I was under the impression this was an IPA, or at least was told it was and it turns out as you see here that it is in fact an APA, good to know since it would have been very lacking as an IPA.

- Appearance (4/5)
Mildly cloudy golden caramel color. You can tell it's got hops just by the look.

- Smell (4.5/5)
About equivalent with the taste as far as hops go. Not a whole lot going on, but it doesn't punch you in the face like a lot of hoppy beers do.

- Taste (4.75/5)
Nice bitter tip with a rush of hops and a crisp finish that eases off like a regular ale. I'm not 100% sure if that is a characteristic of most APA's but it's a nice deviation.

- Mouthfeel (4.25/5)
Lightweight, so much so that this one is safe for high intake during the summer. It has the good full-bodied texture of hops without being so chewy that it isn't as refreshing as a lighter beer.

- Overall (4.25/5)
Well done. Definitely a more approachable beer for someone who is just learning what hops taste like individually without turning them away by being too bitter. Like a medium roast coffee to someone who has only ever had frappacinos.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:47:43 | More by Deanosaurus
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale ale that pours a dark copper color with spectacular clarity and a quickly dissipating head that left soapy, bubbly lacing on the glass. Lots of citrus hops in the nose, sweet orange and lemon, grapefruit flesh; sweet bready aromas, fresh cereal, honey. Taste was bright citrus hops forward, balanced with a carmelly malt backbone, fresh bread; a pleasant hop bite finishes it as well with a charge of bitterness to cleanse the sweet malt tastes away. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I enjoyed this immensely, every bit as good a pale ale as Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale; slightly less assertive but darker and maltier. Fantastic American pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:55:31 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of verge


4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent full-flavored and balanced brew from Widmer. The marketing & description on the bottle is not an exaggeration - this is a darn near perfect balance, yet not unremarkable as to fall behind the pack...rather it stands out front with a unique flavor, delicious sweetness balanced by bitterness, clear malt and hop flavors joining together for a very enjoyable beverage here! Great work by Widmer!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 05:14:53 | More by verge
Photo of AndyYoung-BrewConnoisseur


4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was an absolute surprise to me. I picked this beer up from a local grocery store in a sampler pack, not really expected an outstanding beer. I tried this beer last, and let me tell you, I saved the best for last. This beer is refreshing and a beer I advise to novice through expert beer connoisseurs. It's very earthy with a smooth finish. The true test is hard to define. One must try this beer to get a true appreciation for it's outstanding taste. This beer is a MUST!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 16:33:15 | More by AndyYoung-BrewConnoisseur
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:13:00 | More by PA-hunter
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Burnt orange/amber, hazy, 1/2" white head, long stringy lacing.
S: Malt, white chocolate, dough/yeast, piney hops.
T: Malt chocolate, nice bitter hops, complex yet balanced.
M: Medium-full bodied, solid CO2, nice lingering flavor with a coating effect.
O: Solid brew. Great mix of hops, yeast, & malts. Love the balance and flavor of this beer. Great hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 01:59:07 | More by I3eck
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New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:22:45 | More by Bockrules
Photo of Slatetank


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden and eatery, enjoyed chilled from a stemmed glass.

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with mild haze with thick 2 finger white head which leaves a streaked lace pattern with small bead. The smell is great, tropical fruit, citrus and floral hop aromas with some mild malt esters. The feel is great, moderately high carbonation with moderate bitterness and the right sweetness level with no astringency and mild resinous hop texture with a semi-dry finish w/ no alcohol presence.

The taste is great, lots of hop vibrancy with moderate citrus and some slight tropical taste of grapefruit and slight orange element with a gentle malt sweetness adding some complexity to the great blend of hop flavors. The yeast adds a slight accent of toasted nuts with the finish leaving some residual bitterness on the tongue. Overall this is a great beer, I consider pale ale a great style for everyday quaffing yet the hop blend really shines in this ale. I would recommend this to those who like a more balanced Pale not an IPA in APA clothing.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:10:17 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Frankinstiener


4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm plesantly surprised by this brew. Pours a deep golden color with nice white head. I'm impressed by how clear it is, good looking beer. Nothing too crazy on the nose, a bit of mild earthy hops . This beer is perfectly balanced, tasty, and smooth. Just enough hops to allow a crisp bitterness to barely overtake the caramel malts on the finish. This beer is SMOOTH. It is perfectly balanced. Despite being 5.8% abv I could drink a few of these in a row.

I can't review this beer without mentioning that it replaced Drifter Pale Ale in Widmers year round line up. Drifter is one of my all time favorites. I'm upset that that Drifter is gone and I do prefer the Drifter, but Alchemy can hold it's own. Comparing it to Drifter, this is much more of a typical pale ale but still well done. They are both well balanced but Drifter has a very distinct flavor and aroma from Summit and Nelson hops. They do have some similarities in the malt bill and you get a sweet caramal malt flavor. Looks like they toned down the darker of the Caramel malts used in drifter, then used Alchemy hops all the way around, and likely less total hops. I would bet they are trying to appeal to a wider audience with this one.

The best part about this beer is that it's sooo smooth, and sooo drinkable. I won't be buying case after case of it like Drifter, but at $6.99 a six pack this is still one of the better beers in the price range.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:02:45 | More by Frankinstiener
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, it has a very nice amber colored body with a nice white head that hangs around for a while. The smell has a nice hop aroma with some malt coming through. The taste has a very well balanced flavor of hop and malt with the hop coming through first with a nice bitterness, then the male comes into play on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice and overall a really good APA, not the best i have had but is above average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:59:11 | More by chefhatt
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:41:30 | More by tdm168
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A medium haziness to an amber body, heavy bubbles throughout creating a white head maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Strong rich hops, some citrus lemon feels to the smell not bad at all.

Taste: Light hoppy feel, wet hopped to be exact. Lemon skin with a light hit of yeast. What more can I say simply complex.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, very smooth. Not exactly sticky though slightly sour at the end.

Overall: This beer feels almost like a twist in your traditional Bavarian lager. I see that with respect because it feels like one but not as robust. More pale, more sweet citrusy but not a bad investment especially when you need a "normal" cold one after work.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 09:01:28 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

White stamped date at the bottom right corner reads: "Jul 17 13" best by or born on, I dunno, but I've had several before this and am thinkin' its born on, so here goes:

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy orange colored body but also still slightly transparent, one finger white foamy head, sliding white somewhat foamy lacing

S: somewhat citrus/piney bitterness going on

T: mainly bitter all the way through, dry bitter aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, very sessionable - holy moley - feels like its less 4% - I dunno, but this extremely sessionable stuff, carbonation is good for the APA style and good to me

O: I can't believe I've passed up on this so many times, I can only wonder what its like closer to the born on date, oh yeah, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 07:00:11 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mudbug


3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:07:43 | More by mudbug
Photo of chickenflea


3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a slight blush. A medium white head. Aroma has light fruitiness, maybe like starfruit. Slight biscuit. Floral aroma hops. Flavor has lots of fruity hoppiness with lots of floral notes. Balance malt profile. Clean finish with. Mouthfeel is lively and light. Low to medium body. A pleasant pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 20:59:39 | More by chickenflea
Photo of mactrail


3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Handsome medium amber color with a nice foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel and long-lasting carbonation. Aroma of bread with a hoppy zing.

More dry than sweet with a light but malty body. A pleasant modest bitterness. All in all, this seems more like an English pale ale than the American style, with the fruity hops and the interesting mineral taste that goes along with the toasted malty taste.

I just keep sipping on this stuff. A truly drinkable Pale Ale that melts in the mouth. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:59:34 | More by mactrail
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden amber honey. clear. lots of light, white, bubbly head.
rises quickly, settles quickly.

hops. tangerine/apricot. pine.

hoppy, but not too bitter. citrusy aftertaste. balanced.

smooth. refreshing. a little carbonated.

nice, refreshing, mild ipa. nothing super unique or special, but
a solid choice. good for someone who doesn't like too much

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:07:27 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
Photo of Hopscat


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

rich amber toward copper , subsides to ring of off white lace.
Smell is grassy- piney hops nice and earthy. Some cracker , caramel malts .
Taste follows with medium sweet malt hit followed by some fruity hops in the middle toward and finishes with nice bitterness.
M- light to medium body , OK carb.
Overall - I liked this beer but it doesn't jump out and grab you. I would have again, but not that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 14:13:19 | More by Hopscat
Photo of Halcyondays


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head, some good lace, solid head retention/

S: Floral citrus, lightly sweet, not a lot of malt.

T: Notes of pineapple and lemon zest, citrusy, but an easy drinking floral bitterness. Flowery at times, a pleasant effort.

M: Soft crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy.

O: A good sessionable pale at a good price, what's not to like. Widmer's clearly been stepping up their game lately.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 06:35:41 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bump8628


3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper body with a white head that falls pretty quickly but leaves some nice lace behind. Hops have a distinct fruity note - clean orange flesh and some strawberry. A light pine flavor at the end is a nice contrast to the fruit. Malt is fairly simple with a smooth caramel note and a faint biscuit note. A pretty nice pale ale. I prefer Drifter, which this replaced, but then again I really really liked Drifter.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:04:38 | More by bump8628
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:52:05 | More by Treyliff
Photo of jlindros


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

According to the cap, "Happiness is next to Godliness", words to live by. NIce creamy looking smaller head fades fairly quickly, light layers of lacing, semi hazy golden slight orange honey colored beer.

Nose light malts, sweet candy like malts, wants to be sweet syrupy but not quite and wants to get to caramel but doesn't seem to, hops bring a nice sweet hop character as well, light floral and slight candied orange peel. Light citrus spicy hop character, and nice malty balance.

Taste brings a nice malt character, light toasty pale malt, light sweetness and touch of caramel. Then hops kick in and dominate, with floral hops, into a light citrus and faint pine, candied orange peel again, quite a bit of bitterness as well. Finish is dry but sticky, very bitter and slight spicy quite piney hops, little lingering candied orange peel, and citrus.

mouth is med bod, decent carb, little sticky.

Overall not bad, decent drinking tasty APA, def not an IPA but good for an APA, grassy piney earthy hops with some candied orange peel citrus, nice malty balance, etc. Nice overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:08:16 | More by jlindros
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light aromas of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just the slightest hint of caramel sweetness. There is a moderate flavor of herbal hops with a lighter flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable APA - nothing out of this world but a solid offering. Not overly aggressive in the hops, but that is ok because the beer is more sessionable while still being interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:46:57 | More by dbrauneis
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very nice aromatic brew. The hop bouquet is fresh smelling with some hints of floral hops.
The appearance is up to par also with a hazy clear, orange amber color. The head is low and dense and lingers a good while. There is some wispy lacing around the glass.
In the taste I noticed that this beer is quite bitter and puckering on the palate.
The taste is fair. The hop taste is light and muddled.
An okay beer but the puckering bitterness at the aftertaste is almost too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 11:42:45 | More by micromaniac129
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:03:33 | More by Jason
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