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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

622 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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spoonhawk

Iowa

1/5  rDev -72.1%

08-05-2013 02:56:13 | More by spoonhawk
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

11-29-2013 02:54:29 | More by mmulebarn
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MVP09

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -44.1%

06-23-2013 03:37:33 | More by MVP09
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -44.1%

08-22-2013 04:45:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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saltymalty

Maryland

2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

As far as ales go, I just expect a lot more from Widmer. I think they did a great job on the color, and a decent job on the aroma but as far as flavor goes, It's a little too strong for an ale as far as I am concerned. I can still appreciate the brew however.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 20:00:04 | More by saltymalty
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Mtusa08

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

06-27-2014 17:58:29 | More by Mtusa08
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squirrel49

South Dakota

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

04-27-2014 03:58:55 | More by squirrel49
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:33:08 | More by hardy008
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Sprint

New York

2.4/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:11:00 | More by Sprint
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

06-06-2013 22:17:25 | More by SunDevilBeer
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-22-2013 04:45:37 | More by largadeer
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tjsmith910

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

10-13-2013 12:43:02 | More by tjsmith910
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justforrazors

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

07-09-2013 17:24:55 | More by justforrazors
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skyisland

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

08-21-2013 02:16:27 | More by skyisland
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Kyrojack

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

06-17-2014 01:47:54 | More by Kyrojack
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

01-18-2014 20:14:31 | More by epyon396
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-09-2013 02:57:51 | More by TheBigBoy
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-16-2013 02:11:39 | More by DonFrap
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Flashyspoons

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-16-2013 02:47:46 | More by Flashyspoons
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Brutus627

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

06-24-2014 01:44:18 | More by Brutus627
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RockinRob925

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

10-26-2013 01:59:06 | More by RockinRob925
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 17:41:05 | More by smcolw
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. So this is the Drifter replacement? We shall see how this turns out.

A very crystal clear body, with lots of cola bubbles. Many stick to the sides, and there's also lots that rise very quickly. Head is off white, a little styrofoam consistent, makes three fingers tall and settles though to about two fingers. Sort of mish and mash of really good and bad physical characters.

Nose is odd. Strange, woody pine hop burnt needles, and soily mulch and stinking dirt. Just a bizarre smell of a strange hop angle and not even any malt presence. There's a slightly off pleasing bitterness coming from this.

Palate is just nothing to write home about here. Surprisingly, there is a very simple and nice tolerable sweet biscuity sense and caramel on the aftertaste, but that is nowhere to be found on first sip or in the mid palate. Palate has a hint of wetness but not horribly bad, and not much off putting carbonation either. Unfortunately, there's just nothing going on here, and the subsequent sips bury the malt sweetness with a real distracting hop bitterness that isn't that enjoyable.

Overall, this is a just a dumbed down beer, and not even hop wise, I am talking malt backbone and sweetness. This isn't offensive, unpleasant, or rank (except for maybe smell), it's just lifeless and boring. I'll pass, and if this is a replacement for Drifter, well that's sounds like a real bad direction this brewery is heading. So many better American Pale Ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:59:18 | More by smakawhat
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Jean-Henri

California

2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Copper colored with a weak head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. Smells lemony and a little hoppy, somewhat underwhelming. Taste is rather flat, hoppy with a dry finish a little on the bitter side. Not overly carbonated, rolls nicely on the tongue. Not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:37:41 | More by Jean-Henri
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Fred Meyer in N.Salem. $1.69 Pours a clear light amber/gold colour, head is small and bubbly..leaves good lace. Slightly resiny hop aroma and some aroma of mushroom for some reason. Taste is fairly pedestrian with again a slight resinous hop and backed by weak caramel. Mouthfeel is fine enough..low carbonation. Very average APA..and to think this replaces Drifter which is far far better, bad decision here.
Usually end up buying at least a 12 pack of Drifter a month in the summer months. I wont be buying this

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:08:51 | More by Reidrover
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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.