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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

619 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pineapple, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and pineapple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fruity hop presence that makes it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:24:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-09-2013 21:48:57 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of citrusy aromas and flavors for an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:14:55 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2013 23:12:34 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-17-2013 23:40:45 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-11-2013 03:46:20 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-06-2014 02:25:23 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-15-2013 02:44:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:13:55 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-09-2013 04:50:55 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Alchemy's not all that impressive. I mean, who can't turn lead into gold? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white grapes, light honey, flowers, mild grapefruit zest, and the slightest possible intimation of biscuit way in the background. So far, this spotlight of the Alchemy hop ain't half bad. The taste brings in more of the same, but there's a firm succession of waves of grass throughout the second half, which sorta clashes with the rest of things and ruins what is otherwise a solid little hoppy thing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, can't say I'm much of a fan here, though it's mostly pretty solid. I'm thinking about blaming the new hop, but I'm unsure if that's the whole story here. Whatever the case, I'm passing in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 19:36:40 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-25-2013 11:09:04 | More by zeff80
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -44.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice off the pour. I like the nose on this one; strong pine going on. Flavor brings much of the same with a resin kind of thing going on. But as this beer might have some potential, it seems to fizzle out and becomes thinner than what I would want. Carbonation is a bit too vibrant also. A pretty nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 05:07:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:35:40 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-31-2014 22:53:19 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-08-2013 14:57:21 | More by SocalKicks
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mactrail

Washington

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
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Halcyondays

California

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
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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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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-08-2014 15:10:14 | More by GClarkage
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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.