Alchemy Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

113 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 810
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 24
Gots: 119 | 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

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Beer added by: csiewert on 12-27-2010

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/6/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and well balanced hop/malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a balanced hop/malt profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,205 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pulled from a tap into a standard pint

a: deep golden/light amber hue. pours a 1 finger foamy white head. settles slowly and not completely, leaving a persistent blanket of foam on the surface. fluffy peak and valley lacing.

s: sourdough bread. light hint of pine. a bit of lemon pith.

t: yeast and pine. lemon pith. very subtle hint of indistinct sweetness.

m: light and crisp. full bodied, not shallow. dry, bitter, citrusy finish that lingers on the palate throughout.

atmosphere is really strong. nice hue, solid head, and persistent lacing. light nose of pine and lemon citrus. crisp pine hop ace accentuated with citrus and sweet hint. overall this is a good quaff. (681 characters)

Photo of saltymalty
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of YeastMode
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Frothy off white head rose quickly to the rim of the glass. Color was a amber-oakish tint.
S- Piney, citrusy smell. Earthy and natural.
T- Light and drinkable for a APA, robust hop not on the tongue at first which withers to a sublte sweetness. I found it to be lighter on the malt, but enough present to be appreciated.
M- Smooth and bright, moderately carbonated.

O- American Pale Ales are amongst my favorite of beer styles. Widmer did right by it with Alchemy. Not overbearingly hopped and the right amount of malt/carbonation make it a great entry-mid level craft drinkers Pale Ale. (632 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APA IS A FAVE STYLE, SO YOU HAVE MY BIAS.

A: Above average, nice color, weight, carbonation, head and retention and lacing just ok.
... slightly hazy amber in color ...

S: Hops & malt well balanced in the nose, moderate aromas of citrusy hops, a bit of cat, and lots of bread.

T: Follows the smell, flavors of citrusy hops with plenty of flavorful, caramel malts and a nice long finish with a balanced blend of sweet & more bitterness. Nice.

M:Medium-bodied on the palate, as it should. Good body.

O: Solid APA. Must try. On the bready side with plenty of fresh hops. (577 characters)

Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with a short cap of off-white lace with a good bit of scrappy lacing.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of Drifter Pale Ale but doesn't quite match the wonderful grapefruit and passionfruit citrus notes of that great Widmer brew of the past. There is a slight herbal and floral edge to the hoppiness which tempers the citrus qualities. The maltiness is a little bready and crackery but pretty much in the background. This beer would be well-served to develop more malt character given the hops have been decreaed with this iteration. Yeast character is very low.

T: The flavor is also reminscent of Drifter but again falls short although the hoppiness is more varied with more floral, orange citrus, and herbal/earthy character than Drifter. The malt component is still a little undercooked with some light caramel note but none of the more toasty malt character that is nice with this style and a more complex hops profile. Little to no yeast ester quality and the bitterness is moderate.

M: The body of this brew is firmly medium with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

O: I wish Widmer would revert back to Drifter although Alchemy is not at all bad, but just a little less hoppy and malt-complex comparatively. (1,327 characters)

Photo of I3eck
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Deanosaurus
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap- pours a slightly hazy, light amber color with about 1/3 inch foamy white head that has ok retention

Ar- some citrus, some pine, maybe some earth/grass

T- biscuity malt, slighty hoppy with that citrus and pine profile and that sort of grassy hop thing too.

M- medium bodied, normal carbonation

O- a well balanced APA with good flavor. It's just not a awesome APA, and that's ok. (385 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Artisans Craft Beer Festival.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent white head.

S: Aroma of some citrus and fruit, A bit on the floral side.

T: taste of citrus, malt sweetness, fruit and a bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice beer for the style (324 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some caramel. Taste is good, balanced, not overly hoppy but enough to make a presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is smooth and a beer I could drink several of. (275 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into craft pint glass

A - 4 fingers of off-white foam over a transparent body of golden amber; lots of rising carbonation

S - lemon and floral notes

T - toasted wheat bread, lemon, peppery spice, floral hops, bone-dry finish

M - smooth medium body, high carbonation

O - Not bad. Tasty and refreshing. (318 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pours a clean, clear copper color and is topped with a thin, tan head. Nice lacing. Carbonation galore!

Aroma:
Simple and fantastic! A surprising sweetness breaks through a light, piney character. Pineapple and a bit of coconut.

Taste:
Mostly matches the aroma, only everything is lighter than I'd of hoped for. A decent amount of pine and wheat over some lightly roasted malt. Oddly enough, no sweetness here with the exception of some faint watermelon. Decent, but boring.

Mouthfeel:
Light but rather dry. Quite creamy and plenty of carbonation.

Overall:
A decent American Pale Ale overall, but not a stand out in the genre. If it had more character to taste, this would be easier to recommend as it's really its only downfall. (745 characters)

Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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! (289 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  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. (479 characters)

Photo of AndyYoung-BrewConnoisseur
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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! (481 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a moderate white head that gives way to somewhat clumpy lacing.

S - Solid hops nose, lemon and pepper. Breadiness and yeast.

T - Hops are present throughout. Both lemony and pepper are represented. Mild and well-balanced. Bready malts round out a full flavor with a bit of grass in the finish.

M - Medium lush.

O - APA is not an easy style to pull-off, no surprise Widmer does it right. Highly recommended. (438 characters)

Photo of Anasazi
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a German beer stein. The look was good, the carbonation was lacking, not much head even after pouring almost, "full throttle" from the bottle.

Very slight traces of foam on the side of the glass. The hop aroma stood out. A citrus/cascade hop blend of a bouquet came to mind.

Not very much taste on the malt but it finishes clean. Good beer for the price of $6-7 a six pack. I understand it took the place of Widmer's, "Drifter Pale Ale." I like it better than their former Drifter. A good beer overall. (518 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter

A: clear gold. A white half finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Grapefruit, hoppy, citrus

T: smooth and hoppy, clean, citrus-y. Semi- sweet. Dry finish.

M: medium with medium carbonation.

O: just so so. Not really impressed. No real magic for me. (298 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Somewhere between orange and copper. Clear with a small white head that fizzed away leaving a ring. Surprisingly, the sparse head did deposit some nice lacing.

S: Presented a fresh pine aroma with hint of grain. Did not get a lot after the head settled down.

T: Flavor is hop forward with more pine, very dry and somewhat soapy. The malts were well hidden.

M: In the middle, decent carbonation. Dry with a light hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: This is one of the driest beers I have had. A nice change from the highly bitter or sweet beers. (552 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  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. (493 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear amber. spotty lace. soft grassy hops and sweet malts for smell, subtle and smooth. taste is more of same, nothing really stands out, but a very sessionable beer. would be nice with meats and nuts i think, it won't try to fight with other flavors. mouth feel is better than i expected, so i'm gonna bump it from my original 3.25 to a bit more. add to my list for non-craft drinkers to start with, :) (404 characters)

Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.