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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

635 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -44.1%

08-22-2013 04:45:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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snilsen13

Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall: It's good. The nose is really well matched to the flavors but the flavors are too complex (too fruity) for me.

Looks like a bitter/IPA, a little orange. Smells nice, clean fresh grassy/piny - not your typical cascade, there's some extra nose in there. I would be proud to make a beer with this smell.

The taste adds some mild tangy fruit flavors, well balanced to the mild/medium bitters. I'm not a fan of tangy in my beer, unless its made on purpose. I would call this a sort of contaminant in the brewing process, maybe endemic to Widmer Bros. Sorry dudes.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the alcohol content. It would drink more quickly if a little lighter. That said, the beer maintains good flavor as it warms up, so maybe it just needs more alcohol.

I would pick it over a lot of other beers, because its pretty well balanced, but it doesn't really do it for me. More breadiness, genuine malt smell/flavor in place of the tangy flavors would make it a real contender. I'm sure its better on tap. It could grow on me, just for that nose.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 17:56:36 | More by snilsen13
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IronTom

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-20-2013 01:24:50 | More by IronTom
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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
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MSL94

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-18-2013 16:49:52 | More by MSL94
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loupap

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-18-2013 14:31:35 | More by loupap
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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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fields336

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-18-2013 02:59:36 | More by fields336
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-17-2013 23:30:54 | More by Casey3236
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Bicyclette

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-17-2013 22:48:42 | More by Bicyclette
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mfigueroa713

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-17-2013 16:24:42 | More by mfigueroa713
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guzzleacoldone

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-17-2013 02:58:24 | More by guzzleacoldone
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-16-2013 20:38:26 | More by CalbeDacks
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-16-2013 02:11:46 | More by zonker17
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-14-2013 16:38:34 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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Tone

Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pine, hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of sugar, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hops, pine, and a hint of sugar. Overall, decent aroma and body, but blend is too sweet and appearance is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:53:56 | More by Tone
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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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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2013 17:53:49 | More by IDABEERGUY
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DrewShalvoy

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2013 02:31:52 | More by DrewShalvoy
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-13-2013 01:05:34 | More by jera1350
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-12-2013 22:32:07 | More by Hugh37
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tgatort

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-12-2013 18:33:32 | More by tgatort
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dbrauneis

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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beertunes

Washington

2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light copper color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that low retention and good lacing.

The aroma was neutral and bland. A very light malt scent, and barely noticeable grassy hops. The story was the same on the tongue, light malts and soft floral hops.

The body was light, and clean enough. Drinkability was OK, but with the lack of flavor and personality, why bother? Overall, a benign, inoffensive brew. Maybe use it to introduce folks to craft beer, but I can't see anybody who uses this site regularly getting excited about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:21:17 | More by beertunes
Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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