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Holy Cow IPA - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.16% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 12-23-2003)
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Beerdster

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-31-2011 21:36:47 | More by Beerdster
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GuidedByBill

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +14.2%

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FrankLloydMike

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-08-2011 17:34:49 | More by FrankLloydMike
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tylerprince

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-28-2011 03:41:22 | More by tylerprince
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2011 03:24:36 | More by nmann08
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Pamola

Vermont

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-22-2011 15:55:50 | More by Pamola
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-19-2011 03:37:58 | More by ElGallo
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shufon

New York

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2011 03:40:51 | More by shufon
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brewdan

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Cow pours a dark golden color (from memory)

Fresh hoppy aroma.

Bright clean taste. Bitter finish. Just enough malt backbone to be balanced but not get in the way of the hops.

Smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Overall: excellent, especially once you consider the abv is only 5.2%. So much flavor for 5.2%.

Well-crafted indeed!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 15:07:13 | More by brewdan
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Brewpub.

Served in a trendy, stemless snifter. Quite dark in color, relatively clear, nice thin plush head that sticks around until the end, and leaves lacing.

Smell was very citrus/sweet hops, some light bready/malty notes too.

Taste: WOW. I cant believe how much flavor this packs for the abv, its really incredible. So complex/rich in flavor. Tons of hop presence on par with an DIPA. Maltys are rich almost porter like in flavor initially, a hint of chocolate and caramel. Then the hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical, sunshine, summer and glory.

Incredibly sessionable for the flavor profile. Very well made.

Best beer under 6% abv I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 01:39:57 | More by BigCheese
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Looks a lot like Rapture. Pretty darker color. Great head. I'm surprised at how dark the color is. I dig it. Lacing everywhere. Great presentation in the glass too.

S-The Alchemist does not play around with the hops. They mean business. This one is incredibly hoppy too. Tropical hoppiness. Decent balance too. Aromatic and fragrant.

T-Flavor for days. Hoppy and fresh, but still a delectable malt backbone. There is a bunch of fresh cut grass in the flavor. Herbal and delicious. Quite like Rapture. I can tell by one glass how incredibly sessionable this flavor is. Simply delicious and cut out of the Alchemist's mold.

M-Still pretty big for a %5.2 brew. How did they pack this much flavor into this? A bunch of bubbles and a dry aftertaste. Good, lasting bitterness.

O/D-Don't let the bigger brews fool you. This one is an absolute ace on its own. Would kill to have this regularly. Tropical and grassy hops blow me away. Cannot say enough about this brewery and their amazing IPA. And once again, cheap for a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 21:19:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at The Alchemist

A - hazy golden yellow, bug white head.

S - lots of orange and grapefruit along with some peach/apricot.

T - little honey and then a perfect light bitterness. Tons of hop flavor without overpowering bitter finish.

M - medium, but feels super light. Nice carb.

O - I may like this better than heady. Not as complex, but I could drink this all day every day. Tons of flavor for 5%

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 01:32:12 | More by ChrisPro
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ggilman

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. pour at The Alchemist in a tapered pint glass.

Somewhat clear copper color beer poured almost to the top with one finger of tight bubbly head. Very nice lacing. Clean nose with a hit of fresh hop. Straight ahead grapefruit bitterness without much malt. Not a ton of fresh hop flavor, granted I did just have a Heady Topper. In comparison this is crisp, clean and fresh with nice bitter finish. Very refreshing and clean. Not a lot of complexity, but not a lot to complain about. A solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 03:18:39 | More by ggilman
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at The Alchemist Pub & Brewery, Waterbury, VT
Served in a rounded, stemless glass

Beautiful appearance. Deep crimson-amber and quite hazy, with a one-plus finger tall head of off-white, meringue-like froth. The head slowly dissipated, leaving thick rings of lacing along the glass.

The nose was quite hoppy yet balanced. Candied orange peel was most noticeable. Grapefruit notes were apparent as well. The hoppiness was well matched by a mix of both biscuit and caramel-like malts. Some tropical fruits were also detectible.

Lots of fruity hop notes also came through in the flavor profile. The taste was initially much like the nose. Candy dipped orange peel and rich malts dominated the front end. As the beer moved along the palate however, strong, pithy, bitter grapefruit notes took over. The beer finished ultra dry and resiny with lingering notes of pine sap.

The mouthfeel was a bit weak for the style. It was lighter bodied with a finely bubbled yet semi-aggressive effervescence. The liquid felt a bit airy on my palate.

I love hoppy IPAs but the finish on this was quite harsh and really took away from many of the beer's better characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 04:29:30 | More by Damian
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source

A: Pours bright orange, very hazy, with nearly 2 fingers of slightly off-white head (foamy). Leaves a lot of lacing covering most of the glass.

S: Holy Cow! Citrus and tropical fruits are bursting out of the glass: tangerine, mango, grapefruit, etc. Really "orange" and bright smelling with a touch of floral and herbal qualities. It's like opening a fresh bag of really citrus-forwards hops.

T: Does the nose follow over? Yep! Just short of an all out hop assault: tons of that great citrus with good balance (floral and herbal notes) and enough pine resin to give a good wallop of bitterness. The malt base is lightly toasted with a decent amount of crystal malt. The hop flavors last long through the finish without really budging. Fairly dry and bitter finish with an awesome hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium body, slightly high carbonation, very resinous. Has a fairly crisp finish, but does have a bit more sweetness than a really dry IPA. A little balance.

O: I've heard a lot about these big, citrus-forward killer IPAs, but they for the most part have been fairly elusive. This really fits the mold for my perfect IPA. Stone IPA I find too herbal, Alesmith wasn't intense/bitter/citrus enough, etc etc. This was one the spot. The most amazing thing to me is that ABV. I could drink this baby all day if I had easier access.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 02:10:30 | More by Satchboogie
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap

Appearance - hazy copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pine

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also quite a bit of a citrus fruit juiciness - oranges and grapefruits and a touch of pine. The beer finishes with a fruity sweet aftertaste with lingering dry hop bitterness.

Overall - A better than average IPA that i would be happy to have again any time. It reminded me a little bit of a better tasting Dale's Pale Ale. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 19:23:09 | More by spinrsx
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first pint I enjoyed at “The Alchemist” before switching to Mortal Sin (a superior beer) Don’t get me wrong, this is a fine IPA and one I would gladly enjoy again, but if Mortal Sin is on the next tap.. the choice is clear.

The pint came with a creamy bright white head that stood about 2 fingers tall. Nice retention and quite a bit of thick lace. The beer was a hazy dull amber color with a orange sunset quality to it.

Aroma was fresh, light grassy and very herbal.

Flavor was interesting. Lots of components with a bready base at it’s core. Also notes of grape, grapefruit pith with lots of grassy & herbal notes.

Medium bodied, a light spritz of carbonation. Almost oily. Nice.

A good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:11:32 | More by Reagan1984
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musicforairports

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy amber in color. A fluffy 1-inch head on top leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell is all hops. Lots of tropical fruit aromas and some pine.

Taste is very hoppy but not very bitter. Mango, papaya, grapefruit flavors dominate. I'd say this is a Simcoe/Amarillo mix, perhaps some Citra. No really malt flavors to speak of besides a mild sweetness in the background that never really comes out much. Finishes dry.

Lightly creamy on the mouth with the right level of carbonation.

This is a fantastically drinkable IPA, and given the ABV I could drink a lot of them. The Alchemist does hoppy beers very well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 16:01:21 | More by musicforairports
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Served on tap into a pint glass at the Alchemist.

Appearance: Cloudy orange in color with a nice white fluffy head. Good retention all around.

Aroma: Big citrus and pine notes. Aggressively hoppy. Nice balance of some of the more fruity notes and a strong pine presence.

Taste: Pine notes are dominant with some nice citrus flavors in the back. Hops are dominant but there is a touch of pale malt malt in there. The aftertaste is really intensely bitter. Makes this a bit harder to drink and retracts from the beer a little in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and a touch creamy. Very refreshing.

Overall, a really nice IPA that has a ton of hop flavors. The bitterness towards the end can be a bit much. Just a note, I had a couple sips of this on cask after having it on tap and enjoyed it a lot more. The bitter aftertaste smoothed out perfectly and really allowed the other flavors to open up. Good, but I definitely prefer my limited experience with it on cask.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 20:12:33 | More by Gosox8787
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is of pine and hoppy grapefruit. Flavor is a nice piney bitterness with some citrus, thinking maybe orange. Creamy mouthfeel thanks to the cask. I'd be interested to have this one on tap rather than cask but I'm digging the cask and couldn't pass up the chance. Overall it's a very good IPA and has a nice bitter citrus quality too it but it is very subtle. Reminds me of DFH Johnny Cask but not quite as good. Worth having again for sure.

Serving type: cask

04-30-2011 01:35:21 | More by PicoPapa
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Alchemist.

A: Dark caramel color with a slightly off white head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

S: The smell is what you would expect from an 85 IBU beer, hops. Although the hops dominate the nose, the sweet malts come through as well.

T: The citrus hops are present up front and they are followed by the sweet malts that balance the beer nicely. The slight bitters last throughout and the finish is a bit malty.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Slightly bitter feel with the malts taking over.

D: This is a great session beer, probably one of the bests I've had. Very well balanced with the bitters and malty backbone. Although I came for the Heady Topper, I enjoyed Holy Cow quite a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 20:24:44 | More by mavbrew
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TangTKE402

New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-Brown with a thick haze and a nice 1-finger head. Great lacing. Had on tap in a 16oz. pint glass.

S: Pine cones with daffodils and some sweetness at the end.

T: Great smooth easy hoppiness. This isn't "hit you over the head" hoppy. Instead, a nice mellow pine and citrus flavor eases you in and lets you enjoy it bigtime. Balanced with enough sweetness to make it very long on flavor.

M: A litte nappy in chewy with a bright finish and a dry, bitter aftertaste.

D: I really enjoy this beer a ton, and the drinkability is very high. However, the overpowering dryness on the swallow may turn me off over the course of a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 23:36:38 | More by TangTKE402
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Alchemist on 1/5/2011. Pours a dull orange with a hazy clarity and a rocky, half inch bright white head that gradually dissipates into a fairly consistent skim. Thick, textured bands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses huge, sweet citrus aromas with a barely detectable kiss of earthy bitterness at the back. Flavor profile starts with a strong, earthy bitterness that reasserts itself at the finish. Middle reveals some citric acid with just the merest suggestion of citrus sweetness. There's also a slightly grassy quality interspersed in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with an even carbonation and some astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks. This is a top notch IPA; one of the most memorable I've had to date. Slightly on the bitter side of the spectrum for my normal tastes; however, this is an extremely drinkable IPA nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 02:39:24 | More by Jwale73
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Holy Cow IPA from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
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