Holy Cow IPA - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev -3%
I had this wonderful IPA on my way to this year's Vermont Brewer's Festival. In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a thick white head and some decent lacing. Big hops aroma: citrus and floral. Mostly a grapefruit taste, a little pine, and a good malt background. A well-balanced beer.
07-21-2009 20:47:23 | More by lordofthewiens
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap poured into a 4oz sample glass.
Pours a nice pale amber that's a bit hazy with a small white head and thin white lacing. Nose is light, hoppy and malty. Quite floral and fruity.
Taste is great and hoppy, ita hard to remember this is an ipa not an iipa, it's very tasty and citrusy with a good malt backbone. Super drinkable, very tasty ipa.
08-06-2010 22:36:34 | More by kingcrowing
4.38/5 rDev 0%
This beer has changed a little over the last couple years. It has gone from 5.1% ABV and 65 IBU to 5.6% and 85 IBU and gotten a little rougher around the edges - in a good way.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, with a moderate head.
Smell: Wonderful American hop aroma backed up by pale and crystal malts (maybe a little Munich??).
Taste: Hoppy and malty all at once, with a big hoppy finish. A lot of hops but still very balanced.
Mouthfeel: Substantial. A good one to chew on for a bit - something often missing in lesser IPA's.
Drinkability: I could drink this all night, except, a) I have to go home at some point and b) there are too many other great brews here to stick with this.
03-11-2007 01:42:41 | More by skivtjerry
3.9/5 rDev -11%
Five hops and six malts undisclosed. Big head, nice bitter. 85 IBU. A choice of a session ale. Bitterness offset by malt in a nice smooth balance. Better than average IPA and finishes crisp and clean as all of this pub's beers.
Two and a half years later and still as great, with even more good looks from a white soapy head on cloudy orange.
11-10-2005 20:16:07 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-02-2011 16:01:21 | More by musicforairports
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-13-2011 19:23:09 | More by spinrsx
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
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%
07-24-2011 01:32:12 | More by ChrisPro
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-06-2011 23:36:38 | More by TangTKE402
3.98/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-30-2011 01:35:21 | More by PicoPapa
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010.
Pours a nice, slightly-hazed orange color with a three-finger off-white head and an explosion of lacing as it goes down my glass. Then, the nose--holy crap are there a lot of hops in this way. The nose itself is incredibly bitter and brings forward a strong force of citrus hops with a bit of pine as well.
The flavor backs off a bit. There is just an unending amount of bitterness coming through in the feel, though the taste doesn't quite hit the high not belonging to the mouthfeel and the aroma, as the hop flavors don't really pop and it turns into a bit of an IBU bomb without the flavor to back it up. Still, a really nice beer and a pretty good substitute for not getting to try Heady Topper, though I'll be back looking for that.
11-14-2010 12:46:12 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev -4.6%
sampled on tap at the brewpub may 31/2010. listed at 5.2% and 85 IBU.
pours hazy orangey amber with a big off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick lace as it falls.
aroma is great. huge hop nose. orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pine. a bit resiny. white bread, cracker, hint of biscuit. light alcohol. huge mix and variety of hop character, with no one element dominating.
taste is great. orange, tangerine, grapefruit. light pine. bit of powder and resin. whole wheat bread. light cracker and biscuit. low alcohol. right around medium bitterness level.
mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.
drinkability is great. excellent balance, hiding most of its 85 IBUs. great hop and malt depth, with no single element being overly dominant. a damn tasty IPA.
06-14-2010 18:49:52 | More by grub
4.03/5 rDev -8%
A copper with a frothy head
S pine resin and citrus
T delicious but not as flavorful as heady most of the same flavors with a bigger malt presence
M clean great ipa
D could throw back a lot of these
Would prefer heady but I like this a lot
Apology for iPhone review
12-19-2010 00:18:39 | More by mountsnow1010
3.8/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
07-16-2011 04:29:30 | More by Damian
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
So glad I made the trip up her. Totally worth it. Another solid ipa from the Alchemist. Slightly under el jefe as far as taste is concerned but still a great ipa. Not quite as full and flavorfull especially in terms of the fruit coming through. This is being picky though. I could go through a bunch of these.
12-07-2010 02:25:01 | More by DNICE555
4.22/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-18-2011 03:18:39 | More by ggilman
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
A-Deep copper with a white head that reduced slightly and left nice lace.
S-Grapefruit and other assorted citrus aromas. A nice follow up by sweet caramel malt.
T-Five hops?? Hello grapefruit and citrus! Then a malt backbone comes in right behind. Very nicely balanced with the hops taking the lead. Nice lingering piney hop bitterness.
M-Medium body with nice drying finish.
D-All hops, all the time! Oh right, and some malt too. Bring it on....this is super nice. How could Heady Topper be any better? Holy Cow is right!
07-20-2008 06:58:18 | More by Deuane
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-30-2011 20:12:33 | More by Gosox8787
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Ummmm Holy Cow! Ok I said it, but its deserved. This beer is set in front of me and is quite pretty. Burnt golden orange color with a solid inch of white frothy soapy head. After a few sips it settles and leaves a thin covering and lots of spotty lacing.
Absolutely bursting with grapefruit and orange rind. I could smell the ridiculously fresh oily citrusy hops as soon as this beer was set in front of me. Loaded with notes of tangerine and a light toasted caramel maltiness. Just incredibley fresh and potent.
Lots of flavor immediatley. Grapefruity citrus hops, orange, bit of lemon, a touch of peach and the lingering hop notes are more bitter than the immediate fruity hoppiness. Finishes with that hop bitterness and a light toasted malt flavor.
Light carbonaton with medium body.
Talk about a drinkable totally sessionable IPA. I could drink this beer all night.
08-28-2007 23:29:15 | More by Matthew
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
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%.
08-27-2011 15:07:13 | More by brewdan
Holy Cow IPA from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.