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Holy Cow IPA - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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Holy Cow IPA
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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 47
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 3.96%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.16% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottum on 12-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 47
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (295 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the charismatic joint I found this beer to be a amber color, slightly hazy with some visible carbonation. White head, little retention and spotty lacing. The aromas were nice and all hops, piney hops, citrus hops, herbal hops. The flavors were spot-on, grapefruit, strong pine and resin, green grass and a solid malt backbone behind it. Superb balance. Very drinkable and a fantastic example of the style. (420 characters)

Photo of chuckd123
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Updating my original review. I knew this was a great IPA the first time, but since then I've tried countless others, and generally prefer double IPA's for the hoppier, more flavorful taste. Now having had this one again, I am amazed at the flavor John gets out of a 5% abv beer. I love Pliny the Elder, but I swear the Holy Cow is a better overall beer, and at 5% you can realistically session this one vs. 8% Pliny. If John ever decides to bottle this one, and the rest of the BA's around the country try it, I have no doubt it would rank in the top 5 for the style. Great job John, another fantastic Alchemist brew.

Had several Holy Cow's while in Vermont skiing in January 2008. Excellent IPA overall. Very typical copper color with a head that maintained lacing all the way down the glass during the 30 or so minutes I spent drinking one. Very hoppy right away, has the flavor more typical of a double, but much more drinkable given moderate abv. Smells of hops, citrus and malt (in that order), with hops dominating. If you're an IPA fan, get yourself up to the Alchemist for one of these. They make several excellent IPA's (try the holy moly double if you want more of an alcohol kick, it's amazing). One of the top 5 IPA's I've ever had. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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! (528 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first bier I enjoyed during a long weekend exploring northern Vermont with Alewife. Scored a pint whilst sitting at the bar... Poured a medium golden color, perhaps a touch of copper there too. Liquid was slightly cloudy, and the head was thin, white and creamy, leaving nice lace. Aroma sugested a touch of malt sweetness along with a healthy dose of citrus. Body was a solid medium, and the bier, not being highly carbonated, passed nicely on the tongue.

Holy cow! There's lots of citrus here, and the 6 malts used did lend a nice base upon which the hops were heaped. The major force playing in the flavor is the citrus, with a super grapefruit component. Despite the hops, this is really not an unbalanced bier. The malt has a good presence with all the hopping going on. Very nice brew...

Prosit!!

4.25
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled at the brewpub on 02.29.2008; served in a tumbler.

Hazy golden with auburn highlights beneath a creamy, half-inch white head. Webbed and condensed lacing with good strength. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, apricot, lemon, and orange, with hints of pine. Citrus hops initially over a stable, toasted malt breadiness. Notes of must balanced with fresh pine and tropical fruity esters. Medium in body; juicy with a mild oily character. A solid representative of what an American IPA is. Nothing excessive, but very depictive of the style. (565 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (874 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice copper/amber color with minimal carbonation. The aroma was one of citrus and hops with some grassiness. The flavor was satisfactory with a nice bitterness up front and throughout the beer. Pretty damn fine for an IPA and this goes to show that The Alchemist makes THE best damn IPAs in Vermont. Period. (326 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (697 characters)

Photo of tubbnik
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have a Cow, man!

Wonderful IPA from a wonderful brewpub. Best Pale Ale in Vermont!

a - Deep copper color. Nice head that lingered for about halfway thru my drinking.

s - Grapefruit is most prominent, followed by assorted citrus essences. Deliciously balanced with a sweet malt aroma. Balanced.

t - The blend of hops gave a inital burst of citrus flavor, again mostly grapefruit. Then a wave of malt backbone comes in right on time. Followed by a slight pine flavor. Finished with an even blend of hop bitterness and malt flavor. So balanced its amazing. I couldn't go more than 30 seconds between sips.

m - felt like beer in terms of carbonation and viscosity. which is an accomlishment concidering the strong hops and malt presences. more than anything, my mouth felt satisfaction. on the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

d - high drinkability. After sampling their beer menu, I enjoyed two more. I couldn't get enough.

Highly praised and reccomended. Drive to Waterbury and have one. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (343 characters)

Photo of scottum
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a great full amber with a beaut of a white headskie. Tastes nice full and hoppy with a great mix of hop flavors. The malts are theree too for balance. As one would expect, the cask version of this beer has better mouthfeel and is smoother than the on tap version of the brewskie. Worth checking out for sure. (315 characters)

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Holy Cow IPA from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.