El Jefe | The Alchemist

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
18 Reviews
El JefeEl Jefe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Black IPA. Our Christmas IPA from the days of the pub. Loaded with Simcoe and Galaxy.

Added by Jason on 12-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
120
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by Willytee3:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dontknojack
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TTripp725
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample from the brewery.

Black, opaque with a light brown lacing on top that lasts. Soft hop resin blankets the nose, soft dankness and a sweet charred maltiness in there too. Very smooth, chewy body and a snappy carbonation. Semi-pungent hop character throughout, ample bitterness in tow. Hefty amount of charred malt flavor in the middle, hint of dark fruit and brown malt stays on the palate. Hoppy semi-roasted finish.

Exceptional, spot on to style and very drinkable for its size. Hoping I run into this one again soon.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RyanOooh
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In tap at Arvads served in tulip. 2" spongey tan head that left early lacing.
Scent of roasted coffee, dank
Superb taste, coffee, cocoa with a mild carb that
helped this creamy mouthed, yet a little slick, blackest
of ales drinkable and delicious. This beer seemed to have a lot of porter
profiles, but the hops were present, but not in your face. A superbly drinkable hop coffee malt beverage. Actually complex with subtle flavors on the front, big profile with the feel and lingering notes. Brilliant.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Pours a brown body with a big off-white head. Aroma is toasty malts and a resiny hop aroma. Tastes of grapefruit, resiny hops, strong grassy bite begins very early. Some toasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Hefty bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation. This is an aggressively bitter beer. That doesn't bother me so much, but I'm not that enthused by the flavor before the bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JDelder
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderately dark brown, with a fluffy nice one inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like marijuana, dank pine, bitter grapefruit, mango, and roasted malt.

This is definitely one of the best black IPAs that I've had. It's mostly IPA, with a few "black" characteristics. There's a moderate roast, and a mild amount of chocolate, but it's mostly nicely bitter hoppiness, much in the usual Alchemist vein. It's super piney, grassy, and dank, in the weed sense. with a moderate amount of fruitiness. There's definitely some grapefruit, maybe some tangerine and mango- it's delicious.

This is medium bodied, both crisp and creamy at the same time, with a good level of carbonation.

Leave it to The Alchemist to actually make a good black IPA. This is good stuff.

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Photo of user785335
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had 1/10/17 at home from Andy K. A roasty bitterness, balanced with a creamy mouth feel, and a clean, crisp, short, piney finish. I'm grateful to be able to try more beers from this awesome brewery.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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El Jefe from The Alchemist
4.23 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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