India Pale Ale | Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
Quebec, Canada
lalchimiste.ca

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dherling on 04-11-2007

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Ratings:
75
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
13.18%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of kwjd
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange colour with thick white head from the pour. Nice lacing on the glass, but the head retention isn't too great as the head dissipates fairly quickly. Smells of herbal, earthy and citrus hops with a big caramel malt backbone. Somewhat bitter, but pretty balanced. Less bitter than I'd expect from an IPA. Low carbonation makes this pretty smooth, though I'd like a bit more carbonation. Ok IPA.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one yesterday and enjoyed it.

Poured into tall Heineken glass.

A- Deep reddish copper with a creamy, very light brown two finger of head. Enough frothy lacing to complete the look.

S- Caramel, nectar cola and a bit of tropical fruit hop.

T- Bitter right from the start. A bit of boiled/burnt veggie and wood in the middle and finish.

M- Smooth almost feels like it was nitro poured when you swish it around, But pour gently. I noticed mouthfeel wasn't as good on the second, rough, down the middle pour. Close to high carbonation. Dry finish.

D- Drinks great. Just that little boiled veggie taste which is a bit off-putting.

I like this.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/reddish colour with a fair size fizzy beige head. There appears to be an above average amount of carbonation showing. There isn't a whole lot of lacing showing and the head only stuck around for a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - a rustiness, caramel, hops, citrus juice, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount or carbonation, and the most noticeable flavours are hops, malts and a rustiness. There is also notes of lemon juice and the beer also has a yeast and fruit ester flavour. The beer finishes with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - I can't put my finger on it, but something just isn't right with this beer. It is one of the better beers made by L'Alchimiste, but unfortunately that isn't say much. It surely doesn't compare to the American IPA's and I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 ml served in a room temp glass..

Appearance - Very attractive looking beer, the beer pours with a lot of head that is an off white/brown base colour. Head appears to have a lot of carbonation as you can hear it sizzling! The beer is a gorgeous auburn colour, however, little hard to tell the amount of carbonation happening.

Smell - The beer has a citrus base to the smell, it appears to be orange. I also smell a hint of caramel in this beer.

Taste - a very good tasting beer. the citrus comes through on the aftertaste. The caramel has a slight taste initially. There is a slight spice taste to it as well. The aftertaste is decent, lingers for a little bit of time.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation isnt strong in the mouthfeel, i would have liked to seen a bit more. The taste remains the same and i actually found the aftertaste went away a bit.

Drinkability - Very good beer and i would buy again, i was hoping or more in the overall taste, but to say the least it was good.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep orange amber, an off-white rather firm head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is malty bread, lemon, bitter orange and some pine needles.

The taste is upfront bready, brown bread, red grape-fruit, and pine resin.

Medium carbonation, soft and pleasant body, a nice dry finish.

Not bad at all, I like the relative small sweetness and much taste for ABV 5.5%.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Randomly got this at a beer store in Quebec, pleasantly surprised!
Pours a nice clear amber/red with a very creamy one finger head with some light lacing. Nose isn't too hoppy at all, has a decent malt backbone with a distinctive quebec yeast nose.

Taste is spot on for an English IPA, it's very well balanced but has a clear hop note to it. I'd say the abv is a bit low for an IPA, but it works well. Mouthfeel is pretty rich and creamy with a bit of a high amount of carbonation for an english style. real easy drinking.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Thanks Milos! Deep amber with an off white froth. Nose of intense C-hops and dark bread, some grapefruit too. Tastes of c-hops and leafy greens, bready malts, some toast, and then the taste fades to a grainy sort of funk which takes over. I like the beer overall, but the strange aftertaste makes it a bit weird. Grainy yeasty finish. Good overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark copper hue, with a finger of soapy white head, that dissipates after a few minutes, leaving consistent lace around the glass. It smells of bready, biscuit malt, and herbal hops. The taste is biscuit and caramel malt, a bit of sour citrus, and weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body is medium heavy, and it finishes off-dry, some roasted caramel essence lingering. An alright English IPA.

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Photo of Deuane
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light copper with a thin off-white head that left spotty lace.

S-Initial biscuit malt and some caramel sweetness with a touch of floral citrus and a bit of spiciness.

T-Malt forward flavour with light notes of citrus and peppery spiciness.

M-Medium-light bodied with a dry finish and mild lingering hop bitterness.

D-Not my style of IPA....this isnt poorly done but it is too malt forward for me and the hop profile doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Derek
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Citrus, peppery-spicy, toffee & cotton-candy.

T: Fairly balanced hop & malt flavour, citrus, toffee, some fruity esters, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has some hop acidity & an off-dry finish.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of eat
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid, creamy, light-tan head with good retention and good lacing. Nice dark-amber in colour, a bit cloudy.

Caramel, roasted malt, nutty with a touch of hops. Doesn't smell much like an IPA but it smells great.

This is an IPA? I don't know about that. Pretty weak tasting. Watery roasted malt takes up most of the flavour with just a touch of hops in the background. Watery, boring, doesn't really taste like much of anything. Bitter aftertaste.

Too watery for my taste. Light mouthfeel with light carbonation.

I think I'd rather drink a Keith's than one of these; it tastes like drinking dark, bitter water. Not even worth trying, in case you're wondering. I'm feeling pretty let down...this beer looked and smelled great.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty standard looking amber with a nice frothy head and chunky lacing.

The aroma is a toasted caramel malt with a subtle lemony grapefruit.

Taste is a biscuity/grainy malt with a slight pithy grapefruit bitterness and a bit of cooked corn/vegetal, which I could do without, and there's an underlying chalkiness throughout. The hops are understated and lacking for the style--really this has more of a pale ale thing going on for me. The taste of tinned pears comes out as it warms.

It's an okay beer but the vegetal aspect is strange and off putting and is enough to keep me from seeking this out again.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Red/amber body with a one finger-thick white frothy head. Some visible carbonation, which appears a bit strange. carbonation.

S - Not entirely feint, but not a very strong scent to it either. Some hoppiness and caramel maltness as well as hints of citrus, namely grapefruit.

T - A decent IPA taste, a decent hoppy bite and some caramel maltiness. Finishes with nice grapefruit notes.

M - Carbonation is definitely a bit high. The beer is light to medium-bodied, a little watery for my taste.

D - I was not entirely impressed, but it is not bad. The drinkability is mediocre. Overall, this beer could have more flavour...

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sturdy sweet malt and a fruity hop.

The taste consisted of sweet and mildly earthy malts and a fruity and lightly citrus hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and seemingly authentic EIPA.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one tap at a great beer bar in Montreal called Vices Et Vesca. The beer itself was pretty good. Nice lacing, retention and a dark amber color.

Smells of light floral (English?) hops, sweet malt and a faint fruitiness.

Tastes of mild hop bitterness (not enough for my liking), more malt taste than anything. Not bad but there were better beers to fill my mug with.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a L'Alchimiste sampler 12-pack (thanks Dad). Sampled on a sultry June evening. Pours a dark gold with decent head. Medium aroma of malts - just a hint of hops. The flavour follows similarly - more malty than hoppy. Not hoppy, even by English IPA standards. Though it's still decent stuff.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very limpid beer, with a shy golden amber in colour, very carbonated, with no head at all.

when I opened the bottle a strong cereal smell came out. smell is of shy hops with a shy caramel flavours.

taste is buttery, and the touch in mouth is watery, butterscotch flavours followed by this water take.

Either a bad bottle or it is a version of Alexander Keith's IPA

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Photo of ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz. bottle on 6/6/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear golden/amber body with one-finger off-white head and plenty of active carbonation.

S - Floral and perfumy hop aroma with a tinge of citrus fruit and sweet malt.

T - Similar to the aroma, the flavor combines a floral hop character and sweet malty notes. Pretty muted flavor profile, perhaps due to the age of the beer.

M - Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel that's a tad watery, but still pretty slick and smooth overall. Mild carbonation.

D - Decent IPA, perhaps a little too light on the hops. But at 5.5% ABV, it's quite an easy drinker.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this is a good IPA. Although I prefer more "hoppiness" in IPA. I want more hop and malt in the taste when I drink an IPA. Hops I can taste although the last 6-pack, the taste is not great at all!!

Anyway, the head was good. The mouthfeel was good also although not my last 6-pack... Maybe they are not consistent with their beer!

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Photo of Quej
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear dark red, no head and little carbonation. Fades to some small lacing.
S - Slight smell of toasty malt with a touch of hops.
T - A nice soft malty center with a hefty bitterness and some floral hop scents. A nice long aftertaste of bitterness. Becomes quite dry as it warms.
M - Very nice and suitable for the style. Very refreshing.
D - Really very good. Lots of sessionability.

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Photo of bobsy
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA poured a nice amber with a medium off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Fruity, malty aroma, with only the faintest hint of hops. There's really not much hops at all in the malt dominated flavour, which also contains caramel and fruit. Medium bodied, and easy drinking. This was a decent beer, but by no means would I have thought it was an IPA in a blind taste test.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille de 341ml

quel beau produit! belle couleur ambrée parfaite du style, odeur de houblon américain, houblonage à sec ? goût tout aussi prononcé de houblon et de malt parfaitement fondu, piquant sur la langue, une amertume parfaite, j'aime le style et cette bière en est une digne représentante.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this west.

A clear, amber hued, mildly carbonated ale produced a decent two finger off white head on a fairly vigorous pour. Eventually settled to a thin ring and didnt leave much for lacings.

Nice citrusy hop aroma was released from the body of this brew following the pour. It was a little harder to find once the head subsided, but aromas of orange peel, with lesser notes of earth, wood, and grass. Malty scents of toast, biscuit, and grainy malt present as well.

Decent toasty, biscuit malt backbone with a pleasing grainy character. Also some less welcome cooked corn and vegetal flavour. Mild fruity esters come through with hints of apple and pear. Then the hops show up with a bitterness level more befitting an ESB, with hints of citrus, but mostly a goldings profile of earth and wood. Some grassiness also reveals itself at the finish.

Light to medium bodied brew. Lightly hopped for the style, and the vegetal character is also out of place. Somewhat watery in feel yet dry finishing, making for a refreshing drink.

A decent ale, and quite drinkable, both in spite of and because of its faults. Would benefit from a cleaner and more bold approach, its almost more of a bitter than english styled IPA. As such this is a very approachable brew, but not of significant interest to the experienced craft beer drinker. I'd drink this again, especially in the dog days of summer, but i wont be seeking this anytime soon.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A-Very nice orange amber colour with very good bubbles and a nice light beige head.

S- Fruity hops. Some dusty carbonation at first. Caramel malt.

T- Dissappointing wateriness up front, but this fades as the beer warms and flavours start to come through. Pleasant bitter finish. Middle includes pleasant caramel and fruity flavours.

MF- Good body, but nothing special to note here.

D- I was worries this would be too hopped, but the balance was quite nice. Good mealtime flavourful ale. I had it with a home made Indian curry, with which it paired well.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is different from the Indian Pale. Poured out an orangey brown color with a frothy off white head that sticks to the side like super lacing glue. The nose is strong hops, grapefruit pith, pine, oregano, marjoram, and slight sweet malt. The taste seems watered down, bitter, oily hops, lacking in true body or flavor. The mouthfeel has medium body and medium cabronation. The ghastly burning bitterness keeps this from any hope of being a drinkable beer.

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India Pale Ale from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
3.49 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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