The Alchemist

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #93
Ranked #846
4.37 | pDev: 7.09%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Notes: An American Double IPA first brewed for 8/8/08. Plenty of hops are complimented by a large addition of Curacao orange peel.
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 184 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz tallboy can courtesy of ovaltine. No idea when it was canned.

Big, creamy off-white head when poured, on top of a nice, semi-clear, dark golden amber colored beer. Things get a little chill-hazed after a couple minutes. Quite a lot of residue at the bottom. If I had another can, I might try decanting it, or at least leave a tiny bit in the can.

Light stone fruit aroma, with undercurrents of orange and whiff of grapefruit and sweat. Sweat seems to be often something my nose picks up from predominantly Mosaic hopped beers. As beertunes often says, YMMV.

The Mosaic hops give a bright stone fruit flavor up front, like peaches, with the orange peel, seemingly applied with much restraint, giving the beer an undercurrent of orangey citrus flavor. Light bitterness at the swallow. I'm not really picking up.anything that consciously reminds me of the Cascade hops. Really drinkable beer, with no sign of it's rather high abv percentage.

Medium bodied, with a slightly resiny mouthfeel that is.a little marred by the solid chunks of residue I'm spitting out as I get down towards the last of it.

A very tasty beer, only let down by the residue, which is probably due to my sitting on it too long as a possible share beer. It really goes down easy, with little of the tartness normally associated with additions of orange peel. I'd hit this regularly if available locally. Thanks, Mike!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ahhh ouroboros...it's viral.

Sent from egrandfield
no can date
Yakima Valley hops glass

Golden honey juice with a tall fluffy creamy head of 3 fingers with webby lacing up the sides.

Slight dank with a huge wave of juicy ripe melon and orange juice. Some tangerine. Lovely.

Flavor brings the juice hardcore. Lots of orange juice and white grapefruit juice, with hints of mango, blueberry, peach and papaya. Following is traditional Alchemist dank cannabis and pine, with slight eucalyptus, pepper, and onion.

Feel is creamy and juicy, and has a powerful carbonation. Some detectable alcohol and dryness.

Overall, a tasty and juicy IPA that still has the Alchemist harshness but is more enjoyable than some of their 'juiced' offerings. Good stuff.

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Photo of amano_h
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Peach-like stone fruit, bright juicy oranges, green leaf herbs, and bitter grapefruit rinds compose the main aromatic components of this triple-eight beer. Give it some time and temperature and the aromatics all blend into a nice fruit cocktail like amalgamation, with a light honeyed grapefruit-like accentuation toward the back end. I suspect some of the sweetness is from the malt.

John Kimmich couldn't have said it better when he said that he wanted there to be a soft orange peel presence that joins the fray after the hops do their thang. The aforementioned fruit cocktail of stone fruit, oranges, herbs, and pink grapefruit pith inundate the palatal senses during the first few sips. As you slow down, however, there's a pleasant almost salty winter tangerine-like flavor that washes over the initial fruit onslaught; it's actually kind of hard to explain in precise detail, but whereas the drying sensation you get from hop-heavy brews are usually bitter, this one is kind of salty and acidic, kind of like the sticky citrus residue that remains on the lips while you're working your way through an entire net of cuties because you have no self-control.
Medium-light bodied with a creamy initial mouthfeel. I'm quite surprised to report that there's a substantial amount of stickiness that this brew leaves behind on your lips after consecutive sips--I can only liken it to the stickiness you feel on your fingers after peeling clementine after clementine, or the stickiness you usually feel when you inadvertently splash citrus juice on yourself while peeling or eating fresh citrus. Soft carbonation, with no discernible heat. This would be infinitely sessionable but-for it's 8% ABV rating.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chill haze burnt gold with a tall foamy lumpy head slowly settling to a thin film and bubbly collar leaving mild lace.

Pine and dank eucalyptic cannabis accent pungent peach and grapefruit with a touch of toasted cracker via a medium-light body with a light but crisp carbonation finishing just dry.

Ouroboros features an old school bitterness with no off-notes at all. Not enough breweries are brave enough to do this right these days.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing... cloudiest beer I've seen from the Alchemist.

S: Orange citrus and pine.

T/F: Light malt base with a big bitter citrus hop profile. Orange and grapefruit... pine/evergreen and resin. Medium bodied.... oily on the tongue.

O: An outstanding unfiltered DIPA. It's not a juice bomb and it's not meant to be. More of an old school bitter hop bomb. Really liked this one.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered orange beer with a big, dense head. Tons of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is a big shot of orange and hops. Sort of citrusy and resiny. Tastes sweet for a second and that is quickly replaced with bitter orange and pine. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with a a soapy off-white head. Looks like an Alchemist DIPA.

The nose is filled with dank citrus aromas, and a prominent aroma from the orange peel. The orange peel is even more noticeable on the taste, to the point that it approaches distraction, but then the malt reels it back in, providing a much needed balance to this uber flavorful DIPA.

The mouthfeel is full, with a grip - nothing pillowy here. If you don’t like orange peel flavors, this beer will be a challenge, but if you do, it will be in your wheelhouse. I do, so I really appreciate the execution that Alchemist always brings to their beers in my experience.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrusy and floral hops up front along with the orange peel. Very light malt. Quite juicy

T: Starts off with the citrus and floral hops and then picks up the orange peel and a light-moderate bitterness. Light maltiness balances well. Finishes with lingering floral and orange peel notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smooth side

O: A very good DIPA that has a good balance between hops, malt, and orange peel. Very easy to drink. Check it out if you can

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Photo of egrandfield
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citrusy in a non-thick way. Loved it. Definitely would like to enjoy this with a piece of juicy chicken or fish. Very, very smooth for a citrus imperial.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, snifter glass. Pours a cloudy orange body, one finger white head, good retention, bit of lacing. Smell is grainy without being too sweet (just like their other hoppy beers), it's fairly wort like with a big grapefruit sweetness, fair bit of herbal resin, leafy, mild caramel. Flavour follows, a bit more wort-like and a bit less of a hop presence, but still a big dose of hop aromatics and leafy herbal resin, grapefruit and a bit of pine. Nice complexity to it, a bit of a lost art in this day and age. Medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly crisp, yummy hop-forward finish.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, undated, purchased at the brewery 01/21/19. Served in an Alchemist-branded spiegelau IPA glass... because proper glassware.

Pours an only moderately hazy, honey-butterscotch-gold with a finger-plus of soft, lathery head. Retention is good, leaving a heavy blanket of fluffy lacing.

A disappointingly faint nose of earthy dried pine needles. Nice, but you have to get your face right down in it. Smells like it’s going to be dry and bitter.

Taste is... oh, man, that’s the stuff. Old school. All oily orange peel, pine needles and caramel and bracingly bitter. Dry and bitter, for sure, but smooth as glass.

Feel is smooth and medium bodied with zippy carbonation.

Overall, good stuff. A balance of caramel malty sweetness and oily bitterness - leans a tad too heavily toward the sweet end of the spectrum for my tastes, maybe, but that’s nitpicky shit.

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Photo of hopley
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the slight orange sweetness but not as much the lingering bitterness of the orange peel - but both are relatively subdued and well-done so I'm not complaining and would easily drink this again. Other than that, its a nice orange West Coast DIPA with a white head that is quite refreshing and quenching.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

16 oz. Can

It's been many years since I've had a Alchemist brew. Very Nice Extra!

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy (oranges, grapefruit), slight pine. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with some citrus (oranges, grapefruit), slight pine. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of srw
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light orange color that's easy to see through. Large creany white head. Surprised it isn't murkier coming from the alchemets
S: Lot's of orange. Some lemon zest.
T: Nice orange flavor, pretty bitter and not juicy at all. Bitterness that lasts with a nice malt profile and some pine flavor.
F: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation
O: I came in expecting more of a juciy beer but this is more similar to a west coast DIPA which really hit the spot after the NE IPAs I've been having lately.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - this one doesn't say "pour from the can" and oh gee! It's filtered! Maybe a few dust specks floating about, but mostly a clear, dull orange.

S - there's orange alright. Malty and sweet with lemondrop candy.

T - continues the malty trend in the taste. Heavy and sweet robust orange peel. Has a mature elegance about it and a deceptively bitter hoppiness. Hits you after a few sips when you're wondering why your mouth is numb. Lots of resin, lots of stick. Semi-dry on the finish.

F - masterful as usual. More viscous and creamy, which suits the ABV. Low in carbonation.

O - well done malty IPA. It hides the hops in the taste, but blows the roof sky high when it comes to bitterness.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger and a half of white foam on top. Fair head retention with little lacing left behind. Aroma is piney, resiny, with lemongrass and biscuit malts behind. Very sticky, slightly bitter aroma. Flavor profile is pine, resin, citrus, lemongrass, and biscuit malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a velvety, semi-grainy texture. Overall, a good DIPA. It does hold some bitterness, but still plays out well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of FFreak
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from the Alchemist. Perfectly clear gold with a tall, chunky head. Nice tropical fruit and cannabis in the aroma. Taste is great, with pineapple and pine. Mouth feel is just right. Overall, another well done IPA.

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Photo of dogleg_left
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 finger head that disappears into a crystal clear golden pond. Piney dank citrus aromas. Wonderfully complex with resinous hops and citrus oils swirling into a bitter lingering finish that is backed with a present but subtle malt. Full finish, nice carbonation, and a little heat to remind you that Alchemist loves to make big assertive IPAs.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus, bitter, smooth, world class. Alchemist pumps out beers that continue to defy my expectations. My personal aversion to fruit-additions in beer? Ouroboros crushed it. The orange peel does exactly what they say - adds a cohesive element of crisp citrus to the smell, taste and feel. Heady-esque with a sharper bite of orange. Pours a surprisingly clear amber-gold out of the can; nice puffy two-finger head that lingers. The aroma! My god the aroma: orange peel, hop-citrus, and toasted malt. Taste is orange peel, pine, clementine, spruce, grapefruit, toasted grains. Delicious. The mouthfeel is right up there with Heady - crisp, bitter and tingly on the palate. Nice lingering bitterness gently fades away before the next sip. Real hard to put this can down. Unreal DIPA.

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Photo of haazer
3.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color out of the can, turning a nice orange hue. Highly carbonated, many bubbles on the bottom running up to a thick eggshell foam. Leaves lacing on the glass. This beer appears to be more filtered than heady and focal.

Clear aroma of orange peel. Some pine mixed with stone fruit. Some melon and apple as well.

The orange peel again is on full display. Upfront and on the backend. In between I pick up a phenolic taste of the alcohol, not so much the booze or burn itself though. This is strongly bitter. I don't get the taste of the hops like heady and focal, however this has more bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, highly carbed and easy to drink.

This is a different direction than the focal and heady hoppy offerings from Alchemist. Not so much my favorite kind of ipa, but a good beer nonetheless. I've yet to be disappointed from Alchemist.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by someone at the meeting last night, thanks for the opportunity! Hazy earthy pine and light citrusy fruity hoppiness with faint beady maltiness underneath. Tasty as always.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Pretty clear for a double IPA in this region. Aroma is very citrusy and the orange peel definitely comes through. Although, I would say the hops dominate the aroma.

Taste is definitely hop forward. The hop profile reminds me of a restrained Crusher. Much like the aroma, the orange peel comes through in the finish, but doesn't overpower. Mouthfeel is medium and the bitterness is on point.

Overall, I really like this beer. Very crisp and bright for a double IPA. Maybe a tick below Heady/Crusher/Focal, but outstanding nonetheless. One sip and you will recognize this as an Alchemist IPA. Very familiar.

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Photo of lic217
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ouroboros, picked up at the brewery yesterday.
Appearance: Light yellowish orange, very clear, nice lacing and long lasting head 5
Smell: Piney, dank hops, light tropical hoppiness 4.5
Taste: Starts with a slight tropical/citrus hop flavor, then finishes with a strong piney, resiny bitterness. 4.5
Feel: Resiny coating during the entire beer, smooth full mouthfeel 5
Overall: Another incredible hoppy beer by the alchemist. Intense, complex, and drinkable all at the same time. 4.5

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color. Crazy dank; tons of resin, pine, some weed. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall another winner. I like Focal and Heady better but like this better than Crusher.

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Photo of MilaMila
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Combination taste of The Crusher and the smell and immediate taste of the Focal Banger. I recall this beer having more of a citrus orange taste when I had it on tap at Prohibition. A bit malty . Kinda bitter. Taste is definitely great. I been anticipating this beer. Certainly doesn't disappoint but I was remembering something different. A beer I thought was better then The Heady. BUT it's not

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