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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American IPA, hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

Added by koopa on 07-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#64
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
3,746
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Topper is better, but still an awesome IPA. Great Amber color and citrus aroma and good bitterness. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

clean crisp hoppy goodness. A touch of malt sweetness to balance the perfect bitter and nice clean dry finish. IPA heaven

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Photo of Jetobias7
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meatface
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kuhndog
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drumtgot
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill69
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jromanowicz09
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RollTide7
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zrayburton
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this reviewed in the BA magazine for the first time years back. Was lucky enough to get one from a friend at a wedding soon after. Seemingly smoother (as far as malt backbone) and fuller with hops compared to Heady. Floral yet smooth pine.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit that doesn't get too interrupted. Light malt in there, but the hops shine

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit with a light bitterness. Light bready malt shows up to balance things out, although the bitterness builds slowly. Finishes with lingering citrus and lingering light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Super drinkable, super balanced, and super tasty. Definitely worth tracking down, as with any Alchemist IPA

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Photo of Naughead
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gmcmillan67
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wandreotta
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mjwasserman
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a what an America IPA should taste like. Hits you in the face in the best way possible. Bit of an old school malt bill. I would take this over any of the juice bombs flooding the market these days. They went big and came up with something spectacular that still hasn't gotten old. I have been drinking this for years and it is just as mind blowing as the first time I had it--can't say that about many beers. If I had to choose a beer to represent America this would be it.

Flavor: Pure dankness
Aroma: Smells like weed and English malt
Appearance: Plenty hazy, perfect head retention
Feel: Appropriate for an intense IPA

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can graciously, awesomely traded from brutalfarce. That guy's a hero. No can date. I poured a third of the can into a tall K Constantinople 16 oz shaker pint (due to my experience of Heady Topper being better from the can).

Very nice hazy juicy appearance with a creamy white head of 1 finger.
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Aroma...
From the glass : Crazy dank, natural, pleasant slight cooked broccoli aromas. It's just so natural and earthy and green. I have never smelled a beer like this. Incredible.

From the can : More of the same with a more concentrated hop aroma.
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Flavor...
From the glass : Much like the nose. I get wet grass, slight tree bark, pine, warm broccoli, dank bitterness, forest, with lingering herbal resins.

From the can : Nice sharp herbal flavors, lots of green vegetal hop, cooked broccoli, pine and dank.

Flavor is softer and more muted from the glass, though I get a heavy dose of broccoli from both vessels.
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Feel : Lots of nice carbonation, with a creamy feel and tons, I mean tons of lingering resins.

Overall, a bit of a broccoli bomb. However, this is another solid beer from Alchemist. Recommended if you aren't sensitive to veggies.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it from the can with a small pour into a taster to assess appearance
A: Hazy dark yellow with a one-finger head
S: Dank, herbal, grassy, some pine and citrus rind
T: Matches the nose, fairly dry, some malt. Packed with flavor
M: Medium-bodied, dry, bitter
O: Delicious

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Photo of Havabeer
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far more bitter than most NEIPAs. Works for me.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can at Prison City Brew Pub. Thought it held up well to the hype. Poured a big creamy head; somewhat meringue like on refill pour. Light yellow haze. Nose was citrusy but surprisingly biscuity as well. Bright and fresh aroma. Taste went same way. Love the Citra/Mosaic combo. A very tasty hop yeast combo that drove the citrus but not overtly juicy. Notable bitterness but a bit gentle for an IPA. The pale malt flavors really rounded out the taste with some biscuit. Feel was slightly full and soft creamy carbonation wise. Overall it was quite a beer coming out of the can, and actually had some characteristics of a hand drawn pale ale. My kind of session beer. I know I could sip on this for a long time.
Really enjoyed it. Wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of Kobo
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hcproff36
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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