The Alchemist

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American IPA
Ranked #25
Ranked #779
4.37 | pDev: 8.7%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Notes: Rapture is an American IPA brewed with Galaxy and Citra hops. 7.0% abv
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 218 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m very experienced with The Alchemist - they are exceptional. This is one I haven’t been able to get - until I ventured up today and they had it on their availability list. WOW - reminds me of a cross between Crusher and Heady...which is perfect because crusher is (can’t believe I’m saying this) TOO hoppy. Wish I got more than a 4 pack. Get this.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Floury and super hazy deep yellow pour from the tallboy into a goblet. A one finger frothy white cap has decent retention before falling to a decently wide ring at the edges. Small sheets of lacing.

S- Mostly about those juicy fruity hops like tropical and stone fruits hinting at a slight powdery feel. Notes of papaya, bubble gum, mango, guava and generally on the softer side like those. Pineapple, cereal grains, oats, melon and weed as well.

T- Follows up on that nice fruity hop aroma with some onion and bitter pithy citrus zest. Leads off with bubble gum, guava and mango with notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange, tangerine and dank weed. Oats, bread, cracker and a medium-light sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied but comes with a very puffy and fairly creamy texture. The carbonation is at a medium level and it ends with a solid citrus peel bitterness throughout.

No powdery BS and a great flavor profile that blends bitter citrus, soft and juicy stone/tropical fruits, dank herbs and floral notes. Really a great IPA.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Jan 18, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-12-30 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz

A - Fairly clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and good lace

S - Fresh pineapple, white grape, orange flesh, mildly dank.

T - Biscuit with orange marmalade, orange peel and peach. Pine and pepper/grassy spice. Fairly bitter. Finishes dry with long-lingering pine and grapefruit.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, oily and silky. Perfect.

O - Another home run from The Alchemist. Flavor, aroma and feel are all within my preferred wheelhouse. Only improvement for me would be for less lingering bitterness.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Dec 30, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up fresh from the brewery in December 2019 by a wonderful brother as a Christmas gift. Just a plain old deliciously hoppy IPA with the right amount of haze and the right amount of balance. It’s Citra and Galaxy and it’s Alchemist...we all know what to expect. Would drink a 4-pack a day if it were physically, financially, and mentally possible.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Dec 28, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can.
About 3-4 weeks old.
Somehow I have managed to neglect reviewing this gem!
Moderate pour yields a nearly one inch white head over a hazy golden body. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and slight pine. Taste mirrors nose nicely with a very smooth and balanced experience right through a finish of citrus pith bitterness, slight pine bitterness, and a bit of tropical fruitiness to further smooth things out. Delicious! Very nice and full mouthfeel and overall, another fine offering from the Alchemist!

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bobv from Vermont, Oct 07, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with 2 fingers of sudsy white head. The head is decidedly persistent, leaving some nice, cobwebs of lacing before ultimately settling into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange rind, followed by some peach, melon and pineapple. There's also a touch of grass and malt. Spicy and herbaceous on the back end.

The flavor is slightly grassy upfront, followed by a huge wave of pineapple and fresh peaches. The finish is quite bitter, bringing notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange rind and zesty pine. There's a nice, sweet malt backbone to balance out the bitterness.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with an exceptionally dry and bitter finish. The bitterness clings to the tongue before being gently pulled away. No alcohol detected.

Overall, this is a truly great IPA that is similar to Focal Banger, yet unique all the same. This one is possibly more bitter than Heady or Focal, yet doesn't quite retain the same complexity and balance. Still, this is a great beer and despite the strong bitterness it remains highly drinkable.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Sep 29, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely drinkable and balanced. Fresh cans from the brewery. Has a lot of similarities to Heady and Focal but a bit more easy going.

Tropical with layers of zesty citrus, not at all a sweet dump of ripe fruit, a light and balanced fruity and citrus flavor blends over balance of earthy resins and moderate malt backgroundd

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Sep 25, 2019
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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This extraordinary IPA is all offense--it attacks your palate, your sinuses and your senses. Bristling hop intensity comes at you with a volley of tastes, most leaning toward bitter citrus. More than a beer, it's an experience.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Sep 10, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from brewery
No date but black dot on bottom if means anything

Hazy pale yellow, 2 finger bright white head that lingers
Smells tropical, pineapple, apricots
Tastes as smells but with bitter citrus rinds, malty back bone
Mouthfeel creamy, tingley, chewy, this side of cloying
Overall prefer Focal Banger, may have been a better fit on 90+ degree day

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

wicked pineapple and grapefruit character, very sharp and pithy herbaceous hop character, spicy, pine needles, some sweeter malt flavors to balance out the gripping resinous bitterness, very dank and piney. this one has it all, an intensely bitter and dank IPA but there is plenty of fruity and sweet malt character to round it out. excellent!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Aug 25, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great mesh of wonderful citrus aroma plus all the hops that Alchemist is known for. Solid and very drinkable beer - on par with Heady Topper and Focal Banger in terms of quality!

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npolachek from New York, Aug 11, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours deep almost burnt orange murky with a huge fluffy head excellent retention. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Tons of overly ripe mango, pineapple, sort of spicy, herbal hops.

Taste - taste follows the nose perfectly ripe mango and tangerine that quickly changes to a bitter citrus peel and grapefruit. Big grassy hops.

Feel - medium bodied soft great carbonation really dry finish.

Overall - Excellent IPA great flavors very well balanced, so dry with a really bitter finish.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Aug 06, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy, sample from the brewery.

Amazing showing of head and lacing on top of a nearly clear golden amber hued brew. Aroma is big on zest, lots of other fruity overtones with a great herbal backing. Ample bitterness lay down some serious balance on top of a sturdy malt backbone. Herbal and grassy with more rind than anything else. Quick kiss of maltiness in the middle and some warmth from the alcohol hits several sips in. Lingering hop bitterness and some fruitiness in the finish. Quite easily one of my favorite IPAs to date.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Aug 02, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 16oz can into a spiegelau IPA glass. pours a clearish orange with nice thick white head. a few little hop proteins floating around that i didn’t have the discipline to leave behind in the can. smells like tropical & citrus fruits and dank hops. i love the combination of galaxy and citra. somewhat similar yet somewhat contrasting but work well together. taste isn’t quite as delectable as the smell. a bit of bitterness which is ok but doesn’t pack the fruitiness that the nose does. feel is thick and very creamy. loving that aspect of this pour. overall, not quite up there with Heady, Focal or Crusher but that’s tough competition. still an excellent IPA.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

S: Citrus, pine, and lighter floral notes up front. Some lighter malt in the back

T: Starts off with the citrus, pine, and floral hop notes and slowly goes into the underlying maltiness. Moderate bitterness that gets more intense towards the finish. Citrus and citrus peel linger along with the bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Another stellar IPA from The Alchemist. Very easy to drink. Highlights the galaxy and citra well

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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, poured from a 16-ounce can a clear orange under a one-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace. Aroma is fruity, floral with mild orange citrus note. Flavor is malty with grapefruit citrus fruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with lingering citrus fruits.

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wethorseblanket from California, Nov 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Like everything from the Alchemist, Rapture is a well design and expertly crafted brew. Unlike most Alchemist brews, this one got better with a little time. I got a four pack in my mixed case on August 16th. After drinking each of the four (Heady, Focal, Crusher, and Rapture) this was my least preferred. However, a month later the beer has mellowed, and the flavors melded. I have waited to review until now, having had one per week for a month. The beer pours a thick, but not cloudy orange honey with a typical but dissipating head that thins but provides good lacing. There is a nice citrus hop pop upon opening the can, an Alchemist trademark. The scent in the glass is similar. I get pine, grapefruit, and a nice overall fruit and hops flavor. The carb is light but sufficient, and there is a nice bitterness that offsets the thicker fruity feel. There is some malt presence, which some of the Alchemist brews seem light in. A nicely balanced beer, though not as bold as some from the brewer. I look forward to the comparisons between this and the Crusher. We'll done.

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theIPAman from New Hampshire, Sep 19, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Medium white head. Nice surface wisping and a medium collar.

Smell - Has a sharp simcoe hop aroma. Grapefruit. Pungent garlic. Pale malt and some caramel.

Taste - Intense grapefruit. Not quite as simcoe-y. Orange citrus lends a sweetness. Some caramel malt. Slightly bready. Mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Sweet, but not like Heady Topper. It has a deeper sugar flavor.

Overall - Well, it's totally different from other Alchemist IPAs. Not as citrusy with a deeper malt profile. It's a more varied beer, but less enjoyable in the end.

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to my neighbor and good friend for bringing this by last night. Poured from 16 oz can into willy glasses.

A nearly clear orange tinted golden yellow with a tight white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving slight viscosity on the glass.

Aroma is very nice with tropical fruits, some citrus, pine and resin.

Taste is great. Tropical fruits combined with caramel, butterscotch, citrus, dank and resin. Slightly boozy with nicely balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied and lowly carbonated. Leaves a slick feel on your tongue. Lasting bitterness.

Overall, another excellent Alchemist DIPA. This one is big and boozy and really showcases the Mosaic hops. I hope it becomes a regular when the new brewery opens.

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FFreak from Vermont, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Honey colored and translucent, which seems odd to me for an Alchemist IIPA offering, 1 finger of white head that dissipates within a couple minutes and leaves some solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma, first time from the can in a hotel, do not recommend from the can (to start with) unlike Heady is. When poured,there is a massive blast of Mosaic hop with a generous amount of booze, and as it warms up the booze stands out quite prominently.Very tropical aroma with some grapefruit and pineapple in there.

Lots of grapefruit and lots of heat, very bitter, very hot, lasting bitterness also.As juicy as this is, it is more akin to straight hop pellets and alcohol but with a bit more finesse. Hard to tame these 9+% IIPAs, they all start to taste boozy at a certain level and this is no exception.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation,oily and slick,lasting bitterness.

Glad I tried Rapture, it really pushes the limits of a Double IPA, bordering on a Triple. This is BIG beer and was enjoyable and quite potent. I'd rather see Focal Banger in the stores alternating with Heady or both together would be just fine.

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Hendry from Vermont, Aug 30, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%

Did a blind tasting on 8/29/14 with the recent batches of Focal Banger, Rapture, The Crusher and Heady Topper.

It was the darkest colored of the 4 beers with an orange-honey hue. On the nose I got papaya skin, hints of pineapple, citrus, pine and some slight fruitiness. After letting it sit a bit and warm up I got a slight "fart" smell and could definitely smell the malt.

The taste was the maltiest of the four. A lot bigger and chewier. It didn't really mask the high ABV that well. There was also a lot of bitterness.

Overall my blind guess was that this was the Heady Topper based on tasting some of the recent batches that are no where near what HT once was. I like that the Alchemist is continuing to experiment with recipes and blends. Hopefully they can improve some of the balance on this one. Overall, Rapture came in last place and I was a little disappointed.

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DCLAguy11 from California, Aug 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

My thanks to John Paradee for this beer :)
Poured from the 16 oz can into a snifter.
Pours a medium slightly hazy amber with half an inch of head.
Aromas are very much Alchemist, tons of hops, dankness, sweetness from the malt backbone.
Taste is insane. So flavorful, sides of my tongue were singing. Big, big hop flavor. Mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel was great and there was not a lot of heat from the 9.6% abv.
Another masterpiece from Jedi John Kimmich.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

16 oz. can gifted from GMRFx, unknown can date but purchased at the most recent Alchemist tent sale on 08/11/2014, poured into a small plastic glass at a BJCP study group, drank 08/27/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - deep amber-brown coloration, high clarity (can both see or read through), off-white head dissipates into a glass lacing that persisted throughout the drinking session, some thin greenish floaties in there but whatever; big alcohol legs for an imperial IPA

S: 11/12 - immediately hit with a Fruity Pebbles aroma up front (likely from Mosaic dry-hopping); more malt character on the nose than other Alchemist IPAs - bready/biscuity and slightly caramel; minor alcohol aroma

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness but is quickly overpowered in the middle of the mouth by the fruit components - green apple, pear and berries; the alcohol is present in the taste with a more firm biscuity and sweet character than the other Alchemist IPAs

M: 4/5 - full-bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 9.6% is present but not overbearing (more like a single IPA at times); high carbonation for style/ABV and moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - least impressive but maybe the most generally accessible of The Alchemist IPAs due to the firm malt and alcohol backbone; do the head-to-head-to-head-to-head challenge and pick your own favorite on the fantastic voyage!

TOTAL = 41/50

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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

This is probably rating it a bit low…against the curve if you will. However, it is a fantastic beer with excellent balance. It has a stronger malt backbone then HT and the Crusher. That isn't good or bad but just a distinction. Worth seeking out. Personally, I have it as my fourth best beer from The Alchemist: Focal, HT, Crusher, and then this. However, it's still one of the best beers I've had! Touche Alchemist.

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Beer4B from Florida, Aug 27, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%

16 oz can from 8/16 truck sale.

Pours a clear medium dark copper with a sticky, retentive white head and leaves behind some thin sheets of lace. Some chunky sediment remains suspended in the otherwise clear body. Huge hoppy nose of pine and candy, resin and light cedar. Medium thick body, chewy and sticky throughout. Bubblegum bitter citrus sweetness dominates flavor with a hint of spiciness, leaving a prickly dry and bitter film on the tongue and a strong boozy warming sensation in the throat. Throughout the flavor dances right up to the too sweet and too boozy line while rarely crossing it. Been turned off by IIPAs this big lately and this was my least favorite of the Heady, Focal, Crusher lineup from this sale, but that doesn't diminish the quality and "ease of drinkability" for what this is.


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yourefragile from District of Columbia, Aug 19, 2014
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