The Alchemist

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IPA - American
Ranked #69
Ranked #1,506
4.26 | pDev: 7.51%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Notes: Strata hops
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love how although it looks hazy and therefore makes you think it's going to be a sweet NEIPA, it actually drinks dry. Quenching. Combines the best characteristics of old west coast beers and NEIPA. Wish I bought more. The only nit pick was that the aroma is kinda muted. Don't know how old the can is.

Mar 19, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Just a bit too hoppy for my own personal liking. Pours hazy golden with strong hop and citrus smells. Medium feel with good carbonation and balance.

Sep 01, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the "LATE 4/17" on the bottom of the can was handwritten. Haven't had much from The Alchemist but this was a nice beer that came across as quite dry and herbal with plenty of hop presence from the get-go. If there was a beer that ever screamed "Vermont", this may have been it!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was hazy, golden, and topped off with plenty of head. A find sediment was in the liquid but there were never any big chunks to be seen. The aroma to this wasn't strong as it contained some herbal undertones with tea, weed, and white chocolate in the mix as well. All of those were in the taste along with some deep forest, dank pine, and citrus slickness underneath that. Woodsy and full of hops, the malt was quite basic as this had enough body to be well-rounded while showcasing the Strata beautifully, as it was something that I wasn't quite familiar with!

The booze was understated enough here that I almost took this for being an American Pale Ale. As this warmed up, it became quite earthy, heavy, and slightly metallic but stayed true to form throughout my session regardless of that change. A light carbonation kept this full as the flavors lingered quite long after each sip went down and yes, this needed a shot of water at the end just to cleanse the palate and to liven things up a bit. This was a beer for hopheads that was as quirky as it's name as it wasn't quite like anything I had before. It almost made me want to take a trip back up to Burlington and surrounds!

Jun 03, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Version XXV: Strata

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

S: Citrus and herbal hops up front along with a light bready maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and herbal hop notes and then picks up a light bready malt that balances the bitterness nicely. Finishes with lingering herbal hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry

O: A nice IPA that highlights the strata hops nicely. Herbal and dank while also citrusy. Easy to drink. Good luck finding this, though

Dec 11, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger, dense, foamy white head. Retention is above average and there is lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell is pretty basic. Citrus, pine and some malt sweetness. Nothing special.

Taste is very west coast style. Very bitter pine and citrus pith with a touch of mango and sweetness.

Feel is medium and slick with moderate carbonation. Prickly from the bitterness.

Overall this beer is pretty good. Well below the standard that The Alchemist have set for themselves though.

May 28, 2018
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yasky from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold pour, fair sized head, loads of lace. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, somewhat dank. Pineapple up front, pine resin, weed, fairly sweet finish. Medium body. Enjoyed it and curious to see how this one evolves with future cannings.

Mar 28, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Boise Beer cartel share. Hazy golden with small white head. Floral notes and citrus in the aroma. Tropical citrus in the taste, mango and hibiscus. Hazy and fruity.

Feb 22, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada

4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had the Mosaic Skadoosh brewed in early August 2017. Fantastic. Smooth creamy & hoppy as hell with enough malt to make the taste full & texture luxurious but not mess with the hop dominant taste. Like Heady, Focal, & Crusher, this is simply a fantastic IPA.

Jan 23, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a clear light gold color with a lot of floaties. Off-white head reduces to a cap quickly; nice lacing. Initial impression is heavy on the earthy/citrus/grapefruit end of the spectrum, with pine and a spicy pepper-ish overlay gradually coming to the forefront. Mouthfeel is medium as is carbonation - very refreshing. Finish is dry and spicy.
Overall, this is rougher around the edges than the typical NEIPA. If you like unapologetically spicy, over-the-top hops, this is your ticket. Although I personally would prefer SoS or Heady, I certainly would revisit this in a heartbeat if it were available!

Jan 09, 2018
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H0ppyB33r from Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted in the 16oz can and in an IPA glass.

The color is a lighter looking pale yellow with small particles floating about. After a pour in the glass, there is a solid white head. Aroma is herbal with citrus notes. Flavor is bitter/ fresh grapefruit with a fruity/malty bitter finish.

A new, younger, refreshing American IPA. I just wish there was a distributer that would deliver all over New England.

Dec 10, 2017
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can in an IPA glass.

Finally, an Alchemist IPA that does not command me to "Drink from the can"! Thank you, it's ugly. The color is a kind of watered down looking pale yellow color with fuzzies (yeast) floating about like they're from a broken tea bag. There's some redemption in the bold white head, 2-plus F, that endures and leaves only minimal spot and line lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the raw grapefruit rind. Herbal, slightly dank, and moist compost add to the mix.

Flavor is full on fresh grapefruit over a malt and yeast base. No sign of alcohol, a touch of tropical fruit.

Medium body, nice carb, not sweet. Very bitter and dry finish.

For me, nothing like HT or FB, nor nearly as complete. My review matches the beer- scattered.

Dec 03, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can into a tulip appears golden with yeast chunkage throughout despite a careful pour. A white soapy head rests atop leaving frothy lace.

Aroma is herbal with catty with decaying leaves, vegetal matter and sulfuric farts.

Taste is puckeringly bitter like chewing grapefruit rind/pith. Its somewhat fruity with a grain quality to the finish yet bonedry.

Light in body, modestly carbonated and overall ok.

Nov 29, 2017
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craftaholic from New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like ground peppercorns and Sweet tarts? Has a nice piney upfront assault followed by a trailing residual sweetness and a spicy pepper finish. Delightful.

Nov 12, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

Orange and golden color, practically clear if it wasn't for the large chunky bits floating around. I mean, I prefer unfiltered, but what tge heck are all of the huge floatie bits about?. The white foam cap holds on pretty tight, scatters a bit after a while leaving some decent lace. Looks like a classic New England Style ipa...minus the floaties.

The aromatic qualities to the Mosiac hop powder is very strong. Definitely smells like freshly ground whole cone hops. Earthy, spicy, tropical and citrus notes. Mostly a funky, earthy and musky aroma.

Whoa....the hop flavor is DEEP. The lupilin powder packs a punch. Multiple layers of seriously earthy and herbal tones with black pepper-citrus and pineapple. A vitrus but tangy hop bite, semi-bitter, earthy feel....juicy and tropical but certainly weighed down by big peppery citrus. A sharp, citrus bite becomes earthy with juicy edges. The feel is actually very juicy, slightly dry with a nice tangy pucker.

It's hard not to compare Skadoosh with Heady Topper, but its really a totally different animal. This one has a chunkier, rougher-edged body and flavor, very complex but not nearly as clean as HT. Skadoosh is about as close as you can get to basically, crushing up fresh hops and throwing them directly in the glass!

I really like the earthy flavored hop effect, this one is earthy/citrus/pepper/tropical, in that order. Nice complexity for sure. Overall, its very intersting and might take some getting used to in it's overall balance and vibe. Its a wild ride. Buckle up.

Nov 09, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy copper color with a good white head and lacing
Smell - pine and fruity citrus like orange and grapefruit.
Taste - pine and citrus with a good malt backbone, still pretty bitter sticky dank
Feel - medium body with a crisp carbonation, sticky
Overall - pretty good pineycitrus dank IPA

Oct 25, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Devin.

A mostly clear orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention. Some floaties are present. The nose is bright, snappy, pungent, pithy with pine, grapefruit zest, orange pith, a touch of honeyed dough, a touch of floral character. The palate opens pungently bitter, pine and pith heavy with grapefruit and orange present. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer finishes long and bitter with a touch of grass. Pungent AF and mildly dank, this beer is pretty delicious.

Oct 14, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a can. The smell is not as citrusy as I would have thought. I get a lot of pine. Look is nice, hazy dark yellow.
Taste is good, I'm not blown Away. I get pine and citrus much like the smell. I will say however this is very drinkable and would like to get my hands on more than one although I don't think this is as good as heady topper

Oct 14, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head... outstanding lacing.

S: A nice mix of resinous pine and citrus. Hoppy x 10

T/F: Crackery malts and grains... clean... great bitter hop presence. Earth and pine... grapefruit rind... some floral tones. Citrus is present but not overwhelming. Lots of depth to the flavor. Medium to light in body... dangerously drinkable. A little oily on the tongue. Finish is bitter and delicious.

O: Outstanding. There is literally nothing wrong with this beer. Would drink it any day.... and probably more often if I didn't enjoy Heady, Banger, and Crusher an ooch more (and if I could get it more easily without a 9 hour drive to Vermont).

Oct 07, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Mostly clear orange with an ample white head. Smells of all garlicky hops. Tastes of garlicky hops as well. Lightly sweet malts before some bready and grainy flavors. Grapefruit and garlic finish. Medium body. Excellent.

Oct 01, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can shared pour with friend.

Pours a hazy pale gold color. 1 finger head settles down to a film with spotty lacing.

Aroma is a papaya with a little malt to it.

Taste is citrus and tropical hops up front with a thin to moderate malt. The fruity hops linger to the end vut there is a slight alcohol burn too.

Feel is a little maly body but gebrall crisp.

This is a great beer. Almost like a west coast but it is too juicy flavored.

Sep 17, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A week old 16oz can

It is a darker gold. Pretty hazy. Above average pillowy head.

It smells really good. Stinky /dank hops with a lot of earthy/musty fruit.

It tastes really good. Pretty juicy and fairly bitter with an almost concentrated hop flavor. There is some pineapple, orange, passion fruit, and a little herbal/medical flavor.

Heavier body. Especially for the ABV. Almost an oats feel to it.

Overall this is really good, but I like Focal Banger, Heady, and Crusher more.

Sep 06, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked like a glass of orange juice. There was a tiny, almost non-existent white head and no lacing.
Nice fruity aroma.
Orange and grapefruit taste. A little bready.
Lingering herbal bitterness.

Sep 04, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dull orange with a tight, one inch, bright white head with a slight haze the the clarity. Great nose - a burst of oranges and hint of earthy/herbal notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of crackery malts and a light earthy/herbal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even acidity and a pleasant carbonation just shy of lively. Overall, really tasty. My first lupulin powder beer. I wasn't disappointed!

Aug 12, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can courtesy of Schlimenhaumer.

Low perceived bitterness. Hazy appearance. Tropical fruit from Mosaic.

Balanced and enjoyable. Good depth of flavour.

Powdery refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth and wet.

Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd like to revisit this in finer grain.

High B- / WORTHY

Jul 09, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alchemist sure makes some good ipas, but I have to say of the three I've had, this was my least favorite (and it was still pretty dang good). Pours a slightly cloudy yellow, thin 2/5" white head. Aroma had some mosaic I think but it wasn't as big as it was in Focal Banger.

Taste, now the beer is hitting its stride, it was slow out the gate, but once you get into the taste, its a nice pale toasted pale malt body, not overly dry, good use of new proprietary hops and citrus impact. Bitterness is still in the 60ibu range I would guess. A little bit bready, but not heavy.

Jun 11, 2017
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