Alena | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bobv on 10-02-2017

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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by BoldRulerVT:
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the can into a tulip.
Pours a surprising light amber/deep blonde with clarity and very little to no haze.
Aromas are dank weed, light levels of fruit and hops.
Flavors remind me of blueberries, weed, dank hops.
Mouthfeel was nice.
Overall, dank beer here...a bit light. Quenching.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dull golden color with good clarity. Bone white head retains well. Sticky webs of lacing.

S: Very dank and oily. Green. Freshly cut grass is pervasive and strong on the nose. Perhaps a hint of chive. Underripe mango. Doughy malt.

T: Cut grass, chives, lots of pine and earth. Hemp seeds. Dank and oily, very green. Doughy malt base brings some balancing sweetness. Bitterness clamps down a bit. Finishes with loads of butter, dank and earthy hops. Lingering pine.

M: Hefty body, full and creamy with a bit of a chewy feel. There is a sense of weight, but it never really feels heavy. Fine carbonation provides a lot of gentle lift. There’s some gritty astringency at work too.

O: Not at all the beer I was expecting. This isn’t the fruity, easy ‘New England style IPA’ they are famous for making. It’s more of an old school take on the style, focusing instead on dank and earthy hop tones. Good though.

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed on day of purchase from Alchemist. As with all Alchemist beers, an extraordinarily and pleasingly pungent and dank aroma.

Smooth feel.

Taste of resiny mellon.

While similar in profile to Alchemist’s Heady and Crusher (sweeter than Focal Banger), another unquestionable hit from this amazing brewery.

As a side note, the visitors’ center now makes the previously frustrating hunt to find Alchemist brews a thing of the past, as long as you get there between 11:00 and 12:00.

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Photo of RABouffard
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional pale ale, not a hop bomb, but a subtle brew with great depth of character. One of those beers that you ponder as you drink it. It changes character as it warms and breaths a bit, Heady Topper always blows me away, Focal Banger too. There is some mystical characteristic to Alchemist brews, and this has that, but on a lower key. A really good American IPA, I loved it.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta find a way to thank the good people at The Alchemist for brewing a beer for me, based specifically on what I enjoy most in IPAs. Someone in VT give them a shout on behalf of ManaupaMan when you're at the brewery. Love this beer.

Not sure what this beer looks like as I hit it straight from the can.

If this aroma was actually a song sung by a mythical Siren then my ship would be dashed to bits against the rocks. It's beautiful and it calls to me and I'm powerless against it - pine, crisp ripe citrus, resin and toasted malt. Nothing pungent or delicate (peach, melon, kumquat or whatever the fuck shows up these days). Pakalolo in the background.

Taste is right there - pine, papaya, grapefruit, pith, rind, resin - and a tasty and supportive malt base. Imbalanced balance at its finest.

Crisp, dry and the perfect level of carbonation (an Alchemist trademark). Awesome beer; so glad they made it for me.

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Photo of Vermontcraftbrewfan
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is so dank in smell and taste we used to call folcobanger they cuz of heady but now we call Alena the awesome sister if we cant get heady we go for Alena any day super drinkable for IPA loving fans this beer with notes of super fresh green grass earthy pine cones with mango and orange A+

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Photo of jwhancher
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow - another hoppy gem from the Alchemist. I’m guessing they used Columbus hops or CTZ in the finish and/or dry hop. Just plenty of hoppy dank character all around the nose and in the flavor. I drank this straight from the can so I have no idea what it looks like....but who cares anyway. Sufficiently bitter and has just the perfect level of carbonation. Excellent hop flavor. This one is up there with Focal Banger & Heady Topper in my opinion.

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Photo of bobv
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 white head over a very rare (for an IPA these days) super bright body with some very nice lacing. Nose of pine, tropical fruit, grass, and hay. Taste of all the above with a true carbonated feel that lasts 'til the bottom of the glass. Nice dry finish and overall, another fine example of a real, classic IPA from JK, JC, and the crew in Stowe, VT.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoeMac1973
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Xxambersky89
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shrimplypibbles
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmm... there is no cliché here. simply a delicious offering from the reining king of beer, John Kimmich. it ain’t your typical inoffensive juice bomb for all the right reasons. earthy, dank, resinous, with hints of blueberry. let her warm up and more complex flavors arise. thank you, earth, for creating this master brewer.

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Photo of Beer21
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: September 14, 2018... OCCASION: bathroom primed--time for another of Jeff's friendly Vermont gifts... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours from a sixteen-ounce can a half-glass of dense, murky orange body that teems with bubbles upon close inspection... its head is a magnificent four-fingered clump of thickness that holds resiliently to its height... immediate scents of horse blanket, Granny's coal basement, dank hops wrestling with malty oats and cereal grains--winning some, losing some, but twisting lemon, grapefruit, and earthy resin out of that density... brewer John Kimmich said they wanted this to straddle the space between an IPA and a double IPA, and one can feel the breaking point in the teeth, with a juiciness that resonates and coats, but doesn't overpower... in fact, sipping or swigging, this seems at home, leaving a puckering draw that imparts its flavors generously--and what a lingering sensation it leaves!... the pub floor flavor pervades, with the dank malts and sweet resins dancing in time, balancing each other out while grapefruit, orange, melon, light spiciness from the cereal malts, and a tobacco graininess up the ante on its complexity... needless to say, a light heavyweight--or a heavy middleweight--of a beer, one distinguished beyond HT and FB, and though it outstrips neither in overall effect, this could be its own go-to, given its profile and well-situated ABV...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall boy can

Whoa! A New England IPA thats totally clear?! This one is a bright and shiny gold color. Fat white foam tower, more bubbly than thick, holds on tight, recedes slow.

The nose is ripe with the scent of fresh smelling hops, very earthy tones. Golden wheat and grains, herbs, tangy citrus but mostly a very fresh-hop aroma. If you have ever picked fresh hops and then split one know what I mean.

The amazingly hoppy fresh. Massive earthy flavor's just burst onto your tastebuds! Golden wheat, hearty herbals and spice racK combo, peppery citrus, subtle red and tropical fruits, just brimming with multiple layers of amazingly fresh and wet hopped tasting nuggets. Complexity of flavor is huge, and not just from the hops. The malted barley goodness is not just a "base" or balance, but a total player. Golden wheat and grains with a pilsner-like edge to it. Whoa boy!

The mouthfeel is very, very clean and crisp .but also has a heavy, slightly cloying and slick malty thing going down. . .pilsner style, with an earthy, heat filled buzz that makes it very deep. The malt has some medium to heavy bodied aspects to the finish as well. A very different look and feel for an Alchemist made ipa for sure.

Alena...I'm in love!

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Photo of twizzard
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a spegaleu IPA glass. No canned on date.

A: Big fluffy, soapy, white head sits atop a clear yellow gold body.

S: Lots of pineapple, and resin. Has a little bit of a peach smell as well.

T: Lots of bright citrus, pineapple, and then a good amount of bitter resin finishes this beer off.

M: Decent carbonation medium bodied good amount of bitterness.

O: A lot of the alchemists beer have the same finish to them, a nice resin bitterness thus one is no different. It really doesn't distinguish itself much though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of usurping
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2 days out of the brewery. Poured in a tulip. Enjoyed with friends. Color is a golden yellow. Clear with some floaters. Smells fresh, citrus hops. Not as bountiful as some other brews from this place but still delicious. Taste is smart and crisp. The subtle hint of alcohol is pleasing. A prickly taste that lingers on the tounge. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is hop resin, citrus, pine and grass. Great hop presence. Clean and crisp. Beer opens citrus, pine and sap. Some bark-y hop bitterness balanced nicely by citrus fruit and brown sugar. Real complexity for the style. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Perfectly prickly and lively on the palate with a juicy, lingering finish.

A real nice one. Drinks bigger and bolder than it is. Definitely carries on the Alchemist IPA tradition.

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Alena from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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