Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale
Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 870
Photo of AstralWeekends
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as I know, this beer has been discontinued by Widmer, however, I will always have fond memories of this one. Excellent hop/malt balance. As the beer got warmer, a sweet, golden honey flavor appeared. True alchemy indeed, and from Widmer of all places! Hope this one makes a reappearance someday.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Golden color, bubbly, white head that dissipated quickly. Smell is malt and herbs. Licorice is there perhaps faintly. The flavor is not bad, but a little flat. Some light malt with a bit of a peppery butterness in the finish. Watery mothfeel. Not a bad beer, but not a go to for pale ales for me.

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Photo of burlyegg
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Supurb golden/bronze color and a nice cloudy hue. Not a lot of foam on the pour. The smell is OK and not over powering, but it could be stronger in my opinion. Flower is the first flavor for me and followed by a malt bitterness.

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Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color, clean and limpid. Almost no foam. But beautiful color.
Pleasant smell, malt-caramel-hop, citrussy and resinous. Classic and well done.
Same notes at the taste. Resinous and citrussy notes, good balance.
Average body, average standing aftertaste.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep gold bordering on pale amber producing 1 finger of beige, somewhat lasting, foamy head that leaves a wash & surface ring of lacing. Aroma is a mixture of caramel, apple & vegetable notes with subdued floral hop hints. Taste is thin semisweet caramel malt, apple & faint honey with a more potent hop profile than found in the nose, composed of mostly earthy floral/herbal notes baked by grapefruit & pine. Finishes peppery & bitter but clean & dry with a hint of onion that lingers into an aftertaste that is bitter & lightly astringent. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, prickly in the finish, dry & moderately chewy for the style. Well done & a nice example of the style but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of stevoj
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Faint malt aroma with unremarkable malt taste. Lightly hopped with some lingering hops on the palate. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Auburn color, looks like a substantial beer, good full inch of head on it. Aroma came off uniquely hoppy, different. Smelled of c hops.

Plenty of bitterness, grapefruit, caramel, lots of it and malt giving it the appearance and heft it had. Carbonation comes through high and well placed given the heft. I mean, its a pale ale. . . that is kinda dark.

A solid option from Widmer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy darker straw body.
The aroma is nice: grainy and a little honey.
The taste is on the verge of dank grapefruit, a little malt sweetness.
The texture is crisp.
A nice pale ale.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: tropical fruit, caramel, earthiness;

T: follows the nose; balance is toward the hops up front and toward the malt near the slightly sweet finish; mild, long lasting bitterness in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; mildly dry finish, but not until well into the aftertaste;

O: I don't especially care for the moment of sweetness, but overall, this was enjoyable;

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Photo of staubot
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle. Pale cloudy amber with a one finger head, good lacing. Lively fruity hops aroma with a alcohol citrus chasing up behind. While I smelt more hops the taste was a pleasant surprise of more malts and citrus with a hops aftertaste. Kind or reverse of the aroma. First I've seen that. Clean and thin and smooth describe the feel to me. I was surprised by this and really enjoyed drinking it. Would not hesitate to have another. Too bad I picked it up no where close to me.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant gold amber 2” foam cap dissipates to a film, lacy, cap is white to a little gold tint, S: herbal hops, malt, fruit, and melon. T: The palate starts malt then blends into fruit, hints of melon and then a peppery hop finish. The finish has lingering hop flavors, a touch of fruit and bitter. F: Above average carbonation, medium to a little less on the body O: a flavorful and easy to drink American Pale Ale.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing super special here. Look was sunshine orange with limited head. Smell was lacking at times, at times malty at times vinegary. Taste was very good - good, tend to rate up if it is close. Malt, tinge if pine. Not very complex.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

White lacing on the glass. Redish amber color. Smells of hops and some grains. I get a bitter taste kind of like Red Hook. Not too overpowering. At 5.8% abv they are really drinkable. Cheers!!

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, a slightly orange-copper color with a nice white head. The smell is a little grainy...a hint of fruit and hops. Nice bitterness in the flavor, the beer is balanced. Some sweetness and a sweet malt flavor throughout. The finish has a decent hop bitterness. Full in body. Solid.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden pour with thin white head. Great color for the name. Smells of grass and pine - pretty nice. With some piney bitterness comes a great malt flavor. This stuff is smooth as heck with a clean finish.

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Photo of Foyle
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a pillowy off white head that falls slowly with some nice lacing. Color is somewhat cloudy copper with abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: citrus and floral hops dominate, with some malt sweetness in the background.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with a wet finish.
Flavor: citrus is throughout the taste with some balancing malt sweetness
Overall: enjoyable but nothing outstanding

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A decent and reliable Pale Ale - pours a rich amber color that is consistent throughout with a mild head. A slight floral hoppy aroma, with a straightforward taste that balances malt and hops without being extreme in any way. Finish is a light toasty malt that lingers for a good 20 seconds.

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Photo of predikit
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper gold, a small off white head fizzled away very quickly, no lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like the main essence of beer. Yeast and barley, small hint of apple.

Taste is clean, bready, barley, hops come through with a hint of citrus at the middle and rides through to the end.

Thin-bodied, light, very drinkable.

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Photo of ConnorMagee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Gorgeous beer, apricot color with a creamy sand colored head that disappears leaving gorgeous lacing.

Smell is summer, overwhelmingly floral with apricot and a little yeast.

Palate holds true to aroma, with a slightly sweet fruit taste that gives way quickly to pine and finally hops. It makes you want to take big sips.

Im drinking this on a gloomy day in December after three months of winter warmers and imperial porters and this takes me back to summer with every drink.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty straight forward APA, very hop forward. Not much malt backbone behind this one. It is not a 'wow' type of beer, but is enjoyable. I would go for the Upheaval IPA when available though.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sample is dated May 12/14, so I am grading on a curve. This tastes good old, so it stands to have been much better fresh.

Pours to a creamy white head that falls to a thin film and fine lacing. Orange amber color. Aroma is light crystal malts and citrus/spicy/piney hops. Flavor is malty and balanced with a biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Overall a good pale ale that held up to a six month layover at room temperature in an Oklahoma liquor store.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance has an burnt orange color supporting minimal head leaving nil lace. Smell has a nice sweet floral scent, smelling almost like Hawaiian punch. Taste again having a note of Hawaiian punch with a good bit of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper in my plastic glass from the hotel room. Oh well. Still, half finger head has nice retention and sticky to the side of the glass, looks nice.
Smell of citrusy and floral hops, some grains, faint caramel.
Taste: biscuity malts, bread crust, a short flash of fruitiness (peach, apple, some sweet citrus) and then some bitter green hops balanced with caramel malts till the end.
Light bodied, tho a tiny bit buttery, medium carbonation.
Read some nice stuff about Alchemy Ale, true, but most of the time it gets trashed in reviews. I didn't find it to be bad, but not even close to impressive.

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Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled August 20th 2013.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch and a half slightly offwhite head which receded to dense even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild fruit cup.

t; A pleasant mild fruit note over a light to moderate sweet malt base. Some hop bitterness balances the malt well.

m: Moderate, good body.

o: A very nice dinner or session ale, more fruity than sweet malty, with a mildly bitter finish. Would likely be quite refreshing in warm weather.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured a nice pale copper orangish hue with a nice white head that receedes leaving descent lacing.

Very nice hop forward nose that has a hint of quality grain backing it up. Floral citrus grapefruit piney resiny goodness that never overpowers.

Again with the nice slow hop domination that never overpowers a sweet graininess that is dry on the finish with above mentioned hop flavs - floral citrus grapefruity piney resin. Nice and smooth, not over the top at all.

Crisp hoppy dry goodness.

Quality brew from a big boy who rarely disappoints.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 870 ratings