Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

125 Reviews
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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Added by csiewert on 12-27-2010

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Photo of Deanosaurus
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Dirt Cheap with 5 other random beers to try out this week. I was under the impression this was an IPA, or at least was told it was and it turns out as you see here that it is in fact an APA, good to know since it would have been very lacking as an IPA.

- Appearance (4/5)
Mildly cloudy golden caramel color. You can tell it's got hops just by the look.

- Smell (4.5/5)
About equivalent with the taste as far as hops go. Not a whole lot going on, but it doesn't punch you in the face like a lot of hoppy beers do.

- Taste (4.75/5)
Nice bitter tip with a rush of hops and a crisp finish that eases off like a regular ale. I'm not 100% sure if that is a characteristic of most APA's but it's a nice deviation.

- Mouthfeel (4.25/5)
Lightweight, so much so that this one is safe for high intake during the summer. It has the good full-bodied texture of hops without being so chewy that it isn't as refreshing as a lighter beer.

- Overall (4.25/5)
Well done. Definitely a more approachable beer for someone who is just learning what hops taste like individually without turning them away by being too bitter. Like a medium roast coffee to someone who has only ever had frappacinos.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale ale that pours a dark copper color with spectacular clarity and a quickly dissipating head that left soapy, bubbly lacing on the glass. Lots of citrus hops in the nose, sweet orange and lemon, grapefruit flesh; sweet bready aromas, fresh cereal, honey. Taste was bright citrus hops forward, balanced with a carmelly malt backbone, fresh bread; a pleasant hop bite finishes it as well with a charge of bitterness to cleanse the sweet malt tastes away. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. I enjoyed this immensely, every bit as good a pale ale as Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale; slightly less assertive but darker and maltier. Fantastic American pale ale.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
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 verge
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent full-flavored and balanced brew from Widmer. The marketing & description on the bottle is not an exaggeration - this is a darn near perfect balance, yet not unremarkable as to fall behind the pack...rather it stands out front with a unique flavor, delicious sweetness balanced by bitterness, clear malt and hop flavors joining together for a very enjoyable beverage here! Great work by Widmer!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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 AndyYoung-BrewConnoisseur
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was an absolute surprise to me. I picked this beer up from a local grocery store in a sampler pack, not really expected an outstanding beer. I tried this beer last, and let me tell you, I saved the best for last. This beer is refreshing and a beer I advise to novice through expert beer connoisseurs. It's very earthy with a smooth finish. The true test is hard to define. One must try this beer to get a true appreciation for it's outstanding taste. This beer is a MUST!

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Photo of staubot
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 I3eck
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Burnt orange/amber, hazy, 1/2" white head, long stringy lacing.
S: Malt, white chocolate, dough/yeast, piney hops.
T: Malt chocolate, nice bitter hops, complex yet balanced.
M: Medium-full bodied, solid CO2, nice lingering flavor with a coating effect.
O: Solid brew. Great mix of hops, yeast, & malts. Love the balance and flavor of this beer. Great hoppy beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 5.8% abv.

Appearance- Transparent orange/amber with plenty of carbonation. Massive frothy head.

Smell- Orange peel with just a hint of malt. Citrus aroma is evident but not as apparent as a hoppier beer.

Taste- A clean malty flavor quickly transforms into a surprising and bitter finish. The hops were much more apparent in the taste than the smell. A touch of pine as well with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, but not a bad thing as the style is a pale ale, which are lighter than their hoppier counterparts. The high carbonation and clean finish allow this beer to be satisfying for how thin it is.

Overall- After the smell, the taste made up for the flavor. Lots of carbonation and good lacing too. Would be good if you were in the mood for an IPA during the Summer months due to easy drinkability.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden and eatery, enjoyed chilled from a stemmed glass.

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with mild haze with thick 2 finger white head which leaves a streaked lace pattern with small bead. The smell is great, tropical fruit, citrus and floral hop aromas with some mild malt esters. The feel is great, moderately high carbonation with moderate bitterness and the right sweetness level with no astringency and mild resinous hop texture with a semi-dry finish w/ no alcohol presence.

The taste is great, lots of hop vibrancy with moderate citrus and some slight tropical taste of grapefruit and slight orange element with a gentle malt sweetness adding some complexity to the great blend of hop flavors. The yeast adds a slight accent of toasted nuts with the finish leaving some residual bitterness on the tongue. Overall this is a great beer, I consider pale ale a great style for everyday quaffing yet the hop blend really shines in this ale. I would recommend this to those who like a more balanced Pale not an IPA in APA clothing.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy bronzish-gold with random bubbles rising to a rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact almost all the way down the glass and leaves behind multiple decently sized splotches of lacing.

S - A bit of apple cider on a sweet malt backbone. Dies down a bit once in the glass.

T - Apples and sweet malt upfront. The body is a near perfect balance of crisp earthy hop and apple notes and sweet, slightly caramel malt with just a hint of honey. Nothing drastic as the beer passes over the back of the tongue - just a slight increase in hop flavor. Dry apple cider finish.

M - Distinctly medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a chewiness almost reminiscent of an IPA. Well done.

Alchemy Ale is one solid APA and I would get it again as an easily sessionable in the warmer months. The balance is fantastic and nails that sweet spot between just enough hop notes to make it interesting while still not being overwhelmingly sweet. Definitely, I could buy if you can find it cheap like I did.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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 chefhatt
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, it has a very nice amber colored body with a nice white head that hangs around for a while. The smell has a nice hop aroma with some malt coming through. The taste has a very well balanced flavor of hop and malt with the hop coming through first with a nice bitterness, then the male comes into play on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very nice and overall a really good APA, not the best i have had but is above average in my book.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head

S - light grapefruit, rind, light breadiness, some alcohol

T - light malt, bread, grapefruit, light pine

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a nice APA showcasing a citrusy hop character and a nice malty backbone. This is definitely a smooth drinking beer that you can drink several of. I really did enjoy this one.

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Photo of Frankinstiener
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm plesantly surprised by this brew. Pours a deep golden color with nice white head. I'm impressed by how clear it is, good looking beer. Nothing too crazy on the nose, a bit of mild earthy hops . This beer is perfectly balanced, tasty, and smooth. Just enough hops to allow a crisp bitterness to barely overtake the caramel malts on the finish. This beer is SMOOTH. It is perfectly balanced. Despite being 5.8% abv I could drink a few of these in a row.

I can't review this beer without mentioning that it replaced Drifter Pale Ale in Widmers year round line up. Drifter is one of my all time favorites. I'm upset that that Drifter is gone and I do prefer the Drifter, but Alchemy can hold it's own. Comparing it to Drifter, this is much more of a typical pale ale but still well done. They are both well balanced but Drifter has a very distinct flavor and aroma from Summit and Nelson hops. They do have some similarities in the malt bill and you get a sweet caramal malt flavor. Looks like they toned down the darker of the Caramel malts used in drifter, then used Alchemy hops all the way around, and likely less total hops. I would bet they are trying to appeal to a wider audience with this one.

The best part about this beer is that it's sooo smooth, and sooo drinkable. I won't be buying case after case of it like Drifter, but at $6.99 a six pack this is still one of the better beers in the price range.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A medium haziness to an amber body, heavy bubbles throughout creating a white head maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Strong rich hops, some citrus lemon feels to the smell not bad at all.

Taste: Light hoppy feel, wet hopped to be exact. Lemon skin with a light hit of yeast. What more can I say simply complex.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, very smooth. Not exactly sticky though slightly sour at the end.

Overall: This beer feels almost like a twist in your traditional Bavarian lager. I see that with respect because it feels like one but not as robust. More pale, more sweet citrusy but not a bad investment especially when you need a "normal" cold one after work.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a slight blush. A medium white head. Aroma has light fruitiness, maybe like starfruit. Slight biscuit. Floral aroma hops. Flavor has lots of fruity hoppiness with lots of floral notes. Balance malt profile. Clean finish with. Mouthfeel is lively and light. Low to medium body. A pleasant pale.

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Photo of mudbug
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated Mar 12 13 into a standard pint glass results in a golden body with remarkable clarity topped with a decent bone white head that leaves some lacing as it recedes, small bubbles rise continuously, a very appealing beer.
Aroma is subdued, slight astringent leafy hoppiness, some grain, very clean smelling. not much going on here.
Taste is kind of lagerish with a grain note up front, slightly bitter and dry a tiny bit of malt sweetness creeps in. Nothing stands out but I guess that was what the brewer tried to achieve an incredibly balanced brew that is more on the refreshing side rather than the flavor side, almost no aftertaste.
This would be an excellent choice for a hot summer day and I think straight from the bottle would do almost no harm (GASP!)
Refreshing and easy to drink I can see having more of theses at the BBQ.

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Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Handsome medium amber color with a nice foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel and long-lasting carbonation. Aroma of bread with a hoppy zing.

More dry than sweet with a light but malty body. A pleasant modest bitterness. All in all, this seems more like an English pale ale than the American style, with the fruity hops and the interesting mineral taste that goes along with the toasted malty taste.

I just keep sipping on this stuff. A truly drinkable Pale Ale that melts in the mouth. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Hopscat
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

rich amber toward copper , subsides to ring of off white lace.
Smell is grassy- piney hops nice and earthy. Some cracker , caramel malts .
Taste follows with medium sweet malt hit followed by some fruity hops in the middle toward and finishes with nice bitterness.
M- light to medium body , OK carb.
Overall - I liked this beer but it doesn't jump out and grab you. I would have again, but not that memorable.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a small white head, some good lace, solid head retention/

S: Floral citrus, lightly sweet, not a lot of malt.

T: Notes of pineapple and lemon zest, citrusy, but an easy drinking floral bitterness. Flowery at times, a pleasant effort.

M: Soft crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy.

O: A good sessionable pale at a good price, what's not to like. Widmer's clearly been stepping up their game lately.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden amber honey. clear. lots of light, white, bubbly head.
rises quickly, settles quickly.

hops. tangerine/apricot. pine.

hoppy, but not too bitter. citrusy aftertaste. balanced.

smooth. refreshing. a little carbonated.

nice, refreshing, mild ipa. nothing super unique or special, but
a solid choice. good for someone who doesn't like too much

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