Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Photo of saltymalty
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

As far as ales go, I just expect a lot more from Widmer. I think they did a great job on the color, and a decent job on the aroma but as far as flavor goes, It's a little too strong for an ale as far as I am concerned. I can still appreciate the brew however.

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Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy amber with a half finger off white head, with decent retention and lacing. Has citrus zest, floral hops, and bread in the aroma.

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells with citrus zest, floral hops, and bread malt. Tastes both bitter and bland at the same time.

Medium bodied and over carbonated. Has a bitter aftertaste. Not very good, and not worth trying again. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Sprint
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll start by saying I'm not a big fan of American Pale Ales, but there have been some I liked. I like Widmer so I decided to give Alchemy a try...

I poured a little in a glass to have a look at it and drank the majority out of the bottle. Which wasn't much because I couldn't finish it.

Nice lazy straw color... soda like sudsy'ness.

Smelled citrisy to me... some esters

Taste...sadly club soda with excessive grapefruit rind...I was searching for some malt charicter and found none. It was pure bitter hoppiness with no floral aspect to that hopiness

Average mouthfeel for a pale ale.

i have to say I don't think I got a very fresh six-pack so that may have exacerbated the harshness but still will not get this beer again. I still have 5 others to try so we'll see.

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Photo of smcolw
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good head that settles to a lasting layer of fine bubbles. Great blanketing lace. Dark gold color and clear.

Creamy grape-like aroma. Slightly sweet with a yeasty background.

Thin bodied and the flavor leans to the weak side. The malt is dry and like cardboard. The hop is light and certainly not enough to bring back the flavor. Low carbonation. Sadly, this is a miss.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. So this is the Drifter replacement? We shall see how this turns out.

A very crystal clear body, with lots of cola bubbles. Many stick to the sides, and there's also lots that rise very quickly. Head is off white, a little styrofoam consistent, makes three fingers tall and settles though to about two fingers. Sort of mish and mash of really good and bad physical characters.

Nose is odd. Strange, woody pine hop burnt needles, and soily mulch and stinking dirt. Just a bizarre smell of a strange hop angle and not even any malt presence. There's a slightly off pleasing bitterness coming from this.

Palate is just nothing to write home about here. Surprisingly, there is a very simple and nice tolerable sweet biscuity sense and caramel on the aftertaste, but that is nowhere to be found on first sip or in the mid palate. Palate has a hint of wetness but not horribly bad, and not much off putting carbonation either. Unfortunately, there's just nothing going on here, and the subsequent sips bury the malt sweetness with a real distracting hop bitterness that isn't that enjoyable.

Overall, this is a just a dumbed down beer, and not even hop wise, I am talking malt backbone and sweetness. This isn't offensive, unpleasant, or rank (except for maybe smell), it's just lifeless and boring. I'll pass, and if this is a replacement for Drifter, well that's sounds like a real bad direction this brewery is heading. So many better American Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of Jean-Henri
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Copper colored with a weak head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. Smells lemony and a little hoppy, somewhat underwhelming. Taste is rather flat, hoppy with a dry finish a little on the bitter side. Not overly carbonated, rolls nicely on the tongue. Not bad overall.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Fred Meyer in N.Salem. $1.69 Pours a clear light amber/gold colour, head is small and bubbly..leaves good lace. Slightly resiny hop aroma and some aroma of mushroom for some reason. Taste is fairly pedestrian with again a slight resinous hop and backed by weak caramel. Mouthfeel is fine enough..low carbonation. Very average APA..and to think this replaces Drifter which is far far better, bad decision here.
Usually end up buying at least a 12 pack of Drifter a month in the summer months. I wont be buying this

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Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light copper color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that low retention and good lacing.

The aroma was neutral and bland. A very light malt scent, and barely noticeable grassy hops. The story was the same on the tongue, light malts and soft floral hops.

The body was light, and clean enough. Drinkability was OK, but with the lack of flavor and personality, why bother? Overall, a benign, inoffensive brew. Maybe use it to introduce folks to craft beer, but I can't see anybody who uses this site regularly getting excited about it.

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Photo of Longstaff
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

An ok pale ale not unlike every other Sierra Nevada pale ale knockoff - some berry notes and floral hop aroma - a wee bit cloying and not so drinkable. Sucks that they stopped making the unique, tasty, and drinkable Drifter in favor of a beer you can get from just about any brewery/brewpub.

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Photo of stevoj
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Foyle
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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 weonfire
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown, slightly translucent, tiny head- dissipates immediately, small carbonation rising

S - light citrus, carmel, sweet hops, lemon

T - Carmel, watery hops, lemon, small citrus. finish: sweet hops (2/10), carmel

M - thin body, watery, poor coverage, low froth

O - lacks flavor & body. Real mellow. Honestly nothing to dislike- mostly because of the lack of most flavors. Yes, its easy to drink. But overall- there are many better Pale Ales out there. Do not pick this. It was not worth the $1.99 single I paid at Binnys. (yes, it was for the untappd badge. dont hate)

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing is a testament to a "balanced" beer. It's a good beer. Although from the price point of around 10 (ten) dollars here in Connecticut, it just seems like a little too much when you have other beers around the same price that are more interesting. There is a good amount of citrus hops from the beer and a clean finish. A nice smell where you get notes of grapefruit from the hops. As for the taste I was a little disappointed from the lack of malt it had. It's a great beer when you just want to drink a regular beer, but if you are given the opportunity to either have something nice and simple and balanced and going for something a little bit more off the beaten path, I choose the more adventurous beer every time.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled April 22nd, 2013. Acquired as part of a "Best of the Brothers" Widmer variety box at my local Von's grocery store. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded standard pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of white/beige colour. Slight cream. Decent thickness. Above average to nice (~3-4 minute) retention. No bubble show.

Body colour is a clear vibrant translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. Pretty appealing for the style, overall.

Not unique or special. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Nice pale malts and floral hops with a bit of grapefruit zest. Light nectary hops. A biteen of hop bitterness. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A bit of oily hop character. Light hop extract. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Clean and inviting.

T: A clean pale malt body with decent floral hop character. A bit oily and nectary. Some limited grapefruit zest. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pleasant and refreshing, if simple. Lacks subtlety. Decently balanced. I like it.

Mf: Smooth, oily, and wet. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness. Nice presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Not a lot of depth here.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but also a bit forgettable. Well priced for what it is. One of Widmer's more mainstream offerings. I'll enjoy drinking the three that came in the box, but I doubt I'd get it again otherwise. Many will enjoy it. Would pair well with food.

Low C+

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Photo of snilsen13
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall: It's good. The nose is really well matched to the flavors but the flavors are too complex (too fruity) for me.

Looks like a bitter/IPA, a little orange. Smells nice, clean fresh grassy/piny - not your typical cascade, there's some extra nose in there. I would be proud to make a beer with this smell.

The taste adds some mild tangy fruit flavors, well balanced to the mild/medium bitters. I'm not a fan of tangy in my beer, unless its made on purpose. I would call this a sort of contaminant in the brewing process, maybe endemic to Widmer Bros. Sorry dudes.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the alcohol content. It would drink more quickly if a little lighter. That said, the beer maintains good flavor as it warms up, so maybe it just needs more alcohol.

I would pick it over a lot of other beers, because its pretty well balanced, but it doesn't really do it for me. More breadiness, genuine malt smell/flavor in place of the tangy flavors would make it a real contender. I'm sure its better on tap. It could grow on me, just for that nose.

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark golden with a slight haze; fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Really nice looking beer. The aromas are full of oranges and caramel malts. Smells like an old IPA. The flavors basically match the nose. Lots of orange blending in with some grass. There's a crisp bitterness to this one. There's also a little pit of pine. Lots of caramel malts. There seems to be an English influence to this one. Mouthfeel is very nice; lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation. This is an extremely easy drinking beer and the alcohol obviously goes unnoticed.

This is an alright beer. It's actually better than I was anticipating. Not bad, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Alchemy's not all that impressive. I mean, who can't turn lead into gold? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light white grapes, light honey, flowers, mild grapefruit zest, and the slightest possible intimation of biscuit way in the background. So far, this spotlight of the Alchemy hop ain't half bad. The taste brings in more of the same, but there's a firm succession of waves of grass throughout the second half, which sorta clashes with the rest of things and ruins what is otherwise a solid little hoppy thing. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, can't say I'm much of a fan here, though it's mostly pretty solid. I'm thinking about blaming the new hop, but I'm unsure if that's the whole story here. Whatever the case, I'm passing in the future.

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Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wish I had found the date on the bottle before I bought it! It's long gone, fairly flat, but still pretty decent. Seems unfair to rate an old bottle of ale, but it hasn't gone skunky and I can imagine it with carbonation, so I think this is an OK brew. Take my review with a grain of salt!

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Photo of burlyegg
3.24/5  rDev -10%
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 dar482
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear light reddish amber with beautiful bubbles rising in the glass. A foamy white head.

The aroma has a strong note of graininess and toasty bready malt. Some floral and spicy hops.

The flavor has hints of orange and floral with big spicy hops but then moves onto again that yeasty breadiness and grainy notes that come from American Adjunct lagers. A good amount of drying and slightly bitterness of the finish. Woody and peppery hops on the finish, although with tinges of metallic notes.

The beer has positive notes of its breadiness, some drying and bitterness, tinges of hop flavors. However, it is paired with off putting notes from adjunct lagers. One of my first attempts at Widmer and a very poor one at that.

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Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter

A: clear gold. A white half finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Minimal lacing.

S: Grapefruit, hoppy, citrus

T: smooth and hoppy, clean, citrus-y. Semi- sweet. Dry finish.

M: medium with medium carbonation.

O: just so so. Not really impressed. No real magic for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a mixed seasonal pack poured into a pint glass. Shows a clear light copper with a half inch of off white foam. Offers moderate retention and light lace.

Aroma of citric hops/muddled light caramel along with some peppery spice. Carbonation is light. Flavor follows and again is restrained by light carbonation. Reminds me of something from thier Rotator IPA series but a bit more subdued. And more in the mouthfeel sense than the hop delivery. Minimal bitterness noted.

Feel is a bit thin though sweet and citric in nature. Lack of carbonation again keeps things in check. Warming adds a touch of character though it doesn't linger long after a good swirl. Rather flat, needs more gas to let the hops do thier thing.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber pours bright, less than a finger head on the pour. Looks nice in the glass, some lacing.

Smell: Nice hop aroma for a pale ale, citrusy smell, pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Nice taste, citrus up front then a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: LIght, not too watery, resiny oily hop feeling, nice carbonation.

Overall: Good beer, it would make a great session beer, it surprised me with the aroma and taste.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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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