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Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,845
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
868
pDev:
11.73%
Bros Score:
3.76
 
 
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25
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/19/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pineapple, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and pineapple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid fruity hop presence that makes it easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of citrusy aromas and flavors for an American Pale Ale.

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3.08/5  rDev -14%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/6/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and well balanced hop/malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a balanced hop/malt profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with significant amounts of very active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light aromas of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just the slightest hint of caramel sweetness. There is a moderate flavor of herbal hops with a lighter flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable APA - nothing out of this world but a solid offering. Not overly aggressive in the hops, but that is ok because the beer is more sessionable while still being interesting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz May 2013 bottle served in a snifter.

Pour is a very orange amber, with a small and short-lived head. Spots of lacing are left on the glass. Crystal clear and no sediment in the glass.

Slightly earthy, moderately strong aroma of citrus, pine and herbal hops with a hint of sweet malt. The flavor too is nicely hoppy, but the hops are less piney and the malt load is more apparent, particularly in the very mild bitterness. Has the unusual dynamics of seeming more bitter mid-taste than in the fnish. Hints of grapefruit, orange and starfruit.

Medium-light body; well carbonated; semi-dry finish.

O: It's easy to like this very drinkable APA. Recommended.

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

According to the cap, "Happiness is next to Godliness", words to live by. NIce creamy looking smaller head fades fairly quickly, light layers of lacing, semi hazy golden slight orange honey colored beer.

Nose light malts, sweet candy like malts, wants to be sweet syrupy but not quite and wants to get to caramel but doesn't seem to, hops bring a nice sweet hop character as well, light floral and slight candied orange peel. Light citrus spicy hop character, and nice malty balance.

Taste brings a nice malt character, light toasty pale malt, light sweetness and touch of caramel. Then hops kick in and dominate, with floral hops, into a light citrus and faint pine, candied orange peel again, quite a bit of bitterness as well. Finish is dry but sticky, very bitter and slight spicy quite piney hops, little lingering candied orange peel, and citrus.

mouth is med bod, decent carb, little sticky.

Overall not bad, decent drinking tasty APA, def not an IPA but good for an APA, grassy piney earthy hops with some candied orange peel citrus, nice malty balance, etc. Nice overall balance.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear rich bronze with tightly formed half finger lacey white head atop,good clarity and a nice head.Leafy and mild citric hops over top of a biscuit malt base,the aromas don't jump out at ya but are nice.Buttery caramel flavors at the onset with just a hint of toast,leafy/herbal and mild citric hops in the finish.This isn't half bad,it's not a big hopped up assertive APA but the subtle flavors are pretty nice.

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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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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 868 ratings
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