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

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Added by csiewert on 12-27-2010

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright brass with loose off white froth that's gone in a flash.
Deep floral nectar and honey nose with some orange hard candy underneath.
Light country biscuit and apricot with Cascade-y hit of lemon zest, light pine and maybe lychee.
Papaya sorbet finish and sweet chutney linger.
Light only thinking of medium, flinty, round and soft.

Watery, too pale, underhopped for the strength, and lacking in complexity. It is soft, and I suppose it's balanced, only because the malts are blonde and muted, too. Widmer have the know how to do better; just not the will, seemingly. Not really sure what the character of the Alchemy blend is - C-hop lite? - but I don't feel the need to revisit it.

Entry level is a compliment.

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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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