Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
868 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by csiewert on 12-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
868
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
145
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 868 |  Reviews: 125
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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 YeastMode
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Frothy off white head rose quickly to the rim of the glass. Color was a amber-oakish tint.
S- Piney, citrusy smell. Earthy and natural.
T- Light and drinkable for a APA, robust hop not on the tongue at first which withers to a sublte sweetness. I found it to be lighter on the malt, but enough present to be appreciated.
M- Smooth and bright, moderately carbonated.

O- American Pale Ales are amongst my favorite of beer styles. Widmer did right by it with Alchemy. Not overbearingly hopped and the right amount of malt/carbonation make it a great entry-mid level craft drinkers Pale Ale.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APA IS A FAVE STYLE, SO YOU HAVE MY BIAS.

A: Above average, nice color, weight, carbonation, head and retention and lacing just ok.
... slightly hazy amber in color ...

S: Hops & malt well balanced in the nose, moderate aromas of citrusy hops, a bit of cat, and lots of bread.

T: Follows the smell, flavors of citrusy hops with plenty of flavorful, caramel malts and a nice long finish with a balanced blend of sweet & more bitterness. Nice.

M:Medium-bodied on the palate, as it should. Good body.

O: Solid APA. Must try. On the bready side with plenty of fresh hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with a short cap of off-white lace with a good bit of scrappy lacing.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of Drifter Pale Ale but doesn't quite match the wonderful grapefruit and passionfruit citrus notes of that great Widmer brew of the past. There is a slight herbal and floral edge to the hoppiness which tempers the citrus qualities. The maltiness is a little bready and crackery but pretty much in the background. This beer would be well-served to develop more malt character given the hops have been decreaed with this iteration. Yeast character is very low.

T: The flavor is also reminscent of Drifter but again falls short although the hoppiness is more varied with more floral, orange citrus, and herbal/earthy character than Drifter. The malt component is still a little undercooked with some light caramel note but none of the more toasty malt character that is nice with this style and a more complex hops profile. Little to no yeast ester quality and the bitterness is moderate.

M: The body of this brew is firmly medium with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

O: I wish Widmer would revert back to Drifter although Alchemy is not at all bad, but just a little less hoppy and malt-complex comparatively.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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