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

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Photo of alphagnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, clear copper color and is topped with a thin, tan head. Nice lacing. Carbonation galore!

Simple and fantastic! A surprising sweetness breaks through a light, piney character. Pineapple and a bit of coconut.

Mostly matches the aroma, only everything is lighter than I'd of hoped for. A decent amount of pine and wheat over some lightly roasted malt. Oddly enough, no sweetness here with the exception of some faint watermelon. Decent, but boring.

Light but rather dry. Quite creamy and plenty of carbonation.

A decent American Pale Ale overall, but not a stand out in the genre. If it had more character to taste, this would be easier to recommend as it's really its only downfall.

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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 micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very nice aromatic brew. The hop bouquet is fresh smelling with some hints of floral hops.
The appearance is up to par also with a hazy clear, orange amber color. The head is low and dense and lingers a good while. There is some wispy lacing around the glass.
In the taste I noticed that this beer is quite bitter and puckering on the palate.
The taste is fair. The hop taste is light and muddled.
An okay beer but the puckering bitterness at the aftertaste is almost too much.

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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 Wamesit
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep amber with a moderate white head that gives way to somewhat clumpy lacing.

S - Solid hops nose, lemon and pepper. Breadiness and yeast.

T - Hops are present throughout. Both lemony and pepper are represented. Mild and well-balanced. Bready malts round out a full flavor with a bit of grass in the finish.

M - Medium lush.

O - APA is not an easy style to pull-off, no surprise Widmer does it right. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Anasazi
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a German beer stein. The look was good, the carbonation was lacking, not much head even after pouring almost, "full throttle" from the bottle.

Very slight traces of foam on the side of the glass. The hop aroma stood out. A citrus/cascade hop blend of a bouquet came to mind.

Not very much taste on the malt but it finishes clean. Good beer for the price of $6-7 a six pack. I understand it took the place of Widmer's, "Drifter Pale Ale." I like it better than their former Drifter. A good beer overall.

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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 bcsbeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Somewhere between orange and copper. Clear with a small white head that fizzed away leaving a ring. Surprisingly, the sparse head did deposit some nice lacing.

S: Presented a fresh pine aroma with hint of grain. Did not get a lot after the head settled down.

T: Flavor is hop forward with more pine, very dry and somewhat soapy. The malts were well hidden.

M: In the middle, decent carbonation. Dry with a light hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

O: This is one of the driest beers I have had. A nice change from the highly bitter or sweet beers.

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Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours dull looking amber, near clear, darker tan head, larger bubbles that quickly fade to next to nothing. Just parts of a film, a thin collar and minor lacing.

Malt and hops about even on the nose.

The label on this one speaks of balance and I think it has been achieved here, hops/malt in harmony and yes balance.

Easy drinking and enjoyable enough. Nothing earth shattering, but this is a good option to use to expose newbies to the world of real beer and quality ale.

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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 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 lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear amber. spotty lace. soft grassy hops and sweet malts for smell, subtle and smooth. taste is more of same, nothing really stands out, but a very sessionable beer. would be nice with meats and nuts i think, it won't try to fight with other flavors. mouth feel is better than i expected, so i'm gonna bump it from my original 3.25 to a bit more. add to my list for non-craft drinkers to start with, :)

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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 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 DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks good has an IPA look to it with a light clear amber body and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a while to a thick lace ring.
S - Heavy caramel malt and some hop presence. Smells like an old IPA to me.
T - Taste better than it smells, some hop presence and some pale malts. Drink is smooth but not the best.
M - Light to medium in body.

Overall somewhat enjoyable but smells like an old IPA and tastes like an above average pale ale. Try it if you must.

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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 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 Treyliff
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours clear golden-orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces leaving a small laying skimming the top with no lace

S- nice piney and flowery hop aromas, lightly danky with fresh grass, a touch of lemon with some toasted malt in the background, nice and hoppy overall

T- floral hop flavors with some pine-like sharpness, a hint of citrus fruit, nice toasted grainy malt backbone provides a nice balance. The finish is dry and well rounded

M- medium body with medium spritzy carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish, high drinkability

O- well balanced, white still showcasing the hops, easy to drink with enough flavor. Well made APA

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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 Tone
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pine, hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of sugar, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hops, pine, and a hint of sugar. Overall, decent aroma and body, but blend is too sweet and appearance is lacking.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 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 WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Alchemy Ale is a decent ale. The beer poured a orangish copper clear with virtually no head and nolacing. The scent was malty and slightly sweet. The taste was a good caramel malt base and some bittering hops to balance. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was a good beer and easily sessionable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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