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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm plesantly surprised by this brew. Pours a deep golden color with nice white head. I'm impressed by how clear it is, good looking beer. Nothing too crazy on the nose, a bit of mild earthy hops . This beer is perfectly balanced, tasty, and smooth. Just enough hops to allow a crisp bitterness to barely overtake the caramel malts on the finish. This beer is SMOOTH. It is perfectly balanced. Despite being 5.8% abv I could drink a few of these in a row.

I can't review this beer without mentioning that it replaced Drifter Pale Ale in Widmers year round line up. Drifter is one of my all time favorites. I'm upset that that Drifter is gone and I do prefer the Drifter, but Alchemy can hold it's own. Comparing it to Drifter, this is much more of a typical pale ale but still well done. They are both well balanced but Drifter has a very distinct flavor and aroma from Summit and Nelson hops. They do have some similarities in the malt bill and you get a sweet caramal malt flavor. Looks like they toned down the darker of the Caramel malts used in drifter, then used Alchemy hops all the way around, and likely less total hops. I would bet they are trying to appeal to a wider audience with this one.

The best part about this beer is that it's sooo smooth, and sooo drinkable. I won't be buying case after case of it like Drifter, but at $6.99 a six pack this is still one of the better beers in the price range.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/auburn colored liquid, impressive for its hefty appearance and slightly off white head that is almost 1" in depth. Aroma was a unique one in terms of the hop aroma. Alchemy hops you say? Never heard of 'em. Nor had. Smells like Cascades to me.

Taste reveals a grapefruit like bitterness, solid amounts of caramel. Nothing real out of the ordinary. Tastes like a substantial malt, solid cascade hopped india pale ale. Carbonation is high, abv is just right. Solid stuff. There's something else going on, like it has a lager yeast or tea in it. Can't quite pin it down. This beer was shared with me by Freddie from beverages4less. Generous of him, helped me chill out and peruse the selection.

As it warms, the mouthfeel gets a little accustomed to the hops and bitterness, and more and more of the caramel malt flavor comes out. Not much in the way of sweetness, this one is all bitter and caramel, which ends as a smoother moreso than dry finish.

Solid stuff. I imagine I'll buy a 6 pack of it when it officially launches today. Always thought Widmer is some solid mass produced stuff at a great price point.

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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice sweet smelling and tasting ale. A little big for the taste but it's not bad. Hops meld with the malt for a sweet taste and aroma. Reminds me of lagunitas sucks or stone pale ale in that respect. Not bad but not great. If you've never tried it you might as well but I wouldn't seek this one out.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great, clear copper color capped with a finger of fizzy head that doesn't stay long but still has enough lacing to notice.
Smell is very faint. A little bit of grassy, tea-like hops perhaps, but VERY mild. Could mistake this for water if you didn't pay close attention.
Taste is slightly more interesting. Some toasty, caramel malt provides some sweetness and grain flavor that is satisfying. There's some bittering hop on the finish and a faint note of pine, but mostly just slightly sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is a just a touch on the dry side of average. Has a kind of refreshing character one is looking for in the warmer months.
Alchemy tastes a little like a Vienna Lager mated with an extra light Pale Ale. If the ABV were a little lower it'd be sessionable, but flavor and aroma aren't really exciting enough for its gravity. C+.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle dated Mar 12 13 into a standard pint glass results in a golden body with remarkable clarity topped with a decent bone white head that leaves some lacing as it recedes, small bubbles rise continuously, a very appealing beer.
Aroma is subdued, slight astringent leafy hoppiness, some grain, very clean smelling. not much going on here.
Taste is kind of lagerish with a grain note up front, slightly bitter and dry a tiny bit of malt sweetness creeps in. Nothing stands out but I guess that was what the brewer tried to achieve an incredibly balanced brew that is more on the refreshing side rather than the flavor side, almost no aftertaste.
This would be an excellent choice for a hot summer day and I think straight from the bottle would do almost no harm (GASP!)
Refreshing and easy to drink I can see having more of theses at the BBQ.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light amber color with one finger of white foamy head that clings very well. Smells of sweet malt, but not very apparent. The taste is malty with a very slight amount of hops. They technically call it an extra pale ale and is brewed with uncommon alchemy and tea make hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes clean. Overall lacking a lot of flavor but a decent beer to try.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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