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Alchemist Alena

Alchemist Alena
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
An American IPA packed with a ridiculous amount of hoppy goodness. Dry, crisp and bitter, this ale is made with Pearl malt and three strains of hops. 110 IBU.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Backlog from BQ2010 - very random how i forgot to enter this, and even more so how i stumbled across this old book. Draft at the Brewpub with bros, what a great host - very friendly and informative and directed us to a great beer bar later that night. The beer pours a slightly hazy blond body with nice white lacing. Aroma is super fresh and crisp hops, light pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is crisp with notes of pine and grass hops, light citrus - overall clean hoppy flavor with some bitter citrus fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: An blonde IPA delivering an intense fruity hop bomb. A must for hopheads
How: Tap at the brewpub (the now defunct brewpub). This lastest batch listed as 7.0% and 100 IBU
The look: Partly cloudy glowing orange-blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: The intensely fruity hops is citrusy, tropical fruits and everything fruity, which grapefruits coming through strong. Taste is pure resinous fruity hops juice with aromas, intensity and freshness that matches the IPAs of fellow Vermonter Hill Farmstead. Almost a little too much dry hopped with hops juice sticky all over my mouth. Just enough malt sweetness to provide some opposition without achieving balance. Nice full mouthfeel with a relaxed carbonation. This is the type of world class beer that I’ve come to expect from The Alechemist, I’ve always set the bar very high at The Alchemist, much to chagrin of the limbo dancers who used to hang out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
on tap at brewpub. bright golden, very slight haze, small white head, no retention, some lacing. loads of herbal-citrusy and strawberry nose. decent malt structure. grapefruit bite at the end. average carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Shimmery bright orange; a beer made up of sunny-savory hops in the nose, forward white stone fruits and sweet summer vegetables beneath, and glowing floral hop character on the tongue, oily, bitter and bracing.

The bright, sweet, bitter and savory qualities of it come together with ease and simplicity; it has the singularity and cleanliness of a single-hop example. Spritzy palate with medium weight. A classy, but aggressive offering; well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
Bu sur place en cask (20oz), le 27/9/08. Blonde miel, mince collet avec de la denteille. Arome d’houblon sucré de pêche, amerturme plaisant. Goût d’houblon sensuelle avec une amerturme pour les vrai tripeux et une finission de jus de pêche légé avant qu’amerturme te frape dans ta guelle. Ça c’était un IPA foqué!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a golden amber in color with a medium white head. Aroma is very strong of citrus/pine hops and little else. Flavor is intensely hoppy (Yum!) and has a more than average bitterness. I think that this is the hoppiest brew yet for this talented brewmaster. Could use a bit more of the malts to balance, but I’m not complaining. A hop head’s dream brew... exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
on tap at the brewpub. Lightly hazy golden appearance with a creamy white head. Aroma is a ton of citrus hops with pine. Don’t really get any malt in the aroma at all. Taste is massively hoppy with alot of citrus, some pine, and a nice earthy wood character from the hops. This is quite a bitter IPA, with a continuous attacking sharp bitterness throughout. Body is light to medium, just enough malt to back up the hop character. Like John’s other IPA’s, this one is very well crafted- awesome stuff if you are hophead. If not, stay away- FAR away!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Vermont Brewers Fest ’07. Very pale golden beer. Aroma is a massive hop bomb, full of fresh bright pine and resin. It smells like a walk in the forest. Very lean malts, but the sweet/resiny hops almost add a sweetness of their own. Loads of hoppiness all the way through with a long bitter finish. Citrus and pine just keep hitting the palate with wave after wave of subtly nuanced hop elements. Finishes so dry that before the flavour has even left your mouth you’re dying for the next sip. I really need to get my ass to this pub, because this guy knows hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Enjoyed a pint of this one on draught at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. The Alchemist really impressed me with the quality of their beers, and Alena, is just another example of how good The Alchemist is. This beer is an AIPA by style, and it is a hop monster of a beer. At 110 IBU it has throat peeling hop bitterness, but manges to stay sodrinkable and tasty. This beer pours to a slightly hazy, golden color, with a thick, creamy, head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is just fatastic. Waves of zesty and pungent, piney/citrus/grapefruit hop aroma flood the nose. The palate is firm, with good pale/biscuity malt flavor, that acts as a spring board to fantastic lemon peel/grapefruit hop flavors that just dance on the tongue. This beer finishes with more fantastic hop flavors up front, then finishes with a long, dry, very bitter piney/citrus/grapefruit hop bite that lingers for eternity. Phenomenal AIPA. This beer would make any hop head’s top 10 list. This beer has the potential to become legendary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Draught pint at the brewpub. A bright, near-opaque shiny-burnished gold nectar is placed in front of me, topped by a fine-bubbled head reminiscent of coconut flakes in custard, decaying into thick and beautifully-patterned lacing....powerful, robust and invigorating is the fine aroma, hugely citric-acidic (grapefruit mostly but also sour orange and lemon) with touches of tart underripe cherries, cedar and spruce, just terrifically fresh....with warmth and near the end of the pint, caramelized peaches add some zest and vanilla adds needed sweetness....the body is superbly balanced despite overwhelming bitterness, light juicy syrupy qualities at the front preparing you (barely) for the massive dry grapefruit-skin harshness that attacks and dominates throughout the tasting....acid and tartness burn and violate every bit of your mouth though faint caramel malts show up enough to provide a touch of soothing sweetness and to hold it all together....just a trace of alcohol apparent, moderate carbonation and fullness of body make this a little less than refreshing, more of a sipper, a beer to contemplate how such dryness can result in such pleasure for one who tends to validate and treasure sweetness and fruitiness much more than this IPA allows. The harshest of this style that I’ve ever fallen in love with; the best of this style I’ve experienced from a Northeastern brewer, a stunning masterpiece that every hophead needs to try.

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