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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
An American Pale Ale brewed entirely with Amarillo hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3497) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Can thanks to jc1762. Cheers Jon! Nearly transparent orange body with a half inch of white head. Notes of dank hops, resinous pine, citrus fruits, earthy malts, and a mild grainy, biscuit character. Light in body with high drinkability. Another solid beer in the Alchemist lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5761) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Can shared with Dave, pours a hazy golden color with small white head. Aromas and flavor of grain, malt, Pilsner or kolsch type yeast, and light Not really bright for just amarillo. Wow, I’m just surprised this isn’t boozy and sweet which is pretty much all Alchemist makes. Bland and somewhat boring but well take it! With their current portfolio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Can from the brewery into a pilsner glass showing well filtered neon yellow with a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows light clean pine notes amongst a lot of cannabis notes. The palate is medium bodied and well carbonated. Flavors of light pine resin and subtle grapefruit followed by light bready malts on the mid palate. Moderately sharp bitterness on finish. Notes of light pineapple appear on the linger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at the brewpub on November 4, 2010. Pours a clear yellow-straw color with two point five fingers of white head and oodles of lacing as the brew goes down my glass. The nose is pretty light with some faint citrus hops. Not all that much to say as it ends up being quite plain; there’s a touch of malt backbone though not all that much. The taste is citrus and some light bitterness. Crisp carbonation. A pretty decent brew, but not nearly as good as their other hoppy offerings. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A hazy creamy golden ale with a thin white head. A light hoppy aroma with citrusy notes. In mouth, a light pleasant ale with english hops, very restrained, light and quaffable. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours a transparent deep golden with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Aroma has a nice grapefruity resiny hop character and some lightly sweet malty notes. Starts semi-sweet and pale malty with a decent amount of citrusy bittering and flavor hops before a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. A pretty good APA, but I actually like the Moose Knuckle on cask better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pale ale series. 40 IBU. Amarillo. Lace as always.Good bitterness. A good bitterness, and that dominates the balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Draft at the brewpub (2/3/07) - Poured a yellow amber in color with a tint of orange and a medium, but thick white head. Aroma was a hop lovers dream... strong citrus/grapefruit and some pine. Flavor was strongly bitter (yum!) with grassy and ctirusy hops. Finish was clean, long and bitter. John makes many excellent beers, but this one is (perhaps) my favorite... awesome brew!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2 draught pints at the brewery on 1/28/07
My favorite color for an IPA - platinum-blonde with a light, lemon-yellow tint. Lots of chill-haze and a medium amount of creamy white head that is retained well and laces in rings.
Strong aroma is full of dry tangerine, white grapefruit, mandarin oranges and leafy, bitter hop acids. Definitely on the heavy/assertive side in respect to bittering, but there is definitely an enjoyable amount of late addition and dry-hopping. A touch of highly acidic bitterness on the finish, almost sour is noted, but it’s no doubt from the massive amounts of hops in here and seems almost inevitable. Strong lemon-cherry aromas remind me of magnum hops, while there is a bit of cattiness or extreme plant-like astringency. Malt is gentle in aroma, only leaving light grains, bits of honey and light whitebread. Clean yeast and fortunately, no aspirin-like notes. No alcohol noted. I have had more fresh and fruity/complex hop aromas (though not too many more), but I think this one just suffers from too much bittering. Tone that down and this would be every bit as good as any San Diego IPA.
Bitterness shows in the flavor, especially on the finish, where the bare, pale malts do little to cover the strong amount of acidity. But like the nose, there are plenty of tangerines, mandarin oranges and soft conifer-like notes to go around (and of course grapefruit). Dextrinous body is quite dry in flavor, but very supportive in texture, as the perfect IPA should be. Highly engaging, tight carbonation, as I’ve come to expect from this fine brewery. No alcohol in the flavor, no flaws. I’d really like to see this with about half or a third of the IBUs cut out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Solid aroma of citrusy hops, it’s very fragrant and appealing. The flavor is superb, the amarillo hops express themselves with strenght and class, there’s also a strudy caramel malt and it all finishes with bitterness. Another superb hoppy beer from John Kimmich.

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