Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A daring complex and very hoppy beer of some kind. Skilful creation.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is uber-hoppy with strong coniferous presence as well spicy rye. Taste has crusty rye bread, lots of caramel some malts chocolate, some red berries, plenty of freshly cut pine-tree, more… A lot of things I’m not used to get in the same beer. This is the type of extravagant beer that would taste all over the place and messy if brewed by less skilled brewers. But Alchemist is Alchemist, and skills is not something that is lacking in this brewery. I’m happy I was able to drink a glass of this original beer. We were not even supposed to stop at Alchemist on that day. We stopped for gas near the pub and decided last minute drop in for a quick pint. One could say that the stars were aligned on that night. But I didn’t see it, I missed the line dancing number on Dancing With The Stars because I was drinking a beer at the Alchemist.
VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub - Pours a dark brownish amber in color with a medium foamy light tan head. Very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy... pine and some grapefruit... along with some mild maltiness. Flavor is initially quite bitter and very hoppy... love that Simcoe. Some evidence of the rye’s spiciness and some of the other malts attempt to balance the intense hoppiness. Too bad he does not make this one more often...
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint draught at the brewery, 7/8/2005 with TAR and CQuiroga. Deep amber-maize-blackberry colors swirl about, with an outstanding hickory-red sheen to it and a small, but neatly retained off-white head. Light, spotty lacing. Nose is gorgeous! Simcoe and warrior hops gone wild, fresh, aromatic, fruity, clean and juicy. Really gets in your face, but dosent kill you with sweet malt ntoes. The lightly peppery, dry rye gives strength to the nose as well. Unfortunately, the flavor didnt live up to the nose. Begins with astringent, bitter, floral hops, and unripened fruits. Dry, peppery, grainy rye further dries things out, and the malt has to play catch-up from the start. Nutty notes mix with light cola and touches of dry toffee here and there. Strong toasted grains, more bitter hops and light fruits round out the finish. The malt balance improves, somewhat, as it warms, but not enough, IMHO. Oily, borderline overcarbonated texture is very lively, but also lightens up as it goes. They just needed more malt balance. . . .
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a thin white head. Very interesting aroma and flavor of powerfull citrusy and piney hops with spicy rye, strong bitter finish. Light to medium body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz draught at the brewpub. Tawny, dark, cloudy and mysterious brown-bronze with an earthy beige head and thick lacing....heady, spicy nose full of pine tar and wet needles, grapefruit and lilac and, as it gets warm, gingerbread...sweet, refreshing initial flavor is quickly overtaken by scorching, massive hop attack but leavened throughout by the milky, smooth mouthfeel and a light cherry syrup internal juiciness...just on the edge of being too hoppy and dry for me though this lessens as the beer warms...among the best from this fine brewery.