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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Stowe, Vermont USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A gluten-free American IPA made with sorghum.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BenDoshin (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
This was the most god awful thing I have ever drank. It smells exactly like OFF insect repellant and tastes very similar. The taste is chemical at best. I was really surprised to see so many positive reviews of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
(draft) Off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, light pine. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, lightly astringent. Light-medium body, some "hollowness" in the body with lack of grain. Great for a gluten-free, so-so for an IPA, and I rated to the latter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden in color. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus- orange, lemon. Taste: Although this was the best sorghum beer I think I’ve had, I’m not much of a fan of that grain. Moderate to highly hoppy flavor with sorghum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13655) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
A golden IPA with a thin white head. Aroma of very pungeant c-hops, over an interesting grainy "malt" light notes of honey and herbs. In mouth, a strange lemony hops, with honey notes developping, herbal, grainy, bizarre, but good. On tap at brewpub August 2 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
Tap at Vermont Brewer’s Fest 2009. Cloudy golden pour. Orange/grapefruit citrus and a bit of light honeyish sweetness as well. The flavour can’t hide the grainy sweetness of the sorghum but it’s not a bad try really. At least they’ve added enough hops to give this some character, but I can’t say I’m a fan of sorghum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with a medium foamy white head that held up for a while. Some small lacing on the glass. Aroma is medium of citrus hops with a hint of spice. Flavor is a bit unusual... initially its the classic IPA, with citrus hops and a hint of maltiness. All of that is followed up with a lingering spicy graininess that lingered for a while. While not unpleasent, the effects of the sorghum add to the mystique of the beer... certainly not your average IPA and not intended to be, of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This sorghum IPA at first wowed with its citrusy, grassy aromatic acrobatics, but then puzzled as strong sorghum flavors battled with the rising hop bitterness, crippling drinkability.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the light yellow haze.
-This is another highly alluring Alchemist hop perfume!
-The finish is a blend of hop bitterness, sorghum idiosyncracies and vagrant tartness. Just not pleasant at all, and VERY long lasting.
-This is a rare miss from The Alchemist in my book; but I know the Celia Framboise is going to be much better...

On tap at the Vermont Brewers’ Fest.

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