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Alechemy Utopia

Rating: 4.1

Another recent Scottish release now, this one being only my second beer from the Livingston based Alechemy brewery and one that follows on from their The Almighty Mofo that I picked over the summer. That particular offering was a pretty good one and was what inspired me to grab this one when I spotted it in Good Spirits Co. the other week, having only been released in early September. Despite being such a local brewery it’s not one whose beers I’ve spotted in many places, with the obvious exception of a few Glasgow based bottle shops but I can only assume their beers are more well known in the Edinburgh area. This one is said to be quite a hoppy beer and to make the hops more pronounced 80% of them were added post boil so I’m expecting a very American influenced IPA here, hopefully I’m not disappointed.

Alechemy Utopia

Appearance (5/5): Pours a slightly hazy but very nice looking amber colour with a finger-sized, foamy white head on top that initially seems quite thick and steady looking, there isn’t much movement early on although it does slowly recede a touch to hold at just over a centimetre tall.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a strong aroma with plenty of sweetness and tropical fruits hitting you straight away, there is a solid bitterness to the beer and a lot more caramel than I had been expecting. I could detect some strong hops but they certainly didn’t overpower and the beer kept a nice balance with some mango and grapefruit coming through as well.
Taste (7/10): Like the nose this one features a lot of sweetness and caramel but with just as many hops and perhaps a touch more in the way of bitterness than the nose, only just though. The beer is malty around the middle but the grapefruit from the nose comes through well, as does some mango and citrus along with some pine flavours and some oily touches. This one was a very nice tasting beer with it mirroring the nose well and going down easily.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied with some good carbonation and a slightly oily but smooth mouthfeel. There is a moderate bitterness throughout but it certainly doesn’t overpower and the sweetness helps balance things out from the start, if only it was a touch heavier as I thought it started to thin out slightly right at the very end but it was still an excellent beer.

Overall (16/20): Another Alechemy beer, another excellent offering from the Livingston brewery with it rating slightly higher than the last from them that I tried, their The Almighty Mofo offering. This one was definitely sweet and had a lot of hops and bitterness to it but still managed to have a good balance and proved very easy to drink; definitely one I wouldn’t mind picking up again.

Brewed In: Livingston, Scotland
Brewery: Alechemy Brewing
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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  1. November 10, 2014 at 16:41
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