I didn’t make the trip to Vermont for The Alchemist truck sale but a friend was nice enough to share a can of Holy Cow and Focal Banger with me. It’s great that The Alchemist is starting to bring back more of the beers from the brew pub as I never visited the pub before it flooded and closed. This gives everyone a chance to try more quality beer in addition to Heady Topper.
Holy Cow is their “session” IPA and while I like to see beers in the 4.5% or less range to be a session beer when compared to the 8% Heady Topper, 9.6% The Crusher and 8.88% Ouroboros this is definitely the closest The Alchemist has come to a session IPA.
This beer pours a very nice orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is much less pungent than Heady or The Crusher but that is to be expected from a single IPA. There is some melon and citrus, pleasant but not very strong. Taste has the same melon, light citrus and a nice balance with the malts. Holy Cow is light, refreshing and only a very slight bitterness in the finish.
Really enjoyed this beer from The Alchemist and I hope the next truck load sale happens on a Saturday when I have nothing going on so I can make the trip.
Pros: Sessionable and flavorful
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: The Alchemist
Brewers Description: Holy Cow is an old favorite being revisited. When we opened our doors for business at the old pub, this was one of the initial offerings. Back then, I was testing the waters to see how people would respond to a truly hoppy IPA. Funny, right?
We soon started to refer to it as a Session IPA, as most of my other IPAs came in above 7% ABV. Through the years, Holy Cow went through countless changes before settling into a groove near the end. In that spirit, I am wiping the slate clean for this new recipe.
The malt bill is the same, but the hops are most defiantly different. Columbus and Amarillo are now joined by Huell Melon, a new and unique hop from Germany. So sit back, relax, and get into a little sesh with Holy Cow. Enjoy..