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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

705 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 414
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American IPA , hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

(Beer added by: hillvt4me on 01-30-2014)
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Vr6mmbeer


5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-29-2014 15:59:11 | More by Vr6mmbeer
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geekrot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

08-29-2014 15:52:51 | More by geekrot
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Anubis010

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-29-2014 09:07:08 | More by Anubis010
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

08-29-2014 03:58:31 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Rideguy64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

08-28-2014 23:16:50 | More by Rideguy64
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MichaelLamb

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-28-2014 22:22:36 | More by MichaelLamb
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mad3air

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-28-2014 19:02:48 | More by mad3air
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.9%

08-28-2014 09:50:57 | More by thegerm87
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Eternal218

California

4.1/5  rDev -9.7%

08-28-2014 08:35:43 | More by Eternal218
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +10.1%

16 oz. can gifted from GMRFx, unknown can date but purchased at the most recent Alchemist tent sale on 08/11/2014, poured into a small plastic glass at a BJCP study group, drank 08/27/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - bright golden coloration, minimal clarity (can see or read through), off-white head dissipates into a glass lacing that persisted throughout the drinking session; small alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - as expected, huge hop aroma right up front: super intense citrus and tropical fruit - mango, pineapple and papaya predominate; there is some fruitiness as well - blackberry, apricot and Meyer lemon; some alcohol and malt notes are also present but the hops are clearly the star

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness but is quickly overpowered in the middle of the mouth by huge tropical fruit and berries; the alcohol is present in the taste with some minor malt characters to hint at balancing; this is just dumb juicy and super drinkable

M: 5/5 - moderate bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 7% ABV is present but not overbearing; high carbonation for style/ABV and moderate carbonation

O: 10/10 - definitely one of the best IPAs that I've ever tasted; it's like biting into a perfectly ripe juicy fruit pineapple; I wish that I can offer a flaw with this beer but, alas, I'm coming up totally short; highly, highly recommended!

TOTAL = 48/50

08-28-2014 03:32:30 | More by MNishCT77
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-28-2014 02:23:22 | More by edhizdeid
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AaronDz

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.1%

From the can. Aroma is super juicy with notes of blueberry, mango, and a touch of orange peel. Had to pour some out to get the appearance. It's cloudy and a golden yellow much like Heady. Taste is bursting with tropical fruit flavors, pineapple, oranges, mango, and a hint of piney bitterness. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Overall another outstanding IPA from Alchemist. Worth seeking out.

08-28-2014 00:21:08 | More by AaronDz
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VegasGolfpro

Nevada

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-27-2014 14:01:48 | More by VegasGolfpro
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jimilayne

New York

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-27-2014 00:30:05 | More by jimilayne
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kaktusjak

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-27-2014 00:20:03 | More by kaktusjak
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VTLocal420

Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Hazey, Golden Orange, Cloudy, 2 finger white head, decent lacing and a medium-medium/high carbonation.

S: Citrusy; Pineapples, Orange Zest/Tangerines, Grapefruits. Tropical; Guava, Mango and Passionfruit. Dank/Grassy, Pine/Resin and lightly Floral.

T: Citrus up front; Grapefruit and Orange Zest, following into a Guava/Mango in the middle that marries into a creamy/bready malt backbone, before finishing dry Dank/Grass and Pine/Resin, the backend is delightfully bitter, the bitterness on this one builds beautifully and the taste is perfectly balanced start to finish, leaving you only wanting more.

M: Medium-Medium/Light Body while maintaining a certain chewiness VT IPA's and PA's are known for.

O: This is a 100/100 for me, it is on my top 5 list of beers I have ever tried and isnonie of the best examples of an American Single IPA's on the planet.

Notes: Absolutely one of the best IPAs on the planet, deserving of a much higher ranking, for me personally this is better than Heady on flavor profile. Get some if you can!

08-26-2014 22:48:14 | More by VTLocal420
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sbrock22

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-26-2014 15:33:50 | More by sbrock22
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SCanthony

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-26-2014 11:59:05 | More by SCanthony
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babyvdog

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Nice citrus nose
hops with slight bitter fish

08-25-2014 23:15:01 | More by babyvdog
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HoldenDurden

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-25-2014 20:50:54 | More by HoldenDurden
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Oli_LaPelle

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-25-2014 14:57:25 | More by Oli_LaPelle
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SirElton

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-25-2014 05:10:23 | More by SirElton
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%

08-25-2014 00:20:56 | More by Iparedman
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.9%

08-24-2014 12:20:08 | More by Boston_Steve
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bellbw

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.1%

08-24-2014 03:31:36 | More by bellbw
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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.