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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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100
world-class

587 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 337
Gots: 46 | 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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Chibeerguy1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-02-2014 00:44:50 | More by Chibeerguy1
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supaadam

Texas

4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best. Better than Heady, Pliny, or Crusher. Lots of hops, but not over the top. Not too thick like a lot of doubles. Just perfect.

Light color, huge smell, and epic taste and mouthfeel.

For me, Heady is too light. I call it "tine bubbles." This is thicker, but still retains the Alchemist character.

Serving type: can

07-31-2014 03:12:30 | More by supaadam
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miggs3030

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-31-2014 01:15:47 | More by miggs3030
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-30-2014 23:54:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -11.5%

07-30-2014 21:29:08 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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ttylicki

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2014 21:15:05 | More by ttylicki
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-30-2014 17:53:10 | More by cofeeguru
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-30-2014 04:14:27 | More by Dave_Treat
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-30-2014 03:48:24 | More by thampel09
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Mesa512

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-30-2014 01:09:57 | More by Mesa512
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tylergoov

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-29-2014 18:53:40 | More by tylergoov
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AmericaGWShark

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-29-2014 15:02:36 | More by AmericaGWShark
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explorer2008

Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-29-2014 14:32:22 | More by explorer2008
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Shapantleg


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-29-2014 11:32:42 | More by Shapantleg
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SkiBum22

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-29-2014 01:04:33 | More by SkiBum22
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emottram

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-28-2014 22:00:13 | More by emottram
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beerjunky413

Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

All hail the Alchemist. This is THE example of an excellent IPA in the single/low double range. Pours a hazy yellow with strong head retention. Sipping on this is like riding a hop rollercoaster. As the sip works its way down the flavor changes a few times, starting as an intense yet well rounded piney citrus to mellow grassy notes to an intense, full, life altering multi-hop finish. One of my all time favorites, if you like IPAs you will love this. If heady is a 100 focal banger is a 101!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2014 19:34:22 | More by beerjunky413
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the-gobbler

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-28-2014 16:10:36 | More by the-gobbler
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hatfulofhollow

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-28-2014 14:32:44 | More by hatfulofhollow
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-28-2014 01:15:42 | More by Jones153
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Szatski


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-27-2014 23:34:15 | More by Szatski
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jallen5076

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-27-2014 21:37:47 | More by jallen5076
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-27-2014 21:27:56 | More by jkball01
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured with a brilliant pineapple yellow color with a thick head of densely knit, bright white foam.

The nose has a malty background but the Mosaic hops are very evident. The aroma has some honey, oranges and pineapple before turning earthy and grassy.

The flavor is sweet and sugary, like a citrus fructose, with the evident Mosaic hop character punching through. The hop finish is grassy, earthy, not overly bitter, with a spicy character.

The feel is so light, airy and smooth but it still has a good amount of heft.

Very well crafted IPA with some different aromas and tastes then the standard fare.

Serving type: can

07-27-2014 21:09:11 | More by KYGunner
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JohnofUpton

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

07-27-2014 15:13:36 | More by JohnofUpton
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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.