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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

589 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 338
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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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -11.5%

04-07-2014 09:08:54 | More by Kirk
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to hops, Alchemist knows how to get the good ones and knows how to use them once in the brewhouse. This IPA of ultimate dryness and utter hop dominance brings out a taste in pale ale that's likely not yet been seen, better yet- tasted.

Focal Banger jumps right out with a burst of citrus and a backing of tropical aroma and taste. Supporting malt sweetness is thin and honied, giving the fruit flavors a sense of dripping with sweet and tangy fructose nectar. The sweetness seems right at home with the hops.

And the beer simply blossoms over the middle, really opening up those tangy and tart red grapefruit, mandarin, lemon drop, pineapple, mango and juniper flavors. And as the sweetness gently fades, the hops stand out even more, releasing notes of lemon verbena, mild chive, grassy botanicals and a floral drift of honeysuckle perfume.

its massively dry backbone becomes a honeycomb of malt texture where its flavor presence has dropped off entirely. What's left is a creamy-dry hop bitterness that strips the palate of thirst with ease. Its light body throughout perfectly preserves the attitude of American IPA.

Serving type: can

07-31-2014 17:11:17 | More by BEERchitect
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OptionParalysis

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-31-2014 15:02:27 | More by OptionParalysis
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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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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.