1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Focal Banger - The Alchemist

Not Rated.
Focal BangerFocal Banger

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,128 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 821
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hillvt4me on 01-30-2014

An American IPA , hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,128 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz silve can with just a sticker for a label, picked up yesterday at the outdoor Alchemist release. Poured into a willi becher pint glass.

A- Pours a nice translucent pale golden yellow with just a slight haze, perfect amount of carbonation with an awesome consistency, about a finger and half of white frothy head forms that has excellent retention slowly receding to a thin layer.

S- Nice hoppy pine resin aroma balanced with lots of citrus fruits of grapefruit, starfruit, pineapple, etc.. Nice aroma strength with the citra and mosaic coming out very nicely, possibly my two favorite hop aromatics.

T- Piney hop resin, lightly bitter grapefruit, lemon peel, star fruit, guava, and other tropical fruits, finishes with a light tropical zestiness. This tastes amazing, the citra comes out very nicely and is up there with all the top IPAs I've ever had, definitely rivals Heady.

M- Insanely drinkable, incredibly smooth, some light hop oils, no alcohol at all, possibly the best feel for an IPA that I've experienced.

O- This is the second can that I've opened, each sip I take it gets better and better. While Heady might be slightly more flavorful, Focal Banger definitely beats it in drinkability even though it's only 1% lower. I'm looking forward to this becoming a regular offering from The Alchemist and while they are still tweaking the malt bill for their final recipe, I think this is almost perfect already.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Krafty34
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Pooles26
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BillKuhnel
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chris_Panos
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of LGB362
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Nice white head, great golden straw color, aroma & flavor of citrus. Great overall beer with nice mouthfeel and think it's quite sessionable but the hop flavor and aroma seem a tad muted versus other IPAs that are similar. Much prefer Alpine IPAs, but good IPA regardless.

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hoppy, nice pale cloudy beer with a creamy white head. Lots of grapefruit. Really nice finish. No long lasting bitterness. Nice crisp finish.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ccurrid
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.