Focal Banger - The Alchemist
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Reviews by unclejimmyjim:
4.96/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I wasn't able to get any of the canned release on Saturday, Feb. 15, so I consoled myself over a fresh pour at The Reservoir in Waterbury while watching the Canada/ Finland hockey game.
This may be the best beer (iPAs are my specialty) I have ever enjoyed. It combines the best of my two favorite beers into one beer that is eminently quaffable. I liken it to the perfect combination of Heady Topper and Lawson's Double Sunshine.
Sometimes a Heady (more often than not, at these times it is my second, third, or fourth Heady) is just a bit too citrussy for my palate. Those are times when a Double Sunshine will cut through the flavor of a Heady to deliver a cleaner, sharper hop-high.
Now i am too respectful of the integrity of the brewers and their brews ever to mix myself...and now that temptation is forever removed. I cannot wait for more to appear in cans.
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2014 18:00:20 | More by unclejimmyjim
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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
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
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.