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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

715 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 419
Gots: 70 | 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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richobrien

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

09-02-2014 00:16:05 | More by richobrien
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Mo_fro

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Focal Banger, Poured in a tulip glass
A- This beer has a great toasted gold color to it with thick haze that you cant see through. The head is two fingers, light and fluffy looking. Tight bubbles and smooth across the top. No lacing as the head recedes.
S- Huge mango and sweet lemony scents with a hint of grass in the background. You can smell this thing from two feet away.
T- Amazing taste. Big sweet fruit flavors take over your mouth followed by the perfect hint of bitterness along the edges of the tongue. The flavors are smooth and balanced and linger forever. I taste no alcohol in this beer.
M- The mouth feel is crisp and light with tight carbonation. It kind of floats on the palate.
O- This is one of the best beers I have ever had. ( too many favorites) . After a sip of this beer my mouth began to water like I was watching the cooking channel. The drink ability of this beer is off the charts. I'm using all of my will power not to drink everyone I have in the fridge. I can’t wait till this stuff is distributed on the regular. My trips to VT will become more regular. I hate to say it because Heady got me into craft beer but I put this one over it by far.
-Cheers

09-01-2014 22:38:20 | More by Mo_fro
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Mmcdonald79

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

09-01-2014 22:18:18 | More by Mmcdonald79
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Arrowhuntr

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

09-01-2014 13:48:20 | More by Arrowhuntr
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HOP-E-DAYZ

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

09-01-2014 12:32:31 | More by HOP-E-DAYZ
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Wasupmx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-31-2014 02:36:04 | More by Wasupmx
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MisfitIK-9

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

08-30-2014 23:39:37 | More by MisfitIK-9
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hansenm72

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

08-30-2014 05:54:54 | More by hansenm72
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wolf_switzer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-30-2014 04:41:13 | More by wolf_switzer
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

08-30-2014 02:56:30 | More by jhartley
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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

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.