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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

552 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 320
Gots: 43 | 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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Quackus

New York

3/5  rDev -33.5%

04-29-2014 13:49:39 | More by Quackus
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -27.9%

05-27-2014 11:18:31 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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OrangeAmps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -27.9%

04-09-2014 04:41:13 | More by OrangeAmps
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

02-22-2014 23:41:33 | More by Thorpe429
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BillDon

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

05-26-2014 01:48:16 | More by BillDon
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

04-27-2014 18:25:32 | More by BARFLYB
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

06-04-2014 01:54:41 | More by siege06nd
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

04-04-2014 01:12:08 | More by CRJMellor
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

04-21-2014 21:45:22 | More by greenspointexas
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-20-2014 12:30:41 | More by KingdomBobcat
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Gobzilla

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

03-01-2014 13:48:51 | More by Gobzilla
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Brutus627

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-14-2014 03:07:56 | More by Brutus627
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-25-2014 01:47:15 | More by JAHMUR
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-17-2014 02:46:08 | More by LoveStout
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

04-26-2014 13:30:58 | More by Soneast
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-03-2014 15:22:56 | More by tom10101
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great deal of hype surrounding this one, much due to the notoriety of Heady Topper. If they can make such an outstanding DIPA, why not an AIPA? Well, I must say, as much as I wanted to love Focal Banger, it severely underwhelmed me unlike their previous draft release, Ourborous.

If you're from Vermont, you're probably familiar with Fiddlehead IPA. It's a very decent American IPA that I'd never turn down yet also never seek out. Focal Banger, to me, has all the trappings of Fiddlehead IPA with much, much, much higher expectations. As such, as my good friend put it, "it's everything that Heady Topper is not," and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Try it for yourself, but don't expect too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 20:04:52 | More by BTVflatlander
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Big hop aroma, the Citra has been tamed. Lasting head on yellow body, leaving a lace trail. Citra dominated taste, rounded out by subordinate tropical fruit. Fresh tasting, a good complement in the product line to the Heady Topper. Can from Tom, thank you.

Serving type: can

06-20-2014 19:33:01 | More by Sammy
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Golden honey, lots of head with medium retention.

S- Smells of fresh big piney hop character with malt backbone.

T- Little too hop forward for my pale liking. It is pretty hop focused, which many people love.

M- Somewhat creamy, medium carb

O- A well done pale by Alchemist, I am just not the hop forward pale guy

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 00:00:56 | More by gueuzedreg
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.3%

02-15-2014 17:00:36 | More by acurtis
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.3%

07-13-2014 03:07:36 | More by mhenson42
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.3%

05-29-2014 00:51:52 | More by waddellc2
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

03-13-2014 06:33:36 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.3%

03-17-2014 23:46:41 | More by griffeyb
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Lfty357

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.3%

06-16-2014 05:14:51 | More by Lfty357
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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.