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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

905 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 527
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

CheChe, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

Soneast, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

2beerdogs, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

tom10101, Feb 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

BTVflatlander, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Sammy, Jun 20, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -13.6%
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

gueuzedreg, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Pooles26, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

acurtis, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

jamvt, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

drewone, Feb 24, 2014
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.