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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 335
Gots: 46 | 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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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-24-2014 01:12:56 | More by drewone
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-22-2014 13:45:40 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-05-2014 02:06:27 | More by PEIhop
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

06-04-2014 01:43:20 | More by billab914
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Brad007

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired at a can sale today.

Pours a cloudy whitish-gold hue with a frothy head into my glass. Can is a generic can with the Focal Banger logo sticker.

Juicy with a floral/citrus profile due to the "copious additions of Mosaic and Citra hops". Indeed.

Acidic tart grapefruit greets the tongue, followed by just a touch of mango with a chewy texture.

To me, the finish is similar to what would happen if you gargled with hop juice. A long lasting bitterness.

All hail The Alchemist! Focal Banger will do for IPAs what Heady Topper did for DIPAs. It's just a matter of time before their second brewery comes on line.

Serving type: can

05-25-2014 00:02:14 | More by Brad007
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-04-2014 00:57:02 | More by drummermattie02
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the hookup Mike!
Cloudy hazy lemon orange color with a huge frothy bubbly bone white head that persists forever. Citrusy tropical fruit lemony pine and resin dominate the aroma with just a bit of sweet bread deep underneath. The flavor holds a touch of lemon with lots more citrus and tropical flavors like the aroma suggested. Bread and light caramel maltiness bring in a hint of balance. Moderate level of hop bitterness with a lingering bite at the end of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous sweet watery mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink and very flavorful, its a great beer. I prefer the depth of flavors from Heady, but I could drink this one regularly with ease.

Serving type: can

06-03-2014 00:20:45 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, lemon yellow coloring with a dense, foamy, frothy, bright white head. Aromas of key lime, tangerine, pine resin, and a solid bitterness, all on a light, toasted backbone. Flavors are tremendous, with a blast of tart lime and grapefruit, followed by a solid, rich, sticky, dank blast of resinous bitter. Holy hell. There is a subtle cracker backbone, but this is a compliment at best to the barrage of citrus and sticky hops characteristics coming at you. Wow. Robust, yet light bodied, which keeps the drinkability through the roof. The aftertaste is surprisingly subtle, in comparison, with subtle grass, tart grapefruit, and hints of bitterness. Smooth, slightly dry finish. Just a damn near perfect beer in this can right here!

Serving type: can

06-01-2014 02:27:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-25-2014 22:30:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-18-2014 13:57:42 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Decent white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Some orange. Musty. Pale malt.

Taste - Great hop flavor. Some sweet orange hops. Grainy cracker malt and a hint of pale malt sweetness. Finishes with a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter, but nothing overwhelming.

Overall - Excellent. The Mosaic differentiates it from just being Heady Jr.

Serving type: can

05-13-2014 00:21:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-20-2014 00:32:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-16-2014 14:51:51 | More by iL0VEbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -11.5%

02-01-2014 08:20:17 | More by chippo33
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-13-2014 18:10:40 | More by Cynic-ale
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Gobzilla

California

3.75/5  rDev -17%

03-01-2014 13:48:51 | More by Gobzilla
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Lare453

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-23-2014 03:10:44 | More by Lare453
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FosterJM

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1785th Review on BA
Can to Stemless Alchemist Glass
16 oz tall boy

Thanks to Jake and Mike

App- When I crack the can on this one, I do get a good solid IPA pour. The color reminds me of a orange and pineapple color combo with some decent orange and light yellows and a bit of gold. A smaller head was there and the disappears. The cling is nice down the glass and its a mix of bubbles and sediment coming towards me.

Smell- This was a good mix of tropical bursts from the hop combinations and then trails off into a bit of forest like pine and resin with a little bit of a skunk aroma to me. The prevailing citrus note is that of pineapple.

Taste- I will say I am quite enjoying this beer and I am aware its not meant to be a Heady. This was good and rated as such. The fruit and citrus forward taste from the hop combo is delicious. Prevailing fruits of orange, tangerine, pineapple dominate the front and the pine take center stage in the back.

Mouth- A creamy and airy medium body with a good medium carbonation behind. Silky like a stout, but bubbly like a DIPA. I enjoyed the balance quite a bit.

Drink- This was a treat. I never expected to land a can, because I dont trade that much, but that you fellas. This was a great tick. I love the dont be a Dbag sticker because they ran out of stickers. A good beer, could be great if not to be outdown by another beer from the same brewery.

Serving type: can

05-06-2014 03:14:26 | More by FosterJM
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -11.5%

07-30-2014 21:29:08 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%

07-13-2014 18:40:13 | More by DrBier
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atrocity

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

06-06-2014 12:12:21 | More by atrocity
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-28-2014 13:14:43 | More by IPAchris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is reasonably hazed peachy gold with a tight white head. Nose is loads of citrus hops with grapefruit and peach. Taste follows the nose, loads citrus, peach and grapefruit. Very dry and clean, well carbonated and lighter body. A lot like a slightly lower alcohol heady with a bit more fruity punch but less bright hop flavor.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 22:05:11 | More by cpetrone84
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-26-2014 02:49:51 | More by Axnjxn
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-23-2014 00:43:21 | More by BGsWo22
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
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