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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 573
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

duceswild, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

BARFLYB, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

KAF, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Kelp, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

billab914, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

ShanePB, Feb 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

PEIhop, May 05, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

GarthDanielson, Jun 01, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Alieniloquium, May 13, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

atrocity, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 13, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -11%
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.

johnnnniee, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

HuskyinPDX, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

chippo33, Feb 01, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Brad007, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

drummermattie02, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

jrallen34, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Axnjxn, Mar 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Lare453, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Pretty tasty, but not as good as heady. Last 4oz of the can was undrinkable due to floaties & sludge.

kscaldef, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.