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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

552 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 321
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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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.3%

06-28-2014 13:58:19 | More by smartassboiler
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-23-2014 16:33:01 | More by ShemRahBoo
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-24-2014 17:30:18 | More by BMart
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-29-2014 11:42:13 | More by williamjbauer
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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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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-26-2014 04:34:41 | More by koopa
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

04-15-2014 13:29:52 | More by ncaudle
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: translucent orange/yellow bodied beer with tons of suspended white chunks in the beer. 3 fingers worth of bone white head that leaves behind a thick lacing of head on the side of the glass. The head had alot of staying power and eventually drops to a thin cap.

Smell: sweet citrus mostly oranges are what I smell immediately. Grapefruit and resinous pine notes next. Hint of tropical fruits. Slighty biscuity malts and maybe even a hint of honey.

Taste: Mild almost moderate bitterness from this hoppy beer. Oranges and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and resinous pine. Hops taste dank and dirty; just like Heady Topper does. Finishes with mild bitterness; mostly grapefruit rind and resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer is really really crushable, but its slightly watery. Just a slight fizz as the beer goes over your tongue. Needs more carbonation, but I will give it a decent score because of the drinkablity factor.

Overall: I like heady topper better. If you could get the mouthfeel on heady topper in this beer it would vastly improve the beer. Still a great hoppy beer by the Alchemist. It will be a great beer for hot weather.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 01:40:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-01-2014 14:36:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

02-20-2014 02:23:15 | More by threedaggers
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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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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-07-2014 20:34:14 | More by millerbuffoon
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-03-2014 16:31:39 | More by Todd
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-16-2014 01:00:46 | More by IrishColonial
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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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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-20-2014 21:43:36 | More by jbaker67
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JamLand

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-08-2014 20:08:40 | More by JamLand
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 14:22:24 | More by nrbw23
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

02-27-2014 14:33:05 | More by Brew33
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-08-2014 02:09:07 | More by Morey
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-26-2014 06:30:43 | More by akang
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -11.3%

04-20-2014 02:09:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can brought back to me from the truck sale, and poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a deep golden yellow, almost opaque, with some orange tints. 2 inch fizzy head slowly recedes into lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Really a beautiful sight, knocks the appearance of Heady out of the water.

Smells so pure and juicy, thanks to the large amounts of two of my favorite hops, Citra and Mosaic. Orange, pineapple, and a bit of grapefruit.

Tastes like a bitter dank orange creamsicle. Just pure hop goodness, they wrung some nice flavors out of the hops here. Not a whole lot of malt flavor, the malt manifests itself as the caramelized sugar on the oranges and pineapples. A little bit of pine, and some pleasant bitterness. I honestly wish this was a bit more bitter, but it's hardly a huge complaint.

Medium bodied, just unbelievably drinkable. No noticeable alcohol, a small amount of carbonation, really the perfect amount.

This isn't quite up to the level of Heady Topper, but it's pretty close. A juicy, hoppy delight.

Serving type: can

05-28-2014 04:36:19 | More by GreesyFizeek
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

03-12-2014 00:57:25 | More by hollywood_15063
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a mostly clear golden straw color with a good sized fluffy white head that retains pretty well and leaves patchy lacing.

S- The aroma is excellent, highlighted by dank tropical fruit, lemon zest, and biscuity malt. Mango, blueberry surprisingly, orange, some mossy/earthy/herbal notes, and some yeast at the end. Some peach as well.

T- Pretty dank, juicy, and earthy. Actually hits a lot of notes that Heady does, which must be attributed to the yeast. Bitter citrus is prominent, but some sweeter peach and mango notes are there as well. Herbal and resinous, this coats the mouth and is bitter from the middle through the finish. The biscuity malt backbone is nice and crisp.

M- Coating, dry, bitter, and biscuity. Plentiful carbonation, and a medium body.

O- Very good IPA! The tropical fruits in the nose would make this world class if they were as prominent as in the flavor, but still an excellent beer!

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 06:45:31 | More by SadMachine
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.