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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

574 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 331
Gots: 45 | 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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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-12-2014 01:41:53 | More by Holland
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a murky, pale yellow color. Looks like fruit juice. Smaller head sits atop the hop oil-laden body. Very light lace.

S-Oh my goodness, Mosaic and Citra brow the skin off my face here. Full citrus bouquet, peaches, sweet pineapple. Some earthy and viny hoppiness. Papaya! Pure, ripe fruit-juice medley of hops. I would wear this as cologne.

T-The flavor just rolls over the tongue and the hoppiness oozes into my taste buds. Mango, papaya, peach, pineapple and medley of citrus. Some bitter flower stems. Even a bit of lemon. The malt is tasty in its own right; it provides a pleasurable sweetness that pairs so convincingly with all the juicy hop goodness. Citra and Mosaic in perfect harmony.

M-Resiny. Bitterness doesn't melt the palate. Lingering flavor. Medium bodied and a bit creamy. Very drinkable; it was made to be in my mouth at all times.

O-An obvious gem. The brewery that does hops the best nails an IPA, what a surprise. So lucky to try a can of this. It is simply stellar. I love this goddamn beer.

Serving type: can

04-25-2014 00:39:15 | More by VelvetExtract
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

06-28-2014 13:58:19 | More by smartassboiler
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

04-02-2014 01:44:11 | More by Sean9689
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%

02-24-2014 17:30:18 | More by BMart
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -17%

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

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4%
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 -0.4%

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

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -17%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -6%

03-26-2014 06:30:43 | More by akang
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Brew33

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev -11.5%

04-20-2014 02:09:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.