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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

715 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 419
Gots: 70 | 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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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -11.9%

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

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

05-06-2014 03:14:26 | More by FosterJM
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-23-2014 00:43:21 | More by BGsWo22
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-23-2014 04:36:13 | More by eawolff99
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +6.6%

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 blow 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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

08-04-2014 01:33:39 | More by outoffocus
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

08-29-2014 03:58:31 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

02-24-2014 17:30:18 | More by BMart
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.9%

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

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

02-23-2014 16:33:01 | More by ShemRahBoo
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

02-03-2014 15:22:56 | More by tom10101
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.9%

08-28-2014 09:50:57 | More by thegerm87
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

07-18-2014 21:38:07 | More by Dicers
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

04-01-2014 14:36:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

03-19-2014 01:40:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

02-17-2014 02:46:08 | More by LoveStout
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
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