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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

965 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 580
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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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

will1256, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

SMITHAND, Saturday at 06:04 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

firedwarftj, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

mlhyatt, Mar 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

16 oz. can gifted from GMRFx, unknown can date but purchased at the most recent Alchemist tent sale on 08/11/2014, poured into a small plastic glass at a BJCP study group, drank 08/27/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - bright golden coloration, minimal clarity (can see or read through), off-white head dissipates into a glass lacing that persisted throughout the drinking session; small alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - as expected, huge hop aroma right up front: super intense citrus and tropical fruit - mango, pineapple and papaya predominate; there is some fruitiness as well - blackberry, apricot and Meyer lemon; some alcohol and malt notes are also present but the hops are clearly the star

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight bitterness but is quickly overpowered in the middle of the mouth by huge tropical fruit and berries; the alcohol is present in the taste with some minor malt characters to hint at balancing; this is just dumb juicy and super drinkable

M: 5/5 - moderate bodied with thick hop oils coating the tongue, 7% ABV is present but not overbearing; high carbonation for style/ABV and moderate carbonation

O: 10/10 - definitely one of the best IPAs that I've ever tasted; it's like biting into a perfectly ripe juicy fruit pineapple; I wish that I can offer a flaw with this beer but, alas, I'm coming up totally short; highly, highly recommended!

TOTAL = 48/50

MNishCT77, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.