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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

569 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 330
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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mpdavis

Iowa

5/5  rDev +10.9%

06-27-2014 20:16:55 | More by mpdavis
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Rizzy17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-13-2014 14:11:32 | More by Rizzy17
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mattycasey

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-03-2014 01:44:26 | More by mattycasey
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hwy395

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-09-2014 16:52:43 | More by hwy395
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Can-In-Hand

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-04-2014 15:30:37 | More by Can-In-Hand
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struttinj

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-21-2014 21:33:37 | More by struttinj
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pecokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

05-22-2014 23:49:55 | More by pecokid
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esktime

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-29-2014 01:30:11 | More by esktime
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Thepleasantimbiber

California

4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained via trade with BA iamjo- Thanks for the killer package dude!

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass. Two finger creamy white head on top of a light orange-yellow unfiltered body. If you just looked you'd think it was a hefeweizen.

Smell- Big, bright, grassy citrus, orange . Big Citra hop aroma. Really nice.

Taste- Huge hop bill, dominating everything else. The malt is almost unnoticeable. Tons of bright resinous hop, lots of orange pith, lemon, grassy flavor. Tons of flavor for a "single" IPA.

Mouthfeel- Smooth going down, with little carbonation.

Overall- Really fantastic IPA, my first taste of the Alchemist. Decided to kill this one before taking on HT to keep the progression logical. Tons of flavor and aroma. Again, labeled as a "single" IPA, but could easily be mistaken for a "double" (these distinctions really mean something right? Not just arbitrary? Hello?)

Serving type: can

06-07-2014 02:49:20 | More by Thepleasantimbiber
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Flowsauthentic

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%

03-05-2014 22:48:56 | More by Flowsauthentic
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Rootz

New York

5/5  rDev +10.9%

05-30-2014 01:01:06 | More by Rootz
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RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can obtained at the Alchemist truckload sale. Cloudy yellow/orange color with a creamy head that lingered to the end, with nice lacing. A big bouquet of freshh citrus, and truly original scent. Smooth with a bit of carbonation. Grapefruit, and pine, subdued malt and grain, and a nice bitter finish. Another home run from the Alchemist, which I would gladly stock in the fridge if readily available. Heady light? No way. Get it, try it.

Serving type: can

06-01-2014 00:01:15 | More by RobbDogg
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Tmyhre802

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Edit: 5/29

Had this beer on tap at blackback and liked it way more. The smooth and crispness is unlike any other beers i've had recently including the HF releases. Hope they keep the kegs of this flowing through Waterbury!

A- Golden and pours with a nice head.

S-Classic hoppy alchemist smell, I don't know there's any other brewers out there that have such a distinct smell in their beers across the board.

T-Amazing, I found it to be a little less overwhelming/confusing than a Heady which I really enjoyed.

M-Cant mark down anything on the taste, I loved how smooth it was compared to other ipa's with a 7% abv.

O-Amazing beer, heady is still number one but my first taste of the focal was just fantastic. It is definitely a nice change of pace and can't wait until they begin to can it full time!

Cheers to everyone at Alchemist, another home-run.

Serving type: can

05-29-2014 05:33:06 | More by Tmyhre802
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MikeM417

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +10.9%

06-30-2014 22:14:42 | More by MikeM417
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ajz132

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-27-2014 11:23:14 | More by ajz132
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Geobus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-30-2014 00:08:45 | More by Geobus
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RAlmeida77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2014 16:01:45 | More by RAlmeida77
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Fasiculus

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-27-2014 15:09:07 | More by Fasiculus
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newbeeraday

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-05-2014 22:06:26 | More by newbeeraday
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JohnofUpton

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2014 15:13:36 | More by JohnofUpton
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mtavares

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-21-2014 19:27:31 | More by mtavares
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Biggz1278

Maryland

4/5  rDev -11.3%

06-13-2014 00:18:29 | More by Biggz1278
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NAPO

Massachusetts

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

Thanks to RichOBrien for having the chance to drink this beer.

-Pours a really nice golden color with about a finger head. Nice looking beer.

-Smells nice. Citrus and piney scent. There is definitively a strong lime scent.

-Piney bitterness with Grapefruit and Lime taking the backseat

-Spectacular creamy bitterness with the citrus lingering in my mouth.

-Overall it's a pretty good hoppy beer from the Alchemist. I did had high hopes for this brew, but it was still a treat.

Serving type: can

07-22-2014 22:52:46 | More by NAPO
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JWallace1013

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-16-2014 17:16:46 | More by JWallace1013
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texaswhiplash

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%

07-17-2014 18:49:07 | More by texaswhiplash
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.