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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

666 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 394
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
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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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

Great deal of hype surrounding this one, much due to the notoriety of Heady Topper. If they can make such an outstanding DIPA, why not an AIPA? Well, I must say, as much as I wanted to love Focal Banger, it severely underwhelmed me unlike their previous draft release, Ourborous.

If you're from Vermont, you're probably familiar with Fiddlehead IPA. It's a very decent American IPA that I'd never turn down yet also never seek out. Focal Banger, to me, has all the trappings of Fiddlehead IPA with much, much, much higher expectations. As such, as my good friend put it, "it's everything that Heady Topper is not," and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Try it for yourself, but don't expect too much.

02-18-2014 20:04:52 | More by BTVflatlander
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Vinithing

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-05-2014 02:42:24 | More by Vinithing
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SenatorSpaceman

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-15-2014 00:36:15 | More by SenatorSpaceman
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jamesewelch

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

07-21-2014 13:01:21 | More by jamesewelch
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ja09

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-11-2014 18:27:46 | More by ja09
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Moc513

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-04-2014 13:57:17 | More by Moc513
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afi4lifer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-02-2014 03:05:18 | More by afi4lifer
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Mplsmetro57

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-11-2014 13:25:47 | More by Mplsmetro57
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Kword55

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

02-18-2014 20:23:13 | More by Kword55
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RocketCityVol

Alabama

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%

A: hazy dull golden-yellow.

S: Tropical and Citrus aromas.

T: Very tropical with a hint of citrus with a very creamy bitter finish.

M: Extremely creamy, very smooth. Very similar to Heady Topper.

O: Amazing DIPA. I liked it almost as much as heady. Has one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had.

06-16-2014 02:03:11 | More by RocketCityVol
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BillDon

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

05-26-2014 01:48:16 | More by BillDon
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ottodyer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-28-2014 13:32:38 | More by ottodyer
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bt931912

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

07-14-2014 03:34:54 | More by bt931912
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ParlayHard8

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-06-2014 02:58:04 | More by ParlayHard8
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jweave16

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-14-2014 03:06:51 | More by jweave16
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nickbman

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2014 20:21:04 | More by nickbman
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pmorris71

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-05-2014 01:29:54 | More by pmorris71
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JohnofUpton

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-27-2014 15:13:36 | More by JohnofUpton
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Enochase04

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-01-2014 16:25:13 | More by Enochase04
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vizzionman

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-17-2014 17:22:43 | More by vizzionman
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kduf

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-12-2014 19:06:18 | More by kduf
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meb3476

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2014 15:52:49 | More by meb3476
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hatfulofhollow

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

07-28-2014 14:32:44 | More by hatfulofhollow
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Krafty34

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

08-04-2014 02:50:53 | More by Krafty34
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gatheredwaters

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-24-2014 21:52:23 | More by gatheredwaters
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.