Focal Banger | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American IPA, hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

Added by hillvt4me on 01-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,069
Reviews:
382
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
7.22%
 
 
Wants:
1,784
Gots:
836
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 3,069 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of josanguapo
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. After dinner. Really tasty and amazingly smooth, giving it plenty of personality. However, it could have more aroma and less sediments.

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Photo of ddch
4.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steveheady
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thought it was good. But not sure about all the hype. I MUCH preferred HT to this.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Drank most from the can as instructed, but poured a bit into glass to see it.

Hazy light yellow in color.foamy white head. Great hop aroma, citrus fruits, berry, grassy herbal. Taste is dominated by those flavors, but enough of a touch of malt flavor to balance. And a nice proper bitterness. Sticky‚Äč mouthfeel. Overall an excellent IPA, balance of West Coast and NE style.

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Photo of Boomer_Briggs
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppity1
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirBentham
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnbuffalo
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Bright Orange with floaties all over- sitting in the foam head, swimming in the beer, and settled at the bottom.
Smell: Big Citrus- I'd say more Citra than Mosaic along with dank piney hops.
Taste: all of the big citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, and mandarins standing out. Finishes with moderately bitter, dank, piney hops.
Feel: I'd say oily feel but slightly dry. Leaves a resiney, bitter hop aftertaste at the roof of my mouth.
Overall: A special occasion IPA. I prefer this hop formula over Heady. Australian tropical hops are hot now, but I still appreciate Citra and Mosaic IPAs.

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Photo of AAldrich84
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cajzr8
4.14/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BumpkinBrewer
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vess
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtransel
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jondor
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of donovansill
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjklaus1
4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACarp
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dharmelink
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NMA
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As instructed by the can..I drank the first half from the can!
second half

Pungent citrus aroma just explodes from the second I opened. Tropical citrus oranges, tangerines, pineapples with grapefruit rind. Piney/grassy notes as well..maybe some melon and lime but Bright, Sharp, overwhelming citrus/tropical fruit! Like Z. D. on steroids

Tastes like tangerine, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and other tropical fruits...again pungent and overripe maybe?
Dank with some piney/grapefruit bitterness
leafy hop flowers..citra & mosaic for sure!

Just poured into my Hoppin Frog snifter
bright orange but not hazy
suspended hop/yeast particles floating everywhere
looks like an unfiltered homebrew!

Medium light carbonation. I almost want to call it a juice bomb but it's bitter and piney with not much other than pale malts in the brackground.

It's delicious ..glad I traded for it for sure

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Focal Banger from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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