Focal Banger India Pale Ale | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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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
Ranking:
#35
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
3,451
pDev:
6.97%
Bros Score:
4.53
 
 
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Photo of GScow
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikebeerz80
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cobeezle
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of al2913
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelQHurley
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerGray27
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msi80
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cpsfgd
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mthomp081
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Velivolus
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.97/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear yellow with a finger of foam.
S: Citrus hops, but not a huge aroma.
T: slight citrus and pine on the finish. This is heady's watered down twin
F: easy drinking slight bitter and dry finish.

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Photo of BlueLine2009
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sharemybeer
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have a soft spot in my heart for BIG New England IPA'S . This is a wonderful example of that. I was lucky enough to visit the brewery two years ago and purchase their Heddy Topper which sent me in search of more NE IPA'S. Love this beer.

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Photo of Ozymandias
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arr3388
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lewith
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jestoner
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(note that can is over a month old)
Pours a hazy gold color with a bright white 2 finger head that retains well. Tons of yeast floaties that don't do much for me (maybe that's the real reason they want it staying in the can??) but I can't dock points for it with that awesome white head! ...And yes I poured it into a glass. Sorry Kimmich, just a personal preference.

The nose on pour is basically liquid pot. Dank and... well, all I can smell is overwhelming dankness.

Tasting it I get a little more of the citrus behind it from the citra hops but the dankness is overpowering on the tongue and sticks around well past the finish. Congrats for making a good pot beer but there is no balance here with the hops. I'm glad I poured it now - it mellows a bit after the pour so you can start tasting the rest of the beer and the dankness gives way to pleasant pine notes. Malt is relatively low and there is a moderate bitterness that you sense in the finish most.

Feel is lightly sticky but more crisp than expected. This is not a soft IPA but that works in this case.

Overall this is a great beer. Despite my bitching about the overdone dankness it does moderate in the glass. If you want dank all the way I guess keep it in the can as they instruct you. You will not be disappointed as this is masterfully crafted in that regard to sap out that much aroma and flavor. Underneath the dank is a solid hazy IPA with a somewhat higher bitter bite.

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4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Hazy golden sunshine with solid white carpet. 4.25
Dank, lemon zest, and herb. 4
Wheat cracker, a ton of lemon chiffon, kronik creeping in, hints of grass + honey, candied pine greenery to end, and all the pith. Opens into pineapple. 4.25
Ripping lingering IBUs with more kronik.
Light++, oily, dry, hot. 4

Citra and Mosaic.

Looks great, smells decent, and hits with intense lemon. Can’t properly call it a New England IPA (or what’s become known as such) - too rough + bitter, with not enough creamy body. It’s no juice bomb, either, but damn, is there some (mostly Citra) hop oil. This can came through channels to get to Ireland via the UK; its dates are all good but maybe I’d get more if I could vouch for the handling.

Slow burn, but quality floats. 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyCakes
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 3,451 ratings
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