Focal Banger | The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by koopa on 07-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by PicoPapa:
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Pours a murky orangey golden color with a big frothy head. Great aroma. Good amount of lacing. Citrusy and floral. Smells like grapefruit. Taste is a nice piney bitterness with some grapefruit at the end. Great dry bitterness. Juding by the aroma I didn't think it would have this much grapefruit juice flavor but I am pleasantly incorrect. Very drinkable, delicious and bitter. Heady Topper was out and this was what the beertender suggested as his replacement. Glad he did. It's like drinking a glass of alcoholic grapefruit juice.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub on 7/16/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a 1/2 finger of frothy bright-white head. This retains with some good looking foamy richness around the edges of the glass and throws a solid cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass, which quickly slides down. The aroma is floral and very fruity, with the sweeter tropical tones of the hops really coming out. Bitter grapefruit and spice add some zest. The breadiness of the malts mixes with some earthy and herbal tones to give the nose an overall tangy impression. This is coming off a bit more estery than I'm used to with my IPAs.

The taste is quite bitter on the palate with grapefruit, rind, spice, and a bit of sticky pine. This is mostly well balanced by the sweetness of the tropical fruits, some bread, and even a little bit of caramel character. The finish on this is just lashed by the hops, with a dry pithy bitterness that is lingering maybe a little too harshly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharpness to the carbonation througout, especially as you swallow. Just enough slickness to the body keeps this moving and that 7% ABV is barely detected, helping things along as well.

This was overall a pretty darn good IPA. The earth and softer citrus notes of the Simcoe helped balance out the sharper aspects of the Chinook and the easier feeling body on this helped deal with the more aggressive aspects of the bitterness. Another top notch IPA in a long list of them from here.

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Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of schlazzgraft
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review, I just had to add this one after trying it this weekend...

Serving type: pint glass off the tap

A: Hazy (like most of their beers - i love the real home brew look), light amber/golden color, nice lacy head

S: Very hoppy, but delicate and citrusy from the simcoes. Man i couldn't stop smelling it...

T: Just as good as the smell, fruity but well balanced and a slight pine flavor. One of the tastiest IPAs i've ever had

M: Smooth and refreshing, great for a summer night

D: I could drink these all night... the glass didn't last long and i was tempted to have another, but wanted to try more of their brews. The 7% abv is deceiving - does not taste that strong.

Overall, i highly recommend it... especially after a long day of hiking. This place is great in general and I don't think you could find a bad beer here, but the focal banger was memorable!

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Photo of koopa
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the Alchemist in Waterbury VT on 7/3/10.

Commercial Description:
An American IPA loaded with Simcoe and Chinook hops.

Appearance: Pours a tawny golden with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and excellent lace.

Smell: Loads of goodness here....pineapple, pine resin, candied lemon over minimal malt presence.

Taste: Same as nose but with a heightened (well integrated) hop bite.

Mouthfeel: As perfect of a cask conditioned mouthfeel as I've experienced. Soft but not a mess.

Drinkability: Session Beer!!!! The abv sneaks up on ya though.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

abv of 6.2

a IPA for the cheese plate that is on the fruitier side but still has a sufficient dry bittering quality. a touch cloud yellow orange with nice lace and a nose of lemon zest. palate is citrus fruit burst cut short by a crisp finish. a summery IPA that doesn't have much residual earthy oils.

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Focal Banger from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 7 ratings