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Alchemist Focal-Banger

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This dank yet luminous IPA showcases citrus fruit galore enveloping earthy resins leading to a bitter and refreshing example.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fveil of foam covers the hazy pale blond.
-The fluffy mouthfeel is as natural as can be.
-The aroma and hop flavor are both superb.
-Marijuana is also evoked by the hop profile.

Can.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedevilsfan (188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Golden color unfiltered. aroma is dank, dank dank with some pineapple on the nose. the taste is immediate citrus and pine on the tongue, the middle is filled with some stone fruits and the back is loaded with orange peel and pine. This is a flavor bomb to be sure. Almost as good as heady. Maybe the best IPA ever.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Une canette qui a une semaine de vie. Corps embrouillé blond avec une mousse qui disparait en un clin d’œil. Gros nez de gazon et d’herbe, de citron concentré et de miel. Saveurs houblonnées vibrantes de citron, de pamplemousse et d’herbes malheureusement alourdies par une céréale beaucoup trop assez mielleuse. Un corps moyen-fort avec un bon pétillement et une texture huileuse. Une finale plus ou moins compatible avec moi : citron artificiel et pastilles au miel. Je ne suis pas étonné de sa position dans l’échiquier des IPAs même si je trouve qu’elle est surévaluée. Pour moi, elle reste plus ou moins facile à boire à cause de sa finale et de sa lourdeur. Les arômes sont biens mais certainement pas renversants. La bouche est trop amère et en même temps, trop mielleuse. À reboire? La réponse est non. Mieux maitrisée, par contre, que sa petite sœur des Trois Mousquetaires.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (516) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Pours yellow cloudy with a white head. Huge tropical fruit, peaches, pineapple. Taste is citra, grapefruit, a little bit sweet. Big bitter aftertaste, incredibly refreshing. It’s up there with Heady Topper.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GlasgowTAD (128) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2014
HUGE tropical fruit and peachy aromas. Creamy white head and creamy body. Cloudy nectarine colour. Taste is tropical fruits and pleasant grapefruit bitterness. This is smooth as heck, this could be drank all day if it weren’t 7%.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Blind IPA tasting -10 beers. This was #1 for all in the tasting...pretty impressive. Pour is cloudy gold with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor Are loaded With citrus hop, light malt, and a clean hop finish. So nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
This poured a hazy light orange color with a white head. Aroma was big tropical fruits and not much else, why would anything else be needed? Flavor was similar, minimal bitterness, super juicy. Waaaaay better than heady.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Hazy yellow-orange color with small off white head. Bursting with aroma of citrusy hops. Medium body, light carbonation. Flavor matches aroma, citrus hops, malt structure but not too prominent in the flavor. Bitterness level just right. For the inevitable comparison to heady topper I would say it’s overall similar, less intense but more drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (862) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Can. Pours cloudy yellow gold with a big white head that lingers. Aroma of tropical fruit, grass. Flavor is lemony citrus, tropical fruit, grassy bitter in the finish. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
CAN at tasting. APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, citra, nice. TASTE: hoppy, citra, nice, very balanced and fruity, quite florar.


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