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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2449) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2016
16oz can. Hazy yellow. Aroma is a face full of fresh off the vine hops. Resin, dank, pine. Taste is fresh bitter hops. Really bitter but really smooth. Lingering resinous hop aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
500mL can, sent from yourilevesque (thanks a lot, Youri!), pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is wonderful, with tons of piney and resinous hops, tropical stone fruits and just enough sweetness to back. Flavour is likewise phenomenal, with truckloads of piney and resinous hops, tropical fruits - especially melons and passionfruit, and a thin caramely bready malt backbone. Impeccably constructed and balanced, with hugely high drinkability. Fantastic stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5119) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2016
From my sources: pours lightly hazy gold (though I did drink some of it from the can) with a white head. Aroma is rather large citrus, much in the way one would expect... Nice grapefruit and the like. Taste is moderately bitter, especially at the end and into the finish. Some piny notes are present back there as well. Lingering aftertaste in a good way. Low sweetness. Very nice. What you want in an IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (1015) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Not too much to say about this outside of incredible. Two of my very favorite hops combine in a can. Enjoy!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4473) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Really can’t believe this is the first time I’ve had this beer. tall-boy can bought last week in stowe VT. Smells amazing! Total citra bomb on the aroma. this aroma is stupid good. This is an intense beer. super-hopped, super-malted, very dry finish with that great alchemist yeast strain, sweetness persists throughout, it smells better than it tastes but I’m digging the bread-like doughy juicy sweetness this beer has.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (5579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Draught at the brewery on 7/8 and a fresh can on 7/16/16.
Medium-sized white head tops a moderately hazy, glowing, lemon pulp yellow body. Retention is average to high.
Beautifully aromatic mosaic provides intensely juicy mango-pineapple-lychee while the citra deftly dries things out with its more dusty, sweaty lemony funk. Add in a good dose of rich, honey-like maltiness and zero resin/pine, clean yeast and no alcohol and you’ve got yourself a highly enjoyable, top-tier NE IPA.
Continued softness and juiciness in flavor and texture, as tight carbonation keeps up a good effervescence, helping keep the palate free from fatigue and brightening the finish. Lemons, keylimes, mangoes and other juicy tropical fruits abound. Just enough bitterness to balance the succulent malts and no resin or alcohol. Awesome stuff. Sad I never got to try this back in they day, but glad they are making it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (8563) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared at level 42 Canary wharf tasting. 11/07/2016. Huge thanks to Leighton for this one. . A hazed bright yellow straw coloured pour with a a lasting white head. Aroma is big dank hop, onion, plastic, lemon rind. Flavour is composed of of light grains, straw, big dank hop, onion, lemon citrus. Really assertive citrus hop bitterness. Palate is frothy, velvety grainy. Really good. Really good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4996) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Pours hazy apricot with a thick eggshell head. Aroma delivers yeasty and hippy tones. Hoppy flavor has yeasty and fruity notes in attendance. Mouthfeel features decent body and fizz. Focus on this banger! Speaking of focus - my Ford Focus recently hit 100,000 miles. Way to go, Connie!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6048) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
500cl can shared at the July CW tasting, London. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a hazed pale golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is sweet and danky with plenty of pineapple, tangerine, danky weed, grass, lemon peel. Taste is also big sweet danky notes with lemon, grass, straw, melon, grapefruit, big danky onion notes. Closes bitter dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, great beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5816) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Can share at Level 42, with many, many thanks to LKS for yet another great beer. As ’Alchemist Focal Banger’, 7%. Hazy opaque orange, small foamy white head, light lacing. Aroma is oniony, spicy, pungent fruits, rubbery. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is lightly piney, grassy, oniony, some mango, papery dry chalky finsih. A very tasty, spicy hoppy beer. Feels like it’s getting me drunk, despite the moderate ABV - though I did have a big pour of this one.


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