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Alchemist Focal-Banger

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hazy yellow color with a little head. Aromas of lemony and aromatic hops. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, resinous hops and hop bitterness. Couleur jaune trouble avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de houblons citronnés et aromatiques. Saveurs de pamplemousse, citron, houblons résineux et amertue de houblon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
Big hop aroma. Lasting head on yellow body, leaving a lace trail. Citra dominated taste, rounded out by subordinate tropical fruit. Fresh tasting, a good complement to the Heady Topper. Can from Tom, thank you.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
12th June 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Lightly hazy gold beer, tiny pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth with good fine carbonation. Light airy malt, slightly sweet. Good floralness. Light and sweet tinned mango. Mellow pine. Hop spice. Airy finish with a light bitter linger. Really nicely joined up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1077) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Beautiful tropical fruit and floral aroma and flavor to match. Reminds me of Heady Topper but less aggressive.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Liquide jaune-vert, effervescence en berne, nez floral et fruité au possible, bombe houblonnée en prévision. Mince et plutôt limpide. En bouche, décadence verte et herbeuse, florale encore une fois, un bonbon de plantes du paradis, balancé au détail près. Un plaisir sans prétention, prévisible de la première à la dernière gorgée, mais ô combien délicieux.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Can split at Bruce’s pad, massive thanks to LKS - who knew this brewer produced a 2nd beer !?!, 12/06/14. Hazed pale golden with a good sized off white head that retains well. Nose is tangerine, juicy citrics, light pine jacket, peach, lemon rind, peach, grassy twinges. Taste comprises dank hops, floral notes, melon, tangerine, pink grapefruit zing, grassy, orange pithdom. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, juicy hop squeeze in the close. Solid IPA with earthy come dank hop twinges.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Can thanks to Leighton. It pours cloudy pale gold with a medium white head. The nose is fresh, earthy, fresh citrus, grassy, pine, sherbet, sweet orange, soap and grapefruit. The taste is crisp, bitter, pine needles, grapefruit, tinned fruit, peppery, earth, dank, soap with a bitter citric finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and light mouth-feel. Crisp, light and very drinkable. Crussssshable......mmmmm....juicy....hop....yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Can shared in London - picked up in a trade. Pours lightly unclear yellow-gold with a frothy, white head. The nose has lots of dank, pissy hop character, some lemon, faint grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some earthy hops, piney stickiness, some minerality, grass, melon, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Nicely balanced finish, some oily hops, a bit of bitter grass, ripe melon, lemon, grapefruit. Absolutely lovely stuff. Extremely slam-able.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Can thanks to Will. Poues a cloudy yellow with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong citra and mosiac. Medium mouthfeel with strong citrus, and light dry hop with light bitterness. Very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2151) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the hookup Mike! Cloudy hazy lemon orange color with a huge frothy bubbly bone white head that persists forever. Citrusy tropical fruit lemony pine and resin dominate the aroma with just a bit of sweet bread deep underneath. The flavor holds a touch of lemon with lots more citrus and tropical flavors like the aroma suggested. Bread and light caramel maltiness bring in a hint of balance. Moderate level of hop bitterness with a lingering bite at the end of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous sweet watery mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink and very flavorful, its a great beer. I prefer the depth of flavors from Heady, but I could drink this one regularly with ease.


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