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Alchemist Focal Banger

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1353) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
From blue stone Waterbury drank from the can a: grapefruit, piny, citrusy, floral app: can’t tell t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish.Med carbonation. O: insanely good. So hoppy perfect body and carbonation. A pleasure from the first sip to the last. Will need to drink some more of this soon, it’s addictive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (3017) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Can from the bar at the Best Western, Waterbury VT. Delivered yesterday. Drank some from the can then poured the rest out. It’s hazy, orangey gold. Barely a head. Pretty dank orange peel, and lightly herbal hop. Some overripe strawberry. The malts come across sweet, grainy, but clean. Taste is zesty, pithy bitter. Some sticky lip action going on. Smooth, fairly rich palate that stays fresh and drinkable. Gets more resinous toward the end. Finishes long, zesty bitter, with that lip sticking sweetness staying the course. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (761) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a cloudy, initially very carbonated yellowish golden with a bubbly white head, that recedes quickly. The aroma contains floral hops, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and a little bit of orange. Very tropical nose overall. The taste is quite bitter, very dry, with just a touch of sweetness. Its heavy on grapefruit with a compliment of pine. Undertones are floral hops, orange and peach. The aftertaste is a long and bitter grapefruit flavor. Light to medium in body, very sticky in texture, and lots of carbonation in here. This is delicious. Even though I’d classify this at just a notch below Heady Topper, this is one of the best IPAs I’ve tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mvalence (19) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
2015-09-23 Cannette @ Black Back Pub Waterbury. Bière jaune et trouble. Nez floral et d'agrumes très intense. En bouche houblons très résineux, floral et agrumes, sur un corps huileux. Une finale en amertume. Une bombe en bouche. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Beautiful cloudy apricot pour, nice big white head. Aroma of peach, apricot, berries, with hints of earth and leather. Really interesting flavor: bitter, with notes of pine and resin, but still fruity and earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Can to glass. Found at a hotel bar. Not sure how fresh it is. Pours a deep golden light orange color with an off white head. Aroma is a nice juicy hop character. Bitterness overpowers the hop character in the flavor. Solid, but no heady topper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StephTamiko (44) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Can pours hazy yellow with thin white head. Grassy smell with slight citrus. Earthy and dank mouthfeel, some sweetness, with a finish of bitterness that is approachable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Can at Prohibition Pig. Drank out of the can so I’m not sure what it looks like. Really a fantastic beer, feels like a spinoff of Heady Topper to an extent, just with different hops. Doesn’t have the same grapefruit vibe of Heady but does have a heavy Citra feel to it. Wish I could get it more often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (353) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - AUG 29, 2015
Hazy pale color with foamy head. Aroma is somehow spicy with dill and oregano notes. Taste follows with the same herbal notes and some dankness. Bitterness shows up in the finish and follows in the aftertaste but does not overwhelm. Body is quite light and dry. Really easy drinking and refreshing IPA with an interesting hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Can. Hazy vibrant copper with an off white head. Citrus, papaya, mango and a hint of resin, high carbonation and moderate body, slightly astringent although becomes more balanced as it warms up a bit, long bitter and citrusy finish.

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