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Alchemist Focal-Banger

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
From can. Hazy golden color with a white head. Strong aroma of resinous hops. Pine cone and lemon lime soda. Honeyed grass. A bit of compost pile dirt. Similar flavor. Sticky honeyed bread and a bit of graham cracker. Big, boisterous dank hops. Lemon and herb. Pine wood on the dry finish. Sort of sticky. Medium body, active carbonation. Yep, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Can from TheEpeeist, much thanks! Pours cloudy golden straw with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is strong cat piss, dank as shit, some stonefruit, passionfruit, grassy notes. Flavor is light sweet and light bitter, resinous and dank. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Intangibles - check! But somehow an IPA with two of my favorite hops just doesn’t come through for me in this case.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (4639) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
Can, tfs JulienHuxley! Hazy pale golden colour, white head. Aroma of citrus, mango, sweat, some pine, tropical stuff, light soapy, crisp malts. Flavour is full-on fresh citrus fruits and tropical fruits, crisp malts, hint of honey, firm bitter finish with some citrus, pine and grass. Light-bodied. Great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (735) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours pale golden color with white head. Big citrus aroma with big, potent, dank, resiny pine. Flavor starts citrus followed by a sweet mango and tropical fruit flavor and finishing with a big grapefruit and resiny pine hop bitterness. Bitterness does not linger. Thanks dsandonato for this one!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (1653) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2014
16 oz can shared with JulienHuxley, Borresteijn & caesar @ Julien’s Klein Maar Fijn tasting - tfs Julien! Hazy golden blonde color. Dense white head, short retention. Strong resinous aroma, with citrus as well. Resin, grassy hops and bitterness retronasal. Bitter flavor with a malty sweet backbone. Medium bodied. Finishes dry and long lasting bitter. Yeah baby!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5059) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
Can thx to Julien @ Julien’s neighbour is a metalhead according to Rob-tasting, small sample. Quite fresh sample. Hazy golden color, short head. Aroma is very resinous, pine, also some grapefruit, bit onion and garlic, some bready malt notes. Quite bitter in taste. More powerful than the Heady Topper we just had, but (unlike the others) I preferred the older Heady Topper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3016) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
Can. Hazy pale gold pour with creamy white head. Aroma is really dank, piney, resinous, dank sweaty hop, garlic, lemon, mango, just like fresh Heady as I remember it. Taste is hoppy, not really bitter, light piney flavor of course, but mostly just soft tropical hop notes with light bready malts. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation. Very easy drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Smell and taste of citrus, malt, yeast/dough. Floral hops, juicy and quite crushable

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
16 oz can. Misty orange with a foamy white head. Nose is dough, citrus, mango and slight musk. Medium body, resiny with soft carb. Taste is mango, cat, pine and honey. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Can. Pours gold with a white head. Dank piney and floral hops, with lighter citric fruity notes. Dangerously crushable. A little lighter than Heady Topper as well.


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