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Alchemist Focal-Banger

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Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1315) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1982) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonTja (276) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
Blind tasting, of Double IPAs & Single IPAs.

List of Double IPAs, in prefered order: The Crusher, Heady Topper, Pliny The Elder, Deviant Dale’s

List of Single IPAs, in prefered order: Focal Banger, Grapefruit Sculpin, Moralité/Blind Pig

A – Hazy yellow with thick head, head lasted longer than other IPAs.

S – Super dank and loaded with tropical fruits, smells more than Heady Topper.

T – Loaded with hops, hops and hops. Simcoe like and very very tropical fruity.

M – A bit more full than other IPAs, almost like it’s oats in it.

O – Best IPA I’ve had, aroma out of the can is stronger than most double IPAs even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4882) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
1/IX/14 - 1Pt. can @ home - BB: no date on the can (2014-967) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the can!

Little cloudy pale yellow to light beige beer, big creamy white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: citrus, sourish, floral, bit earthy, pineapple, lemony, lemon drops. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity start, lots of citrus, peaches, bit grassy, some alcohol, straightforward bitterness. Aftertaste: piny, lots of citrus, very grassy, bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2604) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Sample at first sunday. Hot damn I love Alchemist IPAs. More subtle than heady but I think I prefer the subtley these days. Lemon and tangerine tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Later in the palate is a little more grassy and herbal again, slight citrus bitterness. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
500 ml. can sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. Thanks! Sampled side-by-side The Crusher / Heady Topper / Rapture / Focal Banger. Heady Topper came out last unanimously. Bit Heady Topper-light in a good way, this one tasted a bit like a mix of the previous 3 beers which seems logical since this one is Citra & Mosaic and The Crusher was Citra only I believe & Rapture was Mosaic, yeast is probably same as Heady Topper. Lighter hazy citrus, creamy white head. Huge cheese, citrus, creamy raw hop nose. Taste is cheese, light Heady Topper-like floral bitterness and touch of grass, creamy, dank, more balanced & bit subdued, fruity, pear,… Creamy, very easy to drink, seems light compared to others but that is probably just the ABV. Better than Heady Topper but not on par with either The Crusher or my favourite Rapture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1199) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2014
Fresh can from trade with Matt. Pours yellow with some small particles floating around and with a white head. Aroma is just BOOMING with grapefruit, citrusy notes, ginger, unripe pineapple, mango and just a tiny bit of breadyness in the background. Taste of fresh and tropical citrus fruits. Just WOW! ginger, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and with a hint of mint in the aftertaste. Very bitter, crispy and freaking refreshing.

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