Brews Review 05// The Alchemist Focal Banger

The Alchemist: does a brewery need a better name than that? Transmuting base materials (in this case water, malts, hops) into a more noble form (aka Beer). This brewery from Vermont has been making waves in the beer industry and has become infamous for it crisp, clean, hop forward beers. With people willing to stand in a line for hours just to get a 24 pack. They have some of the highest ranked beer on beer nerd websites and I have let to find a person dissatisfied with this brewery's beers.

I personally got lucky. I didn't stand in line or get a 24 pack, but I managed to get a Focal Banger as a gift through a good friend of mine. So let's get drinking it.


Name: Focal Banger
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Brewery: The Alchemist (website)
Country: USA, Vermont
Price: $12.50 (4 Pack in US Dollars)
ABV: 7%

Commercial Fluff:
"Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops."

Own Opinion

Sight: A sliver and black can, did exactly as advertised and drank from the can!
Aroma: The smell is exactly what I expected; dank, piney, grass, floral, citrusy orange and grapefruit.
Taste: Covered the tongue really well, very crisp and well carbonated. Got a good bitter grapefruit finish to it and lingering resin, pine taste.
Would I buy it again? Yes. It's a great beer, there are local breweries that come close to the flavour but I'm guessing the water in Vermont just takes this beer to a whole new level. Aroma was the real winner here as the smells escaping from the can were just amazing. Now to try and find some more from this brewery.

Have you tried this before? What are your thoughts drop me a comment below and let me know.

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