Focal Banger - The Alchemist
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Reviews by BTVflatlander:
3.9/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great deal of hype surrounding this one, much due to the notoriety of Heady Topper. If they can make such an outstanding DIPA, why not an AIPA? Well, I must say, as much as I wanted to love Focal Banger, it severely underwhelmed me unlike their previous draft release, Ourborous.
If you're from Vermont, you're probably familiar with Fiddlehead IPA. It's a very decent American IPA that I'd never turn down yet also never seek out. Focal Banger, to me, has all the trappings of Fiddlehead IPA with much, much, much higher expectations. As such, as my good friend put it, "it's everything that Heady Topper is not," and that's not necessarily a good thing.
Try it for yourself, but don't expect too much.
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2014 20:04:52 | More by BTVflatlander
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4.54/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tallboy can courtesy of Mike.
Murky yellow with plenty of lace.
Smells of lemon cake with sugared icing.
Blueberries, lemons, cake, delicious.
Though it doesn't sound it, this is much like Heady's awesome and more approachable sibling. Very very good.
Serving type: can
07-21-2014 01:09:55 | More by BarrytheBear
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a totally hazy, gold/lemonade color. Long lasting head. Hoppy aromas jump out of the glass, juicy, sticky and fresh sliced fruit. Flavor has a crisp malt backbone but generous hops are piled on. The result is a damn tasty IPA but not as good as Heady.
Serving type: can
07-17-2014 17:48:40 | More by papat444
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.