Focal Banger - The Alchemist
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3.9/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
02-18-2014 20:04:52 | More by BTVflatlander
4.69/5 rDev +3.5%
A: hazy dull golden-yellow.
S: Tropical and Citrus aromas.
T: Very tropical with a hint of citrus with a very creamy bitter finish.
M: Extremely creamy, very smooth. Very similar to Heady Topper.
O: Amazing DIPA. I liked it almost as much as heady. Has one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had.
06-16-2014 02:03:11 | More by RocketCityVol
Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.