Focal Banger India Pale Ale | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

Focal Banger India Pale AleFocal Banger India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
98.7%
Liked This Beer
4.59 w/ 3,268 ratings
Focal Banger India Pale AleFocal Banger India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American IPA, hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

Added by hillvt4me on 01-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
3,268
Liked:
3,226
Avg:
4.59/5
pDev:
6.97%
Alströms:
4.53
 
 
Wants:
1,797
Gots:
927
Trade:
13
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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stockatron
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RealDeal
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kricks77
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grovejr20
4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zbeattie6
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.11/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osseo222000
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisG523
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A side by side with Heady Topper. A good day to say the least.

Pours a more orange gold than Heady, with a similar foamy head. Minimal lace.

Like Heady, getting loads of pineapple, but hints of grapefruit and tangerine come through as well. Almost entirely fruit on the nose.

Nice bitter flavors; grapefruit, pine, and subtle pineapple. While Heady is all tropical on the nose with much more hop on the tongue, Focal is very similar on nose and tongue. While you don't get the hop presence until you taste, the pineapple and. It's citrus come through on both. Really well balanced.

Clean crisp, slightly sticky. No complaints with the mouthfeel.

Another amazing Alchemist beer, but when discussing which I prefer between this and Heady... very slight edge to Heady. Definitively on the nose, only slightly on the flavor. Fantastic experience with both.

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4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BGOOCHY
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very few AIPA's can hang with Focal Banger. It's a bit more bitter up front than Heady Topper but still just as good.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB79
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cparthemore
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeyA30
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jesterr44
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing the hype around this beer & with my love for Heady, I had to wait until I had a few of these before rating. Are people right to say it's better than the legend? Just like all the Alchemist IPAs, the odour hits you as soon as you crack the can & you just want to let those hops roll over your tongue. It's a great beer; a nice very lightly cloudy straw colour with a fluffy white head with good retention & some light lacing. Grassy citrus dominates the hop flavour for me and there's a touch of dank in there along with that smoothness from the mosaic which then ends with a pleasant light pine dry bitterness. It's an excellent IPA but I still like Heady a little more.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Focal Banger India Pale Ale from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 98.7% out of 100 with 3,268 ratings
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