Small update to this post as The Alchemist has opened their new brewery in Stowe Vermont and with this new location Focal Banger is readily available for the first time. New can design but same great beer and in my opinion better than Heady Topper. Be sure to make a stop in Stowe next time you are passing through Vermont to check out the new space.
Focal Banger has been released in cans twice now so more people have had a chance to try this one than The Crusher and Holy Cow. I’ve heard this described by many as a lighter version of Heady and I tend to agree with this description.
Appearance is a nice pale orange with a thick white head. Aroma grapefruit, citrus and just a hint of pine. Very appealing beer in both appearance and smell. Taste does not disappoint either with plenty of juicy hops, but also some floral, pine and earthy notes. A lot going on with this beer but it all works well together.
I prefer Heady over Focal and Crusher more than any of them but they are all excellent. If you make the trip for a truck load sale buy all the beer you can as you will enjoy every sip.
Pros: Lots of complex hop flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: The Alchemist
Brewers Description: An American IPA , hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.