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Meet the winner: The Alchemist Focal Banger

Best IPA 1st place: The Alchemist Focal Banger
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Focal Banger
The Alchemist
Waterbury, Vermont

The Alchemist co-owner Jen Kimmich on Focal Banger, the brewery’s other knockout American IPA:

“Focal Banger is more hop-forward than Heady [Topper]. While Heady has a more complex hop profile and a stronger malt backbone, Focal is all about the Citra and Mosaic hops. At 7% and with all pale malt, it is much easier to drink two of these than it is with Heady Topper. The tropical fruit in the Focal is delicious. We currently brew 15 barrels of Focal Banger one time per week. It’s all distributed to local bars and restaurants; no retail sales. It was first brewed at our brewpub in 2007, draft only. It was first canned in January 2013.”

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Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.

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