focal banger vs heady topper

The 25 Best American IPAs

Focal Banger

Brewer: The Alchemist

Hiding in the shadow of Heady Topper — possibly the world’s more sought-after beer — is Focal Banger. If the Alchemist had launched it’s canning line with this 7.5 percent IPA instead of the slightly stronger Heady, we have no doubt beer lovers would still be driving for hours and days to stalk delivery trucks in hope of buying a case.

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For our survey of the best IPAs in America, we limited ourselves to pale, hoppy ales with 5.5 to 7.5 percent alcohol—and ruled out fruited variations.