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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Crisp, clean malt character supporting copious additions of Citra and Mosaic hops.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (487) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 1, 2014
Beaucoup plus "herbeux" que la Heady Topper. Offre tout de même une signature houblonnée qui s’inscrit définitivement dans la même famille que cette dernière. Une bonne IPA pour les amateurs de ce genre de houblons au goût plus vert/herbeux!


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (1946) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2016
16oz can. After driving all over the state looking for Heady found some at The Vermont Tap Room along with it’s little brother Focal Banger which I did not even know was a thing. Focal, as would be expected, was also insanely delicious though maybe slightly less so than the Heady. Poured into a glass (against the clear instructions on the can it looks every bit as hazy as heady. The flavors are more grapefruit and the after taste more bitter. So good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2757) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2016
July 15, 2015. Can at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.
Straight from the can but probably cloudy as hell. Aroma is very hoppy, fruity and dank with peach, orange orange, pineapple, grass, pine, onion and light herbal. Taste is light sweet, grassy, piney bitter hop notes. Finish is dry grassy and piney bitter, dank, some onion notes, sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, orange and peach. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (842) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
Can at Blue Stone. Aroma: amount of tropical fruits, pineapples, pines. App: hazy pale / straw, little lacing. Taste and palate: body, light sweetness, quite fruity, clean medium bitter finish. Overall: this is pretty good. Alcohol is well hidden in there. No problem finishing this one in a record time even though it’s 7% abv. Can’t believe this is my first Focal Banger. Will sure drink it again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (897) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Dégustée en cannette. Bon, le 4 pour l’apparence est biaisé par mon penchant pour cette cannette au desing amusant car pour dire la vérité, je n’ai pas vu le liquide... Une explosion de houblons dès l’ouverture de la cannette. Ça sent le houblon bien citronné mais pas à la manière d’un Citra mono-houblon. C’est pamplemoussé, léger et très herbacé. Je m’attends ainsi à peu de sucres résiduels et j’ai raison car le liquide, de ses 7% d’alcool est plutôt mince et sec. Sans être une bière sèche au sens propre du terme, le houblon attaque la bouche puis combiné à une forte effervescence et une minéralité due à la canette, se retire rapidement en ne laissant qu’une légère amertume en bouche. Des saveurs fruitées et gazonneuses traversent ma bouche en un éclair. C’est frais, léger, facile à boire mais peu complexe et surévaluée de par sa rareté à mon avis.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Can... Pours clear and yellow with a tiny, wispy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is citrusy, cat pissy and musky. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is citrusy and lightly acidic up front; then rindy and heavily bitter on the backside. Thanks to ctipping for supplying the can!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Hazed yellow/orange. Vibrant. Dank. Grassy. Sweet. Bitter. Tropical. This beer has it all. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
utica1999pt (1) - - DEC 9, 2015 does not count
Surprising find on last day in Burlington at The Scuffer Steak and Ale house. I think it is better than Heady Topper. Smoother, citrus flavor, very drinkable. Only negative is it is only sold in bars and restaurants, wanted to take home to NY.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkska101 (1451) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
From blue stone Waterbury drank from the can a: grapefruit, piny, citrusy, floral app: can’t tell t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish.Med carbonation. O: insanely good. So hoppy perfect body and carbonation. A pleasure from the first sip to the last. Will need to drink some more of this soon, it’s addictive

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (3329) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Can from the bar at the Best Western, Waterbury VT. Delivered yesterday. Drank some from the can then poured the rest out. It’s hazy, orangey gold. Barely a head. Pretty dank orange peel, and lightly herbal hop. Some overripe strawberry. The malts come across sweet, grainy, but clean. Taste is zesty, pithy bitter. Some sticky lip action going on. Smooth, fairly rich palate that stays fresh and drinkable. Gets more resinous toward the end. Finishes long, zesty bitter, with that lip sticking sweetness staying the course. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (772) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a cloudy, initially very carbonated yellowish golden with a bubbly white head, that recedes quickly. The aroma contains floral hops, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and a little bit of orange. Very tropical nose overall. The taste is quite bitter, very dry, with just a touch of sweetness. Its heavy on grapefruit with a compliment of pine. Undertones are floral hops, orange and peach. The aftertaste is a long and bitter grapefruit flavor. Light to medium in body, very sticky in texture, and lots of carbonation in here. This is delicious. Even though I’d classify this at just a notch below Heady Topper, this is one of the best IPAs I’ve tried.


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