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Velocihoptor - Freetail Brewing Company

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85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
From our Single Hop IPA series. This India Pale Ale features Falconer’s Flight, a proprietary blend of some of the Pacific Northwest’s best hops, developed by Hopunion, LLC to honor and support the legacy of late Northwest brewing legend Glen Hay Falconer. Each hop in the blend was hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon & grapefruit tones. Hopunion is contributing proceeds from each Falconer’s Flight purchase to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, which provides scholarships in brewing education. Many thanks to Hopunion and the Foundation for their continued support of American Craft Brewing. Ingredients: Maris Otter, crystal & kiln Amber malts; Falconer’s Flight hops; top-fermenting yeast; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; Gratitude

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 03-05-2012)
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-21-2012 14:35:18 | More by kjkinsey
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-19-2012 01:39:41 | More by sliverX
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elNopalero

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a single-hop IPA, however the hop is a blend… so that makes it a single-blended hop IPA? Anyways…

This pours a caramel-amber color with thin, light foam. There’s a thick, piney-orange peel aroma and the flavor coats the mouth with hoppy bitterness and more of that orange peel and piney hop taste. Nice and thick, with a long, dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 22:10:53 | More by elNopalero
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Velocihoptor creates an absolutely stunning pour with a bright and clear tangerine body. The hefty, lingering tuft of khaki foam is creamy in its consistency and drapes sticky webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The aroma was meant to be a showcase of Falconer's Flight hops and west coast IPA's, and it does not disappoint at all. Sweet orange peel greets the nose alongside floral, piney hops and caramel candies. Very juicy, and almost earth-like in the resinous hop quality.

Flavor matches the aroma well, with sweet caramel malts balanced nicely alongside a juicy, pungent hop flavor. Bitterness is subdued, allowing the tropical fruitiness from the Falconer's Flight to last long into the finish with a flash of alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfectly executed--crisp and medium-light on the tongue, yet full enough to not feel in the slightest sense watered-down. Carbonation is smooth and chewy thanks to tiny, tight bubbles. Overall, Freetail nailed the West Coast style with this release. I found Velocihoptor to be one of their best IPAs to date, and perhaps even one of their best beers in general...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:33:30 | More by wagenvolks
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-05-2013 05:01:02 | More by Gonzoillini
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thereal_adam

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-10-2014 23:11:56 | More by thereal_adam
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-24-2013 14:56:34 | More by kspongeworthy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-21-2012 14:29:21 | More by Texasfan549
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Another foamy beer from Freetail, this beer pours out a clear amber liquid; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Floral grapefruit tones dominate the aroma

Taste: The malt lays a sweet base underneath the grapefruit hops though the hops really dominate the flavor from start to finish; just enough sweetness throughout to balance the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having had a poor experience with a five or six month old bottle, a fresh bottle really opened my eyes to the brewers talent with the style; more than any other brewery I have encountered, Freetail beers need to be consumed fresh

Thanks, BeerHunter76, for the opportunity and to jl28r1, for the chance to try a fresher sample. As the beer label says, this beer is "not for aging."

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 20:11:18 | More by brentk56
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jamescain for sending a growler of this during Round 2 of the GATM 2012 BIF! Poured into an imperial pint glass on 3/5/12. Shared with brewslut.

A - Extremely hazy caramel-dipped orange liquid with ample carbonation and almost a finger's width of off-white foam that reduced to a thin cap but left plenty of elaborate shavings of lace allover the glass. This sucker is so hazy that my fingers appear to be mere shadows on the other side when peering through the glass!

S - Tropical and dank with a pleasant smack of ripe island fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple) and fairly pungent ganga. Smells like something a stoned surfer would enjoy on the beaches of Hawaii. A hint of alcohol rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Juicy and undeniably hoppy with plenty of citrus and tropical notes, but with an amazing balance of lightly toasted grains and barley as well as sweet caramel. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

M - Texture is fairly creamy but with plenty of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol heat is minimal but provides a bit of tingle. Bitterness envelopes the palate during the finish.

D - Fantastic first impression of this brewery from the Lone Star state! Velocihoptor is one fresh, tasty-ass IPA with plenty of citrus and hemp-like dankness to please any hophead for sure.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2012 00:18:03 | More by ffejherb
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

08-08-2013 19:20:42 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

05-19-2012 01:40:22 | More by bbadger
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

04-22-2012 02:12:33 | More by brystmar
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Ted

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

05-29-2013 00:58:27 | More by Ted
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

03-25-2014 19:56:31 | More by 2dogbrew
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

05-23-2012 20:05:41 | More by BeerHunter76
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wreckem8010

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

09-06-2012 01:41:21 | More by wreckem8010
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

10-05-2012 04:06:51 | More by duff247
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

07-08-2014 20:04:21 | More by Gatordaddy
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2013 19:12:22 | More by wtkphoto
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of sweet orange and pine notes, with some nice caramel and biscuit notes mixed in. The beer smells very balanced. The flavor has a lot of bitter pine and orange notes, as well as a little bit of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but fairly drinkable overall. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 18:20:05 | More by Mora2000
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tan and clear with a good head and lace.

The malt base is ample and there's plenty of grapefruity hops. There's also a nice bit of sweetness that gives this beer an extra dimension, it's quite not as dry as some IPAs.

Body is medium, moderately carbonated, and damn easy to drink. A nice medium bitterness finishes, and the moderate level of alcohol doesn't leave you too toasted after drinking the whole bomber!

This is a fine beer. I think I liked the Soul Doubt IPA better, but anytime I get something from Freetail, I'm always pleased. I have to go that way today, hopefully they're open when I pass by so I can pick up something else to try!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 12:32:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, purchased at Ananke release 2013
Riedel Tulip

A: Deep orange almost amber color. Slightly off white fluffy head. About a finger there. Sticky lacing.

S: Slight breadiness. Some herbal hops. Almost aged? Some slight fruit. Sweetness from malts.

T: Bitterness up front. Herbal notes. Almost tea like. Behind that you have some malt sweetness. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 15:57:38 | More by inlimbo77
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate8767 for the hookup!

Pours a bright orangey red with a small white head, good lacing and lots of bubbles.

Not a tremendous hop presence in the aroma. I get more caramel than anything although some soft citrus fruits are present.

The flavor, however, delivers. A little bit of subtle grapefruit presence on the front end. A good balance of caramel malts and piney hops on the back end. Very well balanced.

Good mouthfeel although nothing extraordinary stands out.

Very solid beer. I would prefer a bit more on the flavor/aroma end of things, but the middle and back end of the palate are balanced perfectly and very enjoyable. It went down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:05:03 | More by jmarsh123
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-14-2013 02:59:48 | More by jmdrpi
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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.