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Talon Double IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

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94 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 10-25-2012

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 21
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 into tulip. Orange, coppery gold with a white head. The aroma has many hallmarks of the DIPA we expect. This one with more piney-floral, than citrus nose. However, there is big booze in there, too. The flavor continued the piney-floral hop profiles as dominant. Add to that a pretty light malt that gets swallowed up by alcohol in the finish.

Honestly, I think this has potential, but I am used to DIPAs that bring big hops, balanced with notable malts that sneak the booze in. I do wonder what it might taste like out of the tap in Hopland...

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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.91/5  rDev +8.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

An aggressive and old-school American Double IPA here and well-named one, as this beer rips out your palate and then flies off to regurgitate it into the mouths of its frenzied young. It’s combo of 5 malts and 6 hops creates a unique experience too. Anyone who touts themselves as a true hophead should seek this beer now.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 10.0%

LOOK: Bright copper, frothy, creamy head with staying power

SMELL: Pine, resin, floral, citrus peel, toffee, bread, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, viscous, syrupy, sweet malts, sticky, resiny, leafy, raw, gritty, pine, grapefruit, alcohol heat, melon, bready, ashy, bone dry finish

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-tinted amber, cloudy with a thick off-white head that has good retention and leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is malt forward, with fig and raisin and just a hint of floral hops. The taste is closely matched with the aroma but with a more robust bitterness. The body has a great weight to it with just a little bite from the hops. This reminded me of an English-style IPA, which I thoroughly enjoy.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Reviewed on 03/27/2014

A: Mendocino Talon pours a blurry orange-gold body with visible hop and yeast byproducts floating about. A large mass of thick khaki meringue forms over with ample hang time to it. A nice trellis work of lace is left behind on the glass afte reach sip.

S: Bold pine hops and pale malt aromatics dominate the nose. Toasty and bready with some caramel like sweetness and a faint alcohol presence. There is a bit of earthy spice hops underneath as well. Definitely has me thinking a malt bomb at first but there are some decent evergreen hop aromas as well.

T: Whoa…a big boy for sure. Juicy floral and dank at first with a firm malt breadiness riding all throughout. The IBU’s drive an immense bitter bite across the palate with some lightly nuanced pine and citrus hop character. Hits a bit on the sweeter side with its caramel spiced whip. More orange zest coming through in the flavor it seems followed by a very noticeable alcohol showing towards the finish. Resinous and lingering. A rather aggressive brew in every fashion. Malt, Hops, and ABV’s. Still enjoyable but fairly unbalanced.

M: The beer has a moderate to heavier filling aspect on account of the chewy caramel malts. Slightly offset but the cut of a high resinous bitterness. Nice drying touch in the finish with a long lasting linger. In the end the feel is a bit coarse.

D: This was actually better than I was expecting for the price. It is pretty unbalanced with the heavy handed use of malt and hops but still rather fun to drink. Nothing I will go picking up again anytime soon but wouldn’t turn one down if offered. My standards can get lower.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Dark gold with good appearance overall.
S-Huge on earthy and piney. Some light lemon citrus.
T-Very bitter and cloying. Not your friendliest DIPA.
M- Medium; I find it cloying and flawed.
O- I think the body could be lightened and the aroma of the beer accentuated. Double IPAs have been done better by other breweries.

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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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