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Talon Double IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

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BA SCORE
81
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78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-25-2012)
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JackDempsy

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-05-2013 16:07:55 | More by JackDempsy
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rob99er

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-13-2014 06:25:08 | More by rob99er
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Nugganooch

California

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:24:24 | More by Nugganooch
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rflips86

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

03-23-2014 21:35:15 | More by rflips86
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sgttibbs

Kansas

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-14-2014 12:29:11 | More by sgttibbs
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 06:45:49 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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Schwegler

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 14:58:49 | More by Schwegler
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Fantalek

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-20-2014 01:02:06 | More by Fantalek
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dominic4beer

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-15-2014 05:10:51 | More by dominic4beer
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brywhite

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

01-07-2014 22:13:20 | More by brywhite
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-14-2013 16:39:17 | More by jaydoc
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humulusphile

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-12-2013 09:45:55 | More by humulusphile
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice medium amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew, leaving a one finger height of a white foamy head on the surface of the brew. The head of the beer has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of tropical fruit smells of papaya, mango, tangerine and a bit of pineapple. Along with the tropical fruits, are some notes of a caramel sweetness as well, adding to the overall sweet aroma. Other than the sweet though, there is also a nice bit of an earthy/woody and pine hop as well as some very light hop notes of a more grapefruit nature.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a good deal of sweet tropical fruits and caramel sweetness. The tropical fruits are just what the nose depicted with tangerine, mango, and papaya all there, but in also contained some other fruity tastes of a light melon variety as well. Along with the sweeter flavors, the beer also bolsters a rather nice doughty taste right up front, which creates a nice base for all the flavors to lie on. Soon after the initial tastes some hop flavors started to be sensed, with a bit of a pine hop flavor. Other hops join the taste more toward the middle with some more grassy/haylike and earthy/woody flavors piling onto the taste. The hops grow stronger to the end, counteracting some of the sweetness a little bit and bringing a bit more of an IPA flavor to the brew. Toward the very end some of the booze from the 10 % abv can be detected, bringing about a nice level of warmth. With the combination of flavors that is left on the tongue at the end, one is left with a quite satisfying, fruity and sweet, slightly warming and moderately hoped doughy flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side even in light of all the carbonation bubbles seen streaming through the brew. The lower carbonation and thicker body are fantastic for all the big flavors of the brew, soaking the tongue in all the robust flavors.

Overall – Though not a hop powerhouse, this big, sweet, and robust IPA was very pleasurable to drink. And while a bit of warming alcohol was sensed on the tongue, it wasn’t a lot in light of the 10 % abv. but just enough to keep you in check. Overall this beer was very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:09:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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CragWizard

California

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Solid B grading.

Purchased as a 22oz.

Poured into my new Dogfish head Spiegelau glass.

Love this brewery, huge fan of the 'Red Tail' and the 'Eye of the Hawk' brews. First time I've tried the Talon surprisingly, I've heard mixed reviews on it for quite some time now. I was really impressed with the appearance actually, carbonation was great, head retention was impressive, really thick deep head on that son bitch. Color was a nice reddish/Orange haze. Smell was a little weak, Picked up some pine and citrusy aromas. Down the hatch was intense, as to be expected i guess considering it's a 10% DIPA. Really piney, floral and dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Nothing really out of the ordinary on this beer for me, It's decent for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:23:27 | More by CragWizard
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

11-26-2013 09:53:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

11-26-2013 02:56:05 | More by largadeer
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Joebraggot

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-20-2013 20:39:20 | More by Joebraggot
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myuncle

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-03-2013 10:33:13 | More by myuncle
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jesus808

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-03-2013 07:56:42 | More by jesus808
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stanowsf

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-28-2013 00:23:49 | More by stanowsf
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dippy

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fun beer. Big hops.

Off white head 3 fingers after a hard pour. Tan and stuck to the glass. Brew is a muddled reddish brown.
The smell makes you think it might be a balanced beer. Almost oaky. Floral.

Taste is not balanced. People are crazy saying it is. Get ready to ride the pine! Lots of pine and citrus. A dryness to it as well. Lots of different hops at play here.

Try this on if you want a different look at a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:02:20 | More by dippy
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Bnoise11

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-16-2013 01:42:11 | More by Bnoise11
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-11-2013 15:54:50 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

10-05-2013 03:45:36 | More by Beerlover
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whiteysacto

California

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-28-2013 08:45:30 | More by whiteysacto
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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.