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Talon Double IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by barczar:
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a frothy 2 inch cream head that lingers. Eventually leaves sticky sheets of lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, pine, resin, and muted grapefruit form the initial aroma. Grapefruit becomes more dominant as it warms, and notes of onion surface, along with catty hops.

Citrus and resin dominate the initial sip, becoming fairly bitter mid palate, and the flavor definitely ends on the bitter side. For Mendocino and a dipa, I really thought malt sweetness would be overwhelming. Grapefruit, lime, and orange pith are fairly substantial, almost puckering, throughout. The caramel malt backbone merely ties together the citrus and resiny bitter, piney hops.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation on the light side of moderate, and significant alcohol warmth.

Lots of hop flavoring and bitterness. It's fairly hot, but I didn't feel that the malt overwhelmed. The hop character becomes a little perfumey as it warms, which is slightly offputting. Not the most complex, but a solid offering. The bitterness is a little more than I prefer.

05-27-2013 16:17:12 | More by barczar
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2013 20:39:20 | More by Joebraggot
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3/5  rDev -16%

08-18-2013 01:05:50 | More by dertyd
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4.14/5  rDev +16%

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Copious amounts of lacing, good head retention

S: Bready, pears, pineapple shows once warm

T: Follows the nose, some pine & pineapple there as well up front. Pineapple & lemons as this warms along with resiny pine notes, some caramel & a touch of boozeyness on the back of the throat. Finishes piney, with a little bready & caramel sweetness, some grapefruit & a bit of boozey tangerine

MF: Medium bodied with some stickyness, soft carbonation & nicely balanced

A good stab at the style & more than I expected from these guys as of late. Drinks fairly easy. Glad I took a chance on this one!

01-28-2013 05:01:34 | More by russpowell
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

10-28-2013 00:23:49 | More by stanowsf
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

04-21-2013 03:37:14 | More by MPPHISH
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-25-2014 14:58:49 | More by Schwegler
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4/5  rDev +12%

02-04-2013 06:21:01 | More by Nage37
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

04-12-2013 03:27:49 | More by fivetime
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4/5  rDev +12%

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

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%

A: into a tulip, deep amber with orange hue, full tan head with clingy lace; great persistence

S: pine and resin hops and sweet maltiness; citrus on the nose more than on the tongue

T: lots of resinous pine flavors, earthy and deep, chewy caramel malts; some suggestions of butterscotch, toffee; bitter-sweet

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky/chewy, smooth and bitter aftercoat

O: back-and-forth between malt and hops - its sweet malt caramel, then its bitter hop pine resin - balanced nicely, full feeling and satisfying - not one you're gonna gulp down. Maybe a little too sweet for me, but the bitterness always crept in right after, moderating the sugars somewhat

05-20-2013 22:57:37 | More by Greywulfken
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3.91/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance- copper color, half inch head, nice lacing

Smell- piney hops, malt

Taste- piney hops, malt, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was very good. Definitely a good one. I like the piney hops a lot. I would definitely like to have this one again.

08-13-2013 00:00:25 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-23-2013 00:39:53 | More by Hopsiam14
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high light beige head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to settle down, leaving a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: This beer definitely tastes strong and you get heavy doses of caramel malts and bitterness from the hops, the latter of which also contributes notes of pine resin, orange citrus, and floral hops in the flavors. There are also some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied, slightly crisp, and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is present.
O: This beer is definitely a slow sipper given its strength and the presence of alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel. It delivers a substantial amount of bitterness, but the flavors from the hops aren't quite as interesting as some of the other beers in this style.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.5%

Chill hazed orange amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells sweet and hoppy with a citrus and wood aroma. Some lemon aroma it has a little sourness in the scent.

Starts out savory and bitter with a savory flavor. Strong tea and wood with a sweet after taste. Warming in the chest you can tell this is 10% Still the flavor doesn't change and provide many subtleties.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall, this is OK but nothing very special, worth a one time try.

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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.