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Talon Double IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Brewmaster_Rick
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz., $6.99. Pours a beautiful, clear, rich copper with medium co2 presence. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel malt, and with a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is chewy (in a good way). Taste is slightly boozy, caramel malt, some toffee, a very light (and pleasant) presence of diacetyl; pine, grapefruit, bubblegum, tropical fruit, and spice contributed by the large array of hops. Huge winner in my book, will definitely purchase again.

Brewmaster_Rick, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Lantern, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Reeks
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Reeks, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of JamesMN
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent dark golden color with some visible effervescence. A healthy two finger head in an off-white shade. Looks great, the clarity really does it for me.

Aroma: Sugar coated barley, toasted and caramel malts. Not very hop forward in the nose but I can tell they are there, hidden beneath the surface. Sort of piney and just a little earthy with some citrus poking through as well.

Taste: There is a lot going on in this one. The first half is more malt dominated with a mix of crystal, caramel, pepper, and toasted flavors. They sort of meld together into a nice toffee flavor but without the sweetness and then the pepper flavor comes at the end with the hops. When the hops take over they give a mixed bag of flavors; earth, pine, orange rind, and a hint (and I mean a hint) of pineapple. Just looked up the recipe and they add five types of grain and six types of hops, so definitely as complex as it seems but also easily enjoyable. Hats off to the brewer(s) who keeps the 10% ABV completely hidden. The 100 IBUs also seems a little hidden which is unfortunate but really not too much of a stretch. The finish is dry but not overly so. A balanced IPA is something no hop head really wants but when a balanced Double IPA comes around it is exactly what a hop head like myself is looking for. Talon Extra Select is very well balanced, letting each ingredient come out on its own while maintaining a somewhat easygoing flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Like velvet which is surprising for the style. I was expecting a palate thrashing but it is quite pleasant. Between medium and full in body. Decently drinkable but a tad cloying because of the dry finish.

Final Thoughts: Perhaps I'm just in a good mood but I find myself thoroughly pleased with this one. I could compare it to many great DIPAs and American Strong Ales that have come before it, but that wouldn't make it any less unique. A job well done by Mendocino Brewing Company. I will seek out more of their offerings if they are on par with Talon Extra Select. Would I drink it again? Considering the modest price point ($5.99, not bad for a bomber these days…) I'm thinking yes.

JamesMN, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Edilsa
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%

Edilsa, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of fivetime
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

fivetime, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of pnihan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

pnihan, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

russpowell, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Dasmall2011
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%

Dasmall2011, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Nage37, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +11.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +11.4%

jakea, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Jeysun23
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Jeysun23, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Fantalek
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Fantalek, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Chris77McGrath, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of TequilaTom
4/5  rDev +11.4%

TequilaTom, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of rudedude985
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rudedude985, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

delta490, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

jeffjeff1, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of dippy
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

dippy, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Greywulfken, May 20, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A little different than what I am used as far as looks are concerned, most DIPAs have a slight haze to it this one is straight clear amber nothing too impressive here. Light bubbles on the body creating an over-sized off-white head in the beginning settling to just below a finger's length.

Smell: Strong hops, and very floral scent. Smells pretty good but the feel comes and goes.

Taste: Heavy hops, and pine. This brew is pretty bitter and evidently strong. It's easy to like but then again easy to hate. It leaves me in slight limbo because I like it but lacks some qualities which I think DIPAs should have. Lacks complexity, it's a very one dimensional beer.

Mouth: Very sticking, putting this glass down and pairing it with sharp cheddar the after floral feel just doesn't go away. Medium with a slight dry finish.

Overall: if you want to try to just to try it it won't hurt. Keep in mind it goes for roughly ten bucks a bottle and there's a lot better out there in that price range. Definitely could use some tweaking but still not a loss. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

barczar, May 27, 2013
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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.