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Talon Double IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
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 metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a hazy, orange color with amber highlights. It had a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled of caramel, toffee, pine and floral notes.

T - Good roasted malt flavor and piney bitterness, but to much sweetness and booziness.

M - Crisp but also a little sticky sweetness. A medium to full bodied mess.

O - A little too hot for my taste. Seems a little unbalanced.

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a clear caramel color with three fingers of dense and heavy off-white head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a network of sticky clinging lace.
S: Huge fresh notes of citrus rind and pineapple hops with undertones of sugary malt. Leafy, citrusy and fresh.
T: Follows the nose with tons of citrus, a splash of pine, and a good dose of sugary caramel and candied fruit. Finish is sweet and almost syrupy, and the aftertaste is bitter and slightly warming.
M: Medium-full body, heavy, viscous mouthfeel, slick and warming with boozy alcohol.
O: A heavy hitter of a dipa. Unfortunately the double digit alcohol shows its presence and this beer is a bit rough as it warms. Good but too many better on the market.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%

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%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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