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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

94 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-25-2012

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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 CragWizard
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Joebraggot
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of myuncle
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jesus808
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of stanowsf
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dippy
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JackDempsy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of whiteysacto
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Jeysun23
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of b-one
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of somelikehops
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.