Falco IPA - Evil Twin Brewing

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Falco IPAFalco IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

695 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 18
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tone on 05-08-2013

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/16/13.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemon yellow color with just a great looking firm one finger head just doesn't dissapate,not a fan of the color but a big fan of the pillow-like head.Big citrusy hops jump out in the nose along with some pine underneath,not much malt presence except for mild toastiness.If you like grapefruit and bitterness this your kinda ipa,I love it,intesnse grapefruit juice flavors and some stickiness to go along with some lighter pine resin,again just a faint drier malt presence.I haven't had an in your face sharp hop bomb in awhile and for me this fits the bill.Excellent...in my opinion.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy gold, big 2” pure white rocky foam collar that produces ledges of lace.
S: some earthy notes on the nose, citrus, light grass.
T: Some light biscuit. Initial palate has some sweet fruit and then by mid-palate it balances with the hop and it simultaneously dries out and becomes juicy.
F: Very creamy, bone dry and fairly light body for an IPA. Carbonation is very soft, moderately low
O: Refreshing, drinkable, well rounded and well balanced. The level of bitterness is similar to what you would find in a gin and tonic.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A floral and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with some hints of grass and pine. Soft pale malt hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Also some honey like sweet hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a juicy and floral hop driven taste with nice notes of citrus and grassy hops. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. Floral hop notes along with some earthy notes of grass and pine. Soft bready malt notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast as well as a little honey sweetness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an IPA. Good earthy and citrus hop flavors with a clean smooth body.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one . . . Decent aromas, nice feel and tasty piney, grassy flavors with a floral finish.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/??/14, poured into tulip; foggy-clear light gold in color with a solid white head that descends leaving nice slick lacing.
Smell is a bit weak but is very good and interesting. Pine and citrus, with lesser notes of sweet fruit, like peach and others. An interesting twist on the usual.
Taste follows nose very well. Big wallop of citrus and pine that suddenly then moves into soft, sweet flavors of tangerine and peach as it fades, leaving some bittersweet lingering flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-light and slick.
Overall, this is a very tasty IPA with a unique flavor. Definitely one of the better light-colored Evil Twin beers I've had so far.

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. The label marketing spiel seems to indicate that this is brewed in Stratford, Connecticut. WTF? Still July 4th, I admit that, but this is still a potentially slavish ode to the land in question, so, um, there?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, silken foamy, bone-white head, which leaves some nicely thorough, if not exactly consistent webbed lace around the glass as things quite slowly sink away.

It smells of musty grapefruit and orange hops, some further pine resin astringency, mild lemon cleanser notes, and pale grainy, somewhat crackery malt. The taste is astringent orange and grapefruit rind, a bit of further lemon tartness, understated pale grainy malt, some slightly aggressive pine essence, and further leafy, floral, and faintly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty sublimated, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a twinge from any of those overly effusive hops. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel-tinged malt and fruit-heavy hops reigning heavy over the bitter, edgy components of the same.

A decent enough emulation of the real deal, McCoy, whatever - the hops are adequate, to be sure, but not really up there in yo face (sorry) to qualify for inclusion into the rarefied aura of American IPA lore. Good, sure, but with a obvious lacking in crispness and overt bitterness. Dem's the breaks, I guess.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tangerine orange beer, white head, tons of sheety lace. Aroma is grassy, citrus and floral. Dripping with dankness.... Taste is briskly hoppy and strongly bitter. A lot of pine, grass, earth, citrus rind, a prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat resiny. A pretty good IPA but could use a little more hops in the flavor department rather than the bitter. Otherwise it's pretty well balanced.

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazed effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Grassyness & grapefruit, floral hops, pineapple & bready notes, plus tobacco notes & a little pine

T: Follows the nose, a touch of pear as well up front. Intense grapefruit, orange peel, pears, & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with earthy hops, pineyness & orange peel bitter, a whisper of caramel & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, good effort from these guys. Slightly over-priced, but well worth a go. This vastly exceeded my expectations

Photo of KYGunner
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Advertised as an IPA there was little to give that way as the hop profile was weak and the grainy malt backbone seemed more prevalent. It started with a light straw yellow color. The nose was a bit bitter, a touch herbal but a cereal graininess really came through. The flavor followed suit with very light hoppiness and a near Pilsner maltiness. What was stellar was the feel because at 7 pct ABV this drinks so easy, smooth and sessionable. Tell me this is a stock Pale Ale or even a Pilsner and it scores higher but tell me it's an IPA and it falls short.

Photo of jellikit
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear. More yellow than orange. Medium, super foamy head.

S: Citrus. Mango. Floral.

T: Piney. And...piney.

M: medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

O: in your face bitterness. I like it, but am not sure if I can have more than one. Like chewing on a fresh dank hop cone. Great beer if you like 1,000 IBU's

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Bot. 4/19/13. Consumed 9/30/13.

A: Peach orange coloring shows a heavy turbid nature and heavy showering of carbonation. A 2 inch parchment toned foamy head is strong in show as well the thick, spongy coating remaining for lace.

S: Pear-mango and fresh lemon. Pale grain sweetness, hint of grassiness, spicy golden hops, bright with a good awareness level. Hint of orange.

T: Grassy orange, flowery hops, good rate of bitterness with no noticeable slow down during the 5 month incubation. Pale dry grains, flowery coating with a touch of sour fruit.

M: Crisp carbonation, alkaline like feel, flowery coating with a light-medium body. Medium bitterness on the tongue.

O: Overall bright, orange-citrus flowery hops, still healthy and strong even after 5 months in the bottle. Solid good.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows piny, resinous hops along with some spicy notes. Also some very clean malt underneath.
Very clean flavours too, a little malt amongst the powerful piny, resinous and grapefruit-like hops. Finishes with a powerful, sharp bitterness.
Great moderate carbonation.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange, with a half inch head, and some, but not much, lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, and pineapple.

The taste is similar. Really fresh and refreshing hoppy taste here. Not much malt to speak of, lots of juicy fruit flavors, and some nice, subtle, but lingering bitterness. The fruit flavors I'm getting from the hops are mostly orange and lemon.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Was surprised, this one tasted really fresh and nice.

Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Glowing hazy yellow topped by a thin, soapy head which deposits straggly lace on the glass. Pale citrus, slight herbal, and grassy hop aromas. Flavors of bitter citrus hops, solid underlying grain, and pine...snappy and refreshing. Tingly carbonation, medium-light, drying, and highly chuggable for 7%. Pretty bitter, bright, and hoppy making for a nice, quenching beverage.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and lacing. A pleasant, but somewhat subdued aroma of pineapple and citrus juice andmildly floral citrus hops. Flavor is hops forward with citrus and piney hops, grapefruit and lemon juice and rind, light sweet malt. Long citrus hops bitterness in the finish. Light to medium bodied. A good presentation of citrus hop flavors, but the malt is kind of nondescript. Definitely worth trying for the excellent citrus hops.

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- Nice blend of pine/citrus with the earthiness actually pretty toned down for an Evil Twin IPA.

T- Assertively bitter with some trailing fruitiness from the hops. The bitterness lingers good and long without letting up much. This is a good thing though since the hop flavors are pronounced enough to not make it a full-on alpha acid bomb. Smooth for the ABV. There is a faint metallic bite due to the extreme bitterness but is easily overlooked.

M- Again, bitey and sharp with not much restraint but nice all the same. Medium carbonation and a lighter body.

O- Quite satisfied from this Evil Twin offering. It is on that borderline of being too bitter but walks the line well.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit and orange zest stand out in particular—dominate the taste and also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The citrusy flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This IPA was quite enjoyable and packed in a lot of flavors of grapefruit hops.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow colour. Plentiful fruit notes of marmalade on the nose, with a blast of sweet malt, as well. Taste offers lots of citrusy fruit, as well, with balanced malt sweetness to stand up to the long, bitter finish.

Photo of JoeBloe
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a heavy straw color into a tulip glass and put up a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and lacing - fresh grassy aroma - snappy and crisp on the tongue with light citrus and a bitter hop finish - crisp and clean mouthfeel - a satisfying and refreshing IPA - cheers!

Photo of JonAdams
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd not seen this one until tonight's visit to The Ginger Man. Beers here vary by the day sometimes! According to the barkeep, they just got it in yesterday.
Evil Twin Falco IPA is an excellent, well rounded beer. Faint haze when held to the light, strong citrus and especially grapefruit and just a tang of pine resin, very nice. Not quite like my memories of chewing on that #2 cedar pencil when I was a kid, but made me smile nonetheless.
Fruity-ish but bitter all the way though. Excellent nose. Effervescent but not overly carbonated. Continue to emit streams of bubbles even after several minutes.
Lacy white head, slowly diminishes but still hanging around after 5 minutes of drinking.
Will have to make a trip to Connecticut - didn't know that there was such an excellent beer! Kudos!

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12fl oz
A: golden honey; opaque
S: full and intense; pine, hay, grapefruit. Very little maltiness. Not overly complex.
T: not much at the start but then builds to a full, rich nicely balanced flavour (little maltiness) with a grapefruit pith bitterness.Interesting that the bitterness is really only noticed at the end.
M: very full bodied
O: Without that line of bitterness from the beginning and the soft full-bodied taste I think this would be best on its own instead of with food. A pretty mellow IPA.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Vibrant, clear straw-gold with 1/2" head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention looks OK, lacing surprisingly impressive.

S: Lots of citrus. It seems to me like a twofold attack, big grapefruit makes up the bitter aspect, with tangerine notes acting as a sweeter counterpoint. Smells juicy.

T: Very similar to the nose with less of the sweet component. Mostly grapefruit & dry hoppy bitterness. Kind of a one-sided, one-note palate on this brew, with little depth, complexity or even a discernable malt character. Disappointed.

M: Moderately carbed, medium-bodied & very dry. Easy going down.

O: In a word, I'd call this IPA primitive. The palate is mostly brute force bitterness, which is done well here, just doesn't speak to me.

Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops,
I'm movin' to the country, gonna drink me a lot of hops,
Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops,
Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops.
Hops come, in a can,
They were put there by a man,
In a factory downtown.
And if I had my little way, I'd drink hops everyday,
Some suckin' bitterness in the shade.

Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/12/14: Pours hazy yellow gold color with a ton of chunks swirling around in the beer that lead up to a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of small bubbles and faded slowly leaving really good foamy lacing and rings as it went down and a layer on top. For a 12 oz bottle, this sure had a ton of yeast for an IPA.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, piney hops, grapefruit, malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, and faint spices. After the citrus fruit and citrus hop notes subside there are whiffs of biscuit, caramel and perfume or potpourri that resemble spices.

Tastes of bitter grapefruit pith, lemon, orange peel, citrus hops, piney hops, toasted grains, coriander, biscuit, spices like pepper or very dry tea, light caramel, dry grass and earthy notes. Almost seems dry hopped or like a dry leaf was used to stir the brew as the hops burst gives way to dry grainy flavors that seem more like a dry cracker or yeast.

Mouthfeel is average to smooth, with average carbonation, a medium almost chewy body and a very bitter grapefruit-like finish that is near dry and leaves grainy biscuit traces.

Overall it was a good IPA, and a little different from your standard IPA flavor since the grainy flavor and bitterness were amped up, but a little bit of a let-down since my expectations for all Evil Twin beers is that they will be great.

Photo of KristineT
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The Falco is a golden straw color and very clear. Served in a 12 oz. tulip glass.
Aromas of pleasant C hops.
Taste - citrus and pine, with a definite hop flavor and not malty. Just how I prefer my IPA's.
Mouthfeel - Great level of carbonation. Pleasant, but not so much as to make me burp like a trucker!
Overall I really enjoyed this beer and took my time to drink it on a nice summer night.

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Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.