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Falco | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of floaties and one finger of white head that leaves evil spiky landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells great. Lemon, orange and grapefruit zest, Thanksgiving dinner roll caramel malt, pine needles and further leafy, resiny hops.

Tastes of doughy, bready caramel malt, blood orange, pink grapefruit, mild lemon juice and more piney hops.

Feels light and frothy. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Rock solid IPA.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with a solid amount of white head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of it and has a nice head left as well.

S: Citra and pine, a lot of both of them. Almost has a little bit of a dirt smell to it as well, it's pretty nice!

T: Piney, with a slight spicyness to it as well has a little bit of an earthy taste to it. But also a fair amount citrus to it as well.

F: Fairly high carbination in this beer, and it has a fair amount of flavor as well.

O: A really good beer, defiantly a slamable beer , one you could have a few to many of on a patio.

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Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer features some serious lacing. That was the first thing that struck me. Hop notes are fairly assertive. Definitely a resinous IPA, some peach and grapefruit peel in the aroma and flavor. It's actually a little more sticky than I would have guessed given the ABV, in terms of malt mouthfeel. Malt aromas are not robust, that might have made it even more appealing.

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Photo of Davey-C
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from pint glass on 2/8/16. Poured from 16 oz can with marking of "32215" - this can't be date? I passed up this IPA two times based on this "date marking" in other stores before purchasing at third store (all three reputable stores) and it doesn't taste stale... Aroma: initial aroma of light spritzer, very refreshing light hop aromas of pine and citrus. Aroma develops to reveal tropical fruit - mango, papaya, and Mellon. No malt aroma. No yeast esters unless faint and combine with hop aroma which is dominant. Very light yeast bready note upon second pour. Appearance: good head retention with tall (1") white head that persists eventually leaving thin film. Moderately high carbonation. Fine lacing. Flavor: hop forward balance in flavor with just a hint of malt sweetness in initial palate. Hop flavors of hop resin dominate palate and blend into increasing bitterness (moderately high) in late palate.!yeast profile "clean" and characteristic of American ale strain. Finish is moderately dry with little residual sweetness in aftertaste with slight astringency. Mouthfeel: body is medium - full. Carbonation is medium - high. Light levels of alcohol warmth perceived. Low astringency in aftertaste. Overall: easy drinker for 7%! Very nice IPA, I will buy 4-pk again. Well balanced IPA that has a bitter kick, but not so much as to be in-enjoyable. Nice standard everyday IPA - i.e. Not to hoppy, not too sweet, not too over the top... The only change I would recommend would be to increase the hop aroma by increasing late hop additions, or increasing dry hopping.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can of Evil Twin's Falco IPA. date: 322/365 (Julian) Nov. 18th 2015.

Aroma: Big notes of pine, with an addition of tropical fruit, a mix of papaya, mango and guava. Clean malt.

Sight: An unfiltered, burnished orange body with a dense, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Very active effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Consistent lacing.

Taste: Pine not as obvious in the initial sip. Hints of tropical fruit carry over from the hop aroma. Malt presence is very clean and water-cracker like, some white bread dough. Ends with a bitter, hoppy snap.

Feel: Medium body, great, tiny prickles of carbonation. Dries out like a scorpion's shell in sandstorm on the finish. Crisp, refreshing. I'm a little surprised, but the pine is most notable in a slight aftertaste. It lingers.

Overall: All elements of this IPA work in harmony with each other, providing a balanced but certainly American IPA.

A: 4.5 S: 4.0 T: 4.5 F: 4.25 O: 4.25

Food pairing: fruit salad, "Hawaiian" pizza, jerk chicken

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Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruity, Piney, Biscuity, Dry

Bright, pale gold with a mountainous foam head, this IPA from Evil Twin is fruity, grassy, bready, zesty and earthy in the nose. It’s crisp and dry with an assertive hop profile that's fruity (orange, apple, melon, pear), piney, resinous and floral with an astringent bitterness. Sweet, biscuity malts provide ample balance though, while an aspirin-like chalkiness dries things up in the finish. Aggressive, but balanced, Falco is simply delicious.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #105 (October 2015).

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey yellow honey colour with a white head that disapates to a thin ring. Aroma tropical fruits, citrus, sweet. Taste follows the nose tropical, Lemmon and a hint of malt.

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Photo of pinyin
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served 39F from the can into a 14 ounce tulip glass.

Very nice clarity and lacing. Light orange dark yellow tint. Slight haze, excellent lacing and head. Really well executed and looks very appetizing in the glass.

The nose on this ale is kind of stale. Didn't check the canning date. Seems like the malts are little bit stale, and the dry hop or boil hops have faded. Very subdued for and Evil Twin product.

Taste wise again, the malts are sort of dated and dead as are the hops, and this just tastes like an outdated product. The canning date was March 2015, which, had I checked, before purchasing, I obviously would not have bought this stale product. A stale malt bomb with no hop presence. Sorry Evil Twin. I'll blame the second tier distributor in this instance.

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Photo of Savan
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy shade of yellow snow (its a good thing). A half inch of foamy head lingers a while. On the nose, the usual suspects of pine and citrus are subtle . Taste is average for the style, I am not noting anything that stands apart.. if it is your first American Pales, it is a good choice , If you have done the pale ale APA , IPA yodda yodda you will be un-impressed but not turned off. It has a definitive waxy oily feel about it

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Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz can. Pours clear gold with some very fine floaties and a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary bready malt with some funky fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready crystal malt with ripe fruit and a big grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, very sweet, sugary, under-attenuated and a bit worty with some fruit and grassy hops in the background.

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Photo of emount91
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a beautiful hazy orange/yellow color, head dissipates quickly into a thin layer. smell is very very mild but pleasant: clean crisp citrus is all I smell. taste is far different from smell, you do get that citrus taste, but it's more specific to just lemon. then a malty sweet backbone. a little disappointing compared to what the smell suggested. feel is pretty good, a little thick for an IPA, maybe better mouthfeel for a DIPA. decent beer coming from two roads factory, but probably wouldnt get again unless it was the best thing in the store (most likely never going to run into that scenario, though).

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a golden straw with the slightest haze and a finger of foamy white head leaving decent lacing. The aroma is extremely floral, with hibiscus and lavender. The taste is similarly floral, but the hops give it a nice balance. The bitterness builds. Medium mouth, and pretty crisp for an IPA. I'm a sucker for floral IPAs, and this one is pretty good.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Golden yellow in color with cloudy visibility. Pours a foamy two inch head.

aroma- Citrus hops, especially lemon.

taste- Once again the flavor is big on citrus hops with puckering lemon coming through. The malt is a very dry bread malt which helps provide a clean finish, but it also add to a strong lingering bitterness with the astringency of the lemon. As it warms up more malt sweetness shows up which rounds things out and reduces the dryness/bitterness.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very dry and clean.

overall- Very good ipa that has nice hop flavors from the falconers flight and a dry malt backbone to showcase the hops. Definitely better once it gets to 50 degrees as the malt sweetness cut through the bitter combo of dry malt and lemon hops.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow golden color with white head. Plenty of citrus and pine on the nose, nicely combined; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied and straight forward. Finishes the same way it starts. Easy drinking, and tasty.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought it had a good mouthfeel, there's some dankness and resin flavor, however there's not enough hop flavor, maybe its me but I think I had this beer after it has lost some of its hop flavor

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw, a little dense/opaque, head is mixture of bubble sizes and presents 1/2 inch thick, nice lacing.

Smell is very nice blend of citrus and lighter pine/earthy hops, not overpowering and slightly subdued but enticing for the flavor to come...

Taste is more pronounced flavors of the aroma and very good: nice hop bitterness, simple clean malt bill that allows the hops to shine through; malt is light toast, no caramel; hops are a little more bitter pine and earth, with a very pronounced lemon quality amongst the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, and very pleasant lasting flavor and presence, the simple malt components keep it away from cloying flavors and the bitterness remains fresh and enticing.

Overall, this is a very good and delicious IPA, i'm a sucker for the lighter cleaner IPAs and this one is good, but it is a little dense looking.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer has a great hops and pine aroma. Falco is a crystal clear yellow with a large white head. The flavor matches the smell. A real good IPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden with a little haze, lots of carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish head.

Pine, orange peel, fruity, spicy, resinous.

Pine, orange peel, pears, melon, big bitter hop finish. Well hidden alcohol.

Light feeling for the high ABV. Good carbonation, dry crisp finish.

Got at Beer Lab in Chiang Mai, drank there this evening (Sept 13, 2015) with my friend David. Really smooth and dry brew, hides the ABV. Well done.

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Photo of ABhatia
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the beer was awesome! had the can..The hoppiness was excellent and perfectly balanced. Nice floral/citra smell..much better than I expected. enjoyed till the last sip

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Photo of Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with two fingers of white long lasting head and good amount of lace.
Smell is earthy pine and a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste is pretty pine resin bitter. The fruit tastes arrive a few seconds later. The bready malts are there but unable to reign in the pine notes.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with just right carbonation. Finish dry and bitter.
Overall a good example of the American IPA style. Pretty easy drinking beer and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Golden glow, slightly hazy, and a nice tiny bubble head that receded.

Smell - Very floral with a little pine and citrus fruit. Also some malty sweetness.

Taste - Much like the smell. Floral and lightly piney with lemon and grapefruit.

Feel - Moderately carbonated and fairly bitter.

Overall- thirst quencher, a nice Summer IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around for a while then settles to a solid layer and laces beautifully.

S: Citrus, lemon, floral, a little pine, earthy kinda herbal notes, a little spice, light malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Citrus, lemon dominates with hints tangerine and grapefruit, floral, pine, light spice, earthy herbal notes, light crackery malt, and a little sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Refreshing, solid tasty beverage.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour is golden and opaque - i can't see through the glass at all.

smell is grapefruit and tangerine. i wouldn't have come up with that other fruit on my own, but seeing it in some of the other comments made that connection for me. might be because i haven't had a tangerine in roughly 2 years, but this beer reminds me of what i think a tangerine smelled like.

taste definitely has a bit of pine to it. i've got tangerine stuck in my head now, but there's also some nice evergreen to it.

mouthfeel is dry and the bitterness doesn't really stick around. pretty effervescent without being foamy.

i think i like this more than i should because no one's said "it tastes like mango!". it's comfortable, it's familiar, and it's more like what i want an ipa to taste like, even if i don't think this on my top 12 list (because i wouldn't actually make a list of the dozen best ipa's out there anyway).

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Photo of pagriley
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (best before yesterday... oh well)

L - Hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head
S - Grapefruit and a hint of orange zest
T - Slightly dank with orange peel and pine. edgy bitterness on the finish
M - lighter bodied, but with fine soft carb. Quaffable.

Overall a very solid offering. It is a bit old (no idea when canned) and held up well. Would try again if I saw fresh

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Photo of jimdalton
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy straw gold with prominent 1/2 inch head.

Smell: Citrus aroma, a combination of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine.

Taste: Prominent citrus hops up front with light effervescence throughout fading to an earthy ending. Hardly any malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth front with a hoppy kick. Light carbonation with a light finish

Overall: Falco is wonderful example of an American IPA. It brings a complex balance of citrus and pine hops while maintaining a light, wonderful mouthfeel. If you are looking for a hoppy, citrus, high gravity adventure, be sure to seek out Evil Twin’s Falco.

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.