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Falco - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 773
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 25
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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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 danieelol
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smell is creamy- creme brulee, melons. Honey, honeydew, toffee apple. Quite a bit of ethanol which is disappointing for a beer of only 7% ABV. Little bit of plastic.

Taste is more melons- quite strong, chemical bitterness, iso-hop-py.

Mouthfeel simply has too much chemical bitterness.

Not a good beer. Limited hop aromatics, too much ethanol, too much raw unpleasant hopping on the palate.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a growler of this last weekend. Good, but maybe not their best. Color was a yellow-ish copper. Some head, but not a ton of carbonation, easy mouthfeel for an IPA. The taste was pretty mild for an IPA. Some hops and slight citrus flavor, again, not strong. Floral aroma. All in all a slightly above average IPA, just not super flavorful.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow into my DFH glass. A thick and fluffy three finger head floats like a cloud atop this honeyed nectar. The foam gently fades and leaves a nice bit of lacing dripping all over the glass.
Yellow grapefruit, bitter orange pith, lemon peel with a slight sugar sweetness as it warms. Not very complex in the nose. Citrus, citrus and more bitter citrus and pine. Little notes of wet hay as it comes to temp.
Grapefruit juice, lemon zest, pine needles, crumbley biscuits, and orange pith. Has a touch of sweetness and graininess that blends well with the intense pine and citrus punch. Nothing breaking any new ground here. A decent drinking IPA.
The citrus strips your mouth pretty good. Lots of Florida citrus, New England pine, and just a touch of sweet grain. It drinks O.K., but I tend to expect more from Evil Twin.
Not something I'll be seeking out often as I can get much better IPA's for the same price or cheaper. Decent at best. No complexity, just bitter citrus. Average at best especially for $10.99/4-pack.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/10/14.

Pours a hazy honey yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid fruit forward hop aromas and flavors that get better as the beer warms up.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

A: murky; a lot of suspended sediment; an odd orangish yellow; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to an uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: muted, but piney hops and nondescript tropical fruit;

T: earthy hops up front; pine and bitterness kick in at mid-palate and last through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; interesting; the appearance made me nervous, but the aroma was better and the taste was even better;

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty average AIPA. Some bitterness but does not have the depth of flavor of a really good AIPA.

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a fairly big slightly off white head. Some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is faint, some bitterness but not much in the way of definition.

Taste includes some citrus hops and fairly average bitterness. Not much complexity.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and rich. Just about average for an AIPA.

Overall pleasant but very average. There are a lot better AIPAs out there.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden yellow, with frothy one indy white head.

Wheat, onion, lime, resin, and grapefruit form the aroma.

Flavor is light initially, then bitter, dry, and resiny at the finish. Earthy hops dominate, with underpinnings of lemon and peppery notes adding complexity.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side.

Odd ipa, for sure. Extremely light malt base allows the hops to shine. Unfortunately, too bitter for my liking, and the flavoring hops are not my faves.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Little old, so bear that in mind...bottled 4/10 (just north of 4 months), gifted from a friend's father who loves this beer.

Poured murky straw yellow w big foamy that leaves chunky lace.
Nose is resinous hoppy grapefruit.
Taste matches the nose but turns up bitterness a notch. Body is a bit thin. The hops have likely faded a bit based on other reviews. Nice IPA but not earth shattering. On the resinous side of the spectrum.

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Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip
Bottle marked "276:14 10:07"

A – Pale bright golden yellow. Head is bright white and quite thin, but leaves behind great lacing.

S – Quite muted, notes of yeast and subtle hops.

T – Crisp, clean, bitter hops. Lemon, citrus, pine needle.

M – Smooth, crisp and clean, really great here.

O – Overall stellar, very nice, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of chogm54
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle

L - orange/brown, generally clear with very fine suspended particles, pours an off-white 1cm frothy head

S - freshly cut grass, tart fruits (grapefruit), and some stone fruit (apricot)

T - sweet malts, some honey, very fruity mid way through (passionfruit, apricots). Moderate bitterness towards the finish, fairly clean.

M - chewy in the middle, dry finish, well carbonated, alcohol is relatively muted.

O - reasonable, bitterness isn't the strongest for an american IPA, but nice enough. Why do scandanavian beers cost so much though???

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Photo of chugalug06
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely light orange-yellow brew with clouded clarity. Head is voluminous and fluffy white with nice lacing left behind.

Grassy, earthy, dirty, light, no pine or cat pee. Light.

Very relaxed IPA flavors. Light and easy drinker. Very nice and smooth. Good backend bitterness too, sweetness is nowhere to be found. Dry, earthy, lots of lemon grass, bready, crisp, dank, but not overly. Carbonation is high and well represented. Good bite.

A kickin' brew, highly recommended @ $3/12oz. Should be considered a try. It's not the best I've had from EvilTwin, but it's still nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into bottle 17/7/13

A hazy pale yellow glows with lots of suspended particles, just a finger of foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving a few patches of lace

S floral hops, pineapple and dry cereal and a faint spicy notes, not bad but fairly straightforward

T orange rind's strong as is pine resin and I didn't get much of either on the nose, maybe some guava juice and tangerine to go with the pineapple

M medium bodied and just on the creamy side of foam, very gritty and lots of lemon rind lingering on the finish

O simple but enjoyable, the 7% is well hidden but nothings there to set it apart form all the others

good but nothing memorable and I can think of better IPA's on the shelf here for less money

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thin head leaving lots of laces.
Fruity citric aroma.
Balanced taste of floral and fruity hops and malt sweetness. Hints of resin and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Different IPA, it seemed to have used some Sorachi type of hops or alike, making it even more refreshing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Dunno why, but I'm getting a strange feeling of Starfox deja-vu... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, grapefruit zest, and a bit of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, though the mandarin oranges come across more like straight-up orange juice now (or even Sunny D), and there's a distinct vein of bitter lemongrass running through the finish. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, despite the fact that I have no idea how old this IPA is, it's pretty tasty. Now I'm gonna keep on having to try Evil Twin's other beers...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, goldenrod coloring with a low profile, filmy, bright white head that clings all over the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, lemon, pine tassels, and floral and spice highlights. Very mild but full nose, very inviting and balanced. Flavors are toasted and bitter forward, with a green feel all around. Piney notes, grass, and peppery spices, with a biscuit backbone and a lemony highlight. You get a solid, woodsy feel the entire time you drink this beer, but the citrus notes highlight it very well, keeping it light and crisp. The body helps accentuate that characteristic, as well, remaining light and smooth. Piney and citrusy aftertaste, with a sharp, tart, and slightly drying finish. Solid, refreshing brew.

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.