Falco IPA - Evil Twin Brewing

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Falco IPAFalco IPA

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88
very good

91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 713
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Tone on 05-08-2013

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Photo of leantom
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, it was good but I probably won't be getting it again. Here goes:

A: Good. Very cloudy orange-yellow. However, the beer is very effervescent and it produces a large head with moderate lacing. Head dissipates rather quickly, though.

S: Lots of citrus and grass. Also a very noticeable earthy scent. I typically like my beers either tropical, floral or piney without too much earth. However, the beer is still good smell-wise.

T: Very citrusy and earthy. Lots of vegetable soil to go along with the lemons and tangerines.

F: Great. Almost perfect. Very frothy.

O: A solid beer but it really wasn't my cup-of-tea. (634 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 16315 (June 15th, 2015 - roughly a month old)

Look: An unassumingly pale beer, but with a lovely frothy white head
Smell: Citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, lemon .
Taste: Follows the nose, with no flavor dominating. Relatively complex with a deliciously dry grapefruit pith aftertaste
Feel: I've been on a flaked oats IPA kick (mmmm, chewy), but this light-medium bodied/carbonated ale goes down easy and hides its alcohol well. 7% 16oz is definitely a sweet spot for me
Overall: I'm happy to see Evil Twin/Two Roads moving this into 16oz cans at a better price. Here in CT it's going for $10.99, which is several dollars cheaper than its 12oz bottle counterpart went for.

I'd definitely recommend picking up a 4pk of this if you see it. Besides being a delicious and refreshing beer, it's a great example of Falconer's Flight hops. (843 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/21/15 notes. Had a 16 oz. can in a pint glass at Blue Ribbon Bakery down on Downing Street in NYC.

Pretty good, light and refreshing. Nice citrus to it and easy to drink. (179 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a big can of this at the LBS. I didn't have unrealistic expectations with the rating. Pours a nice, big white head. Bitter grapefruit aroma on the nose which follows upon tasting. Pretty effervescent mouthfeel. If you like dry IPA's which lean toward the bitter side then you'll like this. Pretty straightforward grapefruit flavor throughout with a bitter citrus-peel finish. I would personally like this to be a little more balanced with the sweetness. I probably would not revisit this one, but like I said, if dry/bitter is your thing then you'll like it. (568 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (342 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/15/15. Awesome colors and design on the can.

Appearance: Opaque glowing wheat bale color. One finger of dissipating off-white foam.

Aroma: Dark piney/earthy bitterness and a bit of spice.

Taste: Lots of piney/earthy bitterness up front that carries through to the bitter end. Although the hop character favors the bitter/earthy side in this one, some fruity/juicier notes make their way up out of the swirling bitterness and onto the palate. The malt is almost nonexistent as far as flavor is concerned but must be present because the beer is never overly bitter. Nice fruity/earthy finish with a lingering aftertaste of straight bitterness and a bit of hop resin. About where I'd expect the flavor to be for 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with average carbonation for the style and a smooth feel despite the bitterness.

Final Thoughts: Although I went in expecting a citrus bomb I was surprised and impressed with this well-executed bitter/earthy IPA. While the trend recently has been more about hop flavor rather than hop bitterness, IPAs like Falco remind me that true satisfaction comes from a healthy dose of IBUs. Would I drink it again? Sure, I'm really starting to dig Evil Twin. (1,216 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled way back in early October 2014. Not expecting much.

a: Clear gold with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing. Last pour clouded things up and put on a fairly perisitent hefty head.

s: Moderate grapefruit. Nice.

t: Grapefruit up front with moderate- plus lingering bitterness. Becomes more pine resiny later.

m: Moderate, very good body, heavy carbonation tingle.

o: Could pass for a DIPA, and a very good one. If this was more competitively priced it could easily become one of my go-to choices for hoppy drinking fun. Will definitely be looking for fresh Falco. (619 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of biggie25
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Keeping it simple just try it a great beer and if you live in Chicago you can get this at the chicago beer temple great place to get all your beer and one more thing this beer cost $8.99 for a 4pack tall boy cans yes this mean we can all afford evil twin beer now:) (267 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Greenish hued gold for the color. A bit of a chill haze. Moderate head but it leaves several large spots on the glass.

More earthy nose than most IPAs. I detect some cream as well. What is missing, though, is a strong floral hop presence. Rather pedestrian for the style.

The flavor is beautifully balanced, especially for the style. Here, the hop is more pronounced, but the malt base is solid. The aftertaste is neutrally bitter but not biting. The aftertaste is long lasting and more balanced than most IPAs. Highly carbonated, but with an average level of body. Overall, an easy-to-drink IPA with interesting notes throughout the tasting. (654 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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??? (559 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from the bottle into an IPA appropriate glass. Frothy white head that lasted thru out the consumption of the beer, with excellent lacing. The body is a cloudy, golden color. Enticing but mild piney aroma, this brew clocks in at 7% abv. The first sip yields wonderful grapefruit and pineapple flavors, followed by a modest amount of bitterness. Deeelicious! (362 characters)

Photo of wwwyzzerdd86
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Really nice. Mosaic hops to finish?

Pours pale gold, slight haze and small particulate. Hop material? Aroma is juicy pale malts, very fruity, some currant/cat pee, but not like Victory Mosaic Promise, which comes across as very catty. Good dose of citrus bouquet, not cry good, but time may have taken a toll, bottling mark is 227:14 09:04 Soft carbonation quick, simple sweetness at first, sweetness turns to supple malt character, cookie like, was this beer decocted? medium light body, velvety. medium finish, spice of hops remains on the tongue and out breath.

I'd defiantly drink a couple... (613 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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... (716 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a pilsener, with a slightly hazy golden color and a frothy egg white head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Grassy and lemony, with a hint of cracker malt

Taste: The cracker malt shows up first in the flavor parade, with the grassy/lemony flavors showing up in short order; sugar dusted grapefruit builds, after the swallow, and the finish is clean, bright and somewhat bitter; the sugar lingers in the aftertaste, with other fruit flavors such as melon and passion fruit appearing

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, with as many attributes of a pilsener as there are of an IPA (660 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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; (447 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

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. (429 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Evil Twin : Falco

Pours a pale golden color with a short lived white head.
Aroma of grainy pale malts and citrusy, piney hops.
In the taste, pine and citrus residue, hop oils, dusty malt, grass. Solid bitterness and good bright citrus flavor from the hops.
Medium bodied, well carbed beer with a bit of a chalky finish but it works here.
Overall, a nice quality ipa (367 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,363 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a thin layer of lace on top

S-pale malts, citrus, grapefruit, light fruity sweetness

T-pale bready backbone with citrus and grapefruit and a bitter finish with each sip

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall a very decent IPA, easy to drink, but nothing extraordinary (360 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (348 characters)

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Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.