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Falco IPA - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 749
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 22
Gots: 129 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap the famed three penny taproom in Montpelier Vermont. the pour on this is a light honey hazy orange color, with a whole lot of lasting white head as thick as whipped cream. I smell an ipa, but there is something distinctly floral to it, fresh and bright, and I find myself drawn to it like a bee, instinctively. its bright and summery, but without sacrificing the necessary bitterness for the style. the grain bill is simple and straightforward, medium bodied, a little bland, but leaving plenty of room for the interesting hops to rock and roll. fine carbonation has soda like force, but it sits well in my stomach, and hardly feels like 7% abv as I session this. perfect pairing with a rare cheeseburger and pungent arugula salad. evil twin beers are getting easier to find, which is great news, because I am yet to find one I don't love. falco is a treat, distinct in a crowded genre. (893 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 Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a soapy white head on top. The retention on this is really quite good as well as the lacing, it's a really nice looking beer. The smell of the is zesty with some hoppy citrus aromas on the nose. The taste is refreshing and floral, citrusy and crisp. The mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Overall I think this a is a really damn good IPA. I may be picking up more of this. (423 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (643 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 Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is light golden with thick haze and white cap which has tons of lace with very good retention. The smell is very tropical lots of mango and pineapple with a slight peachy floral odor. The feel is very herbal dank and slightly fruity citrus with mild malt and medium carbonation with semi dry finish with resinous accent.

The taste has a mix of tropical fruit and grassy hop flavor with a mild juicy and slight malt body in the middle with light spice tinge and somewhat dank hop element which blends well with the yeast in the taste. Overall this is a pretty great IPA, lots of hop flavor in the raw, not overly bitter and the hop flavor is dominant as it should be for the style. I would drink this again, thanks Tim for sharing! (817 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (610 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 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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,410 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a two finger tall medium sized cap in the center of the beer with a thick film surrounding it and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops (specifically I detect grapefruit, orange, and lemon) over some light pale and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and biscuit malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, and citrus/lemon hops in descending order of strength. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - very enjoyable and one I would gladly have multiple of in a session. I thought the hop flavors and aromas were excellent and this is a real nice beer. (1,174 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First things first, I love that the Falcon on the label is made out of only triangles. Awesome.

Pours a white head. Color is a vibrant orange hued gold. Some floaties in the beer which I find odd for an ipa.

Flavor profile: Some mango up front and grapefruit in the finish, but other than that this beer is all hops. Floral and pine hops. Very clean hops though. Not sticky or weedy. Some bready malts to balance things out just a hair.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but fairly clean ending. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable ipa, that is on the verge of tasting like a double. It isn't that fruity, but it is clean. Maybe a bit high on the price, however. (687 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 Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly simple IPA, but nicely made and perfect for summer drinking here in the South. Pours a pale straw color with a scant head that sticks around. Quite bitter with some earthy, herbal hops with just a hint of citrus, and a fairly light body that drinks a like a hopped witbier (without the orange but somewhat suggestive of coriander). Goes down easy, but that herbal bitterness really lingers and makes it interesting. Very dry and quite pleasant. (453 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy, shiny golden, with floating bits and a small white head that lingers.
Smells nice, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, papaya, mango, faint floral notes, so pretty decent on the hop side. Add some caramel and biscuity malts, and it might trick you into thinking this is very sweet.
The first seconds after sipping it might also do that. Fruit jam, especially orange and peach, pineapple syrup. Green bitter hops "counterattack", with lots of pine, hop resin, bitter grass, very "dank". Pale malt backbone, a tiny bit biscuity. Aftertaste doesn't suffer from the big bitter flash, that leaves quite some fruitiness along with all the big green notes.
Medium body and carbonation, well hidden alcohol.
Felt like a great by-the-book American IPA, very strong with the hops but also not overpowering, tasty. (811 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Lovely clear, crisp yellow body, with a fairly fine and voluminous head of pure white that stays snowy and powdery atop the glass. Body has a little heft to it, and holds lovely fine carbonation when tilted. Lacing is a bit patchy, but otherwise, it's a really damn good looking beer.

Nose is also good. Slightly muted hop presence, with a pleasantly broad citrus quality mingled with a tangle of earthy characters and a little grainy but neutral malt. Still, it's mostly just pleasantly clean and bright, which is not bad thing, and matches the appearance nicely.

Taste is also decent, with a clean bitterness through the centre, supported by a very light malt character that lends a mild sweetness: almost the minimum requirement. Slight musky characters on the back and slight earthy hints in the finish dry it out slightly, but provide a little more hop complexity as well. Feel is excellent, clean and crisp while supporting the flavours.

Overall, this is an extremely drinkable and very, very well crafted brew. There's such a lightness to it to make it so clean and crisp, but also a lovely cached complexity. Very good stuff. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, hops, slight pale malt, slight herbal, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of herbal, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and aroma. (429 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (747 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light blonde with a two-finger head that went as soon as it came. Pale for pale's sake.

Crisp and a mix of citrus/pine in nose. I just realized that EvilTwin is brewed in CT. I had always thought that it was from Norway or Denmark since it's always grouped in with those beers at the packy.

Very pilsner-like both in hop and malt profile. Could also be a hoppier kolsch. Either way, the light body helps the hops shine out better.

Finishes clean with a great hop bite and buttery finish.

This can't be an IPA, unless it's a variation that uses pilsner malt. Regardless of what it uses, it tastes great and is worth purchasing! (643 characters)

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Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.