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
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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 jm6367
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Mmmm yea!

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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;

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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 ksimons
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

A-orange amber color with a now white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, bready malt, light floral, pine

T-grapefruit, melon, mango, pine, bread dough, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, fairly easy drinking, but a little on the expensive side

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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 Omnium
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clouded straw yellow with a finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Big pine and citrus, nice bready malt base, a little grass, some apricot.
T - By-the-numbers IPA, but still good, citrus bite, pine earthiness, bread malt, light hints of peach and apricot, a little pepper.
M - Extremely drinkable, especially for 7%, goes down mega easy.
O - This is a good beer for what it is, a decent American IPA, good flavor. While there's better out there, its kinda dangerous because you cant even remotely feel the 7% until after its all gone.

Photo of snowmageddon
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light yellow with cloudy sediment. The head has light lacing, and it recedes quickly.

S: citrus (grapefruit mostly, or mango, even) and some pine. The piney aromatics of the hops are spicy or resiny pine scents.

T: what starts as a grapefruit, citrus taste gives way fairly quickly to a bitter and spicy piney hop finish.

M: medium body, with a moderate carbonation to it. The finish is on the dry side.

O: a well constructed IPA, and a refreshing drink for a hot day.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Head forms nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity. Aromas of orange, peach, straw, and pine.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Big amount of sweet citrus upfront - orange and peach - followed by piney floral hops. Finish has a nice amount of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This was a pleasant suprise. Nice mix of fruit and pine. Very easy drinking IPA.

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 SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/06/14 and poured 6/03/14. This beer is just about at my threshold for an IPA's age. $2.99 single.

Appearance: Hazy light amber color with about three fingers of basically white, soapy head that stays awhile. Some patchy lacing. Pretty nice.

Smell: Safe bet that this is a little past its prime. The first thing I notice is a sweet and slightly fruity from the hops malt aroma. Falco has a pretty significant, what I'd say, orange and peach marmalade sort of aroma over more traditional IPA smells such as pine, herbs, or tropical fruit. I'd really like to smell it fresh.

Taste/feel: Moderate feel all around with a solid body and a moderate sort of carbonation. The orange and especially peach sort of aroma carries over to the taste quite a bit. Both of those flavors hit pretty big before there's an herbal/pine sort of hop bitterness that comes through on the finish and lingers quite a bit. There's a pretty decently big bitterness on Falco overall.

Overall, I'm a bit let down. I can appreciate the not-often-tasted-in-an-IPA peach and orange flavors I'm picking up in this beer, but it's missing something I can't quite pinpoint (probably the fact it's not exactly a fresh bottle). It's a tasty beer that does what an IPA should do, but it's just not "bursting" like I want it to, and at $3 a single, I'd expect something a bit better than this. Regardless, I recommend it -- especially if you like peachy/orange sorts of flavors in your IPA.

Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Drank it a day or two ago; reviewing from notes taken while drinking.

Pours very slightly cloudy yellow, slight orange tinge. Small head. Medium carbonation. Smell is mild, but a nice combination of fruity and grass.

Taste is straw, then fruit (orange transitioning into lemon), then quite bitter, with a citrus zest quality.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a little flat. Overall, good, but not stellar.

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 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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pale yellow color with a one-finger head and plenty of carbonation
S: Lots of fresh citrus rind hops with notable floral and pine notes, just a hint of brown sugar
T: Matches the nose perfectly. Citrus rind initially then pleasant floral and pint notes. The hops are definitely the most prominent element, little in the malt department
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and bitter with a fairly lengthy finish
O: A hop-lover's IPA. Quite tasty in that department but lacking malt to provide contrast. Still a very tasty beer worth trying

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy yellow/orange in color with a finger of head, decent amount of lacing. Smells citrusy - lots of grapefruit and pine with a bit of mango and caramel. Flavor profile is bitter up front with a citrusy sweet grapefruit/pineapple profile immediately following.. Bready backbone is muted instantly and a bitter pine hop lingers.
Medium in body with medium carbonation.
This is a very easy to drink ipa with a very appealing hop profile for both an experienced and new palate.

Photo of lochef81
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am so excited to finally be tasting a number of offerings from this well renowned brewery. I recently purchased 10 of their products and this is the first I've tried. This ipa pours a hazy yellow straw color with a small white head and very decent lacing. The nose is quite hoppy with lots of notes of pine and some spice and citrus. There seems to be little malt present. Im expecting this one to be quite bitter. The mouth is smooth and on the lighter side of medium bodied and coats the palate quite well. Well I was right, very bitter especially for a single ipa. Tons of pine upfront, followed by citrus and a biting bitter finish; virtually no malt present at all. This is a good ale but could use some balance. Lets hope further Evil Twin beers have a little more craft to offer.

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