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Falco - Evil Twin Brewing

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 805
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 24.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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 rorjets
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of wwwyzzerdd86
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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...

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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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 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 Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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

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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 ksimons
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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

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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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 Omnium
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.