Falco IPA - Evil Twin Brewing

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Falco IPAFalco IPA

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 721
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 19
Gots: 128 | 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 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 tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (402 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 chugalug06
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (598 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)

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- Nice blend of pine/citrus with the earthiness actually pretty toned down for an Evil Twin IPA.

T- Assertively bitter with some trailing fruitiness from the hops. The bitterness lingers good and long without letting up much. This is a good thing though since the hop flavors are pronounced enough to not make it a full-on alpha acid bomb. Smooth for the ABV. There is a faint metallic bite due to the extreme bitterness but is easily overlooked.

M- Again, bitey and sharp with not much restraint but nice all the same. Medium carbonation and a lighter body.

O- Quite satisfied from this Evil Twin offering. It is on that borderline of being too bitter but walks the line well. (957 characters)

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

Came across this one in Charleston, SC. Brewed at Westbrook I believe. Poured into Spieglau IPA glass. Pours a murky yellow, thick sticky head, good lacing. Great citrus smell, lemon peel, pine, sweet grass. Taste is strong hop bitterness up front, fresh fruit, floral, and strong grassy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky, medium body, nice coating. Overall, a really solid IPA, great flavor, very drinkable. Ranks up there as one of the best I've ever had. (455 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 babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with quick settling white head; thin streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: like sniffing a whole grapefruit, then sweetly floral, with white grapes in the back. Taste: hop blast with a light malt backing...grapefruit rind, herbal towards pine, black pepper and light honey-ish sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied from prickly carbonation, with oily citrus peel lingering after the sip. Bottled 7/25/13. Nice hop fix. (447 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such an excellent beer. Lordy Poured this a touch warm, but that hurt it not. Has a large, foamy, frothy, sudsy, off-white head that settled to a thin, spotty cover after a bit and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy pale gold yellow with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is very aromatic, was apparent upon bottle opening, is more resin than grapefruit with enough malt to balance and round it out. Flavor's like nose, has just enough sweetness to temper the heady bitterness. Body/carbonation are great plus it has some chewiness that I really like. Finish is like flavor, stays true all the way slowly tapers. Killer beer.. (632 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - golden and straw colors, a bit of a honey tint.
S - Grapefruit, citrus and pine.
T - Similar as the smell with grapefruit up front. Pineapple and citrus fruit. Pine is mixed in as well.
M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes crisp and bright.
O - Hops tasting mighty nice. This is a good four pack. (316 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows piny, resinous hops along with some spicy notes. Also some very clean malt underneath.
Very clean flavours too, a little malt amongst the powerful piny, resinous and grapefruit-like hops. Finishes with a powerful, sharp bitterness.
Great moderate carbonation. (300 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden honey orange color with a huge fluffy 3 finger head.

The aroma has fresh tropical fruit of pineapple, mango, along with some pine in there. There's lots of bready malt too.

The flavor follows with the tropical fruit on the front along with a substantial malt backbone. The finish is extremely surprisingly bitter of grapefruit pith and pine.

It's a quite a tasty IPA, though a bit too bitter for me. (429 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Golden straw coloured with two fingers worth of bubbly head. Good retention and lacing.

(4.0) S: Pineapple, tart grapefruit, slight mango, and crackery grains. A solid variety of fruits (both tropical and citrus) which comes across light yet aromatic.

(4.25) T: Tart grapefruit, subtle pine, herbal/floral qualities, grains, honey, and some tropical fruit. Very easy to drink as the bitterness and dryness are not excessive. Similar to aroma, with a diverse flavour profile focusing on the fruity and herbal/floral side of things. Very good.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a med-high (near fizzy) carbonation. Clean texture with enough slickness.

(4.0) D: This is a very good IPA with many easy-drinking traits. Fruity and floral tastes coupled with an excellent mouthfeel were standout qualities. (811 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Nose
Papaya, pineapple, mango and candy sugar.

Taste
Papaya, mango and pineapple. Thin candy sugar backbone with notes of honey. Some piney bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly dry.

Overall
Yeah, this is good stuff. At 7% this miraculously tastes like a session IPA around 4.5%. Reminds me of Daisy Cutter. Excellent job! (501 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 EspressoGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (505 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 danieelol
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light/bright yellow with a nice finger of volumnous white head, good retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Lots of lemon, grapefruit, honey, piney, yeast - very refreshing smelling.

T - Really nice dry bitter, lemon/honey, grapefruit, decently spiced, initially. Definitely a wallop of pine at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter- dry and honey sweet.

M - Really refreshing, quite light, decently carbonated.

O - Really tasty, light, dry, flavorful and incredibly refreshing. (483 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very blond IPA, it’s a light golden color…head started thin and has quickly dissipated to a wispy nothing…it doesn’t even really liven up with a swirl…light for an IPA…(2.75/5)

Smell: Very light…yeast, lemon zest, honey, pine resin bitterness…malts have a light pale/earthy presence…the more I smell it, the more I get the light, refreshing citrus bitterness that I really like…as it warms, the piney sensation brings more of a bite and becomes the dominate aroma…nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Yum! A really rich hop flavor happening here…piney resin galore, with a strong flavor of light pale malts…the hops profile is something that I’ve had (or close to) but the pale pale malts are a different twist that I really like…it’s rich and robust with a drinkability of a pale ale…I wouldn’t call this a white per se, I’m not getting that full yeasty flavor, but it’s one of the lighter IPA’s I’ve ever had…really good, a great twist on an overdone category…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, very light…carbonation is medium, fluff brings a grassy bitterness to the palate…the back and sides of my tongue are tingling, very bitter! There’s a malty bitterness lingering in the after taste…very balanced brew…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a great brew…I was expecting something more Belgiany in flavor but this is not that…it’s got tons of hops and bitterness but is backed by a very drinkable malt profile that brings something totally different from what breweries are typically doing…this was a splurge purchase, at $3.75 a 12 ounce bottle, but it turned out totally worth it…I highly recommend giving this one a try if you’re a hop head like me or just like branching out to new things…I’m searching this one out again…(4/5)

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing - Falco IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a semi-cloudy yellow with a hint of amber and a soapy head that dissipates quick but retains some. Some lacing. Not the prettiest but I ate my words later on in the review.

Smell - Faint fruit hop aroma of pineapple/passion fruitish with some slight sweet malt. Aroma is generally light, at this point I was a bit concerned.

Taste - Hope hoppy citrus and pine blast here that I wasn't expecting and it was quite impressive. Zero malt influence here, nice and dry.

Mouthfeel - More light than medium. Dry and drinkable. Nice carbonated snap. Booziness is invisible.

Overall - From the appearance and aroma I was not excited but when it actually hit my lips I became a believer in this brew. Would recommend and would drink this one again for sure. (834 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 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 Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellowish hue, 1 finger bone white head that reduces to a permanent cap in a few minutes, lots & lots of tiny bubbles, impressive lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple & pine needles greet your nostrils,hop forward, malt practically nonexistent.

Falco delivers a tasty & crisp grapefruit/pineapple/pine blast. Absolutely hop forward in a citrus manner, good bitterness & aftertaste, nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, prickly carbonation,smooth easy drinking IPA that hides the alcohol very nicely.

An under the radar IPA that deserves much more attention & higher ratings. Falco is not inexpensive @ $10.99/4 pack, yet it has a lot going for it if you prefer hops over malt with a dry, crisp finish. Highly recommended and a pleasant surprise. (750 characters)

Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.