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Falco | Evil Twin Brewing

very good
118 Reviews
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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ksimons
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -0.3%
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 -2.8%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -3.1%
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 -14.8%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Portsmouth brewery snifter.

The color is a bright, cloudy yellow with a light white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is bright hops in the nose some good sweetness that reminds me of spring. There is some grassy aromas and a nice bright orange and mango aroma with smelled like there was fruit in this beer.

The flavor is biscuit dough flavor at first with a tease of citrus and a tease of pine then a smack of bitterness. There is a slight push of bitterness that takes you aback before letting of earthy pine in. Resiny citrus flavor runs deep in this beer like a vain breathing life into the back-end where more bitterness punishes briefly before letting go.

The feel of this beer is a medium which does try to be a bigger beer. The bitterness lingers a bit and makes it feel heavy but only briefly.
This beer does go down well even with a certain amount of finessing. A hop lover must try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of JonAdams
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd not seen this one until tonight's visit to The Ginger Man. Beers here vary by the day sometimes! According to the barkeep, they just got it in yesterday.
Evil Twin Falco IPA is an excellent, well rounded beer. Faint haze when held to the light, strong citrus and especially grapefruit and just a tang of pine resin, very nice. Not quite like my memories of chewing on that #2 cedar pencil when I was a kid, but made me smile nonetheless.
Fruity-ish but bitter all the way though. Excellent nose. Effervescent but not overly carbonated. Continue to emit streams of bubbles even after several minutes.
Lacy white head, slowly diminishes but still hanging around after 5 minutes of drinking.
Will have to make a trip to Connecticut - didn't know that there was such an excellent beer! Kudos!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow colour. Plentiful fruit notes of marmalade on the nose, with a blast of sweet malt, as well. Taste offers lots of citrusy fruit, as well, with balanced malt sweetness to stand up to the long, bitter finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.