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Falconer's IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 09-01-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle to standard pint glass
Bottled Aug – 2012

A: The Flaconers IPA pours a light caramel amber color with some haziness to it and a good half finger of khaki tan head. There is some ample hang time and a bit of wavy cling down the glass.

S: Smells of gooseberry, melon, peach, and some lemon zest. Hops are pungent with a bit pine and some catty musk. I get undercurrents of some caramelized malt sugars and a warm breadiness. Real pleasant and unexpected hop aromas here.

T: Tastes pop with some real hoppy goodness. More gooseberry. The Citra really delivers out of the Falconer’s blend. Melon, pine, citrus fruits, and a touch of some exotic flora. There is a dash of caramel sweetness and a bit of bready malt base to carry an upper level of bitterness. Has a nice puckering bite. Alcohol is well masked with just a slight warming sensation added. A very nice surprise.

M: There a relatively light to moderate feel with a somewhat creamy texture. Nice bitter bite and crisp factor from the carbonation. Finishes on the wet side.

D: This was surprisingly good for the deal you get out of purchasing a case. Very drinkable with a great hoppy punch and some nice fruity flavors.
Felt like drinking a subpar Sculpin…which is still quite good. Would definitely pick up again.

Nugganooch, Oct 05, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a clear copper with a thinner lacy white head that left broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a thin layer.a ix of leafy hops and juicy fruity malt in the nose,the hops are a little subdued for the style but the malt aromas are nice.More of a pale ale on the palate than ipa with its big sweetish malt profile,there is a shot of citric hops but it doesn't really hit home.I'ts a decent beer but it lacks in the ipa department in my opinion.

oberon, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -18.9%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Impressive lacing, clear amber color.

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, spearmint, hemp seeds, biscuity, cracker maltines, passion fruit, guava, alcohol.

TASTE: Hop bitterness, smooth, creamy medium body, leafy, vague berry fruitiness, dry malt backbone, light toasted biscuit, citric zest and rind, bitter semi-dry finish.

A tribute beer and a tasty one at that, extremely drinkable for 7% and more than enough hops to appease my need. Solid.

Jason, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with some grapes, cherries and pine notes mixed in with some toffee. The flavor is similar. I get orange and cherry with biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. I also get a little bit of pine, but the fruit notes from the hops stand out more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of NOLTERN
4/5  rDev +8.1%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than average pour, slight light brown intrusion, dark copper. Aroma was hoppy, falconer's hops seem like a little more bitter cascades.

A heavy malt mouthfeel, this is a big bodied 'single' ipa. The hopping is nice, but between the six pack I had, I noticed the beer didn't have much sturdiness, after a few weeks it was a very different beer. Hope you like caramel, toffee, tea and grapefruit. Could have just as easily believed this was a hoppy brown ale.

Good enough, the thing I like about these Widmer rotating ipas is that they're all unique, but they're not just different for the sake of being different, you get some enjoyable actual different takes on the ipa style.

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2012
Photo of JL1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JL1, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jaredseaman77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

dsauter, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of TimMack
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TimMack, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium to big off white head rest above a clear above a clear bright copper colored beer that has a ring of haze about 3/4 inch below the head.

A big citrus, piney, floral hops aroma, makes me happy I poured this from above the glass a bit to give it a bigger head and release more of the hops characteristics in the aroma.

Citrus and floral hops with some pine coming through, not as bold as the aroma, and just enough to give this a dryish lightly bitter hops taste.

A dryish aftertaste with some bitterness and hops taste lasting on with this medium bodied IPA.

As this beer sits the aroma pretty much dies off, I suggest pouring it big to release the big hops aromas hiding within. The first half of the glass seemed to taste better because of the big release of aroma, just saying.

LXIXME, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Mtooman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Mtooman, May 22, 2013
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mudbug
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the standard pint glass results in a slightly hazy body with a nice fluffy half inch head that clings to the glass, nice. The aroma is fruit forward, I get pineapple, Kiwi, ripe peach and floral hops. Taste is on the sweet side of the IPA spectrum, malt, honey, biscuit. Carbonation is just right with a nice cascade of bubbles throughout the glass.
Wow, I didn't know Widmer had this in them! And it's a bargain to boot! Going to go down to the market and snag some more of this pronto! Well done.

mudbug, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant orange amber with an off-white, near 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin, but consistent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus and stonefruit; somewhere between peach and apricot. A bready malt aroma can be found sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts fruity and citric, mixing it up nicely with a lightly toasted, bready malt backbone. Bitterness creeps in about midtaste, then finishes with strong bitter orange pith that rings true well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some lively carbonation. Bites quick, then smooths out.

Overall - When I first had the O'Ryely and Spiced IPA, I thought Widmer had no clue in what they were doing with these Rotator IPA's - the Shaddock and Falconer's IPA has proven otherwise. This is a damn solid IPA. Reminds me of Stone's IPA.

TheSixthRing, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 28, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled October 24th, 2012.

Nearly clear safety orange with tangerine highlights and a fat finger of off-white foam up top. Thick even soapy lacing, good retention.

Faintly floral aroma suggesting orange blossom and a hint of lavender. Gentle biscuity backbone from the malt as well...

Moderately bitter throughout and full of hop flavor - bright citrus and mango flavors pulsate at the high points along a wave of earthy/spicy/pine-infused/faintly catty NW-hop tastes. Some grapefruit, pineapple, and passion-fruit peak out from time to time as well - the former growing stronger in the finish. Quite a blend! The straight forward clean malt provides a pleasing though delicate contrast, mainly serving as a well crafted canvas for the hops to paint themselves across. Finishes fairly dry, though the fruit continues to evolve for quite some time. Malt (two-row and a touch of crystal?) actually becomes slightly more prominent as the ale warms, further emphasizing the NW origin.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with a bite.

A nice show-case for the Falconer's Flight pellet hop blend (Citra, Simcoe, and tons of NW varieties from what I hear)...though mainly this makes me want to pick up some super-fresh to toss into a home-brew.

augustgarage, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Village Draft House

This beer pours a nice light amber color, but arrived at the table with no head. The is predominantly grapefruit with faint notes of light malt. The taste is similar; grapefruit-like citrusy hops and very pleasing floral hops up front with faint malt notes and a honey-like sweetness noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a very sessionable IPA. The hops used lend floral and grapefruit notes, but little if any bitterness. This would make a great training wheels beer for those looking to get into the style.

tdm168, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean amber, with a frothy tan head. Superlative lace.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and lemon hops. Very nice.

Taste? Pleasantly hopped, with more of the citrus/grapefruit tones. I get a hint of bitterness at the finish. Not a hop bomb, but still pretty well enjoyable.

secondtooth, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The newest entry in Widmer's Rotator IPA, this one is brewed with the new Falconer's Flight variety of hop. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a deep golden-amber color topped by a couple of fingers of creamy off-white head that quickly settles down to a thin ring, leaving a minimal amount of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of grapefruit and a touch of honey sweetness, along with some grassy notes. Palate is big on grapefruit and grassy hops up front, balanced slightly by a mild honey sweetness from the pale malt. A slightly syrupy character in the body carries the assertive hop profile very well and lends a bit of stickiness. Finish is a bit harsh, quite bitter and sharp. That's how I like an IPA, though, so in my mind this is fantastic.
A big, aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA that doesn't pull punches. If this is the hallmark of the new Falconer's Flight hop, then I want more beer made with it immediately. Good stuff.

ElGordo, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cliff1066, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma has a little floral element with a stronger lemon and grapefruit. Nice.
The taste is a nice moderate bitterness, mostly lemon and pine. The malt backbone holds it together.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Here's a solid IPA you can't go wrong with.

Fatehunter, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bdel34, Dec 28, 2011
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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.