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Falconer's IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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293 Ratings
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83
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 09-01-2011

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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 92
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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of mudbug
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.72/5  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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Copper with a slight off-white head. Decent retention with some sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral and dank with some ripe notes. This is punctuated with some sharper grapefruit and pine character, while some graininess sits along the back. The taste has a firm citric bitterness with herbal and ripe fruit flavors on the edges. Malts balance but have a bit too much of a grainy push going on with them. Bitterness and pine on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation that blows up a little too much in the mouth at times. A bit of light warmth sits underneath as well. This wasn’t bad, being a decent showcase for what Falconer’s Flight can do, but like most of these Rotator Series, this just left me wanting more in the end.

Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orange amber with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Mostly clear with a touch of haze, and offering good retention and lacing.

Nose of citric and piney hops. Not as one sided in the aroma as many of the Rotator IPA's, with more earthy and spicy hop components vs. the onslaught of Citra type orange notes.

Lightly sweet and with a touch of caramel fruitiness. Spritzy and with a spicy hop finish and offering a mild bitterness. Offers a smooth and moderate feel with a slightly drying finish of hop spice, yet balanced with a hint of caramel sweetness. Decent balance makes for an easy drinking ale of moderate complexity.

Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Pleasant aroma that is quite floral. Also notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The malt gives it a slight caramel characteristic.

Nice malt profile that gives the IPA a bready and caramel flavor that is just slightly sweet. The hops may have faded a bit but still gives some nice tropical fruit flavor. Moderately bitter.

Medium body that is smooth feeling. Would like a tad bit more carbonation but it is a small nit.

I have found all of the Widmer Rotator IPAs quite enjoyable, this one is no exception even if it is past its prime.

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer starting to show up on shelves in CT more frequently, and picking up some in mixed sixes. This one poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with no foam or whiteness. Malty pine smell. So so. Smooth taste, bitter throughout but not overbearing like the Nelson Imperial was. Caramel beneath. A mellow malty IPA, falvorful,but never harsh. Even keeled - one to enjoy.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 4, 2013.

The pour is a slight cloudy amber-copper with a small head that fades down quickly to a lingering ring.

The nose has some roasted pale malts and caramel malts with a mellower earthy hop aroma.

The body is relatively smooth and in the medium range.

The taste has an abundance of sweet caramel up front with a kind of butter flavoring and it ends with a moderate hop bitterness.

Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a clean and clear copper color. Thick slightly off-white head.. very creamy and settled slowly to a thin blanket that seems to be sticking around. Large ring of suds sticking around the glass. A bit dark, but overall a good looking beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- This beer smells quite good. Lovely crisp NW hop aromas. Quite pine-like, and zesty bitter. Smells like a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Light caramel, and light honey. The smell of fresh grassy hops certainly shine through.

Taste: (4.5)
- Very light malt flavors received from what I was expecting via the color and smell of the brew. Bready light caramel, slightly sweet, but not overly sweet. The bitter pine and grassy hops shine and balance this IPA out very well. The hops also seem to have a creeper effect via the palate. Great zesty and spicy hops with a zing of fruity character which isn't found in the smell so much. Overall super balanced, and has some very great flavors hidden within.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and slightly watery up front, but the finish hits late with a drying and slightly cloying hop punch. Very interesting character and feel to this beer. It is bubbly, sparkling almost.. well carbonated. Just a touch thin.

Overall: (4.0)
- It's too difficult to compare this IPA to the previous X-114 in the series. It is a completely different IPA. I must say that I love the hops in this beer. I think I am a new fan of this Falconer's hop. The classic fresh quality is quite striking for me, and the beer is superbly balanced. Go grab it! I think I dig it more than the X-114. Will be interesting to compare my score and see it be less than the X-114 review of mine.

Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A creamy off tan color head, manages three fingers easily off the pour. Settles to a nice finger sized puck. Body is a real nice dark copper red amber, with very little carbonation at all to be seen.

Nose is incredibly malty sweet with no hop profile at all. Lots of doughy graham cracker malts and biscuity sweet softness. A faint hint of orange citrus is in the back, but very buried. Hardly hop forward.

Palate hits with a nice rich feel. Sweet malts are toned down from hinted on the nose, and give to some soft leafy grass bitter hop. Chewy body with a good dense malt backbone but light enough to let some of the bitterness come in. Hop profile is still quite burried, but it's a tolerable nice mix of grass, tea, and mild orange like citrus mostly on the finish.

Easily drinkable, but for an IPA it's not very hop centric, but an easy drinkable brew for sure.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at Bier Thirty over in Bown last night.. Poured into my small CC goblet... The head drops pretty quickly.. nice lacing ... decent cap... the brew is a hazed light amber.

Nose has a good pungent hoppiness.. grapefruit zest and pine comb.. with an interesting tropical fruity profile... odd.. the malts seem a touch too high and even show some dark toast....

Big bitterness out of the gate.. the bitter bite blows things out of the water.. citrus and something that I associate with more tropical hops.... maybe some melon... but the flavor pretty much drops into the bitterness and trails on forever... some dry toasty malt presence shows on the finish with shelf warmth.

Bitter --- hoppy --- bitter again ... seems thin with malts ... definitely one dimensional... A decent PNW IPA, but loses all the intricacies...

I doubt I will buy this one again... odd and not that good... and certainly not very enjoyable.

3/3.5/3.5/3/2

Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on draft at Atlas Bar.

Pours a deep clear copper color with about a 1" white head that sustains pretty well.

Smell is bready/grainy with some pine. A bit too malt forward for an IPA.

Taste is similar. Strong bready and caramel malt bakcbone with some slightly astringent pine dry bitter finish. Hints of some wood as well give it a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is good with good carbonation.

Perfectly drinkable beer although the dry bitter finish may make having more than 1-2 of these unpalatable. Nothing horrible, but nothing great either.

Photo of musicforairports
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber pour, adequate head and lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with notes of pine and tropical fruit.

Taste: A strong malt backbone--probably too much for an IPA--with notes of pine and maybe some citrus. Slightly dry and slightly bitter. The hop profile is a bit flimsy, but I've had much worse malt-forward IPAs.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel for the style, a bit sweet, with nice carbonation.

This one isn't bad for the price of a 12-pack, but the X-114 was a lot better if you want to try something from the Rotator series.

Photo of buschbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is orange with gold highlights. It has a slight haze. There is two inches of beige head with pretty good clinging power.

S - I get a lot of sweet malt aromas. I get some caramel and toffee. The hops come through with some minor citrus notes.

T - This is a malt forward ipa. The hops are definitely not pronounced. I am on my third, and I have just a little bitterness in my mouth. It's mostly grapefruit.

M - Low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - I thought I may have had an old sixer until I read some other reviews. The hops are hidden compared to most ipa's. It is more like a pale ale.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bottled on Aug17 11. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a sticky cap of light tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Hops are quite tropical on the nose, some citrus fruit is evident too. Bright and clean with biscuity, husky malt backing it up. The base beer smells similar to the X-114. If you didnt like that one, chances are you wont like this one either.

Taste shows a nice spectrum of flavor hops through to a fairly strong bitterness. Malts are dry and grainy with a bit of burnt toast. Not much interplay between the malt and hops. Simplistic brew that goes down rather easy and the tropical flavors of the hops are pretty cool as they transition into somewhat of a catty, rough-around-the-edges bitterness. I am actually enjoying the Rotator IPA series, I like the new hop varietals they are using and the sixers dont sit around in my fridge very long. So, kudos to you Kurt and Rob.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orangish brown in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Floral hops upfront and in your face with a nice touch of toffee on the back end

Taste: Exactly how the thing smells is what you get on your palate which is actually quite impressive of a feat but not all that impressive of a flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Just another example of a boring yet drinkable beer from Widmer

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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.