Falconer's IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ElGordo on 09-01-2011

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Photo of martinlauridsen
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on November 20, 2012, so about 4 months have passed since, and this bottle has made it across the Atlantic to Denmark.

Appearance: Pours a chill hazed dark copper/amber color with almost non-existent head.

Aroma: Prominent aroma of sweet, red berries and caramelt malts. Also has an earthiness to it. This is so delicious you want four lungs to take a double sniff!

Taste: Very balanced malt and hop bitterness. Aftertaste is incredibly clean for an IPA. Depending on what you like, this is either good or bad. For me, it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Low on carbonation, but I feel that it is appropriate for style. Clean aftertaste and low to medium body.

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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and piney with some toasty notes.

T - It tasted very toasty with some sweet citrusy flavors. Nice piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good IPA. I like the Rotator series from Widmer Bros.

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 Durge
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this one at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT. It has a rosy amber color, clear and sporting a big, chunky off-white head with lots of great lacing to follow. The nose gets a hit of sure fire citrus hop and mellow malt, grapefruit bread. Not overdone but nice. The flavor brings more of a mango/pineapple theme with an obvious pine/citrus hop bite. It mellows as you go, into more of a tropical fruit and malt medley while maintaining the hop flavor. Carbonation is tiny bubble based but pretty intense making this medium-plus bodied brew pretty effervescent in feel. A nice brew for some hop satisfaction.

Photo of mpedara429
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A deep amber color that is crystal clear. One finger of white head with low retention.

S: Grapefruit and pine. The smell didn't knock my socks off.

T: Tastes like fresh grapefruit flesh with a hint of pine. Earthy flavor as you let it sit in your mouth for an extra second. Nice bitterness and just enough malt for balance.

M: Body is a little light for an IPA, and the carbonation is on the higher side. Mouthfeel is a touch oily.

O: A solid, but not mind blowing IPA. Better than your average for the budget variety IPA.

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 Bockrules
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with plenty of carbonation rising to the creamy, off-white, 2-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several thick, parallel rings of lacing to form almost a wall.

S -Nice nose of piny and citrus hops on a caramel malt background. Diminished significantly while in the glass.

T - Caramel malt upfront. The body is a solid balance of grapefruit and piney hops on a firm caramel malt backbone. More citrus notes come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue with passion flavors joining. The finish is a mixture of pine resin and citrus fruits.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount carbonation and chewiness. Quite good for the style.

Falconer's IPA is my favorite rotator IPA I have tried yet and finally makes the leap from a very good beer to an excellent one. The flavors are straight ahead classic IPA with no gimmicks or surprises, but everything is well balanced and aided by a substantially chewy mouthfeel. The relatively high ABV and $6.50 a six price here in Socorro are just icing on the cake. I wish I had bought a couple more sixes of this while it was around (I think it was this past August (?)).

Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, solid hoppiness without being overly bitter. Fairly complex with some exotic fruit flavors in the background. I was only familiar with Widmer for their solid wheat beers, but it looks like they do a good job with IPAs too.

Photo of chickenflea
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a bright copper color, slightly cloudy and a small foamy head. Aroma is right on: caramel malts with apricot, vanilla and bread. A wonderful sticky mouth-feel - lots of body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet like an imperial. Hops like grapefruit. Very bitter finish. This is a bid IPA. Very satisfying. Everything one looks for in an IPA is here. Might be the best Widmer brew I have tried to date.

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 1234Jack
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell out of the bottle is lemony hops, with grass and pine.

Color is nice - a vibrant brownish-orange.

A little head forms on its own, even when poured gently.

Smell out of glass is of straight oranges, with a little sweet tinge. Pleasant...

First taste is hops, of course, with a touch of sweetness. Orange notes.

Second taste bring bitterness noted at roof of mouth.

Feel is smooth and frothy.

Lacing is persistent and holds even from the top of the glass as you drink it down.

Bitterness does not overpower in the aftertaste or as you drink into the beer.

Nice American IPA, for sure.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: agressive pour gets 2 full fingers of frothy thick eggshell colored head. As it falls it is leaving a thick rocky cap and sheets of lacing on the glass. Clear and almost orange looking brew. Good deal of caramel malt in the bill it seems. The head makes this look delicious.

S: big citrusy hops, notes of orange and lemon. A bit sweet smelling.

T: more citrus! The bitter mixed with citrus makes it taste of white grapefruit. Balanced out nicely and then big hop flavor. A touch of herbal flavor from long boil hops. Leave that pretty

M: solid medium body when cold. Smooth drinking.

O: not bad, Widmers Rotator IPAs are pretty good. Yet to be really let down by one, even though I am not a big IPA fan.

Photo of mckenziac
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Widmer Bros. variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of nice hoppy aromas. Citrus, grapefruit, and even a little bit of peach come out nicely in the aroma. Has a sweet, caramel malt smell as well.

Taste: Tastes moderately bitter (by IPA standards) with a strong caramel malt backbone. The hops have a crisp, citrus and grass flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I was very pleasantly surprised by this IPA. It's definitely better than your average variety pack IPA. I haven't always been impressed by Widmer Bros., but the beers I've had from them recently might make me give them a second look.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was not what I was expecting for an IPA, it smells of caramel fairly heavily. I get no hops, it smells like a 60 shilling. Smells good, but not like it should. It's disappointing.

The beer looks beautiful. It's a deep orange that is clear as crystal with a nice off-white head that layers on the top and leaves very good lacing.

It may not have smelled like an IPA, but it sure tastes like one! Sharp bitterness right up front that lasts well through the finish. Very floral and somewhat grassy (in a good way). The finish brings a crisp candy-like sweetness like Jolly Ranchers. Moderate carbonation and a body to match, it's well balanced and overall not too bad.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 20, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Grantville (San Diego) for $13.99 (with card price) as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 20, 2012). Auburn caramel with three-to-four fingers of frothy white head that took a long while to dissipate. Good, wet and foamy retention on the sides all the way down (all the way!), nice layer on the top.

Smelled a sharp whiff of a kind of complex mixture of caramel malts and bitter citrus hops. The citrus hops seemed to be tangerine and orange mixed with grapefruit. Had that caramel malt backbone with toffee. Also some sweet floral hops as well.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got that mixture of malts (caramel, toffee, amberish) and bitter hops (tangerine and grapefruit). Not as much floral hops as the smell, but still there. Very bitter finish. LATE ADD: Seemed to get some butter in there as well.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

I was hoping for more, but the Falconer IPA didn’t do it, which is rare for me with Widmer.

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 johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a decent off white head that dissipates slowly to a cap. Smells of spice, pine, and citrus with a bready biscuit malt back bone. The flavor is sweet bready malt with a nice hit of resinous and grapefruit hop flavor with a solid shot of hop bite. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous slick mouthfeel. Not a bad IPA and better than I expected from this brewery.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  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.

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper color with a solid one inch eggy head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Caramel malt aroma mingles with grapefruit pith, earthy hops (smells like peas), dankness, and a bready chewiness. Pretty sure it's dry hopped with amarillo.

Flavor is less characterful, with bittering hops taking center stage, and a lackluster showing from citrus flavoring hops. There's a hint of grapefruit and pine, along with some resinous hop character to provide intrigue to the bready malt backbone. The finish is fairly peppery.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a modest ipa, fairly malt centric with some yummy hop character. Nice citrus and resin.

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A... clear copper color with 1" off white head. Very nice, sticky lacing on the glass.

S...VERY floral. Lots of sweet citrus with a little bif of pine behind it. Smells delicious.

T...Wow. hoppy bitterness right up front. Nicely complex, lots of flavors going on here. There is a nice fruity taste and the bitterness gives it a clean finish. A little sweet for an IPA.

M...perfect carbonation. Very nice, lighter bodied feel to it. I could easily drink a couple too many of these on a Summer evening.

O...Surprisingly good. I have really liked some of Widmers rotator IPA's. Killer deal too $14/12 pack. This is a nice beer. A little sweeter than the Rotator Shaddock IPA. Pick some up.

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 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 kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a clear amber with crimson hues body. Excellent lacing. Aroma is mild with some grapefruit and mild earthy notes but overall very mild. Malt forward IPA with candied oranges, earthy and slight floral notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, not too memorable.

Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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