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Falconer's IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 287
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)
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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber/orange with a bit of white head and some lacing.

Nicely balanced nose but not a huge hop aroma for an IPA. Some fruity peach, subdued citrus and orange zest overlie sugary pale malts

Taste is similar in fruit flavors with some buttered biscuits thrown in. Again, hop bitterness is restrained but this is certainly a unique IPA

Mouthfeel is fairly thin with even carbonation.

Enjoyed this beer 3 months after the recommended date but I'm not sure if that had much of an influence on my overall drinking experience. I'm always interested in rotating IPA's and wouldn't hesitate to grab something else from Widmer Bros

TheMultiYeast, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of hackomal
4/5  rDev +8.1%

hackomal, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice orange color, mostly clear, decent head and pretty good lace.

Lots of earthy pungent malts, fruity citrus, grassy notes, a little oily pine.

For an IPA it's pretty malty, but not bad. Pungent malts, some citrus peel and pine, a little fruitiness.

Body is light to medium and moderately carbonated, earthy bitter malty aftertaste.

It's not my fav from Widmer but it's not bad.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev +8.1%

leftoverburrito, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sits a clear copper with a quarter finger head. Thin but good lacing on the glass. A very floral hop scent greets your nose first, slightly herbal and pungent. Sweet malt is pretty prevalent once the hops subside a bit. Sweet malt turns bitter in taste, then grassy hops finish the beer bitter. Lots of carbonation balances what could be a too-viscous malty mouthfeel.

This is a decent IPA with good hop aroma. The malt is balanced with well chosen hop varietals. This could have been too malty, but the right amount of bitterness and carbonation offset it enough to showcase the malt bill without making it too viscous. An easily drinkable beer, I'd reach for this most nights if given the chance.

Philousa, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Muddied burnt orange...

S-Terrific...toasted breads and warm biscuit like maltiness....hops are very interesting...not sure what is used but I'm getting fresh pine combined with a sweet tropical style fruitiness....mangos...papaya...pineapple..

T-I think the malt really makes this beer but what an interesting hop flavor...not sure I've had many I can compare it to. This has some bitterness but the flavor profile really impresses me more so.

M-Medium bodied...never would have guessed 7%..drinks more like a pale ale loaded with flavor.

O-I've had two bottles of this. The first one I thought this was off the charts good and was saving this second bottle to review. My first impression was a bit better but this is definitely a tasty beer I would rate as an upper tier IPA

ZAP, Nov 12, 2011
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 zdk9
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out very clear with a shade of orange ruby. A full finger of uneven head leaves uneven rings, strings, and dots of lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma is an initial burst of fruitiness, followed by a dank grassy weedy halo. There's a lot of good stuff here- strawberries, cherries, orange, fresh-cut grass, marijuana, wood chips, composting pine needles.

T- The taste is a little more malty,a little more dusty, a good deal less complex. Where has the fruitiness gone? Transformed into harsher heavier hops I suppose- grapefruit and lemon and lime piths, along with some pine. Some of the dankness is still present. Simple sweetness takes the form of light maple syrup. And ever-present is this minerally, chalkiness.

M- Very bitter. Unexpectedly bitter compared to the smell.

O- I wish the entirety of this beer was like the aroma. But alas it is not...

zdk9, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roth’s Vista Market ,Salem. $1.35 typical burnt orange body with a nice,thick and frothy eggshell white head. not liking the aroma..this is the type of IPA aroma that puts me off pungent green onion..though it gets Ok after the first few deep sniffs. Taste ..bland really..sweet malty..grassy hop...slightly fruity..meh. Ok i suppose on the palate..nothing to write home about. Another dissapointment from the Rotator series..im not sure am i missing something?

Reidrover, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a crystal clear dark amber body with a half inch or so of off-white head. Smells fruity and malty. Pulpy piney hops share the flavor pretty equally with caramel and toffee like malt flavors. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good overall, though not quite as hop-forward as expected.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

musicforairports, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the standard 12 oz glass bottle. Bought a 12 pack for $14.99.

Pours a copper/amber clear color. Looks a little more viscous than it is. It has a nice one finger off white head.

Bready, hoppy, malty are the strong fumes that hit me first. It has kinda of a soapy smell I really can't put my finger on. Smells OK.

The taste is pretty hoppy off the bat with a meaty backbone that is earthy, bready, and sweet. Really no sign of alcohol. A piney finish that is quite bitter.

The mouthfeel is good with a fair amount of carbonation. The bitterness might stop it from being a session beer, but pretty drinkable for the price.

Good beer by Widmer, but I would rather have a Torpedo being the same price.

JDizzle, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Falconer's IPA in a grocery store. Part of the Rotator IPA Series. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper color, clear, with a creamy egg shell white head.

Smell is faint, more grain than citrus and pine.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a mildly bitter pine finish. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very slightly cloying character.

A very drinkable IPA. more in keeping with the English style I think, as opposed to American IPAs. I'll have it again.

RJLarse, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Gatch
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice shade of amber with a fluffy, tall, white head that settles into a pillowy, lacey layer.

S - Fruity, hoppy goodness in the nose. Becomes subdued as the head fades. Slight alcohol.

T - Of course the hops are there, with notes of pine, wood, smoke, alcohol, caramelized sugar. The alcohol seems to dominate.

M/D - Can be a bit cloying and monotonous after a while. Smooth with little carbonation. Noticeable alcohol in the finish.

Gatch, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass.

The color is a clear copper-amber with a finger of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has some nice earthy hoppy aroma with some

The taste is pretty hoppy at first with some earthy notes that hold a good sized bitterness that also a good sized malt presence as well. The hits with a taste of piney hops at the end and makes this comes back to the bitterness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkable feel to a beer that has a good amount of hops. It does have a smooth side and it make this beer surprising in how well this drinks.

Duhast500, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sixer that cost me $8.49. Dark orange color, not much head but some sticky lacing on the glass. Smells like alcohol and fruit but not exactly citrus. The taste is alcohol, some fruit (again not citrus), more alcohol. Overall this has too much of an alcohol flavor for me, I preferred the X-114 a lot more.

ArrogantB, Oct 20, 2011
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 Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smells strongly of both hops and malt. Toffee candy smothered by a pile of hops. Hop scents of pine cone, grapefruit and orange candy slices. Lesser scents of Spearmint and tea, reminds me of Snapple.

Starts out dry and very hoppy with a melon aftertaste. Strong grapefruit flavor with wood and tea. Settles down to dry with lots of black tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty yet on the verge of harsh. Good yet not great.

Zorro, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Six pack obtained at Slaveway in The Big, poured into shaker pint glass, 10.12.11.

One finger slightly off-white head small bubbles, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Nose is pretty complex almost muddled, some caramel balanced by tropical/grapefruit hop profile. Taste is hop forward, more grapefruit than mango, decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Hard to identify the hop profile, might benefit in future if blended with something a bit more spicy/piney, but not a bad single hop IPA.

jdense, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing.

S - Pine, some steely caramel, muted citrus.

T - Wow! Way better than the nose. Pine, mint, bitter grapefruit rind, toasty biscuty caramel malt base, strawberry/citrus sweetness. Sweet herbal mint end the dry finish.

M - Medium body, great carbonation.

Very balanced with enough of a hop punch to satisfy. Aroma needs works but this is a great tasting IPA.

StaveHooks, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear amber with ruby highlights and a thin, foamy khaki head. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

S-Sweet, tropical fruit hop aroma, Walker's shortbread cookies, pineapple juice. A distinct lack of bitter hop aroma.

T/M-Drier than I expected, given the nose. Still, this is all about the aromatic/fruity hops. Mango and pineapple sweetness is undercut by moderately dry, grassy hops on the back end. Very drinkable, though a bit sweeter than I prefer my IPAs. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Another decent IPA from Widmer. Worth trying.

DaveHS, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear reddish copper color with good carbonation and a nice white cap.

S: Floral and perfume notes, with some citrus

T: Starts with a pronounced bitterness. Citrus, floral. Finishes spicy and dry. Left a sweet, bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: This is good, tasty and easy to drink

barleywinefiend, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color with a large, off-white color that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is quite lovely. Nice citrus and hop aroma. Taste is where this beer is somewhat lacking. A bit more watered down than the nose leads us to believe. The hops are a bit faded as the malt balances it out a bit. Some citrus and pine as well. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is not a bad IPA whatsoever. For the price, I would definitely purchase it again.

DovaliHops, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a decent beer coming from a company that was bought out. Many of you wouldn't think Widmer Brothers Brewing Company make decent beer anymore.

I thought it was decent. It looked good, and it smelled okay. I thought the beer's taste was slightly lacking in the flavor profile that it should have. The hops were there, but it wasn't enough for me. I thought it was mild, even though the alcohol is potent! The taste also wasn't very complex and nuanced.

There's dry aftertaste for me, and that's probably caused by the strong ABV, and it's pretty good. It's typical of what you see in an IPA.

Overall, I would buy it again, but it's certainly not the best of this style. I think i will want to check out the other "rotator" IPAs to see what the fuss is all about. However, I can't go wrong with 7% ABV for this beer, can I?

2xHops, Sep 30, 2011
Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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