Velocihoptor | Freetail Brewing Company

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3.78 w/ 52 ratings

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From our Single Hop IPA series. This India Pale Ale features Falconer’s Flight, a proprietary blend of some of the Pacific Northwest’s best hops, developed by Hopunion, LLC to honor and support the legacy of late Northwest brewing legend Glen Hay Falconer. Each hop in the blend was hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon & grapefruit tones. Hopunion is contributing proceeds from each Falconer’s Flight purchase to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, which provides scholarships in brewing education. Many thanks to Hopunion and the Foundation for their continued support of American Craft Brewing. Ingredients: Maris Otter, crystal & kiln Amber malts; Falconer’s Flight hops; top-fermenting yeast; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; Gratitude

Added by ffejherb on 03-05-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a single-hop IPA, however the hop is a blend… so that makes it a single-blended hop IPA? Anyways…

This pours a caramel-amber color with thin, light foam. There’s a thick, piney-orange peel aroma and the flavor coats the mouth with hoppy bitterness and more of that orange peel and piney hop taste. Nice and thick, with a long, dry finish.

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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Velocihoptor creates an absolutely stunning pour with a bright and clear tangerine body. The hefty, lingering tuft of khaki foam is creamy in its consistency and drapes sticky webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The aroma was meant to be a showcase of Falconer's Flight hops and west coast IPA's, and it does not disappoint at all. Sweet orange peel greets the nose alongside floral, piney hops and caramel candies. Very juicy, and almost earth-like in the resinous hop quality.

Flavor matches the aroma well, with sweet caramel malts balanced nicely alongside a juicy, pungent hop flavor. Bitterness is subdued, allowing the tropical fruitiness from the Falconer's Flight to last long into the finish with a flash of alcohol. Mouthfeel is perfectly executed--crisp and medium-light on the tongue, yet full enough to not feel in the slightest sense watered-down. Carbonation is smooth and chewy thanks to tiny, tight bubbles. Overall, Freetail nailed the West Coast style with this release. I found Velocihoptor to be one of their best IPAs to date, and perhaps even one of their best beers in general...

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Another foamy beer from Freetail, this beer pours out a clear amber liquid; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Floral grapefruit tones dominate the aroma

Taste: The malt lays a sweet base underneath the grapefruit hops though the hops really dominate the flavor from start to finish; just enough sweetness throughout to balance the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having had a poor experience with a five or six month old bottle, a fresh bottle really opened my eyes to the brewers talent with the style; more than any other brewery I have encountered, Freetail beers need to be consumed fresh

Thanks, BeerHunter76, for the opportunity and to jl28r1, for the chance to try a fresher sample. As the beer label says, this beer is "not for aging."

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jamescain for sending a growler of this during Round 2 of the GATM 2012 BIF! Poured into an imperial pint glass on 3/5/12. Shared with brewslut.

A - Extremely hazy caramel-dipped orange liquid with ample carbonation and almost a finger's width of off-white foam that reduced to a thin cap but left plenty of elaborate shavings of lace allover the glass. This sucker is so hazy that my fingers appear to be mere shadows on the other side when peering through the glass!

S - Tropical and dank with a pleasant smack of ripe island fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple) and fairly pungent ganga. Smells like something a stoned surfer would enjoy on the beaches of Hawaii. A hint of alcohol rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Juicy and undeniably hoppy with plenty of citrus and tropical notes, but with an amazing balance of lightly toasted grains and barley as well as sweet caramel. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

M - Texture is fairly creamy but with plenty of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol heat is minimal but provides a bit of tingle. Bitterness envelopes the palate during the finish.

D - Fantastic first impression of this brewery from the Lone Star state! Velocihoptor is one fresh, tasty-ass IPA with plenty of citrus and hemp-like dankness to please any hophead for sure.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer poured a golden amber with a huge fluffy white head. I detected tropical fruit with citrus notes in the aroma with some slight floral hops as well. The taste starts with a huge juicy tropical citrus hop bitterness that take over your palate then transforms into a fruity floral bitterness that coats your tongue. The Velocihoptor is a very well balance IPA that takes you on a perfect hop journey and ends with a nice dry finish.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tan and clear with a good head and lace.

The malt base is ample and there's plenty of grapefruity hops. There's also a nice bit of sweetness that gives this beer an extra dimension, it's quite not as dry as some IPAs.

Body is medium, moderately carbonated, and damn easy to drink. A nice medium bitterness finishes, and the moderate level of alcohol doesn't leave you too toasted after drinking the whole bomber!

This is a fine beer. I think I liked the Soul Doubt IPA better, but anytime I get something from Freetail, I'm always pleased. I have to go that way today, hopefully they're open when I pass by so I can pick up something else to try!

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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 63.5% out of 100 with 52 ratings
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