Velocihoptor | Freetail Brewing Company

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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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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of Twal
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With the name "Velocihoptor" I would expect more....
For starters this thing was a gusher,over carbonated may be an understatement.
Had some oxidation going,maybe the start of an infection.Slight fruity off flovar

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Bierwuver
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freetail for $5 a pint during normal business hours.

A- Pours a pleasant orangey hue with a thin head and very light lacing.

S- There's nice subtle grapefruit, citrus, and caramel notes.

M- Mouthfeel is medium. Nothing exceptional nor underwhelming.

T- Like the nose, nice subtle flavors of grapefruit and citrus. The caramel is the most pleasant for my palate. Alchohol is well hidden.

O- This is probably the best tasting Freetail beer I've had. In the past, previous brews I've tasted here have been mediciney, phenolic to my palate. This is a very pleasant, solid IPA.

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Photo of deedric
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber Served in a pint glass.
Poured amber- orange w/a nice white head, good lacing. Subtle arroma of citrus grapefruit & deep malt. Tastes is similar to the smell - nice hop front, biscuit middle, more hop on the back. Feels okay in the mouth. Overall an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks mhenson42 for the big score.

This is one of many freetail beers I scored in a bif and the first that's missing its cap. Beer pours an enormous head as some others have stated especially into my Sierra Nevada iPa glass. Color is apple juice and the smell is sweet and grape fruity. Mouthfeel if there is such a thing is fine, the aftertaste is a little bland but that can be attributed to the low abc maybe. This is a middle of the road iPa and a good start not a great start for my freetail experience.

Side note, no abv, ibu, or bottling info on the bottle, all breweries need that info on the bottle in my opinion.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to canadianghetto for the chance to try this one. Thanks man. Bomber into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear color of copper with more than 2 fingers worth of fluffy tan head. The cap displays pretty solid retention and as it slowly fades, paints the walls of the glass with a webby pattern of lace.

The aroma has a citrus quality about it that is immediately reminiscent of orange zest or tangerine juice with a hint of lemon and grapefruit. Quite a nice bouquet with suggestions of pulp and rindy resinous to pine elements. There is a faint yeast quality across the middle that takes the brew into a bit of dirty melon character before the onset of a touch of minerals.

The taste has a toasty caramel malt profile with plenty of hop flavoring. Citrus and floral quality blends into some fruited character like melons. There is a bit of buttery biscuit aspect across the back that mingles with some mineral character and a bit of dusty or musty grain aftertaste that is faintly reminiscent of cardboard.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The brew starts off pretty strong and promising but as the experience continues, a bit of interesting quality emerges that is not totally enjoyable. At times, the dusty/musty/cardboard quality makes me think this was oxidized to some extent.

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Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Wayne17
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ms11781
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange color, almost amber but not quite. A nice finger or so of foam develops and sticks around for the duration. Really nice retention on the head. It seems to be a pattern with these Freetail beers. Nice lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. Some light tropical fruit is mixed with some caramel malt. It's pretty straightforward. Nothing is all that strong here but it's not weak either.

The taste follows the nose. Some citrus comes along with the light tropical notes, orange seems to be something that sticks out. Definitely a caramel malt sweetness here and it's pretty balanced. Slight bitterness at the finish.

Medium bodied with medium but soft carbonation. The beer has a creamy texture to it making it feel bigger than it is at times.

Overall this was a good beer. It's probably slightly above average for the style. Nothing stands out to put it among the best but there isn't anything that holds it back from being good either.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty fruity with some citrus and guava aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a medium level of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky amber glass holds a thin white cover that doesn't give much lace.

Smell: Lightly leafy hop, earthy hop, but still American some how. A good bready base gives a fresh and inviting smell.

Taste: A lighter IPA in terms of both hops and punch, but goes a bit oily and shows some backbone. Still ends up being a strong APA, but refreshing and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, mild carbonation, bit oily in the finish.

Overall: A refreshing interesting mix of hops that gives a great flavor at a milder pace. Good session, good growler fill.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate8767 for the hookup!

Pours a bright orangey red with a small white head, good lacing and lots of bubbles.

Not a tremendous hop presence in the aroma. I get more caramel than anything although some soft citrus fruits are present.

The flavor, however, delivers. A little bit of subtle grapefruit presence on the front end. A good balance of caramel malts and piney hops on the back end. Very well balanced.

Good mouthfeel although nothing extraordinary stands out.

Very solid beer. I would prefer a bit more on the flavor/aroma end of things, but the middle and back end of the palate are balanced perfectly and very enjoyable. It went down smooth.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
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