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

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 52
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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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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 inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, purchased at Ananke release 2013
Riedel Tulip

A: Deep orange almost amber color. Slightly off white fluffy head. About a finger there. Sticky lacing.

S: Slight breadiness. Some herbal hops. Almost aged? Some slight fruit. Sweetness from malts.

T: Bitterness up front. Herbal notes. Almost tea like. Behind that you have some malt sweetness. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Coats the mouth.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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 brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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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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 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 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 Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of sweet orange and pine notes, with some nice caramel and biscuit notes mixed in. The beer smells very balanced. The flavor has a lot of bitter pine and orange notes, as well as a little bit of biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great IPA, but fairly drinkable overall. Glad I got to try it.

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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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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 elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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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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 wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of ffejherb
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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