Velocihoptor | Freetail Brewing Company

53 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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zonker17
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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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4.13/5  rDev +9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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