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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Velocihoptor from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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