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Talon Double IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA
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Talon Double IPATalon Double IPA

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 10-25-2012

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4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz., $6.99. Pours a beautiful, clear, rich copper with medium co2 presence. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel malt, and with a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is chewy (in a good way). Taste is slightly boozy, caramel malt, some toffee, a very light (and pleasant) presence of diacetyl; pine, grapefruit, bubblegum, tropical fruit, and spice contributed by the large array of hops. Huge winner in my book, will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Soulstrider
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” sudsy cream colored foam colar that slowly descends to a thick film while coating the side of the glass.
S: Big hop nose with minty, resiny pine notes.
T: Starts with a lightly sweetened malt and then alcohol and hops take over with a long lasting bitterness
F: Creamy, medium carbonation, a little above medium body, with alcohol warming that grows as you drink.
O: This is a nice bitter elixir for people who drink their bourbon straight up.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of JamesMN
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent dark golden color with some visible effervescence. A healthy two finger head in an off-white shade. Looks great, the clarity really does it for me.

Aroma: Sugar coated barley, toasted and caramel malts. Not very hop forward in the nose but I can tell they are there, hidden beneath the surface. Sort of piney and just a little earthy with some citrus poking through as well.

Taste: There is a lot going on in this one. The first half is more malt dominated with a mix of crystal, caramel, pepper, and toasted flavors. They sort of meld together into a nice toffee flavor but without the sweetness and then the pepper flavor comes at the end with the hops. When the hops take over they give a mixed bag of flavors; earth, pine, orange rind, and a hint (and I mean a hint) of pineapple. Just looked up the recipe and they add five types of grain and six types of hops, so definitely as complex as it seems but also easily enjoyable. Hats off to the brewer(s) who keeps the 10% ABV completely hidden. The 100 IBUs also seems a little hidden which is unfortunate but really not too much of a stretch. The finish is dry but not overly so. A balanced IPA is something no hop head really wants but when a balanced Double IPA comes around it is exactly what a hop head like myself is looking for. Talon Extra Select is very well balanced, letting each ingredient come out on its own while maintaining a somewhat easygoing flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Like velvet which is surprising for the style. I was expecting a palate thrashing but it is quite pleasant. Between medium and full in body. Decently drinkable but a tad cloying because of the dry finish.

Final Thoughts: Perhaps I'm just in a good mood but I find myself thoroughly pleased with this one. I could compare it to many great DIPAs and American Strong Ales that have come before it, but that wouldn't make it any less unique. A job well done by Mendocino Brewing Company. I will seek out more of their offerings if they are on par with Talon Extra Select. Would I drink it again? Considering the modest price point ($5.99, not bad for a bomber these days…) I'm thinking yes.

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4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice medium amber color with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew, leaving a one finger height of a white foamy head on the surface of the brew. The head of the beer has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of tropical fruit smells of papaya, mango, tangerine and a bit of pineapple. Along with the tropical fruits, are some notes of a caramel sweetness as well, adding to the overall sweet aroma. Other than the sweet though, there is also a nice bit of an earthy/woody and pine hop as well as some very light hop notes of a more grapefruit nature.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose would have suggested, with a good deal of sweet tropical fruits and caramel sweetness. The tropical fruits are just what the nose depicted with tangerine, mango, and papaya all there, but in also contained some other fruity tastes of a light melon variety as well. Along with the sweeter flavors, the beer also bolsters a rather nice doughty taste right up front, which creates a nice base for all the flavors to lie on. Soon after the initial tastes some hop flavors started to be sensed, with a bit of a pine hop flavor. Other hops join the taste more toward the middle with some more grassy/haylike and earthy/woody flavors piling onto the taste. The hops grow stronger to the end, counteracting some of the sweetness a little bit and bringing a bit more of an IPA flavor to the brew. Toward the very end some of the booze from the 10 % abv can be detected, bringing about a nice level of warmth. With the combination of flavors that is left on the tongue at the end, one is left with a quite satisfying, fruity and sweet, slightly warming and moderately hoped doughy flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side even in light of all the carbonation bubbles seen streaming through the brew. The lower carbonation and thicker body are fantastic for all the big flavors of the brew, soaking the tongue in all the robust flavors.

Overall – Though not a hop powerhouse, this big, sweet, and robust IPA was very pleasurable to drink. And while a bit of warming alcohol was sensed on the tongue, it wasn’t a lot in light of the 10 % abv. but just enough to keep you in check. Overall this beer was very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

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4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was in deep contimplation about the beer that I was going to drink last night. It was a battle between the local and the new. With such clout taking up my ability to decide I grabbed a cryptic looking bottle of dipa opened on a family day out it tasted of citrus and dank fruit with a mild toasted malt feel. Overall great beer would drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Copious amounts of lacing, good head retention

S: Bready, pears, pineapple shows once warm

T: Follows the nose, some pine & pineapple there as well up front. Pineapple & lemons as this warms along with resiny pine notes, some caramel & a touch of boozeyness on the back of the throat. Finishes piney, with a little bready & caramel sweetness, some grapefruit & a bit of boozey tangerine

MF: Medium bodied with some stickyness, soft carbonation & nicely balanced

A good stab at the style & more than I expected from these guys as of late. Drinks fairly easy. Glad I took a chance on this one!

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4.12/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of R_i_P
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bomber of Talon "Extra Select" DIPA from BevMo in Laguna Niguel, CA on 06/01/2017. No "bottled on" or "best by" dates. 10% ABV. Cool, artistic label. Mendocino Brewery hails from Ukiah, CA -- just 2½ hours drive north of San Francisco.

Talon DIPA pours a cloudy copper with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of beautiful tawny foam. Good retention. Good lacing. The smell is of pine, dankness, bread, and malt with a hint of citrus. The taste starts with pine, toffee, citrus zest, followed immediately by bread and caramel, all against a big malt backbone. The alcohol definitely warms the mixture with a nice boozy taste that perfectly compliments the big malt backbone. Sweet, toasted malt with a subtle hint of pine and citrus hops linger on the palate after each sip.

This is an old-school DIPA -- an Imperial DIPA. You won't find much hop bitterness here. I like Talon DIPA, although I find it a tad too (cloyingly) sweet to drink regularly. Nevertheless, this is definitely a very good DIPA worth enjoying a few times.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Talon Double IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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