Falco | Evil Twin Brewing

very good
129 Reviews

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like the smell, a juicy and floral hop driven taste with nice notes of citrus and grassy hops. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. Floral hop notes along with some earthy notes of grass and pine. Soft bready malt notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast as well as a little honey sweetness. A pretty nice taste.

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Photo of JonAdams
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'd not seen this one until tonight's visit to The Ginger Man. Beers here vary by the day sometimes! According to the barkeep, they just got it in yesterday.
Evil Twin Falco IPA is an excellent, well rounded beer. Faint haze when held to the light, strong citrus and especially grapefruit and just a tang of pine resin, very nice. Not quite like my memories of chewing on that #2 cedar pencil when I was a kid, but made me smile nonetheless.
Fruity-ish but bitter all the way though. Excellent nose. Effervescent but not overly carbonated. Continue to emit streams of bubbles even after several minutes.
Lacy white head, slowly diminishes but still hanging around after 5 minutes of drinking.
Will have to make a trip to Connecticut - didn't know that there was such an excellent beer! Kudos!

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Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such an excellent beer. Lordy Poured this a touch warm, but that hurt it not. Has a large, foamy, frothy, sudsy, off-white head that settled to a thin, spotty cover after a bit and lots of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy pale gold yellow with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is very aromatic, was apparent upon bottle opening, is more resin than grapefruit with enough malt to balance and round it out. Flavor's like nose, has just enough sweetness to temper the heady bitterness. Body/carbonation are great plus it has some chewiness that I really like. Finish is like flavor, stays true all the way slowly tapers. Killer beer..

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy gold, big 2” pure white rocky foam collar that produces ledges of lace.
S: some earthy notes on the nose, citrus, light grass.
T: Some light biscuit. Initial palate has some sweet fruit and then by mid-palate it balances with the hop and it simultaneously dries out and becomes juicy.
F: Very creamy, bone dry and fairly light body for an IPA. Carbonation is very soft, moderately low
O: Refreshing, drinkable, well rounded and well balanced. The level of bitterness is similar to what you would find in a gin and tonic.

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Photo of wwwyzzerdd86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Really nice. Mosaic hops to finish?

Pours pale gold, slight haze and small particulate. Hop material? Aroma is juicy pale malts, very fruity, some currant/cat pee, but not like Victory Mosaic Promise, which comes across as very catty. Good dose of citrus bouquet, not cry good, but time may have taken a toll, bottling mark is 227:14 09:04 Soft carbonation quick, simple sweetness at first, sweetness turns to supple malt character, cookie like, was this beer decocted? medium light body, velvety. medium finish, spice of hops remains on the tongue and out breath.

I'd defiantly drink a couple...

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 473mL can of this at the Craft Beer Cellar in Portland Maine.

App: Pours golden orange with slight cloudiness and just enough hop resin to see some light swirling below the inch high frothy white head.
Aroma: Very typical IPA aroma with citrus hops; less pine than many; not a strong smell but nice & present.
Taste: Very balanced with fruity citrus, esp orange as well as mango, tangerine & pineapple. Again, less pine & bitterness than most - great full sweet juicy taste which suits my style preference.
Feel: Quite smooth with a decent carbonation.
Overall: Very nice. I would definitely seek this out again. The beer most like it I've tried for those in Canada is Fat Tug which is also very nice. This one was somewhat like Heady Topper (I didn't enjoy it quite as much but it's close) with a taste a little less complex and a little more on the mango/tangerine side.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellowish hue, 1 finger bone white head that reduces to a permanent cap in a few minutes, lots & lots of tiny bubbles, impressive lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple & pine needles greet your nostrils,hop forward, malt practically nonexistent.

Falco delivers a tasty & crisp grapefruit/pineapple/pine blast. Absolutely hop forward in a citrus manner, good bitterness & aftertaste, nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, prickly carbonation,smooth easy drinking IPA that hides the alcohol very nicely.

An under the radar IPA that deserves much more attention & higher ratings. Falco is not inexpensive @ $10.99/4 pack, yet it has a lot going for it if you prefer hops over malt with a dry, crisp finish. Highly recommended and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of mrchrisray
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful poor from the bottle to a pint glass, let sit 5 mins out of fridge before opening. the head was a nice off white and about 1.5 inches think, good retention and now has some nice lacing around the top of the liquid.

smells like a killer ipa, pine and resin, with a hint of citrus.

taste is very hoppy upfront, but not over powering, very balanced pine, resin, and citrus peel.

pleasantly carbonated and very light feeling on the tongue. it is coarse but very mildly so.

overall this is a great beer. i'm surprised it doesn't have a higher rating. this was was bought at beirkraft in brooklyn and is from the newer evil twin brewery in ct. i will definitely be getting this again.

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Photo of ABhatia
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the beer was awesome! had the can..The hoppiness was excellent and perfectly balanced. Nice floral/citra smell..much better than I expected. enjoyed till the last sip

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Photo of JMS1512
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can of Evil Twin's Falco IPA. date: 322/365 (Julian) Nov. 18th 2015.

Aroma: Big notes of pine, with an addition of tropical fruit, a mix of papaya, mango and guava. Clean malt.

Sight: An unfiltered, burnished orange body with a dense, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Very active effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Consistent lacing.

Taste: Pine not as obvious in the initial sip. Hints of tropical fruit carry over from the hop aroma. Malt presence is very clean and water-cracker like, some white bread dough. Ends with a bitter, hoppy snap.

Feel: Medium body, great, tiny prickles of carbonation. Dries out like a scorpion's shell in sandstorm on the finish. Crisp, refreshing. I'm a little surprised, but the pine is most notable in a slight aftertaste. It lingers.

Overall: All elements of this IPA work in harmony with each other, providing a balanced but certainly American IPA.

A: 4.5 S: 4.0 T: 4.5 F: 4.25 O: 4.25

Food pairing: fruit salad, "Hawaiian" pizza, jerk chicken

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Photo of Trosevear
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with a solid amount of white head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of it and has a nice head left as well.

S: Citra and pine, a lot of both of them. Almost has a little bit of a dirt smell to it as well, it's pretty nice!

T: Piney, with a slight spicyness to it as well has a little bit of an earthy taste to it. But also a fair amount citrus to it as well.

F: Fairly high carbination in this beer, and it has a fair amount of flavor as well.

O: A really good beer, defiantly a slamable beer , one you could have a few to many of on a patio.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazed effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Grassyness & grapefruit, floral hops, pineapple & bready notes, plus tobacco notes & a little pine

T: Follows the nose, a touch of pear as well up front. Intense grapefruit, orange peel, pears, & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with earthy hops, pineyness & orange peel bitter, a whisper of caramel & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, good effort from these guys. Slightly over-priced, but well worth a go. This vastly exceeded my expectations

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- Nice blend of pine/citrus with the earthiness actually pretty toned down for an Evil Twin IPA.

T- Assertively bitter with some trailing fruitiness from the hops. The bitterness lingers good and long without letting up much. This is a good thing though since the hop flavors are pronounced enough to not make it a full-on alpha acid bomb. Smooth for the ABV. There is a faint metallic bite due to the extreme bitterness but is easily overlooked.

M- Again, bitey and sharp with not much restraint but nice all the same. Medium carbonation and a lighter body.

O- Quite satisfied from this Evil Twin offering. It is on that borderline of being too bitter but walks the line well.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/16/13.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemon yellow color with just a great looking firm one finger head just doesn't dissapate,not a fan of the color but a big fan of the pillow-like head.Big citrusy hops jump out in the nose along with some pine underneath,not much malt presence except for mild toastiness.If you like grapefruit and bitterness this your kinda ipa,I love it,intesnse grapefruit juice flavors and some stickiness to go along with some lighter pine resin,again just a faint drier malt presence.I haven't had an in your face sharp hop bomb in awhile and for me this fits the bill.Excellent...in my opinion.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can Batch #030

Pours golden yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, guava, passionfruit, grapefruit, orange, papaya, honey crackery caramel malt, with floral earthy minty herbal spicy grassy pine. Tastes like creamy honey crackery caramel malt, pineapple, guava, passionfruit, zesty orange and grapefruit citrus, papaya, with bitter floral earthy minty herbaceous spicy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with low carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evil Twin Brewing - Falco IPA, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a semi-cloudy yellow with a hint of amber and a soapy head that dissipates quick but retains some. Some lacing. Not the prettiest but I ate my words later on in the review.

Smell - Faint fruit hop aroma of pineapple/passion fruitish with some slight sweet malt. Aroma is generally light, at this point I was a bit concerned.

Taste - Hope hoppy citrus and pine blast here that I wasn't expecting and it was quite impressive. Zero malt influence here, nice and dry.

Mouthfeel - More light than medium. Dry and drinkable. Nice carbonated snap. Booziness is invisible.

Overall - From the appearance and aroma I was not excited but when it actually hit my lips I became a believer in this brew. Would recommend and would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Cloudy straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Papaya, pineapple, mango and candy sugar.

Papaya, mango and pineapple. Thin candy sugar backbone with notes of honey. Some piney bitterness on the back end.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly dry.

Yeah, this is good stuff. At 7% this miraculously tastes like a session IPA around 4.5%. Reminds me of Daisy Cutter. Excellent job!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a soapy white head on top. The retention on this is really quite good as well as the lacing, it's a really nice looking beer. The smell of the is zesty with some hoppy citrus aromas on the nose. The taste is refreshing and floral, citrusy and crisp. The mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Overall I think this a is a really damn good IPA. I may be picking up more of this.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer has a great hops and pine aroma. Falco is a crystal clear yellow with a large white head. The flavor matches the smell. A real good IPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange, with a half inch head, and some, but not much, lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, and pineapple.

The taste is similar. Really fresh and refreshing hoppy taste here. Not much malt to speak of, lots of juicy fruit flavors, and some nice, subtle, but lingering bitterness. The fruit flavors I'm getting from the hops are mostly orange and lemon.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Was surprised, this one tasted really fresh and nice.

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Photo of jpro
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4-pk from CBX. 12oz bottle into a 0.5L mug...

A: light, golden-orange; slight haze; one finger of white head leaves a few strands / sheets of lace; lighter than a lot of IPAs - looks nice.

S: orange peel; bright citrus notes; cracker / wheat maltiness; nice light, bright aroma!

T: orange pulp; peach concentrate / syrup; hints of light malt; very light pine notes, too.

M: medium feel; moderate carbonation; impressive bitterness is a tonsil pucker-er.

O: a really nice change of pace IPA... light color, yet zesty hops, refreshing, bitter finish. A great spring / summer IPA. Falconers Flight - pretty interesting hop variety.

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Photo of biggie25
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Keeping it simple just try it a great beer and if you live in Chicago you can get this at the chicago beer temple great place to get all your beer and one more thing this beer cost $8.99 for a 4pack tall boy cans yes this mean we can all afford evil twin beer now:)

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of floaties and one finger of white head that leaves evil spiky landscape lace as it recedes.

Smells great. Lemon, orange and grapefruit zest, Thanksgiving dinner roll caramel malt, pine needles and further leafy, resiny hops.

Tastes of doughy, bready caramel malt, blood orange, pink grapefruit, mild lemon juice and more piney hops.

Feels light and frothy. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Rock solid IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A floral and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with some hints of grass and pine. Soft pale malt hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Also some honey like sweet hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a juicy and floral hop driven taste with nice notes of citrus and grassy hops. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. Floral hop notes along with some earthy notes of grass and pine. Soft bready malt notes of cracker, biscuit, and yeast as well as a little honey sweetness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an IPA. Good earthy and citrus hop flavors with a clean smooth body.

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Photo of rorjets
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from the bottle into an IPA appropriate glass. Frothy white head that lasted thru out the consumption of the beer, with excellent lacing. The body is a cloudy, golden color. Enticing but mild piney aroma, this brew clocks in at 7% abv. The first sip yields wonderful grapefruit and pineapple flavors, followed by a modest amount of bitterness. Deeelicious!

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
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