Falco | Evil Twin Brewing

very good
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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 mnj21655
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear vibrant yellow gold in color with a bit over a finger of white head that hangs around for awhile before fading to a thin coating. Aroma is pretty typical of a West Coast IPA, it has a mix of pine, maybe some light grapefruit notes, and some sweet malt. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma and adds a light-moderate bitterness. Medium-ish in body with moderate carbonation. Overall I found this to be a pretty solid IPA, I picked up this single can for $2 which seems like a great deal to me.

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Photo of PSanger
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Uncharacteristic due to the big flavor upfront but the lack there of towards the end that you normally see with IPAs This is a different type of taste but one that i didn't care to much for.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was able to find a single of this for $2.50 at Carnivores in Oakmont. Into a pint glass. Color is a bright yellow hazy with tiny floaties in the glass and a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Smell is piney with hints of grapefruit rind and sweet malts. Taste is bitter and herbal with little malt balance and some citrus zest for good measure. Stingy it leaves a bitter taste on the palate with each sip. Body is medium and its somewhat easy to finish.

Overall I am actually kind of stunned they are usually really good at making balanced IPA's and DIPA's but this one I guess is bitter and acidic on purpose? I really didn't like it enough to buy it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey golden glow with a soapy white head of 2 fingers. It looks like shaving cream towards the top, in fact...you could place a cherry on it.

Aromas of grapefruit rind and pineapple. Light biscuit malt, faint mango.

Flavor is a bit more piney and rind-y than I'd like. Mostly grapefruit rind, with some caramel fading in and out, some light pine. There's a freshness underneath but its not as fresh as I'd like.

Feel is medium to light bodied. Mild carbonation.

Evil Twin's Falco was not as impressive as I'd hoped. I was hoping for a hoppy citrus bomb with a lot of freshness. Instead I got hints of staleness and mostly grapefruit rind.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is mango, tangerine, peach, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical upfront mango, peach, tangerine with a healthy dose of piney grapefruit in the fairly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, lots of prickly carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very nice IPA, nothing makes it stand out, very balanced and a solid IPA.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can in a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy and pale lemon drop color, touch of light gold. Billowy white cap, 2-plus F, lots of fat lacing and good retention.

There's no denying the fruit hops; pear, lemon, candied grapefruit. Some malt and earthy evergreen.

Citrus hops, dry malts. Piney.

Great feel. Medium body, Slightly resinous, hoppy, pleasantly dry and mild bitterness.

Quite refreshing. Tasty and aromatic. 7% abv is just right.

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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 Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Evil Twin pint glass.

Hazy bright gold hue with lots of sediment floating around, decent white foamy head builds up with good retention before slowly subsiding to some bubble sheet atop along with lots of sticky lacing patch and spot, high carbonation.

Very fruity and hoppy with aromas of grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit, some pine, grass and resin while malt with caramel and bready notes.

Malt acts as a foundation of flavor with breadiness and caramelized sweetness, hop with a grapefruit led and then piney, resiny, some grassy and persistent bitterness at the end. Alcohol slightly appeared when warm.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation generated crisp and refreshing feel through the palate, dry finish. Still another good offering from Evil Twin, good American IPA.

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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 do_ob
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter. Light golden in color with a good sized head of puffy, white foam. Nose is light hops, light citrus, grapefruit, and doughy malt. The taste follows along closely. Not too bitter, but there is a definite hop bite. An equal malt character is there to balance it out, and then some. This beer is pretty malty, but it's done well. Good mouthfeel, perfect for 7%. Dry finish.

I really enjoyed this. Will probably pick up more next time I'm in the shop.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale golden color, three finger white head, bubbly lacing, no carbonation.

S: Hoppy, bready.

T: Very smooth and balanced. Malty and a touch of bitterness on the back end.

F: Smooth, drinkable.

O: Excellent IPA. Would happily enjoy on any given moment.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artwork: Typical Scandinavian minimalism (like in most of their labels). This is what I assume to be the abstract/modern-art representation of a bird of pray (Falcon?). I'm usually not a fan of the style but for some reason I don't mind it on their cans/bottles.

Appearance: Huge frothy head with nice retention and lacing. The color is amber and clear.

Nose: Tons of hops. Not too tropical or floral. Grassy or herbaceous are perhaps better words.

Taste: Fairly bitter (even more so than your average American IPA). The hops are fairly straightforward and do not offer notes of anything other that what they are. Hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a decent carbonation bite.

Overall: A great IPA, despite the high bitterness which I got tired of after the 4-5th sip.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch #29 on bottom of can.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of foam. Nice carbonation. Aroma has a nice grassy hoppiness. Appears thin bodied.

First sip is nicely hoppy and thin bodied. Hop bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Very drinkable with very little residual sweetness. A touch out of balance on the hoppy side, but refreshing nonetheless

decent IPA, and I like the 16 oz cans

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. A dank aroma with some grassy hops. Maybe some lemon. More of an earthy taste. There is an aggressive, dank, grassy hop with some grapefruit (maybe lemon) at the end.. Very astringent. Lighter bodied, though, with moderate carbonation. I do prefer the West Coast Style better.

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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 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 dd43
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer features some serious lacing. That was the first thing that struck me. Hop notes are fairly assertive. Definitely a resinous IPA, some peach and grapefruit peel in the aroma and flavor. It's actually a little more sticky than I would have guessed given the ABV, in terms of malt mouthfeel. Malt aromas are not robust, that might have made it even more appealing.

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Photo of Davey-C
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from pint glass on 2/8/16. Poured from 16 oz can with marking of "32215" - this can't be date? I passed up this IPA two times based on this "date marking" in other stores before purchasing at third store (all three reputable stores) and it doesn't taste stale... Aroma: initial aroma of light spritzer, very refreshing light hop aromas of pine and citrus. Aroma develops to reveal tropical fruit - mango, papaya, and Mellon. No malt aroma. No yeast esters unless faint and combine with hop aroma which is dominant. Very light yeast bready note upon second pour. Appearance: good head retention with tall (1") white head that persists eventually leaving thin film. Moderately high carbonation. Fine lacing. Flavor: hop forward balance in flavor with just a hint of malt sweetness in initial palate. Hop flavors of hop resin dominate palate and blend into increasing bitterness (moderately high) in late palate.!yeast profile "clean" and characteristic of American ale strain. Finish is moderately dry with little residual sweetness in aftertaste with slight astringency. Mouthfeel: body is medium - full. Carbonation is medium - high. Light levels of alcohol warmth perceived. Low astringency in aftertaste. Overall: easy drinker for 7%! Very nice IPA, I will buy 4-pk again. Well balanced IPA that has a bitter kick, but not so much as to be in-enjoyable. Nice standard everyday IPA - i.e. Not to hoppy, not too sweet, not too over the top... The only change I would recommend would be to increase the hop aroma by increasing late hop additions, or increasing dry hopping.

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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 Todd
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruity, Piney, Biscuity, Dry

Bright, pale gold with a mountainous foam head, this IPA from Evil Twin is fruity, grassy, bready, zesty and earthy in the nose. It’s crisp and dry with an assertive hop profile that's fruity (orange, apple, melon, pear), piney, resinous and floral with an astringent bitterness. Sweet, biscuity malts provide ample balance though, while an aspirin-like chalkiness dries things up in the finish. Aggressive, but balanced, Falco is simply delicious.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #105 (October 2015).

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey yellow honey colour with a white head that disapates to a thin ring. Aroma tropical fruits, citrus, sweet. Taste follows the nose tropical, Lemmon and a hint of malt.

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Photo of pinyin
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served 39F from the can into a 14 ounce tulip glass.

Very nice clarity and lacing. Light orange dark yellow tint. Slight haze, excellent lacing and head. Really well executed and looks very appetizing in the glass.

The nose on this ale is kind of stale. Didn't check the canning date. Seems like the malts are little bit stale, and the dry hop or boil hops have faded. Very subdued for and Evil Twin product.

Taste wise again, the malts are sort of dated and dead as are the hops, and this just tastes like an outdated product. The canning date was March 2015, which, had I checked, before purchasing, I obviously would not have bought this stale product. A stale malt bomb with no hop presence. Sorry Evil Twin. I'll blame the second tier distributor in this instance.

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Photo of Savan
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy shade of yellow snow (its a good thing). A half inch of foamy head lingers a while. On the nose, the usual suspects of pine and citrus are subtle . Taste is average for the style, I am not noting anything that stands apart.. if it is your first American Pales, it is a good choice , If you have done the pale ale APA , IPA yodda yodda you will be un-impressed but not turned off. It has a definitive waxy oily feel about it

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Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz can. Pours clear gold with some very fine floaties and a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary bready malt with some funky fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready crystal malt with ripe fruit and a big grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, very sweet, sugary, under-attenuated and a bit worty with some fruit and grassy hops in the background.

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Photo of emount91
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a beautiful hazy orange/yellow color, head dissipates quickly into a thin layer. smell is very very mild but pleasant: clean crisp citrus is all I smell. taste is far different from smell, you do get that citrus taste, but it's more specific to just lemon. then a malty sweet backbone. a little disappointing compared to what the smell suggested. feel is pretty good, a little thick for an IPA, maybe better mouthfeel for a DIPA. decent beer coming from two roads factory, but probably wouldnt get again unless it was the best thing in the store (most likely never going to run into that scenario, though).

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 925 ratings.
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