Falco | Evil Twin Brewing

very good
131 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 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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Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a golden straw with the slightest haze and a finger of foamy white head leaving decent lacing. The aroma is extremely floral, with hibiscus and lavender. The taste is similarly floral, but the hops give it a nice balance. The bitterness builds. Medium mouth, and pretty crisp for an IPA. I'm a sucker for floral IPAs, and this one is pretty good.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Golden yellow in color with cloudy visibility. Pours a foamy two inch head.

aroma- Citrus hops, especially lemon.

taste- Once again the flavor is big on citrus hops with puckering lemon coming through. The malt is a very dry bread malt which helps provide a clean finish, but it also add to a strong lingering bitterness with the astringency of the lemon. As it warms up more malt sweetness shows up which rounds things out and reduces the dryness/bitterness.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very dry and clean.

overall- Very good ipa that has nice hop flavors from the falconers flight and a dry malt backbone to showcase the hops. Definitely better once it gets to 50 degrees as the malt sweetness cut through the bitter combo of dry malt and lemon hops.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow golden color with white head. Plenty of citrus and pine on the nose, nicely combined; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied and straight forward. Finishes the same way it starts. Easy drinking, and tasty.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought it had a good mouthfeel, there's some dankness and resin flavor, however there's not enough hop flavor, maybe its me but I think I had this beer after it has lost some of its hop flavor

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw, a little dense/opaque, head is mixture of bubble sizes and presents 1/2 inch thick, nice lacing.

Smell is very nice blend of citrus and lighter pine/earthy hops, not overpowering and slightly subdued but enticing for the flavor to come...

Taste is more pronounced flavors of the aroma and very good: nice hop bitterness, simple clean malt bill that allows the hops to shine through; malt is light toast, no caramel; hops are a little more bitter pine and earth, with a very pronounced lemon quality amongst the citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, and very pleasant lasting flavor and presence, the simple malt components keep it away from cloying flavors and the bitterness remains fresh and enticing.

Overall, this is a very good and delicious IPA, i'm a sucker for the lighter cleaner IPAs and this one is good, but it is a little dense looking.

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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 patre_tim
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden with a little haze, lots of carbonation, 3 fingers of yellowish head.

Pine, orange peel, fruity, spicy, resinous.

Pine, orange peel, pears, melon, big bitter hop finish. Well hidden alcohol.

Light feeling for the high ABV. Good carbonation, dry crisp finish.

Got at Beer Lab in Chiang Mai, drank there this evening (Sept 13, 2015) with my friend David. Really smooth and dry brew, hides the ABV. Well done.

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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 Spikester
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with two fingers of white long lasting head and good amount of lace.
Smell is earthy pine and a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste is pretty pine resin bitter. The fruit tastes arrive a few seconds later. The bready malts are there but unable to reign in the pine notes.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with just right carbonation. Finish dry and bitter.
Overall a good example of the American IPA style. Pretty easy drinking beer and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Golden glow, slightly hazy, and a nice tiny bubble head that receded.

Smell - Very floral with a little pine and citrus fruit. Also some malty sweetness.

Taste - Much like the smell. Floral and lightly piney with lemon and grapefruit.

Feel - Moderately carbonated and fairly bitter.

Overall- thirst quencher, a nice Summer IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around for a while then settles to a solid layer and laces beautifully.

S: Citrus, lemon, floral, a little pine, earthy kinda herbal notes, a little spice, light malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Citrus, lemon dominates with hints tangerine and grapefruit, floral, pine, light spice, earthy herbal notes, light crackery malt, and a little sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Refreshing, solid tasty beverage.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour is golden and opaque - i can't see through the glass at all.

smell is grapefruit and tangerine. i wouldn't have come up with that other fruit on my own, but seeing it in some of the other comments made that connection for me. might be because i haven't had a tangerine in roughly 2 years, but this beer reminds me of what i think a tangerine smelled like.

taste definitely has a bit of pine to it. i've got tangerine stuck in my head now, but there's also some nice evergreen to it.

mouthfeel is dry and the bitterness doesn't really stick around. pretty effervescent without being foamy.

i think i like this more than i should because no one's said "it tastes like mango!". it's comfortable, it's familiar, and it's more like what i want an ipa to taste like, even if i don't think this on my top 12 list (because i wouldn't actually make a list of the dozen best ipa's out there anyway).

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Photo of pagriley
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (best before yesterday... oh well)

L - Hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head
S - Grapefruit and a hint of orange zest
T - Slightly dank with orange peel and pine. edgy bitterness on the finish
M - lighter bodied, but with fine soft carb. Quaffable.

Overall a very solid offering. It is a bit old (no idea when canned) and held up well. Would try again if I saw fresh

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Photo of jimdalton
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy straw gold with prominent 1/2 inch head.

Smell: Citrus aroma, a combination of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine.

Taste: Prominent citrus hops up front with light effervescence throughout fading to an earthy ending. Hardly any malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth front with a hoppy kick. Light carbonation with a light finish

Overall: Falco is wonderful example of an American IPA. It brings a complex balance of citrus and pine hops while maintaining a light, wonderful mouthfeel. If you are looking for a hoppy, citrus, high gravity adventure, be sure to seek out Evil Twin’s Falco.

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Photo of leantom
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, it was good but I probably won't be getting it again. Here goes:

A: Good. Very cloudy orange-yellow. However, the beer is very effervescent and it produces a large head with moderate lacing. Head dissipates rather quickly, though.

S: Lots of citrus and grass. Also a very noticeable earthy scent. I typically like my beers either tropical, floral or piney without too much earth. However, the beer is still good smell-wise.

T: Very citrusy and earthy. Lots of vegetable soil to go along with the lemons and tangerines.

F: Great. Almost perfect. Very frothy.

O: A solid beer but it really wasn't my cup-of-tea.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 16315 (June 15th, 2015 - roughly a month old)

Look: An unassumingly pale beer, but with a lovely frothy white head
Smell: Citrus - grapefruit, tangerine, lemon .
Taste: Follows the nose, with no flavor dominating. Relatively complex with a deliciously dry grapefruit pith aftertaste
Feel: I've been on a flaked oats IPA kick (mmmm, chewy), but this light-medium bodied/carbonated ale goes down easy and hides its alcohol well. 7% 16oz is definitely a sweet spot for me
Overall: I'm happy to see Evil Twin/Two Roads moving this into 16oz cans at a better price. Here in CT it's going for $10.99, which is several dollars cheaper than its 12oz bottle counterpart went for.

I'd definitely recommend picking up a 4pk of this if you see it. Besides being a delicious and refreshing beer, it's a great example of Falconer's Flight hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/21/15 notes. Had a 16 oz. can in a pint glass at Blue Ribbon Bakery down on Downing Street in NYC.

Pretty good, light and refreshing. Nice citrus to it and easy to drink.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Vibrant, clear straw-gold with 1/2" head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention looks OK, lacing surprisingly impressive.

S: Lots of citrus. It seems to me like a twofold attack, big grapefruit makes up the bitter aspect, with tangerine notes acting as a sweeter counterpoint. Smells juicy.

T: Very similar to the nose with less of the sweet component. Mostly grapefruit & dry hoppy bitterness. Kind of a one-sided, one-note palate on this brew, with little depth, complexity or even a discernable malt character. Disappointed.

M: Moderately carbed, medium-bodied & very dry. Easy going down.

O: In a word, I'd call this IPA primitive. The palate is mostly brute force bitterness, which is done well here, just doesn't speak to me.

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Photo of --Dom--
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a big can of this at the LBS. I didn't have unrealistic expectations with the rating. Pours a nice, big white head. Bitter grapefruit aroma on the nose which follows upon tasting. Pretty effervescent mouthfeel. If you like dry IPA's which lean toward the bitter side then you'll like this. Pretty straightforward grapefruit flavor throughout with a bitter citrus-peel finish. I would personally like this to be a little more balanced with the sweetness. I probably would not revisit this one, but like I said, if dry/bitter is your thing then you'll like it.

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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 JamesMN
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/15/15. Awesome colors and design on the can.

Appearance: Opaque glowing wheat bale color. One finger of dissipating off-white foam.

Aroma: Dark piney/earthy bitterness and a bit of spice.

Taste: Lots of piney/earthy bitterness up front that carries through to the bitter end. Although the hop character favors the bitter/earthy side in this one, some fruity/juicier notes make their way up out of the swirling bitterness and onto the palate. The malt is almost nonexistent as far as flavor is concerned but must be present because the beer is never overly bitter. Nice fruity/earthy finish with a lingering aftertaste of straight bitterness and a bit of hop resin. About where I'd expect the flavor to be for 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with average carbonation for the style and a smooth feel despite the bitterness.

Final Thoughts: Although I went in expecting a citrus bomb I was surprised and impressed with this well-executed bitter/earthy IPA. While the trend recently has been more about hop flavor rather than hop bitterness, IPAs like Falco remind me that true satisfaction comes from a healthy dose of IBUs. Would I drink it again? Sure, I'm really starting to dig Evil Twin.

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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 scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled way back in early October 2014. Not expecting much.

a: Clear gold with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing. Last pour clouded things up and put on a fairly perisitent hefty head.

s: Moderate grapefruit. Nice.

t: Grapefruit up front with moderate- plus lingering bitterness. Becomes more pine resiny later.

m: Moderate, very good body, heavy carbonation tingle.

o: Could pass for a DIPA, and a very good one. If this was more competitively priced it could easily become one of my go-to choices for hoppy drinking fun. Will definitely be looking for fresh Falco.

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops,
I'm movin' to the country, gonna drink me a lot of hops,
Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops,
Movin' to the country, gonna drink a lot of hops.
Hops come, in a can,
They were put there by a man,
In a factory downtown.
And if I had my little way, I'd drink hops everyday,
Some suckin' bitterness in the shade.

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Falco from Evil Twin Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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