Widowmaker | Fall River Brewing Company

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Fall River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by davegray on 12-02-2013

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by South2NW:
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint.

A: Pours a very nice translucent copper color. ~1 finger width head, that fades fairly quickly. Leaves nice rings of lacing in the pint.

S: WOW! Loads of fruity deliciousness! Peach, mango, pineapple.

T: Definitely follows the nose. Absolutely delicious.

M: medium body, nice carbonation, dangerously drinkable for 10.2%. You would never know it. Nice bitter finish that lingers. Leaves you wanting more.

O: This beer is great! If you are ever in the Redding, CA area, stop in the tap room or pick up a bomber from one of the stores. Very surprised to find a beer of this caliber from such a small place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%

Many thanks to flexabull, who shipped me a killer box for – finally, after years of sad frustration – for placing in the Step up to the Pint league. This 22 oz. bomber split with my wife is the first victim of the recently arrived box.

The pour is orange, with rivulets of carbonation running up the side, interrupted only by the large volume of sediment suspended in the brew. The nose speaks to me of sugar-coated-dehydrated oranges, the bane of my existence one canoe trip – never again. Sweet.

Widowmaker has introduced me to the world of Cream IPAs. So thick I’m pretty sure somebody forgot to skim the cream off the top: thick, thicker, thickester. Tastes like bedding straw, fuzzy peaches, mild shot of bitterness, lots of mango rushes into the mid-palate & slides through into the aftertaste. Tons of sweet malt; too much for my preferences. Certainly easy to sip, & no sign of alcohol anywhere.

Too much malt, not enough hop. I dig the mouthfeel, but entire fields of malt died to create this one little bomber. Decent enough.

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Photo of TraceKlein
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of dertyd
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ptrickjw
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is grapefruit, pine and musty barn. Good.
The taste has a huge dose of grapefruit bitterness at the start, moves to a medium malty sweetness and finishes with a moderate bitter note. The alcohol taste is the in the background.
The texture is thicker for an IPA with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SamuelR
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hophead5150
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SierraJosh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mataylor242001
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Hetty
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. Unbelievable 10.2 abv double ipa. Such an easy drink that no wonder they call it widowmaker! Smells good, tastes great. The best beer I've had at such a high percentage.

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jefedecine
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.39/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MaxMinardi
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great DIPA at it's price point. Very smooth for 10.2% Very solid all around. Definitely gets a chance to expand once poured into a glass (in my case, a spiegelau)

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Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BeerCountry
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top 10 all time favorite beers. Stumbled upon this gem on accident while in my hometown of Redding, CA.

I'm colorblind but it looks fine to me.

Smells less hoppy than it is, but defines an ideal IPA or DIPA everytime I smell it.

Taste: Perfection. Rivals heady topper, Pliny the younger, and 120 min. in my opinion. I'll take it over The Elder any day.

Mouthfeel is thicker than most, which I'm a huge fan of with IPA's.

Overall: Even if it weren't so accessible to me, I would still consider this one of the greatest beers that I have had the pleasure of trying. As close to perfection as anything I've tried (and that's a lot). I can't wait for it to be bottled this year (2014), and I'm excited to see more from this brewery... Possible TIPA?

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dgc3043
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice DIPA, particularly for the price point and mass availability. At 10.25% you think you're drinking a 7-8% single IPA. Very well done. I highly recommend. Not a Therapist or a Younger but sure is nice!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of travolta
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radome
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a bomber bottle bought in Northern CA.

L - Golden/orange color and clear. White head is chunky, fluffy and persistent. Massive lacing.

S - Hops are primary in the aroma, with pine and tropical fruit, but emphasizing pine. The malt aromas are well balanced with the hops, bringing bready and honey sweetness to the mix. This is a great example of what a DIPA should smell like.

T - The flavors are a swirl of the same ingredients found in the aromas, with the addition of some citrus notes. Overall the balance leans toward hops over malt.

F - Medium body that has some silkiness. Moderate, but creamy carbonation. Strong hops bitterness, but not to a ridiculous level. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly low for the 10.2% ABV.

O - A top-notch DIPA. No flaws that I can find.

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Photo of 20rcrow
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a thin, foamy orange cream head, mostly clear with minimal lacing. The aroma is apricot and tropical fruit. A bit of alcohol vapor present. The flavor is bold, pine, grapefruit, spice and herbs. A bit of that alcohol bite, but still quite smooth. Thick and resinous mouthfeel. Another great beer from Fall River.

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Widowmaker from Fall River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 36 ratings