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Falconer's IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Falconer's IPAFalconer's IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ElGordo on 09-01-2011

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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My insurance company never bought me a falcon... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, buttery biscuit, light flowers, and a touch of sweet toffee. The taste is dominated by a stinging ruby red grapefruit rind bitterness, with some light caramel and grass lying beneath, hoping to catch a crumb from the oppressive elite. No such luck, kids: time to starve. Yeah, that kept going, but that's just 'cause I wanted to get my mind off of the terrible taste still rampaging through my mouth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I don't know what went wrong with this beer, but it is downright awful-tasting. My tongue still kinda hurts from it. Boo.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orange amber with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Mostly clear with a touch of haze, and offering good retention and lacing.

Nose of citric and piney hops. Not as one sided in the aroma as many of the Rotator IPA's, with more earthy and spicy hop components vs. the onslaught of Citra type orange notes.

Lightly sweet and with a touch of caramel fruitiness. Spritzy and with a spicy hop finish and offering a mild bitterness. Offers a smooth and moderate feel with a slightly drying finish of hop spice, yet balanced with a hint of caramel sweetness. Decent balance makes for an easy drinking ale of moderate complexity.

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Photo of jtomaka65
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Edgewater
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of gilbert
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a medium copper orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that had great retention, lasting throughout with some great sticky lacing.

The aroma was of caramel malts, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and grapefruit.

The taste was at first sweetly malty with a huge note of caramel and then slowly became nice and hoppy with a note of citrus (grapefruit) at the end. The flavor lasted a very long time proceeding the swallow with a good strong hoppy taste left on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall an IPA that started mildly malty and a tad sweet but ended BIG in the hops department...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at Bier Thirty over in Bown last night.. Poured into my small CC goblet... The head drops pretty quickly.. nice lacing ... decent cap... the brew is a hazed light amber.

Nose has a good pungent hoppiness.. grapefruit zest and pine comb.. with an interesting tropical fruity profile... odd.. the malts seem a touch too high and even show some dark toast....

Big bitterness out of the gate.. the bitter bite blows things out of the water.. citrus and something that I associate with more tropical hops.... maybe some melon... but the flavor pretty much drops into the bitterness and trails on forever... some dry toasty malt presence shows on the finish with shelf warmth.

Bitter --- hoppy --- bitter again ... seems thin with malts ... definitely one dimensional... A decent PNW IPA, but loses all the intricacies...

I doubt I will buy this one again... odd and not that good... and certainly not very enjoyable.


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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, foamy, off-white head that has very clingy, decent retention. Aromas are subtle, with a toffee backbone and dry, grassy hops throughout. Flavors are rich and fruity, with a cocktail blending of pineapple, mango, and melon. Hops are subtle, with a light, spiced, and grassy profile to them. Some slight orange and lemon characteristics come through at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more tangy sweet from the fruit characteristics, with a slight resiny feel from the hops. The finish is slightly cloying, with a md-linger. Interesting twist on an IPA.

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Photo of TimMack
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper colored, modest head. Cloudy with lots of activity.

S - Candied sugar, some fruit

T - Sweet caramal malts up front, with some bittering, quick finish. Lacking in depth and hop punch I come to expect in an American IPA

M - Creamy smooth and clean

While refreshing, too sweet for me. I prefer their pale ale.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazy copper color with a big foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and was full of bubbles, leaving excellent lacing clinging to the sides, and rings as it went down.

Smells of hops up front, with citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, guava, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, lightly roasted grains, spices like pepper, brown sugar and coriander; very hoppy, sweet and fruity, the hops are strong but the grains add very nice balance.

Tastes like citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, guava, herbs, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, caramel, roasted grains, crackers, wheat bread or biscuit, mild yeast, spices like pepper, brown sugar and coriander, and a hint of alcohol. Not a hop-bomb, but still a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium body, a chewy feel, mild carbonation and it has a slightly bitter finish that gives a little citrus pucker.

A good beer overall that was refreshing and easy to drink, but may have been just a little disappointing after having the Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA just a few weeks ago as that beer was amazing. All in all it’s a good beer, one which I recommend trying if you like IPA’s.

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Photo of Pfejeran
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of omegaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer starting to show up on shelves in CT more frequently, and picking up some in mixed sixes. This one poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with no foam or whiteness. Malty pine smell. So so. Smooth taste, bitter throughout but not overbearing like the Nelson Imperial was. Caramel beneath. A mellow malty IPA, falvorful,but never harsh. Even keeled - one to enjoy.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/24/2011 as follows:

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Beer pours a dark orange almost brown color with a small 1/2 finger tannish white head with some retention and little lacing. Interesting mix of floral hops and toffee character on the nose, unusual though not bad. Starts with a rush of floral hops followed by a mild bitterness and tiny barley profile. The toffee character on the nose follows and finishes the beer. Not a lot of flavor actually. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, unimpressive. I much preferred the X-114 to this beer. Not a lot of flavor. And the nose, while unusual, is the best aspect of the beer.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Pamola
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of berliner07
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the concept of this series, but this beer was lacking somewhat. I'm not sure if I dont love the Falconer hop or if there was a problem with executuion. I just was'nt in love. A generic hop flavor at best. I expected something way more interesting from a single hop beer. And, from a new hop. But this was just good, not great.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy copper. 1 finger of head, decent retention and lacing.

S- I get mostly caramel and toffee with a little underlying citrus.

T- Tastes of light caramel up front with moderate bitterness and some nice lingering bitterness too. Sweet caramel-like flavor stays in your mouth long after as well.

M- Very nice carbonation and medium body/mouthfeel.

O- I prefer a little more bitterness and more piney/citrus hops so I didn't love falconer. But I didn't want to penalize it for that as I think it's a slightly above average IPA.

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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 299 ratings
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