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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Photo of tlazaroff
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was not what I was expecting for an IPA, it smells of caramel fairly heavily. I get no hops, it smells like a 60 shilling. Smells good, but not like it should. It's disappointing.

The beer looks beautiful. It's a deep orange that is clear as crystal with a nice off-white head that layers on the top and leaves very good lacing.

It may not have smelled like an IPA, but it sure tastes like one! Sharp bitterness right up front that lasts well through the finish. Very floral and somewhat grassy (in a good way). The finish brings a crisp candy-like sweetness like Jolly Ranchers. Moderate carbonation and a body to match, it's well balanced and overall not too bad.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 20, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Grantville (San Diego) for $13.99 (with card price) as part of a 12-pack on Nov. 20, 2012). Auburn caramel with three-to-four fingers of frothy white head that took a long while to dissipate. Good, wet and foamy retention on the sides all the way down (all the way!), nice layer on the top.

Smelled a sharp whiff of a kind of complex mixture of caramel malts and bitter citrus hops. The citrus hops seemed to be tangerine and orange mixed with grapefruit. Had that caramel malt backbone with toffee. Also some sweet floral hops as well.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got that mixture of malts (caramel, toffee, amberish) and bitter hops (tangerine and grapefruit). Not as much floral hops as the smell, but still there. Very bitter finish. LATE ADD: Seemed to get some butter in there as well.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

I was hoping for more, but the Falconer IPA didn’t do it, which is rare for me with Widmer.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Pleasant aroma that is quite floral. Also notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The malt gives it a slight caramel characteristic.

Nice malt profile that gives the IPA a bready and caramel flavor that is just slightly sweet. The hops may have faded a bit but still gives some nice tropical fruit flavor. Moderately bitter.

Medium body that is smooth feeling. Would like a tad bit more carbonation but it is a small nit.

I have found all of the Widmer Rotator IPAs quite enjoyable, this one is no exception even if it is past its prime.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a decent off white head that dissipates slowly to a cap. Smells of spice, pine, and citrus with a bready biscuit malt back bone. The flavor is sweet bready malt with a nice hit of resinous and grapefruit hop flavor with a solid shot of hop bite. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous slick mouthfeel. Not a bad IPA and better than I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle to standard pint glass
Bottled Aug – 2012

A: The Flaconers IPA pours a light caramel amber color with some haziness to it and a good half finger of khaki tan head. There is some ample hang time and a bit of wavy cling down the glass.

S: Smells of gooseberry, melon, peach, and some lemon zest. Hops are pungent with a bit pine and some catty musk. I get undercurrents of some caramelized malt sugars and a warm breadiness. Real pleasant and unexpected hop aromas here.

T: Tastes pop with some real hoppy goodness. More gooseberry. The Citra really delivers out of the Falconer’s blend. Melon, pine, citrus fruits, and a touch of some exotic flora. There is a dash of caramel sweetness and a bit of bready malt base to carry an upper level of bitterness. Has a nice puckering bite. Alcohol is well masked with just a slight warming sensation added. A very nice surprise.

M: There a relatively light to moderate feel with a somewhat creamy texture. Nice bitter bite and crisp factor from the carbonation. Finishes on the wet side.

D: This was surprisingly good for the deal you get out of purchasing a case. Very drinkable with a great hoppy punch and some nice fruity flavors.
Felt like drinking a subpar Sculpin…which is still quite good. Would definitely pick up again.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant copper color with a solid one inch eggy head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Caramel malt aroma mingles with grapefruit pith, earthy hops (smells like peas), dankness, and a bready chewiness. Pretty sure it's dry hopped with amarillo.

Flavor is less characterful, with bittering hops taking center stage, and a lackluster showing from citrus flavoring hops. There's a hint of grapefruit and pine, along with some resinous hop character to provide intrigue to the bready malt backbone. The finish is fairly peppery.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a modest ipa, fairly malt centric with some yummy hop character. Nice citrus and resin.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A... clear copper color with 1" off white head. Very nice, sticky lacing on the glass.

S...VERY floral. Lots of sweet citrus with a little bif of pine behind it. Smells delicious.

T...Wow. hoppy bitterness right up front. Nicely complex, lots of flavors going on here. There is a nice fruity taste and the bitterness gives it a clean finish. A little sweet for an IPA.

M...perfect carbonation. Very nice, lighter bodied feel to it. I could easily drink a couple too many of these on a Summer evening.

O...Surprisingly good. I have really liked some of Widmers rotator IPA's. Killer deal too $14/12 pack. This is a nice beer. A little sweeter than the Rotator Shaddock IPA. Pick some up.

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Photo of mudbug
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the standard pint glass results in a slightly hazy body with a nice fluffy half inch head that clings to the glass, nice. The aroma is fruit forward, I get pineapple, Kiwi, ripe peach and floral hops. Taste is on the sweet side of the IPA spectrum, malt, honey, biscuit. Carbonation is just right with a nice cascade of bubbles throughout the glass.
Wow, I didn't know Widmer had this in them! And it's a bargain to boot! Going to go down to the market and snag some more of this pronto! Well done.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant orange amber with an off-white, near 2 finger head. Decent retention. The resulting lace is thin, but consistent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Notes of citrus and stonefruit; somewhere between peach and apricot. A bready malt aroma can be found sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts fruity and citric, mixing it up nicely with a lightly toasted, bready malt backbone. Bitterness creeps in about midtaste, then finishes with strong bitter orange pith that rings true well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some lively carbonation. Bites quick, then smooths out.

Overall - When I first had the O'Ryely and Spiced IPA, I thought Widmer had no clue in what they were doing with these Rotator IPA's - the Shaddock and Falconer's IPA has proven otherwise. This is a damn solid IPA. Reminds me of Stone's IPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is orange with gold highlights. It has a slight haze. There is two inches of beige head with pretty good clinging power.

S - I get a lot of sweet malt aromas. I get some caramel and toffee. The hops come through with some minor citrus notes.

T - This is a malt forward ipa. The hops are definitely not pronounced. I am on my third, and I have just a little bitterness in my mouth. It's mostly grapefruit.

M - Low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - I thought I may have had an old sixer until I read some other reviews. The hops are hidden compared to most ipa's. It is more like a pale ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a clear amber with crimson hues body. Excellent lacing. Aroma is mild with some grapefruit and mild earthy notes but overall very mild. Malt forward IPA with candied oranges, earthy and slight floral notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, not too memorable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than average pour, slight light brown intrusion, dark copper. Aroma was hoppy, falconer's hops seem like a little more bitter cascades.

A heavy malt mouthfeel, this is a big bodied 'single' ipa. The hopping is nice, but between the six pack I had, I noticed the beer didn't have much sturdiness, after a few weeks it was a very different beer. Hope you like caramel, toffee, tea and grapefruit. Could have just as easily believed this was a hoppy brown ale.

Good enough, the thing I like about these Widmer rotating ipas is that they're all unique, but they're not just different for the sake of being different, you get some enjoyable actual different takes on the ipa style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with some grapes, cherries and pine notes mixed in with some toffee. The flavor is similar. I get orange and cherry with biscuit malt and a low amount of bitterness. I also get a little bit of pine, but the fruit notes from the hops stand out more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
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 +0.5%
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 KajII
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -14.8%
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 +1.9%
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 KomodoDragon
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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 CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 hopfacebrew
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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 berliner07
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a rich looking amber body and a nice sticky off white colored head. The lacing is very nice on this beer. The retention is pretty good too. The smell it toasted with some sweet caramel and piney hops on the nose. The taste has a solid bitterness to it with a soft malt sweetness in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall I think it's pretty good IPA, I would suggest it to others.

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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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