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: 300 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of JDizzle
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the standard 12 oz glass bottle. Bought a 12 pack for $14.99.

Pours a copper/amber clear color. Looks a little more viscous than it is. It has a nice one finger off white head.

Bready, hoppy, malty are the strong fumes that hit me first. It has kinda of a soapy smell I really can't put my finger on. Smells OK.

The taste is pretty hoppy off the bat with a meaty backbone that is earthy, bready, and sweet. Really no sign of alcohol. A piney finish that is quite bitter.

The mouthfeel is good with a fair amount of carbonation. The bitterness might stop it from being a session beer, but pretty drinkable for the price.

Good beer by Widmer, but I would rather have a Torpedo being the same price.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Falconer's IPA in a grocery store. Part of the Rotator IPA Series. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper color, clear, with a creamy egg shell white head.

Smell is faint, more grain than citrus and pine.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a mildly bitter pine finish. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very slightly cloying character.

A very drinkable IPA. more in keeping with the English style I think, as opposed to American IPAs. I'll have it again.

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Photo of Gatch
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice shade of amber with a fluffy, tall, white head that settles into a pillowy, lacey layer.

S - Fruity, hoppy goodness in the nose. Becomes subdued as the head fades. Slight alcohol.

T - Of course the hops are there, with notes of pine, wood, smoke, alcohol, caramelized sugar. The alcohol seems to dominate.

M/D - Can be a bit cloying and monotonous after a while. Smooth with little carbonation. Noticeable alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass.

The color is a clear copper-amber with a finger of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has some nice earthy hoppy aroma with some

The taste is pretty hoppy at first with some earthy notes that hold a good sized bitterness that also a good sized malt presence as well. The hits with a taste of piney hops at the end and makes this comes back to the bitterness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkable feel to a beer that has a good amount of hops. It does have a smooth side and it make this beer surprising in how well this drinks.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sixer that cost me $8.49. Dark orange color, not much head but some sticky lacing on the glass. Smells like alcohol and fruit but not exactly citrus. The taste is alcohol, some fruit (again not citrus), more alcohol. Overall this has too much of an alcohol flavor for me, I preferred the X-114 a lot more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Village Draft House

This beer pours a nice light amber color, but arrived at the table with no head. The is predominantly grapefruit with faint notes of light malt. The taste is similar; grapefruit-like citrusy hops and very pleasing floral hops up front with faint malt notes and a honey-like sweetness noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a very sessionable IPA. The hops used lend floral and grapefruit notes, but little if any bitterness. This would make a great training wheels beer for those looking to get into the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smells strongly of both hops and malt. Toffee candy smothered by a pile of hops. Hop scents of pine cone, grapefruit and orange candy slices. Lesser scents of Spearmint and tea, reminds me of Snapple.

Starts out dry and very hoppy with a melon aftertaste. Strong grapefruit flavor with wood and tea. Settles down to dry with lots of black tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty yet on the verge of harsh. Good yet not great.

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

Six pack obtained at Slaveway in The Big, poured into shaker pint glass, 10.12.11.

One finger slightly off-white head small bubbles, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Nose is pretty complex almost muddled, some caramel balanced by tropical/grapefruit hop profile. Taste is hop forward, more grapefruit than mango, decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Hard to identify the hop profile, might benefit in future if blended with something a bit more spicy/piney, but not a bad single hop IPA.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing.

S - Pine, some steely caramel, muted citrus.

T - Wow! Way better than the nose. Pine, mint, bitter grapefruit rind, toasty biscuty caramel malt base, strawberry/citrus sweetness. Sweet herbal mint end the dry finish.

M - Medium body, great carbonation.

Very balanced with enough of a hop punch to satisfy. Aroma needs works but this is a great tasting IPA.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear amber with ruby highlights and a thin, foamy khaki head. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

S-Sweet, tropical fruit hop aroma, Walker's shortbread cookies, pineapple juice. A distinct lack of bitter hop aroma.

T/M-Drier than I expected, given the nose. Still, this is all about the aromatic/fruity hops. Mango and pineapple sweetness is undercut by moderately dry, grassy hops on the back end. Very drinkable, though a bit sweeter than I prefer my IPAs. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Another decent IPA from Widmer. Worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear reddish copper color with good carbonation and a nice white cap.

S: Floral and perfume notes, with some citrus

T: Starts with a pronounced bitterness. Citrus, floral. Finishes spicy and dry. Left a sweet, bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: This is good, tasty and easy to drink

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color with a large, off-white color that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is quite lovely. Nice citrus and hop aroma. Taste is where this beer is somewhat lacking. A bit more watered down than the nose leads us to believe. The hops are a bit faded as the malt balances it out a bit. Some citrus and pine as well. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is not a bad IPA whatsoever. For the price, I would definitely purchase it again.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a decent beer coming from a company that was bought out. Many of you wouldn't think Widmer Brothers Brewing Company make decent beer anymore.

I thought it was decent. It looked good, and it smelled okay. I thought the beer's taste was slightly lacking in the flavor profile that it should have. The hops were there, but it wasn't enough for me. I thought it was mild, even though the alcohol is potent! The taste also wasn't very complex and nuanced.

There's dry aftertaste for me, and that's probably caused by the strong ABV, and it's pretty good. It's typical of what you see in an IPA.

Overall, I would buy it again, but it's certainly not the best of this style. I think i will want to check out the other "rotator" IPAs to see what the fuss is all about. However, I can't go wrong with 7% ABV for this beer, can I?

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

Widmer's rotator IPA series with experimental hops. There is a citrus hop aroma along with some bitterness. Medium body and smooth finish make it easy to drink. However this is an average West Coast IPA. Overall it is worth buying a 6 pack during the summer months.

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint a clear copper with a thinner lacy white head that left broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a thin layer.a ix of leafy hops and juicy fruity malt in the nose,the hops are a little subdued for the style but the malt aromas are nice.More of a pale ale on the palate than ipa with its big sweetish malt profile,there is a shot of citric hops but it doesn't really hit home.I'ts a decent beer but it lacks in the ipa department in my opinion.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours a brassy hue and is topped with a small but persistent white cap; looks just a bit above average. Now, to the aroma, or lack thereof... it is not offensive or bad, but, for an IPA, you really need to bring it with some hoppy aromatics, which Falconer's does not. The taste, on the other hand, is quite hoppy and bitter, although the specifics of the profile are hard to pin down beyond 'hoppy' and 'bitter'. The brew has a very sturdy malt, which lends great tooth and nice balance to the whole thing; I'd like to see the malt bill utilized with a different hop schedule (though, possibly, I already have with other Widmers.) Overall, not bad, not great, certainly passable.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Clear copper color with an off white head and tons of sticky lacing. 4/5

Smell- There isn't much of an aroma, but I do smell a grassy hops. 2/5

Taste- Sweet malt with a very big bitterness to back it up. The bitterness stays with you for quite awhile. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thicker than I typically like. Gets a little thicker as it warms. 2.5/5

Overall- I was really looking forward to this but have to admit I am a little disappointed. 3/5

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Photo of PintOHops
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Nonic

A - Copper color with good clarity. It produced a dense and fluffy looking 3-finger head that held very well. A bit of C02 can be seen and it left some nice lacing on my glass.

S - One of the first things I noticed was a bready, sweet aroma. I get soft pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine notes but nothing bright. I also pick up a bit of pine notes, soft smelling IPA for the most part.

T - Having just had the Drifter Pale Ale I gotta say that this IPA tastes very very similar. Upfront I get toasted bread notes with biscuit and cracker everywhere. The malty flavors are sorta combined with rind, grapefruit, pine, and herbal/leafy hop flavors. Bitterness is decent for an IPA and it lingers around for awhile as well.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a bit of a slick feel to it.

O - Overall It tastes like a slightly beefed up version of the Drifter Pale Ale. I wonder if they just added slightly more hops and malt while making the Drifter and came up with this. I think it's an alright IPA. Nothing special. I'm also not a fan of the herbal/dry/musky/leafy flavors that are present in this beer and the Drifter. Worth a try but I think there's much better IPA's out there for around the same price.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper colored body, almost clear. 2-finger frothy white head.

Smells of apricot, mango, lemon rind and tangerine wrapped up in a bread bowl.

Tastes of tangerine, lemon rind, toast bread, corn husk and nickel. Decent bitterness.

Medium body, medium mouthfeel. Smooth feel.

Surprisingly tasty with a bitterness level that i would have thought Widmer would stay away from. Not bad at all.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice copper garnet hue with an off white head that faded to a lacey ring.

Caramel malt and some muted hop aromas dominate.Spicey and citrusy seem to be found if looking.

Nice hop bitterness and the caramel malt seem up front here. The Pac NW hops are in there but not nearly in your face as we have all grown accustumed to.

Mouthfeel seems a bit off for me here, a tad watery and maybe a hair under carbonated.

Hey for 7 bucks a sixer it is well worth your time. Not quite up to par with the X-114.

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Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a clean and clear copper color. Thick slightly off-white head.. very creamy and settled slowly to a thin blanket that seems to be sticking around. Large ring of suds sticking around the glass. A bit dark, but overall a good looking beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- This beer smells quite good. Lovely crisp NW hop aromas. Quite pine-like, and zesty bitter. Smells like a slightly sweet and bready malt backbone. Light caramel, and light honey. The smell of fresh grassy hops certainly shine through.

Taste: (4.5)
- Very light malt flavors received from what I was expecting via the color and smell of the brew. Bready light caramel, slightly sweet, but not overly sweet. The bitter pine and grassy hops shine and balance this IPA out very well. The hops also seem to have a creeper effect via the palate. Great zesty and spicy hops with a zing of fruity character which isn't found in the smell so much. Overall super balanced, and has some very great flavors hidden within.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and slightly watery up front, but the finish hits late with a drying and slightly cloying hop punch. Very interesting character and feel to this beer. It is bubbly, sparkling almost.. well carbonated. Just a touch thin.

Overall: (4.0)
- It's too difficult to compare this IPA to the previous X-114 in the series. It is a completely different IPA. I must say that I love the hops in this beer. I think I am a new fan of this Falconer's hop. The classic fresh quality is quite striking for me, and the beer is superbly balanced. Go grab it! I think I dig it more than the X-114. Will be interesting to compare my score and see it be less than the X-114 review of mine.

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Photo of Hoodoo
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Copper color, decent head, not much for lacing

S- This does not smell like an IPA at all to me. Malty, not much on the hops at all, quite disappointing. Does have a soapy taste

T- Balanced, but no hop bite, some malty biscuit. Wanting more hops.

M- Moderate carbonation, mouthfeel is off.

D- I am not impressed, was not much of a Widmer fan until the X114 and sadly will return to that status. I wish they would make the X114 a year round brew. The Falconer is not awful, but its nowhere close to what I would expect of American or west coast IPA- weak showing comparable to their previous offerings.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of turnerr79
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red pour. Decent head for a bottled IPA. Nose of semi-sweet hops, not over powering, not offending, but not inviting either.
The sharp bitter hops and malt strike the tongue on the first sip.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Not bad at all. Well crafted. But I'd classify this as an American Pale Ale rather than a true IPA or Northwest IPA.

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Photo of gpogo
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear reddish copper body with a nice off-white yellow head. Head dissipated slightly. Nice looking.

A- Wow, that smells balanced. I get a nice amount of perfumey hop aroma mixed well with grapefruit. Sweet malt backing, but not too in your face in either aspect. There is something a bit more to the malt that lends a bready aroma.

T- Instant bitterness. A nice hoppy bitter flavor leaning on the more bitter side. Nice sweet malty flavor. Finishes spicy and dry. Left a sweet, bitter aftertaste. Slightly phenolic, but very faint.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- This is delicious. I wish I had tried out Falconer's Flight hops sooner.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The newest entry in Widmer's Rotator IPA, this one is brewed with the new Falconer's Flight variety of hop. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a deep golden-amber color topped by a couple of fingers of creamy off-white head that quickly settles down to a thin ring, leaving a minimal amount of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of grapefruit and a touch of honey sweetness, along with some grassy notes. Palate is big on grapefruit and grassy hops up front, balanced slightly by a mild honey sweetness from the pale malt. A slightly syrupy character in the body carries the assertive hop profile very well and lends a bit of stickiness. Finish is a bit harsh, quite bitter and sharp. That's how I like an IPA, though, so in my mind this is fantastic.
A big, aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA that doesn't pull punches. If this is the hallmark of the new Falconer's Flight hop, then I want more beer made with it immediately. Good stuff.

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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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