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 ely2000k
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid, good bear overall. Another solid one from Widmer. I didn't have very high expectations for this company, but almost everything I have had from them is actually really solid. Good head and lacing. Nice dark amber hue. Main smell I get is grapefruit, hop oil, and earthy tones. Great hoppy taste. Very fresh tasting. My bottle was dated Aug. 17 11, but tasted very fresh to me. Mouthfeel and carbonation are quite good. A bit thin, but the carbonation helps quite a lot. Very drinkable for 7.0%. Overall, I think it's a great deal at 7.99 a six pack.

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Photo of t420o
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Widmer rotator falconers flight

A- beer pours a deep golden-copper color with some orange. Nice 1-1/2 finger off white frothy head. Leaves decent lacing. 4

S- grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light bready malt scent, light alcohol scent. 3.5 

T- bitter grapefruit and other citrus upfront, pine, slight maliness, alcohol and a slight taste like mineraly or or maybe it's a metallic taste. Kind of strange. 3 

M- good mouthfeel and carbonation. 3.5 
O- this beer is good but it's very one note. Nothing special here. Worth a try if nothing is better on tap. Not worth a try at 7.99 a 4-pack. At that price it's a flat out rip off. 3

C+ (generous rating. Based on price it's a C)

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

Look: Orangish brown in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Floral hops upfront and in your face with a nice touch of toffee on the back end

Taste: Exactly how the thing smells is what you get on your palate which is actually quite impressive of a feat but not all that impressive of a flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: Just another example of a boring yet drinkable beer from Widmer

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was shared with me by tenderbranson69, enjoyed from a goblet chilled.

The color is very dark -practically bronze at the far end of dark copper with good clarity and thick light cream cap, the bead is very fine with good amount of lace stickage. The smell is very deceiving -more like a strong brown with a lot of malt in the nose and a mild toastiness but there is a slight citrus tang in the background. Mouthfeel is good, but very malty, again to start with a moderate amount of sweetness and subtle spice, there a light bitterness mid taste that seems to linger into the finish with slight caramel sweetness and citrus tanginessk, the feel is pretty sweet for the style but is not cloying with moderate carbonation to give a bit of carbonic acid and give the impression it is semi dry as it finishes.

This is a very malty Ipa taste wise, smell and feel the taste starts with subtle caramel and toast with mild flavor of citrus from the Falconer's Flight up front. The caramel stays put and the grapefruit rind and slightly sweet taste of grapefruit flesh emerges toward the middle with a subtle ruby red quality that is bitter, yet still maintains the malt sweetness throughout. Overall I was happy to try this and enjoyed it for what it is, but I think IPA is the wrong description...more like a highly hopped American brown

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

962nd Review on BA
Bottle to Balloon Pint
12 oz

Didn't find a bottle date
Purchased at The Grog Shop, Whittier, CA

App- A medium caramel amber brown with a one finger head. Pretty dark for what I was expecting for a single IPA. A few sticky lines of cling as it falls. A tiny bit of bubbles remain on the head as it falls.

Smell- A very malty nose with some caramel and a bit damp from the citrus aroma from the hops. Smells a bit like those caramel apple pops from when we were kids.

Taste- For 7% you kinda taste in this one. A bit bigger in flavor but a little unbalanced without the more citrus backing flavors to undertone the malt flavors and damp flavors.

Mouth- A medium body with a good malty peppery and damp citrus note. A paired carbonation level with a bit medium feel.

Drink- Its not the best single IPA I have had but its not the worst. I probably wont have this one again. Widmer needs some more looks from me but we will see what I go with.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed caramel toned body. Thin beige head leaves adequate lace. Nice aroma of pine, citrus and resin. Light caramel malt aroma. Flavor is unique and hard to describe. Piney and minty mostly with some zesty lemon as well. Spruce tips come to mind. Moderate carbonation with a medium-full body. Solid effort, but I like the X114 better myself.

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Photo of bump8628
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, nice puff of white foam that lasts. Herbs, flowers, and other vegetation jump out first before the raw citrus edge emerges, some pine as I dig deeper. Clean and crisp with minimal malt distraction, touch of oiliness coats the mouth.

A nice IPA. I think they did a better job with X-114 - just a little brighter and juicier. Having brewed with the FF blend I know it is capable of something much more explosive. That said, this was $2.50/pint as the monthly special at the local - for that price I'll drink it all night.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bottled on Aug17 11. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a sticky cap of light tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Hops are quite tropical on the nose, some citrus fruit is evident too. Bright and clean with biscuity, husky malt backing it up. The base beer smells similar to the X-114. If you didnt like that one, chances are you wont like this one either.

Taste shows a nice spectrum of flavor hops through to a fairly strong bitterness. Malts are dry and grainy with a bit of burnt toast. Not much interplay between the malt and hops. Simplistic brew that goes down rather easy and the tropical flavors of the hops are pretty cool as they transition into somewhat of a catty, rough-around-the-edges bitterness. I am actually enjoying the Rotator IPA series, I like the new hop varietals they are using and the sixers dont sit around in my fridge very long. So, kudos to you Kurt and Rob.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber/orange with a bit of white head and some lacing.

Nicely balanced nose but not a huge hop aroma for an IPA. Some fruity peach, subdued citrus and orange zest overlie sugary pale malts

Taste is similar in fruit flavors with some buttered biscuits thrown in. Again, hop bitterness is restrained but this is certainly a unique IPA

Mouthfeel is fairly thin with even carbonation.

Enjoyed this beer 3 months after the recommended date but I'm not sure if that had much of an influence on my overall drinking experience. I'm always interested in rotating IPA's and wouldn't hesitate to grab something else from Widmer Bros

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice orange color, mostly clear, decent head and pretty good lace.

Lots of earthy pungent malts, fruity citrus, grassy notes, a little oily pine.

For an IPA it's pretty malty, but not bad. Pungent malts, some citrus peel and pine, a little fruitiness.

Body is light to medium and moderately carbonated, earthy bitter malty aftertaste.

It's not my fav from Widmer but it's not bad.

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Photo of Philousa
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sits a clear copper with a quarter finger head. Thin but good lacing on the glass. A very floral hop scent greets your nose first, slightly herbal and pungent. Sweet malt is pretty prevalent once the hops subside a bit. Sweet malt turns bitter in taste, then grassy hops finish the beer bitter. Lots of carbonation balances what could be a too-viscous malty mouthfeel.

This is a decent IPA with good hop aroma. The malt is balanced with well chosen hop varietals. This could have been too malty, but the right amount of bitterness and carbonation offset it enough to showcase the malt bill without making it too viscous. An easily drinkable beer, I'd reach for this most nights if given the chance.

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Photo of ZAP
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Muddied burnt orange...

S-Terrific...toasted breads and warm biscuit like maltiness....hops are very interesting...not sure what is used but I'm getting fresh pine combined with a sweet tropical style fruitiness....mangos...papaya...pineapple..

T-I think the malt really makes this beer but what an interesting hop flavor...not sure I've had many I can compare it to. This has some bitterness but the flavor profile really impresses me more so.

M-Medium bodied...never would have guessed 7%..drinks more like a pale ale loaded with flavor.

O-I've had two bottles of this. The first one I thought this was off the charts good and was saving this second bottle to review. My first impression was a bit better but this is definitely a tasty beer I would rate as an upper tier IPA

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Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Impressive lacing, clear amber color.

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, spearmint, hemp seeds, biscuity, cracker maltines, passion fruit, guava, alcohol.

TASTE: Hop bitterness, smooth, creamy medium body, leafy, vague berry fruitiness, dry malt backbone, light toasted biscuit, citric zest and rind, bitter semi-dry finish.

A tribute beer and a tasty one at that, extremely drinkable for 7% and more than enough hops to appease my need. Solid.

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Photo of zdk9
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out very clear with a shade of orange ruby. A full finger of uneven head leaves uneven rings, strings, and dots of lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma is an initial burst of fruitiness, followed by a dank grassy weedy halo. There's a lot of good stuff here- strawberries, cherries, orange, fresh-cut grass, marijuana, wood chips, composting pine needles.

T- The taste is a little more malty,a little more dusty, a good deal less complex. Where has the fruitiness gone? Transformed into harsher heavier hops I suppose- grapefruit and lemon and lime piths, along with some pine. Some of the dankness is still present. Simple sweetness takes the form of light maple syrup. And ever-present is this minerally, chalkiness.

M- Very bitter. Unexpectedly bitter compared to the smell.

O- I wish the entirety of this beer was like the aroma. But alas it is not...

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Photo of Reidrover
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roth’s Vista Market ,Salem. $1.35 typical burnt orange body with a nice,thick and frothy eggshell white head. not liking the aroma..this is the type of IPA aroma that puts me off pungent green onion..though it gets Ok after the first few deep sniffs. Taste ..bland really..sweet malty..grassy hop...slightly fruity..meh. Ok i suppose on the palate..nothing to write home about. Another dissapointment from the Rotator series..im not sure am i missing something?

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on draft at Atlas Bar.

Pours a deep clear copper color with about a 1" white head that sustains pretty well.

Smell is bready/grainy with some pine. A bit too malt forward for an IPA.

Taste is similar. Strong bready and caramel malt bakcbone with some slightly astringent pine dry bitter finish. Hints of some wood as well give it a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is good with good carbonation.

Perfectly drinkable beer although the dry bitter finish may make having more than 1-2 of these unpalatable. Nothing horrible, but nothing great either.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a crystal clear dark amber body with a half inch or so of off-white head. Smells fruity and malty. Pulpy piney hops share the flavor pretty equally with caramel and toffee like malt flavors. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good overall, though not quite as hop-forward as expected.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber pour, adequate head and lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with notes of pine and tropical fruit.

Taste: A strong malt backbone--probably too much for an IPA--with notes of pine and maybe some citrus. Slightly dry and slightly bitter. The hop profile is a bit flimsy, but I've had much worse malt-forward IPAs.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel for the style, a bit sweet, with nice carbonation.

This one isn't bad for the price of a 12-pack, but the X-114 was a lot better if you want to try something from the Rotator series.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -9.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -10.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +6%
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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Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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