It's Thursday and you know what that means, another beer review. This time around its another beer in the Rotator Series from Widmer Brothers, in the form of Falconer’s India Pale Ale. What is Falconer’s IPA? Well that's an easy answer.
“Falconer’s IPA was created to honor the legacy of Glen Hay Falconer, an extraordinary brewer whose passion for brewing great beer and living life to the fullest inspired countless brewers across the nation,” said Kurt Widmer.
“Falconer’s IPA is the perfect beer to continue the Rotator IPA series. The beer incorporates experimental hop varieties, providing the opportunity for our brewers to continue to innovate within the IPA category, a style Glen loved to brew,” said Widmer Brothers brewer Jacob Leonard.
Suggested Style Guidelines via the Brewers Association
American-style India pale ales are perceived to have medium-high to intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content. The style is further characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character. Note that fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. The use of water with high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer. This pale gold to deep copper-colored ale has a full, flowery hop aroma and may have a strong hop flavor (in addition to the perception of hop bitterness). India pale ales possess medium maltiness which contributes to a medium body. Fruity-ester flavors and aromas are moderate to very strong. Diacetyl can be absent or may be perceived at very low levels. Chill and/or hop haze is allowable at cold temperatures. (English and citrus-like American hops are considered enough of a distinction justifying separate American-style IPA and English-style IPA categories or subcategories. Hops of other origins may be used for bitterness or approximating traditional American or English character.
Out of the bottle Widmer Brothers Falconer’s India Pale Ale rests clear with a definite burnt orange hue. Settling further into the glass it's apparent that this beer has a fair amount of protein as strong white foamy mounds form on the surface. Over time and after a slight temperature change all that remains is minor lacing.
Without waiting much longer a strong inhale reveals notes of grapefruit (citrus), oak, dry earth (dust), along with something sweet (honey?) throughout the glass.
Taking that first sip it becomes clear that citrus is the theme in the form of grapefruit, before some expected malt sweetness takes hold. With the final dredges disappearing to the back of the throat Falconer's finishes bitter. Overall Falconers has a medium weight while resting on the tongue and there is a minor hint of stickiness.
You Should Try This. Falconer's Flight IPA is another example of a large production brewery creating something unexpected. Heck we might suggest a six pack and pair this with a sour dough BLT along with a field green & blue cheese salad.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.