Flying on a crowded radar
A Review of Rotator IPA: Falconer's IPA by Widmer Brothers Brewing
Posted on 11/15/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
Have you ever had one of those times when you were out with friends, tried some new brews, and then in a couple of days couldn't remember any of the beers you had recently enjoyed on that outing? I'm not talking about a night where you blacked out from an unnecessary amount of booze and woke up the next morning in a dumpster wearing a pilots cap, combat boots, and a ''Miss Wake County Pig Festival Queen'' sash. It would be completely understandable to forget the culprits in such an instance. No, I'm talking about a night where you had some seemingly decent beers with friends, but none left you with an amazingly good or bad impression. Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with these kinds of beers. As long as they don't induce vomiting, middle of the road session beers are completely understandable, and often welcomed. I just happened to stumble upon one of those beers back at the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC when I tried Falconer's IPA by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

In the glass, Falconer's IPA had a great pale copper coloration to it, with a fluffy white head that ended up leaving some very good lacing when all was said and done. The aromas that I was able to pick out from the glass included a mixture of orange and grapefruit, with some general passion fruit notes hiding in small bundles. I'd say more in the area of a mango than anything else if I were to be forced to nail it down. Nothing came across as bold or aggressive in the hops department for sure. Also there was a thick malt layer that pretty much blanketed anything else from escaping the glass. I had a hard time even detecting anything else as far as the nose was concerned.

The first taste was one of those where you aren't disappointed, nor are you overwhelmingly impressed. All of the standard IPA flavors were there, but they all seemed to come across as a bit muted. The citrus noted in the nose came through more so as grapefruit than anything else. I got a few notes of the mango I mentioned earlier, along with a faint tingle of pineapple once or twice. Then there was an immediate following of a basic caramel backbone that again was intent on not letting anything else come through. It had a middle of the road mouthfeel, with decent carbonation that allowed for a dry and clean finish.

I guess when it comes down to it, the Widmer Brothers Falconer's IPA is a pretty standard American IPA. I'm not knocking it, I'm just trying to get the point across that it is flying in crowded airspace. There really wasn't anything that stood out about it that made me want to run out and find it, but at the same time it didn't make me want to slap the guy who poured it for me. I do think that any level of beer drinker could drink it though. It would work well as a session brew for the more experienced drinkers, while providing the newbies a basic bridge beer to partake in. As for me, I'm off to find out where I left my pilots hat and combat boots.

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