Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Widmer Brothers Falconer's IPA Rotator IPA Series
I was excited to pick up Widmer Falconer's IPA Rotator IPA Series, the fall IPA rotator series offering from Widmer Brothers, because I've been trying (without success) to get my hands on Falconer's Flight, a new hop variety that sounds interesting for formulating fruitier IPAs. Falconer's IPA poured the color of honey, with red rings hugging the side, capped with a small, sticky white head. Juicy Fruit, pineapple, and citrus wafted from the glass, as well as a bitterness that was somewhat off-putting in the context of the fruit flavors.
Widmer Falconer's IPA opened with a bitter, bright start... much rougher than the nose implied. Pineapple and orange thankfully took over and say well against a sweet malt background, but a grapefruit rind bitterness that was lurking in the background the whole time came through strong in the end, leaving the aftertaste a b9it messy.
Widmer Falconer's IPA is a good ale, but it has somewhat dashed my expectations of the Falconer's Flight hop... hopefully someone else can make it sit in the mix a little better?