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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Brewed exclusively with Falconer’s Flight Hops from HopUnion, and only the finest Malts from Brewers Supply Group, both of which have given support on the collaboration of this project. Proceeds from this commemorative brew will be donated to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation to provide scholarships to Brewers and Home Brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. Enjoy, lift your can, and say "Hay!"

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BK7 (725) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Can. Malty flavors with mild bitterness throughout. Balance was a bit off. No real bite at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Falconer’s Flight isn’t my favorite hop, but it shows fairly well in this beer. Spicy nose. Toasty malts up front; a little too sugary in the finish and aftertaste. Becomes slightly cloying and the moderate bitterness isn’t enough to cleave it off. Earthy hop notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Interesting little IPA here, definitely not the norm, but not bad. Aroma has some slight citrus, and a prominent dust/cereal vibe. Pours a light orange with a prominent white foam that lasts throughout. Taste is what sets this one apart. There is some noticeable malt complexity upfront. First comes that dusty/cereal flavor then for a brief second this tastes like a malty Irish red, and then the citrus hops finish off the beer. Nicely carbonated. Overall an interesting little IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3756) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Diverse bouquet of tangerine, lilly, and wheat bread. Clear orange, medium head, nice lacing. Flavor is lilly and grain husk, non-citrus. Is this from Hawaii? Husky, but that gives it character. Solid bitterness, as much from the malt/grain as the hops. An holistic IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomTiedemann (251) - Levittown, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2011
pours a nice orange/golden color. little to no head. aroma strong of hops and minor hint of citrus. taste is hopful of flavor, slight indication of a malt in there. As I drink through I get more of a hop upfront and malt in the after taste, which transitions nicely in the mouth (thats what she said - Michael Scott)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking IPA. Good malt character and hops additions. I was impressed this can gave off such great hops aroma with no can aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (3906) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Can thanks to Snojerk321. Big malty IPA with really nice hop profile. Caramel in the body as well. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
(12oz can thanks to JJFoodie) clear amber pour with creamy tan head. Nose is malty, citrus hops, a tiny bit dank, and pine. Taste of pine, bitter grapefruit, and a little oniony as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkzambia (1457) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Can: This could have been good, but it was way too musty hopped. Tasted like wet hop mush on the floor of the hop storage cooler. It was too thick in this way and it overpowered everything. I like hops, but something was out of balance with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
A vigorous pour from the can produces a fat, three finger thick, pale tan colored head (with just a hint of amber to it) in my New Belgium globe glass; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, copper-amber hue, otherwise it has an almost ruby tinged, deep amber hue to it. The aroma smells of crystal malt and American hops; specifically there are notes of ripe orange zest, touches of ruby red grapefruit, some caramelized sweet tea notes and a general spicy / toasted character characteristic of crystal type malts. The more I visit the nose, the more the hop character becomes dominant, yielding to bright tangelo zest notes, tropical fruit like lychee, floral peach as well as some slightly herbal, ripe citrus oil notes and hints of menthol or pine.

Softly bitter as it first hits my palate, the beer picks up a firmer, almost bitting bitterness through to the finish. The finish also sees a touch of sweet-tea like, caramelized malt character lingering on the palate along with the bitterness and some biting citrus laden zest fruitiness. The bitterness throughout the flavor profile intermingles seamlessly with a juicy citrus character (ripe tangelo and ruby red grapefruit notes), as well as subtler notes of menthol, pine and even a touch of herbaceous “dank” character. The essential oil, hop fruitiness is definitely the dominant note in the flavor; in addition to the already mentioned flavors there is also quite a bit of tropical fruit character that is lead by notes of lychee, a sort of juicy-fruit gum character and just a general, bright fruitiness. This has a touch of body to it that puts it into the medium’ish level of body; I usually prefer a lighter bodied IPA, but the extra malt sweetness that comes along for the ride really helps to boost the fruitiness from the hops quite a bit.

This is a very nice beer, I have never heard of this Falconer’s flight blend of hops, but it is certainly one that I find enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. With the crystal malt character found in this beer I think that the hop character could have been turned up a bit more than it already is; this is at least a month or two old at this point, so it is likely that fresher samples are that much more hop balanced.

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