1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nighthawk Premium Malt Liquor - Melanie Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Nighthawk Premium Malt LiquorNighthawk Premium Malt Liquor

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
70
okay

10 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 27.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 10-15-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kguyty
kguyty

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -3%

09-24-2013 02:52:27 | More by kguyty
Photo of Arsenal0328
Arsenal0328

Missouri

3/5  rDev +29.3%

04-11-2013 02:07:30 | More by Arsenal0328
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a typical light malt and adjunct sweetness. Then a mild grain breadiness comes in. The hops presence is almost undetectable but there is also less boooziness than other beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style for whatever that might be worth. It’s not completely terrible but my choices would have to be severely limited to ever choose this beer.

05-12-2011 02:48:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev +31.5%

Poured from a 40 oz. bottle, Nighthawk Malt Liquor has a thick, white creamy head and a very clear straw appearance. Carbonation is high. The aroma is very citrus (lime, I'd say), with a chemical under-aroma (think roofing tar). Taste is very lime-like, with a flat hop bitterness, that seems cheap. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Nighthawk finishes crisp and surprisingly refreshing. Overall, except for the roofing tar under-aroma, there is nothing really offensive about the drink. It turned out better than expected. I thought it was very similar to Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor, which may be the intention. If one was not told that Nighthawk is a malt liquor, one would not know it. I was happy that my sample was not skunked (clear glass bottle).

RJT

10-24-2010 16:38:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1/5  rDev -56.9%

Pours like piss water, I can't believe this smells as bad as it does. Tastes like puke in my mouth harsh cereal grains collide this is fucin' terrible beer. The offcial worst beer I've ever had. I can't stomach another swallow. Here's some good advice learn about the Nighthawk malt liquor and then forget about it. This is crackhead champagne.

09-03-2010 08:04:26 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ragglefraggle
ragglefraggle

Idaho

2.3/5  rDev -0.9%

didn't even give it the honor of a pour from the 40oz it came in. The bottle says rule the night but i think ruin the night would be more appropriate. the only thing it had going for it was its scary drinkability. It just tasted like a really cheap fruity wine to me though

07-12-2010 03:03:12 | More by ragglefraggle
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Drank out of a 40oz bottle

Appearance: is a coppery orangish/yellow, litte head, watery, slight carbonation

Smell: smells of metal, coppery, possible skunked

Taste: very metallic, otherwise decent malt flavor

Mouthfeel: pretty standard, slight carbonation, pretty watery

Drinkability: despite not tasting very good and being pretty average, it's overly drinkable, I'd call it the Keystone Light of 40 ouncers

06-03-2010 02:31:43 | More by aasher
Photo of badbeer
badbeer

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev +40.1%

Time for me to "Rule the Night" says the bottle. Straw colored with a quickly dissipating head, no retention. Grainy and sweet aroma, maybe even a little fruity. Sweet beginning with a touch of burnt sugar cookie, finish is sweet and grainy, maybe a little phenolic. Between medium and full bodied with higher than medium carbonation. Honestly, I don't understand the low scores on this. Yes, yes, malt liquor, but if people were to try this in a blind tasting I wouldn't be surprised if they gave completely different scores.

Warning: If you let this warm up too much the taste will quickly decline and be bad. My review would be much lower if I was going off of the warm taste.

12-28-2008 00:59:12 | More by badbeer
Photo of aforbes10
aforbes10

Iowa

1.63/5  rDev -29.7%

Another first round loser in Malt Liquorpalooza 2006 (this one lost to King Cobra). pours very watery and thin. smells metallic and skunky. tastes terrible...skunky taste is hard to choke down. cloying malt/alcohol blend. ugh. im glad this didnt make it to round 2.

03-13-2006 14:30:43 | More by aforbes10
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.2/5  rDev -5.2%

First of all, this review is part of Malt Likkapalooza III. Nighthawk Premium Malt Liquor will be facing off today against a can of Steel Reserve (High Gravity). I'm amazed that this is the first review on this site. I bought my can this past summer and I started seeing it on the shelves of my local grocery several months ago. It's listed on several other beer sites, but then maybe that speaks highly of what BAs are actually interested in. What that says about me, I don't want to contemplate.

As noted in the Steel Reserve review, there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the appearances of these two. Even the size, speed and rate of lessening of the carbonation is the same. I'm not big on conspiracy theories, but both are malt liquors brewed in Wisconsin. Same beer? Let's dig a little deeper before we fire up the black helicopters.

There's some difference in the noses, although it's slight. Nighthawk is the stronger (not in terms of alcohol), the sweeter and the fruitier of the two. But it isn't head and shoulders better and doesn't deserve a higher score. Amazingly, in neither case do I appreciate any raw ethanol.

Unlike the appearance and the smell, Nighthawk tastes radically different from its competitor. If Steel Reserve is the 800 lb. gorilla of the malt liquor world, then this beer is the sickly little monkey. It's fairly sweet (although not out of line for the style), but is probably the weakest version that I've ever had. Weakest in terms of flavor, strength and mouthfeel. Let's face it, fruity and light don't deserve much street cred.

Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is lacking. It's noticeably lighter than Steel Reserve's mouthfeel. As noted above, this may be the lightest malt liquor that I've had yet. The originally acceptable amount of carbonation fades too quickly, yet never completely disappears.

Nighthawk's tagline is 'Rule The Night'. It doesn't. It has been said that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. It could also be said that in the often ignored land of malt liquor, the merely mediocre is king. Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) is clearly the king of this pairing and is one of the best malt liquors that I've ever poured down my gullet. Nighthawk is merely a pretender to the throne.

10-15-2005 13:28:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Nighthawk Premium Malt Liquor from Melanie Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.