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Northern Hawk Owl - Right Brain Brewery

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GRPunk on 01-21-2013

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 13
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy head that fades almost instantly, clear tan maroon auburn brown color, looks like soda.

Nose generic sweet reddish malt, faint toffee nutty note, little syrupy, that's about it.

Taste brings more of the same, generic reddish malt, toasty masts with mild syrupy toffee candi and faint nutty. But at least decent hops, quite bitter that ramps quickly, earthy and spicy hops, chewy like esp on the finish, long lingering spicy chewy hop finish, sticky mild syrupy lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, decent carb.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, apple, pear, toast, brown bread, floral, grass, and light citrus. Decent aromas with big malt presence and a fair hop balance; pretty weak but pleasant. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, apple, floral, grass, light citrus, and light pine. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, apple, floral, grass, light citrus, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of malt flavors; with a fair amount of hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid amber ale. Good malt flavor complexity and robustness; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hawk Owl has a peppercorn-red colour and scraps of clarity as well as golden-amber highlighting despite the foggy and fairly dark complexion. Its head is not too big, not too small, but just right, and appears to have the firm, spongy texture of mattress foam.

The beer uses enough Maris Otter malt to evoke aromas of nut brittle and toasted walnuts. It evokes elements of British desserts (toffee cake) and Greek-style dessert (honeyed-drizzled pastry and toasted nuts) but isn't aromatic enough to provide any actual sweetness.

Indeed, the honeyed and toasted nut notes aside, this flavour is certainly nothing that would satisfy as a dessert. It is nowhere near gratifying enough. It is malty, but tastes more of honeycomb cereal and smacks of butterscotch; it's not that tasty and is far from rich.

The finish is abrupt and bitter but doesn't really showcase any substantial hoppiness. American renditions typically utilize resinous varieties but this doesn't have a trace of fruit or pine and even the drying, weedy quality that ushers out the biscuity malt has no redeeming flavour.

I love malty beers. I love hoppy beers. I especially love those that can be both at the same time and Amber Ales, perhaps more so than any style, can offer that dynamic. This offering, however, doesn't particularly showcase either. Northern Hawk Owl Amber is certainly not a blockbuster example of the style. If Right Brain is a smart brewery they'll revamp this recipe.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a dark hazy rust color with two fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma of tart ripe fruit and white wine grapes and a thin whiff of caramel malts.

The taste delivered the tartness of the aroma with canned cherries and white wine and to a lesser extent, caramel malts. The tartness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and quite dry with a lighter carbonation.

An interesting amber ale from Right Brain. The tartness was an unexpected surprise as I thought this one might be a malt bomb. I'm glad it was not.

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Northern Hawk Owl from Right Brain Brewery
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