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Northern Hawk Owl - Right Brain Brewery

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRPunk on 01-21-2013)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

LiberateTeExInferis, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

marcb105, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

vader06, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of deadchef
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from can into pint glass...

a: two finger off-white head. light haze, copper color.

s: medium toast, rich caramel. herbal hops.

t: caramel, toffee, roasted almonds. medium bitterness. light phenols.

m: low carbonation, mouth coating.

o: easy drinking amber. malt forward with low carbonation would make this a very food friendly beer for bbq ribs or roasted lamb.

deadchef, Feb 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Monkeyknife, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.50 pint at Vinsetta Garage in Michigan.

Appearance: Brown/amber. Don't recall a haze, if there is one, it's faint. No head on it. Zero lacing left behind. Very average looking.

Smell: Weird! I couldn't tell if it was the glass or the beer, but it was an odd farm/spice sort of smell that I wasn't at all expecting from the style of beer. There's also plenty of malt in there as well -- this isn't an overly hopped up Amber, which seems to be pretty popular. Smells alright, nothing fantastic.

Taste/feel: Easy drinking's about the best thing I can say. Inoffensive. Pretty enjoyable. Not much to it though. A bit sweet with a little hop bitterness with the caramel malts, but it ends there... nothing particularly unique about it. Medium carbonation with a somewhat light mouthfeel.

The very definition of a forgettable beer. It tastes decent and I had no problem getting through the beer, but it's just not at all interesting. Eh.

Alextricity, Dec 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

akttr, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

amishbooze, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

dmorgan310, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

biegaman, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tmcarter23, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

HardyA, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Calypso
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark copper, cloudy, with a faint off-white head. Nice lacing.
S - Caramel, honey (?), toasted malt. Overall pretty faint aromas, but it was served colder than it should have been. Not unpleasant, just not particularly compelling.
T - Nice balance of malts, yeast, burnt sugar, rounded out with some hops bitterness. Very pleasant.
M - Crisp, medium body, high carbonation. I enjoyed the mouthfeel, others might find it slightly too carbonated.
O - I would say this is a very balanced red that is greater than the sum of its parts. Would definitely drink this again.

Calypso, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazelnut brown with a thin cap of off white head.

S - Malty, caramel, syrup, brown sugar.

T - Big sweet malt roast, sweet, balanced by some bitterness, and finishes faintly bitter. Easy drinking brew.

O - This is an easy drinking and malt forward red ale. I bought a solo and I would definitely go back.

andrewjraab, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Kerrie, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Drk93TT, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Northern Hawk Owl from Right Brain Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.