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Northern Hawk Owl - Right Brain Brewery

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Alextricity
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Calypso
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Northern Hawk Owl from Right Brain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.