White Hawk Original IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Original IPAWhite Hawk Original IPA

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860 Ratings

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002

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Ratings: 860 | Reviews: 532
Reviews by eporter66:
Photo of eporter66
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice dark copper color, barely any head off pour.

S - I miss the citrus flavors that i have come to expect from american ipa's. This beer had the hops and malt scents, but not much else to go with it.

T - Hops bitterness, with malty richness in the background. Not as crisp as other IPA's, but I do like the flavor, and did not find a heavy alchohol taste - which is good for me

M - Good solid medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D - A good tasty beer, maybe not as complex as other IPA's, but tasty in its own way

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color (pretty light compared to most American IPA's) witha one finger head that settles quickly leaving some traces of lace,pine,pine,and more pine in the aroma with some grapefruit letting you know this one is a hop tilted brew right off the bat.Like the aroma very hop tilted flavors big pine and citrus and pretty resiny but not enough fim maltiness there to keep the hops in check in my mind,the alcohol really shows itself after a few swallows.Hey if you are all about hops and nothing else this is it for you,me well I like some balance but not a horrible brew by any means.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light orange in color with a slight haze. The head frothed up nicely and hung around for a while, lacing the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – This smells somewhat complex. It seems almost evenly balanced between malts and hops. The hops have some sugary sweetness to them, and the hops seem mostly floral with a hint of pine.

Taste – Wow, this is terrific! The malts are indeed sweetened with refined sugar along with some lovely caramel notes. The citrus hops join their cousins, Flora & Piney, to make up a fabulous profile. There’s even a little bit of black pepper to this IPA.

Mouthfeel – Bitter and dry but very refreshing. This ale is medium-bodied and extremely well-balanced.

Drinkability – Clearly I enjoyed this one much better than most of my BA Brothers. I will definitely buy again and keep on hand.

Update – I rated the ’03 vintage on New Year’s Day 2004, so here it is December of ’04 so I thought I’d give it another look. I wouldn’t change a thing about the descriptions or ratings from my original entry. I really enjoy this complex, balanced sample of the style.

Photo of JMD71
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled & reveiwed 12/28/06:

Ap: Cloudy orangey/gold with a solid rocky head. Thin head persists.

Ar: Slightly fruity with some alcohol notes. Alcohol nose surprising as this is not overly high ABV. Not much hop aroma detected.

Ta: A bit metallic. Medicinal. Could be old or oxidized. Malty with bitter alcohol bite. Not the best flavor IMHO. Kind of off...

Mo: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness leaves mouth slightly puckered. Clean finish.

Dr: Medium. The flavor is not wonderful so that detracts, but the crisp mouthfeel adds to its attractiveness.

Comments: Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but not terrible. The bottle could have been old & oxidized. I hope so...

Photo of Dmann
2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this one at all. The best part was the pour, with a great golden hue and nice frothy head. The scent was hoppy but not in a normal way, very skunky. Taste was much the same, with a strange sour skunky bite mixed with a decent malt finish. There are WAY better IPA's to be spending your dough on than this.

Photo of skybluewater
1.73/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a fairly standard gold color. Not much smell here, maybe a bit of grapefruit. The taste is truly dreadful, more like turpentine than beer (I poured this one down the drain-probably won't need to buy Drano for a while!).

Overall, pretty bad beer here. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but there's no date that I can see on it, so there's no way to tell how old it is. I'm avoiding this one forever.

Photo of sponberg
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but there is a damned fine painting of a bird. Beautiful plumage. Pours a deep polished brass gold with a white, slightly fizzy thead that settles into some serious lace. Your hop dollars at work. Citric, piney, slightly earthy hops and toasty malt in the nose, along with a hint of bread yeast.

That bird's bitter about something. Starts with a citrus/caramel/toasty balance then starts heading off in the bitter direction. Serious bittering hops in this one, along with distant caramel/apricot/grapefruit. I just had a great hop burp. Not the most balanced IPA I've ever had, but it does grow on you. Finishes with a yellow grapefruit and toast aftertaste that would go great with bacon and eggs. Seriously. Decent, slightly fizzy mouthfeel that improves with sitting.

I went into the beer store with a Lincoln and some change looking for a six. I came out with this one. Money well spent IMO - not in the Hop Devil/Impaled/Wagenr Valley class, but not far off.

Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a golden amber color with a one inch collar of bright white foam. The head quickly settle to a wispy thin layer that makes some spotty lacing.

Smell: Its nose has the classic American citrus hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine. I also get light toffee like malt underneath the hops.

Taste/Palate: Just as I was expecting from the aroma I get citrusy grapefruit rind and some pine like hop notes right up front. It's not over the top with hops but the balance in favor of the hops over the light base of candy like malt sweetness. Hop flavor runs right into the finish and gives it a gentle bitter fade. An easy drinking medium body rounds out the palate.

Notes: Overall it's an average IPA.

Photo of mikechance
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Hazy straw color with slight head of foam

S = Hints of floral and citus scents

T = Bitter bite upfront with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste

M = Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation

O = At $6.99 / six pack at Trader Joe's it's a very good deal. It's a good IPA, but I know of at least two dozen better ones.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale brassy golden colour, decent lacing with some stickage.

Smell: Big estery alcohol within the semi pungent hop aroma … not much for malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and full bodied. Hop bitterness is there, pungent and piney with a prickly finish. Lots of warming alcoholic esters, hints of diacetyl and toasted grain. Citric tones influence the palate. Finish is much like the start, lots of hop flavour.

Notes: A typical American brewed IPA. Good drinking if you like lots of hops, a bit off balance IMO … the alcohol character gets in the way too much.

Photo of merlin48
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body that is awash with tiny, carbonation bubbles. The tight, offwhite, head rises to 3 cm, and stays around for several minutes. Abundant, sheet lacing makes this ale a joy to behold.
Aroma: The nose is dominated by fresh, citrusrind aromas of hopleaf. lemonrind and grapefruit are predominant, with hardly any malt noticeable here.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a moderate hop sting.
Taste: Hop leaf flavor is very fresh, with citrus rind dominating. This ale is somewhat dry, and a pleasant, bitterness continues from start to finish. The finish is dry and bitter, but the aftertaste is, surprisingly, clean.
Drinkability: This is an excellent, American IPA, that will please the hopheads. An ideal accompaniment to an aged, sharp cheddar or blue cheese. I'm glad I bought a couple of sixers of this IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshnesss dating. I really enjoyed this IPA and I'm suprised its not more highly rated. Pours light golden, hoppy nose. Clean malt on the tongue, hops come in smooth and pretty strong. Grainy with citrus on the palate. 7% hidden nicely. Medium body. Crisp and clean, Decent to pretty good IPA. Worth trying

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation, minimal inch head

Smell: citrus hops, bread, and malt

Taste: bread then a sharp hit of citrus grapefruity hops

Mouthfeel: very bitter, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A hop head may love thisbut it is an average IPA to me. This is on the bitter side. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. I have not been a fan of Mendocino's brews and will pass on this one in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. The aroma is toffee and grass. The flavor is toffee, caramel, fruit, citrus and grass. There are a lot of flavors going on, but they are kind of a mess and don't really work to well together. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a clear golden orange , with a frothy inch of head , good lace.

Smell: nice pungent , floral , and citrusy hops , a little bit of sweet malt and hint of honey in there.

Taste: Lots of oily and citric hop bite , tongue coating bitterness in a mostly pleasant way , the malt is back there and shows more towards the finish - trying its best to balance out the big oily hop character with some slightly toasty barley, the bitterness sticks around for quite a while in the finish and the alcohol is felt in the throat a bit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , mildy slick feel.

Drinkability: Its a good ipa , but man is it bitter! I like the intense hop profile for a change on the bitter side , but i would probably go for alot of other ipas before this one.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with the "how did an IPA come about" blurb on the neck label.

Appearance: Poured a clear and bright orange. Appearance gets an extra 1/2 point for the impressive head that formed, persisted, and laced quite nicely.

Smell: Snappy citrus aromas. Little bits of malty sweetness creep out.

Taste: Good dose of acidic, grapefruit flavor. Malt backbone is thin but the sweetness is noted. Bitterness is also quite evident. Gets more intense at the end, with an oily resin on the lips and lingering bitterness on the palate. The ABV remains hidden throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A nice level of smoothness before the btterness kicks in at the end.

Drinkability: Nothing too major with this one. Hoppy and bitter, but at a tame level. Just your average, middle-of-the-road IPA.

Photo of PsychoJedi
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly darker golden color. Maybe call it copper? Mostly clear but, slight filmy under close review. Not much of a head though. Did not have much of one to start with and goes away fast. Smells really good. You get a nice whiff of the fruits. Rather crisp. Taste is a not as good as the smell. Has an aftertaste that an IPA should not have so strongly. The taste has that very salty taste that I usually get with beer with a high degree of aftertaste. I have had better IPAs than this by far. Recommendation: buy another IPA.

Photo of magictrokini
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not really my kind of IPA; more of an English-style. Pours light copper with a medium head. Aroma of weak hops, flowers, and (surpisingly) peaches. Taste is astringent-bitter with a metallic bite. The back is sweet, like a lot of other Mendoncino ales. Watery mouthfeel. Dry finish. Blandly enjoyable.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy,glowing golden color with a 1" creamy off-white head,decent retention leaves a thick coating of foam across the top of the glass.Good carbination with a good amount of very tiny strings of bubbles tightly knitted together racing to the top leaving spotty clumps of lace down the glass.

Moderate clean aromas piney,citrusy,some fruitiness. Carmelly,nutty a very pleasing aroma.

Citrus rind bite with some grapefruittness, a sweet,slight sugary carmell taste with a taste of honey. A sugary grapefruit finish. A well balanced taste.

Medium body,creamy,a good tangyness with some cloyingness.
Enjoyable,not real thick or filling makes for a lot of drinkability could drink quite a few of these. A good IPA I'd give this one a try. Not over the top, but very solid

Photo of Kraken
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/28/09

Poured from a 12.2 oz bottle into Floreffe Chalice. Moderate pour results in a 1/8 inch head that falls quickly and a light lace. Color is a light copper amber.

Nose- Doesn't smell like much of an IPA. Some very mild caramel notes, no citrus or pine.

Palate- Mildly sweetness, kind of a stale funk, very bitter on back end. No prominent floral, pine or citrus notes. Plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Dry, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Not bad. Their double was infinitely better.

Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours copper tinted amber with a slight haze under a 2” cream colored foam collar.
S: Perfumey American hop aromas balanced by fruit, alcohol and rum.
T: Starts with maltuy bready sweetness and a little grapefruit from the hops that lingers into the finish.
F: Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at fridge temp. poured into pint glass. no freshness date listed.

pours an orange golden/amber color with a small white head that faded pretty quickly to some small patchy foam. a little lace. pretty poor head retention, but i drank one of these before i put them in the fridge and it had some really nice looking head with some nice sticky lace. based on that ill go for a 4.

not a huge aroma for an ipa, but the hops are there. theres some citrus grapefruit, and pungent resinous hop. just a real faint touch of caramel malt.

citrus grapefruit, resinous pungent, and grassy hop flavors. toasted caramel malts try to balance things, but its mostly hop forward. lingering grassy hops in the finish.

medium body, kind of a high carbonation. does not leave the greatest feel on the palate.

not the greatest drinking beer either. i was drinking these at a fire the other night and i had to switch beers after only 3 of them because there was something about the mouthfeel that just made it hard to swallow after awhile. i wouldnt recommend this, but i wouldnt mind seeing what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of masikon
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They had just gotten this in at my local brew stop so I thought i'd pick up a 22 oz. bottle since I've been on a bit of an IPA, double IPA kick lately. Poured a dull faded amber or light cider, Pretty cloudy and really not that impressive. Head was big and full with some rockiness and staying power which was a good sign....head is really the best thing about this beer. Nose could best be described as light, somewhat hoppy, but as another reviewer noted there is certainly something odd going on here, hard to describe but unpleasant for sure. Taste is pretty plain, tastewise this falls pretty flat. Not much going on at all, certainly some hops but not in that delicious juicy, bitter, already drinking another swig before I swallow this one kind of way. I would call this an IPA imposter, not nearly enough going on here hops or otherwise to be a worthwhile purchase. 3rd rate at best.

Photo of far333
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cloudy pale apricot colored. Thick head of beige meringue, but I had to give it a vigorous pour to raise it up at all. Aroma is sweet, a little malty, a little fruity, some diacetyl. I wouldn't call it hoppy at all. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma, although there seems to be a yeasty undercurrent, a little metallic, maybe an off flavor? Nice mouthfeel, but I need much more than that. Some hop aroma and flavor would be a good start.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a good, dark yellow to light orange ipa. Good lacing always evident w/ Mendocino, not quite as nice as the Blue Heron though.

Good citrus hops. They kind of fall apart big time though. Big dark mahogany and tobacco feel come across, which was completely unexpected. Very balanced I guess, a hallmark of this more traditional, less "to the extreme" brew trends lately (hey I like both). Never overly bitter.

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White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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