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White Hawk Original IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Original IPAWhite Hawk Original IPA

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BA SCORE
77
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830 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of medicinal herbal and citrus zest hops and a very slight malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is not very balanced with the astringent hop flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +19.4%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderately murky orange color with a white head that doesn't end up leaving behind all that much lacing. The nose is of slight citrus hops with a bit of bread and caramel. Taste is some very light caramel and white bread plus a smidgeon on citrus. Not much bitterness in the feel either. Knowing that this was quite fresh, I expected a lot more.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has excellent retention properties and never really died down.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of hop presence but the bitterness is well balanced by the underlying malts. There are flavors of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a bit of a head that fades from the scene and leaves very little lacing as a remembrance

Smell: There are some hops on the nose, but they are somewhat muted and get mixed in with some off smells into a medicinal vinegary mess

Taste: Starts out bitter and stays that way, rather piney and slightly metallic with a touch of butter on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a little slick due to the diacetyl; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another disappointing beer from Mendocino; I am amazed at how they have been able to expand in the craft beer world with such poorly crafted beers

brentk56, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bright orange-amber, more amber than orange. The light beige head is fairly large and is decently firm. It remains frothystiff as it deflates and leaves an average amount of lace in scattered scraps. The nose is weak, especially for the style, and smells primarily of grapefruity Cascade. I don't really appreciate Fuggles since the nose isn't aromatic enough to tease out any olfactory subtleties.

Whoa! I'm not sure what's going on here, but that first mouthful was a major disappointment. Let me try this again. Same thing. The beer is saturated with a nasty, fusel alcohol-like, medicinal flavor that doesn't bear much of any resemblance to an IPA. I find it hard to believe that Mendocino intended it to taste like this.

There's a minimal amount of hop flavor buried in there somewhere, but it's overpowered by a sharp, 'chewing on aspirin' bitterness and the aforementioned grain alcohol nastiness. The finish is as raw and as hot as the beer equivalent of white lightening. The body... what does it matter since I can't get far enough past the flavor to care how it feels in the mouth.

I don't ever remember drinking a more abysmal IPA that White Hawk. Mendocino doesn't strike me as a great brewery by any stretch of the imagination, but this is one seriously screwed up beer. I'm sorry that I got a bomber and not a 12 oz. single, but I guess it doesn't really matter since I won't be finishing it anyway. Avoid this one like the plague if you have any interest in IPAs or in decent beer in general.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly better than you'd think, this IPA displays a bold hop profile and dry malt character. It's everthing that the style demands, despite the banal and forgetable label.

Floral and citrusy hop aromas deliver with a zesty and bright scent. Nicely balanced with a dominant citrusy nose and a background of caramel malts.

Supple sweet matly taste is in gounded support of flowery and piney hop flavor. Pine resin bittering, and earthy flavors rount out the finsih while the malt props up the hoppy demands. The hops, though solid, don't ever scream "citrusy" or "bitter" in the way that I expect hop-dominant beers to do.

When understanding what American IPAs are, this beer nearly delivers a flawless example. But the lack of any tangibles that make it extrordinary leaves it seemingly plain and forgetable- unfortunate.

BEERchitect, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace

profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through,
This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste,

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -3%

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-amber body with a foamy white head. Features a beltching hawk on label!

Smell: Not the most florid aroma out there, that's for sure. Some flowers and some citrus, mostly. Oh, and what's this? Vanilla? Get oughta town!

Taste: Initially sweet, with hints of toffee, orange, and...hm, well, there's that vanilla again. Pureed peaches and pine needles just before the dry, bitter finish. Astringent in the back of throat upon swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. A bit watery.

Drinkability: A beer riddled with shortcomings. Oh, and about that odd vanilla-nicity, does anyone have any comment or opinion on this? I feel the search for the source of it will become an all-consuming obsession, and every moment until I find its source will be lost to depression and dwelling in regret and an overwhelming feeling that my life is not complete, that I cannot be happy, and that there is little point to getting up in the morning.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This American IPA is pretty good, it's not the best but not too bad for someone who is just starting to look into these styles. I personally found this Bree to be a little on the weak side. I blame the fact that I'm too much of a hop head that I normal IPA won't cut it for me anymore. This had a slightly dark golden color, the hops were on the nose but not on the tongue. Just a little bummed out over this one.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +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.

oberon, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Herbal, grassy cannabis-style hops in the aroma. High clarity amber tone, some fizzy, sticky foam.

Taste is vague citrus, grassy bitter hops, with a drying finish attributed to the hops and alcohol content. Aftertaste is herbal and piney. Mouthfeel is ok, but the dryness seems only tolerable. Carbonation level is moderate.

I wouldn't go for it again, but wouldn't refuse it if offered. An average IPA at best.

emerge077, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper hue with a small, short-lived, white head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops. Some sweetness, too.

T - It tasted of malt and grassy/hops. A little bit of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Good hops and malt.

zeff80, May 20, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Montana earlier this month with me dear ma.

This beer pours with a stupidly active, puffy off-white head, i.e. way, way more foam than beer, which takes its sweet time making room for the rest of at least a serviceable liquid portion. When it does deem to recede, it leaves some nice sudsy, spidery lace around the glass. I hate it when you have to wait for 10 minutes to drink a beer like this - lots of time to analyze the aroma, or compose a hate letter, I suppose.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale and caramel malt, a touch of gritty corn astringency, stale lemon and white grapefruit pith, a wet stone flintiness, and further floral, herbal hop notes. The taste is, wait for it, the head is still too deep, wait...wait...wait, ok, the taste is mildly sour biscuity, grainy bready malt, a touch of oily nuttiness, metallic mineral water, and some rather tame, and muddled citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is somewhat unpleasantly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and yet plainly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the malt starting to peter out, and the lingering earthy, piney hops holding the line.

Hmmmm...a pretty weak-ass effort (in everything except the 14-proof booze - it's rather well hidden) for a purported American IPA - more like a barely souped-up ESB, with a kind of weird sourness. And what's with the bottle-conditioned bubble action? There's nothing infected, or overtly offensive here, and it's drinkable enough, I guess, but not really all that indicative of the style - good thing that it barely cost me a Yankee greenback, then, eh?

biboergosum, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Jason, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears hazy copper amber tone with a nice billowing off white cream toned head, and the lacing seems to form nice trickled annular rings around the pint. Aroma is packed with some floral citrusy toned hops not any rushing malt tones to really note just some hops there that's about it overall nice and unoffensive. Taste however the hops are present as well just leaving my tongue with an upleasant oily bitter sensation just not balanced there is some malt sweetness just it lies in the background while the flavor comes off as being a little harsh. Mouthfeel is light for an IPA and carbonation is decent just nothing too impressive going on to note here. Drinkability gets hurt due to the unbalanced flavor profile and not much of anything spectacular going on just mediocre doesn't keep me coming back.

WVbeergeek, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The head exhibits good retention and leaves good lace.

S - Floral hops with some bready malt and notes of citrus and pine.

T - Pungent, pine hops up front with some sweaty character. Bread and light toffee in the middle with more pine and a bit of bitterness beginning to creep in. Finishes with bready malt, pine and sweaty hop favors as well as strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty well put together. The aroma is nice , though it doesn't quite live up to some of the super aromatic ipa that have come along recently. The malt is noticeable, but it stays in a firmly supporting role. The bitterness is a bit on the harsh side and it could use a little more sweetness in the finish to help balance that out.

nickfl, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold with a thick, foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of citrus, hops and malt, but you can also detect some metallic aroma.

T: The taste gives you strong hit of both hops and caramelized malt, with the hops bitterness winning out and then the alcohol taste and warmth follows.

M: Very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I didn’t find this beer to go down as easy as most American IPA’s that I’ve had. It’s more of a sipper than a pounder. I suppose you can call this beer an impulse buy for me. I was looking for something else entirely when I walked into the store and found an American IPA from a brewery I didn’t would ever make it out this far east that was only $1.99 for a bomber. This one’s a decent representation of the style and a good beer, but it appears as though you get what you pay for. There are several other American IPA’s that I would go for above this one.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with an off white head that rises off some firm carbonation and falls. Nose is kind of leafy and roasted but has a real odd almost syrup like edge to it. Jeez. Hello 7% alcohol. Way too high. You can totally taste it. Hops character is definitely overshadowed by it. Feel is okay. This would be easier to drink if there was less alcohol in the way of any finer character points. The way it stands though, it is far from being balanced.

RblWthACoz, Jan 28, 2008
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White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.