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White Hawk Original IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

White Hawk Original IPAWhite Hawk Original IPA

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:13:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 00:52:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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,

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 16:01:40 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 22:59:54 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 02:31:22 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:27:18 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:39:39 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 05:40:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 00:53:44 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:21:25 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

clear, ripe peachy color, under a vast, bulbous, creamy, lacey head.
Aroma, pine and citrus in fine fashion, but not stinging, present, and pleasant, but mellow enough...grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon and more all on hand.
Big, bold, bald bitterness right off the bat, oily and sticky in the throat, a most impossing taste, a bit sweet at times, too.
Body is light, a bit too, and malt is hiding here. The hops take on a stranger flavor than I generally like, and there's not enough to back it up. Tasty to a degree, but with numerous flaws. A bit one-dimensional, I'd have to say. And the sweetness approaches butterscotch, at times. Taste became sickly and cloying before too long. This was a bottle I really wanted to enjoy, especially as it's 22 ounces long, but we're halfway in and it's a disappointment. Flavor falls with a thud on my palate, and I take no further joy in the consumption. Too bad...this just doesn't work for me at all.
i'm going to think hard on it as I finish the bottle to make sure I'm not judging too hastily or too harshly....but as I give it time, it continues to lack spark, and emit a dull, sickly sweet taste...not good...I'm going to try another IPA next and note the difference...and say farewell to this sad example!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 09:13:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 05:01:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 18:03:37 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is a pale malts and light hopping. This is a weak example of an IPA; not very much hop aroma here. The taste is also disappointing. It has a moderate hop flavor with a slightly malty backdrop. It is quite bitter and citrousy. The mouthfeel is good. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine drinkin IPA despite the fact that it lacks a lot of IPA characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 22:50:33 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remembered having liked this beer in the past. Oh well.

Beer is dark amber almost brown with a big head but low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is malty with hints of earthy and piny hops.

Beer is medium in body, really sweet up front with minor hop presence in the midpalate and the rest of the beer. The finish is moderately bitter but overall I'm not impressed. I won't be having this IPA again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 14:25:00 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:08:23 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 16:25:15 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasing copper color with some gold notes to it. Pours with a quickly disappearing head. Smells sharply hoppy, that has a slight floral and a bit of grassy notes to it. Very smooth tasting, finishes with a strong fruitiness that comes from a solid hop flavor, then one takes note of the solid bitterness. Very malty up front, which then succumbs to a great hop flavor and bitterness. A very well balanced beer. The hop definitely dominates this brew, as it should in an IPA, but there is a solid maltiness which brings this beer to another level.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 16:22:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:20:00 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a thin well retained head.

The smell is of orange/grape fruit, grainy undertone.

The taste is of citrus - grapefruite and orange. Sharp, peppery alcohol. Some salt. A lemony zest in the finish. Sharp alcohol in finish as well.

The body is medium. The alcohol comes through a bit too much, even for abv level.

A decent IPA. That's all.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:12:00 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 05:57:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 12:00:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small head that slowly receded to the rim of the glass.The aroma was fruity and bitter. The hops are all over this one, as the bitterness is strong and the malt is just a notch below where it should be, but is still is very tasty. Very light bodied mouthfeel with this and the carbonation level is very low. Mellow bitter aftertaste that lasts a bit, but far lower than the initial bitterness in the swig. Definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 00:49:13 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, neutral amber in color. Magnificent four-finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves some impressive lace.

Not as hop ridden as most IPA's in smell. I like the malt balance here, although it is closer to a bitter in style, aroma wise.

Again, more malty than anticipated, although alcohol certainly is present. Personally, I like IPA's like this where the flavor components are complex and no one flavor overwhelms. The aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. The mouthfeel is thick and oily (alcohol). The carbonation is very fine but appropriate to the style.

I like this IPA very much. It is not as smooth as some, but there is some real complexity that makes it worth drinking slow.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:43:14 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, one of those beers I had really early on around 2005 into 2006 sometime, so I want to revisit it,

A: As with the Blue Heron pours with a big rocky 2 finger head. Darker burnt orange colour. Big lace.

S: Solid pine and grapefruit notes, but nowhere near as aromatic as I expect from an IPA.

T: Pink grapefruit, some melon rind, citrus pith - outright citrus bitterness. Intriguing green tea note and a hint of copper. Some interesting sweet orange notes at the end. Clearly an IPA, but the hop flavours aren't really coming together in the overall flavour; I'm just waiting for them to hit big and they never do. I can tell there's the hop bill of an IPA, but I'm just getting an APA hop intensity in complexity though an big mint and grapefruit bitter play finishes the beer.

M: Slick resiny hop oil feel. Good aftertaste, medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer, I think this could be a good introduction the style, but it won't wow the hophead that's used to the big San Diego IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 04:03:48 | More by Halcyondays
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White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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