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White Hawk Select IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Select IPAWhite Hawk Select IPA

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536 Reviews

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 887
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

White Hawk Select IPA is a traditional India Pale Ale. We’ve blended American West Coast Cascade Hops with a very generous dose of English Fuggle Hops. This combination makes for a very aromatic character, as well as a truly authentic English flavor which you must taste to believe. “Hopheads” will love this brew!
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Reviews: 536 | Hads: 887
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a slight density. There is a wisp of beige head that is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The soft caramel malt is dry with some biscuit malt hints.

T- The mineral water taste is followed by a soft malt hint and a big bitter finish with a slight woody pungent stain on the tongue.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has as gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is a bit watery and light in flavor with all the hop character being bitterness with no other depth in the nose or taste.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass orange color with nice head.
a: Orange color, 1 finger width head
s: Light citrusy smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth good taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste, or bitterness
o: Smooth, good taste

Glad I sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice dark orange color, pours a good head of foam with decent lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet malts.

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch malts with a grapefruit hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. The hop bitterness in the aftertaste is very low for an IPA.

The Verdict: Not bad. Sweeter and maltier than most IPAs, with a minimum of hop bitterness. Tasty and reliable, but there’s nothing to really separate it from the pack.

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Photo of jmccullough108
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: poured a darker orange, brassy color. High carbonation and thick lacing that sticks around.

Smell: fruits, citrus, hint of apple

Taste: fairly dry, slightly unbalanced, bitter apple on the back end.

Mouthfeel: dry, bitter

Overall: standard IPA, not the best, not the worst.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle immediately following a bottle of Mendocino Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is on par with the imperial, but otherwise inferior in every way to the more costly imperial alternative. Rather similar in appearance except the amber leans more towards brown rather than orange. Like the imperial, this IPA is not very hoppy or aggressive for style (OK with me), instead having a good bit of balancing malt. Still, not sufficiently hoppy. The earthy and bitter aftertaste is relatively unappealing.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Yellowish orange body with a 1"of fluffy white head

S- tropical fruits, butterscotch, metal, biscuit malts

T- Caramel, butterscotch, metal, orange, tropical fruit, with a lingering grapefruit bitterness

M- Almost creamy medium body, nice carbonation

O- Signature butterscotch and metal, found in pretty much ever brew from mendocino, which i love. There's so many things going on here, with the caramel, butterscotch and biscuit malts, to the tropical citrusy hops. They're all so nicely balanced, allowing me the opportunity to experience the creamy, decadent malts, and tropical fruit hops.

The west coast is flooded with IPAs, DIPAs, and IIPAs with no unique malt backbone. Most likely to satisfy the masses (which most likely explains this beers sub par rating) i personally, having tasted most of what the west coast has to offer in this catagory, base my ratings on uniqueness and the supporting malts. This is an excellent example of that and recommend it to all, tired of the same old, Cascade drenched, IPA.

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Photo of Cookeeman
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma has a great citrus sweetness to it, orange and a little grapefruit rind. Pours with an orange-ish hue as well. It has some particulate matter floating about in it, makes me think it's been on the shelf for a little while. My first impression is that it's a little heavy on carbonation, a little too bubbly, but nice texture. The malt is well-developed, which leads me further to believe that this has been aging for a bit. The hops are sweet but mild, again with lots of citrus, especially orange. There's a touch of dryness, and a little grapefruit sourness on the finish, but the hop flavour is mild compared to what I've gotten used to here in the Northwest. Clean finish, not cloying at all. Not a bad beer, but probably not one that I would buy again, for the plain and simple reason that we are spoiled in this region with excellent IPA's so I wouldn't bother repeating an average one.

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Photo of horshack7
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber with copper hues on top is a head around an inch high that is a little bit rocky and has decent head retention.

Aroma: Grapefruit and some piney notes with a light mustiness. Tropical fruits, pear, wisps of apple and simple syrup with some cinnamon way in the back.

Taste: Musty and floral with some grapefruit bits. Light dry mouthfeel, grainy, very dry bread. Minor notes of pear and tropical fruit but that's about it.

Notes: A decent i.p.a but a ways from being very good a little to dry for the style but drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of tkelley
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint. From a mix pack bought at the brewery.

A - copper color with thin white head. Translucent.

S -hereby smell backed up by Malts.

T - well balanced for an Ipa. Hops aren't overpowering and it has a good malt character. Pine and grapefruit tones.

M - good mouthfeel. Not too bubbly or flat.

O - solid effort and a good overall beer but not a top tier Ipa. Cheers!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Into a snifter. Cloudy copper color with a finger of head.
Solid pine smell.
Pine and grapefruit bitterness with a gripping bitterness middle to end.
Higher carbonation. Medium body.
Standard IPA except the carbonation was too high. It attacked me.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a standard pint glass, and the IPA makes a massive amount of light tan foam, and the body is copper in color and has no haze.

The aroma is metallic, lemon, tea, toffee, and floral.

Taste wise it's pretty well balanced between caramel notes, and orange/lemon hops character.

Feels medium in body, wetting to the palate, and a slight alcohol warmth in the end.

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Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Attractive enough in the Leffe goblet, with the amber color tinged with orange. Exceptionally nice foam that lasts a long time without too much of a good thing. Decent nearly creamy mouthfeel.

A murky sort of herbal flavor, not quite "dank," but heading that way. Plenty of malt and a full body. Very bitter aftertaste. Loads of hops but not a very pleasant thing to drink. Strangely insipid, like flat Nehi Orange. Quite acidic on the lips.

This, like some other Mendocino beers, seems kind of old school. Maybe it's just not interesting enough and relies on a simple blast of icky hops. From the 12 oz bottle purchased like a lot of other folks at TJs.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden-orange amber with a white, 2 finger head. Great retention, with a resulting lace that's thick and sticky.

Smell - Aroma is reminiscent of dried apricot, slightly piney, with a touch of bready malt.

Taste - Clean, hoppy profile backed by a solid malt backbone. Not very bitter. Fairly floral, with only slight hints of citrus and pine near the finish. Subtle notes of fruity esters here and there; faint apricot if you can catch it. Malts are light and bready, but do their fair share to give this some balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with bubbly, tingly carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Not a hop bomb by any stretch, and it's got a nice flavor, but frankly, it's kinda forgettable. Does little to distinguish itself in the abundant land of American IPA's. In sports terms, it's a reliable starter, but it'll never make an all-star team, much less win any kind of award by season's end.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of t2thebro
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- pours crystal clear copper color, with a thin head that quickly fades but never goes completly away. Leaves slight lacing.

S- very blandly balanced. No focus on grains vs hops. Probably the most balanced aroma I have smelt. But that is the only exciting thing about it. ( its lack of a dominate ingredient).

T- strange. Very well balanced. Sweet grains with slight biscuit notes. Funky, earthy, pine, bits of resin and apricot.

M- a bit over carbonated for as light as the body is. But not bad.

O- Very well balanced. Surprisingly flavorful for a bland aroma. Overall I enjoy the balance. When I think of the style this is more what I think of. A more English style ipa vs our more hopped up American ipas.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear toasted gold color with thick foam.

I get an earthy citrus aroma. It’s pretty direct, like orange peel zest, with a pleasing finish.

I get a crisp, hoppy bitterness that finishes quickly. Some citrus hop flavor and a light piney chew on the palate round things out. It’s not bad at all, to be honest, and it’s ridiculously cheap at Trader Joes. So much so, in fact, that I thought there might have been a catch—but TJ’s continues to surprise with their quality brew. I liked this one, more than their APA offering.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 bomber. Loose, soapy bone-white 2 finger head with some lacing and thin legs are maintained by a constant, fizzy carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy orange, although not as opaque as other west coast IPAs.

Sweet, light tangerine and hop notes are in the nose, but not very distinguishable or complex. The malt base smells vaguely toasty but there is not much presence in the nose.

At the front of the palate there is a strong mineral presence, slightly copper-esque. There is a nice hop bitterness, but not much floral or citrus notes. There is a slight grapefruit presence, but it more rindy than fruity. Mid-palate the malt flavors begin to develop, but are shut out quickly by the booze, which is persistent throughout the finish. Altogether, pretty refreshing but just a touch off-balance.

Mouthfeel is acidic and a little thin. Not much of an oil presence. Very dry finish but the metallic minerality doesn't pair with this very well.

Overall, I don't think that this is a bad IPA, and I think it's worth the price. I think the recipe needs to be honed a little bit, but I do enjoy the off-balanced nature of the brew putting the hops forward. I wouldn't ignore this beer, but I wouldn't put it in the Christmas letter either.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a very clean and clear light copper. Two fingers of thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly.

Smell: A little malt heavy for an IPA, but this is supposedly a British-style IPA. It definitely smells British. Caramel, toffee, honey, some citrus (mostly orange and lemon), and smooth grassy hops.

Taste: The flavors are a bit subdued compared to the smell, but it does offer a pleasant taste. Caramel, toffee, honey. The hops offer a nice bite and impart a little lemon; they are mostly grassy, though. It has a buttery and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though I have yet to have an authentic British beer (en Angleterre), I think this is a pretty solid interpretation. However, how would I know?

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Photo of BierStein711
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen
No expiration date or born on date

Three and a half finger head

Burnt orange amber

Smells of hop, citrus, and warm alcohol

Tastes: grapefruit, orange, apricot, malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: Awesome

Overall: Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mendocino White Hawk Original IPA has a medium, creamy and cream-colored head, and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with decent lacing. The aroma is of orange peel, water, some barley malt, and a bit of hop sting. Taste is of dank citrus, slightly turned fruit, mustiness, malt, bread, and there is a subdued hop bitterness with this. Mouthfeel is medium, and White Hawk IPA finishes semi-dry and ragged. Overall, this is unrefined, yet solidly good.


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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice pour with a 1 finger head that leaves very good lacing. A pretty clear brew with carbonation bubbles very apparent.

A nice bitter hop note up front but backed up by a very bready malt character. Some slight lemony/grassy notes.

The taste has a bitter start with alot of carbonation. Middle of the tounge has some malty sweet notes I'm also tasting some of the hop sweetness. The end leaves a nice bitter aftertaste but not a beer that "coats" your mouth with hops.

Overall this is a decent beer. It dosen't stand out in any one are to make it great.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some caramel and bit of fruit sweetness mixed in.

T: taste follows the aroma with a nice blend of the hops and malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body and smooth. Nice balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, not overly hopped like some IPA's. Worth a try.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Pale gold with an egg white head and some bubbles.

S: Smooth citrus aroma. Floral notes with hints of pine. Nothing especially stands out here, though. Average.

T: Muted grapefruit flavors. Alcohol is managed fairly well. Can taste the malt backbone. Bitter finish.

M: Medium body.

O: This is an average IPA. Some citrus flavor here and there, but they go quick. I would drink this again, but there are several IPAs I'd choose before this.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and clear amber, with average carbonation. Very slight lace.

Nose says grapefruit citrus hops resins, with a little floral in there. Not bad.

Taste is hoppy and bitter, with a smoothing, almost caramel-like malt character, which helps to smooth out the sharper hops profile.

Not a bad IPA, nor an outstanding one. Not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.