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White Hawk Original IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

White Hawk Original IPAWhite Hawk Original IPA

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800 Ratings

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Ratings: 800
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002)
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Photo of dmatsui


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 05:24:42 | More by dmatsui
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 05:09:40 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of BierStein711


3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 19:27:36 | More by BierStein711
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.73/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 20:46:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of midwestbrewers


3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 16:01:08 | More by midwestbrewers
Photo of soju6


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 11:16:22 | More by soju6
Photo of C20Percent


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 19:08:31 | More by C20Percent
Photo of secondtooth


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:59:34 | More by secondtooth
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:13:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

(This is actually the second time I had this. I wanted to give it another try before reviewing, as the first time I really was not a big fan.)

Appearance - Pours a golden color with a nice what head that forms upon pouring. It fades leaving a think layer of persistent white foam on top with a bit of lacing.

Smell - Piney and malty in aroma really meet the nose up front and are quite nice, but soon the aroma turns to something a little more earthy. The earthiness however is a sorta metallic and clay mix which does not meld well with the more burnt malt aroma.

Taste - The taste is roasted malt at first followed my some more earthy hop flavor with a bit of pine thrown in. The hop flavor is relativity light in comparison to most IPA's of comparable strength. The maltiness is too much and the hoppiness is too low.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit too high and the body is bit too thin.

Overall - Not to impressed with this IPA and one I will likely not try again. If you like your IPA a bit on the lighter hp side with the profile more toward malty/earthy then this may be for you; its just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:33:41 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of biker30x


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured clear copper with a full head into a pilsner. Rich nose of pine and citrus promising so much to come. Promise mostly unfulfilled. This serviceable IPA starts with a piny hit of hops but doesn't back it up with the necessary malt spine. Ultimately a thin beer, acceptable but never outstanding. Drinkable, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:09:10 | More by biker30x
Photo of kojevergas


2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I find the beers in the style are often brewed incorrectly. I've had one beer from the brewery and wasn't particularly impressed.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, okay thickness, and terrible abysmal awful retention (maybe six seconds). Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light - surprisingly light - hops. A very light and simple aroma all around.

T: Some hops, but hardly any compared to most IPAs. It's balanced, but boring and simple. I wish it were more complex. There's little to say about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp in the third act - which isn't particularly suitable.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but simple and boring - especially for the style. Where are the hops? It's not often I think an IPA is low on hops. I wouldn't have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:45:39 | More by kojevergas
Photo of litheum94


2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden body with a yellow tinged head. Compact bubbles form a half finger head that settles out to a patchy covering.

Papery hops with some citrus. Kind of chalky smelling. Some cracker malts.

Thin body with moderate carbonation. Dry malts. Hops come on very metallic and medicinal. Some lemon citrus flavors, but there's a lingering metallic taste that is just off putting.

Not a great IPA. There are so many better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 05:13:58 | More by litheum94
Photo of godlessape


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into trusty Red Hook pint glass.

Dull amber body with just a small head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The aroma is sweet pungent caramel smothered in spicy hops, balanced out just right.

This brew tastes just like it smells with a perfect balance of hops and fruity malt.
With the absence of West Coast citrus and Pine it reminds me of an English IPA--so I guess this is an Old School IPA.
The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down because I found it a wee bit thin.
Overall its a good brew and I'd love to try this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:25:42 | More by godlessape
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky golden with orange highlights, a huge almost white head which leaves behind some lacing.

Smell is a little malty, there are some floral hops here and a whiff of pine, but it's very understated.

Some hop bitterness greets the taste, but the malt finish is bigger than opening hop salvo, and also overpowers the slight grapefruit aftertaste.

Has a good hop bite to the beer, a little too much carbonation and a smooth finish.

Overall a sub-par IPA, the malts are big in the smell and flavor, and that does not translate to a great IPA.


Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 10:30:21 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice hazy orange with a white head and sticky lace all down the glass.

S- tropical mango, peach, grapefruit, a sweet aroma, a tiny bit of piney hops, a kiss of malt.

t- a very well balanced, juicy, moderately hoppy and slightly malty. Tropical flavors, a tiny bit of pine.

o- a really underrated ipa in my opinion, really nice flavors and balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 16:18:36 | More by Tschnab
Photo of Flounder57


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a half finger head. A reddish orange color with clarity and some signs of carbonation.

Smell: slightly sweet and bready malts. Flight citrus aroma.

Taste: very light citrus and grapefruit with a burnt malt taste and lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation, medium carbonation.

Overall: this is an alright IPA. Great for beginners, but not so much for experienced ones ehhh.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:49:02 | More by Flounder57
Photo of hiku7


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a tall frothy cream-white head. Lots of bubble streams. Retains an everlasting dollop of foam in the middle. Good lacing.

Aroma is lemon citrus, plus a grainy wet hay malt smell that I have also found in other Mendocino beers. Not terrible, but not my favorite malt aroma. Clean yeast and no alcohol aroma.

Flavor is a quick burst of sweet toasted and slightly caramel malt followed by a citrus hop dry bitter finish, which is sharp and crisp. The overall hop bite is sharp but not as pronounced as in more recent examples of the style. As a result, the hops don't linger much. Slight warming finish but no real alcohols coming through.

Medium body, with a crisp dry finish. The slight sweetness on the front end disappears fast. Smooth foamy carbonation adds a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a less malty version of Red Tail, Mendocino's flagship beer, but with a similar hop profile, and the same wet hay malt aroma and taste.

Nothing exciting here, but don't mind drinking it either. Probably would not get it again with all the quality IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:29:02 | More by hiku7
Photo of DunkelDong


4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Light Golden Orange in color, two inches of creamy off white head with a good amount lacing the glass as it settles for 60 seconds. No sediment, mostly transparent.

The smell is fantastic ! Strong citrus grapefruit, i am guessing Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook is the hop bill.

The taste is dryer than i expected, but my nose isnt far off. A clean bitter and citrus taste with a dry after taste creeping in slowly after taking a sip. Alcohol taste is barley there for 7.0%, i am really enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, and works nicely with how crisp and clean this IPA is. Very drinkable

Overall : Its a very well done IPA, i could drink it all night no problem. Not the best IPA i have ever had, but i think this beer is better than a lot of more "well known" beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 07:56:20 | More by DunkelDong
Photo of 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
Photo of deepchills


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light cloudy orange pour with about an 1.5 inch of head in my tulip glass

Pine & sweet malt in the nose.

Light bitter hop flavor with the slightest sweetness of a dark fruit. An alcohol note as the beer warms.

The flavor isn’t bad, there just isn’t enough of it. Not much else to say about this one, it’s far from the worst beer I’ve had but I won’t be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:36:28 | More by deepchills
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is hazy burnt orange with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bitter with some slight pine aroma. There is a bigger malt aroma in the nose and seems to also have some slight buttery flavor too.

The taste is more butter and some bitter hop flavor that is fallowed by some malt flavor but then is pushed back by some clay-like flavor. There is some nice flavor here but seems to be turning to the dark side.

The feel of this beer is light and drinkable but does a bit of a fighting push to it. There seems to be something going wrong and this may be not the way the beer intended.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:53:37 | More by Duhast500
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Clear gold body with loose two-finger off-white head with low to decent stick and decent to good retention.

Smell - Strong fresh hop. Strong alcohol.

Taste - Short lived moderate hop attack on the tongue followed by some stale metallic body. Somewhat bitter but otherwise clean finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Solvent and astringent. Light to medium bodied. Head offers minimal effervescence/creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Very middle of the road IPA.

Food Pairing - After reviewing this beer, I'm pairing it with a spicy/zesty creamy chicken breast and pasta dish. It's a little too overpowering on the flavor, but the solvency helps cleanse the palate of the creaminess. This beer might have to be paired with a more flavorful dish in order to not overpower.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:25:20 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Eramen


2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden and copper, large frothy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Quite a lot of bubbles/carbonation.

S - Yeast, hops, lemon, soap, spices.

T - We have the malts, citrus, spiciness, a good deal of hops thrown in but all are overshadowed by a pervasive soapiness which in my opinion ruins it's good qualities.

MF - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, keeps things interesting.

O - Not a great IPA, there are indeed many that would rank before it. It's also fairly expensive in my country which means I will not drink this one regularly!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:45:19 | More by Eramen
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: bushy, foamy head; clear copper color; great lacing; great carbonation action
S: large bouquet of hops in the aroma
T: aggressive, biting hops; very bitter; malt downplayed; bitterness endures in aftertaste

Overall a really solid IPA; not sure why I liked this more than other reviewers did

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 14:27:00 | More by Arithmeticus
White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.