White Hawk Original IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Original IPAWhite Hawk Original IPA

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859 Ratings
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Ratings: 859
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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Photo of godlessape
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

DOA

Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of hiku7
3.49/5  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.

Photo of DunkelDong
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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,

Photo of deepchills
3.07/5  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.

Photo of Duhast500
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Eramen
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +34.1%
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

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 Hopfenpeter
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear medium to deep gold and produced a wonderful white creamy head about two and a half fingers high which has excellent retention. It also leaves great lacing.
The smell is mostly of flowery and citrusy hops.
Tasting the beer those citrusy hop flavors are up front, being very dominant. The middle balances the beer with some malt presence.
At the end the taste becomes slightly bitter, yet not unpleasant, preparing for the next.
I find this beer quite drinkable, and therefore a would love to try a tab version. I like it!

Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick white head, good lacing and amber-orange color. Hazy (ok w/me). Aroma is sweet caramel and toasted malt and spicy, piney hops. Flavor is a balanced blend of strong flavors including caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, pale malt, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium, kind of sticky and moderate carbonation. Overall, I'd say this is a good IPA on the low end of the American IPA scale in terms of hop bitterness, much like what brewers in my state pass off as IPA.

Photo of divineaudio
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy amber color with a two finger off white head. retention is good and leaves a few thick swaths of lace in the glass.

s - toasted bread, grassy hops and faint citrus.

t - toasty malt with a light, piney bitterness that hangs on the tongue. becomes slightly astringent as it warms. not much going on here.

m - firmly medium with lighter carbonation.

o - just an average ipa in my book. worth a try, but don't go out of your way to find it.

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with 1/2" of bubbly head that quickly fades to an 1/8" lacing. Smells predominantly of bready malts. Taste is bready, biscuity malt up front followed by a piny, earthy hop bitterness. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

At 7% ABV this is dangerously drinkable. Great balance, not too bitter, and doesn't tire out the palate. Nicely done.

Photo of vfgccp
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly hazy appearance, medium head and low retention. Also the minimal lace is also not great. Color is like a pale pumpkin color.

S- Herbal hops on the front end. notes of pine and then a watery finish

T- there is a dry earthy bitterness to the opening taste that is really nice, however this fades to a dry finish with an unpleasant aftertaste.

M- light and thin, but it starts with a bright acidity and a nice bubbly feel.

O- it is a nice overall taste but the aftertaste really detracts from the drinkability.

Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mendocino sampler yesterday and I've been making a nice dent in it. None are complete duds, butsome are better than others. This is actually my favorite, but it is a flawed IPA. It's a bit cloudy, and could be a little maltier (stronger). But the hops are strong and bitter, and the color and head are nice. The aroma is very good.

I would buy this again if it weren't for the fact that there are so many IPA's out there.

Photo of karait95
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent looking, medium body, good carbonation that forms a very big head with a lot of retention that dissipates really slowly and leaves a lot of traces on the glass, the color is withe a little yellow and the bubbles are mixed but mostly small. The liquid has a yellow color that is a little more orange than the average ipa but fits in the style.

S: Predominant hops, maybe some herbs are present, very little alcohol at the end can be sensed as it is a 7.0 ABV

T: The flavors are hops again, full of hops the malt is not very clear due to the intensity of the hops.

M: Bitterness is all the time present, at the very beginning is soft but then it appears in the mouth ant sticks for a long bitter ending, not to dry but very bitter.

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While I've been skeptical that any brewery named after wine country could produce a decent brew, I thought it better to try and judge, than pre-judge, so here it goes:

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two finger creme colored head that slowly pillows down to a 1/8" foam head.

Has a malty, almost yeasty aroma, with notes of mild grapes, figs, and citrus. The varied fruit smells clash with the malty backbone.

Has a soapy feel that washes out the taste. Starts bitter, almost astringent, but with very little hop flavor. The bitterness is more reminiscent of ethanol alcohol than hops. Buttery malt hits mid-tongue, before finishing with a mild smokey, bitter finish. The tastes, frankly, are not melding well with each other.

As mentioned above, this has the feel of soapy dishwater, with an odd, biting bitter feel that is utterly without taste.

Ugh. My pre-judged opinion of this was spot on. Glad this was a singleton, and that I won't have to find uses for five other of these.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer always confuses me and makes me think it's a white ale. Stupid consumer. Turns out it's a rather mellow and balanced 7% IPA. This particular bottle is a few months old so maybe that smoothed out any rough hop edges it may have had. I like the flavor for the most part. Chewy malts balance out a hop profile that is bright and citrusy without really being assertive. Good to have an alternative to the plentiful hop bombs out there. The only thing I take issue with is the aftertaste which is slightly acrid and bitter. The best way to cure this is to keep drinking, and it's quite drinkable so that works. Gets a pretty good overall.

Photo of justaholic
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special but definately solid smell was on for a ipa of its time sortof an original ipa like sn beer its good but not spectacular the hops these days are far better than what they use but a good bitter taste piney maybe a tad citrus easy tasting bitter color was great definately not a beer i would turn down it meets all ipa standards in my book would like to try this with some realy good hops like citra or riwaka nelson suavin pacifica something to make it special but hey thats just me very good beer enjoyed all the way to the end not to carmely or sweet which i hate maybe some rye or wheat in the taste carbed well .

Photo of richkrull
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker copper color with a one finger beige head on it. Good lacing too.

Smell is full of good hop aroma with some citrus and pine notes as well.

Taste is a little too malty for my liking. I feel like the malts overshadow the hops a little bit when it should be the other way around. Not bad but just not hoppy enough.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall a decent IPA. I would drink it again but there are a lot of others I'd prefer.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber-copper color. crystal clear. poor head retention, but it seems to be lacing nicely.

smell is very botanical, but even beneath all those hops the malts still come through. citrus aroma with perhaps a little raison, and it smells just a tad sweet.

flavor is a tad thinner than the aroma had me expecting. definite sweetness at first with a mild hop flavor quickly giving way to the hop bitterness, and a crisp finish that keeps it all from lingering long. the bitterness is much more featured than the hop flavor.

thin body with a strong carbonation and a crisp finish.

i was expecting an exceptional ipa from the way it smelt, it just didn't deliver the goods.

White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.