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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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843 Ratings

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002

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Photo of vegantreats
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with a nice color and produced minimal head.
This beer smells of hops with a strong malty aroma.
First taste is light, fallowed by a walloping of bitter malt.
This is a different beer to be certain, I didn't like the flavor, yet, the experience was interesting.
If you really like malty beers you may like this beer.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is so so, reagular IPA amber color, although it is more on the lighter side.

The smell is nothing great. The hops that they use for this one are different. I do not drink a lot of this brewery, but the hops have a real bitter smell and a dry mouthfeel. I get some sage or some spices in there also.

The mouthfeel is not great, a real dry feeling and a high carbonation. This all combined makes the drinkability low.

Would not recommend, just a so-so IPA.


Photo of wheatyweiss
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve once bottle into an imperial.

Pours a medium straw, light copper with a nice fluffy head that sticks well.

Aroma is doughy malt, tannic acid and minerals. Caramel and sweet sap.

Flavor is astringent garlic hops on the front. Medium in bitterness with a slick oily quality and a slight onion or garlic flavor. Malt is barely on this side of sweet, it has more of a creamy and sweet dough character. There are a good deal of off flavors I can't place. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is soft and oily, yet astringent at the same time. Carbonation is on the low side. Reminds me of a cask pull.

A good attempt at a heavier IPA, if it were cleaner and a bit more sorted, it would be better.

Photo of Thur123
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A copper orange color with not very much head. The carbonation looks light. The smell is a bit odd. I get roasted tomatos, a kind of veggie smell, also some bitter hops and just a bit of malt.

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Bitter hops hit first, followed by the tomato taste which is kind of nice, but a little spoiled tasting too. The taste isnt bad and mellows out nicely as it finishes.

Mouthfeel is fine, a little more carbonation would be nice.

Overall not bad, but kind of an odd tasting IPA. Its not too bitter which I like but its also lacking in complexity.

Photo of Schwab
1.78/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Orange-ish color, seemed slightly unfiltered (def not 100% clear), absolutely NO head when pouring from the bottle into the glass.

S: Smell was ok, nothing outstanding. IPA

T: Not so sure about it. I think the hop flavor was very unbalanced. I did not enjoy the flavor at all. Just because it has 7% ABV doesn't mean it has to turn out like this.

M: Beer was more or less uncarbonated. You could see the bubbles coming up, but there was absolutely no mouth feel in regards to carbonation. It was somewhat taken over (assuming there was some) by the unbalanced hop aroma.

D: Not sure how to describe it. I think it was not very good by any means it is not going down too easy since it has an add taste to it

Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light orange to almost yellow color. Very clear - well filtered. Head formation is very light white, retained at a film.

S - Very restrained and well balanced nose. Some light caramel malts, with only just a bit of hops in the backdrop. Probably a little too light for the style.

T - Starts off with a light grapefruit and floral note from the hops - no malt to be found in the early stream. Bitterness builds mid-stream into a pretty decent balance. The aftertaste is oddly where the malts make a hard return, with a roasted and nutty malt flavor. Sits on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - Light and easy on the tongue, thin body. Carbonation is light. Does leave behind a fairly strong amount of oily resins on the tongue.

D - For an IPA, this beer is very drinkable. The flavors are light and not dominating. ABV is manageable. Not filling.

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

A: Light copper with small white head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very light aroma. Some citrus hops, and carmel malt. I let the beer warm a bit, but there is still not much there.

T: Grapefruit, lemon zest, and grassy hop oil. Nice toasted carmel malt background.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

D: Very smooth and highly drinkable ale. But this lacked the big flavors you would expect from an IPA. Seemed more like a lighter pale ale.

Photo of Florida9
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber in color with only about 1 finger's worth of off-white head.

S: Bread. Pale malts with some light citrus rind.

T: Sweet malt with a long, lingering bitterness. Not much in the way for aromatic or flavoring hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with high level of carbonation.

D: A rather simplistic IPA. As there is nothing overly aggressive about this beer, it is quite drinkable. However, it is also one dimensional and fairly unexciting.

Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mendocino pint glass:

Appearance: Hazy light copper in color, beautiful rocky head sits atop a bed of bubbles from the carbonation. A picture perfect looking beer all around. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smell: Hop character is light and fruit, big citrus florals are here, I can also detect a bit of malt spice in the backround. A bit bready but not enough to take away from the hop aromas.

Taste: Balanced from hops to malt perfectly, upfront I get a nice dose of grapefruit, orange peel and a other citrus notes. Classic Mendocino malt-flavorings are here in the finish and adds perfect depth, it's light yet toasty and refreshing to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Not overly bitter like other IPA's on the market, medium bodied, decent carbonation and sits on the tongue firmly without getting wet.

Drinkability: I'm always a fan of what Mendocino's doing since the Red Tail Ale was my first craft beer, and they never seem to dissapoint me. For the price and the quality, this is a sure fire winner in my fridge from now on. 7% ABV? You gotta be kidding me. If so, the alcohol is hidden very well. It's got perfect balance, isn't over the top and really easy to session. Another great beer from an even greater brewery!

Photo of rpstevens
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head tulip.

The beer is lighter than some of it's extra ipa peers. The straw color and white soapy head are inviting. There is a slight amber glow around the edges suggesting more body.

The smell is very malty. A lot of biscuit for an IPA without much bitter hop in the nose, very strange. There is some orange peel, but no other standard IPA characteristics.

The beer tastes sweet and citrusy. It's almost comparable to orange hi-c. The orange and citrus flavors are very present, but there is no hoppy bitterness at all. The malt and sweetness pair with the orange flavor, it creates a decent flavor, but not what I was expecting from an IPA.

The mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated and the beer does have a nice dry finish. For 8% abv the alcohol is not at all present and the beer is easy to drink, I just wish it were hoppier.

Photo of northaustin
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my pint glass. pours a very clear and crisp copper with about a finger of white head. very slight lacing.

the smell is crisp and a bit citrusy but otherwise fairly dull. nothing really too special, but nice and subtle can be a good switch from some of the overpowering ipas

the taste is very bitter at first but then the flavor hops kick in and balance very well with the sweetness. doesnt leave your mouth to dry, and gives a very easy sweet feeling.

a very refreshing beer and a shining example of the american ipa style.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #2 at Panther Meadow campground 7,500 ft on Mt. Shasta.

Golden amber is it's color, healthy, rocky white head, amazing retention.

The nose has pine wood and medicinal sweetness with herbs, slightly astringent aroma makes me wonder.

This one is pretty bitter up-front and also medicinal, with a slightly astrigent hoppy effect. woody, piney, lemmon citrus bite, bitter aftertaste that lingers on. A dry but crisp malt bite with some decent heat that actually makes this one a nose-crinkler. About as harsh as this Shasta wilderness.

a unique but unfavorable flavor, just a bit too harsh in all the wrong ways but not a toss-away.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried one of this breweries beer before wasn't a big fan so here's to this one being better. Pretty strong for just an IPA, almost into double IPA range. This is also evident in the beer... a pretty strong alcohol kick in there, right behind the nice bitterness of the hops. Kind of semi-disappointing appearance too... very little head, which quickly goes away and minimal amount of lacing. Taste isn't too bad though and is a decent IPA.... just a tad bit strong, and there's a ton of others I would choose ahead of this one.

Photo of hoplover82
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a medium white head that swiftly dissapates to a think film on the beer but leaves pretty good "lanky" lacing.

S-The aroma is nice and strong. I wouldn't call it "pungent", but it is strong enough for a good IPA. It is mainly floral and sweet orange zest citrus fruits in the nose. Then after it sits a while, it slowly fades to a sweet biscuity malt aroma. Very nice indeed.

T-Sweet light crystal malts along with some nice clean bitterness and lots of hop flavor. Mainly floral aspects in the flavor. Also I do pick up some pine notes as well.

M-Full bodied and creamy, with a noticable dryness in the finish. And a bitterness that lingers oh so well.

D-This one is almost sessionable, but the 7%abv sneeks up on you. So I gave it a 4.0 for drinkablity. It goes down very nice. Although, there is a wee bit of hot alcohol in the nose and flavor, so it's not perfect but very good. I liked the experience.

Photo of jadpsu
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a slightly off white head that had superior staying power and some solid side lacing.
Smell is citrus with an orange and lemon rind aroma. More hop esters than malts come through.
Taste leads with the hoppiness along with a smooth (buttery) mouthfeel that ends with a nice bitter aftertaste.
The high alcohol is masked, but then I am only having one.

Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with thick off-white suds. Good lacing; good overall appearance. Aroma is inviting, though light.

Taste is robust; medium-heavy bodied: They didn't skimp on ingredients. Tending toward the grassy, sour-hops side, there is enough sweet malt and caramel in there to balance things off.

Alcohol, though a potent 7%, is light on the palate.

No unpleasant aftertastes. Mouthfeel is a little buttery-oily. Also not unpleasant.

All in all, a very enjoyable IPA. A nice surprise, since I don't think I paid that much for this 6-pack. Sometimes, the cheaper IPA's don't pack enough hops for me. I'm going to look for another 6-pack of this to do some follow-up research!

Photo of donmonkey1
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I drank this at room temperature and it really should have been chilled.

Appearance: Dark yellow, Large bubble white head that recedes quickly, good lacing, good carbonation.

Smell: nice floral, seems quite drinkable and not too crazy.

Taste: Some sweetness in the floral brew. A very drinkable IPA, nice flavor, not much bite, but enough.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy golden color with a two finger head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S - Citrus hops and slightly sweet caramel maltiness in the background.

T - Somewhat bitter up front with a slight caramel maltiness coming through. Some hop flavors in the finish with some floral and citrus tones. Slight metallic flavor present in the aftertaste as well.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. A bit overly carbonated IMO.

D - Somewhat glad I only bought a single of this, as it really isn't very impressive. It isn't very well balanced and is pretty strong on the carbonation. There are substantially better IPAs out there in a similar price range. Probably won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of PsychoJedi
2.51/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly darker golden color. Maybe call it copper? Mostly clear but, slight filmy under close review. Not much of a head though. Did not have much of one to start with and goes away fast. Smells really good. You get a nice whiff of the fruits. Rather crisp. Taste is a not as good as the smell. Has an aftertaste that an IPA should not have so strongly. The taste has that very salty taste that I usually get with beer with a high degree of aftertaste. I have had better IPAs than this by far. Recommendation: buy another IPA.

Photo of BeerMark
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company pours a deep amber color with a smallish head. Smells of malts and a little hops. The taste is nice with mild malts and hops on the tongue. Reminds me of an English IPA. This beer is tasty. Don't expect a hop bomb here. Pretty good.

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goldenrod color with a slimy, fizzy whitish head. Aroma is muted citrus hops and pale and caramel malts. Flavor is watery and weak in the hops department. Boring malty flavor with just a touch of citrus/pine. Low bitterness. Fizzy thinnish mouthfeel.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.14/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear bronze-amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is rotten grapefruit, and caramel malt. The taste is of more rotten grapefruit, and stale caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation. Overall, I'm not sure if this beer is old or just bad. The store I bought it from is very good at discounting beer before it gets old to keep everything fresh. So my guess it that it is just bad. I will not be drinking this again.

Photo of RJUGA03
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- a cloudy golden color with subtle lacing.

S- Hoppy sweet malty character

T- Sweet tongue piercing initial sip with a satisfying dry hoppy finish.

M- Smooth and easy on the swirl

D- Personally I would make this an everyday beer, but I believe through distribution in Chicagoland the MAN has realized what an inexpensive gem the Mendicino Brewing has.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orangey color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A much maltier aroma than I would've expected from an IPA, but still quite a bit of hops as well.

T: Tasted of floral hops and bready malts. Not the most overly complex of flavors, but decent nonetheless.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly, dry finish.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but not my first choice for an IPA. Still, not a bad beer.

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

Nice white frothy head with good retention but no lacing. Beer is a nice amber orange. Bready malts dominate on the nose. Tastes are a bit of toasted bready malt and a kick of herbal and floral hop notes at the back. Not many subtleties pushing through, and the bready malt is a little overpowering. A light to medium body, and medium carbonation. This is a decent IPA, but I wouldn't choose it over other good West Coast offerings.

White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.