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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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828 Ratings

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002)
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Photo of dhd1491


4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

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!

06-23-2009 21:16:40 | More by dhd1491
Photo of donmonkey1


4.22/5  rDev +26%

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.

06-20-2009 10:50:33 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of GarrisWH


3.15/5  rDev -6%

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.

06-14-2009 02:43:01 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of PsychoJedi


2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

06-14-2009 00:54:29 | More by PsychoJedi
Photo of BeerMark


3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

06-12-2009 23:42:05 | More by BeerMark
Photo of illidurit


3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

06-11-2009 18:23:47 | More by illidurit
Photo of KarlHungus


2.13/5  rDev -36.4%

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.

06-08-2009 20:50:34 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of RJUGA03


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

06-03-2009 09:09:25 | More by RJUGA03
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

05-24-2009 14:25:09 | More by avalon07
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.45/5  rDev +3%

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.

05-23-2009 14:32:09 | More by washburnkid
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice dark copper color, barely any head off pour.

S - I miss the citrus flavors that i have come to expect from american ipa's. This beer had the hops and malt scents, but not much else to go with it.

T - Hops bitterness, with malty richness in the background. Not as crisp as other IPA's, but I do like the flavor, and did not find a heavy alchohol taste - which is good for me

M - Good solid medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D - A good tasty beer, maybe not as complex as other IPA's, but tasty in its own way

05-23-2009 10:57:19 | More by eporter66
Photo of witster18


3.05/5  rDev -9%

Smells like an IPA.
got some chocomalt and alcohol there.

pours copper with a burly head.
Decent lacing after the heads goes.

first impression on taste is sour and alchohol. The dryness of a typical IPA comes almost immediately and the fruitiness is nearly ruined by the sourness of this brew.

This isn't my favorite.... actually every beer I get from this brewery leaves a bit to be desired. It might be my last. I'd much rather have a Sweetwater IPA at the same price or even a touch cheaper.

The Finish is alcohol and dark maltiness with a metallic bite.

I'm suprised by the rating here.

are we getting to the point where, if ithas taste and alcohol we score it higher... it seems to be the case here... only I don't care for the boldness of the astringent alcohol OR the other taste/flavor characteristics here....

05-20-2009 21:11:59 | More by witster18
Photo of berserker256


3.55/5  rDev +6%

Copper colored body with a dense foam head. A ring of lace is left behind with every sip. Earthy and sour malt odors accompany the typical citrus and pine aromas of the IPA. Bitter pine mixed with fruity malt create a nice contrast of flavors. Heavy and sort of creamy texture is rather decent as well. Not as pungent as a lot of IPAs out there. This beer is worth the $7.99 I paid for the six pack, for sure.

05-17-2009 17:32:45 | More by berserker256
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

A: Pours a dull, slightly murky amber-orange color. The dirty dishwater colored head is large, dense, frothy, and creamy. Retention is pretty good, with nice lacing.

S: Some standard pale malt. Hop aroma is mostly citric - grapefruit and orange peel. Slightly floral as well.

T: Malt is fairly faint - a touch of bready sweetness. A harsh wave of solvent alcohol splashes across the tongue next with a dose of bitterness. Another bite of grapefruit pith and bitter orange, with some floral notes - quite one-dimensionally bitter. Another wave of aspirin-esque bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly light, lending a mild creaminess. A bracing, jolting dry bite into the finish.

D: What a rough, subpar flavor this one has. Bitter in the same way that soap or aspirin would be - not even really hoppy. Hard to finish, and even harder to enjoy.

05-13-2009 03:37:15 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Floydster


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%

12 ounce bottle taken from my dad's six pack that he purchased at Trader Joe's a few hours before, consumed last night, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Golden orange color, 3/4 inch soapy white head that lasted a few minutes, some lacing
S-Piney hops, caramel mild lemon, sweet malty grains, orange peel, poundcake, and flowers
T-Light bitter hops at first, caramel and sweet citrus in the middle, more bitterness in the finish, warms up with lemon and gets thicker feeling, more malt later on, not as toasted as it smelled, more sweet by the end
M-Slightly sweet, bready, chewy, an dry mouthfeel, medium to thicker bodied, not much carbonation, taste does not last expect for lingering sweet malt
D-Could drink a few of these, can be a bit heavy on the stomach, pretty drinkable for seven percent but you can feel it at times, would want more smoothness and less sweetness

Not the best IPA out there but it is better than average and good for the price, decent balance for a west coast version of this style, might drink again, worth trying

05-08-2009 04:40:43 | More by Floydster
Photo of MLasoski

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%

Overall, I am simply not inspired by this IPA. I have had better from many other breweries. As I poured this straight into my pint glass, the appearance was quite good. It's a slightly cloudy copper color, moderately opaque.

The first taste was all about the bitterness. The following tastes gave me the same attitude towards the beer as it really tasted - bitter. It lacks character and any sort of unique properties.

It's ABV (7.0%) is the only characteristic other than its bitterness that I can mention. It still doesn't stand out for me. I'll likely go elsewhere for an IPA.

05-07-2009 22:26:25 | More by MLasoski
Photo of Vonerichs


3.05/5  rDev -9%

Let's just say this beer starts out better than it finishes. It is actually pretty impressive visually, with heavy lacing that cascades the entire glass. It starts with a two finger head and a slight head remains until the last drop.

There's really not much to the smell. You have to strain to smell the piney hops.

The flavor is bitter, but bitter what? I can tell there are hops present, but it's in the form of sheer bitterness, which turns out to be quite boring without flavor. Sip after sip my tongue was searching for a taste to associate but found nothing. To make matters worse, there was little malt either. It was not very balanced.

Mouthfeel is ok. Decent carbonation, but it left me with a chalky mouthfeel. It reminded me of tonic water, but with a touch of hops.

Somewhat drinkable, but keep in mind I'm the guy that never turns a beer away no matter what kind it is.

Overall, this was a very average beer. I don't know anything about this brewery, but it seems they got in over their head when attempting an IPA.

04-14-2009 01:58:03 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Dmann


2.63/5  rDev -21.5%

Not impressed with this one at all. The best part was the pour, with a great golden hue and nice frothy head. The scent was hoppy but not in a normal way, very skunky. Taste was much the same, with a strange sour skunky bite mixed with a decent malt finish. There are WAY better IPA's to be spending your dough on than this.

04-11-2009 08:01:33 | More by Dmann
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%

12 oz. bottle from Mendocino mix pack. Pours a fairly active red-orange color with a very small off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, nutty, not much hops and a bit metallic. Flavor is almost all bittering hops. I get a touch of caramel malt and some grapefruit and resin from the hops and also that bit of metal which was in the aroma. Mouthfeel is lite although it stays around for a while, fairly carbonated, and very astringent. Overall not a bad beer, drinkable but definitely not what I look for in an IPA. It seems that this one is all bittering hops and little flavor/aroma hops.

04-10-2009 00:42:09 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of ElGeordie


2.8/5  rDev -16.4%

Had a pint of this at the at an Uno's in Northern VA while out on a trip with the kids.
The waitress said "We have a new Indian (sic) Pale Ale" and as the alternatives were the usual BMC swill, I gave it a try.
I was unsure just what brand the "Indian Pale Ale" was, when it arrived - so my rating is pretty objective.
In the glass it looked very similar to a Harpoon IPA: very light in colour with a white head.
There was no real smell.
Taste-wise the hops were there but they seemed very muddled: no real characteristic flavour (i.e no Fuggles or Cascade predominance) There were little or no malty afternotes and the mouth feel was a little harsh (alcohol) & piny.
There are a lot more rewarding IPAs out there but this one's OK.

04-07-2009 15:04:07 | More by ElGeordie
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.03/5  rDev -9.6%

Reviewed 4/3/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a reddish brownish colored body, clear. Average creamy whitish color head okay lacing, lasting. Malty hoppy sweet aroma, some effervescence, but a lot of sickly sweetness. Weak taste. Hoppiness and some bitterness. Some malty sweetness too. A little bitterness on the end, but a clean aftertaste. Carbonated mouthfeel. Some light fruitiness too.

04-04-2009 20:20:33 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of BierFan


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Two finger cream colored head sitting on top of a clear rusty orange body. Citrusy hops and a strong malt character in the smell. Bitter piney hops really stay on your tongue for awhile. Mouthfeel is thick enough to make you sip and savor all the delicious hoppy goodness. Pretty solid beer.

04-02-2009 03:43:48 | More by BierFan
Photo of ideogon


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance - Dark amber-orange, almost completely opaque. I've had to pour this one straight down into the glass to get enough head.

Smell - Hard to detect. I honestly cannot smell anything.

Taste - It's actually light on flavor, unlike most beers in this ABV-range. I'd rather it had more hops like the ESB I had last night, so that it'd be a strong drink but also packed with flavor. But, it's decent. I've also had many worse-tasting beers at this alcohol level.

Mouthfeel - Pretty clean and mildly spicy from the hops.
Drink - I could use more hops; this one actually drinks like a light beer.

Overall - This could use more carbonation, but a decent value at 7% ABV. I think IPAs might be an acquired taste, even for a beer drinker. I'm getting used to them more, but this one seems to be the kind of IPA that is brewed to be accessible. This is why I'm inclined to think that I'll probably end up rating it relatively low compared to other IPAs, in the long run.

03-31-2009 03:28:52 | More by ideogon
Photo of Kraken


2.9/5  rDev -13.4%

Reviewed 3/28/09

Poured from a 12.2 oz bottle into Floreffe Chalice. Moderate pour results in a 1/8 inch head that falls quickly and a light lace. Color is a light copper amber.

Nose- Doesn't smell like much of an IPA. Some very mild caramel notes, no citrus or pine.

Palate- Mildly sweetness, kind of a stale funk, very bitter on back end. No prominent floral, pine or citrus notes. Plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Dry, slightly oily.

Drinkability- Not bad. Their double was infinitely better.

03-28-2009 20:38:36 | More by Kraken
Photo of Cresant


2.88/5  rDev -14%

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date. The body was orange/gold and hazy. The cream colored head was about an inch on the first pour.

Smell was a brief whiff of pine. Later it was jam on toast.

Taste was detergent-like hops bitterness. Bready. Mild linger of hops in the mouth. Alcohol was evident.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

03-19-2009 01:40:02 | More by Cresant
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