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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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846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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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Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 528
Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting IPA, fairly similar in feel and a bit in flavor to Mendicino's other brews. Very dry overall with biscuity and caramel malts. Strong grapefruit and not much else from the hops. Well, this definately isn't your avaerage IPA, but I don't know if I'd really recommend it. Worth trying once I guess.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The beer was yellowish orange and had a rocky head. The taste was interesting: A little bit thin in the beginning and then all the hoppy kick all at once at the end. Very bitter and citrus tasting. It was nice and quiet different, but I'll stick with the more balanced IPAs next time.

Photo of jmz62565
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a huge white foamy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is on the weak side with only a "bisquity' aroma present. For an IPA there's not much of a hop aroma. The taste is creamy with citrus hop bitterness and little else. This isn't bad,in fact it's good, it's just compared to other American IPA's this is lacking. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK. A decent IPA,not the best West coast IPA however.

Photo of MillRat
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was chilled and served at about 50 F. The beer pours a warm golden color. A quick pour produced a head with a faint yellow tint that didn't appear substantial, but did leave quite a bit of lace behind as I consumed it.

The aroma was mostly hops, but not the citrusy like I expected from an APA, more in keeping with the Engish hops that would have flavored the original British IPAs which the label claims as its heritage. There are also some bready notes to the aroma.

The flavor is rather rich and filling with solid caramelly malts which are then swept off the tongue by the solid earthy-piney hops that linger after the swallow.

The heaviness of this beer and the very solid hop bitterness (not to mentioon the 7% ABV) limits the sessionability of this beer, but it is notable for providing enough malt spine to keep the hops as balanced as most APAs or IPAs get.

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

Pours nicely into glass, with a slight white head. Very strong floral aromas at first, but then dissapates quickly. Definetely hits the hops fairly well, the bitterness lingers for sometime. Better as it warms. Not a complex IPA, but then again most of them aren't as they give their soul over to the hops gods. Also hit the right notes with a citrus- sorta grapefruit flavor. A good beer to drink with spicey food, seems to stick around.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6 pack picked up at Trader Joe's in Riverside, CA in November 2006 for $5.99(?).

Pours a golden orange, slightly hazy with a thin white head. Somewhat syrupy looking, but not as much as DIPAs tend to do.

Aroma is a nice fruity-organic-herbal-grassy mix better than many American IPAs. Flavor follows through but with the sharp hops driving a stake through my tastebuds. I don't know hop varietals or combinations yet, and so I can't what it is about some hoppy beers, but I do recognize enough to know whic I really like and which don't do it for me. This one is too sharp and bitter for my taste. But you might like it!

Somewhat strong alcohol bite for a "single" IPA, more than I like and it keeps me from wanting another once I have finished the first bottle.

Overall a decent IPA, but not really my style.

Photo of tcfishler
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy, light golden orange. Nice thick white head.

Nose is light, dominated by citrus, both flesh and rind, with a whiff of soap as well.

Palate begins quite watery, but then the flavor comes. Quite surprisingly, that flavor is sweet malt! Very little hops at all on the palate, incredibly. Wow, not like any other IPA I know, for sure. Finish is ever so slightly bitter and fairly short.

I can see why this has been reviewed rather poorly; it promises at least a smidgen of hops on the nose, but then doesn't deliver in the mouth. DO NOT buy this expecting a true West Coast IPA experience. Nonetheless, it's a pleasant enough drink. The short finish and lack of bitterness would make it a decent session candidate.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden orange brew with a long-lasting one finger solid foam cap. Lots of oily arcs of lace coat the glass all the way down to the bottom.

S - Wonderful biscuity malt backbone with a fair amount of oily hop aroma on top. Smells "chewy."

T - Mellow hop profile is alot less hoppy than the nose. Chewy oily hops and firm malt bready sweetness. The acrid sap-like pinetree flavor is a bit overdone. Has a strong mineral water quality that I've noticed in many of Mendocino's brews, along with a slighty vegetal quality that is not altogether unpleasant.

M - Chewy and solid. On the ticher side of medium bodied.

D - I couldn't really drink more than one of these due to the strange mineral water nuances.

This beer is beautiful and aromatic, but it just doesn't taste very good. Also, strong pine flavors are not soemthing I look for in an IPA or pale ale...and this has an overabundace of them.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mendocino mixed case from Kunda Bev. and took this brew out first and poured into a pint glass. The color was a light amber or maybe ever an extremely dark gold. There was a ton of thick and fluffy head that had fastish rentention. The lace was pretty thick also and rather sticky. The smell was a little understated. The taste was that of a great hop balance. The mouthfeel was execlent, not rough or ridged at all, very very smooth. All in all a super IPA. Don't drink and review.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Hawk Original IPA pours an orange color with a very small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, citrusy hops and that's pretty much it. The taste is all hops, citrusy hops, maybe a little pine tar like taste that hoppy beers sometimes have. I can't taste anything else beside the hops. Not bad, but I'm not sure it would please a hop head these days with all the double ipa's out there, but definitely worth a try if you like beer on the hoppy side. I would buy this again.

Photo of ryanismean
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively from a 12 oz bottle, this brew leaves a huge head that lingers forever and laces with the best of them. Smells like a fairly typical IPA, lots of hops and yeast in the nose, little in the way of alcohol aroma. The citrus of the hops are backed up by what seems to be a berrylike aroma, almost like ripe cherries.

Flavor is outstanding, a nice balance of hoppy citrus and pine mellowed slightly by the rich malts. I was tempted to give it a 5 on flavor, but it needs just a little more malt to balance out the hops to get a 5 from me. There's also an interesting but slightly weird cough drop aftertaste brought on by lingering hop bitterness that isn't entirely unpleasant, but I'm not 100% sure about it. Still, this beer tastes really good, and the mouthfeel is nice and thick. I would love to try this on cask sometime.

Drinkability is fair at best, due to the aftertaste. It's fine for about one beer, then I want something else. It's still good, definitely good enough to come back to, but I just can't do more than one at a time.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A thick 3 finger head that lasts about 5 minutes leaving a thick three layered ring of lacing behind. The beer itself is a hazy orangish copper copper.

S - Floral hops, lillies mostly with a vey smooth pine and caramel malt backing. A pleasant aroma.

T - At first taste there is a bit of a caramel malt with a lighter floral backing which quickly evolves into a potent floral (lillies again) flavor. The bitterness is mild and dominated by the floral elements. It is a very good flavor.

M - Thin, carbonation is a bit high, mildly refreshing.

D - Pretty good here too. This a pleasant flavorful IPA. I can't remember the last IPA that I have had that is comparable to this. It is delicious and drinkable. I love it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a large creamy head that sticks all over the glass. Smell is piney and citrusy hops and a bit of malt. Taste starts out with a quick malt presence but the hops do not take long to slap you in the side of the face. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full bodied. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA that lacks a bit in balance.

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of White Hawk Original IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a gold color and is slightly hazy. A small one-finger head forms, and is somewhat resilient. There is some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly faint, and typical of an IPA. There is a pine aroma and some citrus notes.

The taste is also typical of an IPA, grapefruit flavors, very little malt presence, and a biting and bitter hop finish. There is a bitter aftertaste that is a little overdone.

The mouth feel is sharp, crisp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s not the best IPA I’ve had, but adequate.

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

Amber orange pour, it had a frothy ivory head, but the poor thing died rather quickly. Nice aroma of floral, oranges and subtle hints of pine. Great taste of the big three (the orange really has a big presence), which really coats the ol’ mouth – lots of oil for an IPA, this things knocking on the DIPA door.

Pretty darn sharp and biting, I’m liking this. Hope the 7% doesn’t bite me in the arse.

Photo of mmcave
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively into tumbler creates nice fluffy head with decent retention. The foam leaves clumpy lacing that coats the glass. The color is a yellowish, orange amber. Smells of sweet caramel, vanilla and candy, with a backbone of piney hops. The flavor is a circle of sweet vanilla, citrus and bitter floral hops. This beer is nice, clean, a little sticky, good hops flavor and subtle sweetness. I like a little more wildness in my IPAs, but honestly I’d buy this over two hearted and many other similar style IPA. If its around give it a try, it wont be the end all, but a nice every now and then, especially for a session.

Photo of number1bum
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color, almost golden. Smells piney with feint smell of hops. Taste is hops from start to finish; really not much else, in fact. Just a bit of citrus, but the hops overpower it and it's really not that well balanced overall. So bitter it puckers the cheeks, in fact. This is an ok IPA, but there are many that are much better.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a translucent, slightly clouded pour, burnt orange in color. A thick and sticky head of about a finger rests on top. Leaves a thick blanket all around as it melts down.

Aroma - a sweetened orange and pine nose, not real deep or intense but it smells good.

Taste - quick, heavy malt sensation, covered quickly by piney, moderately citrusy hops. Plenty of intensity here and good balance too.

Mouthfeel - moderate to heavy feel, carbonation is crisp but not over bubbled.

Drinkability - IPAs don't often appeal to me as a session beer, but this one does. Hits all the right areas and they disappear fast.

Photo of doubleipa
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most definitely an English IPA. Very light hops and not much else in the aroma. Pretty bland flavor with a light ot medium body. A moderately astringent taste. Nothing really stands out about this. There are so many better English IPAs out there. I'm finding it harder to enjoy English IPAs, unless they're on cask or bottle conditioned.

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

Copper color body with an off white head that sat atop it. The head left decent lacing. The hops gave it a citrusy grapefruit aroma and taste, but the maltiness of the beer evened out the bitterness of it. I've had this beer before and I don't remember it having such a strong malt taste to it. I'm not saying it was bad I just remember it being better. The beer had a lingering dry finish with ever present carbonation on the tounge. It was a nice summer brew.

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

Golden tan...nice creamy head...nose is more subdued than I expected...a little fresh floral impression along with a sweeter sugary note..

Taste is pretty bitter....I'd term this one a little rough around the edges...not a super juicy hop flavor but more of a brash bitter flavor...piney notes along with unsweetened grapefruit...a little biscuity maltiness than reminds one of an english style IPA....overall though it is West Coast IPA all the way.

Decent beer but not in the same class as the big hitters out west...I'd call it slightly above average...

Photo of mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a dark amber with medium carbonation and a finger of off-white head that leaves some lacing. There are caramel, molasses, and biscuity malts in the aroma along with grapefruit, mango?, and some sweet, dark malts. On the palate it's bitter grapefruit, pineapple or mango, other esters, light pine, a medium bitterness, and a big malt backbone that becomes lightly buttery toward the end. The body is medium and fairly smooth with a medium to long finish. An IPA that's up to par in my book.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden body, but the head lacks a bit. It doesn't retain very long, doesn't stick to the side, and sort of reduces to a skim in pretty short order.
The smell is a nice combination of piney, resinous hops and sweet, sticky malt. Remember, this isn't a DIPA. I think it suits the bill.
A nice hop bit up front. Lots of Cascade, I think. There's a bit of interesting bittering hops going on as well, and between the two is a smooth malty character. I like it!
Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy and sticky side, and drinkability is average for the style. Something about it doesn't lend the drinkability that I'd hope for. It's not that it's off balance. Just that it's good, but a tad bit underwhelming in all categories.

Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden. One finger head,good retention and lacing. Smell is of hops,and a hint of pine. Body is medium with a hint of carbionation. Taste is Hopped up front with a decent malty finish. Nothing to knock your sox off, but worth a try for sure.

Photo of presscaught
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has the appearance of a good IPA but that is about all that is truly good about it. Everything else is just average. Nothing new going on with this IPA. It actually is kind of boring. Maybe the drinkability should be higher as you could probably drink a twelve pack of this stuff but for me the drinkability is low due to the lack of taste. There is nothing to set this beer apart.

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White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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