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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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820 Ratings

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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:
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Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce "tulip" pint glass.

A - A nice golden amber color with a frothey two finger, slightly off white head. The head bubbles up but has some nice staying power. SMall fragments of lace cling to the glass.

S - A nice balance of sweet malts along with a nice hop character. Nicely balanced but the hops don;t "take charge" as much as I like them to in an IPA.

T - Not bad. Some nice piney hops on there with an oily floral hop hop character as well. A nice sweet malt flavor rounds things out rathe rnicely.

M - A nice carbonation stands up well with the bitter finish in the taste.

D - Not bad at all. Not a hop bomb but definitely respectable. The fact that the 7% abv is hidden rather well contributes to the drinkability. Still I find myself going back for more on hoppier IPAs more than this one. Still pretty good.

Notes: Nothing spectacualr but not a bad find, esp for 5 bucks a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 20:15:07 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Hibernator


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Hawk IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a bronze copper color with a nice looking head on top. Patterns of sticky lace appear on the side of the glass.

The nose is pleasant with the highlight showcasing a ton of hops. Whiffs of citrus and pine.

Grainy, biscuit-like mouthfeel with a syrupy blast of hops. Biting hop finish that also has a cherry cough syrup flavor. There is something medicinal going in the taste. Also worth mentioning is the respectable 7.0% ABV. This is a solid American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 22:27:12 | More by Hibernator
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear and simple orange color with light spread out carbonation. This beer looks relaxed. Gargantuan sticky white rockey head. Regualr ipa smell but good balance between malts and hops. Kinda sweet. Floral & critrusy hops are in the taste, some good pine trees thrown in. Very good balance to all this, not too much pine tree or hops. This is a nice bittersweet ipa. medium mouthfeel. This is quite drinkable. I will revisit this tommorrow night, I had it after a duvel, i tried my best but my mouth is shot. The hops plowed through though.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 05:28:43 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Wasatch


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color, some carbonation, small head, with some lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, and citrus. The taste is kinda sweet, not bitter like other IPAs I've had. Medium body. Very drinkable, but this is a different kind of IPA in my book, nice, but different, less hoppy for sure. As far as IPAs go I would not recommend it, there are way better one's out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 23:59:36 | More by Wasatch
Photo of KroMagnon


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a little disappointing overall. The appearance was good, a slightly cloudy orange-light amber color with a rocky white head. The aroma was good too, a bit of a mixture of malty graininess and grapefruit / citrusy hops. But the flavor was a little let-down - it wasn't bad, but it doesn't grab you either. Its fairly dry, with some hop flavor and nice clean bitterness, but seems a little one-dimensional and needs a more complex malt profile I think. The mouthfeel was good but the drinkability suffered a little from the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 02:20:27 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a bit of a head that fades from the scene and leaves very little lacing as a remembrance

Smell: There are some hops on the nose, but they are somewhat muted and get mixed in with some off smells into a medicinal vinegary mess

Taste: Starts out bitter and stays that way, rather piney and slightly metallic with a touch of butter on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a little slick due to the diacetyl; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another disappointing beer from Mendocino; I am amazed at how they have been able to expand in the craft beer world with such poorly crafted beers

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 22:59:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of masikon


2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They had just gotten this in at my local brew stop so I thought i'd pick up a 22 oz. bottle since I've been on a bit of an IPA, double IPA kick lately. Poured a dull faded amber or light cider, Pretty cloudy and really not that impressive. Head was big and full with some rockiness and staying power which was a good sign....head is really the best thing about this beer. Nose could best be described as light, somewhat hoppy, but as another reviewer noted there is certainly something odd going on here, hard to describe but unpleasant for sure. Taste is pretty plain, tastewise this falls pretty flat. Not much going on at all, certainly some hops but not in that delicious juicy, bitter, already drinking another swig before I swallow this one kind of way. I would call this an IPA imposter, not nearly enough going on here hops or otherwise to be a worthwhile purchase. 3rd rate at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 03:08:53 | More by masikon
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Mendocino- White Hawk Original IPA

6pack purchased at Circle Liquors- Pennington, N.J

Appearance- light golden orange with heavy carbonation. Thick head.
Smell- Sweet. Vinager and malt.
Taste- metallic! Sweet with a flat bitter hops flavor. Aftertaste is like a oxidized battery in the mouth.
Mouthfeel- flat and no life at first, followed by a dull bitterness, and finally a metal aftertaste.

Overall- I was excited about purchasing the White Hawk but it is BAD! I'll be able to finish the 6er but I'm not happy. I'll give their other offerings a try though.
Avoid this IPA its a DUD!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 18:15:21 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange, has a one finger frothy head with good retention and thick web-like lacing. The aroma is pine/citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. The taste is bitter and bold as soon as it hits your tongue, with a little bit of toasted grain in the background. This beer is a typical example of an american IPA, it's not well balanced between the hops and the malt but for a hop lover you can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 23:45:58 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of troutmask96


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really just an average IPA here, nothing special. Pours a very pretty amber-mahogany with a nice, foamy head with little retention. Smells citrusy and hoppy like most IPA's. Big bitter grapefruit taste, not the smoothest IPA around. Very sweet! I agree with a reviewer below who said that this reminded him of a hoppy version of a macro. Strictly run-of-the-mill...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 02:42:14 | More by troutmask96
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this guy randomly stuck amongst the others in Key Food, and decided, why not? And then, priced wrong at the register... 2 bucks, I thought, DEFinitely why not?

Pours a very pretty color, a gorgeous copper, rubyish tint, with a fluffy just off-white creamy looking head that leaves lovely lacing. Lovely. Very clear. Just appealing looking. Nose is a bit faint... earthy and citrusy hop aroma, a light bit of malt but not really obvious- you have to really sniff for it. Tangy scent, not as deep as I'd like it to be.

Taste- ah, there's the malt... at least, some. Bitter hops come in right away, with a piney backbone, and citrus undertones. A bit of grainy breadyness, but not much. Just enough to wrap it all up. Still, though all of these flavors are there, they're a bit... pale. Not as robust as I wish they were. But tasty and hoppy nevertheless.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, a bit dry in the finish, but mostly very clean. I'd say this is a pretty drinkable brew- enough hops to satisfy the average hophead, easy to drink, pretty flavorful on the whole. Yes, there are better AIPAs out there, but I wouldn't say no to this- I might even seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 23:40:19 | More by scooter231
Photo of sopor


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with a thin haze of sediment under a finger of creamy offwhite head that leaves a thin uneven film. Toasty malt with hints of honey. Not a lot of hop smell, but some resinous tar in there. Biscuity malt flavor is light with just a hint of syrupy sweetness before hops come on with some good resinous flavor before getting bitter. Assertive, but not powerful, opens up as it goes. Slightly slick but not thick, this is decently drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 14:36:25 | More by sopor
Photo of spoots


2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is big and impressive with a giant head that lingers. On the basis of the pour, I was ready for some hoppy fireworks, but...the aroma is flat. Not much to write about--light hops, corn, brown sugar, and a vague plastic scent that troubled me.

This is definitely not a prototypical IPA. The hoppiness promised by the superior head didn't come through when drinking, and the flavor seemed overwhelmingly processed--like somebody was trying to make this beer taste like an IPA without actually following the recipe. (It didn't work.)

Mouthfeel was average for this style.

I wanted to like this beer, but it's just not a terribly refined IPA. (And that plastic scent/flavor makes me a little nervous.)

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 03:57:00 | More by spoots
Photo of hero27


3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a large, foamy head that actually holds really well. Nose is big floral hops with malts and mild spices rounding it out. Dominating floral hop flavor with some possible off-flavors present (diacetyl, alcohol/metallic esters, aspirin??). Fairly harsh bitterness in the finish and not as smooth as I'd like. I'm not real impressed with it overall. I'd probably consider it below average for the style. Luckily I like IPAs, otherwise this would one definitely be skippable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 05:10:35 | More by hero27
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

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

A- pale golden with a nice white head that ends up as a top film that laces the glass well.

S- rich of hops and spices.

T- very smooth and malty with a nice hop bite at the finish. the alcohol is fairly well hidden but warms nicely.

M- medium body with little carbonation. felt silky smooth.

D- nicely balance and easy to drink.

overall- nice beer for a quick hop fix. the beer itself doesnt really stand out, but rather just a good ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2005 03:51:10 | More by Gritsak
Photo of mitchfor3


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased as a single from Trader Joe's for about $1.

Not a bad IPA from Mendocino. The high alcohol content seems a bit unnecessary - it is noticable in both smell and taste. Pretty good body - not too thin as some IPAs are. Also not too bitter.

Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 06:56:21 | More by mitchfor3
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber color with a nice foamy head obtained with a vigorous pour. The nose seems to be a bit faint for an IPA, but I do notice some hops. The taste has a very rugged hop flavor followed by a malty edge in the aftertaste. Pretty good tasting beer. The mouthfeel is nice, suitable carbonation. I'm not having any trouble at all pouring this one into my stomach. It goes down good. Its not a first-class brew, but atleast it goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 12:46:27 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Bcant


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent hazy golden color, small white head with some lacing. Bouquet is grainy but not complex. Neither is the taste complex. It starts a slightly wattery and the predominate feature is bitterness. It does, however, mellow over time, so don't guzzel your pint. Another reasion not to drink too fast is the alcohol content (7%), which does not negativly impact the mouthfeel or drinkability adversly.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 03:26:03 | More by Bcant
Photo of tgbljb


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium copper color with adequate white head that slowly fell to a thin ring. Smell is very strong of hops with notes of alcohol also to be found. Taste is extremely strong of hops with little of the alcohol noted. Finishes austerely dry and a bit too bitter for my liking. Not bad drinking, but one was enough, and I doubt if I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 03:50:13 | More by tgbljb
Photo of atigerlife


2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle.

Has a nice appearance. A rather large, creamy head that is off-white. The color of the beer is darker than expected, definite orange tint.
The smell was hoppy with some light citrus tones.
The taste was rather bland at the beginning and ended with a large amount of hoppy bitterness. Not well balanced.
In the mouth, it is quite bubbly.
Overall, I would try another IPA [or several] before having another of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 18:26:02 | More by atigerlife
Photo of nortmand


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a slight haze and a big, fluffy long lasting white head.
Smell is resiny citrus. A bit metallic.
Sweet, malty flavor is supported by a crisp bitterness at the end. Not too upfront.
Bubbly mouthfeel, but kind of sticky.
Like all of Mendocino's brews, none of them are knock your socks off examples of the style, but all of them are pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 23:50:05 | More by nortmand
Photo of Reidrover


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck.
This is one of those darker than normal IPA, though not brown, just dark orange and slightly hazy, has a large creamy/foamy off whire head.
The aroma however is not that great for the style, almost has a lagerish smell to it.
This seems to be a balanced IPA, not really in the typical West Coast style, more leaning towards the british stylings.The malts actually dominating the hops for the most part.
Quite a nice tghick mouthfeel ..good for the style.
I found this an acceptable IPA recommended for those that like their hops well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 14:39:17 | More by Reidrover
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a copperish-yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is very hoppy with scents of grapefruit and citrus fruits, pine resin and a bready malt background. Flavor is a big letdown from the aroma, not nearly as hoppy as i expected. The taste is bland for an American IPA imho, light citrus and pine resin flavors with a slight bready malt backbone. Finish is mildly bitter, and mouthfeel is too light. Alcohol is too aparent and the hops dont back it up. Initially promising but in the end a letdown...another subpar beer from mendocino.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 02:02:03 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of karst


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in 0.5L Rastal Pilsner glass and it easily sent its white head over the top with a normal pour. Heavy lace and rings adorn the sides durning the slow motion fall. A beautiful thing to observe.

Aromas of Cascade and Fuggle Hops and some malts. Initially interesting flavor which quickly becomes one dimensional malt and cascade - grapefruit that sustanes the bitter finish. Fuggles seem overrun except for the nose. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness becomming almost metalic. Probably better ways to get your 60 IBU dose of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 03:27:17 | More by karst
Photo of methtlcai


2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear dark gold with less than a finger of head that did an average job of retaining itself down the glass but nothing special. Smelled of lemons and citrus with a hint of hoppy pine, but not too strong an aroma. The taste was not good- the bitterness of the hops was there but not the flavor or aroma- tasted kind of chalky with a bit of citrus but the main problem was the alcohol was too prominent. I am happy I didn't opt for the 22 oz bomber. A below average IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 01:27:29 | More by methtlcai
White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.