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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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....

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:40:02 | More by Cresant
Photo of Tomas77


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer. Pours a light orange gold color with good foam stand. Lace sticks very well throughout. Slight haze but almost clear. Maybe dry-hopped.
I get a fruity malt presence right away in the aroma followed by alcohol then some pine later.
Taste a hint of carmel malt sweetness but turns very fruity and piney with some grapefruit notes also. Alcohol in background. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish.
Medium body with low-med carbonation in the mouthfeel. Smooth alcohol warmth for 7%abv. Hops were'nt harsh or astringent at all.
Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 21:23:20 | More by Tomas77
Photo of hosehead83


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Amber-gold in color with one inch head

Aroma- Pine and hops, some citrus

Taste-Nice hops and citrus, a bit unbalanced but tasty

Overall, a typical example of an AmericanIPA: hoppy with citrus undertones and a lingering bitterness

Certainly worth a try

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 21:04:11 | More by hosehead83
Photo of TrevorGW


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper orange color with a fantastic bright white head. Head retention is excellent. Slight haze to the body of the beer.

Aroma is pretty restrained and soft. Juicy with oranges.

Taste is assertive with hop bitterness. Fruity (raspberries, lemon) and tart with enough bready malt presence to keep the hops from becoming too much.

Medium-bodied and somewhat creamy in feel.

Highly drinkable and flavorful IPA. I will definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 18:21:00 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of Lambstrong


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber hue with a white semi-creamy head. The beer provides decent lacing. The aroma can be describes as a musty soapy mess. The best characteristics comes from the taste which is boldly hopped. I did enjoy the bitterness as it awoke the taste buds as it crossed my tongue and the aftertaste is a lingering bitterness. All in all this is an average beer when you factor everything together.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:49:23 | More by Lambstrong
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

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

White Hawk IPA pours a clear dark orange colored body with a 1" head that drops down and sticks with lacing.

Aromas are malty up front with some caramel sweetness followed by a light hop aroma that doesn't really have alot of citrus in the nose.

The flavor is sweet up front and hops come in late with a simple bitterness that I can use my imagination and taste some grapefruit. The bitterness is pretty sharp on the tongue in the aftertaste. There is also a slight alcohol presence.

The body is on the lighter side of medium for the style with prickly carbonation.

This beer is nothing to seek out, but if in a pinch for something hoppy with no other options, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 23:20:18 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of jrw5061


2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy gold. Not a lot of head. There is a lot of lacing however.

S: Mostly a citrus smell. A little bit of a piny smell to it.

T: I can definitely taste a bit of grapefruit from the hops. Not much aromatics to this beer. All I taste is a little bit of citrus followed by a lot of bitter. The hops definitely overpower the malt on this one. Nothing special here.

M: Mouth feel is really pretty good. It is thick but not too thick. Really coats the tongue nicely. IDK if i can say this is a good thing though because I'm not crazy about the taste. :-/

Drinkability. For a 7% beer it is really pretty drinkable. I don't think I'd want to have more than 2 of these in a night though idealy.

Bottom line: This is an average IPA. It definitely cannot compete with beers like stone IPA or bell's two hearted, that much is certain, but it is not a bad beer by any means. All I can say is that it is about an average IPA. It is most definitely drinkable but not exactly desirable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 05:07:53 | More by jrw5061
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with cool hawk label.

Appearance: Light burnt orange color with a creamy ivory head with good retention.

Smell: Light/crisp caramel back with sweet citrus notes from the hops in the foreground.

Taste: Rich roasty biscuit and light caramel; there's a medium hop bitterness, but not much in the way of hop flavor, which was kind of a dissappointment.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv, you don't feel the 7%

Conclusion: Somewhat one dimensional, but pretty tasty

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 19:16:55 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yet..another disappointment from Mendocino..not a very good brew. Poured a very nice,a bright copper with a tight head and lace. Nose was very faint hops. The malt body was also lacking. Also lacking was hops. There was abitterness to it on the taste oand mouthfeel. Not a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 00:43:36 | More by barleywinefiend
White Hawk Original IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.