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Eye of the Hawk - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk

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BA SCORE
83
good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2000

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Ratings: 878 | Reviews: 485
Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep reddish amber producing 2 fingers of soap foam frothy, beige, somewhat lasting head that leaves a only a little lacing. Aroma is sweet with toasted malts, treacle, nuts & a hint of raisin backed a thin hint of floral hops. Taste is sweet but less so than in the nose, caramel, roast, nuts & raisin. Finish is toast, roast & metallic with some hop character in the form of a nice bitterness that's accentuated by the alcohol & intense roast. Aftertaste is metallic, lightly bitter & astringent. Alcohol presence is low for the ABV but is present in the form of bitterness and spice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, some spicy prickle, wet, slick & astringent in the aftertaste.

Photo of pianoguy
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from the beer of the month club...

Pours a cloudy orange-brown, with a slightly off white 3/4 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smells are not overly prominent, but what I do smell is mainly malts . Primarily a sweet applesauce smell.

Taste has the sweet malts out in front. A heavy alcohol taste in the middle and a (very) slight bitter hop finish

Feel is crisp and full

Over all an interesting malt forward (but still an ale) sort of beer.
And of course the 8.0 ABV doesn't hurt either !!

Photo of Bali_hi
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg of eyeofthehawk beer drank.

Photo of Forplay678
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is goes so well with cheese and crackers.

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from bottle to pub style pint glass. Color is a dark reddish Amber. Has about a one inch head of white foam that seems to be sticking around (I'm drinking it while reviewing). Strong taste of malt and caramel. I got this beer as part of a build your own six pack at the liquor store. I love to try new beers, and hadn't heard of this one, so I thought, for $1.60 it can't hurt to try it. It was money well spent. I am enjoying this beer, and would drink it again any time. Can't believe it's 8% AVB!

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a little slippery, a little better, but it's good. I could drink 4 of these.

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old friend from when I lived in Mendocino/ Humboldt. This has a very thick mouth feel and hides its alcohol well. A very malty, caramel-like taste that is quite unique. I love it's color.

Photo of Popkorn615
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious beer. Fantastic overall.

Photo of atrocity
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

No bottle date so rated as it tasted... which was like a 6 month old IPA.

Photo of Noahtrumble
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not to sure what to say about this one. Not a top choice to buy again, but wouldn't turn it down

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on January 21, 2015.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very strong malt flavor some hops to back it up but overall very malt forward. Lots of caramel and bready/ biscuit notes . Very full bodied beer much richer than I would anticipate based on the color.

Photo of Diegofcosta
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good golden ale!

Photo of 9to
5/5  rDev +37%

Eye of the Hawk boasts an amazing 8.0% ABV, but you wouldn't know that from the taste.

Head-lovers and carbonation-aficionados beware! This is a rich, no-frills ale.

Poured cold, even as sloppy as you can, creates the smallest head with light lacing. (Poured warm, on the other hand, and this one comes alive).

Drank cold, it's malty with a touch of hops. It's rich, sweet, bordering almost on a Baltic porter without molasses and darkness.

It's my favorite beer because it brings no nonsense with its flavor, and it doesn't make you pay with burps and air in your stomach. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Eye of the Hawk pours a red-brown with a big two-finger head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin white cap. Not a whole bunch going on in the flavor department. A quite strong caramel/malt flavor which masks the high ABV quite well. Almost a medicinal malt flavor. Aroma is strongly malt based. Not a well balanced malt flavor but not bad. I first tried it at the 2011 Minnesota Autumn Brew Review. The brewery rep gave my uncle and I a bottle under the table and was quite personable. Left a good impression of Mendicino Brewing for me. I'd drink this again and would be interested in trying some more of their offerings.

Photo of 3PuttPar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Flavorful, but not real balanced.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

This is a very decent brew. With the hefty 8% abv that isn’t detectable. The light mouthfeel is a throw off of some of the flavors that shine through. This reminds me of what a candy beer would be. Almost like a medicinal fruit syrup followed by bready malt and slight hoppy finish. Though nothing screams excellence, this brew is still worthy.

Photo of keithmurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance - clear copper color with beige head

Smell - molasses, caramel, oak

Taste - molasses, caramel, oak, nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, not much complexity to the flavor

Overall - nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing about it was particularly memorable either. Fans of the style might want to give it a shot

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz bottle

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Smell has a lot of bready malt. Some sweetness. A little bit of alcohol boozyness underlying.

Flavor has the bready Malta as well along with a strong fruity sweetness. Fairly dry bitter finish, along with a boozyness that is a little high for an 8%.

Overall pretty good, kind of flat though, a little more carbonation would have brought me up to a 4. A little too sweet and boozy for me to go any higher than that, but still a good beer.

Photo of delta490
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a cloudy orangey-red with a creamier white head that has minor retention but leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild, with only some nondescript malt sweetness. The taste has a little more oomph, as there are some nice dark fruit notes and dark bread malt flavors. The body has a nice weight to it, with a smooth finish.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mendocino Eye of the Hawk has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, copper appearance, strong bubble streams, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, rich, sweet, spiced bread, and dark bread crust. Taste is of sugar, caramel, dark bread crust, light fruits (dates or figs), some bitterness, and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Mendocino Eye of the Hawk finishes wet, sweet, and heavy.

RJT

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear deep copper, with a foamy khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Sweet caramel malt and floral hops form the initial aroma. Smells like treacle. Slightly nutty notes emerge.

Flavor is also sweet, with toffee notes emerging mid palate, carrying into a light citrus, moderately dry finish. Caramel malt dominates, but the citrus prevents the beer from being cloying.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Malt dominant, and not the most complex strong ale, but it's got enough citrus and bittering hops to redeem it somewhat.

Photo of rolanduzer
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a darker amber color with minimal head. The smell is sweeter and nutty. The beer is not really that sweet in taste and has an interesting flavor profile of nutty brown and some roasted barley. At 8% ABV, this beer sells a lot cheaper than beers in the same ABV range.
I really liked the taste when it first hits your mouth. There was a hint of something metallic in the aftertaste, but like an earthy metallic, not like an old tin can. The aftertaste kept me from giving this beer a higher rating, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I will keep some at home. This would go well with any foods cooked on the grill, especially a good burger.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.66/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been one of my favorites for a while now. The coppery red brew looks irresistible when poured into a pint glass. Warm or chilled, this particular beer delivers a excellent taste with hints of malted barely.
This is a great hoppy beer. I especially like how the brewers managed to create a beer with 8 percent alc content without the overwhelming taste of the alcohol.
I would recommend this to a friend. Also a great recommendation to anyone looking for a nice, hoppy beer or one with an above average alcohol content.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark amber and cloudy like a thunderstorm, with lacings and an off white foamy head, that dissapates well. It has a caramal malt aroma, a pleasent taste of caramal/malt, with a twinge of metal taste and spikes of hops and pie crusts. It has bit of an edge when drink, but goes down well, and isn't to feeling.

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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.