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Eye of the Hawk - Mendocino Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk

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BA SCORE
82
good

789 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2000)
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MadeInOregon

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

#3 of my 6-pack. The first one I had at fridge temp (bad), the second one I had at somewhere between 55 degrees and room temp (much better), this one I'm trying at about 50-55 (perfect).

Poured out, Eye of The Hawk is clear with a honey-bronze color and a red undertone. It has a huge, slightly off-white airy seafoamy head--definitely malty! Looks nice.

THE SMELL is very minimal. There are faint sweet malt aromas and an even fainter hop smell. There is some floral aromas and the high alcohol content is easily detectable. There is a sour lager-like smell, which is weird for an ale. Overall smell is pleasant, but seems off.

THE TASTE is good, but only if drank at the right temperature. Lower than 50 and the alcohol overpowers everything and this beer tastes like sour malt liquor. At around 60 the alcohol is well masked by the hops but there is still a noticeable astringent sting in the finish. As with most "American strong ales" this one is hard to classify. My thought for Eye of The Hawk is: 25% Imperial IPA, 25% barleywine, 50% West Coast pale ale. This beer is complex, malty, sweet, and alcoholic. It is also quite heavily hopped. All these usually separate qualities make this taste like a sour, hoppy version of a maibock.

THE FEEL is very nice and full thanks to the heavy malt.

CONCLUSION: A good beer but not mind-blowing in any way. The fact that this tastes bad when cold is a pretty negative characteristic to me. I like to drink my beer at around 50, but I think a good beer should be able to be enjoyed straight from the fridge or from the cupboard. Because of that I won't be buying this again and would not recommend it. But if you like interesting, heavily-hopped American brews then you should try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:55:53 | More by MadeInOregon
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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.