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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
82
good

802 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Hazy light amber body. Big, loose offwhite head with decent stick and good retention.

Smell - Grass and some corn. Mild hoppiness and maltiness.

Taste - Grassy hoppiness. Some metal. Generally pretty mild.

Mouthfeel - Head offers some effervescence. Cleanses the palate without being solvent. Mild hoppy prickle.

Overall Drinkability - In terms of style perhaps this is an American Strong Ale, but it's much more mild than any of the others in the style I've had. Enjoyable nevertheless.

11-06-2011 19:39:36 | More by ZenAgnostic
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a deep orange with a real nice medium creamy,sticky head,aroma is deeply fruity with a slightly hop background.I realy like the maltiness of this beer also there is some alcohol notes that come thru in the finish.A whisky like taste stays in the mouth after each sip.Iam very impressed with this beer,very enjoyable.

08-11-2003 20:54:24 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance – Light orange body with a decent head.

Smell – Sweet malt and fruits dominate the nose of this one.

Taste – Big malt sweetness to say the least. It tastes more like a light type of caramel, but whatever it is, it is strong, chewy, gooey, and sticky. This is what I think of as a classic, strong old ale. Solid ABV (8.0), big malt, a smidgen of hops for balance, and lots and lots of sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation in accordance with the style. This one sticks to your teeth.

Drinkability – This is like drinking (highly alcoholic) candy. Well done.

09-02-2003 00:45:54 | More by RoyalT
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Zakk

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-14-2012 01:46:14 | More by Zakk
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drewkennedy

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-03-2012 01:38:10 | More by drewkennedy
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blitz134

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I've had this one a little while now. Never realized it was a strong ale actually.

No head at all on the pour. Some white bubbles came up but they disappeared almost immediately. Clear caramel colored body. Color is good on this one, as well as clarity but it just lacks any head or retention.

Sweet caramel malts dominate, lots of raw candy sugar comes through as well. Sweet overall with some floral hops. Hints of sweet alcohol come up as well. Smells okay, not too complicated though.

Taste is sweet again. The malts come through differently in the flavor though. They are a bit more biscuity and sweet roll like. Hops are different as well and offer up some herbalness in there with the floral hops found in the aroma. Still pretty sweet overall with lots of processed sugar coming through. Alcohol makes it a little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I usually expect for the style. Carbonation levels are okay and adds some crispness while on the tongue.

Okay drinkability, not what I consider a standout of the style. The taste is okay but something about it keeps this from being really easy to put down, it might be the raw sugar flavors.

01-31-2007 04:17:49 | More by blitz134
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-17-2013 17:54:05 | More by danthehopslamman
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's got a pretty cool looking hawk on the label.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with nice carbonation activity that creates a consistent creamy lace head.

Smell: Big fruity aromas. Fresh, sweet pale malt notes.

Taste: Huge dose of sweet, rich malts. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and extremely robust. Lively carbonation foams up the palate with an assertive alcohol presence, fruity esters and a delicious rind-like hop flavour that helps to balance/cut through the huge malt profile and dry alcohol flavour. You can really taste the unique yeast strain towards the end. Apart from a "yeasty" flavour, it has a semi-bready flavour that pulls through and enhances the malt flavours. Finishes rather clean given all that is going on.

Notes: Hot damn! Complex, balanced, dangerously drinkable. A force to be reckoned with, in its own right. Consume with respect.

11-04-2000 14:16:13 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: From the pour I got a tall creamy off white colored head. This covers a deep amber brew with good clarity. As I drank the tall head slowly faded out to just a light ring around the edge of the glass which left a little slick lacing.

Smell: There is a rich malty character in the nose with a mix of bready and candy like notes. Hop notes are slight and way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a sweet candy like, almost fruity malt base. Inside there is a well hidden abv and some mild floral/spicy German lager like hop notes. It finishes smooth and feels smooth (somewhat slick) on the palate with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a well made ale with a well hidden 8%abv that can sneak up on you.

04-15-2011 15:35:04 | More by generallee
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Beerswag

California

3.53/5  rDev -3%

22oz bottle poured into pilsner glass. $2.99 at Sprouts Market
Appearance is a hazy nice burnt sienna(orange)color. Smell is of malt and hop balance "eye" or center of the malt/hop/wheat flavor profile, decent lacing.Taste-malt and dark chocolate with apricots, wheat and bitey hop at the finish. Orange peel, dank, complexity is there..medium to heavy mouthfeel. For this, I feel Summer Strong ale. salmon or corn chowder, or blue-cheese burgers.

05-29-2013 04:13:01 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Killer beer, killer not meaing good though. This is a good beer in a way but a bit devious with the 8% abv. We get this beer served in full pints around Boston at regular beer prices, an evil beer to love.

09-16-2001 00:34:14 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head that quickly drops to some ring lacing. Grapefruit and piney hops dominate the aroma. Alcohol burn is the initial sensation in the mouth, of this medium bodied and moderately carbonated ale. Caramel malt sweetness is the first impression on tasting, but bitter piney hops and alcohol quickly obliberate any semblance of malt balance here. Piney and floral hops run the show here, and there is also an earthy mustiness present in the background. Alcohol becomes a distraction toward the end, and is not at all hidden. Aftertaste is slightly astringent. Not really bad, but not one of my favorites.

02-07-2004 22:15:41 | More by merlin48
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nem2006

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-25-2014 16:03:24 | More by nem2006
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: red/brown in color, 1/3 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and citrus hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: A slightly above average strong ale. I like the caramel taste, but nothing I would rush to get again. I could have a couple of this sweet and malty beer.

01-07-2010 15:12:44 | More by tigg924
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JayEvans813

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-07-2013 04:30:01 | More by JayEvans813
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Mora2000

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt and assorted citrus. The flavor is toffee and dark fruit. The beer doesn't really taste like it smells. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

09-07-2010 02:58:27 | More by Mora2000
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Byeast

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: clear copper/amber , inch of tan foam that dissipates to a thin lasting layer.

Smell: a malty nose with some fruity esters , bit of alcohol.

Taste: a nice big and "robust" malty body , sweetness is kept in check with a pleasant alcohol and orange peel raw hop. Some fruity esters in there , as well as a yeasty character to the finish.

Mouthfeel: full bodied

Drinkability: A very drinkable and balanced Strong Ale , especially for its ABV. Fair amount of malty complexity and quality. A welcome sight.

02-20-2007 02:38:01 | More by Byeast
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-21-2013 20:15:13 | More by NoetheMatt
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PsychoJedi

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a filmy copper color with little head. The smell is a crisp fruity smell that is not too strong or not too weak. The taste is like the smell: fruity that is not too strong and not too weak. There is a little after taste, but nothing a true bear drinker would frown at. I could drink a good bit of this. Verdict: try it.

06-14-2009 04:00:37 | More by PsychoJedi
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magictrokini

California

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

Bright amber with more red than brown, and a bubbly white head. Nice lacing. Crisp aroma of malt and strong Saaz hops. Clean malty taste that pops out of the glass. Nice blend of the Saaz bitter and Cascade citrus. Tastes a little like an ESB in that regard. Alcohol is well hidden. Very nice.

12-10-2008 19:13:19 | More by magictrokini
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Hugh37

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-13-2013 00:39:24 | More by Hugh37
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear, medium amber/coppery color with a creamy,pillowy white head with good retention leaving a ring of lace around the top of the glass with spotty lacing the rest of the way down.

Very fruitty aroma with some light candied maltiness,very pleasing not much hop aromas present.

Fruity tasting,toffee,with pleasing tartness and a bit of grassiness. A good bittersweet finish leaves a dry tart taste on the palate.

Medium body with some creaminess,tangy,juicy,leaving a puckering sensation on the palate. Good taste,enjoyable could drink a few of these. A good solid drinker could session a few of these. Worth a try.

Noticed this was listed as an american strong ale would have guessed it was an amber ale the alcohol was very well hidden. Being listed as a strong ale might have lower the overall score a bit,but i really enjoyed this beer overall.
Would never have guessed this beer was 8%.

03-04-2007 05:58:36 | More by jcdiflorio
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BenHesk12

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Eye of the Hawk American Strong Ale, or "Hawks" as me and my buddies like to call it, is an instant classic. My first experience with this beer was at a social occasion where after taking a few sips, I realized I was drinking something special. It was a huge surprise to see printed on the side of the bottle 8% alcohol. This is a strong ale with a sturdy mouthfeel, and an appropriate and sippable bitterness you would expect from this style. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, with the alcohol content of malt liquor, whats not to like? Overall its just one of those beers that you're happy to drink any time, any place, without getting too fancy or stealing the spotlight. The best thing about this beer though, by far, is the value. $6.50 for a 6 pack at Trader Joes. YES! Overall just a great beer that is a refreshing change from the hophead trend, with great value and flavor that keeps you interested without overdoing it.

11-05-2012 01:38:42 | More by BenHesk12
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ironlung

California

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz bottle. No freshness date. Into Chimay snifter...

Pours a bright amber/orange with a nice white head that makes an exit rather quickly. My nose makes out notes of fruit and alcohol. A rather nice smelling blend that can be detected as soon as the bottle is opened. Taste is sweet malt up front with grassy hops and alcohol in the finish. The rather thin mouthfeel is lacking for such a "big" brew, but that steps up the drinkability. I'd never know this was an 8% brew if it wasn't printed on the label!

Overall this is the best beer so far that I've picked up at Trader Joes. If your looking for good beer on a budget(and who isn't theese days?)you've gotta give this one a shot!

02-22-2009 19:27:49 | More by ironlung
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-02-2012 03:27:35 | More by chickenm
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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.