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Eye of the Hawk - Mendocino Brewing Company

Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk

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756 Ratings

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%

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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Photo of Jason


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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2001 00:34:14 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2000 14:16:13 | More by Todd
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-17-2014 23:59:27 | More by SkinniePost
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

04-17-2014 21:59:50 | More by Gabriel_Vaughn
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-17-2014 10:41:58 | More by FIN
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:59:13 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-08-2014 17:11:20 | More by Greg_Nall
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-04-2014 02:02:40 | More by drummermattie02
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-02-2014 20:16:19 | More by kb2250
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-26-2014 22:38:04 | More by DaveMiller
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2014 07:54:40 | More by MichaelProcton
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2014 22:41:00 | More by scottbrew4u
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-03-2014 15:54:20 | More by dorionray
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-02-2014 03:11:29 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of Brenden


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mildly clouded pale orange brew sits in my glass, activity from the pour swirling heavily to form a solid head, creamy in substance, that achieves a full finger and rests there easily, nearly keeping its full height for the whole of the session as it drops sticky patching.
Lots of dark fruits notes with a sweetness that isn't too sugary, a hint of alcohol that isn't too boozy that plays well, a touch of leaf, a bit of caramel, bread, and a bit of grains in the finish make for a full, fairly rich and nicely complex beer. A bit more (not very much) on the hoppy side in the aroma would have added an extra dimension. The flavor brings a bit more with further integration and some linger in the finish.
This beer is bready in the feel, not too thick but with a combination of "moist," sweet and dry that works well in its medium body.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 20:54:45 | More by Brenden
Photo of mwar


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-22-2014 20:01:09 | More by mwar
Photo of WoodBrew


3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Eye of the Hawk is much better than I anticipated. The beer poured a slightly a hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is sweet with biscuit like malt. The taste is a well balanced strong ale like semi sweet bread. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall....possibly one of the better strong ales I've had...given that I am not a strong ale fan.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:34:56 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of ISmith87


4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - Beautiful amber color that I really can't deny. Clear as day, nice white head that dissipates and leaves great lacing when it does.
S - 4 - It smells like vanilla, coconut, hint of floral hops/soap. The smell as a whole is very mild though.
T - 4 - mild vanilla, caramel, bready flavor. Some undefined hop bitterness balances it out.
M - 4 - medium mouthfeel. It's pretty full bodied for the way it looks. Alc is covered nicely at 8%. The aftertaste is a sweet caramel/bitter hop.
O - 4 - It's nothing amazing, I just can't find anything that's really wrong with it. It's got a nice sweet/creamy taste from the malt, which is almost perfectly balanced by the hops, there's just not much complexity. I guess that's what it is: It's a very simple american strong ale that's light on the hops. I honestly kinda like it, and would probably buy it again, especially for the price:ABV ratio.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:40:18 | More by ISmith87
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-08-2014 00:59:03 | More by s4s
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-04-2014 15:42:49 | More by Copernicus
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-28-2014 17:32:10 | More by LXIXME
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2014 16:55:42 | More by williamjbauer
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-07-2014 01:42:23 | More by Skillz
Photo of OnTheWater


1.68/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Quite the let down. Threw a few Eye of the Hawks into a make your own 6 pack from my local, and I could not finish the first one and poured out the remaining two. Tasted like soap at times and even my wife agreed it was not worth drinking. I love almost any craft beer, and am enjoying a Mt. Saint Helena Palisades Pale Ale right now, so I am not sure what went wrong with the Eye of the Hawk, it seemed to have a bland taste with no distinctive aroma whatsoever, and the occasional aforementioned soap taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:17:53 | More by OnTheWater
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-05-2014 01:10:25 | More by YieldToNothing
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