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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

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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wendymerissa

Florida

5/5  rDev +37.4%

03-18-2013 04:37:11 | More by wendymerissa
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dvdhrns

California

5/5  rDev +37.4%

02-18-2012 04:31:52 | More by dvdhrns
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gabe1k

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +37.4%

07-14-2013 03:06:39 | More by gabe1k
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +37.4%

02-29-2012 18:44:00 | More by Rocketman8911
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AaronRed

New York

4.95/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2001 21:54:31 | More by AaronRed
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kini

Hawaii

4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a beer to my liking! Given the limited selection of good beer where I live, this beer is the bomb.

Currently my very favorite beer. Sweet with moderate carbonation, little to no head on pour. Beautiful color, sweet malty smell.

This beer has a high drinkability given the relatively high ABV. There is just enough alcohol taste to let you know this is a high ABV beer.

Superb mouthfeel. Just a plain wonderful brew. I pay about $10 a sixer for this where I live and it's worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:01:19 | More by kini
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mendocino has never failed me..

Appearance: A nice copper amber in color, awesome carbonation shown through the glass, lots of bubbles, nice full head, good lacing and retention!

Smell: Alot of fruit notes, citrus, a bit of dry hops, some apricot is there as well, almost a similar smell to a Magic Hat #9. A nice caramel zip can be detected through the malt.

Taste: Wow.. complex as all of Mendocino's brews are. The hop oil is balanced perfectly against a backdrop of sweet maltiness & caramel. Earth tones give way to a strong hop presence, some citrus elements keep the flavoring leveled between a small bite of alcohol in the finish. Any 8% ABV is hidden perfectly in this one, this might be dangerous for a novice, but I love how Mendocino hid the alcohol properties in this, it's almost genious.

Mouthfeel: Slick feeling, medium bodied, and balanced to perfection. You can't find a better dose of hops and malt anywhere else! Carbonation isn't too much, but enough to let the bitterness of the hops shine through. The malt profile makes this brew sit nice on the tongue. Perfect again!

Drinkability: If you gave this below a B, I suggest you get your head checked. This is a perfect example of when malt and hops can pair perfectly with eachother. Not only is it balanced perfectly, but the alcohol content is hidden so well, you feel like your drinking a 5% ABV brew. So much to love about this beer, it's clever, dangerous, and bold enough to keep even the big beer lover coming back for more. I hear people saying this is too wet and it's not malty enough, but this is a ale guys, it's not supposed to be all malt. The hops are what keep this interesting and I will defintley be buying more of this in the future. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:15:03 | More by thespaceman
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great malt presence, citrisy hop flavor, diserving alcohol note. I love it, if you like Stones Arrogant Bastard you should try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2001 20:26:12 | More by mattmaples
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ineva

California

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

11-18-2011 20:39:21 | More by ineva
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mostfadedone

California

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

08-16-2012 23:01:59 | More by mostfadedone
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

02-12-2013 02:38:39 | More by captainbearcat
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +25%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 20:58:07 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Rudgers73

New York

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass I "borrowed" from a local bar.

A- Crystal clear, reddish-orange hues. Mostly red. Looks a lot like an irish red. Not much head, very calm. Slight carbonation.

S- The smell is very clean and pleasant. Very aromatic: fruity, floural, cherries, maybe cinnamon?, bready, malty.

T- Starts out sugary sweet and ends up a little bitter and hoppy. Smooth, clean, soft flavor. This is really well made. The middle is the strongest malt flavor and that 8% ABV is hidden completely. It actually tastes like a nice abbey ale blended with a mild APA. The rich, sweet, smooth taste joined with a ripe, hoppy twist. I like this beer.

M- Creamy and smooth like an APA but sooo easy to drink. Such an interesting beer.

D- This is like drinking kool-aid so be careful. I'm glad I tried this one. I took a strong liking to it at my first taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 14:48:23 | More by Rudgers73
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doubledslc

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer if you are "just gonna have one"

I mix it with Old Rasputen Imperial Stout for an "Eye of the Rasputen". Yea honey, I only had one. "But you really are stumbling around the house."

A crowd pleaser at your next party; no doubt.

Peace off.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 04:24:53 | More by doubledslc
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-19-2013 07:06:34 | More by nick_asian
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CruznBrewin

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-06-2012 22:25:01 | More by CruznBrewin
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e911mann


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-16-2012 23:34:09 | More by e911mann
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-16-2013 09:13:31 | More by Rwalford74
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doedsredskap

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-22-2011 04:32:39 | More by doedsredskap
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jesus808

California

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-20-2011 04:31:30 | More by jesus808
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Brooce


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-19-2012 22:52:49 | More by Brooce
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Hunter42


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

08-30-2012 03:17:01 | More by Hunter42
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sonorb7

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

09-08-2012 13:13:24 | More by sonorb7
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leokbelo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-15-2012 02:06:00 | More by leokbelo
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden honey, quite reminiscent of an IPA, nice foamy off white head.

smells of subdued hops, maybe some toffee and not much else.

rich sweet caramel taste with a nice hop presence as well. This is really well balanced. There is a creeping sweetness from the malt that really dances on the tongue. I like this quite a bit. I think I can detect subtle citrus fruit character out throughout this beer, maybe some tangerines or something similar.

Medium bodied, and feels somewhat syrupy which makes it really smooth drinking. The carbonation is fairly moderate.

despite the higher abv i have to rate this high on drinkability simply because it's so tasty. This is one I have had before and decided it was time to revisit, I'm glad I did.
Very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 03:06:17 | More by wolfinthemirror
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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.