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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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832 Ratings

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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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5/5  rDev +37%

wendymerissa, Mar 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37%

dvdhrns, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.95/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good.

AaronRed, Aug 22, 2001
Photo of kini
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

kini, May 30, 2010
Photo of thespaceman
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
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!

thespaceman, Feb 25, 2009
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4.8/5  rDev +31.5%

Jkharris200634, Sep 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

mattmaples, Sep 15, 2001
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

mostfadedone, Aug 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

comand, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

captainbearcat, Feb 12, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +26%

crazymary883, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 18, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Rudgers73, Sep 30, 2006
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4.52/5  rDev +23.8%

Xmillerx, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

doubledslc, Aug 01, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

nick_asian, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.