Eye of the Hawk - Mendocino Brewing Company

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890 Ratings

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2000

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber copper color with a thin dark beige head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of caramel, orange jelly, apple puree, herbal hops and some pine.
Flavor with notes of caramel malt, molasses, pine, overripe oranges, floral and citrus hops and Brazilian pequi fruit. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is well inserted.
This Strong American Ale has a nice hoppines, but I was expecting a bigger malt or fruit complexity. If you don’t attain to details you risk to say it is a fancy malt liquor. Still it is an interesting brew, and if you like hops, caramel and jam, here you find a match.

Photo of jooler
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is alright. A tad sweet but all in all, a good beer for the price

Photo of phlegming
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Eye of the Hawk is quite undervalued in my opinion. It is a terrific malty, just hoppy enough strong ale. Mouthful is great. More of a warm weather sipper, it can be enjoyed all year round. And I can buy a sixer for under 8 bucks. Outstanding.

Photo of DaveCS
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is honestly one of my favorite beers of all time. It is a very deep and rich American Strong Ale that is full of malty flavor and thick mouthfeel. Not too much hops on the front of back and it finishes sweet. It is a definitely good beer in my opinion.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep reddish amber producing 2 fingers of soap foam frothy, beige, somewhat lasting head that leaves a only a little lacing. Aroma is sweet with toasted malts, treacle, nuts & a hint of raisin backed a thin hint of floral hops. Taste is sweet but less so than in the nose, caramel, roast, nuts & raisin. Finish is toast, roast & metallic with some hop character in the form of a nice bitterness that's accentuated by the alcohol & intense roast. Aftertaste is metallic, lightly bitter & astringent. Alcohol presence is low for the ABV but is present in the form of bitterness and spice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, some spicy prickle, wet, slick & astringent in the aftertaste.

Photo of pianoguy
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from the beer of the month club...

Pours a cloudy orange-brown, with a slightly off white 3/4 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smells are not overly prominent, but what I do smell is mainly malts . Primarily a sweet applesauce smell.

Taste has the sweet malts out in front. A heavy alcohol taste in the middle and a (very) slight bitter hop finish

Feel is crisp and full

Over all an interesting malt forward (but still an ale) sort of beer.
And of course the 8.0 ABV doesn't hurt either !!

Photo of Bali_hi
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Keg of eyeofthehawk beer drank.

Photo of Forplay678
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is goes so well with cheese and crackers.

Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from bottle to pub style pint glass. Color is a dark reddish Amber. Has about a one inch head of white foam that seems to be sticking around (I'm drinking it while reviewing). Strong taste of malt and caramel. I got this beer as part of a build your own six pack at the liquor store. I love to try new beers, and hadn't heard of this one, so I thought, for $1.60 it can't hurt to try it. It was money well spent. I am enjoying this beer, and would drink it again any time. Can't believe it's 8% AVB!

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a little slippery, a little better, but it's good. I could drink 4 of these.

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old friend from when I lived in Mendocino/ Humboldt. This has a very thick mouth feel and hides its alcohol well. A very malty, caramel-like taste that is quite unique. I love it's color.

Photo of Popkorn615
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious beer. Fantastic overall.

Photo of atrocity
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

No bottle date so rated as it tasted... which was like a 6 month old IPA.

Photo of Noahtrumble
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not to sure what to say about this one. Not a top choice to buy again, but wouldn't turn it down

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on January 21, 2015.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very strong malt flavor some hops to back it up but overall very malt forward. Lots of caramel and bready/ biscuit notes . Very full bodied beer much richer than I would anticipate based on the color.

Photo of Diegofcosta
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good golden ale!

Photo of 9to
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Eye of the Hawk boasts an amazing 8.0% ABV, but you wouldn't know that from the taste.

Head-lovers and carbonation-aficionados beware! This is a rich, no-frills ale.

Poured cold, even as sloppy as you can, creates the smallest head with light lacing. (Poured warm, on the other hand, and this one comes alive).

Drank cold, it's malty with a touch of hops. It's rich, sweet, bordering almost on a Baltic porter without molasses and darkness.

It's my favorite beer because it brings no nonsense with its flavor, and it doesn't make you pay with burps and air in your stomach. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Eye of the Hawk pours a red-brown with a big two-finger head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin white cap. Not a whole bunch going on in the flavor department. A quite strong caramel/malt flavor which masks the high ABV quite well. Almost a medicinal malt flavor. Aroma is strongly malt based. Not a well balanced malt flavor but not bad. I first tried it at the 2011 Minnesota Autumn Brew Review. The brewery rep gave my uncle and I a bottle under the table and was quite personable. Left a good impression of Mendicino Brewing for me. I'd drink this again and would be interested in trying some more of their offerings.

Photo of 3PuttPar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Flavorful, but not real balanced.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.55/5  rDev -3%

This is a very decent brew. With the hefty 8% abv that isn’t detectable. The light mouthfeel is a throw off of some of the flavors that shine through. This reminds me of what a candy beer would be. Almost like a medicinal fruit syrup followed by bready malt and slight hoppy finish. Though nothing screams excellence, this brew is still worthy.

Photo of keithmurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance - clear copper color with beige head

Smell - molasses, caramel, oak

Taste - molasses, caramel, oak, nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, not much complexity to the flavor

Overall - nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing about it was particularly memorable either. Fans of the style might want to give it a shot

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz bottle

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Smell has a lot of bready malt. Some sweetness. A little bit of alcohol boozyness underlying.

Flavor has the bready Malta as well along with a strong fruity sweetness. Fairly dry bitter finish, along with a boozyness that is a little high for an 8%.

Overall pretty good, kind of flat though, a little more carbonation would have brought me up to a 4. A little too sweet and boozy for me to go any higher than that, but still a good beer.

Photo of delta490
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a cloudy orangey-red with a creamier white head that has minor retention but leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild, with only some nondescript malt sweetness. The taste has a little more oomph, as there are some nice dark fruit notes and dark bread malt flavors. The body has a nice weight to it, with a smooth finish.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
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.


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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
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