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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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825 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of 3PuttPar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Flavorful, but not real balanced.

3PuttPar, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

justinm4bama, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of OldSmaug
4/5  rDev +9.6%

OldSmaug, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

cottonkoozie, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

delta490, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Nbdreher
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of frankiegonzo
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

frankiegonzo, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of EliHammett
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

EliHammett, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +9.6%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Resuin, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of gunterheidrich
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

gunterheidrich, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev -11%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 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
Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Radome, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of kornkid8600
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kornkid8600, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of pantz9
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pantz9, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of MigueLitros
4/5  rDev +9.6%

MigueLitros, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bobv, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of MtOrion
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MtOrion, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear deep copper, with a foamy khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Sweet caramel malt and floral hops form the initial aroma. Smells like treacle. Slightly nutty notes emerge.

Flavor is also sweet, with toffee notes emerging mid palate, carrying into a light citrus, moderately dry finish. Caramel malt dominates, but the citrus prevents the beer from being cloying.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Malt dominant, and not the most complex strong ale, but it's got enough citrus and bittering hops to redeem it somewhat.

barczar, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of JoseLopez0515
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JoseLopez0515, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of JoeMans
3/5  rDev -17.8%

JoeMans, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of rolanduzer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a darker amber color with minimal head. The smell is sweeter and nutty. The beer is not really that sweet in taste and has an interesting flavor profile of nutty brown and some roasted barley. At 8% ABV, this beer sells a lot cheaper than beers in the same ABV range.
I really liked the taste when it first hits your mouth. There was a hint of something metallic in the aftertaste, but like an earthy metallic, not like an old tin can. The aftertaste kept me from giving this beer a higher rating, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I will keep some at home. This would go well with any foods cooked on the grill, especially a good burger.

rolanduzer, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of nem2006
3.25/5  rDev -11%

nem2006, Jun 25, 2014
Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.