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Eye of the Hawk - Mendocino Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk

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BA SCORE
82
good

795 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 795
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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wiscokid920

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

02-15-2014 22:40:18 | More by ISmith87
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s4s

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-08-2014 00:59:03 | More by s4s
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Copernicus

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2014 16:55:42 | More by williamjbauer
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Skillz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

California

1.68/5  rDev -53.8%

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.

01-05-2014 01:17:53 | More by OnTheWater
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2014 05:08:51 | More by Knobpolisher
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Lobina

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2013 03:13:11 | More by Lobina
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Shawnspl

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-30-2013 04:52:07 | More by Shawnspl
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2013 01:13:54 | More by mpalestino
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BeerMeister8

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-25-2013 18:40:02 | More by BeerMeister8
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2013 17:58:32 | More by BlueMoon10
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MtnDewd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-23-2013 02:44:07 | More by MtnDewd
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streetcommander

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +19.8%

Served in one pint lager glass at 55F

Malt, caramel, brown sugar, ...oak, and maybe molasses? Doesn't matter, for 8.0 ABV, this is stupid quaffable and unbelievably well balanced.

MEDOCINO DOES IT RIGHT. This holds particularly true when considering the price.

If they packaged this in a bigger bottle and put a fancy cork and label on it, BA would rate it world class.

12-18-2013 02:27:18 | More by streetcommander
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-16-2013 16:32:31 | More by tommy5
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csmalley

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2013 23:34:34 | More by csmalley
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-14-2013 16:37:36 | More by jaydoc
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-12-2013 01:56:30 | More by BodiesLexus
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-10-2013 23:14:15 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.