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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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809 Ratings

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkenMonk, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

paulish, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorites for a while now. The coppery red brew looks irresistible when poured into a pint glass. Warm or chilled, this particular beer delivers a excellent taste with hints of malted barely.
This is a great hoppy beer. I especially like how the brewers managed to create a beer with 8 percent alc content without the overwhelming taste of the alcohol.
I would recommend this to a friend. Also a great recommendation to anyone looking for a nice, hoppy beer or one with an above average alcohol content.

Gabriel_Vaughn, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of FIN
3.25/5  rDev -11%

FIN, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark amber and cloudy like a thunderstorm, with lacings and an off white foamy head, that dissapates well. It has a caramal malt aroma, a pleasent taste of caramal/malt, with a twinge of metal taste and spikes of hops and pie crusts. It has bit of an edge when drink, but goes down well, and isn't to feeling.

ChristopherWIU-UTPA, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Greg_Nall, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

drummermattie02, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kb2250, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DaveMiller, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MichaelProcton, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

scottbrew4u, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dorionray, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

wiscokid920, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mwar, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

WoodBrew, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ISmith87, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

s4s, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Copernicus, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

LXIXME, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

williamjbauer, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Skillz, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of OnTheWater
1.68/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

OnTheWater, Jan 05, 2014
Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.