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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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Photo of wingnutter
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer across the board. Has a fruity/sweetness that took me by surprise. Lots of malt with a citrusy lemondrop bite in the middle. I notice a bit of hops near the finish and in the aftertaste.

Alcohol is well hidden but will sneak up on you if youre not careful.

A good offering of an ASA from Mendocino. Maybe my favorite Mendocino brew.

Tastes good, not too pricey, high ABV and easy to find. Whats not to like?

wingnutter, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle brewed in Saratoga Springs, NY. This stuff is cheap up here! This poured a beautiful rich amber color with some insane carbonation. I saved a serious overflow with my amazing sucking powers. The head is fluffy/air and white. The smell is nice, sweet and fruity. The taste is nice and malty, the alcohol is there in taste though. This is yeasty and fruity. For the abv this is VERY drinkable. If you told me this was 8% alcohol i would not have believed you. Very drinkable.

kbnooshay, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mendocino- Eye of the Hawk

Appearance- cloudy orange with a huge billowy white head. Looks very carbonated.
Smell- caramel and malt. Sweet and sugary.
Taste- Huge caramel and malt. Nice but a little sweet. Alcohol is present.
Mouthfeel- smooth at first but the alcohol starts to permiate through the roof of the mouth.

Overall- a nice sweet beer but the alcohol isn't hidden very well. A nice beer never the less.

NJpadreFan, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no fears picking up this beer as it was from a brewery that in my book doesn't have a bad offering. Solid across the board.

Decent white fizzy head that falls to a thin cover. lacing is sporadic and not much to see. Light copper color and medium carbonation level.

caramel, some light layered fruitiness in the nose. This has a nice kick to it at 8% but its well hidden within the fruit profile. Hops are leafy with a touch of citrus cutting through. has a sharp almost IPA type tail end and somehow has enough malts to finish with a touch of sweetness.

different levels to the mouthfeel, Dry towards the middle, slick at the end. I found myself looking forward to the next pull and the next beer. That = high drinkability to me. If you haven't dabbled in the Mendocino brewery yet give it a shot. Nothing floors me but they are all well worth the price and keep me coming back because they are well crafted and this is no exception.

DogFood11, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper fading into amber with a light tan head. Head is spotty and holds fairly well. Mildly sticky.

Slight orange rind and sharp aroma of some kind, hard to trace or predict.

Huge caramel and malt, starts almost cloyingly sweet and hits with a quick but assertive bitterness reminiscent of mild citrus. Sweetness comes back and leaves a bready yeasty sweet finish with dashes of alcohol here and there.

Medium bodied with considerable carbonation.

Not particularly my cup of tea, but a lot of unique and powerful flavors in this one, all vying for control. I would have liked a little restraint in the sweetness department.

beersarang, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/amber color, some carbonation, nice little head, a nice bit of lacing afterwards. Scents of malt mostly with some fruity textures. I like the taste of this ASA, it's not like a Arrogant Bastard, but very nice. A little hoppy with a trace of alcohol and sweetness. Medium body. Very drinkable at the ABV, this is a different kind of ASA in my book. Would recommend if you get a chance to buy/try it.

Wasatch, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a great looking fluffy head that sticks around for quite some time over the dark amber colored liquid. Shows a decent carbonation.

Smells malty with some nice fruity esters and a moderate dosage of grassy herbal hops. Not a very powerful nose, but smells quite good for what it's worth.

The taste reminds me of a strong English bitter. Has a buttery caramel malt flavor with some light fruitiness in the back. The hops are quite mellow, but they are definitely there. A pinch of alcohol shows up in the finish along with the hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy and buttery but somewhat thinner in body. Very crisp, clean, and quenching for a strong ale. Worth a try, for sure, but not something I would go out of my way for again.

neonbrown82, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours a deep honey color with little head, like another reviewer said, maybe a 1/4 of an inch.

Initial taste -- Powerful alcohol taste that relaxes to the pleasant bite of a pungent English tea with grapefruit notes. The high alcohol (8%) is not balanced well and creates an acidic bite on the tongue and lips.

Finish -- Mild finish with a slightly musty aftertaste. As this ale warms, detectable hop flavors are released that overpower this mustiness.

I paid $5.99/six 12oz. bottles and for that price would purchase this beer again. It is not an outstanding creation, but for the money, it is a quality session beer if you want to get yourself into trouble.

qcitydarkstar, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish yellow color with a small active head at first pour. The carbonation is assertive, and leaves quite a few bubbles rising, though the head is gone. No staying power in this one.

Aroma: Hops with some subtle malt is the only thing I get when the beer is really cold. I can pick up a bit of the alcohol as it warms, but the overall profile doesn't change much.

Taste: The flavor profile is lead by the hops, and then lets some caramel malt make its way to the forefront in the middle of the profile. The finish fades back into the bittering hops, and leaves you with a slightly metallic and bitter finish to linger.

Opinion: Well, this beer is in the BJCP guidelines as an IIPA...specifically as a Stock Ale like Arrogant Bastard. Because of this, I really had my hopes up. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with this beer because it is a very tasty brew; however, if you are expecting the Bastard, you will be disappointed. This beer is clean and subtly flavorful. It is more for those newer to the strong ales than a seasoned hop-head. This is still a good beer, and one that I am sure I will drink again.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Onceeven
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip pint, the beer didn't offer much in the way of a head. Quarter of an inch, if that, quickly settling to nothing. No lacing to speak of. The beer is a lovely shade of burgundy, and crystal clear.
Aroma is bursting with fruity esters, raisins other dried fruits, as well as alcohol. Big malt presence. It lets you know what you're getting into.
Mouthfeel was slightly disappointing. Little carbonation, rather lackluster.
Taste is full of malted barley, and for me an over the top sweetness. Finishes spicy and dry. Interestering flavor profile, however, not really my thing.

All in all and interesting brew that is worth a try, but nothing I'd come back to.

Onceeven, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber-orange color with a small head but many fine streaming bubbles. Sweet & malty aroma, with some grassy, woody hop notes. First taste is malty sweet, a tad syrupy, with a moderately round fruitiness. Hop bitterness is moderate to high but still balances on the low-side from the maltiness. Finishes pleasantly, with an emphasis on the malt. Thick bodied and a creamy texture. Not a bad beer, though not that interesting.

allengarvin, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is thin and fizzy, and the beer amber in color.

First smell is of grassy hops and a metallic characteristic. Some malt sweetness is present, which imparts a light fruitiness. Upon taking a deep whiff, some ethanol is evident.

Carbonation is medium and the body is medium thin.

Taste is very much like the smell. Old, grassy hops are evident at first with a low to moderate malt fruitiness backing it up. Finish is some lingering metallic and malt notes.

This is not necessarily a bad beer, but it is a little boring.

blackie, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a thick tan head that retains OK. The aroma has musty grainy malt notes (like an altbier) with sweet molasses and ripe fruit notes in the background. Flavor is very malty with only traces of hops...the malt profile is toasty, bready, fruity (apple and pear come to mind) and lightly caramelly. Alcohol beomces noticeable as the beer warms and it slightly too apparent. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but there isnt enough carbonation imho. Drinkability is average. A descent but mediocre beer, which is generally the case with Mendocino brews i've had.

silver0rlead, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Mendocino Stong ale is the first for me from this brewer, I went straight for the big ale, and glad I did.
It pours a nice full-bodied copper with a rather small light tan head. Lace was minimal.
The aroma was fruity with malted alcohol. The taste busted out with malts, caramel and a round out alcohol that tends to dry the mouth towards the finish.
This is a full bodied, meat & potato's brew. Its heavy but surprisingly smooth and drinkable at 8% abv. Very nice!

chilidog, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium amber body with a tiny head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing

Smell: Smells like a doppelbock; lots of sweet caramel malt and dark fruits; clearly a dose of alcohol and a vague hint of hops

Taste: Starts out promising, with a rich malty, dark fruit base; the middle, however, falls apart into an indistinct flatness until the finish, where the bitter hops kick in; very odd, because I liked the beginning and the end

Mouthfeel: Rich and viscous; not much carbonation

Drinkability: A peculiar beer that I enjoyed, on balance; I'll need to try this again sometime as there was something a bit weird about this bottle

brentk56, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden copper body with a decent, light khaki head. Smells of sweet malt: strawberries, candy, caramal chews, red-tailed hawk retinas. Hay and lemongrass bitterness with a dash of pepper. Sugary biscuit malt flavors up front. Some veggies and fruit (strawberries) duel. Orange marmalade resinous hops. Bitter finish with lingering sweetness. Medium-bodied with a somewhat sticky feel. Dry in the finish. Not bad, but not arrogant enough for me.

alexgash, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with a decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Fruity dark cherry and honey aromas. Bready, nutty, sweet honey-caramel and fruit flavors, full bodied with a kind of syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes on the sweet side, not bad.

maxpower, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A visually stunning beer. Color is a red/warm amber hue of crystal clarity with a nice 1/2" head of mixed pale cream foam. Nose is lite, mildly malted, sweet, some spiciness.

This is smooth. Its rich in body, creamy on the tongue, pleasant full malted (perhaps a bit smoky/burnt) tones yet the pallete gets a nicely hopped counterweight - nice. The finish is bittersweet on the throat as the malts fade and the hops slide away.

This reminds me a little of Great Lake's Eliot Ness, though not as solid or complex. A very enjoyable beer that would probably pair well with a deli sandwich. Give this one a try.

BuckSpin, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden-copper color with a small off-white head. Very traditional "beer" look as my girlfriend would say.

Aroma is sweet, malty, crisp (hops) floral and a strong (but unidentified) herbal note- stronger than a typcial hop aroma. Flavor follows through, with obvious (but not overpowering) alcohol undertones. Pretty nice balance. I am not big one strong alcohol aspects of a beer, and this one has it there, but it's decently hidden.

I enjoy this beer, although it's not one I could drink often. I think it's my first "American Strong Ale", so I am not real familiar with the style, so this review is mainly whether I think it's a decent beer. And it is.

Dukeofearl, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured an amber-copper color with slight haziness and puffy tan head. Smell was slightly sweet with alcoholic overtones. Taste was somewhat metallic (??) that disappeared as the beer did.Also tastes of malt with the 8% undertones. Left a bit of a dry taste in the mouth. One is enough.

tgbljb, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12oz into a mug.

Clear amber with an off white head that rises up quickly and then falls to a thin layer of foam that leaves spotty lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with some malt in the background. Clean.

Nice balance of malt, hops, and yeast. I can taste a bit of the alcohol, but it adds to the complexity.

Full but not chewy or oily mouthfeel. Goes down too easy for a beer this strong.

ypsifly, May 15, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unclear dark orange body. Head is thin rising and falls fast to scant remains. Nose is malty and alcoholic, a bit sour.

Bittering hops dominate a not very full malt body. Sour, bitter apples and black cherries. Earthy and dirty in its bitterness. Lightly spicy in its alcohol. Develops in drinkability as it warms but no amazing complexity or flavor. High carbonation, bitter rough after.

Kind of cool "strong ale" that alot of people out here in California seem to regard as a "classic" beer.

donnebaby, May 14, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden / copper with two fingers of rapidly dissapating off-white foam. Nose is dominated by earthy malts and a faint backdrop of yeast.

Entry is smooth with zippy carbonation along the sides of the tongue and cheek. Midtaste is all-malt with a finish that begins with a crisp hop bite and a long malt fade, leaving a residual sweetness on the lips.

The 8.0% ABV is well-hidden and mouthfeel is good.

IceAce, May 11, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a tall, dense, two-finger tan head.

Aroma is faint with suggestions of toasty malt, caramel and some mild fruity esters. It's nice, but it requires a lot of swirling and coaxing to come out.

Flavor is dominated by the rich malt. Slight fruit and warming alcohol linger in the background. Bitterness provides just the right amount of balance.

This is a pretty strong ale, but an easy drinking one as well. It could be more complex, but that is made up for with a certain smoothness.

TongoRad, May 07, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear filtered amber hues under a beige white slick of foam leaving light lattice lace.

Clean vegetal malt aroma like celery and red apple malts.

First swigs: Can't get over the apple skin. Ripe red apples, cidery. Mixed hops in the background.

Feel is medium bodied, becomes cloying. Slightly estery and awl-kee-hawl in the feel.

Last swigs: 8.0 % ABV hidden, apple malty. From a growler filled at the Saratoga NY brewery.

blitheringidiot, Mar 28, 2005
Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.