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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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798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of walleye


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

from the bottle poured a hazy, cloudy orange with off white head with some lacing. aroma, white bread, ginger, citrus, caramel, hops, malts, hints of alcohol. flavor, malts, sourness, hops,. dry mouthfeel, alcohol hints of caramel. this wasn’t to bad of a beer.

01-29-2005 03:14:27 | More by walleye
Photo of HardTarget


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. Brown bottle with no date and advice to “use opener”
Aroma: Dark malt extract. A whiff of pine as well, but thick malt is the word here.
Appearance: No head at all, hazy bronze/orange glass.
Flavor: Barley wine strength, rich malt is held in check with a citric hop. Citric taste leaned toward lemon and orange.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body, long lingering oily finish.
Overall Impression: The flat carbonation drug down scores a bit. The heavy hand also took some from drinkability. Beyond that, it has a great rich malt taste, mostly hidden alcohol and a big smooth hearty taste. Recommended!

01-08-2005 03:33:04 | More by HardTarget
Photo of TastyTaste


4.33/5  rDev +19%

Copper red color, proud off-white head, somewhat creamy in appearance. Alcohol and sweet carmel mals are evident in the nose. Taste is very rich and bready, big hop finish, alcohol accents the other flavors nicely. Very good, extremely drinkable, even with the higher ABV.

12-31-2004 06:43:44 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Erniek


4.15/5  rDev +14%

Nice sweet maltiness with a well accented hop bitterness. Seems strong on first sip but warms and becomes much more enjoyable as you get through the glass. At first I did not think this would be as good as it got the more I drank it. Nice sweet malt aroma with very little head retention.

12-22-2004 02:04:55 | More by Erniek
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a see-through burnt umber with a moderate 1-finger off-white head which quickly dissipates. Not much lacing. Has a slightly sweet malty-smoothness up front which then sort of stays in the background, followed by a slight (less then you would probably expect from a strong ale) hop-bite and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Also something that doesnt taste quite right somewhere in there, kind of like a metallic taste. Not all that hearty, but an easy to drink strong ale. Sessionability only limited by the abv. Nothing spectacular out of the bottle, but I had it on tap at the brewery and it was excellent, like a totally different beer. Much more pleasant, fuller flavor and creaminess. I had it at the brewery first, and thats what prompted me to get a 6er. This is of course, a review of the bottled version, and as such gets mediocre marks. Though it is enjoyable, theres nothing all that special here and I cant see myself getting it again for quite awhile. It does have a great abv:price ratio though, averaging about $6/6-pack.

12-20-2004 02:30:33 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -29.9%

In college I called this "Eye of the Fade", at 8% it was one of the strongest beers available in a small, mountain town in the Poconos.
Pours a clear amber color with ample beige head that quickly sizzles away to nothing. Extremely malty nose, sweet caramel, light spice, and big alcohol sharpness. Taste is similar, very malty with a noticable alcohol kick. Astringent and unbalanced. Needs more hops and less alcohol. The ale version of a malt liquor? Kind of hard to drink more than 1/2 a bottle.

12-18-2004 18:21:55 | More by AlexJ
Photo of clvand0


4/5  rDev +9.9%

A fellow brewclub member gave me this one to try. Pours a light amber color with a medium head and good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and sweet and has some apparent alcohol. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Plenty of enjoyable malts and lots of raisin. Some other fruits as well and the alcohol warms a lot. A little hot. Full body. The alcohol diminishes the drinkability a bit.

12-07-2004 16:43:49 | More by clvand0
Photo of meathookjones


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

This poured out amber with a tall white head. Decent lacing was left around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma was malty sweet with a good amount of earthy hops in it. There were notes of smoke and a bit of fruit to it as well. The taste was similar with malt sweetness being big upfront before a balancing earthy hoppiness came through. Alcohol was present but didn’t affect the taste negatively. Body is about medium. Drinkability was pretty good. This is a fairly solid beer that while not too exciting is still pretty enjoyable.

11-30-2004 13:30:28 | More by meathookjones
Photo of aracauna


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

This is fairly malty. I came into it thinking it was an American Pale Ale, and finding out that it’s a strong ale explains some things. There really weren’t the hops I was expecting. There’s some bitterness in the back, but it’s mostly malt and a little alcohol (well hidden) as it warms.

11-23-2004 02:13:51 | More by aracauna
Photo of SetarconeX


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

This is what I wish all easily available beer was. Not really priced any higher than the macros, but cloudy, malty, and with a nice, but not too overwhelming dash of hops.

The exact balance of hops is really what I like about this one. A lot of brewers with an ale this strong would go a bit hop crazy, but while there are certainly some nice-quality hops in this one, they're a tad restrained. The malts are fronted on the taste, and it has a wonderful yeasty quality on the nose.

Good beer. Give it a try.

11-09-2004 03:03:50 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

A small, frothy, dirty white head on a hazy, orange-amber beer. Kind of stinky: a little sweet barbershop and a little sour fruit. Front is hoppy bitter, peppery, spicy. Thick, sweet caramel malt in the middle with a fruity bitter, tobacco, alcohol, sourish finish. This is a nice, spicy hop ale with a thick, rich, malty core. Good.

10-28-2004 20:04:14 | More by kbub6f
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

This was a beer my wife brought back for me from her recent trip to San Francisco. It's the second time I had a chance to try it, and it's not a style I'm real familar with.

Poured a amber orange with an off-white head -- some lace.

Generally, a sweet malty aroma, but I also picked up some vegetal aromas

Flavor was skewed toward the malt side. The vegetal aroma I picked up translated some into the flavor. The alcohol is noticable but not a distraction.

Overall an interesting beer, but not the best one you'll drink. Worth a try.

10-23-2004 02:19:17 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of Suds


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer, with a large brown hawk’s head on the label, pours a pale orange color. It’s relatively clear, has low carbonation, and presents a thin, wispy, white head. The aroma is considerably fruity….apricot, plum, raisins….all mixed with a thick alcohol aroma and caramel. The foretaste is moderately sweet, but not quite as much as I’d expected from the smell. A moderate maltiness, mixed with a little grain makes the beer pleasantly drinkable. By the mid-taste, a spicy hop flavor sets in. The beer finishes on a fairly serious hop note. All in all, this is a solid and drinkable beer. Nothing particularly stands out as spectacular, but it certainly is enjoyable.

08-22-2004 22:52:43 | More by Suds
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

Did the Vulcan mind meld with this one on 5/15/2004. 10.5-oz. pour in a goblet at Redbones in Somerville, MA.

Light golden with ruby hues, very clear and quiet with little noticeable activity in the carbonation department. With that said, just a fine sheen of head was present in the king’s chalice, but in the end, nothing to speak of. Bouquet was made up of orange peel, fuzzy malt, and was almost overwhelmed by the alcohol. In the end, there was a nice malt flavor, but again, the pronounced alcohol seemed to do it in. Jammy, sticky mouthfeel that didn’t impress, and was a little biting.

08-13-2004 20:50:15 | More by Truh
Photo of FormatKid


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz single picked up from Bacchus in Chattanooga.

I poured this into a standard pint glass, the body is a burnished orange color and an abundant head rolls up quickly and with vigor. Lacing sheets rather thickly on the glass. The body is somewhat active with small carbonation bubbles.

Smell is heavy on a caramelly malt scents. Flat odor of yeast is present with a small sprinkling of bitter aromas.

The taste on this one lends more to the malt side of things. Notes of dry apple register on the front of my palate. Middle is chewy with toasty, caramelly malts. Some fruity hop notes register in the finish. Mouthfeel is a good medium and works well with the taste.

A solid beer, one I hope to enjoy again.

08-01-2004 03:23:41 | More by FormatKid
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Hazy, buttery orange-infused amber topped with a large beige head. It's a nice combination, the two colors complement one another quite well. The cap of foam has legs; I'm getting impatient waiting for it to depart so that I can actually smell the beer. Better than average lace puts the appearance squarely into the 'good' category.

The nose is nicely malty and contains sweet, dark caramel and dark fruit. The aroma intensity isn't gangbusters though, even after I've slurped some of the head away. More hops appear on the palate than I appreciated in the nose, but it's still not a very hoppy strong ale.

The flavor profile is dominated by toasted caramel and butterscotch candy flavors. I also appreciate fruity hops and spicy alcohol (that is really more felt than tasted). The body leans toward full and has a slick, light syrupiness about it. It definitely improves with warming since I'm able to pick up nuances in the bottom few ounces that weren't present in the top few.

Eye of the Hawk is one of Mendocino's better offerings, at least of the few that I've had to date. Even though American Strong Ales aren't near the top of my favorite style list, I thought this one was pretty good.

07-30-2004 17:30:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Pretty interesting beer, but just not complete. Very minimal head and appeared to have no lacing. The color was a deep golden amber. There was a good amount of bottom carbonation which is common with strong ales. Aroma was kind of weak and all I could pick up was a little sweet malt smell. As far as taste goes, there was a lot of different flavors coming together as soon as it hits your mouth, but it wasn't neccessarilly a good thing. The finish is very dry with a heavy grain presence. The high ABV is hidden very dangerously and I can imagine a few pints of this has caused some dillemas.

07-30-2004 00:34:08 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

This beer poured a orange color with a nice head but it didnt last long. It quickly turned to a thin film ontop the beer.
The smell was mostly malt and carme with a slight hop note in the end.
The flavor was sweet with malt and a slight alcohol flavor and warming. The finish was nice and spicy with hops. The balance I thought was just right. A nice beer was a bit strong on the ABV side and you can feel it after one.

06-28-2004 05:35:52 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of arizcards


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked up a sample of this at TJ's recently.

This orange colored ale did not pour much of a head and is leaving a sticky residue down the pint. Smell is of lemons and alcohol. Taste is sweet malts, a little hop character and high alcohol. Not an overly complex beer and it does not hide the ABV well. Mouthfeel is fairly full. It is a fairly drinkable beer. I have paired this with Chili as i was thinking this was a PA or IPA. May be better the next time with another less spicy food.

06-27-2004 01:14:50 | More by arizcards
Photo of granger10


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer poured an orangish copper color with a small light yellow head. The smell is of lots of toasted malts with caramel being most noticeable and then a huge hop strike hits my nose. The body looks and is medium in thickness. The flavors in this beer balance each other out well enough. There is a very sweet caramel taste up front followed by some spicy hops. The finish seems a bit weak but I notice some bitterness after I take a breath. This seems more like a british pale ale as opposed to an old ale imo. The alcohol is not noticeable at all in taste, I can't believe it's 8%! But it did knock me out for the night. All in all this is a beer worth trying but nothing to get too excited about.

06-16-2004 22:15:43 | More by granger10
Photo of PorterLambic


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a dark golden color. Good head formation(1 1/2") drops to thin covering with nice lace.
Smell is hops & lemon.
Taste is hoppy, a little malt, then noticeable alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth, lightly effervescent.
Drinkable? Yes, but only if you like an IPA, which I'm not a fan of.

06-15-2004 07:04:43 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of ADR


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Saratoga Springs rendition...clear amber color, thinish pale yellow head that's down to a skim in 30 seconds. Dots for lace. Lightly malty aroma, a lot of brown sugar tone. Medium mouthfeel. Sugary start, lower carbonation lends a malty impression with slight intrusion of a lemon rind sense around the edges. Monolithic in flavor, similar beginning to end with an iced tea statement. Could have used a little more complexity for interest to me, but drinkable and hiding its alcohol content fairly well. No indications of building extreme sourness that I pick up from Saratoga Spa Red Tail Ale...

05-30-2004 20:30:44 | More by ADR
Photo of waughbrew


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

A nice surprise. Light copper colored, off-white head with good R&L. Aroma lets you know that something different is on the way. You can smell the big cherry and banana esters with the accompanying alcohol in the background. Caramel is huge. The spicy hops try to poke through the thick liquid, but don't. It is well-balanced though it leans towards the sweet side. Big bodied but that and the 8% somehow do not hinder the drinkability. Semi-reminiscent of Old Foghorn, but less alcohol flavor and much more rounded.

05-17-2004 01:25:29 | More by waughbrew
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

The beer poured pale amber golden. The head was white and lasted a long time to lace the glass.

The aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Slight fruitiness.

The flavor was sweet with a good bitterness to balance so the beer does not become cloying. Also some fruitiness was in the flavor and some sherrylike flavors.

The finish was just off dry and with a definite alcohol warming. The body was medium-full.

12 ounce bottle. Purchased in TN. Watch out, the alcohol in this puppy will sneak up on you...

04-23-2004 23:32:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a copper colored ale with some fine suspended yeast.

Smell is very malty; hops and caramel smell show up too. Fruit aroma shows up, plum smell I think.

Taste is sweet with some hops and a spicy flavor. Bitterness finishes the sweet start. High Alcohol content warms tour stomach and throat.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, just be sure you know it's an 8% brew.

03-07-2004 23:25:08 | More by Zorro
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