Northern Hawk Owl | Right Brain Brewery

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Northern Hawk OwlNorthern Hawk Owl

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GRPunk on 01-21-2013

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Reviews by hackmann:
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3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a variety four pack of 22 oz bottles while I was at the brewery and the cost is … $45.00. Damn … this better be super great stuff. Avery’s Maharaja is only $9.00 for a 22 oz bottle and that is super top shelf stuff. They just started bottling so costs are high for them right now.

Appearance: fairly clear amber body with a thin tan head and no lacing to speak of – I had to do a very aggressive pour to get some head. Nothing worse than working to get some head.

Aroma: smell … smell … smell again … lightly toasted white bread and not much else. Once the ale warmed up some still no nose.

Flavors: nice spice from the hops also a little sea grass feel, lightly toasted caramel, sweet bread – the kind that has a little fruit and nuts in it.

Mouthfeel: thin on the delivery then opens on mid and finish; toasted bread texture, dry sea grass on the mid, very fine carbonation feel, spice on the finish with a touch of sweet bread, long lingering aftertaste

To the Point: as far as amber ales go this is tasty; no bouquet; an easy session beer with a nice 5.8 abv just don’t drink too fast but, at $5.50 an eleven ounce glass of beer here - this is no session beer. There is better out there or just as good but cheaper. At this price I'll stick to my Belgian beers.

Pairing: I would like to pair this with a Ruben sandwich

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Oct/8/2015.Pours into an imperial pint glass a dull amber with a thin quick to fade slight off white head atop.Caramel and toasted bread,and big fruity aromas really stand out,a pretty assertive malt forward nose.That caramel and toast are again assertive on the palate,a very bready,and earthy malt base makes for almost an ESB,or at least an American brewed one.I like this beer more than most of the others and Iam a hophead and still really enjoy this beer.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of schnjac
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying the Northern Hawk Owl at my bro-in-laws. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had caramel malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was caramel like malt base. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer and worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of morimech
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz can with no date code. Seems to be the case with most Michigan breweries and not properly dating their product. Get with the times. Pours a murky, dark amber with a finger of head that settled to a thin cap. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is a combination of caramel and toast with fruity esters and maybe a bit of floral hops. The problem with a lot of amber ales is that they load up on so much caramel/crystal malt that they develop an artificial flavor. This beer largely avoids that scenario. The flavor is loaded with caramel however with more subtle hints of toasted bread, fruity esters, and a bit of floral hops. A bit of an artificial aftertaste but does not detract from the enjoyment of this beer. Body feels substantial for a relatively low ABV beer and it is very lifely in carbonation that adds to the enjoyment. The overall flavor of the beer is somewhat pedestrian but it has enough character to make this a better than average amber.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ITDoc
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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Northern Hawk Owl from Right Brain Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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