Northern Hawk Owl | Right Brain Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States
rightbrainbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GRPunk on 01-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Blackop555
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light cloudy amber. Thin, foamy, short off white head fades quickly to a ring.

Smells caramel, light toasted malts and a hint earthiness.

Tastes Caramel malt, toasted, light nutty and earthy bitterness. Finish is semi dry with an earthy and bready linger. Lighter body and fizzy high carbonation.

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

Photo of smbslt
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of tpeters
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Aaron197
1.04/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
1.95/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

16oz can with no date. Took a chance as I am out of town and want to try beers not available to me in Ohio.

Brown/red color with little to no head. Smells of...nothing! Well as it warms I am getting Granny Smith caramel apple. I am worried. Taste is NOT good. Sweet malt and old rotten apple. Mouthfeel is I don't even care. The taste is repulsive. Jesus this is close to a drain pour. Yep-down the drain it goes. Avoid this at all costs!!! Nasty.

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Photo of instinct2
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichMike
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeZ9654
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great beer

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Photo of Jack74
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wombeer
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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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Photo of GRFounder
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SHDoyle
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Description: Medium amber color and cloudy with a white head. Smell and taste are kind of the same in that both are pretty thin and mild. There is a little bit of hoppy bitterness on the way down but not much else. Medium carbonation and you can't really taste the alcohol.

Suggested food pairing: Doritos, the original, cheese-flavored ones

If you like this beer then you should also try: Fat Tire

Ideal time to drink this beer: At a company happy hour that you really don't want to be at. The low(ish) alcohol content will ensure that you don't do anything stupid in front of your coworkers and the mundane flavor will make the decision to slide out the back door an easy one.

Overall: 3.5 (This beer is average and I would not drink it again) Not terrible but thoroughly mediocre, this one. If you'd like to try it direct yourself to the nearest brewpub and ask for an amber ale: it will closely resemble this as all mediocre ambers taste the same. There must be a secret recipe or something...

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Photo of coz
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Loudog1411
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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