Northern Hawk Owl | Right Brain Brewery

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3.58/5
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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
Ranking:
#37,485
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
129
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, apple, pear, toast, brown bread, floral, grass, and light citrus. Decent aromas with big malt presence and a fair hop balance; pretty weak but pleasant. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, apple, floral, grass, light citrus, and light pine. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, apple, floral, grass, light citrus, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of malt flavors; with a fair amount of hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid amber ale. Good malt flavor complexity and robustness; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy head that fades almost instantly, clear tan maroon auburn brown color, looks like soda.

Nose generic sweet reddish malt, faint toffee nutty note, little syrupy, that's about it.

Taste brings more of the same, generic reddish malt, toasty masts with mild syrupy toffee candi and faint nutty. But at least decent hops, quite bitter that ramps quickly, earthy and spicy hops, chewy like esp on the finish, long lingering spicy chewy hop finish, sticky mild syrupy lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, decent carb.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Eziel
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hawk Owl has a peppercorn-red colour and scraps of clarity as well as golden-amber highlighting despite the foggy and fairly dark complexion. Its head is not too big, not too small, but just right, and appears to have the firm, spongy texture of mattress foam.

The beer uses enough Maris Otter malt to evoke aromas of nut brittle and toasted walnuts. It evokes elements of British desserts (toffee cake) and Greek-style dessert (honeyed-drizzled pastry and toasted nuts) but isn't aromatic enough to provide any actual sweetness.

Indeed, the honeyed and toasted nut notes aside, this flavour is certainly nothing that would satisfy as a dessert. It is nowhere near gratifying enough. It is malty, but tastes more of honeycomb cereal and smacks of butterscotch; it's not that tasty and is far from rich.

The finish is abrupt and bitter but doesn't really showcase any substantial hoppiness. American renditions typically utilize resinous varieties but this doesn't have a trace of fruit or pine and even the drying, weedy quality that ushers out the biscuity malt has no redeeming flavour.

I love malty beers. I love hoppy beers. I especially love those that can be both at the same time and Amber Ales, perhaps more so than any style, can offer that dynamic. This offering, however, doesn't particularly showcase either. Northern Hawk Owl Amber is certainly not a blockbuster example of the style. If Right Brain is a smart brewery they'll revamp this recipe.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DanGeo
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morimech
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a dark hazy rust color with two fingers of frothy beige head.

Aroma of tart ripe fruit and white wine grapes and a thin whiff of caramel malts.

The taste delivered the tartness of the aroma with canned cherries and white wine and to a lesser extent, caramel malts. The tartness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and quite dry with a lighter carbonation.

An interesting amber ale from Right Brain. The tartness was an unexpected surprise as I thought this one might be a malt bomb. I'm glad it was not.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Northern Hawk Owl from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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