White Hawk Select IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Select IPAWhite Hawk Select IPA

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Hawk Select IPA is a traditional India Pale Ale. We’ve blended American West Coast Cascade Hops with a very generous dose of English Fuggle Hops. This combination makes for a very aromatic character, as well as a truly authentic English flavor which you must taste to believe. “Hopheads” will love this brew!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of medicinal herbal and citrus zest hops and a very slight malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is not very balanced with the astringent hop flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This American IPA is pretty good, it's not the best but not too bad for someone who is just starting to look into these styles. I personally found this Bree to be a little on the weak side. I blame the fact that I'm too much of a hop head that I normal IPA won't cut it for me anymore. This had a slightly dark golden color, the hops were on the nose but not on the tongue. Just a little bummed out over this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried one of this breweries beer before wasn't a big fan so here's to this one being better. Pretty strong for just an IPA, almost into double IPA range. This is also evident in the beer... a pretty strong alcohol kick in there, right behind the nice bitterness of the hops. Kind of semi-disappointing appearance too... very little head, which quickly goes away and minimal amount of lacing. Taste isn't too bad though and is a decent IPA.... just a tad bit strong, and there's a ton of others I would choose ahead of this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has excellent retention properties and never really died down.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of hop presence but the bitterness is well balanced by the underlying malts. There are flavors of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly better than you'd think, this IPA displays a bold hop profile and dry malt character. It's everthing that the style demands, despite the banal and forgetable label.

Floral and citrusy hop aromas deliver with a zesty and bright scent. Nicely balanced with a dominant citrusy nose and a background of caramel malts.

Supple sweet matly taste is in gounded support of flowery and piney hop flavor. Pine resin bittering, and earthy flavors rount out the finsih while the malt props up the hoppy demands. The hops, though solid, don't ever scream "citrusy" or "bitter" in the way that I expect hop-dominant beers to do.

When understanding what American IPAs are, this beer nearly delivers a flawless example. But the lack of any tangibles that make it extrordinary leaves it seemingly plain and forgetable- unfortunate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Montana earlier this month with me dear ma.

This beer pours with a stupidly active, puffy off-white head, i.e. way, way more foam than beer, which takes its sweet time making room for the rest of at least a serviceable liquid portion. When it does deem to recede, it leaves some nice sudsy, spidery lace around the glass. I hate it when you have to wait for 10 minutes to drink a beer like this - lots of time to analyze the aroma, or compose a hate letter, I suppose.

It smells of biscuity, crackery pale and caramel malt, a touch of gritty corn astringency, stale lemon and white grapefruit pith, a wet stone flintiness, and further floral, herbal hop notes. The taste is, wait for it, the head is still too deep, wait...wait...wait, ok, the taste is mildly sour biscuity, grainy bready malt, a touch of oily nuttiness, metallic mineral water, and some rather tame, and muddled citrus, pine, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is somewhat unpleasantly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and yet plainly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the malt starting to peter out, and the lingering earthy, piney hops holding the line.

Hmmmm...a pretty weak-ass effort (in everything except the 14-proof booze - it's rather well hidden) for a purported American IPA - more like a barely souped-up ESB, with a kind of weird sourness. And what's with the bottle-conditioned bubble action? There's nothing infected, or overtly offensive here, and it's drinkable enough, I guess, but not really all that indicative of the style - good thing that it barely cost me a Yankee greenback, then, eh?

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2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I find the beers in the style are often brewed incorrectly. I've had one beer from the brewery and wasn't particularly impressed.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, okay thickness, and terrible abysmal awful retention (maybe six seconds). Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light - surprisingly light - hops. A very light and simple aroma all around.

T: Some hops, but hardly any compared to most IPAs. It's balanced, but boring and simple. I wish it were more complex. There's little to say about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp in the third act - which isn't particularly suitable.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but simple and boring - especially for the style. Where are the hops? It's not often I think an IPA is low on hops. I wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber with a bit of a head that fades from the scene and leaves very little lacing as a remembrance

Smell: There are some hops on the nose, but they are somewhat muted and get mixed in with some off smells into a medicinal vinegary mess

Taste: Starts out bitter and stays that way, rather piney and slightly metallic with a touch of butter on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but a little slick due to the diacetyl; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another disappointing beer from Mendocino; I am amazed at how they have been able to expand in the craft beer world with such poorly crafted beers

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Herbal, grassy cannabis-style hops in the aroma. High clarity amber tone, some fizzy, sticky foam.

Taste is vague citrus, grassy bitter hops, with a drying finish attributed to the hops and alcohol content. Aftertaste is herbal and piney. Mouthfeel is ok, but the dryness seems only tolerable. Carbonation level is moderate.

I wouldn't go for it again, but wouldn't refuse it if offered. An average IPA at best.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops notes with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some citrus hops notes with some dry caramel malt notes with medium bitterness. Body is average with good carbonation. Average old school IPA.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper hue with a small, short-lived, white head. It left nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops. Some sweetness, too.

T - It tasted of malt and grassy/hops. A little bit of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Good hops and malt.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy dark orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, herbal, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid IPA. Good complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderately murky orange color with a white head that doesn't end up leaving behind all that much lacing. The nose is of slight citrus hops with a bit of bread and caramel. Taste is some very light caramel and white bread plus a smidgeon on citrus. Not much bitterness in the feel either. Knowing that this was quite fresh, I expected a lot more.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden brown body. The head exhibits good retention and leaves good lace.

S - Floral hops with some bready malt and notes of citrus and pine.

T - Pungent, pine hops up front with some sweaty character. Bread and light toffee in the middle with more pine and a bit of bitterness beginning to creep in. Finishes with bready malt, pine and sweaty hop favors as well as strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Pretty well put together. The aroma is nice , though it doesn't quite live up to some of the super aromatic ipa that have come along recently. The malt is noticeable, but it stays in a firmly supporting role. The bitterness is a bit on the harsh side and it could use a little more sweetness in the finish to help balance that out.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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