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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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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA from Medocino. It has the strong pine and resin characteristics, fruity esters throughout and a hop bit that will clearly keep the taste in your mouth w/o overwhelming. Refreshing and light w/o being watery or weak in any way. Nicel lace down the side of the class as well from the clear white head of the White Hawk.

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Photo of praufs01
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light floral hop with some malty notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - Small bubble medium carbonation that is refreshing on the palate.

Taste - Crisp citrus hop with a hint of orange zest. The finish is smooth and long lasting.

Overall - Clean, refreshing, but lacking the depth of some other IPAs. However, this is a very drinkable IPA which makes me happy ; )

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Gotta love pre-set variety packs which get you uncommon beers, so on to it:

A trace of cloudiness can be seen in this light orange-brown beer. Low dense head on top that fizzes away to a thin layer on top. There isn't much of an aroma in this, faint grassy and biscuit notes. To the taste: hot alcohol and flavorless bitterness is very dominant here. Touch-ups of aspirin on the tongue, but still gives way to the dominant alcohol; it's so hot you have to sip on it.

This is what happens when IPA's go wrong. Too much alcohol felt, no balance, and little to taste. More than half of it will be used to feed my sink.

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Photo of hdofu
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange fruity smell, at first I was thinking pizza, now... pineapple? Gold coloring with a thin white head. Taste is mildly sweet then bitter. Hopp an malt are fairly balanced. Alot of bubbles on the toungue with this one. It;s a beer I can drink but won't go out of my way for.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mild to moderate strength hops flow on the softer floral side. More malt than hops; it takes on a round nutty biscuit aroma. Smells like there will be a significant bitterness.

Brilliant gold in color, good clarity. Moderate head, poor retention.

Attack is focused around soft malt and hop with mild sweetness. Midpalate hits on more substantial hop presence through flavor and feeling. Citric tones and some resinous pine. Nutty biscuit flavors become more prevalent as well. Some alcohol notes. Finish is surrounded by that expectedly strengthy hop bitterness and spiky hop oils.

Creamy body. Mild carbonation.

The Verdict:
A run-of-the-mill IPA with plenty of nice bitterness and a strong malt flavor.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking apple juice amber with a tall khaki head that tempts me to eat it with a spoon,lots of sticky lacing from top to bottom!This smells like creamed citrus mousse(orange and lemon) with less floral hops than I had expected from this AIPA,roasted malts also have a good presence in the nose.I am reminded of beer bread on every sip(bitter banana beer bread maybe,yummy).Good amount of alcohol seems to diminish the spicy hops.The alcohol dries the tongue on each sip,medium body and creamy mouthfeel are awesome.This is not your average AIPA,I wish I could drink another!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mendocino makes some stellar beer considering how cost effective drinking their beers is. This one is NOT going to knock anyone's socks off but it is hoppy. Bad news is, the alcohol is prevelent. It pours a nice craggy head, and it is thick with lacing all the way down the glass. Nice malty backbone with a slight hoppy twinge, nothing spectacular. Easy to drink as most of their brews are. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. $5.99/six for a 7% IPA! I thought how can I go wrong. Poured a light golden amber color into my Sam Adams glass. Nice fluffy head with some sticky lacing. Aroma is of fresh, citrusy/piney hops. The taste was all hops with just a little toasty malt. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. Not a bad IPA, especially for the price paid.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a hint of haze. A hazy Bud with a little more color on the foam. An inch of soapy just off white head settles in a few minutes to offer some random lacing.

Smell is a bit nondescript, a mix of slightly floral hops in conjunction with some pine and earth scents and some bready malts. Opposite of what I'd call a 'clean' nose.

Taste is rather light and pleasant with a thick and dry close. Bready nose carries to the flavor which finishes with a bit of chalkiness. Nice drinkability with a good level of carbonation. Carries itself like a Pale Ale but drinkability is limited by the chalky finish.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy amber body with a small, white head with poor retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A malty smell with some nice, hoppy undertones. I was expecting it to be more of the other way around, but I think there was not much dry hopping involved in making this IPA.

T: A fairly hoppy taste with a nice, balancing malty aftertaste. Some bitterness was noted in both the taste and aftertaste.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that did well to compliment this IPA.

D: Ok drinkability overall. A decent combination of mouthfeel and taste, but I was hoping for the hops to be a bit more evident. Could have used more of that spicy, earthy IPA taste.

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Photo of JamesS
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best of the mixed pack.

Pours a nice orange/amber color with decent head and good lacing. It has a wonderful scent, very hoppy, with the great citrus aroma of cascade hops, a wonderful floral scent. Great taste, too, a wonderful combination of American and English hops, it has a great bitter taste with slight hints of citrus. For such a hoppy brew, it goes down really well.

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Photo of Onslow
2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

one of the stranger more undertoned IPA's around... citrus and medicinal hop flavours... low head and lacing for an IPA ... light golden orange colour (some haziness) ... not a bad level of bitterness but seems just abit out of balance with the malt ... overall: an OK beer but falls sort of of a good everyday brew, must be better on tap!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a huge, very solid head.

S - Aroma is pine and grapefruit, but with a solid underlying toasted maltiness.

T - Bitter and on the sweet side. Subdued fruitiness and some nice balancing malt. Piney hops seem to sneak up rather than being front and center.

M - Moderate body and carbonation. Not particularly substantial feeling.

D - Overall, this has some nice flavours, but not nearly as hop-centered as a lot of the IPAs out there. Nice balance, and very drinkable.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.94/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Mendocino White Hawk IPA
Bottle Inspection: Mostly marketing blurb about the history of IPA. Does list 7% abv., but no date

Aroma: Wet grainy base sticks through the floral and earthy hops more than it should, meaning the hops just aren't coming to play.

Appearance: Painfully clear yellow gold glass holds a short lived thin collar that doesn't lace.

Flavor: Soapy. A bit of harsh chemical for flavor. All the hop bitterness is in the early boil and has a tea quality, but no pleasant hop flavors to comment on. There's a citric candy sweetness that flashes at the end, but nothing really malty. I guess the alcohol is washing out any positive qualities for me.

Mouthfeel: Acidic burning feel with a medium thin body and prickly carbonation.

Overall Impression: Wow I hate this! I was in the mood for a hop-tastic beer, and this phailed. I can't recommend this at all, I think this is the worst commercial IPA I've ever tasted. It's like a malt liquor version of an IPA. I keep taking sips hoping to find some redeeming quality, but I think this is sink bound.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle from my local beer store.
Poured a significant head. Light amber color. Not much hop aroma. Taste was pretty thin for an IPA. Not much bitterness. I've had Pale Ales that had more hops than this. Drinkability is ok. I would only buy this again if it was available at the supermarket for a reasonable price.
Truly an average IPA

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden copper color. Very little head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Hops noticable in the aroma. Very flowery smell with slight hints of fresh cut grass.

Taste: Little on the light side. Aroma does not quite match the taste. taste like the style should with a slight esge toward the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Good mouthfeel-carbonated just right.

Drinkabilty: Very drinkable beer, Goes down with ease.

Overall a good beer-not superb but on par with the style. A good session beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-tan medium effervescent body with a healthy white cumulus cloud head, half-inch after settling--attractively sits in its snifter... hops-like pine and fresh-cut grass--a bit fruity as well... pleasant and medium-bodied--lacking weight? only slightly effervescent... immediate presence in the throat--evens out over the tongueand spruces up in time...the lingering presence is a bit punchy...this IPA sneaks up on you, with little fanfare and less power than the other members of the ABV-heavy IPA brotherhood... smoothed out a Cavs' loss, and fits reasonably well with the others in this sampler...

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, medium to light amber color with plenty of dense, white head and great glass tracing. A pretty standard citrusy, piney, resiny aroma burst forth, not as fresh or intense as some better examples, however. Candy sweetness in the nose, though also a bit muted for the style. On the palate, a very smooth and slightly creamy, medium high carbonated beer comes through. Flavors of the hops is quite prominent while a slight toasty malt flavor is present. The finish exudes quite the hop bitterness, though there's almost a metalic flavor left in the mouth. Overall, it's fine, I could buy it again, but like most AIPAs, there are too many good ones, that this should be avoided.

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with lots of head, like a Sierra Nevada, and it had a nice hoppy scent. The first sip had a very smooth texture and felt slightly thicker than most IPAs. The taste was very bitter with plenty of hops, again similar to Sierra Nevada but a little more. It had some malt flavoring, but the hops definitely dominated. Overall, it was simply a good IPA. (Plus I got it on a great sale!)

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Photo of bboven
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is surprising, as I'm not normally a huge Mendocino fan.

Deep dirty gold color with a thin head but excellent lacing. Almost clear.

Big Chinook aroma balanced with a big sweet, slightly sour malt counterpart. There's a lot of yeasty esters going on, though that taints it.

Huge hops and a nice malt balance. Not perfect, but good.

Great for the bottle, but give me this in a cask and oh boy...

Misses the mark a bit, but not too bad.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in body, with decent head retention and lacing, an off-white head, and scant spotty rings around the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops and mild malt sweetness along with some honey and vanilla. It's almost as if the malt characteristics take over rather than the hops, which is odd.

Taste: Malt sweetness and citrus hops define this brew. It's not the most complex of tastes, but it's nicely balanced, even if it isn't the hophead's dream version of the style. Fairly mild, and almost more of an English variety, but pretty drinkable overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent creaminess from the carbonation.

Drinkability: A good IPA to introduce folks to the style. At 7% ABV it's still fairly high, but it's still fairly mild in flavor somehow, which is a nice attribute, I think, to the brew. There are others I'd turn to for a session beer, but this isn't something I'd turn down.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my lucky Chimay Chalice. Pours a hazy golden with a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma is piney hops with just a hint of orange peel. Wow, this is a really tasty IPA. It almost tastes more like a DIPA then its little brother. Big on the piney hops with a malt backbone that balances the big hops very well. The hops are big up front but mellow out into the sweet malt. Mouthfeel is full for the style. I bought this as a single and I think that I'm going to have to seek out a sixer of this beer.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The White Hawk pours a 1-2 finger foam head with some light clear lacing. There isn't much in head retention.

The aroma had some decent hop aroma but not what I used to. Maybe I am not familiar with hops used. The taste somewhat malty for an ipa with an off flavor on the finish. In the mouth it left its mark on the roof of your mouth. Overall not my favorite as far as IPA's go.

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Photo of srobertson59
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A - Pours a hazy honey orange with lots of effervescence. Medium amounts of foam that recedes quickly, but leaves nice lacing in thick clumps.

S - Fairly typical IPA with a slight amount of citrus and malt starting out. This one smells a bit sweeter than I usually like.

T - Doesn't follow the smell at all. Hops are present, but very bitter and scattered. Malt never really comes in for a blend. Carbonation is a bit heavy which washes away the bitterness, but leaves a metallic finish. Alcohol is slightly astringent in quality.

M - Somewhat thin and bubbly but leaves a coating on the tongue. Not a clean finish at all.

D - For the price, it's not a hateful beer. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't pass it up either.

Overall this brew is very unbalanced for an IPA. It doesn't seem to have any specific "American" or "English" heritage in the flavorings. Flavor blending definitely gets better as it warms, but the alcohol obliterates the new flavors rather quickly.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
"Select India Pale Ale" on the neck logo sticker with a big white hawk...
Pours a clear, lucid, copper / orange hue with a frothy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing...
Smell was pretty much on-point for an IPA, nothing to write home about, but good, clean, clear aroma with vanilla, caramel and honey nuances pouring through and making themselves noticeable...
Taste was average to say the least... Not much in terms of flavor or unique style... pretty lackluster and dull without any exciting flavor points pouring through...
Watered-down, pale mouthfeel with not too much exciting flavor... Really wouldn't recommend this one to much... more of a bummer than anything, but certainly worth the $1.49...
Average drinkability, since the 7% ABV is hard to notice...
Wouldn't recommend this one...

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 915 ratings
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