White Hawk Select IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Select IPAWhite Hawk Select IPA
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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 chinabeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

new york version

crystal clear medium amber, some head which gradually fades to a few wisps. some lacing, but mostly at the top.

mildly piney hop nose, hint of toasted malt. definitely says "IPA here", albeit a bit softly.

resiny, slightly citrus hop flavor and bitterness, but the malt certainly makes itself known too. maybe hint of buttery diacetyl and alcohol. resiny and bitter finish that should be satisfying for hop lovers.

not too thin, not too fizzy.

decent enough, i suppose. it's a bit confusing that there are two breweries with the same name and same product line (i believe this is contract brewed), making you have to check every time which version you're reviewing...

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

a: decent white head, light retention...the beer is a golden amber in color

s: Pleasant citrusy English hop aroma dominates with a weak caramel malt base...nearly all hops. Some tropicals, passionfruit perhaps. Nice.

m: carbonation medium-high with a light-medium body

t: Bland caramel malts with a citrus-earth English hop flavor. A touch of metal here and there. High bitterness in the finish is pretty nice.

d: quite easy...dries fast and leaves me ready for more

surprised, as I've generally been unimpressed with this brewery, but I like it...very old school

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Photo of enfield249
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A bit on the pale side. Medium ring of foam around the top of the glass.

S - Not getting much here.

T - Some grassy hops, and then some pine taste, but not a lot of bitterness. Leaves a funny aftertaste, not clean.

M - About normal, medium carbonation.

D - I won't buy it again, but I would drink it if it was free.

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in the tasting room in Saratoga.

A - Poured a cloudy amber color with a two finger white head that reduced two a nice full cap and lasted the whole way. Lacing was pretty decent as it traced the glass rather nicely.

S - Nice hop smell, citrus tones as well. Malt overtones we present. Covers all the bases for what hopes to be an outstanding IPA.

T - A bit short of the nose, the hops hit up front but quickly fade against the citrus.

M - Very crisp and sharp. Medium bodied with a nice finish.

D - Not the best IPA around but a very solid offering. Recommended.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle comes from the Saratoga Springs location. Love the pissed-off hawk on the label.

Pours a huge pillowy head that leaves a ton of lace from the get-go. Color is a very well-filtered, radiant orange/yellow/rust.

Aroma is sharp pine and mild citrus, the more assertive, aggressive elements winning out. Bitterness over fruitiness, but both are present.

This is a bitter, hoppy, oily, almost sour IPA (not sour in the crappily-brewed sense). It's a hugely refreshing thing, resins scattering all over the tongue in a wonderful way. Big flavor, but not at all to the point of a Double IPA. Actually sort of old-school.

Is it because this is not from a hip brewery (Three Floyds, Surly, etc.) or because the market is flooded with IPAs that this hasn't gotten better marks on this site? I'm not stressing about it, but this is clearly a very, very good IPA.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice head that diminished fairly quick, leaving a murky lighter amber/orange beverage with sticky foam on the sides. Smells like a muted hops slightly malty beverage. A little bite, but not one I'd expect from an IPA. Good wash, foaming slightly but exploding into a very flowery aftertaste with grapefruit and even a little orange at the bitter end. Good first impression. Taste turned into a full , rounded version for what the mouth was like. There is little grapefruit at the front, subdued hops, but strong enough to mute the alcohol but at the end showed the stronger side of an IPA with both flavors turning strong and mixing well. Licorice was other component that seemed weaker, but backed up the other flavors.

Not what I'd call a strong hoppy IPA but should make mild hop heads happy. Not too intense, this would be a good everyday slugger if the ABV was a little lower.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up today at the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Descent head and lacing atop a slightly hop-hazed lite honey colored brew.

Alot of yeasty fruitiness... followed by lite/medium piney hop aroma.

Flavor is fairly bitter with low toasted pale malts and a low pine hop palate finish is minerally bitter with more yeastiness.

Body is fairly low and on the thin side.

White Hawk doesn't strike me as bad as some BA's, but it could use some serious tweaking... I've had this beer numerous times in the last couple of years, and this bottle was better than previous notes would indicate.

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

Pours a clear amber with an off white head that rises off some firm carbonation and falls. Nose is kind of leafy and roasted but has a real odd almost syrup like edge to it. Jeez. Hello 7% alcohol. Way too high. You can totally taste it. Hops character is definitely overshadowed by it. Feel is okay. This would be easier to drink if there was less alcohol in the way of any finer character points. The way it stands though, it is far from being balanced.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Citrus hop aroma with a good dose of caramel malt. Medium body with a solid malt backbone. Hops taste a little "soapy". Good amount of hop bitterness. Nice balanced, but nothing spectacular.

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

Poured slightly hazy very pale amber with a big sturdy head of medium grain. Pleasing aroma of hops, not overwhelming, with a biscuity maltyness coming through. Taste is firm, rounded, mouth-filling with a pineyness to the hops and a bitter smack of a finish. This is an excellent IPA for those of us who aren't hop-heads. The fluffy cones are there, but they aren't screaming.

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

A- Pours a golden brown, semi transparent (dingy) color after a semi conservative pour into my pint glass. It leaves no head or lacing to speak of.

S- First smell is, of course, hops. There are some citrusy fruity tones here, but not as grapefruity as I like from an IPA. There is a bit of lemon zest in there too with orangy scents.

T- Up front, hops and bitter hops at that. There are again, some citrus notes, but they are overlaid with more earthy tastes. The malt is sweet. Alcohol is in there pretty strongly in the bitter aftertaste.

M- High carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

D- Just average to me. It is too sweet for a session beer.

Overall- Again, just an average IPA for me. It does not contain some of the more likable characteristics that appeal to me. It is a little more bitter and oily and not as lively. It seems kind of dull to me.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours an orange/copper/auburn color with a small off white head that barely laces the glass.
S- nice hoppy character with some pine scent.
T- tastes of hops and grass some alcohol and orange peel.
M- some carbonation hits the tongue, decent aftertaste.
D- A decent brew, I had seen many times in the store and finally picked it up. Worth a try...

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a nice orangey gold with a solid lacy white head. Aroma is very pungent with hops and alcohol and the taste does little to dispel this. Hops dominate the taste, very unbalanced, like a hops-only concoction. Very bitter, but not pleasantly so, like many stronger IPAs. Medicinal quality infuses the alcohol with little citrus or plain hops taste to offset it. Definitely hoppy, but to its detriment; solid but a mission to drink with so little malt influence.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pale golden color with an average head. not a whole lot of nose to it, most of its malt surprisingly, some hops of course but more malt than most ipas will ever smell like. taste is bland, not a whole lot of anything really. mouthfeel and drinkability are both kinda average, all around kind of a boring beer, no real body or pizazz to it.

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Photo of alehopman
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is not an American style IPA, has a definate English character and flavor. Darker golden color, perfect amount of carbonation, had a persistant thin head that only disappeared with about 2 swallows left. Smell highlighted the two strengths of this beer: good maltiness and strong Fuggles presence, a great combination. Nice fruitiness through the middle, indicates a good yeast choice for this one. A strong hop punch at the end, classic Fuggles. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability only negative element here, 7% ABV the cause. New Glarus tried the old world/new world hop combination with their Hop Hearty IPA, the Cascade hops overpowered the Kent Goldings. Fortunately, with White Hawk, the Fuggles is in the foreground.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange-gold with some chill haze and a few yeast floaters. Decent tan head of about a finger, lasts reasonably well when swirled; lacing is pretty stellar.

Aroma is a bit faint, not much by way of malt, piney hops are present but a bit subservient to ester alcohols.

Pungent hopping over faint diacetyl, within the hops the pine overwhelms the citrus but both are present. Alcohol is warming and a touch too prevalent - more assertive malts could have gotten the same abv without letting it get so thin.

Again, thin mouthfeel, not bad but worse as it warms. Drinkability drops as it warms and the alcohol gets a little unbalanced. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up from Total Wine & More.

A - Small head that's hung out through most of the ride, great lacing, dark orange hue.

S - Hard to define much here, I can smell something, but just can't make out what it is. Bad day for the nose.

T - A very floral and spicy hop profile, with a little less bitterness than I had expected. Great dry finish with little detectable aftertaste. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

M - Balanced, mild carbonation, clean finish. Very impressive.

D - I could definitely consume another with pleasure. A balanced IPA that could very well become one of the go-to staples. I would recommend this to anyone without a regret. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of armock
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - The smell is all hops

T - Sweet at first with some citrus then bitter and alcohol taste at the end

M - lots of carbonation in this brew

D - The alcohol kills the taste if there was less of that this would be a good beer. I myself however did not enjoy this one very much so this will be the last time I have it.

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

Poured a lighter golden orange color with a stiff two finger white head that hung around for the entire experience. 3D lacing followed each sample. The smell is an aggressive piny hop. Light bodied, the mouth feel is more about the intensity of the bitter hop character than the carbonation. The full, intense, yet singluar, piny hop taste lingers appropriately. A nice drinker. At 7% ABV its almost a DIPA.

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

Poured from the bottle to a reddish-orange with thin off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing on the glass. Nose is a combination of grassy hops and sweet malt, and the mouthfeel of this fairly carbonated beer is somewhat tingly. Flavor is initially grassy hop, but the sweet malt blends in well to leave a nice, long, rounded finish.

Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of gwood
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review...here we go.

A - Light amber with copper hues. Head was firm but didn't linger all that long, some nice lacing though.

S - Had to work for it a bit, clean hops with a tinge of floral.

T - Hops came first piney and bitter lingering with an astringency but there's a sweet malt in there as well. Still a lefty IPA no doubt but the sweet malts do linger a bit with some warming alcohol.

M - Med. Some of the oils expected but not as much as other westcoast IPA's I've had.

D - Body would lend itself to more than one. Certainly drinkable.

Overall a good IPA but there are others within a relatively short drive to this one that would get my money.

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Photo of bashiba
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a light off white head, left great lacing down the glass.

Smell was slightly sweet with hints of corn and a bit of juniper.

Flavor had a light bit of bready malts along with a strong bit of pine and mint hoppyness, finishing with a slightly metallic coppery tinge.

Mouthfeel is light, slick, and a bit oily.

Easy to drink even if slightly flawed. Not bad, but there are to many better IPA's out there for this to be drank to often.

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Photo of WJVII
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a nice golden color, a little cloudy, but not much. It has a nice inch cream colored head that lasted a few minutes. The smell was that of faint fruitiness and hops. The taste was bitter with a nice balance. Nothing stands out too much with this beer, but overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first tasting of any Mendocino beers.

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Rick thick off-white to tan head had a lot of staying power. Lots of floral hops (and maybe a bit of peach) in the smell and a touch of alcohol. (Humorous side note: I accidentally snorted some beer b/c my sniffer got to close while smelling. Not recommended!) Floral and piney hops hit first in the taste, but the bitterness is not overpowering. Lots of creaminess underneath in the flavor as well as butter and caramel. Aftertaste is hoppy—and builds with subsequent sips, but fades away pleasantly. Sweetness is more felt than tasted in the aftertaste. In addition to the creaminess, the mouthfeel was fairly thick and had low carbonation. I’m actually undecided on the drinkability of this one. If I could leave that score blank, I probably would. I guess this would call for an “average” score. This is a decent beer, but there are others I might go to first. This would be good for one or two and then out.

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Photo of tommy78
2.72/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Copper colour with slight head.

Smell: Detected some hops right out of the bottle. Aroma in the glass had a spring-like grassy effect. The only good thing about the beer, I must say.

Taste: A bit bland, with a spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly typical for an IPA. Medium amount of carbonation going down combining with alcohol gives it a typical mouthfeel.

Drinkability: After a while, the beer loses flavor for me. I needed two hot dogs with smoky BBQ sauce to wash down the beer. Good to get it as a gift, but I wouldn't go out to by it.

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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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