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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 SilentSabre
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer, but I'm afraid a rather strong metallic taste made this difficult to enjoy. It poured beautifully with a nice orange copper body and a big, white, soapy head that stayed for several minutes. The smell was lovely citrus hops with sweet malt hiding in the background. Then the taste. Nice hop bite up front and on the finish, but right in the middle it makes me feel as though I have a mouth full of copper coins. Very metallic. I seem to notice it less as I make my way through this, but it's still there never-the-less. Perhaps I just got a bad bottle. I'll try this again in the future.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance brings a clear golden amber color with a slightly off white head. Retention is tight and soapy but thin. Good lacing so far. Nose is lightly flowery, a little fruity, and softly resiny. Flavor is nice. Not huge but balanced. The bread malts hold up the light hops nicely. Good amount of bitterness too. Smooth but slightly gritty mouthfeel. A very pleasantly drinkable IPA. If you're aiming for intense hops then this may disappoint you.

Not bad and perhaps a good fall back IPA.

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

Pours a clear golden hue with a decent amount of head which fades quickly and leaves behind some lacing. Smells hopped up, very slightly sweet and fruity. The taste is bitter as expected. You get the difinitive IPA hop bitterness right up from and it lingers on the palate for a long time. I tasted a very slight sweetness to this brew after the bitter kick. The mouthfeel is thin with a decent amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good. I could easily drink a couple, lacks in drinkability a bit because of the bitterness, very good to enjoy in moderation but i wouldnt have more than a couple at a time.

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

Pours light amber with a huge runaway head that is quite rocky and leaves some great lacing. The smell is of citrusy hops, a light graininess, and an underlying soapiness. The taste is much better- this is definitely a left coast hop bomb, not balanced, but still tasty. Big citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, and a long intensely bitter finish. Light underpins the hops, but its all about the hops. Refreshing mouthfeel, not grainy or thick- a nice summer ipa that's easy to put away- if you're a hop head like I am.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a copper-gold color with a frothy stagnant head. The smell has hints of grassy hops and slight citrus notes. Taste isn't the best IPA I've ever had, but it's not terrible. A decent malt underlay that is quickly overpowered by an alcohol bitterness and dryness. The hops are there but again, overpowered by the alcohol which is surprising because there are many IPAs out there with elevated ABVs that are done much better than this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The drinkability suffers as a result of the overpowering alcohol that almost brings a tingling sensation to the mouth. Not terrible... but not good either.

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

Pours clear golden amber with a crisp white head that quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Aroma is a nice blend of citrus and piney hops. A little sweet with just enough malt to bring some balance.

Taste is more piney than citrus hop up front. Quite bitter and a little harsh. Carmel malt is there but could use a little more presence for balance and to thicken the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Some resinous hop oil.

An adequate, but mostly average offering. Lacks complexity and depth. Grapefruit bitterness comes off too harsh. Drinkable, but average.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is hoppy but not too strong. Color is a clear dark amber with a fairly thick and persistent head. Taste is strongly hoppy, with malty undertones; I could not detect any other flavors. Not an outstanding brew, but still a refreshing and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 RonfromJersey
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow gold body, slightly (chill) hazy, fine carbonation streams. Three finger slightly off-white foam micro-bubble head.

Pleasant, inviting (but coy), not over powering citrus aroma, leading with the grapefruit, with some orange.

Taste begins with a quick splatter of caramel sweetness, but the foundation washes away much too swiftly as hops pelt the tongue with bitterness and squeeze out citrusy juices. The bite at the swallow is ragged, not sharp. Odd burst of fruit sweetness on the heels of the bite, which sits on the tongue and cuts into the dryness expected in an IPA aftertaste. Not as integrated as one would hope.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel is suitable. Drinkability is just ok, hurt by that odd sweetness in the finish.

Nothing realy wrong, but unexceptional. Good enough in the variety pack, but not an IPA to buy by the sixer or the case.

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Photo of bcm119
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've never been a big fan of Mendocino, and this is one of their most disappointing brews. Straw colored with a white head. Rustic, vinous, wet hop smell with hints of yeast and alcohol. Pretty one dimensional, with oddly cloying hops mingling with coarse pale grain. The alcohol presence is a deal killer. Finishes grainy. The Red Tail is drinkable but this one is a definate miss.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a spicy peppery hop with some citrus highlights.

The taste was likewise peppery with a lingering and almost artificial hop spice. There was a clean grainy malt as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a lingering spiciness.

Overall a sericable AIPA. There are many better choices however. Not bad for the price though.

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Photo of cichief
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice deep gold, with a beautiful, thick white head.

S- Hoppy, flowery, some sweet malt present.

T- Very fresh, hoppy and flowery, with a decent malt balance.

M- Smooth, nice small bubbles, with a medium body, and dry finish.

D- Very good IPA, not the best, but very good.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - clear copper color with a nice size fluffy white head that stuck around for a while, then stuck to the walls of my glass.

S - hops hit you hard, piney, grassy, sweet hops.

T - combination of different hops (Cascade & Fuggle) make for a fine tasting brew.

M - light bodied, a bit thin, but good carbonation and lack of bitterness help the rating.

D - 2 or 3 of these is nice, but this is not an "all nighter".

Overall it's a decent beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes IPA's.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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 hunteraw
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-amber in color, just as expected for an AIPA. Nice head, decent retention, some lacing.

Smell: citrusy and juicy hops, hints of malt but hops are definitely in the fore. Maybe a bit one-dimensional.

Taste: Much like the nose in profile. Bit of a bite to it, piney. The 7% alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well-carbonated.

Drinkability: Average IPA.

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

Pours a light amber, fairly clear with a medium size white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Smell was a bit mild but detected citrus/hops. Taste was fairly balanced and fairly average for the style. Citrus and hops bitterness dominated but detected some malt balance as well. The alcohol was well hidden. Mouthfeel is about average. As a hop head, I rate IPAs on the "wow" factor. This one didn't wow me but it was pleasant enough. I would drink a few of them if they were the main IPA offering somewhere, but would not seek this one out if any of the IPAs I rated higher were available.

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Photo of xav33
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mendocino White Hawk Original IPA
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Unknown brewing (recent?), flown into 05/07

Poured a clear golden amber with a huge rocky slightly off white mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate sweet bread and citrus.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter spruce and sweet cookie and pineapple followed by a strong bitter earthy spruce and light sweet citrus on an average bitter finish.

Palate was medium to light bodied, creamy, lightly astringent and softly carbonated.

Overall, an IPA that is slightly on the sweet side. Seems like there is a lack of balance here. Too sweet and too bitter all at once, but no distinct subtle flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-amber body with a foamy white head. Features a beltching hawk on label!

Smell: Not the most florid aroma out there, that's for sure. Some flowers and some citrus, mostly. Oh, and what's this? Vanilla? Get oughta town!

Taste: Initially sweet, with hints of toffee, orange, and...hm, well, there's that vanilla again. Pureed peaches and pine needles just before the dry, bitter finish. Astringent in the back of throat upon swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. A bit watery.

Drinkability: A beer riddled with shortcomings. Oh, and about that odd vanilla-nicity, does anyone have any comment or opinion on this? I feel the search for the source of it will become an all-consuming obsession, and every moment until I find its source will be lost to depression and dwelling in regret and an overwhelming feeling that my life is not complete, that I cannot be happy, and that there is little point to getting up in the morning.

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Photo of Inflames
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very delicious IPA, the clerk told me it was a good choice when I picked it up. When it comes to this style of beer I have a pretty high standard as I am a hophead. So of course I didn't take his words as sermon. Well now that I've had the chance to enjoy one, I still don't have much appreciation for his appraisal. This beer deserved a better than good rating slapped on it.
Thank you Mendocino brewing Co. for another great beer.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, a spring time treat that I found in a mendocino brewing company's sampler pack, purchased on a stock up trip to the beer Mecca that is the Blacksburg, VA Kroger/ Vintage Cellar stores.

This beer poured with a huge carbonated head that looks like happy cloud in the glass.. cool.

Smell is pretty good but at 7.0, the alcohol content perks through. For more than a beer or two, this also hinders the drinakabilty.

Taste is damn fine, with big hops, some citrus, alcohol- I taste apple? Not sure but I like it.

Again a good beer that would be a little hard to drink more than a few, but the first few go down real nice like.

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Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a clear golden orange , with a frothy inch of head , good lace.

Smell: nice pungent , floral , and citrusy hops , a little bit of sweet malt and hint of honey in there.

Taste: Lots of oily and citric hop bite , tongue coating bitterness in a mostly pleasant way , the malt is back there and shows more towards the finish - trying its best to balance out the big oily hop character with some slightly toasty barley, the bitterness sticks around for quite a while in the finish and the alcohol is felt in the throat a bit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , mildy slick feel.

Drinkability: Its a good ipa , but man is it bitter! I like the intense hop profile for a change on the bitter side , but i would probably go for alot of other ipas before this one.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this today at Harris Teeter in Fuquay as a conslation for myself since my future mother in law is coming to town and I'll need a few beers to lighten the load. This is my first Mendocino product and I didn't have high hopes but was pleasantly surprised with this one. Pours a light orange, almost cider color, with decent off white head and stupendously sticky and persistant lacing. Nose is heavy on the hop attack, with some citrus pulp in the backround but mostly bitterness.

Taste is withering but sustainable with just enough malt to avoid being one dimensional. Alcohol will creep up on you but it's still nigh undetectable at 7%. Mouthfeel is crisp and quenching. This is not an awesome IPA but nice for a change of pace and has character and enough bite to be relevant. I'll be trying it again.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a medium-brown with amber highlights..mild head with good carbonation.

S - Juicy aroma, between the fruity malt and hops...definitely detected alcohol.

T - Fruity malt paves the way for the overly-hopped flavor...strong bitterness is masked only by the higher ABV. As the beer warmed, more of a juicy mouthfeel takes over...strong hops remain throughout the life of the beer.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation...bitter finish with a lingering alcohol feeling.

D - Not bad, but alcohol makes it a little difficult to drink. Overall, I'm pleased with Mendocino from NY.

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Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a clear orange with a thick bone white head.

Nose: Hoppy nose, pine, orange rind.

Bitter all over, starts bitter, ends bitter and lingers bitter. Not much of a malt presense, just a kiss of sweetness somewhere in the middle and a little caramel at the onset. Metallic tinge enters on the finish, and leaves a stinging in the mouth.

Nice smooth mouthfeel but bitter.

A little too bitter for my taste.

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

Clear orange with a thin, sticky white head leaving sporadic traces of lacing. Hoppy citrus aroma, slightly juicy covering grain. Juicy, oily hop flavor quickly transitions to bitterness. Plenty of flavor. Solid mouthfeel - slick, bitter, and a little drying.

An oily, bitter focused IPA. Not one of the greats, but drinkable.

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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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