White Hawk Select IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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White Hawk Select IPAWhite Hawk Select IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
912
Reviews:
540
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
37
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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin off white head that was somewhat lasting and left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is on the hoppy side with an interesting blend of both citrus and pine hop characteristics. As a hophead, I must say that this is one tasty brew. There is a slight alcohol astringency that does somewhat get in the way, but If you can look past that and focus on the hops, this is a great brew. While not exactly on the top of my list when it comes to IPAs, if I find it on sale, I'll very likely pick up a sixer.

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Photo of peabody81
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried several of Mendocino's offerings in past, but usually they were from one of those "sampler packs" that are stacked up about 300 high in a non-beer store, and thus were skanked. I figured I would give them one more chance, as the grocery store I was in moves a lot of beer, so I figured this would be fresh (plus it was on sale).

Nice dark golden color, not much aroma, what is there is pine-y. First impression is pine-y hops, then malt peeks thru. By the second beer, the malt becomes a little too sweet, which is the only complaint I have with this beer. All in all, as others have noted, not a world-beater, but a very decent IPA. Next time it's on sale, I'll pick up some more.

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Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale copper color with a nice ivory head that retains fairly well and manages some sticky lace as well.

The aroma is piney, herbal and hints of grapefruit over a mild malt.

The taste is hoppy - pine needles, grapefruit, hints of grass - over a mild, slightly toasty malt with some yeasty notes. The finish is dry and piney and somewhat metallic.

Medium bodied, refreshing and fairly easy to drink.Not as hoppy as some American IPAs, but more american than English style. My bottle says made in Sarasota Springs, NY. I wonder how this compares to the California version.

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Photo of eberkman
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper-amber into a pint glass, producing plenty of carbonation bubbles. The pour created a thick, rich white head with outstanding retention -- it was still almost a finger thick with an inch of beer left in the glass. Lots of thick lacing as well.

The nose was pretty much floral and piney hoppiness. The taste was similar -- a strong floral and piney hoppiness without as much malt to balance it out as you see in other American IPAs. Certainly didn't have as much of the citrus backdrop that you get with better AIPAs like DFH 60-Minute or the Bell's Two-Hearted. Pretty much bitter from start to finish without much else.

Mouthfeel was pretty thick, actually. And the drinkability was OK, but I'd probably go for one that's a little more subtle and complex.

A run-of-the-mill IPA. Pretty much representative of the general style and not much more.

Still -- a pretty good bargain at less than $7 for a sixer.

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Photo of JMD71
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled & reveiwed 12/28/06:

Ap: Cloudy orangey/gold with a solid rocky head. Thin head persists.

Ar: Slightly fruity with some alcohol notes. Alcohol nose surprising as this is not overly high ABV. Not much hop aroma detected.

Ta: A bit metallic. Medicinal. Could be old or oxidized. Malty with bitter alcohol bite. Not the best flavor IMHO. Kind of off...

Mo: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness leaves mouth slightly puckered. Clean finish.

Dr: Medium. The flavor is not wonderful so that detracts, but the crisp mouthfeel adds to its attractiveness.

Comments: Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but not terrible. The bottle could have been old & oxidized. I hope so...

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Photo of unklesyd
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours much paler than I'm used to. Well carbonated, but the head is fairly thin and composed of larger bubbles that break away quickly.

Fine sedimentary yeast remains in suspension, creating a haze.

Some bready malt balanced by mild citrusy hop aroma. Very nice, but fairly subdued, which is actually a little refreshing.

Very well balanced flavors. Good, smooth Cascade/Centennial flavors against a yeasty malt profile, and a nice lingering bitterness that is, again, pretty mild. I paired this with a sweet Pad Thai bowl, and it was probably the best choice I could have made from what was in my stash. Not too abrasively bitter, but provided a firm counterplay with the peanuts and scalions.

Medium mouthfeel. The 7% ABV wouldn't have been my guess. More like a 5.5% if I weren't looking at the label. Again, a tribute to the excellent balance.

This would qualify as a great session beer if it weren't for the high ABV. Very smooth, balanced and untiring. Many IPAs would either fatigue the palate with overly assertive, cumulative bitterness or a buildup of malty sweetness. This one finishes like it begins.

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Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Color was a nice hazy golden yellow, average expectant for the type of beer. Small head of a saffron hue faded really quickly to a tiny ring 'round the edge of the glass. I expected a smell ... then I held it to my nose ... It was very soft and light. slightly metallic, floral, and hops.

Mouthfeel was a little heavy with little carbonation that left spiky tingles that smoothed themselves over slowly. The Taste was as the smell led to ... a little metallic in the beginning. It faded quick to soft floral hints and a bitter hop ending. This one is a real softy. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful hazy orange color. Very thick and long-lasting head. Despite the haze there is still a bit of clarity through the glass. A decent amount of lace. Looks extremely appetizing.

Sweet aromatic hops with just a hint of bitterness at the end. Some yeast flavor, creates a nice base. The hops positively overpower. Has a mild-to-strong alcohol smell.

Excellent hop flavor, with lots of fruity characteristics (orange?). The yeast is quite apparent. The hops are bitter, but mellow out in the aftertaste... a little.

Medium thickness, it seems like the yeast was really piled on. The hops stick around for a while after it's down the gullet. The hops are very bitter which may prevent repeats. It's a good "one-off" though. A solid IPA.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-copper color, low amounts of white head...seemingly unimpressive appearance overall. Smells a little like apple cider with a metallic tinge and hoppy notes...again lackluster.

Taste is pungent and acidic, with a hoppy balance to its grainy hops. Mouthfeel is very juicy and quenching with a dry, hoppy bite on the finish. Good carbonation levels. Probably not one I'd pick up again, but still a decently made IPA.

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Photo of Atron67
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- a lil dark for an IPA, but a nice thick sticky white head formed, stayed for awhile as well
S- a nice strong hoppy smell with a slight citrus touch
T- a nice malt start that fills out to a smooth hoppy finish
M- nice light/medium body that leaves a crisp but hoppy taste on the tongue
D- a good session beer, can easily drink alot.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured very heady and had a slight haze to the body. The head was a clean white and eventually shrank down to just under and inch for the duration of the drinking.

It had a malty aroma with a slight touch of hops.

It had a balanced taste of sweet malt and mild hops. It took a couple sips to really make a judgement on the taste. It had a medium body and went down smooth.

I found it to be drinkable but for some odd reason it did not seem as good as many other IPA's that I have had.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty mild IPA, like in the English style, and is very malty. For my palate, which is used to big American IPAs, it is sort of a letdown, but not bad.

It pours a flat-looking reddish amber. Its smell is very malty, without even a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, this beer feels a bit over-carbonated and the maltiness feels unbalanced. This beer is weird in that it is oddly wheat-y instead of being hoppy, which seems out-of-character for an IPA.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pub pint I got of Mendocino Brewing Company's Whitehawk IPA pours
out a thin head over a cloudy amber brew. Carbonation is quite active,
and the nose is of malt, citrus, and herbs. As it warmed, I noticed a whiff
of something like Belgian yeast. The flavor is of malt and herb, with a
sharper hop finish. It's interesting that the hops really make themselves
felt in the aftertaste, while the initial taste is mellow. It's not quite up to the
standard of my favorite IPA, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, but it's really a pretty
decent brew with some unexpected complexity. Alcohol by volume- 7%.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a thin well retained head.

The smell is of orange/grape fruit, grainy undertone.

The taste is of citrus - grapefruite and orange. Sharp, peppery alcohol. Some salt. A lemony zest in the finish. Sharp alcohol in finish as well.

The body is medium. The alcohol comes through a bit too much, even for abv level.

A decent IPA. That's all.

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Photo of TechMyst
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange in color. faint aroma. Tons of lacing. Medium mouth feel. I always prefer the softer carbonation of bottle conditioning so this brew will always get a few extra points. Very nice offering of an IPA. I’m loving this BC more and more with each brew I try.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.31/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a very good brew. The appearance was very nice - a bright copper with a tight head and lace. Was surprised at the subdued hop aroma. The malt body was also lacking (perhaps the bright clean copper appearance and the lack of any aroma are due to strong filtering?). The malt presence, which can be discerned in the front end is taken over by a strong, oily bitterness by the middle. I waited for hop flavor to arrive by the finish, but only an agressively strong, acidic bitterness remained. The bitterness could have been pleasing if it was accompanied by more malt body and mouthfeel, not to mention hop flavor and aroma. In short, this ale is way out of balance.

I'm not totally sure what Americans demand out of American IPAs, but this is the second one I've had this year, and they both weren't worth the 8 bucks/6pk asking price. I wish more micros would adrere to the classic IPA category -Mendocina inclusive. There is more to a Pale Ale than 300 IBU bitterness. Hell, if I wanted to drink a hop bomb, I could do it much cheaper by brewing it myself. Whitehawk was very disappointing.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting IPA, fairly similar in feel and a bit in flavor to Mendicino's other brews. Very dry overall with biscuity and caramel malts. Strong grapefruit and not much else from the hops. Well, this definately isn't your avaerage IPA, but I don't know if I'd really recommend it. Worth trying once I guess.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. The beer was yellowish orange and had a rocky head. The taste was interesting: A little bit thin in the beginning and then all the hoppy kick all at once at the end. Very bitter and citrus tasting. It was nice and quiet different, but I'll stick with the more balanced IPAs next time.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a huge white foamy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is on the weak side with only a "bisquity' aroma present. For an IPA there's not much of a hop aroma. The taste is creamy with citrus hop bitterness and little else. This isn't bad,in fact it's good, it's just compared to other American IPA's this is lacking. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK. A decent IPA,not the best West coast IPA however.

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Photo of MillRat
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was chilled and served at about 50 F. The beer pours a warm golden color. A quick pour produced a head with a faint yellow tint that didn't appear substantial, but did leave quite a bit of lace behind as I consumed it.

The aroma was mostly hops, but not the citrusy like I expected from an APA, more in keeping with the Engish hops that would have flavored the original British IPAs which the label claims as its heritage. There are also some bready notes to the aroma.

The flavor is rather rich and filling with solid caramelly malts which are then swept off the tongue by the solid earthy-piney hops that linger after the swallow.

The heaviness of this beer and the very solid hop bitterness (not to mentioon the 7% ABV) limits the sessionability of this beer, but it is notable for providing enough malt spine to keep the hops as balanced as most APAs or IPAs get.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into glass, with a slight white head. Very strong floral aromas at first, but then dissapates quickly. Definetely hits the hops fairly well, the bitterness lingers for sometime. Better as it warms. Not a complex IPA, but then again most of them aren't as they give their soul over to the hops gods. Also hit the right notes with a citrus- sorta grapefruit flavor. A good beer to drink with spicey food, seems to stick around.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6 pack picked up at Trader Joe's in Riverside, CA in November 2006 for $5.99(?).

Pours a golden orange, slightly hazy with a thin white head. Somewhat syrupy looking, but not as much as DIPAs tend to do.

Aroma is a nice fruity-organic-herbal-grassy mix better than many American IPAs. Flavor follows through but with the sharp hops driving a stake through my tastebuds. I don't know hop varietals or combinations yet, and so I can't what it is about some hoppy beers, but I do recognize enough to know whic I really like and which don't do it for me. This one is too sharp and bitter for my taste. But you might like it!

Somewhat strong alcohol bite for a "single" IPA, more than I like and it keeps me from wanting another once I have finished the first bottle.

Overall a decent IPA, but not really my style.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy, light golden orange. Nice thick white head.

Nose is light, dominated by citrus, both flesh and rind, with a whiff of soap as well.

Palate begins quite watery, but then the flavor comes. Quite surprisingly, that flavor is sweet malt! Very little hops at all on the palate, incredibly. Wow, not like any other IPA I know, for sure. Finish is ever so slightly bitter and fairly short.

I can see why this has been reviewed rather poorly; it promises at least a smidgen of hops on the nose, but then doesn't deliver in the mouth. DO NOT buy this expecting a true West Coast IPA experience. Nonetheless, it's a pleasant enough drink. The short finish and lack of bitterness would make it a decent session candidate.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden orange brew with a long-lasting one finger solid foam cap. Lots of oily arcs of lace coat the glass all the way down to the bottom.

S - Wonderful biscuity malt backbone with a fair amount of oily hop aroma on top. Smells "chewy."

T - Mellow hop profile is alot less hoppy than the nose. Chewy oily hops and firm malt bready sweetness. The acrid sap-like pinetree flavor is a bit overdone. Has a strong mineral water quality that I've noticed in many of Mendocino's brews, along with a slighty vegetal quality that is not altogether unpleasant.

M - Chewy and solid. On the ticher side of medium bodied.

D - I couldn't really drink more than one of these due to the strange mineral water nuances.

This beer is beautiful and aromatic, but it just doesn't taste very good. Also, strong pine flavors are not soemthing I look for in an IPA or pale ale...and this has an overabundace of them.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mendocino mixed case from Kunda Bev. and took this brew out first and poured into a pint glass. The color was a light amber or maybe ever an extremely dark gold. There was a ton of thick and fluffy head that had fastish rentention. The lace was pretty thick also and rather sticky. The smell was a little understated. The taste was that of a great hop balance. The mouthfeel was execlent, not rough or ridged at all, very very smooth. All in all a super IPA. Don't drink and review.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 912 ratings.
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