White Hawk Select IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 915 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of tcfishler
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +17.3%
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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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Hawk Original IPA pours an orange color with a very small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, citrusy hops and that's pretty much it. The taste is all hops, citrusy hops, maybe a little pine tar like taste that hoppy beers sometimes have. I can't taste anything else beside the hops. Not bad, but I'm not sure it would please a hop head these days with all the double ipa's out there, but definitely worth a try if you like beer on the hoppy side. I would buy this again.

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Photo of ryanismean
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively from a 12 oz bottle, this brew leaves a huge head that lingers forever and laces with the best of them. Smells like a fairly typical IPA, lots of hops and yeast in the nose, little in the way of alcohol aroma. The citrus of the hops are backed up by what seems to be a berrylike aroma, almost like ripe cherries.

Flavor is outstanding, a nice balance of hoppy citrus and pine mellowed slightly by the rich malts. I was tempted to give it a 5 on flavor, but it needs just a little more malt to balance out the hops to get a 5 from me. There's also an interesting but slightly weird cough drop aftertaste brought on by lingering hop bitterness that isn't entirely unpleasant, but I'm not 100% sure about it. Still, this beer tastes really good, and the mouthfeel is nice and thick. I would love to try this on cask sometime.

Drinkability is fair at best, due to the aftertaste. It's fine for about one beer, then I want something else. It's still good, definitely good enough to come back to, but I just can't do more than one at a time.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A thick 3 finger head that lasts about 5 minutes leaving a thick three layered ring of lacing behind. The beer itself is a hazy orangish copper copper.

S - Floral hops, lillies mostly with a vey smooth pine and caramel malt backing. A pleasant aroma.

T - At first taste there is a bit of a caramel malt with a lighter floral backing which quickly evolves into a potent floral (lillies again) flavor. The bitterness is mild and dominated by the floral elements. It is a very good flavor.

M - Thin, carbonation is a bit high, mildly refreshing.

D - Pretty good here too. This a pleasant flavorful IPA. I can't remember the last IPA that I have had that is comparable to this. It is delicious and drinkable. I love it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a large creamy head that sticks all over the glass. Smell is piney and citrusy hops and a bit of malt. Taste starts out with a quick malt presence but the hops do not take long to slap you in the side of the face. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full bodied. Overall, this is a pretty decent IPA that lacks a bit in balance.

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

I picked up a couple of bottles of White Hawk Original IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a gold color and is slightly hazy. A small one-finger head forms, and is somewhat resilient. There is some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly faint, and typical of an IPA. There is a pine aroma and some citrus notes.

The taste is also typical of an IPA, grapefruit flavors, very little malt presence, and a biting and bitter hop finish. There is a bitter aftertaste that is a little overdone.

The mouth feel is sharp, crisp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s not the best IPA I’ve had, but adequate.

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Photo of Vancer
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange pour, it had a frothy ivory head, but the poor thing died rather quickly. Nice aroma of floral, oranges and subtle hints of pine. Great taste of the big three (the orange really has a big presence), which really coats the ol’ mouth – lots of oil for an IPA, this things knocking on the DIPA door.

Pretty darn sharp and biting, I’m liking this. Hope the 7% doesn’t bite me in the arse.

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

Poured aggressively into tumbler creates nice fluffy head with decent retention. The foam leaves clumpy lacing that coats the glass. The color is a yellowish, orange amber. Smells of sweet caramel, vanilla and candy, with a backbone of piney hops. The flavor is a circle of sweet vanilla, citrus and bitter floral hops. This beer is nice, clean, a little sticky, good hops flavor and subtle sweetness. I like a little more wildness in my IPAs, but honestly I’d buy this over two hearted and many other similar style IPA. If its around give it a try, it wont be the end all, but a nice every now and then, especially for a session.

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Photo of number1bum
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color, almost golden. Smells piney with feint smell of hops. Taste is hops from start to finish; really not much else, in fact. Just a bit of citrus, but the hops overpower it and it's really not that well balanced overall. So bitter it puckers the cheeks, in fact. This is an ok IPA, but there are many that are much better.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a translucent, slightly clouded pour, burnt orange in color. A thick and sticky head of about a finger rests on top. Leaves a thick blanket all around as it melts down.

Aroma - a sweetened orange and pine nose, not real deep or intense but it smells good.

Taste - quick, heavy malt sensation, covered quickly by piney, moderately citrusy hops. Plenty of intensity here and good balance too.

Mouthfeel - moderate to heavy feel, carbonation is crisp but not over bubbled.

Drinkability - IPAs don't often appeal to me as a session beer, but this one does. Hits all the right areas and they disappear fast.

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Photo of doubleipa
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most definitely an English IPA. Very light hops and not much else in the aroma. Pretty bland flavor with a light ot medium body. A moderately astringent taste. Nothing really stands out about this. There are so many better English IPAs out there. I'm finding it harder to enjoy English IPAs, unless they're on cask or bottle conditioned.

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Photo of cproioi
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color body with an off white head that sat atop it. The head left decent lacing. The hops gave it a citrusy grapefruit aroma and taste, but the maltiness of the beer evened out the bitterness of it. I've had this beer before and I don't remember it having such a strong malt taste to it. I'm not saying it was bad I just remember it being better. The beer had a lingering dry finish with ever present carbonation on the tounge. It was a nice summer brew.

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

Golden tan...nice creamy head...nose is more subdued than I expected...a little fresh floral impression along with a sweeter sugary note..

Taste is pretty bitter....I'd term this one a little rough around the edges...not a super juicy hop flavor but more of a brash bitter flavor...piney notes along with unsweetened grapefruit...a little biscuity maltiness than reminds one of an english style IPA....overall though it is West Coast IPA all the way.

Decent beer but not in the same class as the big hitters out west...I'd call it slightly above average...

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a dark amber with medium carbonation and a finger of off-white head that leaves some lacing. There are caramel, molasses, and biscuity malts in the aroma along with grapefruit, mango?, and some sweet, dark malts. On the palate it's bitter grapefruit, pineapple or mango, other esters, light pine, a medium bitterness, and a big malt backbone that becomes lightly buttery toward the end. The body is medium and fairly smooth with a medium to long finish. An IPA that's up to par in my book.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden body, but the head lacks a bit. It doesn't retain very long, doesn't stick to the side, and sort of reduces to a skim in pretty short order.
The smell is a nice combination of piney, resinous hops and sweet, sticky malt. Remember, this isn't a DIPA. I think it suits the bill.
A nice hop bit up front. Lots of Cascade, I think. There's a bit of interesting bittering hops going on as well, and between the two is a smooth malty character. I like it!
Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy and sticky side, and drinkability is average for the style. Something about it doesn't lend the drinkability that I'd hope for. It's not that it's off balance. Just that it's good, but a tad bit underwhelming in all categories.

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Photo of riversider76
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden. One finger head,good retention and lacing. Smell is of hops,and a hint of pine. Body is medium with a hint of carbionation. Taste is Hopped up front with a decent malty finish. Nothing to knock your sox off, but worth a try for sure.

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

This beer has the appearance of a good IPA but that is about all that is truly good about it. Everything else is just average. Nothing new going on with this IPA. It actually is kind of boring. Maybe the drinkability should be higher as you could probably drink a twelve pack of this stuff but for me the drinkability is low due to the lack of taste. There is nothing to set this beer apart.

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Photo of hanco005
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours deep honey yellowish copper, clear with a ¾ inch cloud like foamy head that fades down after 10 minutes or so, laces in layers down the side of the glass

S—mild floral tones, more sweet than hoppy to me. Overall the aroma is pretty mild, as with the taste, some citrus shows up as it warms

T—very mild in overall flavor, the bitterness sneaks out in the finish, but the sweetness is too present, as it warms, there are some citrus flavors that come out

M—dry and chalky, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—it’s an average IPA, but I prefer something a little bolder. This might be a good transition beer for those who want something just a bit more bitter.

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Photo of goschool
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dull, cloudy gold to amber. The head rescinds to a thin ring very quickly. This is bland take on the bland, pale malts and cascade hops, IPA's that can be found in every generic brewpub on the west coast. Grapefruit and pine are mild in the nose and bigger in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is lively. I hope Mendocino used more (read: some) imagination in the barley wine that I also bought.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nice orange hued beverage with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: Very sweet with caramel and molasses. Also, it is very floral with a nice hop aroma.

Taste: Very harsh and potent. Hops are definitely up front with a harsh bitter hit. There is not much sweetness to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly.

A beer that would probably be better after a little bit of age.

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

Color from the pour is orange gold. Head is minimal. Nose is a bit faint but what I can detect is orange and pine. Taste is also muted but I can get glimpses of pine, grapefruit and orange but not nearly as strong as they should be. Mouth is a bit thin. For some reason I enjoy this brew a lot even though it doesn't stand up to better examples of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/gold with a thick, foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of citrus, hops and malt, but you can also detect some metallic aroma.

T: The taste gives you strong hit of both hops and caramelized malt, with the hops bitterness winning out and then the alcohol taste and warmth follows.

M: Very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I didn’t find this beer to go down as easy as most American IPA’s that I’ve had. It’s more of a sipper than a pounder. I suppose you can call this beer an impulse buy for me. I was looking for something else entirely when I walked into the store and found an American IPA from a brewery I didn’t would ever make it out this far east that was only $1.99 for a bomber. This one’s a decent representation of the style and a good beer, but it appears as though you get what you pay for. There are several other American IPA’s that I would go for above this one.

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Photo of taez555
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden orange body with a white head.

Nose was thick with rich caramel malt and a stinging citrus hop bite. So simple, so big and so very inviting.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth with an immediate over the top hop punch. Seriously bitter from beginning to end. I don't know what the IBU is, but this is a serious hop monster in a small package. Citrus peel, grapefruit, pepper, bite, alcohol with a slight aspirin like quality. Malt is in tact in this beer and gives a nice big caramel malt backbone for the hops to grab on to. Big warm alcohol body as it warms. Ends with a lingering hop bitterness.

Crazy big american IPA. Lots of warm alcohol, lots of big hops and some good malt. A nice beer, but you really have to be in the mood for some hops if drinking this. I like it.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 21.7% out of 100 with 915 ratings
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