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!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Bomber: Dullish golden yellow with a slight bronzed body, very tall and lengthy sitting frothy-laced & whipped white top of melted styrofoam. And that lace leaves immaculately thick webbed shelving.

Aroma is musty grasses and slight citrusy tones, dullish and slightly sweet as well with a light waft of pine underneath.

Taste is quite mild compared to most of those west coast(IPA) goodies, lightly bittering and buttery with slick grass tones, dulled citrus peels and sweet pine. Pale malts, a bit crispy and biscuity. Nothing abrupt really, seems to be more closely resembling the English style IPA or strong Bitter. Which ain't that bad really. Flavors linger lightly with just a bit of hop oil left on the finish mixing with a toasted crisped grainyness and malt.

Feel is about medium, the middle and finish is a bit empty, but has a fairly decent start.

This would make for a good conversion IPA to get a would-be beer enthusiest more attuned to a the beast known as "The Hops" or alpha acids. The bittering bite in this is quite mild to my buds and has a nice clean taste. A nice session IPA perhaps(doesn't seem 7%), could have more body and of course hop profile, but its still a pretty good little brew to perhaps work with before hitting the big boys. Sufficient enough effort here. Good in my book and will perhaps buy again if tempted.

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Photo of rambo10546
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's in Encinitas CA

Excellent Head and lots of carbonation.
Nice blend of malt and hops.
Very drinkable with plenty of alcohol to mellow you out.
Reasonably priced.
Reminds me of Dogfishhead 60 min. only not nearly as clean and crisp.

My only dislike was a rather sour muddy aftertaste.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mendocino pint glass:

Appearance: Hazy light copper in color, beautiful rocky head sits atop a bed of bubbles from the carbonation. A picture perfect looking beer all around. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

Smell: Hop character is light and fruit, big citrus florals are here, I can also detect a bit of malt spice in the backround. A bit bready but not enough to take away from the hop aromas.

Taste: Balanced from hops to malt perfectly, upfront I get a nice dose of grapefruit, orange peel and a other citrus notes. Classic Mendocino malt-flavorings are here in the finish and adds perfect depth, it's light yet toasty and refreshing to the palete.

Mouthfeel: Not overly bitter like other IPA's on the market, medium bodied, decent carbonation and sits on the tongue firmly without getting wet.

Drinkability: I'm always a fan of what Mendocino's doing since the Red Tail Ale was my first craft beer, and they never seem to dissapoint me. For the price and the quality, this is a sure fire winner in my fridge from now on. 7% ABV? You gotta be kidding me. If so, the alcohol is hidden very well. It's got perfect balance, isn't over the top and really easy to session. Another great beer from an even greater brewery!

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Photo of DunkelDong
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Light Golden Orange in color, two inches of creamy off white head with a good amount lacing the glass as it settles for 60 seconds. No sediment, mostly transparent.

The smell is fantastic ! Strong citrus grapefruit, i am guessing Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook is the hop bill.

The taste is dryer than i expected, but my nose isnt far off. A clean bitter and citrus taste with a dry after taste creeping in slowly after taking a sip. Alcohol taste is barley there for 7.0%, i am really enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, and works nicely with how crisp and clean this IPA is. Very drinkable

Overall : Its a very well done IPA, i could drink it all night no problem. Not the best IPA i have ever had, but i think this beer is better than a lot of more "well known" beers in this style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold with a full pillowy off-white head and decent carbonation leaves sporadic lace. Moderate citrusy hop aroma (Cascades). Nicely balanced and hoppy but leans to the bitter side. Medium-full bodied and strong in the finish with a dry bitterness.

A nice fairly balanced American IPA at a nice price. Would buy again unlike most of the BA'ers so far...

Per Mendocino website:
- 60 IBU
- Cascade and English Fuggle Hops.

'3252' lasered on bottom ('03' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 08/10/04

($1.25 / 12 oz. bottle)

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasing copper color with some gold notes to it. Pours with a quickly disappearing head. Smells sharply hoppy, that has a slight floral and a bit of grassy notes to it. Very smooth tasting, finishes with a strong fruitiness that comes from a solid hop flavor, then one takes note of the solid bitterness. Very malty up front, which then succumbs to a great hop flavor and bitterness. A very well balanced beer. The hop definitely dominates this brew, as it should in an IPA, but there is a solid maltiness which brings this beer to another level.

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Photo of taez555
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of mmcave
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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 tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with 1/2" of bubbly head that quickly fades to an 1/8" lacing. Smells predominantly of bready malts. Taste is bready, biscuity malt up front followed by a piny, earthy hop bitterness. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

At 7% ABV this is dangerously drinkable. Great balance, not too bitter, and doesn't tire out the palate. Nicely done.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mendocino sampler yesterday and I've been making a nice dent in it. None are complete duds, butsome are better than others. This is actually my favorite, but it is a flawed IPA. It's a bit cloudy, and could be a little maltier (stronger). But the hops are strong and bitter, and the color and head are nice. The aroma is very good.

I would buy this again if it weren't for the fact that there are so many IPA's out there.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
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 oracle
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a tradtional english pint glass

Beer poured a very slightly cloudy medium redish-amber with very generous 4 fingers of head that left very heavy lacing.

Smell was excellent, with lots of fresh citrus hops and mild pine. Some corriander as well

Taste was much better than I anticipated. Very good. Nice hop bite up front with a fruity sweet middle and nice pleasantly bitter finish.

Very good and at $5.99/6-pack, it's a real bargin.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nice into a pint glass. Good solid head with lots of lingering lace. The color of a trumpet.

Smells like vanilla and faint citrus fruit. A little bit of pine sap... maple almost.

Initial taste is sweet and slightly hoppy. And then comes the bitter burn that lingers and lingers and just doesn't quite work. The hops seem out of balance. Too much bittering, not enough aromatics.

Mouthfeel is somehow full AND watery. I have no idea how.

I just had three. One left. Yummy.

I fine drinking beer. Not outstanding in anyway, but very tasty and quite nice after work. Doesn't take my breath away, though, like a Laguanitas IPA.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from Bacchus in Chattanooga.

Pours out a lovely vision for the style. Out of the bottle it’s a lovely shade of honey, translucent with only slight haziness. Big fluffy head rolls up nicely, up three and a half fingers high rolling up a dome above the rim of the pint glass with-out spilling over. The head is eggshell in color and a honey-comb of tightly packed bubbles can be seen through the side of the pint. Visible carbonation is sparse.

The nose is big on sweet malts surprisingly. I’m thinking by the smell that this may be a more balanced version of an IPA than others. Citrusey hops are nicely apparent in the nose and I swear I’m picking up some tones of vanilla as well.

Just as suspected the taste is a lot more balanced than many out there, which is fine, I can go either way as far as that’s concerned. Tons of sweet, almost sticky malts here to balance out the generous helpings of hops. Hops are mainly like citrus rinds in their bitterness, pine nugget flavors are there too. Finish is dry and I think I’m picking up the tiniest metallic twang here as well. No hint at the 7% abv at all in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium light and the beer is quite downable…scarily even for 7% abv.

I dig this beer, a nicely balanced, sessionable IPA…although I’m sure they would start to catch up to you soon enough as the alcohol content is almost up there in Double IPA territory.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear toasted gold color with thick foam.

I get an earthy citrus aroma. It’s pretty direct, like orange peel zest, with a pleasing finish.

I get a crisp, hoppy bitterness that finishes quickly. Some citrus hop flavor and a light piney chew on the palate round things out. It’s not bad at all, to be honest, and it’s ridiculously cheap at Trader Joes. So much so, in fact, that I thought there might have been a catch—but TJ’s continues to surprise with their quality brew. I liked this one, more than their APA offering.

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

Appearence: Pours a hazy dark orange with a creamy beige head.

Smell: The smell is wonderfully hoppy with huge citrus and fruit notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The hops are not as in your face as you'd expect, but they play nicely with the taste buds. To me this tastes much more like and Enlgish IPA than an American. The aftertaste lingers forever. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I didn't mind this beer one bit. Not a groundbreaking IPA, but definitly an enjoyable and drinkable one. This one would be a great session brew.

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

This one pours out a new penny, light orange color that is somewhat cloudy. There are ample bubbles and carbonation. There is a pillowy off-white head that is about a finger high and leaves a thin, sticky lace. The lace disappears by glass end.

The aroma is citrusy, grassy and a combo of sweet and sour.

The taste is citrusy with mostly grapefruit at the first bite. The aftertaste has lots of hop flavor and a hint of ginger that lingers on the palate. Overall, a good ipa.

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Photo of Inflames
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
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 dfried
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid IPA. This is a realtively mellowed out IPA, with a little more malty flavor (for an IPA) when you initially take a sip, but what I was impressed with was the fruity after-taste. There was just something about it that made me think, "Damn, that was pretty good." This wouldn't top my list of IPAs but I have been on an IPA kick lately, and is definitely one to consider if you are doing the same.

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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 tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange amber with a very pretty layer of white foam. Lacing is also very good. Crisp carbonation.

Smell: Brown sugar, almost with a Belgian candy note to it. Great balance of pine and grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon/orange followed by a malty pine backbone. Great balance. Mouthfeel is very clean with a sudsy finish.

Overall Drinkability: Great overall IPA.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass orange color with nice head.
a: Orange color, 1 finger width head
s: Light citrusy smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth good taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste, or bitterness
o: Smooth, good taste

Glad I sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber, kind of hazy with a light ring of lace that turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Smells kind of english with the malts but the main event of this beer is the hops with smells of pine and citrus goodness.

T - Sweet malts and with a piney finish that lingers on the tongue after the finish. I like how the malts almost have a toffee like sweetness similar to a Extra Special Bitter.

M - Light to medium. A fairly good body.

Overall this is a great IPA from a brewery that is kind of under-rated. Sure it isn't citrus hops forward but I bet if I had their DIPA it would be. Can't wait to try the other offerings in this 30 dollar variety case.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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