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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-19-2002

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +18.9%
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 +18.9%
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 +18.9%
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 +18.9%
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 +18.9%
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 Tecate_Pablo
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of justaholic
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special but definately solid smell was on for a ipa of its time sortof an original ipa like sn beer its good but not spectacular the hops these days are far better than what they use but a good bitter taste piney maybe a tad citrus easy tasting bitter color was great definately not a beer i would turn down it meets all ipa standards in my book would like to try this with some realy good hops like citra or riwaka nelson suavin pacifica something to make it special but hey thats just me very good beer enjoyed all the way to the end not to carmely or sweet which i hate maybe some rye or wheat in the taste carbed well .

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Photo of KingRascal
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of BRLockwood
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of GMB
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Drew966
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Gritsak
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale golden with a nice white head that ends up as a top film that laces the glass well.

S- rich of hops and spices.

T- very smooth and malty with a nice hop bite at the finish. the alcohol is fairly well hidden but warms nicely.

M- medium body with little carbonation. felt silky smooth.

D- nicely balance and easy to drink.

overall- nice beer for a quick hop fix. the beer itself doesnt really stand out, but rather just a good ipa.

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White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 914 ratings.
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