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

Received in a trade from orcasteve!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

a- light gold with a bit of copper. Fluffy white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

s- hops with a solid malt background. Citrus hops are evident. The malty background is rick and has a bit of biscuit?...

t- The taste is well balanced. Infact- I find that this taste more along par of a slightly hopped up APA, rather than an IPA. I am getting a taste similar to Southern Start Pinebelt Pale Ale in here.

m- medium light body. Carbonation is felt.

d- very easy to drink. I could certainly see myself keeping this on hand if it were available down here.

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

Poured a lighter golden orange color with a stiff two finger white head that hung around for the entire experience. 3D lacing followed each sample. The smell is an aggressive piny hop. Light bodied, the mouth feel is more about the intensity of the bitter hop character than the carbonation. The full, intense, yet singluar, piny hop taste lingers appropriately. A nice drinker. At 7% ABV its almost a DIPA.

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

A- a nice hazy orange with a white head and sticky lace all down the glass.

S- tropical mango, peach, grapefruit, a sweet aroma, a tiny bit of piney hops, a kiss of malt.

t- a very well balanced, juicy, moderately hoppy and slightly malty. Tropical flavors, a tiny bit of pine.

o- a really underrated ipa in my opinion, really nice flavors and balance.

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

Excellent IPA from Medocino. It has the strong pine and resin characteristics, fruity esters throughout and a hop bit that will clearly keep the taste in your mouth w/o overwhelming. Refreshing and light w/o being watery or weak in any way. Nicel lace down the side of the class as well from the clear white head of the White Hawk.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a flared tulip glass from a long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy,glowing golden color with a 1" creamy off-white head,decent retention leaves a thick coating of foam across the top of the glass.Good carbination with a good amount of very tiny strings of bubbles tightly knitted together racing to the top leaving spotty clumps of lace down the glass.

Moderate clean aromas piney,citrusy,some fruitiness. Carmelly,nutty a very pleasing aroma.

Citrus rind bite with some grapefruittness, a sweet,slight sugary carmell taste with a taste of honey. A sugary grapefruit finish. A well balanced taste.

Medium body,creamy,a good tangyness with some cloyingness.
Enjoyable,not real thick or filling makes for a lot of drinkability could drink quite a few of these. A good IPA I'd give this one a try. Not over the top, but very solid

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper orange color with a fantastic bright white head. Head retention is excellent. Slight haze to the body of the beer.

Aroma is pretty restrained and soft. Juicy with oranges.

Taste is assertive with hop bitterness. Fruity (raspberries, lemon) and tart with enough bready malt presence to keep the hops from becoming too much.

Medium-bodied and somewhat creamy in feel.

Highly drinkable and flavorful IPA. I will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a golden amber color with a one inch collar of bright white foam. The head quickly settle to a wispy thin layer that makes some spotty lacing.

Smell: Its nose has the classic American citrus hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine. I also get light toffee like malt underneath the hops.

Taste/Palate: Just as I was expecting from the aroma I get citrusy grapefruit rind and some pine like hop notes right up front. It's not over the top with hops but the balance in favor of the hops over the light base of candy like malt sweetness. Hop flavor runs right into the finish and gives it a gentle bitter fade. An easy drinking medium body rounds out the palate.

Notes: Overall it's an average IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshnesss dating. I really enjoyed this IPA and I'm suprised its not more highly rated. Pours light golden, hoppy nose. Clean malt on the tongue, hops come in smooth and pretty strong. Grainy with citrus on the palate. 7% hidden nicely. Medium body. Crisp and clean, Decent to pretty good IPA. Worth trying

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack at AJ's for $5.99 (normally $8.99).
Poured out a golden-orange color with not much of a head. Detect a smell of bread with a hint of grapefruit. A nice bold malt start is quickly overpowered by a generous amount of hops with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full for an IPA. The overall drinkability is very good. I would not shy away from recommending this brew!

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got as part of a variety 12 pack.
A- Brownish red in color, completely clear, few bubbles, slight head and lacing.
S- Bitter, hoppy scent with a mix of sweet malt.
T- Nice mild bitter taste to it. Very refreshing carbonation to it. Slight bitter taste in back of the mouth. Maltiness has a good balance to it

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- nice medium-light amber color with a small head and minimal lacing
s- nice and hoppy with some sort of citrus, im thinking apricot, maybe some peach
t- tastes exactly like i thought it would based on the smell, nice hops with a hint of w/e citrus fruit, pretty good but could be better
m- not much of a mouthfeel, a little on the light side
d- good beer, not great, your mind wont be blown but you wont exactly be upset that you bought a sixer of this

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, neutral amber in color. Magnificent four-finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves some impressive lace.

Not as hop ridden as most IPA's in smell. I like the malt balance here, although it is closer to a bitter in style, aroma wise.

Again, more malty than anticipated, although alcohol certainly is present. Personally, I like IPA's like this where the flavor components are complex and no one flavor overwhelms. The aftertaste is very hoppy and long lasting. The mouthfeel is thick and oily (alcohol). The carbonation is very fine but appropriate to the style.

I like this IPA very much. It is not as smooth as some, but there is some real complexity that makes it worth drinking slow.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull gold in color with a 2" lasting head and some trailing lace. Mostly a floral hop aroma with a touch of sweet malt. Medium bodied malt with a hint of toastiness. Abundantly hopped with grapefruity and spicy bitterness. Slight caramel sweetness sneaks in as the glass warms. Contract brewed in Saratoga, NY.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, get out of town! I have driven by this curiosity magnet of a building 100 times in NY on my way to the "big corporate home supply store" -wink wink- with each instance wondering what in the heck it's all about. Well, not bad beer...read on my suds swigging amigo, this one's on me.

Bottle label meet 'n greet talks about the origins of the IPA. (yeah, yeah, yeah.) Also, that this particular IPA offering has a "clean finish." Does it? Keep reading, where are you going? Starting off with a big tall head from a standard 12 ouncer, then leads to an aroma of floral hops, same old, same old. No "quadratic equation" is hidden in this here beer. Just good aromatic froth. Nice!

As a self proclaimed hop-head, this is a hop-hop-hoppy entry reminiscent of a favorite of mine: Victory, Hop Devil. Yup! Maybe a nod to SNPA perhaps. Mendocino, White Hawk IPA could use some offsetting subversive flavors to appease others, but worth the $4.50 smackers at a major beer joint like Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN for the bottle.

While tasting these bubbly fizzy hops, there was a second wave of easy, peppery hops aftertaste. Last swigs: Sometimes the label hits it on the beercap, as does this one. Pure clean hoppy IPA, with clean pungent aftertaste which quickly disapates to more yummy dry hoppiness. Heck, I'd have another; but this time you're buying.

***UPDATE: Found a case at (plug, plug) Beeryard in Malvern, PA for a reasonable $29 bananas. Upon second review in my beer review bat-cave, I will reiterate exceptionaly high worthiness of this beer. Too bad I had to give the 'appearance' quality 3.0 / 5.0 because this deserves a 4.5 to fit the highly, sincere, tasty factor. BA brownie points on this one. MENDOCINO's best!!! Looking for their Talon BWSA next.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. $5.99/six for a 7% IPA! I thought how can I go wrong. Poured a light golden amber color into my Sam Adams glass. Nice fluffy head with some sticky lacing. Aroma is of fresh, citrusy/piney hops. The taste was all hops with just a little toasty malt. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side. Not a bad IPA, especially for the price paid.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- a cloudy golden color with subtle lacing.

S- Hoppy sweet malty character

T- Sweet tongue piercing initial sip with a satisfying dry hoppy finish.

M- Smooth and easy on the swirl

D- Personally I would make this an everyday beer, but I believe through distribution in Chicagoland the MAN has realized what an inexpensive gem the Mendicino Brewing has.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-tan medium effervescent body with a healthy white cumulus cloud head, half-inch after settling--attractively sits in its snifter... hops-like pine and fresh-cut grass--a bit fruity as well... pleasant and medium-bodied--lacking weight? only slightly effervescent... immediate presence in the throat--evens out over the tongueand spruces up in time...the lingering presence is a bit punchy...this IPA sneaks up on you, with little fanfare and less power than the other members of the ABV-heavy IPA brotherhood... smoothed out a Cavs' loss, and fits reasonably well with the others in this sampler...

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Photo of DT509er
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a little road trip to the Redwoods, so stopped at a local market and picked up a 6 pack of this IPA. I have no glass/pint for a pour but that does not matter. As soon as the beer hit my taste buds, I was very pleased by the hoppiness of this IPA. Dropping in at 7% alcohol, this is a perfect IPA for a step up from the 6% range but low enough to stay at an even keel below the 8%'ers. The hops hit you right away as mentioned, color is a nice amber with a off-white head (yes I sinned and poured some in a hotel cup, I mean I just had to see it!). The flavor, while strong & wonderful, continues to be so 2nd, 3rd bottle in. There is a slight bitterness but it is very slight indeed, I was concerned there would be a citrus flavoring but I did not notice such; though in a pint glass it may be a bit different then the bottle. White Hawk IPA is one for the fridge... Prost!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden color. Has a thick, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves heavy lacing.

Smell: Piney, earthy hops dominate here. Not much else gets through in the smell.

Taste: Starts off satisfyingly bitter with grassy, earthy hop flavors. Develops a strong bitterness as it moves down the palate and finishes slightly bready but consistently hoppy. Nice...

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. Certainly not the best, but far from the worst. The hops hit you kind of hard in this one, so it's certainly not the most sessionable beer. Nevertheless, it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of patriot76
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Medium colored reddish brown with a head about 3/4 of an inch thick. Minimal lacing.

S- Suprisingly a malty nose mixed together with floral hops and piney notes. Actually could smell a little alcohol which doesn't bother me. Overall not an overpowing nose.

T- A nice mix of hoppiness and maltiness. Very well balanced and smooth for an IPA with pleasant bitterness throughout that lingers nicely.

M- From start to finish the taste rests nicely on the middle of the tongue. Low carbonation. Doesn't give you cotton mouth like some IPA's, which don't get me wrong can sometimes be a good thing.

D- Overall this beer drank very well. Not the most complex in this style but pleasant and easy to drink. I haven't had anything from Mendocino before so this was a good start. Will absolutely drink again.

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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 910 ratings.
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