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 AlpacaAlpaca
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of meeekyh
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz into a tulip. The beer was trying to escape so I poured it too quickly and a bunch frothed over the edge. What was left was heady (duh) and a nice clear deep-golden color while the head was a copper tome of tan. Lacing was fluffy and spotty.

Smell is a bit metallic but fresh and grassy too. Malts are present but a bit of floral hops are the star here.

Taste is bitter up front but well balanced. Not real hoppy but I think this is a rather aged bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the light side. Carbonation is good and finish is dry.

I can drink this beer just fine, even at 7% ABV.


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Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saratoga Springs version...foamy pour, big-bubbled thick head of over one inch in height. Clear darker orange color. Respectable lacing, thick and complicated. Aroma is spicy, with a hot cinnamon candy impression, quite bready as well. Body is light and kind of disappointing. Malt profile is stuffy and unflavorful, just kind of lays there. Well hopped, but too much on the ashy charcoal side, beyond resiny. Bitterness in the aftertaste, and more so as the glass goes down. Pretty average, flavor is more harsh than juicy, not an IPA I'd pick over others.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle immediately following a bottle of Mendocino Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is on par with the imperial, but otherwise inferior in every way to the more costly imperial alternative. Rather similar in appearance except the amber leans more towards brown rather than orange. Like the imperial, this IPA is not very hoppy or aggressive for style (OK with me), instead having a good bit of balancing malt. Still, not sufficiently hoppy. The earthy and bitter aftertaste is relatively unappealing.

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Photo of Bcant
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent hazy golden color, small white head with some lacing. Bouquet is grainy but not complex. Neither is the taste complex. It starts a slightly wattery and the predominate feature is bitterness. It does, however, mellow over time, so don't guzzel your pint. Another reasion not to drink too fast is the alcohol content (7%), which does not negativly impact the mouthfeel or drinkability adversly.

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Photo of dmatsui
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 bomber. Loose, soapy bone-white 2 finger head with some lacing and thin legs are maintained by a constant, fizzy carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy orange, although not as opaque as other west coast IPAs.

Sweet, light tangerine and hop notes are in the nose, but not very distinguishable or complex. The malt base smells vaguely toasty but there is not much presence in the nose.

At the front of the palate there is a strong mineral presence, slightly copper-esque. There is a nice hop bitterness, but not much floral or citrus notes. There is a slight grapefruit presence, but it more rindy than fruity. Mid-palate the malt flavors begin to develop, but are shut out quickly by the booze, which is persistent throughout the finish. Altogether, pretty refreshing but just a touch off-balance.

Mouthfeel is acidic and a little thin. Not much of an oil presence. Very dry finish but the metallic minerality doesn't pair with this very well.

Overall, I don't think that this is a bad IPA, and I think it's worth the price. I think the recipe needs to be honed a little bit, but I do enjoy the off-balanced nature of the brew putting the hops forward. I wouldn't ignore this beer, but I wouldn't put it in the Christmas letter either.

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Photo of Purified
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mschofield
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy well-carbonated dark orange-gold, topped with a three finger rocky off-white head. Leaves sticky webs of lacing.
Herbal and floral hop aroma, some citrus (grapefruit) present as well. Just a hint of a bready malt note.
Citrus hop is stronger in the taste, as it the malt backbone. More balanced than the aroma.
Too understated in bitterness, but it does grow as it warms, this one needs to be drank a little warmer than an average IPA.
Medium-full body.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz glass to a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange with a thin lace head that leaves its mark across the glass.

S- Big malts, light citrus hop and a funky alcohol scent.

T- Mild citrus, smooth caramel malts.

M- Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, easy to drink at first then tends to get a bit heavy.

O- Overall its ok... the tastes and smell are very unbalanced, this beer needs some work. But for the Price(6 bucks a 6 pack), its doing its job.

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Photo of BeerKnights
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This would have to be the perfect brew to have after a grueling week of midterms at UCLA, thought we'd fancy you with that fact. But seriously, lets get down to the nitty gritty. Upon our first sip, we were thinking... "Damn, thats good." But then again, that was probably just the lack of sleep and adderol talking. Now looking in more of a serious light, this beer is a bit bitter, but all around weak. It has the distinct sharpness of an IPA, but lacks the round, heavy taste. It is instead a bit watery/refreshing. It also has a hint of sweetness with a lingering after taste. This works well as a heavy (industrial) drinking night beer or a summer beer. The best part of this beer would have to be the mouthfeel. All around, this is a decent beer, but lacks the roundness that you would expect from a good IPA.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjverla
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Citrus and sweet malts. Very sweet. Candy orange slices or some kind of weirdly bready orange soda comes to mind. Still fresh and outdoorsy, though just slightly enough to be compelling.

Appearance: A hint of head remains above a hazy honey-amber.

Taste: Sweetness builds gradually and rolls over to a strong and rich grassy bitterness. The hops taste heavy and brooding, rather than sharp and aggressive. Slightly drying (and perhaps a little old, since the bottle was undated).

Overall: Decent. I like the supreme earthiness, almost mustiness, of the hops. There is also a pleasant tea-like quality to the flavor. Still not the best on the block though.

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Photo of aepb1
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber, translucent body with a foamy white head and lacing

S- Some hops and estery alcohol

T- Citric hops start, a bit of a boozy heat and alcohol taste in the middle and finishes piney hops

M- Medium bodied and this is smooth with a good level of carbonation that gives a little bite in the finish

D- Solid beer and goes down quite easily.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Falling somewhere in the golden to light orange color range, this one comes in with respectable clarity to it and 3/5" white head. Uniform lace. The hops pop pink grapefruit and tea.

Taste brings in more of the woodiness and earthiness of the fuggles hop. They went a less traveled route here in that regard. Not gonna find too many California ipas with fuggles hops. This is for your uncle who likes em a little more balanced and whatnot. For being a Mendocino new recipe it sure came off like the old stuff, for better and for worse. These guys are impossible to make a light dry bodied beer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this one from tigg924 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a 1/2 inch of white head to it. Head recedes immediately and leaves wispy lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Nose on this one is quite malty - caramel and toffee come through quite strong, buttery - strong buttery flavoring, some biscuity notes, and citrusy grapefruit hops.

T: Taste starts off very sweet - caramel and toffee really jump out in the forefront. Quite buttery and biscuity throughout the middle. Hops finally come through in the finish with grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily feel to the body.

D: Relatively tasty, not a great representation of the style, moderately drinkable but if I am looking for an IPA, I will grab a different option.

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Photo of Kitt
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle to bar glass, no head, no lacing. A deep Copper.

Aroma surprisingly pleasant but rather unorthodox for an IPA - fruity like rasberry, citrus, with a hint of malt.

Taste a rather stunning blast of bitterness with a sharp pepper flavor. The bitter hops are prevelant as a foreground foundation but they do not linger. Maintains a distinct stale character reminiscent of a tart lager. The recipe is advertised as a replica of the original IPA shipped to british soldiers...I have no reason not to believe that.

Initial mouthfeel is okay - crisp and light but for an IPA I prefer something a little heavier. Leaves a slightly disconcerting oily film.

Drinkibility good if you are a connoiseur of heavily peppered foods.

The taste of this IPA is certianly unique. I'm not sure I've ever encountered bitter hops and pepper before. However, I prefer something heavier with fine head and a lingering bitter sensation.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A&S: As soon as I popped the top off of the bottle I could smell the citrus hops. Golden amber that poured with about two fingers of head that dissapated slowly and clung to the sides of the glass and then left a good layer of head on top. Smell is citrus hops and not a ton else.

T&M: Taste is of citrus hops and a interesting blend of malt. Medium bodied with a citrus bite. Taste is pretty good, but it's a lot of flavor and drinkability suffers as a result.

D: A little heavy and a lot of interesting flavor makes me think I'd get a little bit tired after one. Plus a 7% abv is a little steep for a drinkable brew.

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Photo of Squire123
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is hoppy but not too strong. Color is a clear dark amber with a fairly thick and persistent head. Taste is strongly hoppy, with malty undertones; I could not detect any other flavors. Not an outstanding brew, but still a refreshing and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copperish-yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is very hoppy with scents of grapefruit and citrus fruits, pine resin and a bready malt background. Flavor is a big letdown from the aroma, not nearly as hoppy as i expected. The taste is bland for an American IPA imho, light citrus and pine resin flavors with a slight bready malt backbone. Finish is mildly bitter, and mouthfeel is too light. Alcohol is too aparent and the hops dont back it up. Initially promising but in the end a letdown...another subpar beer from mendocino.

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Photo of ShutOutTheSky
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

White Hawk Select IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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