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 midwestbrewers
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice pour with a 1 finger head that leaves very good lacing. A pretty clear brew with carbonation bubbles very apparent.

A nice bitter hop note up front but backed up by a very bready malt character. Some slight lemony/grassy notes.

The taste has a bitter start with alot of carbonation. Middle of the tounge has some malty sweet notes I'm also tasting some of the hop sweetness. The end leaves a nice bitter aftertaste but not a beer that "coats" your mouth with hops.

Overall this is a decent beer. It dosen't stand out in any one are to make it great.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a decent head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some caramel and bit of fruit sweetness mixed in.

T: taste follows the aroma with a nice blend of the hops and malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body and smooth. Nice balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, not overly hopped like some IPA's. Worth a try.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review taken from notes*

A: Pale gold with an egg white head and some bubbles.

S: Smooth citrus aroma. Floral notes with hints of pine. Nothing especially stands out here, though. Average.

T: Muted grapefruit flavors. Alcohol is managed fairly well. Can taste the malt backbone. Bitter finish.

M: Medium body.

O: This is an average IPA. Some citrus flavor here and there, but they go quick. I would drink this again, but there are several IPAs I'd choose before this.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and clear amber, with average carbonation. Very slight lace.

Nose says grapefruit citrus hops resins, with a little floral in there. Not bad.

Taste is hoppy and bitter, with a smoothing, almost caramel-like malt character, which helps to smooth out the sharper hops profile.

Not a bad IPA, nor an outstanding one. Not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of medicinal herbal and citrus zest hops and a very slight malt flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is not very balanced with the astringent hop flavors.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

(This is actually the second time I had this. I wanted to give it another try before reviewing, as the first time I really was not a big fan.)

Appearance - Pours a golden color with a nice what head that forms upon pouring. It fades leaving a think layer of persistent white foam on top with a bit of lacing.

Smell - Piney and malty in aroma really meet the nose up front and are quite nice, but soon the aroma turns to something a little more earthy. The earthiness however is a sorta metallic and clay mix which does not meld well with the more burnt malt aroma.

Taste - The taste is roasted malt at first followed my some more earthy hop flavor with a bit of pine thrown in. The hop flavor is relativity light in comparison to most IPA's of comparable strength. The maltiness is too much and the hoppiness is too low.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit too high and the body is bit too thin.

Overall - Not to impressed with this IPA and one I will likely not try again. If you like your IPA a bit on the lighter hp side with the profile more toward malty/earthy then this may be for you; its just not for me.

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Photo of biker30x
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured clear copper with a full head into a pilsner. Rich nose of pine and citrus promising so much to come. Promise mostly unfulfilled. This serviceable IPA starts with a piny hit of hops but doesn't back it up with the necessary malt spine. Ultimately a thin beer, acceptable but never outstanding. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I find the beers in the style are often brewed incorrectly. I've had one beer from the brewery and wasn't particularly impressed.

A: Pours a half finger head of no real cream, okay thickness, and terrible abysmal awful retention (maybe six seconds). Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Light - surprisingly light - hops. A very light and simple aroma all around.

T: Some hops, but hardly any compared to most IPAs. It's balanced, but boring and simple. I wish it were more complex. There's little to say about it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp in the third act - which isn't particularly suitable.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but simple and boring - especially for the style. Where are the hops? It's not often I think an IPA is low on hops. I wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of litheum94
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear golden body with a yellow tinged head. Compact bubbles form a half finger head that settles out to a patchy covering.

Papery hops with some citrus. Kind of chalky smelling. Some cracker malts.

Thin body with moderate carbonation. Dry malts. Hops come on very metallic and medicinal. Some lemon citrus flavors, but there's a lingering metallic taste that is just off putting.

Not a great IPA. There are so many better choices out there.

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Photo of godlessape
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into trusty Red Hook pint glass.

Dull amber body with just a small head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The aroma is sweet pungent caramel smothered in spicy hops, balanced out just right.

This brew tastes just like it smells with a perfect balance of hops and fruity malt.
With the absence of West Coast citrus and Pine it reminds me of an English IPA--so I guess this is an Old School IPA.
The mouthfeel is a bit of a let down because I found it a wee bit thin.
Overall its a good brew and I'd love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky golden with orange highlights, a huge almost white head which leaves behind some lacing.

Smell is a little malty, there are some floral hops here and a whiff of pine, but it's very understated.

Some hop bitterness greets the taste, but the malt finish is bigger than opening hop salvo, and also overpowers the slight grapefruit aftertaste.

Has a good hop bite to the beer, a little too much carbonation and a smooth finish.

Overall a sub-par IPA, the malts are big in the smell and flavor, and that does not translate to a great IPA.


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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 Flounder57
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a half finger head. A reddish orange color with clarity and some signs of carbonation.

Smell: slightly sweet and bready malts. Flight citrus aroma.

Taste: very light citrus and grapefruit with a burnt malt taste and lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation, medium carbonation.

Overall: this is an alright IPA. Great for beginners, but not so much for experienced ones ehhh.

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Photo of hiku7
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a tall frothy cream-white head. Lots of bubble streams. Retains an everlasting dollop of foam in the middle. Good lacing.

Aroma is lemon citrus, plus a grainy wet hay malt smell that I have also found in other Mendocino beers. Not terrible, but not my favorite malt aroma. Clean yeast and no alcohol aroma.

Flavor is a quick burst of sweet toasted and slightly caramel malt followed by a citrus hop dry bitter finish, which is sharp and crisp. The overall hop bite is sharp but not as pronounced as in more recent examples of the style. As a result, the hops don't linger much. Slight warming finish but no real alcohols coming through.

Medium body, with a crisp dry finish. The slight sweetness on the front end disappears fast. Smooth foamy carbonation adds a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a less malty version of Red Tail, Mendocino's flagship beer, but with a similar hop profile, and the same wet hay malt aroma and taste.

Nothing exciting here, but don't mind drinking it either. Probably would not get it again with all the quality IPAs on the market.

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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 mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace

profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through,
This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste,

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Photo of deepchills
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light cloudy orange pour with about an 1.5 inch of head in my tulip glass

Pine & sweet malt in the nose.

Light bitter hop flavor with the slightest sweetness of a dark fruit. An alcohol note as the beer warms.

The flavor isn’t bad, there just isn’t enough of it. Not much else to say about this one, it’s far from the worst beer I’ve had but I won’t be buying it again.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is hazy burnt orange with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bitter with some slight pine aroma. There is a bigger malt aroma in the nose and seems to also have some slight buttery flavor too.

The taste is more butter and some bitter hop flavor that is fallowed by some malt flavor but then is pushed back by some clay-like flavor. There is some nice flavor here but seems to be turning to the dark side.

The feel of this beer is light and drinkable but does a bit of a fighting push to it. There seems to be something going wrong and this may be not the way the beer intended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Clear gold body with loose two-finger off-white head with low to decent stick and decent to good retention.

Smell - Strong fresh hop. Strong alcohol.

Taste - Short lived moderate hop attack on the tongue followed by some stale metallic body. Somewhat bitter but otherwise clean finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Solvent and astringent. Light to medium bodied. Head offers minimal effervescence/creaminess.

Overall Drinkability - Very middle of the road IPA.

Food Pairing - After reviewing this beer, I'm pairing it with a spicy/zesty creamy chicken breast and pasta dish. It's a little too overpowering on the flavor, but the solvency helps cleanse the palate of the creaminess. This beer might have to be paired with a more flavorful dish in order to not overpower.

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Photo of Eramen
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden and copper, large frothy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Quite a lot of bubbles/carbonation.

S - Yeast, hops, lemon, soap, spices.

T - We have the malts, citrus, spiciness, a good deal of hops thrown in but all are overshadowed by a pervasive soapiness which in my opinion ruins it's good qualities.

MF - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, keeps things interesting.

O - Not a great IPA, there are indeed many that would rank before it. It's also fairly expensive in my country which means I will not drink this one regularly!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: bushy, foamy head; clear copper color; great lacing; great carbonation action
S: large bouquet of hops in the aroma
T: aggressive, biting hops; very bitter; malt downplayed; bitterness endures in aftertaste

Overall a really solid IPA; not sure why I liked this more than other reviewers did

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Photo of mikechance
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Hazy straw color with slight head of foam

S = Hints of floral and citus scents

T = Bitter bite upfront with a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste

M = Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation

O = At $6.99 / six pack at Trader Joe's it's a very good deal. It's a good IPA, but I know of at least two dozen better ones.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear medium to deep gold and produced a wonderful white creamy head about two and a half fingers high which has excellent retention. It also leaves great lacing.
The smell is mostly of flowery and citrusy hops.
Tasting the beer those citrusy hop flavors are up front, being very dominant. The middle balances the beer with some malt presence.
At the end the taste becomes slightly bitter, yet not unpleasant, preparing for the next.
I find this beer quite drinkable, and therefore a would love to try a tab version. I like it!

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick white head, good lacing and amber-orange color. Hazy (ok w/me). Aroma is sweet caramel and toasted malt and spicy, piney hops. Flavor is a balanced blend of strong flavors including caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, pale malt, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium, kind of sticky and moderate carbonation. Overall, I'd say this is a good IPA on the low end of the American IPA scale in terms of hop bitterness, much like what brewers in my state pass off as IPA.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a hazy amber color with a two finger off white head. retention is good and leaves a few thick swaths of lace in the glass.

s - toasted bread, grassy hops and faint citrus.

t - toasty malt with a light, piney bitterness that hangs on the tongue. becomes slightly astringent as it warms. not much going on here.

m - firmly medium with lighter carbonation.

o - just an average ipa in my book. worth a try, but don't go out of your way to find it.

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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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