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Eye of the Hawk | Mendocino Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,322
Reviews:
492
Ratings:
970
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of 9to
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Eye of the Hawk boasts an amazing 8.0% ABV, but you wouldn't know that from the taste.

Head-lovers and carbonation-aficionados beware! This is a rich, no-frills ale.

Poured cold, even as sloppy as you can, creates the smallest head with light lacing. (Poured warm, on the other hand, and this one comes alive).

Drank cold, it's malty with a touch of hops. It's rich, sweet, bordering almost on a Baltic porter without molasses and darkness.

It's my favorite beer because it brings no nonsense with its flavor, and it doesn't make you pay with burps and air in your stomach. Highly recommended.

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of jonnyroyal
4.94/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was brewed in 2005 and cellared for 11 years.

Fresh, this beer is a great red ale. However after ten years of age this beer imparts the same flavors and nose as some of the great Belgians and still holds a perfect volume of carbonation. Being aged in perfect conditions, fluctuating slowly between the extremeties of 45 and 62 degrees, this ale has developed a rich raisin flavor while maintaining a crisp water finish and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.94/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jkharris200634
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of kini
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a beer to my liking! Given the limited selection of good beer where I live, this beer is the bomb.

Currently my very favorite beer. Sweet with moderate carbonation, little to no head on pour. Beautiful color, sweet malty smell.

This beer has a high drinkability given the relatively high ABV. There is just enough alcohol taste to let you know this is a high ABV beer.

Superb mouthfeel. Just a plain wonderful brew. I pay about $10 a sixer for this where I live and it's worth every penny.

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4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mendocino has never failed me..

Appearance: A nice copper amber in color, awesome carbonation shown through the glass, lots of bubbles, nice full head, good lacing and retention!

Smell: Alot of fruit notes, citrus, a bit of dry hops, some apricot is there as well, almost a similar smell to a Magic Hat #9. A nice caramel zip can be detected through the malt.

Taste: Wow.. complex as all of Mendocino's brews are. The hop oil is balanced perfectly against a backdrop of sweet maltiness & caramel. Earth tones give way to a strong hop presence, some citrus elements keep the flavoring leveled between a small bite of alcohol in the finish. Any 8% ABV is hidden perfectly in this one, this might be dangerous for a novice, but I love how Mendocino hid the alcohol properties in this, it's almost genious.

Mouthfeel: Slick feeling, medium bodied, and balanced to perfection. You can't find a better dose of hops and malt anywhere else! Carbonation isn't too much, but enough to let the bitterness of the hops shine through. The malt profile makes this brew sit nice on the tongue. Perfect again!

Drinkability: If you gave this below a B, I suggest you get your head checked. This is a perfect example of when malt and hops can pair perfectly with eachother. Not only is it balanced perfectly, but the alcohol content is hidden so well, you feel like your drinking a 5% ABV brew. So much to love about this beer, it's clever, dangerous, and bold enough to keep even the big beer lover coming back for more. I hear people saying this is too wet and it's not malty enough, but this is a ale guys, it's not supposed to be all malt. The hops are what keep this interesting and I will defintley be buying more of this in the future. Highly recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of DaveCS
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is honestly one of my favorite beers of all time. It is a very deep and rich American Strong Ale that is full of malty flavor and thick mouthfeel. Not too much hops on the front of back and it finishes sweet. It is a definitely good beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been one of my favorites for a while now. The coppery red brew looks irresistible when poured into a pint glass. Warm or chilled, this particular beer delivers a excellent taste with hints of malted barely.
This is a great hoppy beer. I especially like how the brewers managed to create a beer with 8 percent alc content without the overwhelming taste of the alcohol.
I would recommend this to a friend. Also a great recommendation to anyone looking for a nice, hoppy beer or one with an above average alcohol content.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great malt presence, citrisy hop flavor, diserving alcohol note. I love it, if you like Stones Arrogant Bastard you should try this.

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4.6/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Jfn
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great imperial ale and is one of my go-to beers. Pours a great bronze color and great balanced taste. Despite an 8% alc/vol you can hardly tell it packs a punch. A smooth beer during anytime of the year.

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4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious beer. Fantastic overall.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass I "borrowed" from a local bar.

A- Crystal clear, reddish-orange hues. Mostly red. Looks a lot like an irish red. Not much head, very calm. Slight carbonation.

S- The smell is very clean and pleasant. Very aromatic: fruity, floural, cherries, maybe cinnamon?, bready, malty.

T- Starts out sugary sweet and ends up a little bitter and hoppy. Smooth, clean, soft flavor. This is really well made. The middle is the strongest malt flavor and that 8% ABV is hidden completely. It actually tastes like a nice abbey ale blended with a mild APA. The rich, sweet, smooth taste joined with a ripe, hoppy twist. I like this beer.

M- Creamy and smooth like an APA but sooo easy to drink. Such an interesting beer.

D- This is like drinking kool-aid so be careful. I'm glad I tried this one. I took a strong liking to it at my first taste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mendocino Eye of the Hawk has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, copper appearance, strong bubble streams, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, rich, sweet, spiced bread, and dark bread crust. Taste is of sugar, caramel, dark bread crust, light fruits (dates or figs), some bitterness, and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Mendocino Eye of the Hawk finishes wet, sweet, and heavy.

RJT

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4.52/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Manswellz
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hell of a find at my local Trader Joe's, had to go back for more. Very good tasting and strong Imperial Ale. Hits harder than any other 8% abv beer I've tried.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 970 ratings
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