Eye of the Hawk | Mendocino Brewing Company

Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk
BA SCORE
3.66/5
969 Ratings
Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,815
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
969
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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23
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty/grainy with some slight corn aromas. Taste is of malt/grain and some fruity and citrus zest flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too memorable.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out as a golden yellow color with a light haze to it. The head was white and fizzled away within a few minutes. The smell was grainy and semi sweet. There wasn't much hop aroma. The taste was grainy too and didn't really have much going on in it. The mouthfeel was decent but this beer really isn't something I'd wanna have again.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack of this for $8.99

Pours a cloudy brown color, very small almost unnoticeable head and no lacing. Medium body to it... no off tastes to be found, although nothing "tasty" about it either. Besides a hint of alcohol, it's hard to even classify what this tastes like, or what kind of beer style this even is. Goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable though. Really, it's just an odd beer... It's easy to drink for it's 8% ABV but I feel without a style category it's kind of lost out there in terms of taste and what to expect from it. Not bad, but hard to recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After drinking sub-par beers all weekend, this tasted fabulous! Though not the perfect specimen of Strong Ales, It has a full flavor with a serious body, alcohol, and strength. Tastes big on malts that work toward caramel, toast, syrup, and dried fruits. Hops contribute a mild earthy, pine-ey flavors on top of solid bittering. The beer falls a little out of balance with the alcoholic heat--quite fusal under a moderat (not full) body. Flavors are solid, but body is shallow. Also lacks complexity and depth for style. Needs better melding and aging. Still, worth a shot.

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Now that I'm past the "drink now, rather than later" beers from this summer's cross-border shopping cache, time to dive into some of the stronger stuff.

This beer pours a clear pale golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and yet somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves some thin layered lace around the glass in its fairly hasty wake.

It smells weakly of honeyed caramel malt, slightly sour green apple, some additional muddled dark bruised fruit, faint savoury spices, and leafy, kind of perfumed hops. The taste is big bready, nutty, and moderately biscuity caramel malt, with a rather isolated booze edge, and bitter leafy, ethereally piney, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is average in its bearing, just a trilling frothiness for the most part, the body medium-full in weight, generally smooth, and actually a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, and warm, the sweet biscuity malt still standing tough, and in the background, under-heralded hops help the booze keep things more or less balanced.

A pretty innocuous, and yet drinkable strong ale, even if the alcohol doesn't come across as seamlessly integrated. Nothing over the top, but just a straight-up, plain, and solid malt-friendly pop.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium amber body with a tiny head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing

Smell: Smells like a doppelbock; lots of sweet caramel malt and dark fruits; clearly a dose of alcohol and a vague hint of hops

Taste: Starts out promising, with a rich malty, dark fruit base; the middle, however, falls apart into an indistinct flatness until the finish, where the bitter hops kick in; very odd, because I liked the beginning and the end

Mouthfeel: Rich and viscous; not much carbonation

Drinkability: A peculiar beer that I enjoyed, on balance; I'll need to try this again sometime as there was something a bit weird about this bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a copper/burgandy color with a white, one-finger head. Left a small amount of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, hops and fruit.

T - It tasted of malt, spicy hops and dried fruit.

M - It was crisp and had a sharp bite. A warm alcohol presence and a medium-bodied beer.

D - A good tasting beer. My first of the style and I like the spicy hop flavor mixed with malt and dried fruit flavors. Reminds me of a good Belgian beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange/peach/amber body beneath a foamy off-white head. Good head retention. Decent lacing with spots and splashes of lace left all about.

The aroma delivers some yeastiness, yeasty fruitiness, and caramel-accented malt and breadiness with just a hint of grassy/leafy hops in the background.

In the mouth it's medium-full bodied... but not quite creamy. Median carbonation.

The flavor delivers what the nose suggests with a bready, softly toasty, and gently caramelish malt lightly garnished with yeasty fruitiness and skirted by earthy/floral hops. It's solidly bitter, and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable leaving it with an edge in the finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, honey, some fruit and spice, along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of honey, caramel, spice and some dark fruit. There’s a decent presence of hops bitterness and a hearty malt character, but seems to lack as far as balance is concerned. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, there are certainly more flavor stronger beers that I would prefer over this one. I don’t think I would choose this beer again unless my choices were very limited.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a real nice medium creamy,sticky head,aroma is deeply fruity with a slightly hop background.I realy like the maltiness of this beer also there is some alcohol notes that come thru in the finish.A whisky like taste stays in the mouth after each sip.Iam very impressed with this beer,very enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very sweet and simple at first sip. A touch of woodiness. Something like hamster pee in the nose, and I don't mean that in a good way. Slight touch of hops does little to balance the rather insipid pale malt flavor. Mouthfeel is the best quality, with a creamy light richness. Slight tanginess in the flavor, a hint of honey, and a bit of scratchy hops. Attractive golden color in the chalice with a touch of amber.

I can't see much to recommend this, but it was on sale at my favorite San Diego beer store, Likicker's in OB for $2.99. At that price, just add a bottle of IPA for a cheap date.

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Photo of atrocity
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

No bottle date so rated as it tasted... which was like a 6 month old IPA.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice off-cream colored head. Clear. Neutral amber color.

The aroma leans closer to the malt than the hop. There are buttery alcohol smells also.

Very strong alcohol essence. I try not to have anything influence my rating but I had to check to see the style. This is very true to the strong ale category. I like that the hop is present to counter the slightly sweet flavor. Relatively high carbonation for the style--rich with an oily alcohol body.

I'd love to try this in a flight of strong ales. My gut feeling is that this would be an above average entry. Slightly more hoppy than I'm used to, but that fits into my preference anyway.

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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 969 ratings
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