Eye of the Hawk | Mendocino Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
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966 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
Ratings:
966
Reviews:
491
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 966 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of holder1422
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jellybear523
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Furlinator
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle at Shamus T Bones, Eureka, CA on 06/01/16.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. I couldn't find a date of any kind.

Pours a 24 karat gold with a substantial head of foam that shrinks to aboot a quarter inch. Some nice lacing.

I get caramel malt, fruity hops, some booze in the smell.

Caramel malt and fruity tastes up front, mild bitterness mid palate, sweetish finish along with some alcohol and alcohol burning.

Medium body and carbonation.

A bit of a different bird here. I enjoyed the bottle and may pick up another.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got as a gift! 12oz bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice hops and malt. Sweet

T- Heavy malt and sugar. Decent hops but light unfortunately. Heat and slight spice. Hope this was not an old one.

M- Dry and tart

O- Not a bad imperial ale but not great either. Does a few things well like malt but hops too light. Just needs some tweaking to the recipe.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Grilled salmon with a cream dill sauce (add butter to the cream) and light veggies such as asparagus or fiddleheads on the side. It's that time of year for spring leeks too!

Enjoy

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Photo of Squire123
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vonSchulze
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitschiguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Writing as I drink.

Poured a cloudy, light brown with no head.

Nose is nice with lots of fruit and malt.

Palate is good. Complex with fruitcake, molasses, becoming sweet with an alcohol presence on the finish and fairly hoppy.

Mouth is quite good.

Overall this is an interesting beer, complex with some unusual flavours and aromas. Very nice.

Recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: golden amber orange liquid, minimal white foam goes away, lacing
A: grains
T: medium bitterness
MF: lively carbonation, long nice finish
OA: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 24, 2016

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Photo of Wontonst
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, minimal 1/5" off white head. Booze came hard in the aroma, some malty caramel and toffee notes.

Taste can be similar to a lighter bigfoot when fresh and hoppy, a malty booze driven bitterness less so when older. Its cool they make a beer in this format that is this strong and affordable. Has the usual old school c hop formula for almost all Mendocino beers.

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Photo of MattSlem
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear amber. 1 finger high foam.
S: Mildly caramelized malts. Light citrus.
T: Medium caramelized malty. Moderate bitterness. Slightly citrus. Dry but has some hints of sweetness.
M: Moderate body. Moderate carbonation.
O: I suspected it's American strong ale, but actually it's similar to English styles. I prefer to have more complex and stronger flavor and aroma given the relative high alcohol content. Fairly nice for the price though.

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Photo of Mtn
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jonnyroyal
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
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 retry4z
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bomber into a snifter. No freshness date. Copper color with no head, tinny smell, along with some ripe fruit and vanilla. Taste of peach marmalade, some fuji apple, and a hidden hop character. High carbonation. Way too malty for a strong ale without the adequate hop balance. Nothing like Double Bastard or other more contemporary strong ales; more like an imperial pale lager stripped of the hops. Would take Lagunitas Sucks any day over this. The only redeeming quality is the price (around $4). Only bought because it was listed as an example of the American Strong Ale style on a beer styles poster.

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Photo of monk2021
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 966 ratings.
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