Eye of the Hawk | Mendocino Brewing Company

Eye of the HawkEye of the Hawk
BA SCORE
50.5%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 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:
#32,298
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
969
Liked:
489
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
13.66%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 969 |  Reviews: 491
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 retry4z
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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 -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zkane98
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Handsome_James
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at beach hut, great paring with hot sauce

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Photo of sisterofba
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bnoise11
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDW4195
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Celtics76
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of mthomp081
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: darker amber with hazy, effervescent body; small frothy head after aggressive pour into a flute glass, dissipates quickly; decent lacing; better than expected for high ABV.

Smell: very faint aromas; sweet malts with a slight candi sugar aroma, a lot like a tripel; faint hops; smells good, but you have to search for it

Taste: sweet malts with a good hop kick to balance it out; dried fruits in the mid; finishes semi-sweet with the hops lingering. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and creamy

Remarks: very good beer; you can tell it's a US beer, but reminds me of a good Belgian ale; definitely buy again. EDIT: less like a Belgian as it warms up; more like a barley wine

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vlaminck
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackd0g
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Simply 1 of the best. I told a friend, "this is the only beer I've found that will give me a buzz after drinking just one 12 ounce bottle" ... he knew exactly what I meant... then we drank 3 and stayed home for a while

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Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.5% out of 100 with 969 ratings
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